Sippin’ in Style

Truth: you gotta look cute when you’re going to the bar. For the past few years I’ve been slowly stock piling outfits I knew would come in handy when I turned 21. This number has been biding its time in the closet. I wore it a few nights ago and felt fantastic!

Top- United Colors of Benetton ❤ (GW $3.50)

Hot Shorts- American Apparel ($22)

Tights- No idea! Less than $3?

Leg Warmers- This random new good brand from the Goodwill ($3.50)

Boots- Chadwicks (GW $3.50)

Jacket- I bought this down south at a popular chain of stores we don’t have up here. If Forever21 and H&M had a baby, that would be this store ($40)

Necklace- B.a.d-a.s.s (GW $1.50)

Let’s work our way in, shall we? I love, love, love this jacket. This is the type of jacket you can wear with all black and look super tough, or you can wear it with a frilly pink top to balance out the daintiness. It’s not real leather, but its good fake leather. The ¾ length sleeve is unique, though not always so great in the winter.

I bought these jersey spandex hot shorts from American Apparel when I needed something comfy for a 9 hour rave.  Yes, the store is pricey for plain, cotton items, but honestly the clothes do last a long time. I have a jersey top I got there back in sophomore year of high school and it’s still looking good. I will say, however,  their super thin leggings are not worth the money. I ripped a pair a few months back. Thankfully, I had gotten them at the Goodwill, or else I would have been insanely surly for spending so much.  But back to the shorts, they are really comfy and if you throw on some tights you can take them from electronic festival to nighttime. The one thing about A.A clothes is they are realllllly unforgiving. One should never shop there after eating a burrito if one wants to walk out with any self esteem.

This top is pretty swell as well. It’s actually really long and just barely covers the cheekies. It has a slit up the side and is really fun to wear with leggings. I had to do a pretty intense tuck in job to make sure no bunching would show through the shorts (please don’t read this sentence as a standalone…) It likes to fall off my shoulder a lot. No need to buy a strapless bra! Just let the strap fall down as well. Shoulder is sexy!

 

As any New England-er knows, the weather can be a real hindrance to fashion.  Does one look cute or does one freeze? These leg warmers come in super handy on cold nights. I can wear them up high when I walk to the bar and scrunch them down before I go in.

One thing I will never, ever, ever, ever, ever wear out to the bars is heels. This great comedian Steve Byrne has a hilarious skit about girls going out to the bars in their stilettos. It ends with the club let out looking like a thriller music video because the girls cannot walk right in their shoes. Admit it, ladies, even our most comfy heels are really only comfy for 30 standing-minutes max, and unless you practice walking around drunk in your heels, you’ll probably look unnaturally robotic or just sloooopay! Plus, walking home with your heels in hand is just…disgraceful. Wear comfy boots that have a teensy bit of heel, but won’t leave you falling on your booty or sauntering like a new born giraffe.

 

(Not the skit about the shoes, but just as funny!)

 

I’m generally not into huge statement pieces. When I wear jewelry it’s usually small and humble.  But sometimes you have to bring out the big guns—pow!  I think this necklace speaks for itself.

 

 

Does anyone have a go to bar outfit that never lets them down?

Peel Away ❤

Jocellyn

When wearing short skirts on blustery days, it’s imperative to wear cute undies!

Hello,

My name is Jocellyn and I’m a pink-o-holic…. But really, for all the time I spend professing my love for darks and neutrals*, I cannot deny that I occasionally indulge in my pink side. For example, I have two other dresses in this same-ish color, which is weird, because I wouldn’t classify myself as an “I love pink” kind of girl. Regardless, I won’t agonize over it because I look pretty spiffy if I do say so myself!

So what inspired this positively colorful outfit? An unnaturally warm 87 degree day! For starters, I love the cut of this dress; a little shorter in the back and a little longer in the front.  How a piece of clothing is cut is of the utmost importance. Whether you’re second-handing your closet or plunking down some serious dough on designer labels, if the cut isn’t there you won’t look a million buckaroos.

A belt is a must with a dress this cut, lest we ladies want to look like we’re sporting a baby bump! In the spirit of the spring day I left my brown belt in the closet and whipped out this mint green number I got back in high school. You know those purchases where you’re like “I’m not sure I’ll love it now, but I’ll definitely use it later,”? Yeah, make those purchases and smile a few months or years from now. What really pulled this whole outfit together was a scarf.

Chris’s mom got me this one and another from The Gap last year. Scarves like this should be worn down, like long luxurious hair.

I whip my hair back and forth!

But, but, but, they can be easily wrapped up for when you’re trying to hustle somewhere and don’t want it to get caught on something. You can do a basic wrap– like the first photo– or like the one below, which pumps up the volume.

 

If there is one wrap I’m not fond it, it would be the girth hitch. That’s when you take a scarf and fold it in half. The half with the loop goes on one side of your neck and the loose ends go on the other. You then shoot the loose ends though the hoop and tug it tightly around your neck. IMHO, it makes a gal (or guy) look like they’re off to hang themselves. But, to each their own!

Black and bright pink are on two different ends of the color spectrum, but it can take guts of steel to pull them off. Hold your head high and strut the streets in all your fashionable fabulousness.

Peel Away ❤

Jocellyn

*No worries, I haven’t forgotten my neutral roots. I wore this the next day 😉

Fashionable Chaos?

I was super excited when this super fashionable blogger from Europe liked my pink shirt post. Europeans in general are just so fashionably disheveled. When I went to France back in 2008—before the scarf craze took root over here—I loved how all the women (and men) looked like they rolled out of bed, threw on some clothes, a wooly neck accessory, walked out the door without a glance in the mirror, and looked like they were going to some fashion show. Ah, how it’s rarely the case in America. Oh, how we hem and haw over what to wear.  Not to mention they have this extreme penchant for wearing black from head to toe. I honestly love the look. It’s so ballsy, so bad ass, so I’ve always wanted to do so but have been afraid. Psh, I’m done being a slave to my mirror and my black on black fear.  Unfortunately all my black items were in the laundry, so I decided to go pseudo-monochromatic in the beige/grey family and play around with textures. You know, dipping my big toe in the waters of a new style!

You'd think I'd have a perma-hickey, because I'm always wearing scarves! In case you were wondering, yes, I am far to dark to hickey.

The things I went through to get these pants! Okay, so the Goodwill doesn’t have the best selection of pants, and when they do they get snapped up fast. I spotted these beauts on Monday, and after giving a stern lecture to the new boy we just hired who wears girls’ jeans, stating that he was by no means allowed to buy them, I placed them back on the rack and crossed my fingers.  Not only where they grey, and my favorite grey pants are one hem in the grave, they are also cut to hit perfectly on your shin; no more cuffing! My heart was heavy when I went to get them the next day. Some other size four girl—probably from the University of Vermont, pfft—had snagged them. Defeated, I went to work recovering the behemoth of a store, only to find them nestled in the men’s section. What a sneak that assumed UVM girl was! I took what was “rightfully” mine and indulgently imagined bumping into this mystery chick at a bar and her looking down at them in sadness…Okay, so I have a slightly vengeful streak

No surprise, but this entire outfit minus the stripped tank was all from the GW. The cardigan was from Gap. It has some tie attached to it, but I cut if off. The circle scarf was an awesome find, as they generally don’t pass through and I’m not a huge fan of regular scarves. I love how it has two different textures.

Don’t even get me started on these shoes! They’re so amazing. They give me the teensiest bit of lift, but are a breeze to walk in. They also show a little bit of toe cleavage, which I think is kind of cute.  And the belt is just bad ass: fashionable and can double as a weapon.

 

This is a cozy outfit. The colors don’t match perfectly, but I think that’s what appeals to me. Perhaps I should stop fussing over what I wear more often and employ the grab and go method.

Peel Away ❤

Jocellyn

 

Ps: I actually adore my friend’s from UVM. Such kind people!

Pss: Thanks, Yasmin, for inspiring me from all the way over seas!