SWEATER EDIT – EXPRESS

Being a long time Express shopper, I know what to expect every year once sweater season hits. There’s always the fitted v-neck, the London dolman, the basic cardi, the mesh dolman – every year they stick to their guns and pump out the staples. But this year I’m seeing some much needed change to an overdone line up. All the trends that have made their way into dresses and blouses have beautifully transitioned into their sweaters, and I have stay, I’m absolutely loving it! These are my top picks from their sweater collection, and they are far from basic (click the pics to shop!).

Reversible, Cold-shoulder, and Lace-up, OH MY!

(Two-Way Lace-Up Tunic Sweater $59.90)

Cold shoulders have been a must have throughout 2017, and although this sweater might be a walking contradiction, it is an amazing look! At this time of year, I try and stay away from chunky sweaters to avoid heat stroke by noon, so this is a great option when you want to start breaking out your sweaters but don’t want to roast. And the fact that it’s reversible means you’re going to get more bang for your buck 😉

Don’t be Basic!

(Wrap Front Balloon Sleeve Sweater $59.90)

I am a sucker for this loose draping and marled raglan material! This is a great piece to replace your boring, librarian-esque cardigans – wear it over a dress, tee, bralette – you name it! And that balloon ¾ sleeve gives it that extra detail that your basic cardi can’t ever provide.

All the Bells & Whistles

(Marled Tie Sleeve Hi-Lo Sweater $59.90)

Sleeve interest is hot right now, but this takes it a step further combining ties & a bell silhouette. The hi-lo hem also makes it perfect to pair with some high rise jean leggings for a casual look, or pair with a fitted pencil to create a cute and far from basic office look.

Make a Statement

(Marled Layered Cuff Cut-Out Sweater $59.90)

At first, I thought this was a bit overdone, but the more I looked at it, the more I fell in love! The great thing about all the detail in this sweater – the ruffled bell sleeves, the asymetrical cold shoulder – is that this is a statement piece, you don’t have to put much more effort in that throwing this on. Let this sweater speak for itself and don’t pile accessories on top of it. Style this with a high ponytail or top knot to draw the focus to the shoulder, and some black skinny jeans or a leather mini and tights, and this sweater moves from day to night effortlessly.

Feminine Flare

(Extreme Flute Sleeve Sweater $49.90)

That sleeve! This is a great feminine sweater to add to your wardrobe this Fall, and take you all the way through early Spring. A simple necklace or long earrings and jeans will complete this look in a manner of seconds.

The best part about shopping at Express is the amazing deals – right now all sweaters are 40% off, plus you can use your coupons and rewards.

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WEAR TO WORK EDIT – TOP SHOP

It’s all in the details. Don’t be basic this Fall – your wardrobe shouldn’t be limited to plaid shirts, riding boots, felt hats, and scarves. Mix metals, fabrics, silhouettes and accessories to develop a look that is uniquely you and ready to take on the office.

These looks are a little pricier, but each piece is something that you can mix and match not only this season, but all year round. You may need to skip the PSL’s for a few weeks, but these are worth the investment.

(Click the pics to shop)

Studs & Appliques

(Cold Shoulder Blazer Dress $125 + Alibi Multi-Stud Pumps $60 + Floral Applique Biker Jacket $100 + Brow Bar D-Shaped Sunglasses $35 = $320)

Every single one of these pieces can be worked into any season and are great neutral items with a little bit of edge. This jacket and flats would quickly become two of my go to pieces and I am dying to get them in my wardrobe. Blazer dresses are also a hot item this season and are versatile piece that you can work into your wardrobe as a layering piece as well.

Ruffles & Points

(Floral Ruffle Kimono Jacket $95 + Ruffle Detail Peg Trousers $75 + Lattice Sleeve Rib Top $32 + Premium Leather High Front Mules $130 = $332)

Feminine with a geometric edge. This is a great outfit to take you from office to happy hour, and these staples can also carry through into Winter and Spring. Just because Summer is over, doesn’t mean you need to abandon crop tops, pastels, and florals – make these pieces work for you all year.

Plaid & Buckles

(College Check Kilt Skater Skirt $60 + Petite ‘Tomboy’ Burnout T-shirt $35 + Soft Chuck On Blazer $75 + Cut Out Ankle Boots $160 = $330)

You can never go wrong with plaid this season. Make the colors pop by pairing with a bold blazer and a graphic, and give your feet a break with some moto booties. Keep this going through the winter by throwing on some back tights, or switching out the gaphic for a solid sweater.

Hourglass Silhouette

(Corset Seam T-shirt $25 + Hoop and Tassel Earrings $22 + Eyelet Wrap Midi Skirt $100 + Jemma Point Mid Heel Court Shoes $100 = $247)

Details don’t have to be in the pattern or hardware, they can be in the silhouette too. Show off your waist with a peplum top, emphasize your hips with a highwaisted pencil skirt, and lengthen your legs with some pointed pumps. They all may seem like basic wear to work pieces, but put together call out some serious curves.

Whats your wear to work style this Fall?

-LT

 

WEAR TO WORK EDIT – MISSGUIDED

Make a statement – mix in bold pieces to bring basics to life (with minimal effort). Just because you’re going to the office, doesn’t mean that you have to limit yourself to menswear tailoring, neutral colors, and basic black pumps. If you dress this way every day you’re going to hate your life, and there is no need for it. These outfits are great examples of how you can incorporate bold style into your corporate life without Linda in HR pulling you aside for the dreaded dress code conversation.

KKW Meets Debbie Harry

(High Neck Midi Dress $35 + Blue Crop Patent Faux Leather Jacket $86 + Neoprene Booties $76 = $197)

This outfit is the definition of my style – a little punk rock, a little Kim Kardashian. I absolutely love pairing a sleek dress with a denim or leather jacket, but a blue patent leather jacket makes a statement. The key to bringing bold style to the office is to layer it in pieces so when you have a sudden client meeting or lunch with the boss, you can dial it back a notch if need be.

Don’t Tell Mom the Babysitters Dead…and I Stole Her Blazer

(White Striped Jacket $67 + Green Scoop Back Bodysuit $16 + Military Skort $42 = $125)

If you don’t get this reference, go watch Don’t Tell Mom the Babysitters Dead right now! You haven’t seen 90’s fashion until you watch this movie, and it takes wear to work to a whole other level. Long line blazers, oversized gaudy buttons, bodysuits – these are all staples in the 90’s trend, and they transition perfectly into office looks. This outfit will have you saying “I’m right on top of that, Rose!” all day long.

You Probably Had This Outfit in Pre-school Too

(Crepe Culottes $38 + White Basic Bodysuit $35 + Faux Suede Biker Jacket $76 = $149)

Nothing looks cleaner at work than a tucked in shirt – this is why bodysuits are a God send. Yes, they may remind you of kindergarten with your Little Leggs tights and mary janes, but they will keep you looking crisp and clean at the office. Be wary of wearing this to the bar though – going to the bathroom becomes a nightmare once you get a little boozey. Pair with a wide leg culotte and a bright biker jacket and you’re good to go.

IIIIII Wanna Dance with Somebody

(Longline Blazer $67 + Whitney Graphic Tee $29 + Black Coated Denim Mini $48 = $144)

A graphic tee is my favorite statement piece – it’s an immediate conversation starter and it’s super easy to make look cute. A long line blazer and a high waisted skirt will dress this up and not make you feel like your singing Whitney into your hairbrush in your bedroom.

Wild, Wild Thoughts

(Green Bardot Swing Dress $19 + White Hidden Wedge Sneakers $35 + Grey Collarless Leopard Print Coat $86 = $140)

Nothing makes a statement like animal print. It can be cheesey, but if you’re going to wear it, you’ve got to rock it. You can’t half ass an animal print because then instead of making a bold statement, you’re going to look like Snooki circa 2009. So stay away from poofs and bronzer, and layer this over a solid dress with some natural makeup to make it the focal piece of your outfit.

-LT

WEAR TO WORK EDIT – FOREVER 21

Update your staples and give them a twist. I don’t shop at Forever21 too often, but when I walk through those doors, it’s usually for some budget friendly shopping. Now there are some items I am more than willing to break the bank for, but when it comes to seasonal basics, the cheaper the better. These are my favorite pieces I found for under 30 bucks – spend that savings on some lattes & liquor to get you through the Fall.

The Classic White Shirt Re-Done

(Left to right – Tie-Waist Oversized Shirt $22.90 // Poplin Bell-Sleeve Top $19.90 // Crepe Cuffed Short Sleeve Shirt $14.90)

A white shirt should always be in your wardrobe – but it doesn’t have to make you look like a waiter. Look for something with details to make you stand out like a bell sleeve or a tie waist.

I.Hate.Pants.

(Keyhole Cutout Mini Dress $14 // Pin Striped Tiered Sleeve Dress $28 // V-Cut Back Skater Dress $15.90)

I mean I REEAALLY hate pants. I got big calves that can bust seams, an appetite that won’t be satisfied with a salad, and a butt that’s 2 pant sizes larger than my waist. Dresses are my best friend. The problem is that dresses can be expensive, so stock your wardrobes with some basic sweater and skater style dresses to get you through the season of eating.

Blazer Up

(Satin Bomber Jacket $10 // Contemporary Plunging Blazer $22.99 // Contemporary Crepe Duster $29.90)

Yes you should own blazers & no they don’t need to be part of a suit. Switch it up with some bomber jackets and duster styles to dress up or dress down an outfit. With sweater weather in the morning and heat stroke in the afternoon, Fall is the time for some smart layering.

NOT-PANTS

(Stretch-Knit Flared Skirt $5.90 // Contemporary Denim Mini Skirt $11.99 // Cotton-Blend Pencil Skirt $6.90)

I can’t stress enough how much I hate pants, so the next best thing to a dress is a skirt. Slap on some tights and a cute pair of booties with a t-shirt and you’re ready to go. The great thing about a skirt is that it can even make your AC/DC t-shirt look dressed up.

((Use code HAPPY10 for 10% off your purchase of $50 or more))

-LT

WEAR TO WORK EDIT – LULU’S

September is here, which means no matter what the calendar says, it’s Fall. As much as I love Summer, it’s my lazy season. I mean, let’s be real, every season is my lazy season, but Summer is the epitome of them all. Flip flops, shorts, oversized t-shirts, beachy hair – these all comfort my mermaid soul. But Fall, that’s my shit – Fashion week, layering, boots – I’m all in.

This is my first Fall back working in NYC in about 7 years, and I desperately need to update my work wardrobe. My online shopping has gotten to the point where Google has asked me if I would like to continue researching dresses. To kick off Fall, I’m going to share my wear-to-work edits for some of my favorite sites, starting with Lulus.com. These are 5 outfits you can one-stop-shop at Lulu’s to help you transition into fall (code Take15 to save $15 off $150, Take45 to save $45 off $300).

 

Fake it til you make it Mondays

(Embroidered Slides $19 + T-shirt Dress $39 + Sunnies $12 = $70)

Dinner after work with the girls

(Midi Dress $67 + Lace-up Heels $39 + Rings $15 = $121)

Creative Meeting

(Denim Anorak $64 + Jumpsuit $36 + Loafers $25= $125)

I don’t want to wear real pants, but I’ll still try

(Top $38 + Jeans $58 + Shoes $63= $159)

Casual Friday

(Graphic $50 + Joggers $44 + Slides $29= $123)

-LT