The Trends: Neck-tie Blouse + Culottes
This top was one of my Nana's and I've styled it a few times but haven't been able to share it with you. When I first lost her and went through her clothes I kept a few not thinking I'd ever wear them so I was excited to find out that this top was "in style" again. I have seen this top done in several colours and fabrics and I think tucked into a pair of well tailored pants and/or skirt with a blazer looks so put together. These culottes I picked up years and years ago when I was in high school for a Pirate inspired Halloween costume from a thrift shop. There have been some jumpsuits made with culotte bottoms that have perked my interest, but they are definitely an item I have to try on in person. I tend to have mixed feelings about culottes because of my height, I don't always find them flattering, but with heels they look better on my frame.
Pants: Thrift Shop
Heels: Gifted c/o Mum
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The Trends: Turtlenecks + Flares
The 70s are back in style and with that comes flares and a cold-weather staple: the turtleneck. These are definitely more bootcut than full fledge flares (say that 3x) but you get the idea. These cords are actually quite comfortable and if you like them they actually also come in a skinny version, if like me, your wardrobe has moved away from bootcut bottoms. I really love the look of really wide pants/jeans with heels and a form fitting top (bonus if the bottoms are high waisted!) Turtlenecks and I have a long history together, but not always a happy one. There was a time when I was a kid that I really liked them, then I outgrew them and only really wore them if I was absolutely freezing cold. Now I actively wear them and want to wear them aha. Also love the look of mock turtlenecks as well as sleeveless versions. I'm trying to find different fabrics/fits for them so if you know of any stores that do nice ones let me know!
Pants: Old Navy here
Booties: Gifted c/o Mum
The Trends: Chunky Knits + Minis
This was probably one of my favourite looks to put together of all the ones featured in the Lookbook video. Probably because I got to feature these over the knee socks haha. Thinking about it, this entire outfit is head-to-toe Old Navy...whoops...#sorrynotsorry. This particular sweater is probably one of the most worn cold weather pieces in my closet because it is so versatile. Like in this photo, on warmer days it can we born with just a tank top, it can be worn with a tee shirt as well as long sleeves, so it makes a great layering piece. It's also on the longer side so your lower back isn't exposed to the cold constantly. This stretch mini is really comfy and a great colour, I think on me it runs the risk of riding up a bit but I think that's because of my shape more than anything. I haven't worn in out yet but I think if I layer it with tights it may help prevent any movement.
Sweater: Old Navy similar
Skirt: Old Navy here
OTK Socks: Old Navy here
Shoes: Old Navy here
The Verdict: Great Bits and Pieces
These items are definitely more pick-and-choose for some. Some of these are more staple items for fall (chunky knits, turtlenecks) while others (culottes, neck-tie blouses) are definitely more "trendy" items. You can't go wrong with the staple items, that's what makes them staples but if the other pieces don't match your vibe, don't sweat it! You can also get the same look wearing items that give a similar vibe that may fit your style (or figure) better. You can always wear a button up blouse with a short scarf tied around your neck (think flight attendant) or wear wide leg pants that are a full length versus cut off culottes, or bootcut versus full on flares. That's the best part of fashion, is taking pieces and making them your own!
So let me know of ALL the trends, which was your favourite one, which one do you see yourself rocking ASAP, or which do you think should be avoided at all costs? I'd LOVE to hear all of your thoughts!