How To Wear It: Capes

It’s that time of year (Fall AGAIN, I know!) where it’s getting chilly outside- but it’s not too chilly. And it’s almost certainly the perfect temperature outside for a cape or a poncho. The Fall runways were littered with tailored capes and capelets this year, and who are we to go against nature?
A lovely cape is definitely going to set you apart from the crowd, which makes some people too nervous to try wearing one at all. Well, that’s where we come in. Take a look at how we would wear this awesome Monster Vintage Cape.
Mod Striped Cape
Mod, striped, spectacular. Don’t be afraid!


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During the day, I suggest playing up the Mod-ness of the cape with a nautical look. More stripes (you can mix prints, just keep them in the same color family), some simple boots, and little sailor-inspired accessories all help to spotlight this cute capper!

I was always skeptical of trying to pull off a cape with a dress, but I think I have worked out the schematics of it all. Just like with coats, proportion is important. The longer your cape is, the longer a dress you can get away with. If your cape’s hem falls somewhere near your hands, you should keep your dress above your knee. The look is not “Renaissance Faire Worker” this season.* I suggest wearing tights with your dresses in the Fall and Winter anyway, and the rule still applies here. It’s like wearing a puffer coat with flip-flops, as far as I’m concerned. So layer it up, and if your cape is as bright and colorful as this one (or more so) keep the rest of your outfit simple. Use your accessories to pick up the colors in the garment.

See? I told you you can do it. Do you need any advice on how to wear a standout, unique, or seemingly wacky item? Let us know, we’d be happy to help!
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xoxo,
Sally

*or ever, for that matter…

Fall Essentials

Ahhh… Fall, it’s my favorite time of year! Call me crazy but I think there is something romantic about this blustery season. Earthly thunder that sets the trees ablaze and stirs up an ominous magic in sky, now if that doesn’t scream romance then I don’t know what does. I’m sure for some people this season means massive amounts of Theraflu and bad hair days to come… but let’s focus on the positive shall we? Think rich colors, cable knit sweaters, wool coats, and bedazzling embellishments to brighten up the day.

Since Fall brings me so much joy I decided to make a collection of ‘Fall Picks- The essentials of the season’… has a nice ring, eh?

First you need a coat for obvious reasons, that ominous magic stirring up in the sky I mentioned can make you very chilly. The feminine color of salmon leather paired with the fur really spoke to me… I could just see myself wondering the rainy streets of the city looking oh so stylish.

Jacket

Next thing on my list is something you can layer for those days when it’s not quite cold enough for a coat, but not warm enough to bear the elements without some sort of coziness against your skin. I picked this brilliant red orange sweater because 1. It’s wool and 2. It would look absolutely mind blowing with a pair of fitted jeans, boots, and a brown tooled leather purse.

Cardigan

…Speaking of tooled leather purses I have a friend who has a gorgeous 1950’s tooled leather purse, and every time she carries it I can’t help but drool over it. Literally. Something about the texture and the color of the leather screams FALL! Without a doubt I had to add one of these bad boys to my list, and hopefully to my closet very soon.

Tooled Leather Purse

I always like to add a little sex appeal to my accessories, and I find nothing more sexy than animal print. Clearly Betty Paige knew what was up! So no matter wind or rain you are sure to be a show stopper in this little leopard pillbox hat. Plus at the end of your day your hair won’t be frizzed (well hopefully). It’s a win-win.

Statement Hat

I’m saving the best for the last. I’m a firm believer in the notion that you can never have too much glitz and glam, so when I saw this sweater it sucked me in. I always look for pieces that are easy and effortless. This works great for the days when you wake up late and need to throw on something, but of course you have an image to uphold. Toss this sweater and you got yourself insta-glam. Also this is a perfect sweater to go from day to evening.

Embellished Sweater

Britt

1 (crazy) top, 4 ways

You know how you’ll be out on the hunt, shopping at a vintage store, and a unique piece will catch your eye on the rack? But it seems a little too unique, so you pass. How in the heck would you wear that thing, anyway?! Well, we’re here to help!

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While this standout sequin number (courtesy of monster vintage!) might, um, make you stand out, all it really takes is a few basics and some confidence to make it work for any time of day. Check it out:

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1. Errands Throw on your favorite jeans, a tank top underneath and a cardigan over this piece to tone it down, and no one at the grocery store will think you’re a weirdo.
2. Drinks with the girls Play up the colors of the top with a bright bag or other accesory, but keep the rest of the outfit simple and late-night.
3. Date night You can definitely have a little more fun on date night. Throw the cropped top over your fave LBD and prepare for drool. Add some fun jewelry (nothing that will be in too close proximity to the sequined top, though) and killer shoes.
4. Concert Stand out from the crowd (surfers) in rockin’ over-the-knee boots and (gasp!) nothing more than your cutest bra underneath this lace number. Throw on a cross-body bag-you won’t have to hold it all night- and a cute hair accessory and prepare to get out yer seat and jump around!

What do you think, dear readers? Would you ever think to buy this crazy top?
Let us know if you need some styling tips for a unique piece you saw/own. We’d be happy to help!
xoxo, sally