Month: October 2014

Rethink Halloween Outfits

Want to add a little Halloween spirit to your outfits? Check out the outfit sets below that are an ode to the spooky holiday. Inspired by Halloween, these outfit ideas are an alternative for those of you who won’t be wearing a costume this year. Take Halloween staples, like cat ears or a creepy Halloween shirt, and incorporate modern pieces to create the perfect blend of Halloween and your own personal style. Click the outfits for more details.

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Jeline Abutin

Repeat: One Shirt, Three Ways

A basic t-shirt can be found in almost anyone’s wardrobe. But if you are searching for a not-so-basic, basic tee, then Wilfred’s Capucine t-shirt from Aritzia is the shirt for you.

Established in Canada, Aritzia is a chic, sophisticated, and modern boutique. The shop showcases about 14 different brands and has more than 60 stores in North America (but you can always check out their website here). The Wilfred brand is inspired by a blend of vintage luxury and effortless fashion, making this $50 Capucine tee a quintessential closet grabber.

Yes, it is $50 for a t-shirt, but it is the comfiest and most versatile tee in the whole entire fashion universe. If I could, and if my wallet allowed, I would buy this tee in every color available. Thankfully, my eldest sister let me borrow her Wilfred tee until I can eventually add one to my own wardrobe essentials. Unlike your basic top, the Capucine tee has a rounded hi-lo hem with two long slits on each side. The silhouette of the shirt drapes nicely on the body and shows just the right amount of skin. Made out of ultra luxe jersey fabric, it is outrageously soft and cozy.

Splurging on one item can be tough on your wallet. However, you will be able to wear this top multiple ways.

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Denim: I like to pair this tee with distressed boyfriend jeans and sneakers for a minimalistic look. Since the outfit lacks color, I chose to incorporate my ombre pink Roshe Runs from Nordstrom. This outfit is all about comfort and highlighting the shape of the Capucine top.

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Dresses: This t-shirt can also be styled without slipping on a pair of jeans. Throw it over a dress and add your favorite backpack or even a cute Panama hat. The slit sides and rounded hem add a different structure to the dress. The shirt is also fitted enough at the top so excessive bagginess is not a factor.

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Layers: Live somewhere with colder weather? Add some layers to this tee. For those of you who love to layer, this t-shirt is the perfect base. Since the tee is quite thin, it doesn’t feel bulky under chunky knits. This lets you layer sweaters, cardigans, or jackets without feeling constricted. Plus, the rounded hi-lo hem still peeks through!

Still not ready to spend $50 on Wilfred’s Capucine tee? You can get a similar t-shirt from Nordstrom here for $28.

Regards,

Jeline Abutin

Relax: Comfy Outfit Ideas

When it comes to picking out my #OOTD (outfit of the day), comfort has become one of my top priorities. As a college student, I aim to wear pieces that look and feel good. But as a college student, I need for my outfits to have the functionality to withstand short naps in the library (or any place you can squeeze in a little sleep), a daily commute, and the obnoxiously long walk from class back to the parking lot.

I also lean toward breathable fabrics, like linen, to stay cool and comfy in the hot SoCal weather. Cotton or jersey are alternative fabrics that feel great on the body as well and feel just like lounge-wear. For footwear, I gravitate toward sneakers for a city look or even boots with a low heel for a more uptown look. Being comfortable doesn’t mean the visual aesthetics of an outfit have to disappear. Mix your comfort needs and personal style and get outfits that you can relax and feel confident in. Need ideas? Take a look at the sample sets I’ve created below. Click the picture for outfit details. Screen Shot 2014-10-14 at 10.36.22 PM Screen Shot 2014-10-14 at 10.47.16 PM Screen Shot 2014-10-14 at 10.47.29 PM Regards,

Jeline Abutin

REorganize Your Closet

For those of you who have more clothes than closet space, keeping a tidy and organized space for your new purchases – or even old apparel favorites – can be a dreadful task. Closets are a messy endeavor, especially during those lazy days of just throwing or cramming your clothes in any space that fits. Keeping your closet nice and organized can help maximize the use of your wardrobe. Organizing your closet may not be the number one “to do” on your list, but this overwhelming task can be conquered.

Remove Everything from your closet.

Remove: The toughest obstacle in organizing (or just tidying up) a closet is definitely getting rid of your apparel. It is a hard thing to do when you must part ways with your favorite piece in your wardrobe. If some of your clothes do not fit you anymore, are ripped or damaged in any way, or haven’t seen the outside world in many years, these clothes need to be removed. Take the time to go over each piece and throw away pieces that are damaged. Once you’ve created a pile of clothes that you are willing to let go, you can either donate them to Goodwill or you can even sell your lightly used clothes to local thrift shops, such as Crossroads Trading Co. or Buffalo Exchange.

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Sort and organize clothes by style.

Regroup: Now that you have the bulk of sartorial pieces that you are going to keep, it is time to regroup. It may be a tedious task to sort, pile, fold, and hang the clothes in your entire closet, but it will make finding your favorite chunky knit sweater on a hectic school day morning much easier. I find organizing my closet by type and style the easiest and most efficient way for me to access my whole wardrobe. If you are more of a visual person, you can regroup your clothes by color instead of style (it all depends on your taste and personality!).

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A clean and organized closet.

Rework the space: Still finding your closet a little cramped? Rework the space! Places like IKEA and Target have bins, multi-level hangers, and extra storage spaces to make a little closet fit all your clothing and future clothing needs. One must-have space-saver is a hanging shelf organizer from your local Target. These extra shelving units can house your favorite cutout boots and even more of your tees and tanks. Just fold or even roll your clothing for maximum storage space. If all else fails, work your way up. Take advantage of the height of your closet by neatly folding and placing your clothes on the top and highest shelves of your closet. Place clothing that you are not wearing for the season at the top of the shelf and rearrange when it is time to move your tank tops and multi-print summer dresses to center stage.

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Regards,

Jeline Abutin