Breaking the Rules with a Fresh Take on Plaid

Fall is my favorite season for so many reasons. Refreshingly crisp air, tart Pink Lady apples and golden afternoon light – I can’t get enough it. But it’s also my favorite time of year for style. You get to layer again, play with texture and wear rich warm colors. Truth be told, I’ve had a hard time finding my style since having Carter. It may look like I’ve regained my pre-baby shape but things have…shifted shall we say. It’s been challenging to find things that fit well and feel good. Stepping back into my signature heels has felt like torture. And if it isn’t made of sweatshirt material it’s felt totally impractical.

But last week I decided I needed to do something to feel more like myself again.


I slipped back into my black skinny jeans (yes, it was a tight squeeze), pulled on some killer fall boots and got ready for a mama’s afternoon out. Of course it wouldn’t be Fall without a new coat! Since I’m rediscovering my pre-baby closet I’ve been pretty judicious about my purchases, but this Adam Lippes for Target plaid coat had me at hello. While I realize the whole 90’s plaid thing is having a comeback right now, I love how the jumbo size and soft color palette breaks the usual plaid rules. It feels sophisticated and modern rather than grunge-esque. Mama approved.

20151002-IMG_994520151002-IMG_9965-Edit4what i’m wearing: rag & bone jeans // vince knee-high boots // black blazer // celine bag // target plaid scarf // adam lippes for target mohair plaid coat // illesteva sunnies // vrai & oro rings


I’ve also never met a plaid scarf I didn’t like. They are the perfect fall accessory – not a ground breaking statement I realize, but they are the perfect way to perk up a tired closet without breaking the bank. And they’re easy to justify. You can use them to stay warm on chilly mornings and then they serve as the perfect amount of flair for the rest of the day. Throwing on a silky fringe plaid scarf in warm neutral tones made my look even more autumnal – and I love how the mix of plaids play so nicely with one another.

Getting out and about inspired me to start playing with pieces that are already in my closet too. Mixing tripes and plaid is another fun way to spice up your look without having to buy some crazy print you’d only wear once. I love the pop collar of the Target flannel blazer that I found. It’s box plaid is the perfect match for a striped turtleneck. I’d rock this look with jeans or even a skirt {!} and my favorite peep toe booties.


Needless to say, getting a little dressed up and out of the house for a couple of hours of window shopping definitely helped me get my style mojo back. Never mind that I was back in sweats about five minutes after getting home!

How are you breaking fall’s fashion rules? You can shop the rest of my fall favorites RIGHT HERE. You can see the rest of my personal style posts RIGHT HERE.

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Spotted at NYFW: 5 Hot Trends for Fall

As fashion month starts to wind down {New York, London, Milan, Paris, oh my!}, our eyes have been peeled for the hottest trends and fashion forward styles. We’ve been officially more obsessed than usual after sending our Editorial Director into the heat of it all, as New York kicked off the season’s best fashion show. We’re not talking about the happenings on the runway inside Milk Studios, we’re talking about the show outside on the streets! Here are five totally approachable street style trends we spotted, loved and desperately want to try.

The belt knot is SO on our list of trends to try this fall. Love it with this sheer blouse and long denim skirt. It would look great tied over a coat or sweater too for cooler days!


Suspenders holding up your favorite burnt sienna colored culottes or high waisted denim is so hot for fall. We love the sexy nerdy style. Move over, Urkel. This trend is uber chic!


Scrunched up socks showing past your ankle boots cut off those skinny ankles and make that leg look good, girl. We love the idea of pairing this street grungy look with a feminine sequined skirt or flirty dress. The 90’s are back. Embrace it people.


Summer’s most loved frayed denim look is moving into fall. Denim jackets suddenly feel fresh and new again with that frayed element of surprise!


Now this is a fun look! Pair an off the shoulder top under your fave overalls or sleeveless jumper for a sassy, fashion forward feel! We promise, you’ll be ahead of the en vogue curve with this trend!


Don’t you love? We’re obsessed with the fact that despite it being a million degrees in New York at the time, you can still apply these seemingly hot-weather trends to your fall style – just layer up!

Like what you see?! We captured so much good street style while in NYC, we’ll be sharing some outtakes on Facebook later today!

original photography for apartment 34 by joanne pio 

6 Work-Wear Looks that are Anything but Boring

Too often we walk into a coffee shop before work, line out of the door with professionals doing the same, only to notice that everyone rocks a pretty similar work-uniform. Women are clad in a typical (boring) navy skirt suit or the classic office style hiccup: black trousers a misfitting blazer, rolling brief case in tow, and no personality whatsoever. And like the infamous joker in Batman we continuously ask ourselves, “why so serious?”

Now you’re the best judge of what will fly with the boss, but we’re here to remind you that even corporate workwear doesn’t have to be so mundane. Add some personality and a dash of fun {even sexy!} to your normal rotation. Just take it from these ladies who know a thing or two about how to put together a striking look – one that is far from boring and means nothing but business! Ladies, #werk!


We love these almost snakeskin printed trousers. Switch up your pants from solids to print and go wide!


Make an entrance and exit with garment details that make a statement like this blouse with bold contrast stitching and billowing cuffs.


Pair fresh white pumps with a sexy navy suit instead of your classic black – the look feels modern and fashion forward.


Throw an oversized blazer over a flowy dress while we still have warm days and cooler nights in the forecast. Rolls those sleeves for a little added detail.


Instead of a skirt suit, consider a short suit! An unbuttoned button on your blouse and glamorous bag keeps this from looking too masculine.


Bell bottoms, bell bottoms, bell bottoms. If you haven’t hopped on the resurrected trend, the extra fabric is perfect for fall. We also love a good neck handkerchief!

What do you think? Are you ready to take your office wear from drab to fab? We certainly are left inspired to do so!


image 1 via Majawyh // 2 + 4 via Collage Vintage // 3 via Damsel in Dior // 5 via Gianluca Sense for Stockholm Street Style // 6 via 5 Inch and Up