Shaking things up for Fall with Devi

Hi Fash-ology community! I'm so excited to write a feature for this amazing site and share my Fall Fashion Finds & Trends with all of you! A little about me, I'm a mom of 3 (humans) and 1 four legged golden doodle (trying to make it 2 but my husband isn’t really going for the 2nd puppy idea)  from Dallas, Texas. I try to keep my fashion finds mom & LIFE friendly, easy, and comfortable.

As women we are always running around, we are multi tasking machines, right?  We all have days when we just don't want to put in the effort to get dressed, because our minds are so overwhelmed with everything we have going on we just “don’t want to think about it.”  As a mom of 3, there have been plenty of days where I have left the house in my bun, sweatpants and POSSIBLY residual mascara from the day before (thats if I even put make up on.) I GET IT.  I still have those days, I really do.

As I’m getting closer to 40 (eek) I’m trying to challenge myself and change habits so I can leave them behind in the 30’s chapter of my life and enter my 40’s with a renewed sense of self. So, on those days when I’m standing in my closet thinking - “ I just don’t have the energy to think about what I’m going to wear….” I force myself to remember this:

It takes just as much time and energy to put on a pair of sweatpants as it does a pair of jeans.

So I’m here to tell you, it’s okay to have that sweat pant, bun and residual make up day - and I’m also here to share with you some wardrobe staples that are cute, on trend, comfortable, EASY ways to feel put together, and budget friendly. Yes…..ALL OF THAT.

Flare/bell bottom jeans - under $80

The first fall trend I’m excited about it the comeback of the flare leg/bell bottom jean! This cut INSTANTLY elongates your legs, this petite girl will take all the help I can get. For all my fellow curvy girls out there - because the style of the jean is “curvy” to begin with, I personally feel this style of jean is the most flattering for us. For reference I’m under 5’2” I ordered these jeans in a “Short” and still need to wear heels.

Both of these jeans are from the same retailer, the only difference between the two is the distressing on the pant leg and the hemline. If you want to wear these to work or be a little more “dressed up” - I would suggest no distressing.


“Not So basic” Basics - under $40

If you are anything like me, throwing on a simple tee shirt is an easy way to leave the house. This season I have been drawn to the “not so basic” basics. I love the t shirts or tops that have some added interest in them through asymmetrical hemlines, cut outs and if you follow me on Instagram you know that I CANT SAY NO to a knotted tee! I think these tops just added a little extra something to what would normally be a basic tee shirt and jean kind of look.

The Bralette - under $40

The newest trend in layering - the bralette. It seems like this was just a natural progression in trends as unusual and asymmetrical necklines became more common, right? Usually we see bralettes being layered under tank tops with the option to put a cardigan over to make the look more seasonal - but the designer in me loved the idea of  layering it under this “not so basic” basic.

Layering with a bralette is also a great way to add a pop of color to an outfit. Take any top or sweater you may have that has an interesting neckline or is a traditional “of the shoulder, throw a bralette under it and it’s a completely different look!

Rules, neutrals and FUN

If there is anything you have noticed from my pictures, I hope it’s that the STATEMENT EARRING is where it’s at this season. A great pair of statement earrings can transform ANY outfit. You can use your earrings to set the tone for your entire look by adding a contrasting color, mixing metals or wearing a classic hoop.

Many people associate this time of year with neutral and warm colors. While I agree, wearing neutrals is safe and sometimes the way an outfit comes together, I also want to let you know this is the year to wear leopard as a neutral! I’m showing this green dress as a example of a look that could have gone either way. It’s more classic with the neutral platform heels I’m wearing in the picture, but the look would instantly become more edgy (and comfortable) had I paired it with my leopard flats. I encourage you to mix leopard in with patterns and have some fun with it! Treat is like a solid, neutral color and your looks with immediately transform.

The last thing I want to discuss ladies….lets just throw out the first “rule" of fall clothing :

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“Don't wear white after Labor Day.”

Just NO. I know we were raised with this idea and habits are hard to break, but this one has GOT TO GO! If this rule was even a THING anymore…then why would my favorite shoe store be carrying this gorgeous WHITE fall bootie!?!?!? I see this and all the incredible white cardigans and jean and accessories  out there as a sign. We can and should wear white after labor day. And if anyone tells you that you are breaking an age old rule of fashion, just remind them that Coco Chanel broke it too.

These booties are perfect year round. Imagine them with a hot pink t shirt and jeans in the spring…..an off the shoulder sweatshirt and shirt for the fall and a pair of pleather leggings in the winter…..i could go on and on!

Bottom line - WEAR WHITE!!!!

Thank you again Fash-ology community for having me. I hope you found some inspiration in my words and looks!

XOXO,

Devi

@itsDevikaC

www.DeviCollective.com




Falling in Style with these 3 Transitional looks!

Hello, lovely! It is my last few days in the motherland & we are soaking up every bit! I am looking forward to getting back to you guys recharged & ready to serve you up some fashion goodness! Anyway I wanted to show you 3 of my favorite fall transitional looks & why I think they work.

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  1. Dress & Boots

    I feel like it doesn’t get any easier than a dress & boots to look instantly chic while trying to navigate through the seasons. This allows you to show a little leg but also stay mostly covered so you don’t freeze your buns off.

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2. Cropped & Cool

If you know me you know I hate pants so I definitely utilize maxi skirts all year round. I pair this one with a crop top, denim jacket, perforated booties, & a nice fall hat. The denim jacket I can wear on or off like the scarf. The crop top just shows off a tiny bit of skin. The knot at the maxi allows me to breathe along with the perforated booties!

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3. Sleeveless Sweater

The sleeveless sweater is underrated! I’m obsessed with this olive one. I paired it with my faux leather leggings, a scarf, & booties! The scarf is just the right weight to keep me warm if I get cold.

You probably noticed a trend here. Each look a little bit of skin is exposed. Not saying you need to expose your body for transitional style but it’s a balance. Spring/spring is all about bare legs & open toes. When fall comes we cover ourselves up. This transitional time can be difficult to determine what to wear. My rule of thumb is to have a balance! Give it a shot for yourself!

Well babes! I’ll be back in the states on 9/30! Talk soon!

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How to Dress in Your 20's, 30's, & 40's

Hello, lovely lady! I hope your week has been fabulous. Personally, I've been in a constant state of sleepiness. After work each day Ricky & I have rushed back to our church to volunteer at the Vacation Bible School. This week has been both exhausting & rewarding. With that being said I needed a little help from my friends for this week's post. I've partnered with a couple of my favorite blogger babes to help illustrate dressing in your 20's, 30's, & 40's! So buckle up, here we go!

Side note: my ifundomen campaign is still going on! If you contribute now till Sunday at midnight you will be entered to win a fun pair of earrings! Contribute here https://ifundwomen.com/projects/fashology-0 ! Thank you!

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If you didn't know, now you know (did you get my Biggie reference?!) I am a 20 something. People always assume I'm older based on the way that I carry myself. I feel like being in your 20's the struggle can be real. You are transitioning out of college into the professional world. Your early 20's also look far different than your late 20's meaning in your early 20's you are freshly 21 most likely still whopping it up with going out tops etc. In your later 20's you are probably settling down focusing on your career etc. So how does one simply find balance between still looking fun yet put together? Personally I am a huge fan of off the shoulder tops. They are chic yet fun also a classy way to show off a little sex appeal. Another thing that I recommend is pattern play as in mixing patterns. If you stick to the same color pallet with your prints or add a pop of animal to a basic outfit you will instantly look put together yet fun. I think it is important to know when, where you are going, & who your audience is for certain looks. I love these overalls but I keep them to the weekend or casual Friday in the office. My crop tops are worn on the weekends along with my torn jeans. I would not walk into a meeting for work in those items. Well babes, I hope this helps you my fellow 20-somethings!

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I can't tell you exactly when and where it happened. but recently it hit me. I. Am. An. Adult. Technically I have been an adult for 15 years now, but somewhere along the lines someone said I was able to be in charge. It is a strange feeling to know that you get to make the rules now when it comes to your life. So even though I can stay up past 9 PM on a weeknight (but who really wants to do that anyways) and eat ice cream out of the carton, there is still something I struggle with. Dressing. 

 

I don't know about you, but for me being in my 30's I find it more difficult to dress than I did when I was in my 20's and teens. 30-somethings are in this weird age gap when it comes to dressing and style. We don't want to look like we are still figuring out this thing called life. I mean we are.....but we don't want everyone else to know that. However, we also don't want to look like we are getting ready to retire down in Florida either. 

 

So what is a 30-something to do. Honestly, it's going to have be a lot of trial and error and A LOT of dressings rooms and returns. Now granted, I do find some pieces I like that are "appropriate" on Forever21 but the days of super crop tops are behind us. Speaking of crop tops, if you aren't ready to let that trend go just yet don't. You just need to find a way to style it in a more sophisticated and grown up look. I personally love a crop top with a high wasted pair of shorts or jeans. Just enough skin is still peeking out to say you still got it. Add a nice fitted jacket and a pair of wedges or block heeled sandals and you will be screaming trendy but chic and sophistication.

Something else I think everyone woman in her 30's should own is at least one great jumpsuit. Again, this is an area you have to be careful with when it comes to fit and fabric choices. You can walk a fine line from bad ass boss babe and "lady of the night". I love a jumpsuit with a culotte pant or a wide leg pant. Also don't be afraid to still play with colors in prints in your 30's. If you like all black that's wonderful, but don't think because we are a little older we still can't add pops of color, or even color all over. If you couldn't tell, I love color and patterns. I actually own very little neutral pieces. 

In the end remember these three things; first it's going to a lot of work on our end to find what is going to work and what isn't; second you can still enjoy trends that you use to, you just need to find a way to make that piece more sophisticated and adult like; and finally we can still play around with color and prints in our 30's, again it's all about finding that balance between what you like and making it more sophisticated. 

Jamie Madden

Founder of The Plus Size Diva

www.theplussizediva.com

jamie@theplussizediva.com

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HI! I am Nikki From Bayberry and Main. I was so excited when Gigi asked me to collaborate with her on a post about Dressing yourself at different ages. I am a 40 something woman with a  preppy style. I love wearing anything gingham and monogrammed. The best way to dress is to first figure out what your style of dress is. Next, I would figure out what clothing shapes look good on your figure. You can figure that out by  trying on different pieces. I know I look good in an aline dress because I have a bigger tummy area. I also know I need either petite or regular pant length because I am only 5’2 and 1/2” tall. One other thing I know is more flowy tops don’t look as good on me because I am bigger busted. I would say I never really dress for my age I dress for whats in style and what I like. I will say I would never wear a crop top because I know that is not age appropriate. But otherwise, I feel no holds bar and everything is fair game if it looks good on you. I hope this helps and happy shopping.

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Well fash dolls I hope you enjoyed this post as much as I did. HUGE thank you to Jamie & Nikki for collaborating with me! Girl power is a beautiful thing! Till next time!

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