I know first hand that looking good is the key to feeling good, inside and out. As I dealt with the reality of a cancer diagnosis at 16, I realized that I want to make it my mission to share my love of fashion with others and help people to feel good about themselves more than just on the surface.
With cold season, midterms, and finals approaching, sometimes it’s impossible to look your best when you’re not feeling the greatest–But I have a solution! Below are some COMFY, stylish outfits that will help you look good AND feel good.
Aztec is on trend right now! Whether it’s a simple black and white contrast, or pop of bright colors, Aztec sweaters and cardigans are a perfect way to stay warm and beat your winter blues!
Via Charlotte Russe
Pair this with a slouchy dolman tee, or solid colored crewneck, leggings, and cowboy boots or moccasins and you’ve got a feel-good outfit for a gloomy fall day!
Do you love leggings? I have quite the collection of under armor-like compression leggings, they keep me active and standing upright with a fainting condition, but they aren’t the most fashionable. I finally found a solution give them a simple makeover:
Jazz up your boring leggings with printed legwarmers. Available at Charlotte Russe for $8.99
Stay warm and dress up your leggings (and jeggings!) with fun boot socks or legwarmers.
And on the same topic of leggings: Printed leggings. Leggings SHOULD NOT be considered pants in almost every situation, but printed leggings are an awesome statement piece for your wardrobe that can be dressed up to perfection. Pair with a neutral, over-sized slouchy sweater or cardigan, and fringed boots.
The perfect statement piece for your wardrobe! Printed Navajo Leggings, $35 at StyleLately.com
Keeping with the trend of layered comfort, here are some chic, real life outfits spotted on instagram:
J. Crew Inspired by Lauren Sharnsky
Lauren says of her outfit,”I think someone could wear this outfit literally anywhere. It’s versatile enough for grocery shopping, school, church, etc. but I think the best would be worn on a date”
“Bold statement necklaces make a simple outfit complete,” Lauren says.
J. Crew is a center of inspiration from the extravagant window displays to its signature layered outfits with just the right amount of sparkle. In fact, J. Crew offers a wide selection from prints, to plaids, and versatile solids that mesh well to create the perfect outfit. “I love how the colors (and prints) are coordinated together,” Lauren says of J. Crew.
Lauren put this outfit together with J. Crew’s style philosophy in mind: Lauren balances the right amount of flair and style, with comfort. Of her look, Lauren reveals “I make sure I get the correct sizes of clothes so that they look flattering. This outfit has the right amount of tightness and space to move around in.” Lauren brings up a very good point about layering: with the correct fit, layering can be done so comfortably. Tightly-fitting garments can be restrictive and don’t leave very many options for layering. Lauren thinks this is the perfect fall outfit because “It’s warm but not too warm. And the colors are rich which so perfect for fall.” And just like J. Crew’s signature last touch: Lauren completes the outfit by adding a touch of sparkle with a statement necklace. “(J. Crew’s) bold statement necklaces are adorable and make a simple outfit complete,” she says.
Styled by Meganne Eddie:
Color, texture, and pattern are three key elements Meganne utilizes when styling the perfect fall outfit.
If you know Meganne, you might describe her as the “Cardigan Queen.” The cardigan is the foundation piece of the outfit while also allowing for fun and functionality.
“A lot of the pieces I wear function for me all year around, but in fall I’m able to really play with layering. Color, texture and pattern play a big role in how I pare piece together. Both outfits definitely showcase that. There are lots of elements like wools, knits and denim all blending together to give me that perfect look. And the best thing about layer!?!? If you get a little warm you could remove pieces without interrupting the look.”
Pretty Little Liars Inspired by Amanda Antenucci
Blazer-target, blouse-tre sorelle boutique in little Italy, jeans-Levi’s, flats-Sam Edelman, watch-Michael Kors, glasses-vintage and ring from Tiffany and Co.
Amanda says of her outfit, “I’m obsessed with Pretty Little Liars and one of the main characters wore a punk plaid blazer with a striped tee, this was my cool weather version that chic enough for work and shopping/dinner. It’s the perfect fall outfit bc it’s comfy, it’s layered for ease and warmth and these pieces never go out of style. I’m all about mixing prints in the same color scheme and fit.”
Phillip Lim for Target Styled by Natalie Koch
“To have the ability to mix and match between conventional ready for work and fashion forward for everyday chic, was brilliant on their part,” Natalie Says of Phillip Lim’s collection for Target
“If you were timely and persistent in getting your hands on some of the Phillip Lim for Target consider yourself fortunate. The Collection in its entirety was close to being sold out companywide within the first day of its launch. What I love so much about the Collection is the consistency between pieces. To have the ability to mix and match between conventional ready for work and fashion forward for everyday chic, was brilliant on their part. Not to mention, Phillip Lim quality at an unbeatable value. Three pieces I personally adored were one, his comic book boom sweatshirt because nothing is trending more in current fashion than comfort! Also, orange & blue leopard scarf, which Lim used the oversized pattern liberally within the collection to give you plenty of options to choose from. Both can be worn in accordance with pieces from the rest of Philip Lim for Target or pieces you already have in your wardrobe for fall weather layering. Of course, the look had to be topped off with one of his trapeze bags. The covetable totes came in an array of colors but I chose taupe to take me from daytime occupation to evening street style.”
Stay tuned for more style tips and trends! -xoxo