I’ve always thought of turtlenecks as being one of the more … oppressive articles of clothing. In addition to having a fabric chokehold around your neck, turtlenecks cover so much skin that they’ve always struck me as being totally boring. Plus, I grew up on Southern California, where denim shorts with Ugg boots is more typical of winter fashion. So yeah, for the better part of my life, I could give a shit about turtlenecks — but then I moved to the East Coast and had to start dressing for actual real cold winters, and my outlook shifted the more my teeth chattered. And as for being boring? Hardly. Turtlenecks are actually an amazing layering piece for when you want to be especially warm, and they help “winterize” certain pieces in your wardrobe that you maybe thought you could only wear during summer. So, in short, turtlenecks are remarkably versatile snuggly straight jackets and you should totally get one. Like the one above from J. Crew! Once you do, here are three outfits to inspire you! [Turtleneck: $34.50, J. Crew
In some ways, I have not changed a bit since I was 13 years old. I still listen to Pearl Jam and I still rock the hell out of a flannel shirt. If you were a child of the ’90s, chances are pretty good that your closet was once packed with an array of flannel shirts, a hallmark of the terribly named “grunge” era. But flannels are hardly a relic of the past and you should totally add one to your winter wardrobe. First of all, they are warm and comfy. Secondly, the oversized, shapeless style has been replaced with cuts that flatter your figure, making a well-tailored flannel totally appropriate for all sorts of occasions, from office holiday parties to estate sale shopping. Dammit, I love a flannel, and I think you should love them too. Here are three ways to wear this one from American Eagle Outfitters…
The vibe I’m going for with my fashion choices for fall is best described as ’70s high school arts and crafts teacher. You know the cool female teacher at the beginning of “Dazed and Confused” who tells her students that the 4th of July is basically a celebration of “a bunch of slave-owning aristocratic white males [who] didn’t want to pay their taxes”? That’s what I’m going for, only my muse is more into macrame than Das Kapital. ANYWAY, the key piece to any respectable ’70s art teacher look is a pair of clogs. I just ordered this seriously sweet, modernized take on the classic clunky shoe from Madewell (also available in black). I love the heel height and sling back style, plus the closed toe means I’ll be able to wear them well into the cooler months. If you’re feeling as groovy as I am about these kicks, click through to see three outfit ideas (inspired by imaginary events/activities) to wear them with. [$124.99, Madewell]
WAIT! I know what you’re thinking — that culottes are just baggy, long shorts that cannot possibly look good — but please hear me out. If you like full midi skirts, you should really consider trying culottes because they give you the same silhouette — dramatic volume with a tiny waist! — without the risk of exposing your ass should a gust of wind attack. The key to wearing culottes is balancing the proportions of your top and bottom half — because culottes are so voluminous, you should wear them with a tucked in or cropped top. Heels, of course, look great with culottes, but I totally think you can rock them with flats too. I immersed myself in the mindset of a culotte-wearing fashionista and came up with three ways to wear this pair from Topshop. Click on to see all three outfits and then tell me if I’ve managed to convince you to give culottes a shot.
Part three of my unofficial guide to wearing a denim pencil skirt is here! First, I gave you 10 denim pencil skirts to consider buying, then I compiled a big ol’ gallery full of street style stars rockin’ the skirt in a variety of ways, and now, full of inspiration, I’m putting it into practice with three rad outfits that show just how versatile this piece can be.
Jessica is hot for this sweet pair of Nine West ankle boots ($139), but wasn’t sure how to wear them in a way that didn’t scream “Real Housewives of New Jersey.” I happen to think that leopard, while technically a “wild” print, actually functions as a neutral that can really match any color palette, so long as you keep the rest of your outfit simple. Here are three ways I’d rock ‘em…