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Seasonal Staple Accessories

If you’re like a lot of my friends, now that Halloween is over you’re probably getting fully into the spirit of winter. As the weather cools down and the holidays approach, it’s time to start getting our wardrobe winter-ready too! I have been seeing so many cute accessories trending this season that I am so excited to wear as I transition into winter fashion. I am going to share a few of my favorite winter accessories and how I style them! Hopefully, you can take some inspiration from these outfits and adapt them to fit your style and climate!

Leather Jackets and Chelsea Boots

These are two staple items that everyone should have in their wardrobe this season. Leather jackets truly never go out of style and are super versatile. Pair your leather jacket with a simple dress, tights, and boots for a chic feminine look, or you can style it with jeans and a graphic tee for a polished everyday outfit. You can easily dress a leather jacket up or down depending on your shoe choice as well. I wore these Chelsea boots, which are another popular winter accessory, for a slightly more polished look. Chelsea boots are the perfect addition to your winter wardrobe because they are perfect for rainy weather and are super versatile as well!

Bucket Hats:

We have seen 90s fashion making a major comeback all year, everything from tennis skirts to small shoulder bags, and now, bucket hats! These cute little accessories are a major trend this fall and winter. I’ve seen so many different styles of bucket hats: simple black ones, fuzzy ones (perfect for cold weather), and fun patterned ones! Since there are so many styles available, they are an easy addition to your wardrobe. I recently got this adorable dinosaur one (really embracing my inner child) and a zebra print one! Staying consistent with the 90s inspiration, I paired my bucket hat with a white tennis skirt and an oversized sweater.

Bandanas/Hair Scarfs:

Bandanas are another popular 90s trend that is coming back this season and I’m totally here for it! There are a bunch of different ways to wear these trendy little pieces, but I just chose to go with this classic look. You can also style them with a high ponytail or even wear it as a neck scarf. I then paired it with a cozy lilac cardigan and my favorite white cargo pants for a simple, but pulled-together look.

90s Shoulder Bags:

Lastly, small shoulder bags are another closet staple of mine this season! They are the perfect accessory to any simple winter outfit. I have seen these little shoulder bags start to gain popularity all the way back in spring, but they are still just as popular as we head into winter! I paired this snake-skin orange bag with a complimentary white and blue sweater. I then dressed the look down with some baggy boyfriend jeans and sneakers. This is one of my go-to winter outfits when I want to be comfortable, yet look styled.

Hopefully, these winter accessories gave you some inspiration as we head into the new season! Thanks for reading!

Blog By: Ember Sierra | @essentiallyember

Spicing Up Your Wardrobe With Denim

My favorite time of the year is finally here … fall! If you know me you know I absolutely LOVE fall! I love it all! Fall colors, hot apple cider, apple orchards, and of course pumpkin patches. Not only do I love fall and all of the fun fall festivities, but I also love fall fashion. Now that we move into the colder months it’s time to break out all of your favorite layering pieces and jackets. Today I wanted to share with you three of my favorite ways to wear denim this fall.

 

Fall into fall in fashion this year by wearing your favorite denim dress! I paired my favorite denim dress with a basic white long sleeve to layer this outfit and to stay warm as the weather begins to get colder. To spice this outfit up, I decided to pair it with my favorite white fall booties. This outfit is simple, yet so cute & fashionable.

 

One of my go-to fall layering pieces is jean jackets! They are so cute & they are a great way to add a layer to your outfit. This fall I’ve been noticing lots of neutral-color jean jackets and I have to say I’m obsessed! Since this is one of my new favorite trends, I had to show you guys how I style it! For this outfit, I wore a basic grey turtleneck top, a natural cream jean jacket, and my favorite pair of jeans. I also wanted this look to be a little more casual so I decided to throw on my white sneakers. This look is super comfy & easy to recreate this fall.

I’m obsessed with this last look! The fall shades of brown are in, so of course, I had to try it out! To create this look I wore my favorite seamless brown tank, added my cropped denim jacket, & a pair of black high-waisted distressed jeans. To dress this outfit up I decided to wear my white booties. This will definitely be an outfit I will be rocking this fall and I hope all three of these outfits inspire you to bring some spice to your wardrobe this fall!

Blog By: Grace Myler | @gracemyler

Top 3 Shoe Trends for Fall

With fall in full swing, there's no doubt one of our favorite things about the season's change is revamping our wardrobe with some new shoes and boots. While the fall/winter NYC Fashion Week runway showed us many of the trends we'll see in the upcoming months, today I wanted to share my personal favorite 3 fall shoe trends to come straight off the runway from this season.

 

From boots to heels to flats, the trendy chain details on bags and our chunky jewelry have now been brought down to our feet. The chain links add such a nice touch to shoes and also add that effect of making them look more expensive than we probably bought them for.

 

When I think of chains on shoes, Gucci's Princetown Lamb Fur Mules instantly come to mind. Plus, I found an amazing lookalike which I'll picture below! Many trends are always derived from these luxury brands and enter the trickle-down effect to many retailers. I'm specifically loving the statement on these mules, not to mention there are so many ways to style these shoes. So far, my white chain mules have totally ended up being my favorite shoes this fall. 

 

As a fresh alternative to the other neutral picks in your closet, white booties have become the new taupe. Although I personally don't think taupe booties will ever go out of style, white has definitely taken over its place this year!

I love the way that white booties can brighten up an outfit and how they bring those fresh, bright, and cozy vibes to an outfit. Just as much as black, white is neutral too. They make an ensemble feel fashion-forward and different. I personally love the way they look with florals for the fall. I've been wearing them non-stop and you can see the few different ways I've styled them below:

The last trend I'm loving is knee-high boots. Tall boots have been a consistent trend for almost a decade now. They are an accessory that works for so many body shapes, sizes, and types. Knee-high boots were a must-have from 2010-2015, but the trend came very tired, and slowly rose to thigh-high boots for the last few years. I'm happy to tell you that knee-high boots are definitely back, and this time, designers and retailers are focusing on the heel height. Snakeskin and crocodile texture are specifically trending in this style, but I'm going to stick to classic tan suede.

In the past knee-high boots were typically styled with short dresses, scarves, and cardigans. While some of these are still trendy, keep in mind the heel height has changed, making us appear slimmer and taller. This year, style your knee-high boots with a chunky sweater and some denim, or even a fur-knit coat and leggings. You can also go the boho route too, and wear your leggings under a skirt to keep your legs warmer. Remember to save your thigh-high boots for dresses and skirts!

As always, thanks for reading and I hope some of my favorite shoe trends will give you some inspiration on how to rock your own runway this fall and winter! Don't forget to check out your local Plato's Closet for these up-and-coming shoe trends this year at up to 70% less of the regular retail price!

Blog By: Serena Tomalis | @serenaajoyce

Swap Out Your Summer Staples For Fall Fashion

It’s officially fall, which means it's time to swap out our summer staples for some new fall fashion! Here in California, it’s not quite cold enough to bundle up yet, but we can still enjoy some of the latest trends this season! Hopefully, these outfits will give you some inspiration as you update your wardrobe for the new season or simply try to transition from your summer styles into fall fashion!

Browns and Neutrals:

A neutral, monochrome look is always an easy way to look stylish. Fall is the perfect time to experiment with wearing more earthy colors and jewel tones such as tan, ivory, and emerald green. For this look, I paired some cream wide-leg jeans with a neutral colored floral tank. I also added my favorite brown, everyday sandals from Plato’s Closet and finished off the look with a dark jewel-toned bag. By simply swapping out your summer shorts for a pair of thick jeans, you can continue to wear your favorite summer tanks as you transition into fall!

Midi Dresses and Strappy Heels:

Simple, strappy sandals have become one of my favorite current shoe trends. They pair well with just about anything, from dresses to jeans and a graphic tee. If it’s still slightly warm in your area, you can still wear your favorite summer dresses into fall by simply adding a denim jacket or cardigan over them. Leather jackets are also another fall staple that you could easily add to your dresses. I typically go for autumnal shades, such as this sage green.

 

Tennis Skirts and Bulky Sweaters:

When I think of the top fashion trends this season, at the top of the list is certainly tennis skirts. These sporty little skirts have moved from the court into mainstream fashion, and I am obsessed! For this look, I threw on an oversized sweater and finished the look with some platform converse for some extra height. Following the preppy vibes, argyle sweaters are another trend this fall and pair great with tennis skirts. This look is totally customizable depending on the climate too. For colder days, layer a collared shirt under the sweater, this will add a preppy detail and keep you extra warm! If you have a black tennis skirt, layer some black tights underneath with matching black shoes and you’ll have another great (and warm) outfit!

 

Textured Handbags:

Another major trend I’ve been seeing this season is crocodile-patterned or snakeskin-textured handbags. These bags are the perfect accessory to make any outfit look more put-together. I recommend accessorizing with fall colors like this burnt orange. Jewel tones are always a staple in any fall wardrobe, look for emerald green, ruby red, and amethyst purple accessories to finish off your looks!

 

Cardigans and Bold Prints:

This fall, bold patterns are definitely popular, from gingham to patchwork denim. This cropped zebra print cardigan is a great example of how you can easily incorporate bold patterns into your wardrobe this fall. I kept the rest of the outfit simple and opted for this red bag to tie the look together and add a pop of color.

Hopefully, these outfits give you some inspiration as you transition from your summer styles to fall fashion!

Blog By: Ember Sierra | @essentiallyember

Trendy & Classic Transitional Fall Outfits

Hey girl! Are you loving the chillier fall weather yet? I’m not a fan of the freezing cold, but I do love the chillier weather so I can finally wear my turtlenecks and layer all of my favorite comfy clothes! Today I’ll be sharing 3 of my favorite trendy & classic transition outfits for fall with you.

Outfit 1: Black & White

 

I am a sucker for black & white everything, seriously. I am obsessed with this pair of straight leg white denim and straight leg full-length denim is all the hype right now! I love the classy look of the white denim, and I paired it with my favorite black turtleneck that I tucked in! I also wore this outfit with my favorite tan jacket. Shackets are also ALL the rage, have you been on Pinterest lately? Trust me, they’re definitely in trend!! And what’s an outfit without a classic pair of Air Forces? You can’t go wrong with white sneaks!

Outfit 2: Blazer All Day Every day

 

Do you own a statement blazer yet? If you don’t yet, girl you need to get one ASAP! They make any denim and top combo instantly classy and high fashion! Pair your top/denim combo and blazer with simple accessories or jewelry, and voila: an easy and trendy fall outfit! To further tie together the outfit, I paired it with my classic black Docs and tan hair barrette!

 

Outfit 3: Turtlenecks On Cardigans

 

Oh, how I love myself a good turtleneck ... I pair those bad boys with almost everything for the fall and winter months! I love pairing my turtlenecks under dresses, tank tops, jackets, and of course ... cardigans! Layering elevates every outfit; you just can’t go wrong! I threw together my black turtleneck, my tan cardigan, my straight leg denim, and a pair of Docs! Did you notice the straight leg denim again? I told you I was obsessed! I also threw on a chunky gold chain to add a little extra touch because who doesn’t love a good gold necklace?

What did you think of my 3 trendy & classic fall outfits? I hope these outfits give you some inspiration or something fun to look forward to during your fall shopping! Make sure to take a swing by your local Plato's Closet and see what awesome trends you can spot this cold-weather season! As always, thanks for reading!

Taiya Maddison | @taiyamaddison

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