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Trendy, Effortless School Outfits

Hey girl! Are you getting tired of repeating the same outfits over and over for school? Wanting some new inspo and some new ways to pair your clothes for effortless school looks? I got you! In this post, I’ll be sharing with you my top 3 school looks!

Outfit 1 | Black + Nude Tones Together Always

 

Do you have a pair of favorite black jeans sitting in your closet? Do you also have a nude/creme/brown top? Pair them together and see what happens! I love pairing my black denim jeans with tops like this light brown, button-up cardigan. I’ve also layered a cheetah top under the cardigan so the top of the shirt showed. A cardigan like this is perfect for an easy school look because you can wear it in so many ways! For the colder days, I paired a brown turtleneck under the cardigan and I got so many compliments!

Outfit 2 | Oversized Sweatshirts Every Day

Have you ever felt you couldn’t wear a sweatshirt to school because it was too oversized or not cute enough? Well if so, I’m here to change your mind! For a comfy, casual look, simply roll the sleeves up on your sweatshirt twice, tuck one side into your favorite pair of jeans, and put on your favorite sneakers. Lastly, layer it with some gold necklaces for that effortless “fashion blogger” look. I found this secondhand grey sweatshirt for only $10 and I’ve been wearing it more than anything else in my closet right now!

Outfit 3 | Layering Your Favorite Cami

This next look if for you if you have a bunch of cute cami tops in your closet that you rarely get to wear because of school dress codes! Just grab a white tee or a plain colored long sleeve, and layer it underneath! This is one of my go-to outfits for school if I want more of a dressed-up look! It looks super put together, but it really doesn't require a lot of effort!

*Style Tip: Cropped and oversized zip-up hoodies are also in! Throw one over any outfit for a comfy-cozy look!

 

What did you think of my effortless school looks? I hope these outfits give you some ideas on how to style yourself for school without breaking the bank! As always, thanks for reading!

Blog By: Taiya Maddison | @taiyamaddison

Sweet Valentine's Day Outfits

Who doesn’t love getting chocolate and cute teddy bears? Whether you’re celebrating Valentine’s Day with your significant other or celebrating with the girls, you want to look your best. I’ve put together 3 fun and different outfits to help inspire your Valentine’s Day outfit.

Outfit 1:

For my first outfit, I chose to wear a basic white long sleeve under a fun red slip dress. To accessorize this outfit, I wore my favorite black boots paired with a matching belt, a layered necklace, and pearl hair clip. This is the perfect Valentine’s Day outfit for a date night with your special someone! I love this outfit because you can still stay comfortable and warm while still dressing to impress!

Outfit 2:

“Donut” you love a good sweater? All jokes aside, this outfit is perfect for a casual date or for hanging out with your girlfriends on Valentine’s Day. You can achieve this look with any sweater and your favorite pair of jeans. If you’re looking to achieve a Valentine’s Day look, you can't go wrong with a red or pink sweater.

Outfit 3:

Lastly, if you’re looking for the perfect Galentine’s outfit this one’s for you! To recreate this look, simply pair any Valentine's-themed graphic tee with your favorite ripped jeans and sneakers and then you’re ready to go!  For this outfit, I decided to wear my favorite distressed “love” tee! I had fun with this outfit and will definitely be wearing it to celebrate with my BFF!

Whether you’re celebrating with your special someone or best girlfriends, I hope these outfits give you inspiration for this Valentine's Day!

Blog By: Grace Myler | @gracemyler

2020 Handbag Trends

No outfit is complete without the right bag. Your bag can truly make or break your look. We use them for basically everything, like carrying makeup, sunscreen at the beach, holding snacks, and sometimes we use them just as a fashion piece or to hold our wallets. I am the type of girl who mainly uses the same three staple bags because they match every single outfit I own and they never go out of style. But as of lately, it's been hard to not want to give in and shop for all the great trends and cute bags that are out now for spring. Here are a few bag trends that I am loving for 2020!

1) WOVEN NATURAL FIBERS

 

Take your accessories back to their roots by showcasing the bag made out of their original fibers! This creates a way to add some fun to your accessories. Most of the time these bags will be lightweight and flimsy, which makes them perfect during the spring/summer warmth to carry all your belongings in. These playful bags always look handmade and remind me of DIY arts and crafts! They are usually bright and colorfully decorated.

I loved this one for the pom-pom effect and tassel detail. It's a nice bright white, and like wearing double the accessory. It's not uncommon to see these woven cotton bags come in the form of a tote or a clutch.

2) CHAIN STRAPS

  

Chain straps are back! Well... I feel as though they have always been a timeless detail about a bag, but right now you see them everywhere. Gucci and Chanel are known right now for their chain crossbody bags. With tons of other bloggers always strutting around with their designer bags, many retailers have jumped on the bandwagon of creating lookalike styles for the consumer who may not want to spend as much. That's why I loved this bag! It feels super high-end to me, but I only paid $9 for it!

I really loved the sleek, modern look of this bag. Not only will a chain give the bag something a little extra, but it will be sure to glam up your outfit without having to wear many accessories that day.

3) RATTAN BAGS

  

Straw bags make the perfect spring/summer bag. They're fit for a day at the park, beach, or even the office, and SO cute. Looks like for spring 2020 these bags are back and blooming! I've already seen them all over retailers, and I am perfectly okay with this. There's a straw bag for any taste from small handhelds, rounded, crossbodies, totes, and more. 

I picked up a smaller simple tote bag and added my own personal flair to it with this adorable pom-pom keychain. I’ve seen other straw bags styled with cute handkerchiefs and more! There are many different ways to add your personal style to these fun bags.

  

Over the last few years, I've started to love handbags more and more. I've also learned to truly understand their importance when it comes to completing your look and its functionality. Make sure to take a swing by your local Plato's Closet and see what awesome trends you can spot! As always, thanks for reading!

Blog By: Serena Tomalis | @serenaajoyce

Trends from Plato's Closet (Haul)

Hey girl! We are now in the awkward phase of winter almost finally ending where some days are cold and some are warm. Weeks like this can be tricky to dress for so I stopped by Plato’s Closet to find some fresh transition pieces for my closet! Keep reading to see what I found!

All winter I searched for a grey knee-length formal coat. You know what I’m talking about... Like those firm, formal-looking coats from Aritzia, except preferably a version that isn’t $300! So you can imagine my surprise when I found a perfect dupe for what I was looking for at Plato’s Closet! I found a super comfy knee-length grey jacket/cardigan. The one I found isn’t as formal as the coat I was envisioning in my head (it’s more of a casual cardigan), but I’m so happy with it! I’ve already worn it to school twice since I picked it up!

And guess how much it was? $25, yes, please! It is the perfect transition jacket that isn’t too heavy but can keep you warm on chilly days and not too hot on warm days! Check out Plato’s Closet if you are wanting a fresh jacket for spring because some stores have their jackets on sale right now!

The second piece I found was these white jegging/jeans! That’s a yes from me, thanks! I have had a pair of white denim on my wardrobe wishlist for quite some pair but hadn’t found a pair that fit right. These pants are a cross between jeans and jeggings. They don’t have front pockets but they look like jeans; they are so soft and it barely feels like you're wearing denim! They are originally from Fashion Nova and I got them for only $15! That’s what I'm talking about!

I’ve been so obsessed with selling my clothes that I never wear anymore and putting that money towards new clothes! Who doesn’t want to be able to constantly update and change up their closet without breaking the bank?

Have you picked up anything lately from Plato’s Closet? If not, stop in soon! Talk to you next time!

Blog By: Taiya Maddison | @taiyamaddison

 

Trendy Jacket Layerings

Cold winter months are all about the layers. One of my favorite ways to stay warm and fashionable is by styling jackets. Here are some of my favorite ways to layer over a basic outfit. You can see that the look changes with the different jacket combos. All of these looks are super easy to recreate and you might even have many of the items hanging in your closet. If not, check out Plato's Closet!

Outfit 1:

For my first look, I wore black distressed jeans, a grey turtleneck, a gold layered necklace, and black boots. To elevate this outfit, I chose to layer my favorite puffer coat and pom hat. This outfit is perfect for a winter photoshoot with your besties!

Outfit 2:

To create my second look, I kept the same basic jeans and top. I’m a huge fan of teddy coats, they are so warm and comfy. I really like a pop of color especially in the winter, so this maroon teddy coat is perfect! However, any teddy coat or sherpa will do. Now you’re ready for brunch with your girlfriends!

Outfit 3:

All you need to create this last look is to add a denim jacket. I choose to wear a cropped jean jacket to create my look, but any jean jacket would work for this outfit. Beanies have been super popular this winter season, so grab any beanie to add another layer to your winter outfit! This look is perfect for school or getting coffee with friends.

I hope these outfits give you some ideas on how to layer clothing to stay warm and trendy during these cold winter months!

Blog By: Grace Myler | @gracemyler

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