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3 Trendy Ways to Style Tights (That You NEVER Thought Of)

Tights seem like something your grandmother told you to slip on because your ankles are showing.  But I’m here to show you that tights CAN be trendy, so here are 3 trendy ways to style tights (that you never thought of).

My Inspiration to Style Tights

Korean street fashion is seriously #lifegoals!  It’s cute, trendy, and polished.  All three of these outfits were inspired by various Kpop idols and random people on the street.

Fishnet Stockings

I think it was about six months ago when I saw the first Instagram post of fishnet stockings and socks paired with ripped jeans and a pair of oxford shoes.  Lua from Le-Happy since then has posted multiple shots of this style and I fell in love.  I’ve been following Lua P. for almost six years now. Her Lookbook account was totally #goals!

Using her outfits as inspiration, I’m going to pair these flesh-toned stockings under a ruffle skirt for a cool girly vs. grunge contrast.

Colored Tights

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Colored tights are a statement piece that if done wrong could lead to serious clown vibes.  But done the right way it can be the perfect street style outfit.  I love pairing colored tights under monochrome outfits. This look is simple and super chic- not like your five-year old more is more self with rainbows and glitter and seven layers of necklaces.

Or you can play with color and have an all pastel outfit.

keep it simple!

Black Tights

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Worn under shorts and paired with a button-up for a cute and polished look, paired with sandals

or worn with distressed skirt or shorts with a graphic tee and beanie for a cool 90s and grunge look, finish off the look with combat boots or platform boots.

There are seriously a hundred ways to style tights (and maybe even more).  Whether you’re styling them for some extra warmth or using them for a pop of color, don’t forget to rock them with confidence!

For more style ideas, check out my “How to Style Colored Tights” post!

How to Look Slimmer This Fall (The Five Pieces You NEED!)

look slimmer this fall

Look slimmer this fall with these awesome pieces.  Fall weather is the best!  Plus the leaves are changing and everything just looks beautiful.

In the winter, many of us tend to gain a bit of weight because we’re no longer worrying about our bikini bodies when sweaters totally cover up our food babies. Now, this post isn’t going to make you more toned or slim.  However, it will work with what you have to give you an overall slimmer look.

So, without further ado here are five pieces to help you look slimmer this fall!

The Five Pieces You Need to Make You Look Slimmer This Fall

  1. Wide leg shorts
  2. Fitted Jeggings/ Leggings
  3. High-Waist skirts
  4. Over-sized Tees and tanks
  5. Lace-up dresses and tops

Slimming Bottoms

First on the list are denim shorts.  Since the early 2000s, I know many of us have sported the skin tight bicycle shorts look.  However, have you noticed how tight they are around your thighs?  You take the shorts off and you see a ring around your thighs.  The thigh bulge only makes your thighs look bigger so in order to make your thighs look slimmer this summer…

Try on a pair of shorts that are fitted at the waist with a looser leg.  The wider leg will make your thighs look slimmer (plus, it makes the shorts way more comfortable- no wedgies here!).  For a more feminine look, you can even try shorts with super wide legs.  These shorts (in some angles) even look like a skirt (AND with these shorts you don’t have to worry about that cold breeze blowing your skirt up).

If the nights are cold, then try on a pair of tight-fitting jeggings or leggings (whatever you prefer).  The key to finding the perfect pair is the material.  You want the material of these to be thicker, so they can smooth out our legs and waist for a slimmer, more toned look.  BUT make sure they’re stretchy so that you can still breathe normally, sit down without suffocating, and bend your legs (You don’t want to be stiff like a Barbie doll all night…).  Remember with these five pieces, comfort is KEY!

Another fashion favorite of mine is high-waist skirts because they make your legs look longer and also slimmer! This is also a great way to make you look taller (especially if you’re under 5’3 like me!).  Plus, the high-waist emphasizes the smallest portion of your body, giving you a gorgeous hour-glass shape!

Slimming Tops

Oversized tees are a must-have in any closet (Especially if comfort is your ultimate style test!).  These tees look great tucked into shorts and dresses for a cool, sporty look.  Plus, these tees are soft and super comfy.  The oversized arm holes also make your arms appear slimmer.

A super trendy and very slimming item is the lace-up style dress and shirts.  When the lace up details are on the sides on the body,they help you define an hourglass shape and emphasize the smallest part of your waist.

For more fashion posts, check out my Korean Street Fashion post!

Style Colored Tights (The Easy Way) + Outfit Inspirations from Fashion Week

Colored tights can be an intimidating trend to try out especially when you’re go-to pair of black tights is so easy to style.  It seriously goes with every color in the rainbow.

But if you’re in a style slump then colored tights are the perfect revitalizing solution that won’t break the bank.

The Guidelines to Style Colored Tights

  1. Less is always more
  2. Play with texture

When playing with color, remember less is always more.  One contrasting color or element in a single outfit is enough to make a statement while staying street style chic.

An outfit with multiple colors can lack cohesion and look overwhelming.  So, instead of adding more color to a colorful outfit, play with texture.  Texture can spice up an outfit without adding too many contrasting colors.

The Monochromatic Look

First on the list is the monochromatic look.  During Fall fashion week, many designers and street style enthusiasts rocked the colorful monochromatic looks.

When you style colored tights, an easy way to create a cool outfit is to have a cohesive color theme like warm-toned or cool toned.

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I styled the blue tights with a pair of silver sequin shorts and a blue sweater.  The sweater and tights are a similar shade of blue while the shorts keep the outfit in the cool-toned family.  Plus, there is a variety of texture in this outfit to keep it fun and interesting.

Another fun way to create a monochromatic look is to play with warm-tones.  This next outfit is one of my favorite fall outfits.

I styled pink tights with a burgundy colored midi-dress and for some added warmth, I layered a grey turtleneck underneath the dress.  The different shades of red in this outfit create a subtle contrast that looks both stylish and polished.  And the soft jersey fabric of the turtleneck looks cozy and cool against the lace of the dress.

The Contrasting Colors Look

Navy and lime green may not be the first color combo you thought of when putting together an outfit.  However, it’s a cool combination that is both sophisticated and whimsical.

I think that navy and lime green is a cool combo because the navy is an unexpected neutral that tones down the brightness of the tights.

Another fun neutral is pin-stripes.  The pin-striped top and black bottoms are a classic office staple.  But with the addition of lime green tights, this outfit is now street style worthy.

The bright tights give the outfit a cool, edgy tone.

For more formal events, bright tights can be a fun way to spice up your go-to LBD.

My LBD is a mint green dress with a black lace overlay.  I styled my classic dress with a pair of bright tights for a whimsical twist that is colorful and sophisticated.

The Perfect Shoes

No outfit is complete without an awesome pair of shoes.  You can’t go wrong with a classic pair of black heels or ankle boots.  And always go with the pointed-toe because they elongate the legs, giving you a longer and leaner look.

Or if you want to try something different, you can pair your colorful tights with a cool pair of wedges that is matching in color.  With this look, your legs will look miles long.

With this guide, I hope you can style colored tights with confidence. Let me know what outfit combos you liked best down below!

2017 Korean Fashion Trends (AKA The Street Style Essentials)

My fashion inspiration is Stylenanda and Chuu’s editorial pictures.  They’re layering and styling is amazing and so unique.  It’s honestly a work of art.  2017 Korean Fashion Trends are twists on classic pieces, inspired by color, and plays with textures.

Hyuna and Krystal have been my style icons lately.  They’re take on the 2017 Korean Fashion Trends is awe-inspiring.

Before we get any further let’s map out these trends. What’s awesome about these trends is that you probably have most of these already in your closet!

2017 Korean Fashion Trends

First on the list is the quintessential T-shirt.  Don’t think of it as a lazy day thing or just for pajamas.  Your tee deserves so much more so let it shine by layering a cool blouse underneath it.  A fitted mesh top or striped blouse would turn your old tee in to a street style classic.

Don’t forget to work those ANGLES!  For a more slimming look, try getting a pair of shorts that’s fitted at the waist and looser on the legs.

The next thing on our list of trends is inspired by the 60s/70s, the striped top.  You can layer the striped top under a tee or wear it alone.  This combo looks great tucked in to a pair of high waisted jeans.  If you want a cool grunge look then pair this top with a pair of distressed mom jeans.  And don’t forget your converses to finish off your outfit!

In Korea, oversized tees, sweaters, and cardigans are taking over the market.  They look great paired with short shorts and boots or worn as a tunic with a cool pair of sneakers.  Korean girls love this new look because it elongates their figure and makes them look slimmer.

So, here’s a sneak peak of what I’ve been wearing lately.

First Look: The Classic T-shirt

Korean fashion has changed the way I think about a t-shirt.  Seriously, t-shirt and jeans are no longer a boring outfit.  Instead they are chic, high-fashion items.  When you layer a tee with a textured blouse, it creates an interesting mix of casual meets sophisticated.  Basically the essential key to street style fashion.

What do you think? Would you try this look?

7 Madewell Pieces You Can Find At The Thrift Store

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Spring is in the air in RVA (for the next few days at least).  We’re in the upper 60s and 70s so all I’m thinking about is off the shoulder tops, cutoff shorts, and denim dresses.  Now that I’m in school, most of my money goes to tuition and textbooks.  So, I don’t have much left for any shopping.

After doing a bit of online window shopping (like six hours worth), I’ve concluded that I would like to buy every item that Madewell has to offer.  But that would require having a few thousand dollars in my bank account that I can spend on clothes.

Instead of sitting around and sulking at my bank account, I’m heading to the thrift store to thrift Madewell inspired pieces.

The 7 Classic Madewell Pieces

  1. Chunky sweater
  2. Scarves
  3. Denim dress
  4. Denim Shirt
  5. Skinny Jeans
  6. Basic T-shirts
  7. Denim Jackets

How to Thrift Madewell Inspired Pieces

As with all thrifting trips, you need patience.

Chunky Sweater

I’ve been in love with Madewell since Alexa Chung’s first collab with them.  The Madewell style is classic and chic.  And I’m in love with everything.  There newest designer Joyce Lee Rose has designed some amazing pieces.  Hopefully, I’ll be able to save up for those!!!

Rant aside, let’s get started with the “juicy stuff,” AKA the seven pieces you can always find at Madewell.  The first thing we’re going to talk about is the Chunky sweater, which is a winter essential (Especially in the 20-degree weather we have in RVA).  It’s great for layering over maxi dresses, denim dresses, or just a pair of jeans.  Throw on an oversized hat and you’ll have a Rachel Zoe approved outfit.

Scarves

Blanket scarves, square scarves, knit scarves, or skinny scarves, add the perfect pop of color or texture to any outfit.  And you can find a TON of them at the thrift store. I am currently in love with the plaid blanket scarves from Madewell. They go with everything from t-shirts and jeans to dresses and skirts for the winter.

I’ve been in love with the Madewell brand since Alexa Chung first collaborated with them in 2011. Alexa Chung has been rocking the skinny scarf since 2015 and I’m obsessed.  It’s definitely on my thrift store treasure hunt list.

Denim Dress

One of my favorite pieces from Madewell is their classic denim dress.  It’s perfect for layering and even looks chic on its own.  The denim dress looks great with ankle boots or a pair of sandals. There are always a TON of denim at the thrift store. After a few trips, luck will come and you’ll be able to thrift Madewell inspired pieces for a fraction of the price.  I got my denim dresses for $7 each and a great linen tunic (that looks like denim) for $5.  I love great deals.

Denim Shirt

In order to thrift Madewell inspired pieces, you need to have a style and color in mind.  This will help you navigate the aisles of clothes at the thrift store more efficiently and maximize your chances of finding that classic piece!

When you’re talking about classic pieces, you can’t forget about the denim shirt.   It’s perfect for business casual days at the office or an easy weekend look.  There are a ton of denim shirts at the thrift store.  While you’re looking through aisles, pick up shirts that aren’t typically your size because you never how shirts fit especially if they’re vintage or been shrunk in the wash by the previous owner.

Skinny Jeans

These are definitely a wardrobe staple.  They are perfect for tucking in to boots or worn with converses for an easy casual outfit. Skinny jeans are so versatile.  You can dress them up with a blouse and heels or dress them down with a comfy t-shirt and sneakers.

Thrift stores are overflowing with jeans.  If you’re thrifting for skinny jeans, then block out about three hours for your thrifting trip because you’re going to be browsing many aisles and trying on many pairs before finding a select few that fit.

BUT it’s totally worth it because I’ve scored jeans for $2 that fit like a dream!

Basic T-shirts

With thrifting, you sometimes hit thrifting gold and you find everything you’re looking for and sometimes you find nothing.  But don’t be discouraged.  Go to another thrift store or go back another day because there is always new items being placed on the shelves.

I love shopping for t-shirts at the thrift store.  They have a ton of cool graphic tees and plain tees.  Most of the time, the tees are color coordinated so walk in to the store with a color in mind and you’ll have a much easier time going through the aisles.

Denim Jackets

This last item is very hit or miss at thrift stores but with a little bit of patience, you’ll find the perfect one.  It took me a month to find my perfect one but I found it!  The jacket was only $7 and it was in the perfect wash.  I’m now on the hunt for a black denim jacket.  Wish me luck!

And that’s it for my guide on how to thrift Madewell inspired pieces at the thrift store.  It’s fun and super easy, you just need a bit of patience.

Tell me down below, what you’re favorite thrift find is!

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