BEANIES // how to wear this season's trendiest hats

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Pink hat / H M gray hat, $40 / Volcom hat / FAUX FUR POMPOM KNIT HAT - BLUE | Express
Beanies are quickly becoming a winter staple. In this day and age, street style trends are circulating faster than ever. Sure, it's just a hat, but accessories take an outfit a long way. These top four beanie styles are not to be missed this winter. 
The Urban Hipster
Everyone recognizes "On Wednesdays we wear pink" as an iconic Mean Girls quote. Quotes and phrases like these basically sass the reader before you even have to say anything. It automatically labels you as cool. And that's a title we'd all like to consider ourselves. 
Sass beanies go perfect with skinny jeans, leggings, and sweatshirts. They're casual and chill so you should not go overboard on jewelry. Think: too-cool-to-care. 
Fair Isle
Below is a updated twist to our seasonal favorite. The Fair Isle print elicits visions of snowfall, ice skates, and woodsy areas (so, Canada). By tradition, a Fair Isle accessory is a necessity. This Volcom hat takes the tradition and revamps it into something new and exciting. The bright colors emphasize the new style and the updated print take the vintage out of it and bring it into the 21st century. As loved as things like the Fair Isle print are, every once in a while it's good to see it introduced to the real world.
This hat and others like would go flawlessly with white and black pieces. It'd look great with all your other casual cold weather items, like puffer vests and (even) Uggs. To add even more street-cool, I'd add finger-less gloves.
Classic Pom Pom
Leave it to Express to sell a perfect winter hat. This beanie has everything: color to connect it to other pieces, a print to make it stand out on its own, and a lovely little fur pom that emphasizes it's cold weather purpose: nothing says winter like fur. The navy and stripes are reminiscent of the east coast: preppy and nautical.
Paired with a black puffer vest and riding boots, you can complete the winter ensemble. Adding a texture, such as lace, can up the sophistication of this casual hat.
Luxe
This hat, although mentioned last, has the most potential of the four. For starters, gray is an easily paired colored, going well with a darker color scheme and a light one. The jewels up the elegance of this beanie, which seems a little odd. Can a beanie really be elegant?
With a lacy dress, sequin skirt, or anything else in that nature, it's possible. Along with high heeled booties, gold jewelry, and tights (which are becoming more of-the-moment by the second), you have a gorgeous New Year's Eve outfit.
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BLAZIN' // how to wear a blazer casually

                                           
Blazers are structured pieces of outerwear magic. This automatically adds form to any outfit. The blazer is not the black, navy, or pinstripe staple for events any longer. It's casual, fun, and a little sophisticated. Wearing a blazer makes any person seem a little more put together, even on the days when you feel the least bit so. 
Let's talk florals. The best thing about this print is that it exudes a certain feel. It is automatically girly and an outfit around a floral basically builds itself. Floral jeans, especially, can easily be used a statement piece. This type of floral gives off a vintage vibe because of the blush pink against the white. The denim and skinny fit update it for the now. This is where one of the many fashion guidlines apply: "If it's tight on top, loose on bottom. Tight on bottom? Loose on top.".  

As mentioned, blazers are so much more now than they used to be. Today, they come in so many different prints, colors, and styles that make it so easy to fall in love. This blush blazer not only agrees with the Fall/Winter 2013/2014 runways, but makes it easy to be up-to-date on fashion. The color can easily be paired with most other colors and looks great with neutral prints. Because the denim print has blush along with green, it doesn't overwhelm the outfit with pink. Staying neutral for a top allows the blush color itself to be the statement, not necessarily the print alone or the blazer alone. 

blazer: Forever 21 top: Old Navy jeans: Forever 21 booties: Ross
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PIECE BY PIECE

In every outfit, I'd like to think, there is a statement piece. No matter how dull, no matter how last season and no matter how eccentric your outfit may be. And sometimes, there are more than one statement pieces. This all has to do with the different styles. I write a lot about being a girly-girl and the differences between that and the contrary, but, in reality, most of us are a combination. Let's be honest, we don't walk around in ethereal lace and a rosy blush everyday, nor are we perpetually clouded in black and studs. Sure, it's fun to dress that way on occasion, but normally we are both. Pieces like these allow for a variety of outfits, fit for the girl with a variety of styles.


For example, these cool, edgy boots have the same sleekness that a rebel might portray, but in this outfit, they're just chic. Imagine them with more leather and chains. Equally as fitting. 


Lace is a gorgeous texture to add to any outfit. White lace, especially, has a certain feminine quality. However, if there's one thing fashion loves, it's juxtaposition. Loose tops and tight bottoms, for example have become, basically, a law. This is why femme lace and edgy leather is so fantastic together. 


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ode to: Proenza Schouler

Proenza Schouler





Proenza Schouler is my absolute favorite line, especially this past fall season (Don't even get me started on Spring/Summer 2014). If you aren't familiar with it, let me catch you up:

The Founding:

Proenza Schouler started off as the senior thesis for Lazaro Hernandez and Jack McCullough who teamed up their last year of schooling at Parsons School of Design. This thesis was turned into their first collection as Proenza Schouler (names taken from each of their mother's maiden names). The collection was bought in it's entirety by Barney's New York. 


Now: 

Proenza Schouler has become one of the most reputable American clothing lines. It has one multiple awards including the Vogue Fashion Fund in 2004 and the 2007 CFDA Womenswear Designer of the Year award, winning that same title four years later in 2011. In 2008 they launched their first ever handbag and shoe line.
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