Far From Basic

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On paper, some might say this outfit is pretty #basic. I mean, it does have the total basic blogger recipe: black and white with a pop of color, the poncho and turtleneck combo, distressed skinnies, a blush clutch, those lace-up flats that won’t stop clogging your insta feed…pretty much all that’s missing is a Starbucks cup. Not only do I kind of hate the term “basic” (and that’s not just because I do a lot of basic things, but like sue me for loving seasonal candles and The Bachelor?!) – however, this look is far from it. Scroll on to see why.

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We’ve all seen the turtleneck and poncho thing about a million times by now – but I decided to amp it up a little bit with some major print mixing. Like, major in the way that it might induce seizures if you look too closely at it for too long. Went for it anyway, pairing with my go-to distressed skinnies and black lace-up flats. I don’t really have an excuse for how that last part isn’t basic, but I will say that those flats are from none other than OLD NAVY (!) and offer the perfect dupe for the Topshop ones that are dupes of the Loeffler Randall ones that are dupes of the Aquazzura ones. Phew. Fashion is exhausting, guys.

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To accessorize, I went with my tortoiseshell Karen Walker shades and this killer rose gold Taxidermy envelope clutch that would eat basic betches for breakfast. As for my jewelry, I stepped outside my studs-only comfort zone with some fancy gem-filled J. Crew hoop earrings, and slipped on a few vintagey Theodosia rings.

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For an edgy little touch on this ensemble, I opted for a dark vampy lip and matte bordeaux almond nails. The combo had me feeling very Khloe K, and I can’t say I hated it.

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Still think it’s basic? Okay fine, but I tried. #basicatheart

P.S. If you ❤ my clutch and will be in Charleston tonight, come to the Taxidermy party at the 94 Spring St showroom – it’s going to be so fab! See you there.

Turtleneck: J. Crew | Poncho c/o Apricot Lane North Charleston | Jeans: Flying Monkey via Stylexchange | Flats: Old Navy | Clutch c/o Taxidermy | Sunnies: Karen Walker c/o Ditto (use code TOPKNOTS for your first month free!) | Earrings: J. Crew | Rings c/oc/o Theodosia Jewelry | Lips: NYX Simply Vamp Lip Cream (Temptress) | Nails: Essie (Bahama Mama + Matte About You)

Photos by Smith Photos + Ink

Wrap Star

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Leather? Check. Olive green? Mhm. All wrapped up with a big red black bow in an oversize collar coat? YUP. This cozy wrap coat combines some of my favorite fall staples, not to mention it’s just about as cozy as it gets. Oh, and it’s also only $74.

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The color of this piece had me at hello, but it was really the faux leather details that sealed the deal for me. Although I also love the look of the coat when worn open on top of a dress (!), I kept it classic with a striped tee, distressed jeans, suede lace-up heels, and a necessary pop of leopard.

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I also went minimalist with accessories (who am I?!), topping off the look with the Karen Walkers that have been on repeat this fall, a single gold ring, and these killer ear crawlers from Theodosia. These black sapphire beauties gave the outfit a little something extra, and I opted for a topknot to really let them shine.

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Last but not least, a pinky-nude lip to balance out smokey eyes and a plum mani for the teeniest bit of color. Sometimes simple is the chicest.

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Top c/o Teal | Coat c/o Teal | Skinnies: Flying Monkey via Stylexchange | Heels: Shoemint | Clutch: Clare V | Sunnies: Karen Walker c/o Ditto | Ear Crawlers c/o Theodosia Jewelry | Ring: Gorjana c/o Rocksbox | Lips: NYX Butter Gloss (Peaches & Cream) | Nails: Essie (Bahama Mama)

Photos by Smith Photos + Ink

California Dreaming

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I know, I know. This isn’t in California. I understand geography (sometimes) and understand that South Carolina is on the opposite end of the country, but I did say “dreaming” so lay off, man! Although I’m an east coast girl, this laid-back look just screams SoCal to me. When I saw this shirt at Teal, I knew I had to have it. I’m already a sucker for plaid but this top has a fun palm tree print on the back, bringing a whole new meaning to “business in the front, party in the back.” Now are you getting the Cali vibes?

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Y’all know how much I love print mixing, so having it on the same piece made my heart explode. Because this top already has a little bit going on, I paired it with some distressed boyfriend jeans. I got these babies on super-sale at Loft (if you’ve never tried Loft jeans, do so immediately) and the price made me feel okay taking scissors to them. They already came a little distressed, but I destroyed the knees and cut off the bottoms to better fit the world’s shortest legs. Gotta love the raw hem trend, amirite short ladies? Ain’t nobody got time to go to the tailor.

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As usual, I probably had a little too much fun with accessories. I recently found these fab mirrored sunnies at Forever 21 for only FIVE BUCKS (!!!) and they seemed like a no-brainer for this breezy, beachy look. Also on repeat, my dainty gold initial necklace courtesy of Maya Brenner Designs. Ever since this pretty little piece arrived in my mailbox, I haven’t taken it off! It’s perfect for layering with my other necklaces and I absolutely love that the tiny C is off-center. Obsessed! As for the rest of my jewelry, I went with my shark tooth studs (because duh), my go-to arrow ring, stacks on stacks on stacks of bracelets, and this gold Gorjana cuff bracelet from Rocksbox that I refuse to give back. Speaking of which, if you’re thinking about trying the Netflix of jewelry, feel free to use my promo code “chloexoxo” for your first month free!

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Since quite a few aspects of my outfit had a lot going on, I balanced things out with a white quilted crossbody bag and simple white chucks. I went back and forth between my chucks and gold metallic slides, but finally chose the former to keep up the cool vibe and polish things off with crisp white pieces. What do y’all think?

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Top: Teal | Distressed Jeans: Loft | Sneakers: Converse | Crossbody Bag: Uptown Cheapskate (similar here) | Sunglasses: Forever 21 (similar) | Earrings: Lisa Kerns | Necklace c/o Maya Brenner Designs | Cuff Bracelet: Gorjana from Rocksbox | Bangles: Bourbon & Boweties | Bracelets: J. Crew Factory | Ring: Lilli & Tori | Lips: NYX Butter Gloss (Peaches & Cream) | Nails: Essie (Coral Reef)