Fall Print Mixing

Something about fall just makes me want to grab every print I have and layer it all together. Am I alone in this? Using a simple black dress as the base (that is the MOST flattering, btw), I paired together two of my favorite prints, camo and leopard. To throw one more pattern into the mix, I topped off the outfit with a little merlot-hued bandana that IMO, kind of makes the look. Last but not least, my go-to sunnies, peep toe booties, and simple jewelry.

What are your favorites prints to mix and match?

Dress: Leith | Camo Jacket: Forever 21 (similar) | Bandana: Madewell | Shoes: Amazon | Sunglasses: Karen Walker | Clutch: Clare V | Rings: Baublebar | Lips: Kylie Cosmetics (‘Koko K’) | Nails: Essie (‘Bahama Mama’)

Palm Party

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After I saw this skirt on the runway in Tres Carmen’s Charleston Fashion Week show, I immediately went and snatched one up for myself. With its unique blue palm print, bow detail, and incredible movement, this statement piece makes for the ultimate summer staple.

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I went for some major print mixing with this maxi, pairing it with a striped crop top and accessorizing with my favorite leopard clutch. Some may say it’s a whole lot going on, I say leopard is a neutral/so are stripes actually/LET ME LIVE. I did go subtle with my go-to delicate gold jewels and neutral nails. It’s all about balance, guys. Like girl scout cookies for breakfast, but then a salad for lunch.

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One of my favorite details on this piece is the giant bow detail on the back. It’s nice and wide so it cinches your waist in the most flattering way, and everybody (who used to work in bridal) knows that wider sashes always yield the best bows. Shoutout to my girl Jess who doubles as a photographer and professional bow maker!

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Last but not least, I finished off the look with my everyday shades and a bright coral lip. Call me a huge dork, but I’ve been known to refer to my color wheel when styling outfits, and I am such a fan of pops of orangey-reds against shades of blue and turquoise. If you don’t do this, you should try it!

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Bonus: this skirt is also prime for taking dope pics like these. ^

Crop Top: Olivaceous via Pema New York (similar here) | Maxi Skirt: c/o Tres Carmen | Shoes (which you can’t even see because #shortgirlproblems): Dolce Vita | Clutch: Clare V | Sunnies: Karen Walker c/o Ditto (use code TOPKNOTS for your first month free!) | Bangles & Rings: c/o Moon & Lola | Lips: NYX Matte Lipstick (‘Indie Flick’) | Nails: Essie (‘Sand Tropez’)

Photos by Smith Photos + Ink

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

Late for Class

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Happy first day of fall, y’all! Call me basic, but this is my absolute favorite time of the year (other than Christmas, duh). The weather, the leaves, the clothes – oh, the clothes. Today I’m kicking off the best season evs with this layered look to celebrate the return of 75 degree days, ordering hot coffee instead of iced, and being basic at heart (and not at all sorry about it).

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I picked up this skirt at Topshop during my NYC month (#takemeback) and have been waiting for the perfect time to wear it. Although it could be seen as a warm-weather piece, I had big fall outfit plans for this baby. Charleston doesn’t really get the autumn memo until about November, so I’m always trying to find skirts and dresses that will be seasonally appropriate until then. Pairing this skirt with some layers did the trick (doesn’t it always?), so I decided to go with my chambray shirt and metallic rose gold sweater on top. To add to the schoolgirl vibe I was getting, I topped off the outfit with sneakers, a plaid scarf, and my Daniel Wellington watch.

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To accessorize this look, I decided to counteract the sweetness of the outfit with some edgy touches: plum lips, black nails, my leopard clutch, and these fab Karen Walker sunnies. I’ve been trying to decide which Karen Walkers I want for months, then finally my prayers were answered with a little thing called Ditto. If Rocksbox is the Netflix of jewelry, then Ditto is the sunglasses version. For $24 a month you get unlimited designer sunnies delivered to your door, and let me just say that it’s kind of the best thing ever. If you’re as indecisive with sunglasses as I am, you gotta try it – and if you’re on the fence, use promo code TOPKNOTS for your first month free!

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Chambray Shirt: J. Crew | Sweater: J. Crew (similar) | Skirt: Topshop | Sneakers: New Balance | Scarf: Gap (similar here) | Clutch: Clare V | Sunnies: Karen Walker c/o Ditto | Watch: Daniel Wellington | Bracelet c/o Moon & Lola | Arrow Ring c/o Lilli & Tori | Midi Rings: H&M | Lips: NYX Simply Vamp Lip Cream (Temptress) | Nails: Essie (Licorice)

Is anyone as pumped for fall as I am? Comment below what part of autumn you’re most excited about so we can celebrate together ❤

Layering Love

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This winter I’ve been on a huge layering kick – it could be because I’m cold-blooded and need all the help I can get, or maybe because it simply brings any outfit to the next level. My look above would have been okay with just the striped top + sweater, or the chambray shirt + sweater, or the striped top + chambray shirt – but all three together? Magic.

Usually I try to mix up the pieces in my outfit in terms of designers, price points, and general vibe (think Tory + Target, $250 shoes with a $25 dress, grunge boyfriend jeans + pretty peplum top). However, these items, all three from J. Crew, were just asking to be layered. Sometimes things are just meant to be, guys. I’ve been wearing my chambray shirt under absolutely everything recently, so this time with my striped necklace tee (which I purchased immediately after seeing on The Mindy Project #noregrets) was no different. As a result of my core belief that leopard will always make every outfit better combined with a stroke of pure genius, the leopard cardigan happened, making this layered look one for the storybooks. Too much??

Because the top half of this outfit has SO MUCH GOING ON, I kept the rest simple with some black skinnies and minimal gold jewelry. Then, because the J. Crew explosion had me feeling a little bit like a soccer mom on her way to a PTA meeting, I added a sporty feel with white chucks and wayfarers. Do y’all love this look as much as I do? Probs not.

Take home messages: layer anything and everything, print mixing is a bonus (as always), say yes to leopard, Chloe is very humble and modest about her layering skills, watch The Mindy Project, etc.

Chambray Shirt: J. Crew | Top: J. Crew Factory | Leopard Cardigan: J. Crew Factory | Black Skinnies: Old Navy | Sneakers: Converse | Sunnies: Ray Ban | Watch: Forever 21 | Bracelets: J. Crew | Ring c/o Lilli & Tori | Nails: Essie (Lilacism)

Stay tuned for a lesson in layering, coming soon to TK&PD! Thanks for reading ❤