Ways to Wear it Now & Later

It’s not too early to start shopping for fall – the Nordstrom Anniversary sale is on after all. But since there are certainly still steamy days ahead, look for pieces that you can wear during the dog days and into next season. I’ve been scouring the world wide web and styled my favorite picks for the hot summer and brisk fall. It’s borderline agonizing to wait to wear your awesome new clothes so have fun integrating them into your wardrobe now.

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Rock Your Socks

Socks are all too often regarded as undergarments. It’s true that they are a practical article of clothing; they are hygienic and comfortable. But there is so much more to them than Hanes bonus packs. There lies an untapped potential for great accessorizing!

As early as the 8th century BC, ancient peoples wore primitive versions of the foot-huggers for warmth. They were made of animal skins and matted furs and had to be tied up around their ankles, but they had they right idea. Centuries later, nobility were wearing colorful knit, silk, wool, and velvet socks to accentuate their sexy calves (Louis XIV knew how to work it) and their wealth. When nylon became widely available in the 20th century the sock as we know it came to be. Well sort of. Mostly they came in solid colors or stale patterns and people seldom gave them the respect they deserve.

Today, we’re in the midst of a sock renaissance. The once underrated pieces of clothing can be found in just about any style/color/pattern/material fathomable. Instead of hiding your socks under your jeans or shamefully tucking them into boots, have pride in the pairs you sport. Unique socks can amp up an outfit as much as any statement necklace.

This season accessorize below your knees. Be on the lookout for frilly boot socks, cozy neon camp socks, dainty patterns, or knit thigh highs and pick up a pair that suits your fancy. Your feet do great things, reward them with trendy socks.

1. Metallic Cuff Thigh-High Sock – $14
2. Summer Sweater Over-The-Knee Sock – $14
3. Marled Stripe Over-The-Knee Sock – $14

1 & 2. Corgi™ Cashmere Colorblock Socks – $88
3. Bow Trouser Socks – $13

1. Hot Sox ‘regimental’ Metallic Over The Knee Socks – $15
2. Make + Model ‘color Twist’ Lounge Socks – $18
3. Nordstrom ‘sparkle’ Trouser Socks – $7

Finally, a shout out to Bob whose affinity for sock culture inspired this week’s post! Happy birthday!!

Presents by Polyvore

Birthday time is the perfect opportunity to mull over the options in your closet and reflect on another year of your style. I personally like to dramatically pull open the doors on my wardrobe simultaneously a la Carrie Bradshaw. I am always underwhelmed.

When October approaches (where did the year go, by the way?) I start to get the “what do you want for your birthday” emails and phone calls from my mom and dad and grandma and aunts. Typically, I don’t have anything to tell them. “Clothes,” I think, but I would never dream to express it verbally because I fear what I may end up with.

There are of course standard gift cards, but I dislike their impersonal quality. Moreover, I still love opening presents. To avoid opening a bunch of flat envelopes I opted to make a wish list this year with my favorite online shopping utility, Polyvore.

Polyvore works like a digital scrapbook for all of your wildest fashion dreams. Users drag and drop items on the site, which are all available in stores or online, to a white canvas and organize them in an aesthetically pleasing manner. Depending on taste, a Polyvore “set,” as they are called, can end up looking like a mood board, a magazine spread or more collage-y.

The site conveniently organizes all of the items on the page into a shopping list that tells the brand, the store and the price of each piece. When sets are published they can be shared with friends and family or saved for personal reference.

After wasting hours perusing online stores I finally edited down my birthday wish list to these 6 things. I think they’ll fit seamlessly into my wardrobe and give some of my well-worn favorites relief.

  1. Wine colored, high-waisted jeans – This romantic color is all over the place this fall. It’s less bright than the pastel jeans from spring and summer so it will work perfectly for the darker, colder months ahead. Plus, they are really easy to wear and automatically have much higher cool factor with a simple t-shirt than standard blue jeans.
  2. Chunky sweaters – Need I say more? My closet is full of them already because it’s beyond easy to throw one on and look put together in a snap.
  3. Black Doc Marten’s – I wore these in brown as a gangly second grader. As much as I would like to avoid going down that memory lane, my boot collection feels incomplete without these.
  4. Kate Spade stud earrings – These come in oodles of colors at a really reasonable price point (under $40!). I’m digging the black though because you can wear them with anything.
  5. Pleated leather mini-skirt – I get so much flack from friends when I stop at the mall to admire these gems. I really want one. What’s more glam-rock than a full, girly silhouette in black leather?