I’m A Real Frederick Zoller

I would have to say one of the better parts of living in the Northeast during the fall is being able to actually wear the latest fall fashion trends. (As any South Floridian will tell you, the heat and humidity linger most of the year. It’s not conducive to wearing nice boots, coats, etc.) This year, my favorite trend is easily military inspiration. It’s easy and casual, which appeals to my inner tomboy. Plus, I can see many of the items now in stores working for a safari style come summer.

Here are some sort of recent outfit shots featuring the military trend:

Striped Top- Material Girl (Macy’s); Shorts- Unionbay; Tights- Target; Boots- Target; Bag- Bueno; Wayfarers- Chinatown; Pendant- Borrowed.

I love this outfit! So far I only wore it when I was out and about in D.C. in early October. It was comfortable and stylish. I was a little nervous about wearing my olive green tights (I didn’t want to look like Peter Pan!), but I think they are a great alternative to skinny cargos. This is also an easy way to try the fall shorts trend- the key is to keep the shorts loose. The purple frames were worn to add some color. Hopefully I’ll get the courage to wear this outfit on campus, but with the dip in temperatures, it may have to wait for winter in Florida.

Button-down shirt- Self-Esteem; Striped Top (Underneath)- Material Girl; Jeans- Polo; Rosette Earrings- Colombian street vendor;  Fedora- Target.

Another really comfortable outfit! I layered my striped shirt (which I’m obsessed with) under my army green shirt to keep myself warm. I love the look and feel of this shirt, plus the color brings out the green in my eyes. I wanted to wear this with my gray skinnies, but they need to be washed, so just use your imagination. Oxfords (also seen here) complement the masculinity of this look, but once it gets colder I’m going to have to wear boots. I wore my favorite orange rosette earrings to add a colorful, girly detail to the outfit. Finally, the fedora is one more  fun accessory for today.

Military Trend #1

Striped Dress- Dorothy Perkins; Belted Jacket- Uniqlo; Patterned Tights- Betsy Johnson; Oxford Heels- Rocket Dog; Heart Pendant- ModCloth.

Start with a swingy striped dress in black and camel (one of the season’s trendiest shades). Pair it with an olive green jacket- I choose this belted one. Tan oxford heels add a preppy, masculine twist to the look. Add black patterned tights for extra warmth. Keep the accessories simple- I think this beautiful goldtone pendant would really complement the olive green.

Military Trend #2

Sweetheart Dress- ModCloth; Navy Jacket- Debenhams; Tights- Pret-A-Beaute; Boots- Target.

I don’t know why I created two outfits based on dresses- it was completely unintentional. I guess that just shows you how versatile the classic dress/jacket/tights canvas is. In a way, this look has more colors than the first: navy, cream, olive green, and black. However, these all act as neutrals so while the colors are daring, they shouldn’t be overwhelming. On top, navy and white are a great combo. The jacket’s buttons play up the military look (though I kind of wish they were brass). I love the simple shape and color of the dress combined with the girliness of the detail. To complete the look, slip into tights in olive green (the color always adds a military vibe) and comfortable knee-high boots.

What do you think? Are you a fan of the military trend? Will this convince to try to incorporate it more? Would you wear outfits similar to these? Let me know in the comments!

~ Sarah

In Her Shoes

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Since last weekend was homecoming at Fordham, it was the perfect excuse to do some shoe shopping. I think most girls would agree with me when I say there’s nothing like a new pair of shoes.

“I get something out of them. When I feel down, I like to treat myself. Clothes never look any good, and food just makes me fatter, but shoes always fit.” ~ Rose (Toni Collette), In Her Shoes

Of course the moment I walked into Payless, I fell in serious shoe lust. It didn’t help that I went to three different locations in the last week. I plead the fifth.

These are the pairs that caught my eye:

Payless Shoe Lust

1. Brown Woven Flats, $17. Because every girl needs a solid pair of brown flats- right?

2. Gold Gladiators, $23. My silver gladiators are my go-to pair, but I wouldn’t mind slipping into some sturdy gold ones now and then.

3. T-Strap Wedges, $23. T-straps are classic and the gold-tone goes well with plenty of items in my wardrobe. Plus the small wedge heel is perfect for dancing. And I can attest to that, because I wore these to my Homecoming dance.

4. Strappy Sandals, $23. Simple yet edgy with a bohemian flair. I’m sold.

5. Brown Mary-Janes, $23. These are so very Mad Men. I’m envisioning with them with jeans or even tights and dress for fall. And after all the retro-inspired styles from Fashion Week, these would transition well in the spring.

6. Heeled Oxfords, $25. Simple, chic, and adorable. They remind me of my An Education style post.

7. Platform Lace-up Pumps, $30. These are absolutely ridiculous. Look at those cut-outs! Completely unwearable for a girl like me but I can still appreciate these updated saddle shoes.

8. Ankle Booties, $30. I need these. The midnight blue is a great alternative to the ubiquitous black.

I cannot wait for the next BOGO sale. My wallet cannot take a hit right now, even though I’m pretty sure my dorm room closet has no room for anymore shoes. Decisions, decisions. What do you guys think? Do you have an obsession with shoes? And what do you think about the quality at Payless? Let me know in the comments!

~ Sarah

*not a sponsored post

Fashion Inspiration: Thelma & Louise

Yesterday afternoon, I sat down with my mom to watch one of her all-time favorite movies, Thelma & Louise. It’s a 1990s classic, so it may seem like an odd movie to by inspired by when it comes to fashion. After all, most of the movie takes place in the Southwest and there’s plenty of double denim. Still, with a few fresh updates looks inspired by these two broads are perfect for the dog days of summer.

Look #1: Thelma

Thelma & Louise: Thelma

Chambray Shirt- Old Navy; Floral Cross-Body Bag- Topshop; Embroidered Dress- Forever 21 (Canada); Cat-Eye Sunglasses- Urban Outfitters; Cowboy Boots- Forever 21 (Canada)

This look was inspired by Thelma, played by Geena Davis. At the start of the movie, Thelma is flighty and flirty, and this breezy white dress captures that carefree vibe. Layer over it a chic (unbuttoned) chambray shirt, a revived 90’s fashion staple. The floral bag is kitschy addition to the outfit. The girly cat-eyes with tinted pink lenses add another pop of color. Cowboy boots complete the look- Thelma is a country girl! The ankle length and studs keep the boots modern and not costume-y. If you need more convincing, remember summer boots are worth trying out!

Look #2: Louise

Thelma & Louise: Louise

Straw Fedora- Tilly’s; Turquoise Necklace- Fred Flare; Racerback Tank- Old Navy; Shorts- Forever 21; Satchel- Topshop; Cowboy Boots- Forever 21 (Canada)

Susan Sarandon plays Louise, the antithesis of Thelma: strong, sassy, and stubborn. This look reflects the tough girl vibe Louise gives off. The foundation for the outfit is your basic white tank and cutoffs, plus a satchel for any essentials. The necklace does double-duty as a statement piece with a Western flair. Although Louise wears a cowboy hat throughout the movie, a trendy straw fedora is more wearable. I picked the same boots as the ones in the Thelma outfit (she and Louise are best friends!) but in brown to go better with the overall look.

What do you think? Have you seen Thelma & Louise? Would you wear similar outfits to these? Let me know!

~ Sarah

P.S. Sorry about the lack of decent movie stills. Google Images was not helping.