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HOW TO ROCK PRINTS WHILE PLUS
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Who said big girls can’t’ wear prints?! That’s one of the dumbest thing I’ve ever heard!

Prints are expressive artwork stitched onto clothing. They provide an instant glow up especially on days when you’re feeling less than cute.

Leopard is a go to for me! When I saw the modern approach to leopard in this dress, I knew it was one I had to have.

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5 Tips To Rocking Prints While Plus:

  1. Choose smaller designs - Prints that are smaller in design create a more elevated and sophisticated look. They tend to make the body appear long and lean versus large bulky prints.

  2. Mix in a solid color - Two piece printed suits are all the rage right now. However, pairing with a solid tank or cami underneath makes the look appear more put together and classic.

  3. Wear vibrant colors - Yep big girls can wear color too! Vibrant florals and animal prints (my fave!) instantly makes you feel awake, refreshed and youthful.

  4. Pair prints with neutral accessories - Bring in neutrals with accessories. Neutral tones compliment without taking away from the focal point, which is the outfit.

  5. Have fun! - Fashion is Fun! Seriously, stop taking it so serious!

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DRESS | EARRINGS (SIMILAR) | BELT (In store purchase from Cato Fashion) | SHOES & BAG (Old)

MY FAVORITE SUMMER JUMPSUIT
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One of my favorite summer trends have been the blue and white stripe jumpsuit. Honestly anything blue and white stripes have been a favorite this season. It's a print that is classic, effortless and looks expensive! This casual jumpsuit, from Shein can be worn during the day with a cute flat or dressed up for night with heel or wedge. I paired mine with a white kimono and tan wedges from Torrid and a brown wicker purse (was a gift). Below I have linked this jumpsuit along with other styles that I love ALL UNDER 50! 

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LADY IN RED
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This dress is an actual breath of fresh air! I just love an airy, flowy, feminine dress that wears effortlessly. I stumbled upon this cutsey piece on Torrid's website. When I first tried it on it was an instant hit. The off the shoulder sleeve adds a delicacy that elevates the dress from an easy daytime look with flats to date night sexiness. I tend to gravitate to tea length dresses because they scream grace and elegance. I'm definitely in my comfort zone with this one and loving it! 

This baby is BOGO right now! The link to purchase is below!

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SUMMER STYLE: INTRO CROP TOP
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Crop top season is in full affect and they are my JAM!

I found one that even my most conservative girlfriend would feel confident wearing. I call this piece the Intro Crop Top because it provides coverage while still revealing a little skin. It's off the shoulder neckline is super sexy while the sash provides a feminine touch.  I picked up this beauty from Eloquii and I am obsessed! It's perfect for the girl who wants to stick a toe into the crop top trend because it has sleeves which provide coverage and is a relaxed fit. It's a transitional piece that can be worn casual or formal. I took a more casual approach pairing it with black and white stripe wide leg pants which are so in this season! Stripes are classic and goes with literally anything. The yellow shoes, red lip and big hoops glam it up a bit! 

 

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TOP | PANTS | SHOES | LIPSTICK | PURSE (old)

SUNSHINE BOHO VIBES
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This dress makes me smile, ya'll!

The color is uber vibrant and gives me so much joy! It's crazy how a bright colored dress can literally transform your entire mood.

This gorgeous dress is from Torrid! I have been wearing this brand for years!!! Torrid is a brand whose high quality plus size clothing speak for itself. They were so gracious to send me this beautiful piece (along with others you see in later posts) that I am obsessed with. As you have seen in my last few posts, black was (and normally is) my color of choice. However, the bright sunshine, warm temps (It was 90 degrees when we shot these pics) and blue sky makes me want to wear color. The color yellow is beautiful and versatile on any skin tone, which I love!  As a tall plus girl, maxi dresses are essential to my wardrobe. It's covered up but still shows just enough skin for a little sex appeal. This dress is very lightweight, comfortable and breathable. In fact, you will see this baby on rotation all summer 18. I am wearing a size 2. If you follow me on Instagram , you will notice I have no shame in wearing a piece I love over and over again. 

I styled the dress with oversize round sunnies, a red lip, a brown wicker bag with bamboo straps and black strap sandals. The sandals are also from Torrid.

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DRESS | SHOES | LIP COLOR | PURSE (OLD)

Photography by Kay from Moments with MK

HIGH/LOW STYLE - CROP SET

I love mixing high and low end fashion pieces. I prefer to splurge on outerwear, shoes and accessories because they get more wear. In this look, the two piece crop set is the affordable option from Shein at only $16 for the entire set! Crazy right! And surprisingly, the quality is pretty good. I consider the set trendy and I tend to spend less on trendy items because they only last through one season.

The duster is a splurge item from Torrid. It retails at $79. However, its a piece I can wear over and over again. Plus Torrid always has a good sale.

The black suede slides are from Nordstrom.

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BLACK AND WHITE SET | PINK DUSTER

 

 

 

 

SUMMER DENIM FAVES
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Summer denim is a thing! Much more lightweight than fall and winter denim. They are thinner and more breathable to wear during the hot summer months. During the summer I don't wear jeans often but when I do I prefer a softer, lightweight pair.

As a plus size woman, shopping for denim can be the most stressful experience! It's my least favorite piece to shop for. However over the years I've learned which brands to stick with because they always come through. 

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Here are my favorite brands to shop for summer denim. They never fail me.

1. Fashion Nova Curve -- Listen... Roll your eyes if you want too. Many people have mixed reviews about Fashion Nova Jeans. However, in my experience, they have never failed me. They contour perfectly to my body, lifts the booty and controls the belly (high waist pair). They have the right amount of stretch without loosing their shape and have belt hoops (because a belt is a must for me). I'm 5'9 and they are always the right length (wearing a dark denim pair in the photo). Overall, they are very comfortable, super light weight and can be worn for hours without being uncomfortable. They run small, so size up!

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2. TORRID -- Torrid jeans speak for themselves and the low rise girlfriend jeans are my favorite. They are ripped just enough, cuffed perfectly at the ankle and gives a bad ass vibe to any outfit. The rips in the jeans allow air to penetrate the skin keeping me cool. I love to pair my ripped jeans with a t-shirt or button down. And they fit true to size. P.S. I ripped mine a little more :-)

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3.  LANE BRYANT -- I'm sure you knew this one was a favorite. Lane Bryant Denim has been there for me since I was a teen. I love the quality and durability of their jeans. You can literally wear them for YEARS. At one point, I threw away a pair because I was sick of wearing them. They are super soft, breathable, lightweight and sometimes come in different colors. Although, pricey, they are definitely worth the coin!

4. Style & Company (Sold at Macy's) -- These jeans are just classic relaxed fit and super soft. Plus they are almost always on sale! They are a more classic fit but can styled with a twist. 

FLORAL GALORE AT TORRID'S SPRING DRESS EVENT

I had the time of my life at Torrid's Spring Dress Event held in Atlanta Thursday night! The event was hosted by Mega Blogger, The Curvy Fashionista, Marie Denee at Atlanta's fab W Hotel in Midtown. We sipped on refreshing cocktails and munched on southern bites while previewing Torrid's new spring collection featuring floral galore! The whimsical patterns and bright colors immediately gave me crazy spring fever! 

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As someone who generally gravitates towards a more neutral palette, to my surprise, I saw a few pieces that I had to have. I died over this cropped Moto Jacket with the floral print on the back. It screams sweet and bad ass at the same time (an accurate description of me)! It's the perfect pop to any outfit whether casual or formal. 

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Classic and trendy in polka dots paired with a red lip, cat eye sunnies and this moto jacket... It's a total retro chic vibe.

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It was so refreshing to meet other bloggers and influencers based here in the South. I met girls from Alabama, South Carolina and right here in Atlanta! A few of them I already follow on Instagram and read their blogs. I finally got a chance to meet in person... So exciting! 

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Denim on denim is always a chic vibe! It's a super cool relaxed look that I wear quite often. Peep my Instagram.

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You can never have enough simple black dresses. This lace dress that compliments any body type. Wedding season is approaching and a simple black dress is perfect for the occasion and can be worn multiple times.

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I basically love anything blush! The detail on the back of this kimono makes it a stunna. It is simply perfect and comfortable. The fit runs a little oversize so size down. I'm wearing a 0/00X. 

Thank you Torrid! It was a night I will never forget!

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Blush Kimono | Black Moto Jacket | Black Lace Dress | Polka Dot Dress

FEELING EDGY

Can we have a moment of silence for this outfit?! 

I love to make a statement with fashion and feel comfortable at the same time. It's totally possible! 

As a plus size woman it's easy to fall into a style rut. To ease the frustration, I tap into mixing contrasting pieces. For example, I'll pair edgy and classic styles together (like the look I'm wearing).   

When I laid eyes on this skirt from Lane Bryant I knew I wanted to style it differently from a traditional "pretty" look. The metallic color inspired me to create a 90's urban look with a chic vibe. I paired the skirt with an over size graphic crop sweater from the Gabrielle Union collection at New York & Company. Gabi's collection includes sizes up to XXL (I'm wearing a size XL)! The sweater is so comfortable and versatile because it has a drawstring to adjust the crop length.

The skirt is an easy wear that can be dressed up with heels or casual with a sneaker. I though the bamboo earrings and leather hat where great accessories to top off the look. It makes it more unique and fun. Cat eye sunglasses are hot this season and an interesting piece added to the look. 

Don't be afraid to DO YOU through personal style... No matter how corky, edgy or weird it might look!

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Skirt - Midi Skirt  (Similar Option 1) Skirt- Knee Length (Similar Option 2) | Sweater | Boots | Hat | Earrings (Old- Local Beauty Supply Store) | Sunglasses (Aldo - Purchased in store) | Lip Color | Lip Liner

THE BLOGGER BLAZER

Raise your hand if you are here for the double breasted blazer trend??!

Girl I totally am! 

Generally associated with men's fashion, women are rocking this look all over Instagram! 

Although this look is super simple, I love it! Chic and classic just works. As a plus size women, sometimes we tend to gravitate towards overly sexy silhouettes or unflattering over sized clothing that does nothing for our shape. However, this trend incorporates sexy, polished and bossed up at the same time. It's an easy look that can transition from the office, to a day of shopping or even a night out. 

I kept the look easy and effortless. Y'all know how I feel about an effortless look. I paired the blazer with a collar button down white shirt, ripped blue jeans (brings in a little edge and they're just my favorite), a tan belt and tan boots. You could easily throw on a heel to dress it up a bit. I also paired the look with my favorite nude lipstick. However, a red lip can set this look off too!

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Blazer (Similar) | White Shirt (Thrifted)| Jeans (Old-Macys Style & Co.) | Belt (Michael Kors) | Boots (Pierre Dumas - Purchased at local shoe store)  Sunglasses - (Urban Outfitters- in store only) | Lip Color

5 TIPS TO LOOK EXPENSIVE ON A BUDGET

I'll be the first to admit I love to save a coin and look fly at the same time! Looking expensive while shopping on a budget is essential to my entire existence! It's really easy too. However, you have to be careful not to "look cheap". 

Here are my top 5 tips to look expensive on a budget:

1. Choose Solid Colors -- Honestly, regardless of color, pairing solid colors keeps an outfit chic and effortless. Neutral colors are my go-to. They are fail proof, classic and timeless. Avoid prints as much as possible.

2. Throw on Sunnies -- Sunglasses are a no brainer! Especially an over sized pair. I am wearing my favorite $20 pair from Urban Outfitters. 

3. Wear a quality pair of shoes -- If your entire outfit is affordable, splurge a little on a good pair of shoes. You don't have to break the bank. But, since shoes support your body (I mean you have to walk on them all day) a nice quality pair is essential. A good shoe automatically makes your outfit look expensive. 

4. Clean Makeup -- Keep makeup clean and neat by focusing on healthy skin, clean eye brows and moisturized lips. A little foundation, concealer, powder and lip color gives an instant polished look. 

5. Wear Clothes That Fit -- At all costs, wear clothing that fits! When clothes are too small, it cheapens the overall aesthetic of an outfit. Size up if you have too (I know the feeling). It's okay. No one knows the size on the tag but you. And if shape wear is needed, wear it. 

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Top (Fashion Nova) | Skirt - Old (Forever 21) | Old -- (Bakers) | Sunglasses - (Urban Outfitters- Unavailable online) | Lip color- Rooch by ColoupPop Cosmetics

Use my coupon code RHONDAXO for 20% off Fashion Nova. 

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FASHION NOVA CURVE PLUS SIZE DENIM JEANS -- HOW DO THEY REALLY FIT?

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

I'm starting out recharged and ready to slay 2018! I pray that you have an unbelievable year full of joy, pleasure, an abundance of happiness and success! 

So, here goes the first post of 2018 (Wow... can't believe I'm saying that!)

I have been dying to find quality denim jeans that fit. When Fashion Nova launched their plus size collection (Fashion Nova Curve), I knew I had to pick up a pair. In case you aren't familiar with Fashion Nova, they are an e-commerce clothing giant who's claim to fame rose through Instagram. Known for their extremely curvy models and sexy clothing, the brand has been worn by top celebs like The Kardashians.  It seems that every girl I've come in contact with lately has raved bout the brand.

Since Fashion Nova is known for their high waist denim jeans, it was a no brainer, I NEEDED a pair. They were so gracious to send me over a pair to try out. I am usually a size 20 in jeans so I decided to order a 3X. I was a bit skeptical because I was unsure of how stretchy the material would be but to my surprise, I was impressed by the fit. They sucked in everything! Literally, smoothed out all of the cellulite in my legs, thighs and snatched the waist! 

In fact, I have worn them 3 times already (haven't washed them yet) and they have managed to keep their shape. I'm 5'9 and the length came right above my ankle which is exactly the way they looked on the model. The waist stopped just above my belly button and did NOT budge in the back (big booty girls know the struggle) and they have belt hoops (yes!!). They also have just enough stretch and aren't too soft. I am not a fan of super soft denim. However, they are very comfortable and easy to wear.

The Cons -- They are on the thinner side (compared to my go-to brands like Torrid and Lane Bryant). If you are larger than a 20/22, most likely, these jeans won't fit. 

The price point is around $30.00 but they are on sale for $22.98! And I have a coupon code RHONDAXO for 20% off!

I decided to write this post because several of you asked me my thoughts and if I had given them a try. You were curious like me. This post is NOT sponsored. I just wanted to give you all my honest opinion.

Would I order another pair? Definitely! 

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Denim Jeans | T-Shirt | Booties | Denim Jacket

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HOLIDAY STUNNA VIBES WITH FAUX FUR
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Tis the season to eat hella food until my heart is content (ahh that makes me so happy)!

It's officially the holiday season!

During this time of year I am eating amazing comfort food (turkey, dressing, ham, mac n cheese, sweet potato casserole, potato salad, collard greens, banana pudding, pound cake... just to name a few...Ha!) but I still want to look cute and be comfortable at the same time. 

I decided to elevate my typical casual pair of black leggings with an over sized black blouse and pink faux fur vest. Obviously all black is appropriate for the amount of gluttony I'm going to consume. A vest is my favorite outerwear piece to wear because it glamorizes the most basic outfit. Usually during the holidays I am hanging out at my aunt's house so I threw on a comfortable pair of sneakers. A simple pair of sneakers gives an outfit a clean feminine sporty look...which I love. P.S. These are the most comfortable sneakers I have ever worn! OMGEEE!

To give the look a bit more sass, I threw on an over sized vintage inspired pink and yellow pair of shades. This look is what I call a "Casual Stunna Vibe" perfect for taking bomb Instagram photos and will easily transition from the dinner table to a night out.

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Pink Vest | Blouse (Old - Macys) | Leggings (Rainbow - Sold Out) | Lip Color | Sneakers

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EFF MY BIGGEST INSECURITY -- MY BIG LEGS

I kinda feel weird talking about this but it's my truth and something I hope will inspire. So here goes...

As a plus size woman, my biggest insecurity is embracing my big legs. It's rare you see me in short skirts and completely non-existent for me to wear shorts because honestly, I'm just not comfortable. I have lots (and I mean lots) of cellulite on my butt, thighs and legs which can be overwhelming. Whether my weight is up or down, it seems my legs just never change. Even as a little girl, I was known for my big hair and big legs. As I got older, they became more of a negative sight because it was associated being overweight which I HATED! It wasn't until my later teen years, I realized my body was different from those around me.

About 10 years ago, I lost 75 lbs (which most I've gained back) and although it's a significant loss, I still couldn't find the confidence to show my legs. I absolutely DESPISED this insecurity! 

I always admired how toned my sister's legs were.  Courtney inherited her toned legs from our mom's side of the family. Me on the other hand inherited dad's side of the family who is definitely not lacking in the hips, legs or butt area! After years and years of covering up, I realized I had to start pulling away the layers of insecurity surrounding my body. I started to realize it's less about vanity and more about embracing the body I was born with. I mentioned earlier, I was the little girl with the big hair and big legs. And to this day, I still have big hair and big legs and it's just apart of me.  

At 33 years old I'm learning to embrace my body in any and every way possible, no matter it's imperfections. During the summer months, it's to hot to always cover up! I love experimenting with sexy lengths and silhouettes. I have decided not to restrict myself because of my insecurity. I'm grateful for the body positive movement that has gained momentum on social media, specifically in the plus community. I am inspired by women who literally wear what they want and can give two craps about what society thinks! I am HERE FOR IT! While some are more riskier than others, its extremely empowering! Now don't expect to see me prancing around in cut off shorts or mini skirts, but I am gradually experimenting with shorter pieces that make me feel confident and comfortable.

I've stopped beating myself up and you should to. If we don't like something we have two options; change it or accept as is and move on. Life is just to short. Rome wasn't built in a day so don't expect an immediate change in self perception. It takes time. Step by step, day by day. 

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This post is inspired by this little black skirt. While browsing the aisles at Target (because their women's ready to wear has been SLAYING lately) I came across this black skirt. It was a bit more fitted and shorter than what I generally go for but I couldn't deny how cute it was. The split detail on the front gave it an extra flare that I couldn't resist. I love the contrast of the soft blush pink top against the velvet black textured skirt. I felt this look embodied a little sweet and sass. 

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Top | Skirt (Similar) | Booties - Old (Nine West) 

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FALL STAPLES

Welcome back! I took an unexpected week off from posting last week. Ya know, life happens (sigh) but it goes on so, I am back! Yay!

I am a huge fan of staple pieces!

Seriously, hats, jackets, t-shirts, comfortable denim and neutral color shoes. Having these pieces will take you a long way giving you unlimited wearable options. I know what you're thinking, you look ridiculous in hats, but I promise there is a hat style and size that fits your head. Trust me. Coming from a girl with a big head and even bigger hair. I purchased this hat and jacket at Forever 21 last year and they have held up well. The ruffle top was on sale at Lane Bryant earlier in the summer and the denim jeans were a sale find at a Macy's One Day Sale (Ha! Yes, they still have those). I live for a sale in case you couldn't tell!

Staple pieces also transition well throughout seasons. For example, a tee shirt can be worn over a turtleneck for a layered look in the winter months and a hat can instantly elevate the most basic airport attire when traveling. 

In the photos I am wearing a white tee with ruffles. I love this top! It softens the look of this otherwise more edgy outfit. It transitions from work to play which I go for when choosing transition items to layer. 

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Hat (Similar)  | Top | Jacket (Similar) | Denim Jeans -- Old (Style & Co)| Booties - Old (Bakers) | Lipstick -Rooch Colourpop Cosmetics 

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5 MUST KNOW TIPS TO FINDING BOOTS FOR A WIDE CALF
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Clearly I have Fall on my mind but as I'm typing this post it is 90 degrees in Atlanta! Fall, where are you?!

What I love most about Fall, besides the cooler temperatures, is the fact that it is boot season! Until a few years ago, finding over the knee boots to fit my wide calves was a huge challenge. Retailers weren't catering to women who had calves larger than the average woman. I appreciate the plus community advocating for retailers to recognize the need and finally they began to listen. I find myself gravitating to an over the knee boot more often because they are super sexy, gives a sleek silhouette and elongates the body. 

Here are my top 5 tips to choosing the perfect boot for wide calves:

1. Always Measure Your Calf --  This is extremely important especially when shopping online! If you don't have a tape measure, most stores can measure your calf for you. 

2. Know Where to Shop --  Familiarize yourself with stores that sell wide calf boots. Torrid and Lane Bryant have great choices in store and online. They are my personal fave. 

3. Look for Elastic -- Whether you are looking for a structured leather or suede boot, look for the boot to have elastic. This will give you more stretch for comfort. 

4. Size Up -- This has been a go-to for me! Yes, the boot maybe a tad bit longer in length but sizing up gives me more room at the calf. 

5. Find a Shoe Tailor or Repair Shop -- Finding a local shoe tailor is essential! They create magic when it comes to repairing shoes. They can add more material to boots to make them fit custom to your calf. A quick google search can locate one near you!

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Denim Top- Old/Ava and Viv Similar | Skirt - Old/JCPenney -Nicole Miller | Boots- Similar | Sunglasses - Old/Gift

FALL TRANSITION: METALLIC SKIRT EDITION
Eloquii Metallic Maxi Skirt

Let's just start this post stating the obvious... This metallic skirt worn as top is just genius! 

I bought this skirt during a huge end of summer sale at Eloquii. Its an amazing piece that will transition easily throughout the different seasons. I had a chic fall look in mind while styling this although Atlanta is 90 degrees in late September :-/. Super sweaty during this shoot!

I channeled my inner June Ambrose, stylist extrodinare, when experimenting with pieces outside of it's obvious purpose. It's cost effective and elevates the originality of the look. I'm totally guilty of wearing an item once and never wearing it again. However, there are just some pieces that are staples that will be worn over and over. 

I challenge you to shop your closet for pieces that can be reinvented. Fall is a great season to experiment because summer pieces can transition easily with throwing on a belt or jacket to change up the look. Plus you look more effortless and chic.

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To style the look, I tucked the front of the skirt in and left the back out for a dramatic tail effect. I paired it with ripped denim jeans, a blush moto jacket, ball drop earrings and nude pumps. Oh and get used to the cat eye sunnies. They are my latest obsession! 

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Shop the Look:

Skirt/Top- Eloquii | Jeans- (Old/Torrid) | Jacket (Old/Forever 21) | Shoes (Old/Nine West) | Earrings | Sunglasses

 

This post is not sponsored. All opinions are my own.