Everyone needs a casual Friday now and then. But casual doesn’t have to mean no sparkle! I was cleaning out my closet a few weeks ago and almost ditched this baggy old sweatshirt (look familiar?) because I’m not typically a sweatshirt kind of girl. It does hold some sentimental value however, since it was one of my favorites when I was younger, so I decided to give it a second chance by taking it in a little. But why stop there, when you could *bedazzle* it? So I had a little fun with embroidery thread and beads. Lesson of the day: never underestimate the potential of a garment.
Tonight my friend Astrid and I are heading out for a night on the town! For us, that just means going to the movies, but we decided to get a little extra dressed-up just for fun. Mostly we wanted to show off our snazzy new purses that we got from this hole-in-the-wall Etsy shop that I discovered last week. Get this- they’re real leather, one-of-a-kind, and they even come with little matching wallets and money inside! Definitely will be shopping there again. And yes, I realize that you will all have “Sunglasses at Night” stuck in your head for the rest of the evening. I think the studded purse and chain necklace went to my head and I couldn’t put the rockstar sunglasses down. It’s just too much fun.
What I’m Wearing:
Purses: designsbyorvie on ETSY
Dress: KateLaurenDesigns on ETSY
Jacket: AG 2012 Holiday Accessories
Tights: AG Winter Magic
Boots: AG Horse Lover
Necklace: 2SistersSewCrafty on ETSY
I’m really feeling the vintage pieces today. I don’t usually go for the tucked-in look with these pants because they are so high-waisted, but by pairing them with a string of pearls and saddle shoes, I think it’s pretty clear I’m going for a retro look as opposed to wearing my mom’s pants. Fun fact: they are actually made from left-over fabric from a vintage skirt that needed to be majorly hemmed (yay up-cycling!). I just love the cropped style pants that we saw so much of last spring, and I’m hoping they’re in again because I will absolutely be wearing them as a staple in my spring wardrobe. Especially in patterns and colors. Oh yes.
I would call this look “Kate Middleton goes to prep school.” The classic wool blazer, collared blouse, and A-line khaki skirt have a school-girl feel, but Kate often wears classic jackets and pretty blouses, and of course adding this hat, perched upon my head in a slight forward tilt, was done with Kate in mind. She has such a beautifully elegant style that is great for inspiration, but as you can tell I like to add my own “Clarisse” elements, such as my favorite polka-dot tights and a giant bow on the hat. Kate is also a great inspiration for spring- I can’t wait for a spring event to attend so I can steal ideas from her fabulous garden party looks!
Well the time has come, I can put it off no longer. First of all, I’d like to say that you all did such an amazing job with the entries that I literally spent the whole weekend and all morning arguing with myself trying to choose the top six, let alone the top two! I even enlisted the help of several third-party viewers, all of whom came to the same decision as me: it would be impossible to decide. Each look is so unique, expressing different personalities and styles, that it is so difficult to compare. I wish I could share all of the entries, but alas, I must choose, so here you have it!
Congratulations to the winners, and thank you to all who participated! We have more exciting news to share soon, so don’t be a stranger!
I’m following the Olympic skating pretty religiously this year, and it’s been such a different experience than just catching a skate or two here and there. We’re in the heat of the last group in the ladies free skate, but I picked out Polina Edmunds as my favorite American skater to watch because I just love her grace and sweetness on the ice. Sadly I think I’m a bit past my prime to take up skating, but I can always use her for fashion inspiration! I loved the bright color of her short program dress and her signature braided headband hairdo, so I used those as inspiration for my look today. Naturally I wore my floaty skater skirt, conveniently in a fun yellow color, and the rest just seemed to come together. Of course, I had to add a sparkly hair accessory, as a nod to the abundance of sparkles on the fabulous costumes. Now enough writing, the tensions are high on the ice right now!
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Part 4: Find your “Signature”
You may be tired of hearing me say this, but I love bows. For me, they’re one of the things that makes my outfits Clarisse. I don’t wear one every day, but when I feel something is missing, I know just what to add. For you, it could be cowboy boots, dangle earrings, scarves, colored tights, funky necklaces- whatever you like to wear all the time! It could also be a design like nautical patterns, polka dots, or even a color that you always try to have somewhere on your outfit. It could also be bows (just sayin’). What’s your signature?
Peep-toe Shoes: AG Flower Garden
Bow Flats: AG Real Me
Silver Bow Headband: AG Frosty Party
Polka-Dot Socks and Bow Belt: OG Belt it Up
Blue Top: AG Ruthie’s Play
Floral Ribbon and Bow Clips: Vintage
Others: Clarisse Originals
I love the balance of edginess and femininity in this outfit with this awesome gunmetal rose necklace and these floral embossed dark-wash jeans. Combined with my bouffant inspired hairdo, oversized black hair flower, and lace-up boots, I feel a bit like an off-duty rocker chick. I have to say, I don’t dislike the feeling. Time to browse Ebay for an electric guitar.
What I’m wearing:
Jacket: By Kate Lauren
Jeans: Closet4Chloe on ETSY
Tank: Clarisse Original
Necklace: 2SistersSewCrafty on ETSY
Boots: AG Blue Ribbon Riding Outfit
Hair Flower: Local Beauty Supply Store
I’m not usually a huge fan of ’60s fashion, but this dress channels just the right amount of ’60s “mod” with a 2010’s modern twist. The slightly dropped waist, funky mix of patterns, oversized peter pan collar, and built-in layered-look sleeves combine to create a complete look that doesn’t require too many extras. I can’t go without mentioning my purse however, which is a repurposed pouch necklace (something like this: pouch) with a shortened chain. Now go search “pouch necklace” on ETSY- you may find your new favorite accessory!