Get that perfect autumn look — faintly collegiate, super sleek, cozily classy, and best of all, simple! All you've got to do is pair a collar with a crew neck sweater. Achieve this look by layering a collared shirt or even clip on a detachable collar (a great little accessory to have!). Have fun with it and get creative by mixing patterns and colors. Try a floral collar with a striped sweater (or vice versa!), polka dots and stripes, bright complementary colors like yellow and purple or blue and green, black with a pop of vibrant red... The possibilities are endless, but the result is always adorable.
This week, we’re crazy for peacoats! Some tips for finding your perfect match: keep fit, style, color, and fabric in mind. Ask yourself what you want from your coat, and how it will fit into your wardrobe. Longer coats act as a dramatic fashion statement while keeping out the winter draft, but cropped peacoats work beautifully in the warmer autumn temperatures. Do you want a dark or neutral coat that will mesh with any outfit, or a bright statement piece (think vibrant red!) to pop against winter’s drab palette? Wool coats are your heaviest, warmest option, while cotton, cashmere, or polyester offer lighter options. There are also endless stylish embellishments to contour to any fashionista’s body type - belted waists accentuate hour glass figures, while straight, fitted options compliment narrower frames.
Once you’ve found your cold-weather staple, make sure you take proper care to keep it in tip top shape for as long as possible. Plan to dry clean your coat twice a year - once at the beginning of the season and once at the end. Store your peacoat in a safe place, too. Cedar hangers keep moths away, while garment bags protect from lint. Did you know that you can cut costs and keep the love strong by cleaning your coat at home (always consult the care tag inside your coat)? By combining a home dry cleaning system with spot cleaning stains as soon after they appear as possible (blot gently with a clean rag, mild detergent and cold water!), and semi-regular visits with a lint roller and dryer sheet (they help lint-proof your coat!), your perfect peacoat will stay with you for years to come.
Scarves are the surefire way for any fall fashionista to keep cozy and chic. These essential autumn staples are as versatile as they are graceful, adding a touch of class, spunk, color, or glam to any cozied up ensemble. Wrap yourself in a lustrous shawl or pair a big blanket scarf with an oversized sweater and boots. Cover up a v-neck tee with a wispy tissue scarf, or layer a long, sturdy scarf with a sundress-and-boots look to bring late summer and early fall seamlessly together. There are about a million and one ways to tie your scarf, too — from a simple wrap to an intricately lovely bow. Mix one in to enhance any outfit and up your autumn swag.
...Do you have a pair? A leather or suede pair of tall riding boots is a great fall staple. Whether you choose a match-all black pair or some sumptuous brown leather beauties, your boots will carry you through the autumn season with comfort, class, and stylish ease. Match them with a sundress to cozy up your summer swag, throw them on with leggings and an oversized sweater for a comfy yet put together look, or mix them into a blouse and fitted jeans ensemble for casual elegance. Let's get cozy-chic, fashionistas!
As much as we want to hang onto summer, it's time to admit fall is just around the corner — and that's not a bad thing! We can't wait to soak in the fall foliage, pick apples for some well deserved pie, and smell the warm scents of chimney fires as people start to cozy up for the winter. Our style gets cozy, too — sweaters and leggings and boots... oh my! Plus cute pea coats, scarves, hats, gloves... the possibilities are endless. So don't fret, fashionistas, sweater weather opens up a whole new season of stylish potential. Get excited!
Feeling lazy today? Did you eat a little too much pasta last night and wake up bloated? We feel you, fashionistas, which is why we're dedicating this week's post to the ever-wonderful baggy tee. Baggy t-shirt, you ask? Doesn't that mean spending the day in bed? It could, but if you dress up a baggy tee the right way, you can achieve casual comfort polished with put-together class. Think baggy t-shirt with a loose cardigan, then balanced with leggings and sleek flats. Try that same tee with fitted jeans, a blazer and gladiators, over dress pants and heels, or paired with a maxi skirt. Make the look even crisper with the right accessories: bangles, statement rings, belts, earrings or a headband will surround your baggy tee in a way that ensures you're comfy while making you feel dressed up and ready for whatever your day has in store.
You've got your sunscreen, towel, a good book, and your bathing suit. You're all ready to hit the sand and surf, but wait — what do you wear for the trip there? Your coverup ensemble for the time spent in between the beach and your hotel is a magical one, a fleeting moment where the rules of fashion go lax and you can basically wear whatever you want because it's going to come off very soon to reveal your real outfit: the swimsuit. Whether decide to go ultra casual or slightly sleek, whether you throw on a sarong, a baggy tee, a cute skirt or a sundress, there's more freedom from your everyday garb. Who cares if your dress is a little too short, if your choose wild colors and patterns, or if you pair those high-waisted shorts with your bathing suit top instead of a real shirt? So we dare you, fashionistas, to embrace that fleeting sweet spot and as dress-up time the next time you're headed to the beach, and give your swimsuit an extra edge of creative sass.
Searching for a quick way to jazz up your everyday look? Why not swap your normal purse out for a fun, eye-catching option? Summer calls for all kinds of bags — think oversized purses, dainty crossbodies, beach bags, overnight duffels for weekend getaways — so the possibilities are endless! Make a statement with an easy pop of color and personality for instant summer swag, from casual tee-and-jean-shorts ensembles to your cutest wedding-season dresses. Plus, you'll be forced to clean out your usual purse, so you'll feel extra light and summery :)
In need of a fashion makeover? This doesn't always mean buying new clothes. Why not try reworking some of your tried and true favorites as a fun DIY project, or bring old items to your local tailor for a spruced up transformation? Hem an old tee or tank into an easy-breezy crop top for the steamy summer months, revamp old, baggy T-shirts into snazzy blouses, cut old pants into shorts, make long blazers into cropped jackets for a summertime soiree, or convert floor-length skirts or dresses into adorable minis. The possibilities are endless, so let's get creative, fashionistas!
For steamy summer days stick to lightweight, airy fabrics. Cotton's fibers are naturally hollow in the center, allowing it to absorb and release perspiration, and making it ideal fabric for your summertime style. Linen is another great choice. An efficient conductor of heat, it helps you keep your easy-breezy cool on the hottest midsummer days. Then there’s silk, whose natural breathability and cooling properties make it another lovely option, while our easy dry cleaning service here at NO. 9 makes cleaning it a breeze. So don’t get stuck in the heat — Keep cool, be cool.