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TV Fashion Recap: American Horror Story and How to Get Away With Murder

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TV Fashion Recap is a biweekly column featuring the best of TV fashion. Every other week, we recreate our favorite outfits from the most recent episodes of all of the hottest shows. Stay tuned; we may feature your favorite show next!

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Every other week, I break down the best of TV fashion, featuring my favorite looks from the last two weeks. This week, I was inspired by American Horror Story and How to Get Away With Murder. Read on to see both looks:

1. American Horror Story (Season 4, Episode 7): Penny’s Red Jacket and Polka Dot Dress

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I’m deathly afraid of clowns. I know there’s nothing to be afraid of and that I’m missing out on cute balloon animals, but every time I see a clown, I freak out. So obviously American Horror Story: Freak Show, which predictably follows a freak show as they struggle to stay open, is not a good show for me to watch. Clowns of America International actually spoke out about how the clowns on the show are being unfairly portrayed as evil and terrifying. Even clowns are afraid of the show’s clowns!

Anyway, because of my fear, I’ve been reluctant to get into the show – and by reluctant, I mean that I’ve refused to watch it and always shut my eyes and start singing Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin'” when I see my roommate watching it. But she lulled me into watching it with Penny’s pretty outfit, and now I’m considering watching the rest of the season. What do you guys think? Is it worth the fear?

American Horror Story Outfit
Product Info: Coat, Dress, Necklace, Bracelet, Fleece Tights, Hat, Boots

Penny’s ensemble is adorably retro, and feels similar to Taylor Swift’s street style – which is flawless, by the way. To recreate this outfit, start with a dark polka dot dress and a red button-up jacket, which adds a vibrant splash of color to this black-and-white ensemble. To make this getup more cold weather-appropriate, put on fleece-lined tights and a cute pair of buckled boots.

I live in Michigan, so every time I step outside, I run the risk of my ears freezing and falling off (note: this may not be scientifically possible, but it feels like it could), so I switched out the cute hat for a thick knitted beanie.

Because the bright coat is the center of the look, keep the jewelry to a minimum. A small bracelet and a delicate necklace are the perfect finishing touches.

2. How to Get Away With Murder (Season 1, Episode 8): Michaela’s Striped Top and Collar

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I’m obsessed with the hit law drama, How to Get Away With Murder. It’s all I’ve been thinking about for the past few weeks (proof: here’s another recap), and I am considering law school almost entirely because I love the show and the fact that the characters make law school seem fascinating, though incredibly cutthroat. I can’t say enough good things about the show, and even if you don’t like intrigue, suspense, and intellectual bad-assery, you should tune in for the sophisticated fashion.

How to Get Away With Murder
Product Info: Striped Top, Pants, White Shirt, Flats, Earrings, Watch, Necklace

To recreate Michaela’s classy and preppy look, start with a white collared blouse and layer a horizontal striped shirt over top so that the collar peeks out from underneath the striped shirt. Slip on a pair of jeans, as well as burgundy flats to add a sophisticated pop of color to the outfit. Accessorize with a gold locket and watch, then finish off with a small pair of pearl earrings to pull everything together.

Your thoughts?

What do you think of these looks? Did we miss any amazing outfits from the past week of TV? Which shows do you think deserve a spot on the next TV Fashion Recap post? Leave a comment below and tell us what you think!

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How to Create a Capsule Wardrobe

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Have you heard of capsule wardrobes before? The first time I came across the term was when I stumbled upon Caroline Rector’s blog Unfancy. I have to admit I was initially unconvinced, but as I fell down the rabbit hole of the internet and did a little more research, I became more and more intrigued by the concept.

Read on to find out more about capsule wardrobes: what they are, how they can benefit you, and why they work so well for a college budget.

What is it?

The term “capsule wardrobe” was first coined in the 1970s by Suzie Faux, the owner of a London boutique called Wardrobe. According to Faux, a capsule wardrobe consisted of a foundation of clothing staples that are timeless, but can be augmented with seasonal pieces. While the definition varies slightly from person to person, this minimalistic approach to fashion has experienced a resurgence of popularity in recent years.

Caroline Rector, the mastermind behind the blog Unfancy, has devoted an entire website to the art of the capsule wardrobe. In her words, “It’s a mini wardrobe made up of really versatile pieces that you totally LOVE to wear.”

Sounds too good to be true, right? I mean, isn’t that what everyone aspires for their closet to be? The beauty of a capsule wardrobe is that you can invest in pieces that fit your lifestyle while still reflecting your personal style.

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How can it benefit me?

The fact of the matter is, there are probably several (if not more) items in your closet that have been hanging untouched for far too long. We all have clothes that were impulse buys, gifts from a relative (sorry grandma!), and/or don’t fit right and we aren’t totally in love with.

Odds are, you’ve probably stared into your closet and uttered the famous last words: “I have nothing to wear!” at least once in your life. Having too many options can often make getting dressed more complicated than it needs to be. The goal of a capsule wardrobe is not to limit your style, but to allow you to maximize the pieces you do have. With Thanksgiving right around the corner, it’s important to remember that we can be happy with a lot less than we think sometimes.

For college girls on a budget, the idea of a capsule wardrobe is enticing for other reasons. Don’t get me wrong, I love me some retail therapy, but it can be far too easy to buy items on impulse that aren’t very wearable or versatile. These random, miscellaneous purchases add up over time. With a capsule wardrobe, you only need to shop for clothes once every few months between seasons. This allows you to shop with a mission, and only purchase items that fill a hole in your capsule wardrobe.

How do I create a capsule wardrobe?

For Caroline, this means pairing down her seasonal wardrobe to include just 37 pieces of quality clothing (not including workout clothes, special occasion clothing, jewelry, accessories, purses, pajamas, swimsuits, and lingerie) for each season: summer, fall, winter, and spring.

While the number 37 may seem arbitrary, Caroline came up with number after doing some math. She knew she wanted 9 pairs of shoes, 9 bottoms, 2 dress, 2 jackets/coats and 15 tops. This number may not work for everyone, but it can be used as a jumping off point.

I suggest using Caroline’s handy (and free!) downloadable capsule wardrobe planner to get started. For a more in-depth step-by-step breakdown of how to create a capsule wardrobe check out this post. You can also take a look at Caroline’s past capsule wardrobes here, here, and here.

For added inspiration, here’s a peek at what my dream fall capsule wardrobe would consist of:

Capsule wardrobe tops
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15

Capsule wardrobe outwear and bottoms
16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23

Capsule wardrobe sweaters, dresses, skirts, shoes
24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37

Keep in mind…

A capsule wardrobe may not be for everyone. If the thought of creating a capsule wardrobe causes you to break out in a sweat, that’s 100% alright. Regardless of whether you decide to join in on the capsule wardrobe movement, there are a few things you can still take away from the concept:

  1. Shop smart. I’m all for impulse buys, but only when they are worthwhile steals or purchases. My rule of thumb is to take the article of clothing or accessory I’m thinking about buying and come up with at least three different ways I can style it. If I can successfully do that, then I know it’s a good buy. If I can’t, then I force myself to put it back.
  2. Periodically going through your closet can only benefit you. I try to do this at least once every semester. There are usually items that I’ve grown tired of, or haven’t really worn to begin with. Instead of taking up precious closet space, get rid of these items by donating them or selling them. Who knows, you might even make a buck or two!
  3. While I’m all for buying the occasional trendy item, remember the importance of basic, timeless pieces. Patterns like stripes, polka dots, and plaid will always be stylish. Try investing in a quality pair of jeans that fit you perfectly and will last far longer than a cheap pair ever would. Don’t be afraid to spend more on high quality fashion staples. When you break down the cost per wear, it’s often worth it to invest in a more expensive item.
  4. If you’re traveling for the holidays, consider utilizing a capsule format to pack outfits. Thinking about multiple ways to style articles of clothing will help you pack more efficiently and keep your suitcase considerably lighter.

What do you think?

What do you think of capsule wardrobes? Would you ever consider giving them a try? What kinds of items would make it into your capsule wardrobe? Let me know, I’d love to hear!

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Caught in the Cold: How to Make Your Fall Wardrobe Work for Unexpected Winter Weather


Elle snow winter coat
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If you live or attend school in the United States, you probably experienced (or at least heard about) the crazy cold front that swept the country these last few weeks. I go to school in a little town in the northwest, and our weather went from a sunny 71 degrees to – no joke! – a snowy 24 degrees in the span of a week.

Needless to say, I was caught off-guard. With all my winter clothes still at home, all I had was my fall wardrobe to keep me warm: casual staples like jeans, shirts, sweaters, boots, and scarves. No hats, gloves, or snow boots, and the only coat I had was a medium-weight utility jacket like this one.

So, what could I do? I had to choose between refusing to leave the house for over a week, or improvising and making my fall clothes work for the sudden cold snap. I went with the second option, of course (though the first was definitely tempting!), and now I’m here to share the tips and tricks that helped me survive winter’s early arrival.

Tips for Staying Warm with Your Existing Wardrobe

  • What’s rule #1? ALWAYS LAYER. This may seem obvious, but it’s so important that it’s worth restating. Creative layering is the only way you’ll be able to make lightweight fall clothes work for winter weather. Layer, layer, and layer some more, and even if you think there’s no way you can squeeze into another layer, try anyways! A good formula to start with is wool socks, leggings or tights, a tank, a shirt, pants, a sweater, a coat, the biggest pair of boots you own, and any combination of a scarf/hat/gloves/etc.. You can always double up on any of these layers – try two pairs of socks, two tanks or tees, two pairs of leggings… whatever works for you!
  • Don’t feel like you have to go out and buy cold weather clothes if you don’t want to. As already mentioned, layering will make a big difference, but you can also DIY some cold weather pieces. Be resourceful and try making your own infinity scarf from an old tee or sweater, or making fingerless gloves from a pair of socks.
  • Check your clothes’ labels to see what they’re made of. The warmest fabrics are things like wool, flannel, cashmere, acrylic, silk, and fleece. If you have any of these in your closet, definitely put them to use!
  • The trick to still looking chic and fashionable during a cold front is utilizing color, pattern, and accessories to your advantage. Mixing bright colors, bold prints, and sparkly accessories will always help you stand out on a dreary day.

Next up, I’m going to show you three looks inspired by outfits I actually wore while enduring snow, ice, and below-freezing temps. They all feature the same lightweight utility jacket, since that was the kind of jacket I had to wear every day:

Look #1

Jeans plaid shirt purple cardigan
Products: Shirt, Cardigan, Jeans, Boots, Scarf, Jacket

For an easy and colorful cold weather combo, try layering a plaid shirt under a bright cardigan and a jacket. Make do with a pair of jeans and lace-up boots, and if you have one, throw on a cozy white scarf. I didn’t show any base layers here, but you could easily add a tank or tee under the plaid shirt and a pair of tights or leggings under the jeans. And don’t forget about a pair of thick socks (or two!).

Look #2

Black dress white sweater black leggings jacket
Products: Dress, Sweater, Boots, Leggings, Socks, Earrings, Jacket

If you’re going to wear a dress in freezing weather, this is how to do it. Make do with whatever dress you have – you can even make a lightweight summer dress work if you have enough layers. Wear it over a couple pairs of tights or leggings, plus thick knit socks. Add a comfy cable knit sweater over the top, then your jacket. Complete the look with ankle boots (a stable, low heel if it’s icy) and a bit of sparkle from jeweled earrings.

Look #3

Yellow sweater chambray shirt black jeans jacket
Products: Shirt, Sweater, Jeans, Boots, Necklace, Jacket

This layered look has a slightly preppy feel – just slip a chambray shirt on under a bright sweater (popped collar optional), and pair it with black jeans and a jacket. Black moto boots add an edgy touch, while layered charm necklaces add a bit of metallic sparkle. And again, don’t forget that you could layer on an extra tank, tee, or pair of leggings for more warmth.

Share your thoughts!

Were you hit by the unusual cold front this week? How did you dress for the weather? What tips do you have for making a fall wardrobe work for winter temps? Let us know in the comments!

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