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Class to Night Out: Cowl Neck Sweater

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Cowl Neck Sweaters from: Chaus, Swell

Do you struggle with transforming your outfits from day to night? Don’t worry, CF is here to help turn that daily annoyance into a fun challenge. Class to Night Out focuses on one piece per week, and aims to help you take your look from study sessions in the library to dancing the night away.

Sweaters in different textures, colors, and styles were all over the runways for Fall 2014 – as they usually are. This year though, it seems as though there was a focus on chunkier knit sweaters. Cowl neck sweaters are one of the coziest wardrobe options when the weather starts to get cooler. This style of sweater is super easy to throw on, and can be paired with jeans, leggings, skirts, you name it!

In this post, I’ll be showing you how to style a cozy black cowl neck sweater for both class and a night out! Since this weekend is Halloweekend, I thought I would add some Halloween flair to both outfits without going too over-the-top.

Cowl Neck Sweater: Class

Black cowl neck sweater outfit for day
Product Information: Sweater, Pants, Flats, Scarf, Nail Polish, Bracelet, Bag

Pair this comfy-looking black cowl neck sweater with a pair of edgy, moto-detailed gray jeans. Simple black flats and a faux leather tote keep this ensemble sleek and simple. Add pops of orange to this black and gray look to show some Halloween spirit. A two-toned orange scarf layered under the cowl neck of the sweater brings some much needed color to the outfit, while a matching wrap bracelet and fingernails continue to provide pops of color throughout the look.

Cowl Neck Sweater: Night Out

Black cowl neck sweater night out look
Product Information: Sweater, Skirt, Tights, Heels, Lipstick, Bag

This sweater gets a little more festive for nighttime when paired with a pleated faux leather skirt and sheer black tights with printed skulls on them. Add chic black pumps to elongate your legs and keep the focus on these super fun Halloween-themed tights. An adorable houndstooth crossbody bag with tassel closures is perfect to store all of your night out essentials, plus it complements the black-and-white theme of the outfit. Finish the look with a vampy deep plum lip – perfect for Halloween!

Your thoughts?

Would you ever wear a cowl neck sweater? To class? For a night out? How would you style this sweater for Halloween? How would you style this sweater for every day wear? Let me know what you think of the outfits in the comments, and tell me what other pieces you’d like to see featured on Class to Night Out!

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The Monstrous List of Fashion Monsters

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We wave October farewell, summoning all sorts of seasonal monsters, witches, ghosts, celebrities, and devils for Halloween, then cowardly choose to forget that some monsters survive the autumn blues to haunt us throughout the year.

While everyone knows their personal monsters – for example, pixies of anxieties and the gargoyle of sadness – today let’s classify and learn how to avoid the most eccentric, fun, and light ones: common fashion monsters.

Vampires of Outdated Advice

Vampires of O.A. have been around for ages, as vampires are moderately immortal creatures. They’ve seen it all: Adam and Eve wearing leaves, medieval ladies in corsets, mods, punks, emos of 2007, Cher in 1970, Louis XIV in stockings, etc. Naturally, they think they know the rules of elegance best of all and, despite their notorious reputation, being quite kind, want to help you make the right fashion choices.

They compel someone – your friend, your mom, grandmom, grand-grandmom? – to constantly give you unwanted and old-fashioned advice. “Don’t mix patterns,” the vampires say. “We can see your bra,” they sigh and shake their heads. “You can’t pull off red tights” or “too much skin can summon the dead” or “pink is a girly color.”

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“Mom, what do you mean I can’t wear lace to class?” | ELLE

It can be tricky to win against the vampires of outdated advice, but some garlic of singing Bon Jovi’s “It’s my life, it’s now or never. I ain’t gonna live forever” in your mind should do the trick. In the end, you want to be able to say, in the wise words of Yeats: “I have lived many lives. I have been a slave and prince,” too. I have worn many outfits, many personalities. I have been the fairy of rose petal pink and the red lipstick of innocent blood, the belle of the ball and the villain of the story, the bohemian rhapsody and the glittery pop.

Ghosts of Outfits Past

These transparent apparitions invade your mind in the form of a thought: “I know how to wear this!” You pick an item and instantly remember all the ways you have worn it before: those red jeans went with that navy blazer, didn’t they? Then the ghosts get out of your head, laugh at you, do a little dance of evil and hide in the washing machine waiting for the next day mind invasion.

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Defeat the ghosts of repetition. (Credit)

While in the zeitnot of college, the ghosts may even come in handy, but they also make dressing up boring. It is in your best interest to get rid of them by dismissing your first choice of combination, doing a challenge of wearing the same dress differently every day of the week, or simply dedicating more time to picking clothes. Fashion should be fun and unpredictable. Matchy-matchy is something only advised by the above-mentioned vampires.

Wardrobe Spirits

Wardrobe spirits are tiny, cute, and fluffy. They make nests in your wardrobe to raise their young. The spirits don’t like to be bothered, which is why they adore clothes that you never wear. Sometimes a few of them even sneak into your pocket and come shopping with you. They tell you the dress will look great if you combine it in an interesting way or if you lose 5 pounds. They are big fans of deals and sales. “It’s so cheap,” they whisper, “why not?” Old clothes fueled by nostalgia or those with malfunctions are also a favorite of the wardrobe spirits.

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A full closet… that spirits can nest in. (Credit)

You need only a day to get rid of spirits, but it can be difficult to change your outlook on buying clothes. Firstly, you need to donate or get rid of clothes that don’t fit, clothes that you haven’t worn in the last year, and clothes that you wouldn’t be comfortable wearing (I can’t be the only one who has a fedora with mini skeletons on it, can I?). Then start asking yourself one simple question when shopping: “Would I wear this today and feel fantabulous?” Only buy if the answer is yes.

The Dress with a Superiority Complex

These are the true villains of fashion monsters. Some clothes can have inferiority complexes (for example, your college sweatshirt, probably) and some, to the contrary, make the wearer feel inferior. Light blue skinny jeans from freshman year, crop tops, and bodycon dresses that look somewhat different on Cara Delevingne can be quite evil and superior: not fitting into these or not looking like you think you’re supposed to look can even hurt a person’s self-esteem.

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They only semi-pull it off. | ELLE

The way to deal with a dress with a complex? Develop one yourself. After all, the clothes are meant to fit you, not vice-versa. If you are fine with how you look now, don’t let an old dress or a badly made one ruin your day. We change our shape and content, taste and dreams, friends and beliefs, location and hair color. There were no good old days. These are the good old days.


Have you encountered any of these? What about other fashion monsters? Tell me what you’re thinking by leaving a comment below.

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Coupons & Sales: Week of 10/31/14

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Coupon codes, sales, and online shopping deals

* Aeropostale will give you $20 off your order of $80 or more with code TREAT. Plus get free shipping on orders over $80. Both offers good through today, 10/31.

* Alternative Apparel is offering 20% off, plus free shipping through 11/2 when you use code HOODSUP at checkout.

* Bloomingdale’s has the following deal: Take 20% off almost all women’s shoes when you buy 2 or more pairs of regular-price or already reduced styles. Enter code SHOELOVE through 11/2 to receive discount.

* The Body Shop is having a buy more, save more event though 11/2: buy 3 items to get 30% off, buy 4 items to get 40% off, and buy 5 items to get 50% off. No code needed!

* Charlotte Russe has shoes BOGO for $8, dresses starting at $20, $5 scarves, jewelry 2 for $10, and free shipping on denim. All of these deals are available through 11/2 at 3AM EST.

* e.l.f. Cosmetics is having a Halloween flash sale: take 31% off sitewide with any purchase of $30 or more. Enter code HALLOWEEN at checkout. Offer valid today, 10/31 only!

* Famous Footwear will give you 20% off your order with code 25SHARE through 11/2.

* Folica is offering 30% off items in their Halloween Shop. Use code HALLOWEEN30 through today, 10/31.

* will give you 50% off 50 of their hottest shoe styles for a limited time. Just enter code ENVY at checkout.

* Hot Topic has a deal that’s good for today, 10/31 only: Enter code HTOCT31 at checkout on Halloween and get 25% off everything. Plus take $5 off orders of $50+ with code HT10AF14 through 11/5.

* Kiehl’s has the following offer: Receive two deluxe samples with any $60 purchase. Enter code HOLIDAY at checkout. Offer valid now through 12/25.

* Kmart is offering an extra 15% off any clothing, shoe, and jewelry purchase of $69 or more. Use code FASHION15 until 11/1.

* Kohl’s will give you free shipping on orders over $50 with code SCARY50 through 11/2.

* Lord & Taylor has a code that’s good for an extra 15% off select styles. Enter SHOP at checkout through 11/5.

* Madewell is offering an extra 30% off sale styles in stores and online. Use code HAVEITALL through today, 10/31.

* Nine West will give you 25% off all boots and booties through 11/3. No code needed; discount reflected at checkout.

* Oasis US is offering free delivery through 11/2 with code FREE14.

* PacSun will give you 20% off your entire purchase plus free shipping with no minimum. Use code HALLOWEEN20 through midnight PST on 11/1.

* Puma will give you 25% off one full price item today, 10/31 only.

* Ruche is having a huge sale, with hundreds of items 50% to 75% off. Remember to shop early for the best selection!

* Sally Beauty Supply has the following deal: save 20% on orders $50+through today, 10/31. Enter promo code 555193 at checkout. Offer excludes OPI, sale and clearance items, equipment, gift cards and Beauty Club memberships.

* Stila Cosmetics has the following offer: save 20% on your order with code 20OFF through 11/7. Excludes reduced price items.

* Target has a deal that’s good through 11/1: Save 20% when you spend $50 on women’s shoes with promo code SHOELUV.

* Tilly’s is offering an extra 50% off select merchandise through 11/4.

* TOMS will give you $5 off any $25 TOMS branded purchase with code FALL through 11/30.

* The Trend Boutique has a code that’s good for an extra 50% off sale items through 12/31: EXTRA50.

* UrbanOG will give you 15% off any order, plus free shipping on orders of $60 or more. Use code AF15 through 10/31. Plus get 25% off all shoes with code GIMMIE25 for a limited time.

* Walgreens is offering 20% off regular-priced items when you use code ORANGE20. Deal ends 11/1.

* will give you an extra 25% off select styles with code YOOXREMIX. Offer valid through 11/2.

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