Fall Trends: Florals

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Dress: Nordstrom, Necklace: Vestique, Bag: Nordstrom, similar, Shoes: Target, Belt: similar

Happy first day of fall! It was a cool 80 something degrees here today, but don’t think that kept me from wearing a new cardigan and ordering a hot latte from Starbucks. I might have been sweating buckets while I was standing in the gym doing afternoon car duty at school, but sacrifices must be made. The one piece of restraint that I managed to show was not ordering a #PSL. All in good time, my friends. All in good time. In honor of the fall season, I thought it would be fun to do a series of posts on fall trends. I’ll share some of my favorites, but to keep it real I’ll also share a few that I’m just not that into. The first trend to try: florals.

Trend to try: Floralsimg_5405The kindergarten teacher in me just loves the alliteration of “fall florals.” Maybe that was why I wanted to jump on this bandwagon. Maybe it was because I love flowers. Maybe I’m just a follower and it seemed like the thing to do. In any case, I’ve been all about those florals lately. I purchased this dress from the Nordstrom sale this summer and finally broke it out to wear to dinner with my girlfriends a few weeks ago. This exact pattern is no longer available, but there are two other floral options in the same dress. I was worried when I ordered it that it would be too short, but I ended up deciding to go for it. I wouldn’t wear it to work, but it fit the bill for weekend-wear. I still want to try it with leggings or jeans when the weather decides to feel like fall. I added a belt (my belt is so old I honestly don’t even know where it came from–but I linked a similar one!) because it was very drapey and I honestly felt like a big blob lost inside of it. Once I rectified the blob issue, I was in love. I think what sold me on this dress was the double trend–it combines florals AND bell sleeves. And I really, really love bell sleeves. They bring me back to when I was in middle school and this trend was last popular. I remember so vividly a burgundy shirt that I had with the biggest bell sleeves. They were so big that I honestly probably looked like a witch but I felt like such a babe in that shirt. (Side note: this is hilarious because middle school me=ridiculously crooked teeth, major middle part action, and other generally not-babe-like characteristics). I’d post the photo, but I’d probably die of embarrassment. More on bell sleeves later. That trend might deserve its own post.img_5406img_5407img_5408

Have you fallen in love with florals? If so, expand your wardrobe and incorporate florals into more pieces! Hydrangeas are my favorite flower so I was sure to grab this feminine, floral blouse. Isn’t it dreamy? I’m practically ready for winter in South Carolina with this floral cardigan–not for the faint of heart. I love this over-sized cardi, but it makes a bold statement. It’s also a tiny bit scratchy, but again–sacrifices must be made. Lastly, my closet wouldn’t be complete with a pair of floral pants. Hopefully I worked you up to these with the cardigan. They’re probably the most extreme floral item I’ve purchased, but were too fun to resist. I grabbed these at Old Navy and have to give a quick shout out to the Pixie Pant. So comfortable and work appropriate!

Trend I’m Skipping Out On: Chokers

Okay, I promised to keep it real. I’m just not that into chokers. All I can think of are those weird stretchy plastic ones we used to wear years ago. Maybe the right choker will come along and convert me, but until then I’ll wear necklaces that don’t make me feel like I’m being strangled.

What are your favorite or least favorite fall trends? Leave a comment below!

-L

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