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Style Detail Highlight: The Statement Sleeve

Style Detail Highlight: The Statement Sleeve | Designing From My Closet

The statement sleeve is a style detail that is being seen on high end and more budget friendly items.  Any sort of embellishment, cut out, or dramatic shape including pleats and trumpet and bell shapes.  Some are more subtle, while others shout “here I am”, in other words, this trend has a little something for everyone.

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Green St Patrick’s Day Lookbook

Green St Patrick's Day Lookbook | Designing From My Closet

Happy St Patrick’s Day!  I can’t believe we are officially in the spring season beginning Monday.  Time sure is flying by.  Green is my absolute favorite color and has been ever since I can remember, so dressing for St Patrick’s Day has always been a special treat for me.  Here are four looks I recently pulled together from items in my closet that have green in them.  They not only are appropriate for today, they are perfect for all Spring long!  Most of these items have been thrifted or purchased at discount retailers such as Target and Charming Charlie so they are very budget friendly.

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Mixing Prints & Texture in a Black & White Outift

Mixing Prints & Texture in a Black & White Outfit | Designing From My Closet

I have done several posts in the past on the topics of mixing prints as well as adding texture to an outfit.  In fact, here is a list with links of some of them:

Today I am taking a new spin on the entire topic and creating an outfit by mixing prints and using texture, but this time in black and white.  I have been pushing myself to embrace this color palette even though I am partial to wearing colors all the time.  And I am so glad I have!  It has opened up a whole new world and has given me the opportunity to be really creative and inject my own personal style with this classic combination on tones.

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Wearing a Cropped Top as a Modest Dresser

Wearing a Cropped Top as a Modest Dresser | Designing From My Closet

As a modest dresser, I have always enjoyed being able to take the latest trends and have them work for me in a unique way.  One of the biggest lessons I try to share with my clients is that clothing items are not stand alone pieces, it is how you style and wear them that make them truly an outfit.  Several women can wear the exact same piece and make it look uniquely theirs depending on what they pair it with.

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Red Riding Hood: A Casual Valentine’s Day Look

Sentiments get me.

Reminiscing about loved ones that are no longer with you can sneak up at the most unexpected times.

That is exactly what happened when I was browsing at one of my favorite thrift shops and I saw a red knitted cardigan with a hood.  I rarely wear red and have maybe one other piece in the color in my closet.  Not that I have anything against red, it has just not been on a special enough garment to come home with me.  Really it was not the color that attracted me, but rather the texture.  The chunky knit with a semi open weave reminded me so much of something my grandmother would have made for herself.  I have a couple of cardigans of hers, but she was a tiny woman, and well, I am not, so wearing them myself is out of the question.  This sweater however was so reminiscent of her pieces that I had to get it.

I posted a picture of the label on Instagram when I got home asking if anyone was familiar with Moda International because I had no idea.

Moda International Cardigan Sweater Label

Some wonderful ladies informed me that it is a Victoria’s Secret brand.  Who knew?  Not me!  Well, really that did not matter to me as I am not a brand name person, but curiosity was getting to me.  Anyhow, I came up with a simple and fun way to wear it for a casual Valentine’s Day look…my Red Riding Hood look.

Moda International Red Cardigan Sweater | Casual Valentine's Day Outfit | Designing From My Closet | Plus & Inbetweenie Fashion Blog

A simple white swing tunic tee I just picked up from the clearance section at Torrid underneath the cardigan makes the orangy-red stand out.  Skinny jeans in a dark wash make the outfit easy to wear for a day date.  And true to character, I added a funky colored wood necklace that I got from Anthropologie a while ago as well as a zebra pattern clutch.  This entire ensemble is a bit retro vintage with billowing bell sleeves that makes me smile.  To finish it off, my Payless black lace up flats get added to the mix.

Moda International Red Cardigan Sweater | Casual Valentine's Day Outfit | Designing From My Closet | Plus & Inbetweenie Fashion BlogModa International Red Cardigan Sweater | Casual Valentine's Day Outfit | Designing From My Closet | Plus & Inbetweenie Fashion BlogModa International Red Cardigan Sweater | Casual Valentine's Day Outfit | Designing From My Closet | Plus & Inbetweenie Fashion Blog

So that is my sentimental outfit that ended up being a perfect fit for the upcoming Valentine’s Day!  Do you ever get pieces because they remind you of something happy?

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Today’s Postivity Note

There’s no need to be perfect to inspire others.  Let people get inspired by how you deal with your imperfections.

 Be Blessed!

Janeane

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