How to Find Your Personal Style

Finding your personal style can be such a complex process, but WITW is here to give you four easy tips on how to curate your ideal closet.

Tip #1: Start with basics.

Everyone needs a decent selection of buildable basics. We look at these cornerstones in four groups. First up, t-shirts & denim; a color palette triad of blue, white, and black ensure your pieces will fit with any bold accessories. Then there are layering pieces like blouses, blazers, and jackets; who could go wrong with classics like denim or leather! Of course, we all need outerwear: coats and knitwear like trench coats, camel coats, and parkas certainly pull even the most daring outfits together. Last but not least, you can’t leave the house without shoes. Starting out with sneakers, loafers, boots, and sandals will have you covered for every season – and every outfit! From here, you can add items that complement these basics with accessories and other trend-led pieces.

Places to find good basics: H&M, & Other Stories, Topshop, and Zara. If you’re looking to splurge, Anine Bing always kills it.

Tip #2: Find influencers whose styles you admire.

I know, not very original. However, social media – specifically Instagram and Pinterest – make it so easy. Following influencers whose styles are similar to what you want your own to be is crucial. This practice inspires ideas for what you can do with existing items in your closet as well as a guideline for what pieces you might want to add to your wardrobe. Pick and choose looks you can see yourself sporting, then try to recreate them.

Some of my favorite influencers: Arielle Charnas from Something Navy; Emma HillSarah Tankel Ellis and Philippa Bloom Ross from We Are Twinset; Louise Roe from Front Roe; Danielle Bernstein from We Wore What; and Aimee Song from Song of Style.

Tip #3: Find inspiration in your life.

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve walked past someone on the street or in the grocery store and thought to myself, “Wow, I really like her outfit.” Pay attention to those around you. Don’t be afraid to approach a stranger and ask where they got something they’re wearing. You might even make their day in the process!

Tip #4: Be honest with yourself.

Even though impulsive buying can be so tempting (and I will admit, I am quite the impulsive buyer myself) take time to really think about whether you’ll actually wear what you’re about to purchase. Ask yourself how practical it is, how often you’ll be able to wear it, if it’s versatile, how comfortable you’ll feel wearing it, etc. It’s a shame to buy something that never leaves your closet walls, so always stay true to who you are.

When all is said and done, personal style is an extension of what makes you feel confident in your own unique way. Plain and simple. For more style tips, check out our fall must-haves.

Let’s Talk Pajamas – with Style

We’ve all found ourselves a bit more at home than we expected over the past month. Resultantly, it appears that pajamas are the new wardrobe staple this spring. Make no mistake; PJs don’t have to be frumpy. Your sleepwear can be comfy and stylish. Let’s talk pajamas and brands to show you what we mean:

1.  Bandier’s Joggers

Joggers are a versatile garment in that you can throw them on for a casual day out, or lounge around the house and take a nap in them. We’ve talked about Bandier before. Their items are built for a luxury experience of comfort and simplicity; paired with the high quality of material, this brand is a great option for high-end PJs. We are living for these joggers  in a very on-trend blue for spring 2020. 

2. Sleeper’s Party PJs

This set is so cute it would almost be a shame to sleep inbut you totally could. In true Sleeper fashion, this sleepwear is clean and understated with a fun pop. I mean, the brand was built to serve stylish pajamas in 2014, based off of a dream one founder had Christmas night about standing in the middle of a PJ factory. They’ve expanded their repertoire quite a bit since. Nonetheless, you can still see the love for Sleeper’s roots in that set (and beyond). 

3. Zara’s PJ Top

Let’s talk daywear. We love Zara for their luxury clothing at not-so-luxury prices. Naturally, we harbor the same sentiment about their loungewear and PJs. This funky zebra-esque pajama top and its pant counterpart are currently in my cart. The set will have you chic in your sleep, but the top alone paired with high-waisted jeans has you covered for that video conference while you’re working from home. 

4. Lou & Grey’s Loungewear

Nothing says cool and casual like this relaxed hoodie/sweatpant lounge set. With the buttery texture of Lou & Grey’s Signaturesoft collection, waking up from a great night’s sleep and rolling out of bed for Sunday errands is no sweat. The set mentioned above is in my cart. I’m loving the teal vibe; have I mentioned colors for spring 2020? 

5. Nasty Gal’s Lounge Set

NG never fails to serve great buildable basics. Wardrobe basics are a cornerstone of developing personal style, and the brand hasn’t failed to deliver when it comes to loungewear. I own a set of theirs, but, alas, it is sold out. We were able to find the perfect Nasty Gal spring set for your sleeping and lounging needs instead. This cropped/high-waist combo pops with a neutral sneaker; it’s also breathable and comfortable for these warmer spring nights in bed. 

We’re sure you’ve done some online shopping in quarantine. Drop the sleepwear you’ve been obsessed with recently in the comments! If you’re tired of online shopping and need a good read, check out our recent blog on the latest in plus fashion

SS2020 Fashion Month Round-Up

Alas, Fashion Month has come to a close as October dawns.

It all began in New York where white suits, polka dots, and bright neon hues collectively made their marks on upcoming Spring/Summer 2020 fashion trends. Designers were limitless in their creativity; between Batsheva’s law school vibes to SAVAGE X FENTYs high-profile fashion show musical, now available to stream on Amazon, the bar was set undeniably high.

Here were some of my favorite shows from New York Fashion Week:

Brandon Maxwell: The highlight of this show was Brandon’s introduction to his new menswear line. Denim also took center stage, giving us quintessential “model-off-duty” inspo.

Carolina Herrera: Always so feminine, Carolina reminded us that you can’t go wrong with an elevated basic. Voluminous sleeves and skirts–brillant nods to the 80s–were the two main takeaways from her latest collection.

Proenza Schouler: Three words summed this show up–Office. Girl. Chic. Designers Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez remarked that much of their inspiration for the SS20 collection stemmed from women in the office (Vogue), resulting in exquisite structured tailoring and dreamy drapery.

London Fashion Week Faves:

Next came London Fashion Week which centered around one of fashion’s hottest topics at the moment: sustainability. Top models like Kendall Jenner, Bella & Gigi Hadid, and Irina Shayk graced the Burberry runway showcasing designer Riccardo Tisci’s Italian flair juxtaposed with the label’s classic pieces. Erdem also stunned with its tried-and-true, classic florals while Victoria Beckham wowed us all with her sophisticated tuxedos/suits and emerald-esque 70s motif.

Milan Fashion Week Faves:

Then there was Milan Fashion Week which happened to correspond with the Global Climate Strike, making it virtually impossible for designers to abandon the sustainability conversation. Gucci declared that they went completely carbon neutral while Miuccia Prada remarked that the environmental crisis is something “everyone needs to address in their own way and through their own efforts” (Vogue). To her, that meant simplifying her designs and giving us the basics we know all and love.

I would be remiss to not mention Jennifer Lopez’s buzzworthy closing of the Versace show to celebrate the anniversary of her wearing that iconic jungle print dress to the Grammys in 2000. Still not over it.

Paris Fashion Week Faves:

Finally, Paris Fashion Week concluded with Isabel Marant showing us lots of leg with her short-shorts and Coachella envy. Celine also came through with more 70s nods while Chanel brought vibrant colors and an unexpected runway crasher. Debatably my favorite week of fashion month.

Let me know what your favorite shows were in the comments below!

What’s in My Cart: Black Friday Gift Guide Edition

Happy Black Friday!

As silly as it sounds, Black Friday is one of my favorite days of the year. It kicks off the holiday season while getting everyone in the mood to SHOP…what could be better?!

Here’s everything that’s in my cart at the moment:

For Her:

Jo Malone Fragrance – Although perfumes/colognes can be pretty personal, Jo Malone never disappoints.

Summer Fridays Jet Lag Mask – When in doubt, I always go with some sort of mask when gifting for her. Everyone loves to indulge every once in a while – perfect for Self-Care Sundays!

Song of Style Miso Sweater – It’s no secret that Aimee Song is one of my favorite influencers (see our recent blog post for a complete list of all of my faves), and her collection at Revolve is fantastic. This sweater can be worn a few different ways as it’s perfect for lounging, or a night out!

SPANX Faux Leather Leggings – Leather is a closet staple – even if it’s faux. These leggings are both chic and flattering (also very versatile!).

For Him:

Ugg Slippers – Ahh, yes, something cozy. He’ll thank you later.

Yeti Cooler – If you’re looking to get something useful, get one of these suckers. They say it will keep your beverages cold for 24 hours…

Uniqlo Checked Flannel – Uniqlo does basics so well, which is why I just had to mention this cozy flannel that comes in two different colorways. I bet you’ll want to steal it, too!

Herschel Supply Co. Duffle Bag – Both fashionable and functional. Great for work, the gym, or travel!

For Him & Her:

Apple AirPods – Who wouldn’t want a pair of these bad boys? Be sure to check out your favorite tech retailers for Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals so you can grab yours at a discounted price.

Rayban Clubmasters – Yet another classic accessory for him and her. Buy a pair for your significant other, but let them know that you want to borrow them from time to time. 🙂

And there you have it! Those are my top picks this holiday season.

Happy shopping!

WITW’s Top 5 Skincare Picks for All Skin Types

If you’ve ever watched a basic “GRWM” or “Go to Bed With Me” video on YouTube or IGTV, you might’ve noticed that celebrities and influencers alike tend to have quite elaborate daily skincare routines. And while that works for some, others might not benefit from a 12-step regime as it has adverse effects on their skin (AHEM, me!). Regardless of the complexity of your routine, here are WITW’s top 5 skincare picks for every skin type broken down into three categories: cleansers, moisturizers, and serums.

*BONUS: They are all extremely affordable!

Category A: Cleansers

1. La Roche-Posay Effaclar Purifying Gel Cleanser  ($15)

Let me tell you, this stuff SAVED. MY. SKIN. About a year ago I went through a pretty infuriating bout of adult acne that left me feeling extremely self-conscious and, quite frankly, angry. I wondered why my skin was throwing up on me – in my early twenties – even though I had NO problems throughout my tween/teen years. I ended up seeing three different dermatologists who prescribed various oral medications and topical ointments. Nothing worked. However, once I switched to La-Roche Posay’s Effacler Purifying Gel Cleanser, I saw significant improvements after just one week of use. It was a godsend.

2. Glossier Milky Jelly Cleanser ($18)

If you’re looking for something that feels amazing on the skin and smells utterly divine, check out Glossier’s Milky Jelly Cleanser. Although I don’t find this to take off my makeup completely (I suggest using Garnier’s Micellar Water or Bioderma Sensibo H20 Micellar Cleansing Water before applying the Milky Jelly Cleanser for a guaranteed clean), it still feels like you’re indulging in a luxury product without actually breaking the bank.

Category B: Moisturizers

1. Neutrogena Hydro Boost Gel-Cream ($19-$24)

After discovering my skin’s new sensitivities, I decided to switch to a water-based moisturizer to avoid acne flare-ups at all costs. My dermatologist told me Neutrogena is always a safe bet for acne-prone skin, so I gave their Hydro Boost Gel-Cream a go and I’m obsessed. I’ve probably gone through about 10 containers in the last year, no joke. It soothes and moisturizes my skin without clogging my pores because it’s water-based and non-comedogenic. Yes, please.

2. Weleda Skin Food ($12-$17)

Both Into the Gloss and Poosh-approved, Weleda Skin Food is the PERFECT moisturizer if you’re looking for something ultra-thick. It’s also all-natural, which is a major plus for all those clean beauty junkies out there. Another bonus is you can apply it everywhere – not just your face. Many are even comparing it to La Mer’s Moisturizing Cream (a $335 product!). Amazing!

Category C: Serums

1. Glossier Super Bounce ($28)

Okay, I know this is a little more expensive compared to the other products I’ve mentioned, but trust me – it’s worth it. Glossier markets this as a hyaluronic acid + vitamin B serum, or “heavyweight hydration” with a “featherweight feel.” And they’re absolutely right. It feels like you’re essentially applying water to your face with completely supple results. It contains 30mLs/1oz of product, which isn’t terrible in terms of bottle size. I have yet to find a serum comparable in quality and price.

Let us know what your skincare favorites are in the comments below!

Top 5 Transitional Pieces Your Wardrobe Needs Right Now

Alas, stores are putting their summer inventories on the clearance racks and making room for new fall shipmentswhich means we’re also making room for new purchases. We’ve reached that point in the season where temperatures can be annoyingly low in the mornings but gradually increase as the day goes on. However, when the weather isn’t conducive to wearing chunky knits, heavy blazers, or camel coats (at least not during the day), we’re left with the dreaded question everyone faces at one point or another: What do I wear today?

To help you avoid that quandary, here are WITW’s top 5 transitional pieces to add to your wardrobe right now:

1. The Trench Coat

                                      Trench Coat: & Other Stories (similar here)

I wouldn’t be a style blogger if I didn’t mention the beloved trench coat. And as much as I feel like I’m hopping on the bandwagon by saying this, they really are vital in curating the perfect layered outfit. Pop it over your favorite white t-shirt and high-waisted denim for those brisk September mornings, and strip layers when that brisk air turns stuffy by the afternoon.

2. The White Tee

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Speaking of a white t-shirt, that’s another classic piece perfect for any climate. Your outfit is all in how you style it. Worn under a light sweater, cardigan or denim jacket, you have three (very easy) chic looks. It’s all about layering this time of year. 

3. The Loafer

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Once again, many bloggers can attest to the fact that loafers are an absolute staple in any transitional wardrobe. In fact, I decided to invest in a pair of Gucci Princetown mules last fall for that exact reason. They’ve easily been my most-worn shoes throughout every season; the cost-per-wear absolutely makes them worth the price. With that said, you certainly don’t need to spend a lotthere are plenty of inexpensive dupes out there like the Sam Edelman Lior Loafer. GEEDIAR makes another pair that look incredibly similar to the Gucci Princetowns, but for a fraction of the price. 

4. The Shacket

                                               Shacket: H&M, Jeans: Levi’s (similar here), Sandals: Hermès  Bag: Ralph Lauren

I’m currently going through a bit of a shacket (combination shirt/jacket garment) obsession at the moment. You can’t go wrong with throwing it over a tee or lacy cami, depending on the vibe of wherever you’re going. Topshop is my go-to place for all things shacket. They kill it every time. Zara and H&M also have some great options at unbeatable price points. 

5. The Little Black Bag

No wardrobe is complete without a good bag. As we start switching out our printed dresses for neutral basics, it’s essential to have a trusty bag option that pairs nicely with any outfit. Black is always a safe color choice, however, you can’t go wrong with a deep brown. I’ve been loving this Staud Clothing Shirley Bag and look forward to wearing it more as the season changes. 

These 5 transitional pieces should have you covered across the board. Let me know if you have any transitional wardrobe recommendations in the comments below!

P.S… 

Are you scrambling to revamp your fall wardrobe this season? Check out WITW’s easy guide.

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WITW’s Favorite Black-Owned Brands

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The Statement Sandal: Volume II

As some avid WITW readers might remember, we dished on all of our favorite sandal styles for summer 2019 last August. Today, we’re here to give you an update on our favorite footwear for summer 2020 with The Statement Sandal: Volume II. Let’s step into more current shoes. In addition to last year’s top picks,…

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The Review Edit: ThirdLove

Would you be surprised if I told you that, as a millennial, I listen to my fair share of podcasts? I wouldn’t be either. And any well-known pod will have its fair share of advertisements. You also might not be surprised to learn that I’m very susceptible to these ads. I knew I’d “have” to…

Trends You Should Know: Tie-Dye

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Found in the World: DAISY LONDON

Given a lot of us are still working from home, I think I speak for many when I say I have found AMPLE time for online shopping these days (thank you, Instagram!). That’s why WITW is excited to announce a new series we’re calling “Found in the World,” where we highlight all of our new…

Let’s Talk Pajamas – with Style

We’ve all found ourselves a bit more at home than we expected over the past month. Resultantly, it appears that pajamas are the new wardrobe staple this spring. Make no mistake; PJs don’t have to be frumpy. Your sleepwear can be comfy and stylish. Let’s talk pajamas and brands to show you what we mean:…

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WITW’s Top 3 (Finally) Plus-Friendly Brands

(AE Ne(x)t Level Curvy Highest Waist Jegging in Black) You might have noticed an interesting development in ads while scrolling through your Instagram feed lately: more and more brands are utilizing a diverse cast of models. Popular brands the plus-sized and stylish could only dream of sporting have opened department store doors to the…

 

Trends You Should Know: Sweatshirts

WITW is excited to announce a new series we’re calling “Trends You Should Know” where we highlight the latest styles that are catching our attention – and yours now too. To start the series off, we’re going to talk about a trend that so many…

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How to Find Your Personal Style

Finding your personal style can be such a complex process, but WITW is here to give you four easy tips on how to curate your ideal closet. Tip #1: Start with basics. Everyone needs a decent selection of buildable basics. We look at these cornerstones in four groups. First up, t-shirts & denim; a color palette…

The Review Edit: Bandier

After watching mega-influencer Arielle Charnas from Something Navy share her latest workout/loungewear finds from Bandier on Insta-stories a few weeks ago, I was  ~influenced~ to make a purchase of my own. For those who don’t know, Bandier is a multi-brand activewear retailer that sells everything from workout gear to loungewear, even coats and accessories. Here’s what…

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SS2020 Fashion Month Round-Up

Alas, Fashion Month has come to a close as October dawns. It all began in New York where white suits, polka dots, and bright neon hues collectively made their marks on upcoming Spring/Summer 2020 fashion trends. Designers were limitless in their creativity; between Batsheva’s law school vibes to SAVAGE X FENTY’s high-profile fashion show musical,…

 

The Jewelry Trend That Will Take You to 2020

Dainty jewelry out, chunky jewelry in. For the first time in a few seasons, it seems as though our delicate necklaces and simple studs are taking a backseat to the newest trend in jewelry: chains. We saw them all over the S/S 2019 runways and can now find them in action as they continue to…

 

Top 5 Transitional Pieces Your Wardrobe Needs Right Now

Alas, stores are putting their summer inventories on the clearance racks and making room for new fall shipments—which means we’re also making room for new purchases. We’ve reached that point in the season where temperatures can be annoyingly low in the mornings but gradually increase as the day goes on. However, when the weather isn’t…

 

Let’s Talk Fall Must-Haves

With Labor Day just over one week away, I think it’s safe to say that most people are starting to come to terms with the fact that summer is ending. Kids are going back to school as fall steadily approaches. Are you ready? Can’t say I am. On the bright side, with the change of…

 

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The Review Edit: Sézane

Welcome to WITW’s first review edit! Today’s focus: France’s first online-born fashion brand, Sézane. I first found out about Sézane last summer but didn’t actually purchase anything until a few months ago. I had heard great things about their pieces and saw so many Instagram photos of girls sporting their latest summer collection. Naturally, I had…

 

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With summer in full bloom, what better way to kick off WITW’s first post than by talking about a warm-weather staple: sandals.

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The Review Edit: ThirdLove

Would you be surprised if I told you that, as a millennial, I listen to my fair share of podcasts? I wouldn’t be either. And any well-known pod will have its fair share of advertisements. You also might not be surprised to learn that I’m very susceptible to these ads. I knew I’d “have” to invest after hearing rave reviews about the bastion of inclusivity in intimates, ThirdLove

So, fasten your bands and strap in for this WITW Review Edit…ThirdLove edition!

My haul:

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24/7 Classic T-Shirt Bra in color Twilight

Let me start by saying that every item I ordered is 2-3x too big for me—and it’s my own fault. 

ThirdLove has a very handy tool on their website that allows you to input your current go-to brand and bra size, converts that data into their own measurements, then presents you with your ideal size in their garments. They even recommend what styles of bra you’d most likely find optimum comfort wearing. Like many women of ample bosom, I’ve been burned by brands who advertise bigger sizes several times over. I ended up ignoring their sizing recommendation of a 46 C and going for my usual, a 48 DD. A word of advice: Don’t do that. 

Nonetheless, the buttery-soft material and thick, shaping band of their 24/7 Classic T-Shirt Bra is encouraging. Did I mention the cups are memory foam? It’s a bed for the breastbone. A mattress for the mammaries, if you will. I look forward to sizing down. 

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Comfort Stretch Thong in color Twilight

ThirdLove’s Comfort Stretch Thong is the answer to chafing, riding up, and muffin tops. I used to think a thicker waistband solves those problems. Rather, the cut of this piece adheres to the natural shape of your body. The former option squishes things unnaturally and grows increasingly uncomfortable as the day goes on. I sized up to 1X as opposed to my typical XL in underwear. Their 1X is just a tad looser than I would prefer, so I will be sizing down to my regular size with the next order. 

The material? To die for! It matches that bra’s buttery texture. Speaking of bras…

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I wanted to start with the buildable basics before expanding my ThirdLove collection. Their 24/7 Pima Cotton T-Shirt Bra is the best of simplicity and style with that adorable keyhole detail between its cups. I chose the color Ballet, and I’m living for that pale pink moment! I didn’t even touch on the best part yet: she’s a convertible. You can wear it in classic style, or fasten the straps for racerback. It’s the perfect pick-me-up (pun intended) for a bit of lift with lower-cut tops. 

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Also pictured is the matching thong. The tried-and-true Pima Cotton Thong is a perfect pairing with the aforementioned bra. It is seamless and simple for a smooth look under bottoms that hug. They are also in that lovely soft pink, Ballet. The breathability of this thong’s cotton fabric is a big plus as we enter the sweaty summer months. 

My buying experience:

Even in these crazy times, my order was processed same-day. I received all pieces together within 5 days; whether this is a flook or a testament to the company, I’m not certain. We’ll see with my next order! A huge selling point for me: you can return the items for another size! I will certainly be doing just that, so stay tuned for part 2 of this Review Edit. 

Final thoughts:

Though nothing fit, I am still jazzed about this brand. On top of having any size you could imagine, large to small, they have half-cup sizes. You heard me correctly. If you’ve never felt the perfect fit in mass-market sizes, try out a half-size cup and see if that does the trick. I also love the convenience of their size conversion tool. 

We’d love to hear about your favorite brands for our next Review Edit on intimates! Share your thoughts on ThirdLove and your other brand-favorites down below, or get in touch at contactwitw@gmail.com.