Thanksgiving Outfit #2: Cozy Knits

Comfort food, pie, cuddling by a fire and cozy sweaters; exactly what any holiday should involve especially  Thanksgiving. To top it off, sweater weather is in full force around here! I love that they are tons of ways to incorporate knits in to your wardrobe these days but I have finally bought an actual sweater. Generally, I lean towards knit cardigans because I’m so hot natured, but this year I took a leap and invested in a nicer sweater to get me through the Fall and Winter.

A sweater is just the most simple way to put together an #ootd, making it especially great for Thanksgiving day! To make the outfit look less frumpy, I paired the sweater with light skinny jeans and over the knee boots. Now pass the pie!

Also sweater dresses and cozy cardigans would be great for some fun layering for Thanksgiving. These sweaters will help create some dimension to your look and add some texture, making your holiday style that much better!

Missed yesterday’s post where I styled athleisure for Thanksgiving dinner? Read it here.

Stay tuned for more outfits this week!

Shop This Look:

Sweater // Jeans // Boots // Bag // Similar Necklace

Thanksgiving Outfit #1: Dressing Up Athleisure Wear

I get it. On Thanksgiving you want to be as comfy as possible. Maybe even stretch pants need to be involved. No judgement from me! I understand. It’s a busy day of running around, traveling, cooking or even partaking in events around town before dinner time. And then there’s feasting and lounging. Even though the athleisure trend is very popular now, I still like to take the look to the next level so it doesn’t look like I just got done with a yoga class or that I don’t care about my #ootd.

To transform this outfit made for feasting and cooking, I’m taking three items from my closet to spice it up.

Keeping the same leggings and oversized long sleeve pullover, I transformed this in to a more chic and stylish outfit by adding a leather jacket, oversized printed scarf and over the knee boots. Looks like a totally different outfit. Much more chic. Still just as comfy though. Stretchy pants still included. You could easily cook sides, travel and then mix it up to show up for Thanksgiving dinner. Did you mention Black Friday shopping? This outfit is perfect for taking you in to that all night shopping frenzy.

If you want to be as comfortable as possible but still look stylish, check in your closet to see how you can play up the athleisure trend. Just mix and match pieces to go from gym look to dinner look!

Stay tuned tomorrow for a new Thanksgiving Outfit Idea!

 

Shop This Look:

Top // Leggings // Similar Scarf // Similar Jacket // Boots

Florals For Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is just around the corner and planning outfits for the day have already been on my mind. Everything about Thanksgiving is so hectic from cooking, traveling and starting the holiday rush, so our outfit shouldn’t be a hassle. I’ve been trying to come up with outfits that are extremely simple yet festive or unique or fun for the day. Something to take you from lounging watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade to traveling to see friends and family to feasting on comfort foods to being in a food coma afterwards to hitting the stores for Christmas shopping after your food coma breaks.

I love the idea of wearing a subtle floral for Thanksgiving. It’s so festive for a day of thankfulness. This is technically a dress worn as a cardigan paired with stripes and skinny jeans for a laid back look. Perfect for staying comfy yet feeling a little dressed up for the day. I paired the outfit with a fringe necklace, hat and mules to kick up the fun factor and to pull everything in the outfit together.

I love that this outfit screams Fall and is great to wear before being decked out in glitter, sequins, plaid, red or green. But this comfy easy outfit is so easy you can wear something similar to this throughout the holiday season.

Stay tuned next week for more Thanksgiving outfit ideas and the real start of the festive season here on 30 Shades of Stephanie.

Cozy, Warm Layers + Halloween Traditions

Fall I love you. Layering I love you. Car rides on the Blue Ridge Parkway to peep leaves, I love you. Rolling fog I love you. Scarf season I love you. Chilly temperatures I love you.

I feel like I’m always running around trying to squeeze in as much of seasonal activities that I can.  Lately I’ve been trying to see as much of the autumnal foilage, cross off lists from my Fall bucket list and see as many misty, foggy mornings as possible. But when running around I just can’t fathom getting dressed up for chasing leaves and walking around in the clouds.  So I go for my trusty favorites.

If I’m going to be doing any type of hiking of course I dress accordingly and will wear leggings, etc. But when I’m not going on a lengthy hike I go with my trusty skinny jeans and a common pullover. I actually acquire a few of these pullovers every season. I wear these fore everything from work, to adventures, to lounge wear. For this particular day, I knew I needed to run a few errands afterwards and was also having a lunch date so I threw on my favorite leather jacket I purchased from Nordstrom a few years ago and a scarf to keep my neck warm. I’m loving all the different earthy colors, textures and layers I have going on in this outfit. And though it may not look the warmest, it kept me warm in the below 50 degree weather.

Stay tuned to next week because I will actually share in more detail how I love styling basic pullovers for every day wear so it doesn’t look like you haven’t changed from pajamas all day.

 

HALLOWEEN TRADITIONS

Like most holidays, we all have our own traditions. Some times they change, some times we don’t stick to them and some times we are trying to find something new to add to your traditions. So I thought I would share my old and newer traditions.

When I was younger we always had typical family traditions. My family was big in to Halloween. We always went to my grandparent’s house where we had some kind of homemade soup. Oyster stew, chicken stew, chili or chicken noodle soup. No matter which one it was always soup. We always went trick or treating in the same neighborhood and always ended the night with scary movies. As I got older, the soup remained a constant but the activities changed, like parties and haunted houses.

As I’ve gotten older, live on my own and start my own traditions, I have tried to incorporate some old things and some new. Every single year I no longer do the trick-or-treating but instead am the lady who passes out candy and comments on each costume. All while each child asks about my cat and some kids have even just walked in to my apartment. It’s interesting to say the least. It never fails, I always try to make a soup I like because honestly I’m not the hugest soup fan (even though I had it every Halloween, still doesn’t mean it was my favorite). So I have a few recipes for soups (love this one) I actually like or I try to make a crock pot meal (Winter staple in my house) or a casserole of some kind (easiest one I have ever made). Some thing easy but warm and hearty. After the trick-or-treating is over, I make a wicked cocktail or have a pumpkin beer and put on a horror film. But no Halloween night is ever over without watching Hocus Pocus. Since moving to the mountains I have actually stayed up extremely late on Halloween to wait for the first snowfall of the season, it has happened a few times since moving here.

Let me know what your traditions are in the comments!

This Is Halloween + Spooky Playlist

The week leading up to Halloween is amazing! If you are a die hard Halloween lover the whole month of October could be amazing for your wardrobe. But leading up to Halloween you can literally just about get away with wearing anything. If you look crazy no one even bats an eye.

So since you can get away with just about anything I wanted to test out a few new items and see if I was going to keep them. Like these striped pants! A very bold statement piece. A very funky piece. So I threw on a blazer, mind you that I didn’t pair with a top or bra because testing out y’all. And two things I’ve come to realize. I love these pants and will be wearing them to a few events this winter. I can’t wait to style these for the holidays. Yes I love them. And secondly this blazer cape thing needs to be altered before I wear it again.

But I got to try out an insanely wild outfit and if anyone had said anything at dinner I would have simply told them I was Beetlejuice or Jack from Nightmare Before Christmas.

So since Halloween is a little under a week I also wanted to share a “spooky” playlist. Play this to get in the mood, play it while your passing out candy or play it while your dressing up. Either way it will add some Halloween fun to your life.

 

Styling Summer Dresses For Fall + Fall Playlist

So I think it’s officially time to start packing away all the Summer clothes here in the Appalachian mountains. Or is it? Starting this year, I had this genius idea to start buying pieces I actually love. More quality over quantity kind of pieces. And for the most part it actually worked out. So I’m not wanting to pack up every piece of clothing I bought for the Spring and Summer because I invested more money in these pieces than I ever have before. Including this dress I picked up from a local boutique.

The dress is essentially sleeveless, but I love the long line and the added fringe detail on the side. And the neutral color doesn’t scream Spring or Summer like a lot of seasonal dresses. So while I’m packing away some shorts, tanks and really seasonal dresses, some are not being packed away like this number.

The easiest way to transition a dress to cooler temps is with layers. But since this already has some added fabric and texture from the waist down I wanted to keep it more simple. Like with a leather jacket. It creates a block in the heaviness that could be added to this outfit, it keeps the outfit a little more edgy and city chic and it adds a great component of warmth.

The final two steps to transitioning a Summer dress to Fall is with booties and a hat. So simple and effortless. There are countless other ways to transition a dress like with tights, leggings, scarves and even more layering. But if you have a jacket, booties and a hat, you have your bases covered and can keep that dress in your closet for longer; even until next Summer.

 

SIDE NOTE!!! I have been really in to transition my closet for Fall and have been spending a lot of time at home prepping for the craziest two months of my year (more on that after Halloween). So I have needed a soundtrack for all the evenings spent at home that make me feel warm, cozy and at ease. So here is my Fall playlist. Hopefully you get some Fall isnpo from it.

 

White Jeans After Labor Day

It’s an age old fashion rule that we are “supposed” to follow. No white after Labor Day. But I’m here for breaking rules. And I’m here to help you break that rule.

White denim has become more and more popular the past two Spring and Summer seasons. The “IT” denim if we will. But now that you have invested in some good pairs of white denim how are you going to transform these jeans in to the colder months? It’s actually pretty simple.

To transform your white denim to Fall and Winter all you have to do is add darker colors or neutrals. Pretty simple. In order for white denim to work, I would try adding darker heavy tops like chunky sweaters, oversized cardigans, moto jackets or even utility jackets or vests. I paired mine with a very neutral top and a long line utility vest this past weekend when it was still a little warm in the afternoons. There is no way I would have been able to wear this #ootd this week, but I have also paired a chunky rust colored sweater with these exact jeans HERE.

For you to be able to rock the white denim now I would avoid lighter colors unless paired with something darker to avoid looking like a Spring chicken. I would avoid light colored sweaters. Save those light greys, blush pinks, oatmeals and cream colored sweaters for your regular wash of denim.

So not only is it a little intimidating to wear white denim in the Fall and Winter months but it can also be an extreme challenge to find the perfect white denim. And I’ll just tell you it’s going to take hard work and lots and lots of trying on. And denim shopping is like bathing suit shopping. Denim will fit each person differently. So here are four options for white denim investments that work for me, but they also work for a lot of size ranges and women:

  • Good American White Denim– I got to try these on at an event while on vacation and fell in love. These are amazing and I can’t believe I’m saying that about a Kardashian product. These are investment pieces (only reason they didn’t come home with me that day) and carry a hefty price tag. Great thing is there is a full size range!
  • Levis– Did you know Levis carries a full size range in denim as well? Levis is a love it or hate it pair of denim. But I like their fit.
  • Nest– My white pair of denim is from Nest Boutique + DIY Studio in Asheville. They have a full size range and these jeans are from their plus collection.
  • Old Navy – I think Old Navy is a love or hate denim as well. But I love it for an affordable option. And they have a few great white denim options in a full size range!

 

 

The Color Of the Season: Rusty Orange

Denim- In Boutique Only // Sweater

The must have color of the season is floating around everywhere. In bottoms, tops, sweaters, cardigans, dresses and even booties. And there’s a good reason. This rusty orange is the perfect Fall color. Just enough to remind you of changing leaves and pumpkin patches. But the great thing about this popular color is that it works so great with every skin tone and there are so many varieties of this hue. I’ve seen more coppery colors, more orange based colors, more sienna (brown based) tones and even more peachy hues. And since it’s the color of the Fall season, there are so many patterns, textures and options for just about everyone.

I found this sweater this past week for under $30.00 in the hue. Since I’m not a huge chunky sweater person (more a cardigan girl) I decided to go for it because if it’s over next season oh well. And I’m in love. So glad I picked this up. Not only is the color perfect for Fall and all my apple picking and apple cider drinking needs, but the shape is amazing with the high low feature and it’s not itchy. Yes, a sweater that isn’t itchy! So even though I’m not a huge sweater wearer this may be getting some good rotation this Fall and Winter season.

I hope all you had a great weekend!

 

 

The Most Basic Fall Outfit

It finally felt like Fall in Asheville this weekend. About time mother nature acted like the month we are in. So I took full advantage of the dip in temperatures to dress like the basic Fall loving female I like to think I am. But really I’m no where close to being basic. But I love a good flannel and white converse. So maybe that does make me basic.

The easiest thing to add to your outfit, no matter your budget or style that screams Fall is a Flannel. It literally is so versatile with any style. Whether extremely feminine, chic, a little hipster, a little basic or a little edgy; it works in your Fall wardrobe.  It works in so many outfit options too. Dress it up or dress it down as I did this Sunday. And personally I think everyone should have some, yes plural. You really can not have too many. Flannel shirts, flannel scarves, flannel shirts, heck flannel pants!

Ok ok! I may be going overboard with my love for flannel but it really is that great versatile piece that works season after season.

This past weekend I headed out for an annual Blue Ridge Parkway Fall adventure. It happens every year, because I live in Asheville. DUH! This year in one day I hit up Mt. Mitchell, Grandfather Mountain, Banner Elk, Linville Falls and Littel Switzerland. Yes all in one day. And the leaf lookers were out in full force even though there wasn’t a ton of foilage. But I did want to dress not only comfortable but very Fallish. So I threw on some jeans and t-shirt because adventuring y’all. Added some converse, a flannel and my new favorite ballcap. Perfect for a day of exploring. But also perfect for casual days, bonfires or pumpkin shenanigans. I mean you could also wear something similar and go as an off duty lumberjack for Halloween.

Shopping Tip!!! Old Navy has the best and most affordable flannel options. Tons of cuts, styles and prints making it easy to stock up for your Fall wardrobe.

Chenille: The Fabric of the Season

Sweater // Shirt // Jeans // Bag  // Earrings // Necklaces- Embellish and Fox and Beaux

Did you guys know chenille was popular this season?! Because I didn’t. And now I’m noticing it everywhere. You may be familiar with chenille from a grandparent’s old school comforter or even throw blankets. I am actually wrapped up in a chenille throw blanket currently because it finally feels like Fall in Asheville!!! Even though the material is commonly known in bedding, it was made popular in clothing in the 70’s and then made a come back in the 90’s. And there is a reason it has come back now. It’s great at keeping you warm, even breaking a sweat if it’s not below 50 degrees. Plus all the cozy feels.

I recently got invited to check out recent Fall arrivals and the newest Fall Lookbook from Versona. Tons of embroidered items, flared and tapered sleeved sweaaters and a lot of floral prints. Nothing was either catching my eye or fit correctly. Then I stumbled upon chenille. There were sweaters, cardigans, vests and scarves. I was shocked this was back. I did a quick internet search and sure enough it was. I tried them all on. In earthy and mauve hues. And this is the sweater cardigan I decided to leave the store with.

This sweater is perfect for making an outfit more cozy and casual. I could see this dressing up athleisure when it gets really cold as well. As far as dressing this up with a dress and booties, I’m not sure how this will look yet since the fabric is so casual and cozy.

In true 70’s fashion inspo style, and since this fabric was made popular during this time period; I decided to style this with over done flared denim, big boots and big earrings. And it worked. I felt like I could have played an extra for one of Jackie’s stylish friends on That 70’s Show or that I am ready to take over the world Charlie Angel’s style. No matter the groovy vibes I get off this, two things are for sure. It’s comfortable and casual chic. And we all know I go for comfortable on a daily basis.

Huge thanks to Versona for giving me the opportunity to see the new Fall trends in store and thank you to the Asheville Versona store for listening to my InstaStories being made and still being nice! I have no doubt this sweater will get a lot of wear this Fall and Winter season!