Alternative Valentine’s Day Outfit Idea

I shared a look on Monday that screamed Valentine’s Day, but now I’m sharing a look that is perfect for Valentine’s Day. Whether you are giving the day the middle finger or you are just keeping it low key, this outfit is perfect for that.

Distressed denim, a funky top, faux fur accents and pops of reddish hues. All go together for the perfect alternative outfit for celebrating Galentine’s Day, Valentine’s Day or just a winter date night next week (or any day for that matter). I get it, we all don’t celebrate the cheesy holiday for numerous reasons, but isn’t it always fun to add a little fun pop of color especially with some colored faux fur or leather jacket. And this top. So warm and cozy (aka comfy wear) but made special with the leopard sleeves and the sequin embellishment.

You don’t have to go full blown pink and red to feel festive for Valentine’s Day. You can add pops of pink if you want but also not something you have to go out and buy. Wear what you want girlfriend! Celebrate how you want!

 

Pretty In Pink For Valentine’s Day

Holidays are the only time I break my own fashion rules. As in I dress pretty neutral for the majority of the year, but when the opportunity opens up for me to wear some sort of festive dress, I will more than likely jump at the chance. Which is why I have this flowy pink (it’s actually more on the peach side of the spectrum) dress. I actually bought this dress for Easter Brunch last year (since we actually went somewhere extra fancy) and have never really worn it again. Which I’m not upset about because I got it for a super steal on BooHoo (honestly wasn’t expecting the quality to be as good as it was). So it was sitting in my closet ready to offer it up for anyone who wants it and was like oooooo this will be the perfect dress for Valentine’s Day and possibly Easter again. Or even to visit Biltmore Blooms.

So here I am dressed in a pink dress, which is my most hated color especially for clothing for one of the cheesiest holidays we celebrate. Though cheesy and controlled by the retail industry I still celebrate and still love it. I don’t get why people hate on it. Consumerism is a part of our daily life so what gives. Any excuse for me to get dressed up and write hand written cards is a win win in my book. Ohhh and by dressed up, I mean even for making a frozen pizza at home.

But this dress just screams Valentine’s Day. It’s off the shoulder which gives it a sexy, sultry vibe, but flirty, fun and conservative with the ruffles, shape and length. Perfect for dancing in or just twirling around in. And bringing back my Christmas shoes, because red DUH, for a playful fun take on the whole outfit. Kept all my jewelry simple to focus on the flows of this dress. Move over stuffy, over planned date night, I’m ready for something fun!

Let me know if you enjoy Valentine’s Day and what you plan on wearing below!

SHOP THIS LOOK: Another Pink Dress // Similar Shoes // Bangles // Bracelet // Half Moon Necklace // Necklace

The Power of a Good Belt

Belts! Often times over looked and one of the most underrated accessories. The power to completely transform an outfit from simple to the next level or just make you feel extra sassy. Like I was this day.

I have been looking for a vintage western belt or vintage western inspired belt. I haven’t been able to find one that was in my price point or size that I liked. Total random Target shopping trip simply for a planner (story of my life) and found this western inspired belt. And though not vintage, extremely affordable. Winner Winner Chicken Dinner. Even though everyone can afford this belt, it doesn’t seem like a cheapo belt. I have so many ways I want to style this belt, but I took it for “a test run” with a simple raw edge denim skirt paired with tights, a striped shirt, long flowy cardigan and some edgy boots. I think this whole look was actually pulled together with the belt and tights. Transforming from what may appear to be a take on 90’s fashion to something modern, funky, edgy and chic.

Belts are a great way to add some versatility to your closet on a budget. Belts allow you to wear items you already have or are going to purchase in so many different ways. Also a great way to add some shape to your figure. Enhancing curves and manipulating fabric to hang the exact way you want it to. Most belts are extremely affordable, even a nice quality leather belt isn’t going to break the bank. Have fun with them! Though I’m sticking to a neutral for my belt doesn’t mean you have to keep it simple. There are tons of options out there.

 

Shop This Look: Top // Skirt // Tights // Necklace // Belt

 

Favorite Investment Pieces

Picking out quality pieces for my closet has been a big change in how I am shopping this past year. I have started to not only shop for sustainable and ethical products, but also looking for more items made in the USA or high quality products. It’s been a task because high quality products are way more expensive than what I have spent on clothing before and fast fashion just seems a bit more interesting because it’s trendy and what most of you are wanting to see. But I just can’t spending between $20.00 and $40.00 on cheaply made clothing that is going to get holes or start to ravel and possibly be out of style next year. So I started buying things I actually like, that are fun, versatile and much better quality than fast fashion. So here are my favorite quality purchases I have made in the past year.

Lysse Denim– These jeans are amazing. They work perfectly for curvier ladies because of the actual denim used and the control top available in each pair. These are skinny jeans with a nice side pipping and a fun zipper detail at the ankle. Seriously if I could wear these every day I probably would. So comfy and so slimming. The best part about Lysse? They include sizes from XS to 3XL. So everyone can enjoy these jeans. Lysse jeans are a little over $100.00 a pair and tend to sell out quickly when updated on their website. Seriously worth the investment though.

Lack Of Color Hats– A new to me brand and I’m in love. Quality made hats with structure, so no floppyness with these. I haven’t had these hats for too long but they have held their shape very well so far. There are a ton of options on their website; different colors and styles. These hats are $80.00 and up but well worth it if you are a hat lover.

Yana K Dresses– Buttery soft, simple and versatile. I can’t say enough about this brand. From every day wear to dressing up. Each piece has the potential to be styled so many different ways. And so flattering on so many body types.

Custom Fox & Beaux Jewelry– Located in Asheville is a little jewelry boutique where all your jewelry dreams can come true. Carefully designed pieces are available for quick purchasing or you can work with the staff to create your own. This dangle choker was a custom design piece I created and they put together. Literally no one else will have anything exactly like it making it perfect for my daily go to choker.

These are just a few of my favorite investment pieces from the last year. And you will see them on repeat, styled different ways. Because sometimes having less is more.

Shop This Look: Jeans // Dress // Hat // Silver Necklace // Dangle Choker // Horseshoe Necklace

Star of the Show: Perfect Holiday Sweater

Are you still looking for that perfect outfit to wear for Christmas? Or even New Years Eve? Well time is running out but you can still snag this fun sweater if you find it in store!

This seems like the perfect sweater for a much more casual NYE look, but I really like it for Christmas because it isn’t your typical over the top green or red sweater. You can be comfy and super cute in this. I decided to take this look for a total 90’s feel by adding a denim skirt, tights and booties. Super easy to pull off and extremely comfortable. And topped it off with my newest obsession, this Lack of Color hat. Which I may be wearing to everything.

Simple. Festive. Stylish.

 

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Sweater // Skirt // Tights // Hat // Similar Booties

Holiday Style: Casual and Funky

Just because the holiday season is here, doesn’t mean you have to dress head to toe frilly, in lace or sequins or even in the holidays “it” colors, red and green. Let’s face it, I’m just not in to dressing frilly anymore. So for me, the old holiday outfit ideas I used to have, are out the window. Dressing for myself is the number one priority and this year I made it a goal to do that.

Christmas bells are ringing and I’m over here still dressing in black, denim and stripes. But hey, that’s me. So for this holiday look I pulled together my new favorite look to show you how easy it is to dress for a casual holiday function without looking like a Christmas tree and being true to yourself.

If you are new around here, I have an addiction with stripes. It’s probably because I was always told women of size shouldn’t wear them and I love to break social rules. Besides the point. So I have paired this silky-ish blouse with a plunging neckline, boxy shape and my favorite print with my new favorite pants. These denim leggings I snagged from Lysse on Black Friday are my newest obsession. The perfect fit, slimming affect, pipping along the leg and the fun zipper detail all make me squeal with excitement when I wear them. A dressed up casual look but all while being oh so comfy and stylish. To make the outfit feel more festive I paired it with these adorable pom pom shoes that bring just the right amount of festive cheer to this outfit without going over the top. I would wear this during the non-holiday season, which is a point I make when I am shopping for pieces for my wardrobe. Topped it off with an edgy black necklace and a furry clutch. And a red lip takes your outfit to another holiday level right now. I love a red lip on any day, but right now, you just can’t miss it!

Perfect for any holiday event thrown your way or even just meeting up with friends.

I hope all of you are having a wonderful holiday season so far! I did just want to remind you that I am doing #instamas on Instagram where I am documenting parts of my life every day! Feel free to join in on the fun.

 

Shop This Look:

Top // Denim // Similar Shoes // Similar Clutch // Necklace

Holiday Styling With Versona

Deck your #ootd’s with red and green, Fa La La La La, La La La! Tis’ the season for festive dressing. Since we are just now at two weeks until Christmas it is time to pull out all the red and green garments you have and go wild with it. I don’t own a lot of red or green pieces in my closet. Shocker, I know right?! So when I recently had the chance to partner with Versona to pick up something for the holiday season and style, I was on a mission for something red or green and some statement earrings.

I tried on countless red and green pieces, many were out of my comfort zone and I shared them all with you on InstaStories (shameless plug if you aren’t following me you should). Nothing felt quite like me though. I was trying to pull together outfits in my head and decide on something festive yet that fit my personality and would work with my closet. Even when partnering with a brand, I always think about the long run. Like when will I wear this again and how will I wear this again. I am not wanting to fill my closet with pieces I don’t love and am not going to wear.

One of the lovely sales associate picked this green top for me and the minute I tried it on, I was like, yup this is it. Super basic, but the seaming makes the shirt extremely flattering, simple ruffled sleeves to keep the top trendy and a green I could live with. Something I knew I could dress up or down for the holiday season and get wear out of it past December. I immediately knew I would style it with this skirt I got from Versona last winter. A little edgy and a little more me.

Paired with these fun and festive statement earrings this shirt makes for the perfect holiday party look. I love, love these earrings. I’m so glad I scooped these up because I had been eyeing a pair like this from somewhere online for three times the price. Of course this couldn’t be a holiday outfit without my red pom pom shoes! So comfy, fun and festive. Sadly these are no longer available but I wish they were because everyone deserves some red pom pom shoes for the holiday season. So now I am ready for any type of holiday shindig thrown my way. Office parties, family parties, Christmas church services or even Christmas dinner. I am loving the simple, yet fun components of this festive #ootd!

Thanks again for Versona for having me create a festive look! And if you are in the need for any holiday outfit needs, make sure you check them out! Did you know we have a Versona in Asheville? It’s over by the Whole Foods off of Tunnel Road! And they do have red and green pieces galore! And also tons of statement earrings. And tons of gift ideas!

Holiday Style: Christmas Dress

I wasn’t looking for a Christmas dress, I was going to re-style something that was already in my closet, but then I randomly saw this dress. Bright red, flowy, ruffles and flutter sleeves. Loved it! Tried it on, felt good in it, but didn’t buy it. I didn’t need the dress. I wasn’t sure if I would wear something so bright, because hello, I’m the girl who wears black on a regular basis. But then I was working on a few things, planning some more things for the blog and got an invite to a party. I will also have a wedding to attend in the fall of next year that this would be perfect for, so I went ahead and bought it. Because after long contemplation, I would get my wear out of it.

This dress is perfect for any festive event you have coming up this holiday season and it’s even more perfect because I know you are spending a ton of presents and the perfect decorations. This dress is under $35.00 and would be flattering on so many skin tones and shapes. This can be taken really festive, retro glam or even just kept simple and all three ways to style it would still be great for the holidays.

I just paired this with an oversized fur coat and block heels for a simple 70’s glam look. Not overly festive but also I can say Happy Holidays in this without feeling like a grinch. Seriously if you are in Target, check out this dress, it’s worth the double take.

SHOP THIS LOOK:

Dress // Similar Coat // Heels // Necklace

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.

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.