Wednesday, March 30, 2016

A Broke Girl's Guide To: Wardrobe Basics

My wardrobe is constantly changing. I love reselling my clothes and using the money to update and improve my closet. Through it all, though, there are a couple items that I seem to either always keep around or replace as soon as they wear out. These are my must-have items that form the foundation of my wardrobe.

1. Black puffer coat: As a Pacific Northwest native, everyone I know has a Patagonia Nano Puff Jacket. I've had mine since high school, and I still wear it a couple times a week. It's cute, comfortable, practical, and super compact. If you live somewhere that gets colder than 41 F, invest in the real deal; as expensive as it is, it is well-worth all the wear you'll get out of it. Patagonia has a huge after-Christmas sale if you're looking to grab one for less! If you happen to live somewhere warm, buy a knock-off for traveling.
2. High-waisted dark wash jeans: Dark-wash jeans are by far the most versatile and easy-to-wear way to wear jeans. You can dress them up if you're going for a Kendall Jenner look or dress them down to wear grocery shopping. I love high-waisted because you can tuck your shirt in to accentuate your figure or wear your top loose if you're feeling self-conscious. For me, if it's not high-waisted, it's a no-go.
3. Black wool (or wool-like) coat: I have three wool coats, but the one that gets the most use is definitely my black one. It goes with everything, keeps me warm, and is a super easy way to look like I put effort into my look when all I really did was throw on a nice coat on my way out the door. Try a fitted coat if you're going classic. If layering is a priority, try a looser fit or even go a size up.
4. Faux leather moto jacket: I bought my moto jacket from H&M for 40 Euros when I was 16. Now, five years later, it's still one of my favorite pieces. It's perfect for fall and spring transitional weather, and immediately makes anything I'm wearing 10x cooler.
5. Black cardigan: Cardigans are the perfect all-weather item. You need them for layering in the fall and winter, wear them as outerwear in the spring, and carry them with you when you go out at night in the summer. A black cardigan goes with everything, and it's so common that you can find one for just a couple dollars at a consignment store if you look long enough.
6. White long-sleeve shirt: I've owned a white long-sleeve shirt since I was in middle school. I usually pick them up at H&M sales or even at Costco, and as soon as I wear through one, I shop for the next. It's a classic piece that goes with everything, and thus a must-have.
7. Fitted black crop top: I've owned a bunch of these in a couple different styles: long-sleeved, velvet, crochet-necked, short-sleeved, striped, and, most recently, mock-necked. As someone who exclusively wears high-waisted bottoms (especially skirts), this is the perfect go-to top.
8. Waterproof watch: Whether you regularly find yourself in water or not, having a waterproof watch is the best way to go to prevent having to replace your timepiece after forgetting to take it off even once. Brendan bought me my Invicta diving watch that can go up to 100 meters underwater, which makes leaving it on all the time easy to do without worrying about it.
9. Black pants: I bought a pair of black jean-style pants the summer before I went to college, and I've worn them regularly since then. They're nice enough to wear to a job interview, comfortable enough to wear traveling, and cute enough to wear on a regular basis.
10. Simple crystal studs: After years of looking for studs I could wear regularly, I finally just bought a pair of stainless steel tiny crystal studs. I've worn them every day since, either in my first ear piercing or the second. They perfectly accentuate any other earrings I wear, and are a super classic accessory to wear on their own.
11. A cross-body bag that fits all your stuff: I've cycled through dozens of these since I was twelve. Wearing a bag cross-body is the safest way to protect it from being stolen, and there are so many designs that are cute enough to wear on a regular basis. Plus, it's nice to have an accessory carry all your stuff as opposed to a backpack or tote bag, which might distract from your outfit.
12. Black booties: Right now, I'm rocking the Chelsea booties, but last year, I went with a super basic design from Sam Edelman. They're comfortable as hell, go with everything, and work in all seasons.
13. Black athletic leggings: When I was in high school, I used to roll my eyes at girls who wore Lulu Lemon or Gap Fit leggings to school. This year, I bought my first pair of athletic leggings, and I've never looked back (except to regret not trying them sooner). They're so comfortable that I could honestly live in them! The thick material makes them ideal to wear as pants, and they're made to breathe through changing external temperatures. Plus, the athletic material makes them perfect to wear in the rain; I wore mine through an unfortunate walk in the pouring rain and, while the rest of my clothes were completely soaked through, my legs were dry and comfortable when I finally got indoors.

Thursday, March 24, 2016

OOTD: Patterns and Pleats

Hello from Boston! For the second spring break in a row, I'm visiting Brendan at Harvard. We've been walking all over the city looking at the beautiful and historic architecture. These pictures were taken after walking 4.67 miles on the Freedom Trail, which took us from the North End to Charlestown. Keep up with my adventures by following me on Snapchat: my username is thehannahgold.

Monday, March 21, 2016

Fall 2016 Runway Trends

Runway fashion is undoubtedly for the rich: changing closets seasonally is not only expensive but impractical for most non-celebrities. However, it can still be fun to mimic certain easy-to-find runway trends in everyday life. These trends may already be in your closet, and if not, they're available via fast fashion retailers for less than $50. See some of these retail options at the bottom of the post and be inspired by my trend picks from the FW 2016 runway!

Photos via: Dash of Darling, CollegeFashionista, No. 21, Vetements, Barbara Bui, and Brooklyn Blonde.

Red plaid: Channel your inner schoolgirl in this vibrant but easy-to-wear pattern.

Photos via: Anna Sui, McQ Alexander McQueen, A Clothes Horse, Sarah Styles Seattle, Collage Vintage, Prada, and Alice + Olivia.

Red floral: The perfect spring-fall transition trend features a spring pattern and a fall color scheme.

Photos via: Chloé, The Mysterious Girl, Philosophy di Lorenzo Serafini, Broke & Fabulous, Hello Fashion, Francesco Scognamiglio, and The Fashion Cuisine.

Ruffles: This traditionally feminine trend is sure to make you stand out.

Photos via: Zoë Jordan, Ports 1961, Sincerely, Jules, 3.1 Phillip Lim, Topshop Unique, Damsel in Dior, and Vera Wang.

Olive green: After the light herb color was seen last fall, this is the perfect next-step.

For further reading on inexpensive runway trends, check out my Her Campus posts on each of the four weeks of Fashion Month.

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

OOTD: Going Nowhere

I don't have a lot of stuff in my closet (apart from my jewelry) that I first came to college with. This skirt, though, has been through a lot with me. I bought it the first time I went to the famed Capitol Hill Value Village my freshman year. The rest of my outfit was purchased (or gifted) within the last year. It's kind of interesting being able to see how I've transitioned this skirt from one phase of my style to the next.

Thursday, March 10, 2016

OOTD: Killin' It

I designed this t-shirt on Zazzle to remind myself that, even when I'm feeling down or unmotivated, I'm still killin' it. I love that I can wear it with just about everything, including this hard-to-match skirt. Overall, I love this outfit because it makes me feel like a complete badass who can do anything she puts her mind to and deserves respect and admiration. Isn't that what a good outfit should do?

Monday, March 7, 2016

OOTD: Baby Blues

This coat is the 11th addition to my coat closet, and my current favorite. I got it on Poshmark for an ENORMOUS discount at only $11! I actually bought it from another fashion blogger: Fashion Alec. I love this color (only partly because it happens to be one of Pantone's colors of the year) and I'm secretly hoping for colder weather in the near future so I have more excuses to wear it.