What I Wore: Summer’s End


dress | belt | bag | shoes


wardrobe-oxygen-in-gwynnie-bee wardrobe-oxygen-over-40-style-blogger wardrobe-oxygen-in-a-melissa-mccarthy-dress-and-maxwell-scott-bagDress: Melissa McCarthy Seven7 via Gwynnie Bee (L) | Belt: vintage (similar) | Bag: c/o Maxwell Scott | Shoes: Vince Camuto (similar) | Necklace: Bellezamia via Etsy | Bracelets: Stella and Dot, Nadri, c/o Lifetherapy, c/o Silver Linings

If you follow the hashtag #ShareMeGB on Instagram, you will see Gwynnie Bee members all across the country wearing the fashion that they offer with their subscription service.  I’ve seen many wear this dress from Melissa McCarthy for Seven7 and just KNEW it was going to be too long for me.  I was pleasantly surprised that not only was it not too long but I really really liked it!  The dress has a half elastic/half drawstring waistband which is fine, but I decided to cover it up (the drawstring is crossed in front and tied in back) with a vintage leather belt for more of a boho feel.  The bodice is lined to that first tier of the skirt, so it’s opaque where it needs to be and breezy everywhere else.   While I love this dress, have worn it twice and likely will keep it a while longer for a weekend getaway coming up, it’s something I’m glad I didn’t buy.  The color and concept is very similar to this dress, I don’t LOVE the waistband.  Also, let’s face it, summer is ending and this dress is begging for warm sunshine.  But this is what is so great about Gwynnie Bee.  I can keep as long as I like and when I’m over it I can send it back and get something else.  If you want to try Gwynnie Bee, use my link and try it out for free for 30 days.

I got this bag from Maxwell Scott last year (see in this post) and I loved the bag, but then I did a closet cleaning and put the bag back in the nice box it came in.  This bag is so darn nice, it’s likely the nicest bag I have ever owned and I feared messing it up.  How silly is that?  I ended up forgetting about the bag until I was tearing apart my closet packing for the Hopscotch Music Festival.  I pulled it out and decided it was time to get it a bit beat up, a bit lived in and loved, and took it with me to the festival.  I plan to give this bag a lot more love this year; it’s an on-trend silhouette, brilliantly designed, and a year later still has that delicious new leather bag smell!

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Updating Last Year’s Fashion Purchases for Fall 2016

How to Update last year's fashion purchases for Fall 2016 - Wardrobe OxygenDon’t want to buy a whole new wardrobe but want to look current?  How can you make your old riding boots, jeggings, or dresses look fresh and modern for Fall 2016?  Below I share ways to wear your favorite pieces from last fall but make small tweaks to give them a new life for the new season

How to Update Riding Boots for 2016


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For the past few falls and winters, an easy go-to has been a pair of skinny jeans tucked into tall boots. Riding, moto, and all other knee-high styles have been a wardrobe staple. Paired with anything from a ruffled silk blouse to a puffer vest, this has been a safe bet as well as a warm one. While you don’t need to toss your riding boots, consider wearing them with something other than jeggings:

Sweater dresses and long tunic sweaters are in style this season, and an easy way to transition your riding boots to a newer silhouette. Paired with sweater tights or leggings, style with a longer necklace, wear a turtleneck underneath, add a gauze scarf and embrace the current trends of athleisure, minimalism, and volume. This fall neutrals are hot; instead of styling with brights or jewel tones consider having your whole look shades similar to your boot to keep it on trend and looking luxe.

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Dresses and skirts are great with tall boots; the key is to go short or long. A denim mini can look very chic with tall boots, but may be hard for many to carry off. Shifts and other dresses with volume look great with tall boots; have at least your kneecap exposed between both for balance. Take advantage of the ‘70s trend and pair riding boots with a-line midi skirts; keep it modern with neutrals and incorporate a current trend (turtlenecks, off the shoulder, denim, etc.) so it looks purposeful.

How to Update Skinny Jeans for 2016


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Skinny jeans have been a mainstay for a couple years now. This season, silhouettes are getting more relaxed and fuller denim styles are popping up at all retailers. That doesn’t mean you have to toss all your skinny jeans. Here’s some ways to restyle your jeggings and skinny jeans for an on-trend look for Fall 2016:

Balance the skinny silhouette with volume to look on trend this season. Jackets, coats, longer sweaters, tunics, and even dresses are a great pairing with skinny jeans this fall. Tuck in a traditional button-front shirt and let it blouse out a bit for volume; style with a pair of flat loafers or brogues and a silk scarf at the throat to update the look for 2016. Pair denim with denim for a fresh look for fall. A slouchy oversized denim jacket looks great with skinny jeans; use the single-color ensemble to highlight the statement boots that are so hot this season. Embroidery, velvet, lacing, sequins and more are begging to be paired with a pair of skinny denim jeans.

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The boho look is in with voluminous blouses and peasant tops. A pair of skinny jeans in a lighter wash are a great pairing for these full tops; again use the skinny jean as a way to highlight your footwear. A ghille pump or bootie is a hot trend and a great way to customize your fit for narrow or wide feet. Instead of a necklace, consider a statement earring with tassels to complete the look.

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The ‘90s are back and with it is dresses over jeans. Unlike the ‘90s when we paired babydolls and silk slips over flares, this time look for shifts and tunics with volume to slip over your jeggings. While last year the look was with riding boots or ankle booties, this season consider pairing with a chunky-soled creeper or on-trend sneakers for a fresh feel without losing comfort. Get a rocker feel with a pair of classic Wayfarers, some beachy waves, a smoky eye, or a funky ear cuff to keep the look from being too loungewear.

How to Update Dresses and Sweaters for 2016

layering-trend-for-fall-2016-turtleneck-and-shirt-under-dresses-wardrobe-oxygenLayering is key this fall, isn’t it great when a trend is also practical? Stay warm and cozy this fall and winter with the return of wearing shirts and turtlenecks under most everything. Give your shifts and sheath dresses a new life and extend their life a bit longer into the season with these additions. And if you don’t like the bulk of a full layer, you’re in luck. False collars, previously known as dickies and now known as bibs are a way to get the look for less money and less fabric! This is a trend that also works with sleeveless, short sleeve, and long sleeve sweaters. As for those loose shirtdresses that started showing on racks late summer? Go ahead and pair with boots, but also try putting that entire dress under another dress for a completely different effect.

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I haven’t been this excited about fall trends in a long while. These are trends that won’t be a flash in the pan, they’re wearable, comfortable, functional, and can be accomplished at most any pricepoint. In summary:

  • Consider investing in a tissue-weight turtleneck or a bib to change up the look of dresses and sweaters
  • Balance skinny jeans with volume – dresses, tunics, looser jackets, shoes with block heels or platform soles
  • Separate the riding boots from the puffer jacket and jeggings. Pair with sweater dresses, tunics, long cardigans and go more Obi Wan Kanobi and less Han Solo.
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How to Wear a Denim Skirt this Fall

how-to-style-a-denim-skirt-this-fall-wardrobe-oxygenAfter featuring a denim skirt in my last capsule wardrobe, several of you emailed me asking what denim skirt styles are on trend this season and how to style them. This is an important question as many of us are old enough to remember at least one time prior where we as adults wore denim skirts. How do you do the denim skirt trend the second (or third or fourth) time around and make it look fresh and current? It’s a fine line; easily you can look dated or lost in another generation.

The ‘90s are back, and if you’re around my age, you clearly remember that decade and likely much of your wardrobe. I can remember my favorite denim skirt at the end of the ‘90s; it was a stonewashed pencil skirt with stretch and an unraveled hem. I wore it with knee-high boots with a chunky block heel and very often, a black ribbed turtleneck. Looking at the trends this fall, it would be easy to fall back into an outfit similar to what we may have worn in the ‘90s, as well as the early ‘80s and ‘70s. This post will hopefully help you wear denim skirts this fall and winter without looking like you did the last time you sported this trend without looking dated, frumpy, or like a fashion victim.

There’s a lot of denim skirt styles out this season, from acid-washed minis to calf-length full wrap skirts. You’ll find denim with buttons down the front, distressing, front slits, back slits, unfinished hems, a-lines, skintight midis, rigid denim, chambray, and more. My suggestion is if you’re nervous about sticking your toe back into the denim skirt trend, do so with a classic silhouette. A straight or pencil style that is not too tight and hits somewhere from above the knee to midi length. While a-lines can be flattering on many figures, styled the wrong way they can veer into costume territory.

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As for wash, this is where you can put your spin on it. For me, I like a bit of distressing for a rock and roll vibe. However, you can go with any wash, with or without distressing, with stretch or rigid. As with denim, find what works best with your figure and your personal style. A skirt that hits the middle of the knee is the most universally flattering and stylish, but again choose what works best with your personal style. A tip for denim skirts – keep in mind they can stretch with wear and consider sizing down, especially if you have a curvy figure.

Wardrobe Oxygen: How to Style Denim Skirts for Fall

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Denim skirts are a chic alternative to jeans for the weekend and casual events.  It will give a fresh look to wardrobe basics like Breton stripe tops and merino sweaters.  Here are two sample outfits to show how to wear a denim skirt in early fall.  Sneakers are still on trend this season and a comfortable way to look chic while running errands or going to brunch.  Keep the look clean for a modern feel; a bag with a pop of color and a bold pout is detail enough.  Ray-Ban Wayfarers are eternally chic and look great on women of all ages and all face shapes.

The second look is more classic and polished.  Suede is the hot fabric of the season; a bootie in suede that isn’t high contrast from your leg is extremely versatile and will go with skirts as well as skinny and cuffed or cropped jeans.  A silk scarf at the throat and saddle bag and lips in an of-the-moment color show you appreciate classic design but are aware of current trends.

Wardrobe Oxygen: How to Style Denim Skirts for Fall

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Denim always plays nice with luxe fabrics; the rough texture highlights the sheen and texture of cashmere, silk, and other elegant textiles.  Blush has been a hot color all year long and looks amazing with fall colors like burgundy and camel.  With a longer denim skirt, embrace the ’70s vibe but don’t go too far into costume territory by keeping your accessories current.  A block heel with an ankle strap nods to the decade but is quite current.  A saddle bag with clean lines of Saffiano leather looks modern.  A dark wine lip with otherwise fresh face looks chic this season. Complete the look with a bit of shine – a bar necklace and modern watch in gold up the luxe factor without stealing the spotlight.

The look on the right features a camel sweater, but you can easily switch this out for black, charcoal, brown, burgundy, plum, or evergreen.  This fall ankle boots are taller with a block heel; this is a great boot that transitions into winter looking chic with thick tights, under trousers, or with slim jeans or pants.  A dark red keeps it modern, again consider a fresh face with only a bold pout.  A large satchel in a statement color can carry all your necessities and also double as a work bag.  With such a classic look, a gold chronograph watch is all the accessory you need.

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A denim pencil skirt and button-front shirt is a classic and a fantastic way to highlight statement accessories.  This season a statement shoe is hot, whether it’s a sequined bootie or a floral brocade block heel Mary Jane.  However, if you’re a pump gal, you can still rock them, though consider a statement pump.  Keep it classic with snakeskin or leopard print calf-hair, or consider unique details like block heels, ghille (lace-up) front, or an ankle strap.  A statement bag is a smart choice because it goes with everything and completes a simple ensemble; choose wisely and it can be a signature piece for years to come.

A button-front shirt is a great pairing with a denim skirt, be it a crisp white cotton, Western-inspired denim or chambray (yes you can wear denim with denim as long as there’s contrast between the pieces), drapey silk, blue and white striped with a popped collar, or a well-worn oxford.  Make it your own, consider half-tucking, popping the collar, cuffing or pushing up the sleeves, buttoning up and putting a brooch at the collar, or unbuttoning low to show a cami underneath.  Even if you wore the choker trend in the ’90s, you can carry it off again this year if you keep it clean and elegant.  A simple velvet choker is a great way to give a fall feel to transitional pieces (ASOS has plus size chokers for those of us with thicker necks); a collar like this one from Gorjana gives the choker feel without being too much of a statement (try it with the open part in the front or in the back).  With such classic pieces, choosing a trendy lip keeps it looking fresh. The two lip products shown are a more subtle way (stain and balm) to wear a darker lip.

Wardrobe Oxygen: How to Style Denim Skirts for Fall

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Denim skirts can work into the winter months as well as the style looks so good with regular and textured sweater tights and tall boots. Denim, especially when it has a finish or distressing, shines when paired with black.  For a sleek look, consider a turtleneck, tights, and boots all in black.  An ankle boot in a trendy silhouette and a modern bag in a hot color for the season will keep this looking fresh and not dated. This is the perfect kind of look to try out a wild lip color – this fall it’s okay to veer from wine colors and try something bolder like purple or navy.  The look on the right is more romantic. a patterned blouse in a flowing fabric will beautifully balance a rigid denim skirt.  Lace-up boots have a boho feel, but the block heel keeps them looking current.  A suede bag in a hot fall color, oversized sunglasses, and a glossy plum lip completes the look.  Add warmth with a belted sweater coat or even a faux fur.

You can add tights in burgundy, brown, or any dark color in the blouse or that matches the tights to battle a winter chill.  These two looks are with plus size pieces but as the above looks can be recreated in plus sizes, these two can be recreated in any size.

For those who feel comfortable with the denim skirt trend, this is the season for you!  Consider trying an a-line, midi length, one that buttons up the front, one with a high waist or a unique detail.  With many of the denim skirts available with fall, they can be the highlight of your look.  This fall’s trends are quite wearable and creative, have fun this season and don’t be afraid to wear trends you wore before!




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