pleats and pearls

how to wear your summer faves in the fall

Fashion Fix, Styled byKaylee DeLacyComment

Hello there!

Sigh.  It's Monday again. And as not excited as I am about Mondays or the fact that today is the start of a very long few weeks for me at work, it's hard to be upset that later this week it's already September, meaning fall is around the corner!  Nevertheless, it is still August and this week we're experiencing a bit of a heat wave again. These transitional times can be tough to dress for, since the temps may fluctuate up to 30° from the morning to the afternoon.  The key here is to mix and match your summer favorites with your fall staples.  By layering and mixing coverage (by this I mean, long sleeves + bare legs; bare arms + covered legs, etc.), you'll be ready to face your day – in style, of course.

How to Wear: Boyfriend Shorts

Your favorite summer staple is hard to let go of when the temperatures start to drop.  Luckily, you don't need to ditch your boyfriend shorts just yet.  Trade in your tank for a fun, gingham button-down.  Layer a cozy sweater on top for the mornings when it's chilly.  By afternoon, you can tie it around your waist like you did as a kid – only you'll rock it like a true prepster.  Grey accessories will be that perfect fall finishing touch.

How to Wear: T-Shirt Dress

Summer is all about breezy dresses – but that doesn't mean fall can't be too!  Take your t-shirt dress from casual to chic with some carefully selected accessories.  Ditch the sandals for leather booties, and layer up with a denim jacket, plaid scarf, and felt hat.  You'll be like "summer, who?" in no time.

How to Wear: Romper

One of summer 2015's trendiest pieces was, no doubt, the romper.  The easy one-piece style was an outfit completer in itself in those warm summer months.  But who says it doesn't have a place in your fall wardrobe as well?  A long cardigan and some heeled booties will play up proportions and lengthen those legs.  On particularly chilly mornings?  Throw on some fun, patterned tights.

Keep an eye out this week for my first fashion fix of fall!  It's a goodie!

Until next time–

summer classics

Fashion FixKaylee DeLacyComment

Hey cats and kittens!

This is it; the end of summer.  August is dying down and today is my last fashion fix of summer.  I've already been antsy and starting to slowly roll out some fall posts in the past week – and although I'm dying for it to be fall, I'm going to take today to appreciate summer and all the great fashion that happened.  My final post of summer is really showing me in my summer element.  It is the perfect example of my typical go-to summer ensemble.  Although I donned my share of summer dresses and skirts, my "usual" was a button-down of some kind with denim shorts.  And you can't forget the subtly glamorous leopard accessories!

So before you order that pumpkin spice latte and slip into your favorite leather booties (we can all do that tomorrow), let's enjoy and appreciate summer one last day – because let's be honest, we wore summer 2015 pretty damn well.

Lands' End Linen Shirt | J. Crew Factory Cuffed Denim Shorts | J. Crew Factory Leopard Belt (similar) | J. Crew Leopard Sandals | Target Satchel (similar)

Until next time –

last days of summer

Fashion FixKaylee DeLacyComment

Hey friends!

With cooler temperatures rolling in and summer really winding down, it's time to savor those last few summer days.  I spent one of my last weekends of summer up near Milwaukee at my uncle and aunt's house on the lake.  They have the world's most beautiful home with an insane backyard that leads right down to the water.  It seriously can't get any better than that.  My Aunt Sarah and her family drove down for the weekend, and one of my sisters was also able to make the trek – so it was a little family weekend full of relaxation, sunshine, and good food. 

So I'll be real here – I spent 70% of the weekend in my swimming suit.  It was beautiful out and we spent most of our time on the boat, laying out on the shore, and tubing.  So for the short amount of time that I wasn't wearing a swimming suit, I took advantage of the fleeting warm weather and wore my new favorite sundress – an adorable black eyelet midi dress.  There are only so many sundress-friendly days left this year and I needed to get this dress in while I still could!  I just bought it a week ago for $15 at LOFT!  Crazy right?  It's not as much of a steal online, although I'm sure you can find a good deal at your local LOFT as well.  Nevertheless, I'm so happy I found it, but so sad it was at the very end of the summer, so I have minimal opportunities left to wear it!

LOFT Eyelet Dress | TOMS Sandals (similar) | Francesca's Earrings | Madewell Stacking Rings 

Until next time–

the fall wish list: 2015

Fashion FixKaylee DeLacyComment

Hey guys! Happy Friday!

Since it's been in the 60°s (you heard me right – SIXTIES) the past two days, I think I'm allowed to say it's finally fall – at least for my blog that is!  I've been anxiously anticipating for it to be cool enough outside for it to be socially acceptable to start chatting your ear off about my favorite season.  Crafting a fall wish list has become a sort of ritual in my life in the past five years.  A wish list helps me to organize my thoughts, prioritize, and truly decide what I want my look to be all season long – while zeroing in on my top picks, so I don't completely blow my savings. See?  It's practical, responsible, and damn it – it's fun!

One fantastic thing that sets this fall apart from all the rest of the falls is that I was super savvy last spring and got some great fall steals on markdown.  I managed to snag a fabulous navy trench from J. Crew for only $42, as well as a practical, but totally on point quilted jacket from Lands' End.  Because of that, I only have 1 jacket on my wish list this year – which may be a record for me.  One might say I really don't need another jacket.  And although there is some truth to that, I mean look at this Boden Plaid Coat (top right corner).  I mean, COME ON.  I have stronger feelings for this coat than I do for most people.  It's that perfect.

My fall style this year will be an extension of my style as of late – very classic, preppy, with a little bit of menswear-edge.  And as always – lots of grey, blue, and black.

Gap Cardigan | Target Crossbody Bag | Stella & Dot Monogram NecklaceJ.Crew Popover | Target Leather Riding Boot | Charming Charlie Wrap WatchBoden Plaid Coat | Modcloth Plaid Scarf | Lands' End Drifter Sweater | Boden Ponte Skirt | Nordstrom Felt Hat | Giles & Brother Skinny Railroad Cuff | Madewell Higher Rise Skinny Skinny Jean

This may be my favorite fall wish list yet!  Naturally I'm biased, because Fall 2015 Kaylee thinks she is better dressed than Fall 2014 Kaylee.  Regardless, I have a lot of great posts planned this fall season, so don't be a stranger!

Until next time (which is hopefully soon, because I'm getting my camera back this weekend!!)

how to wear marsala: fall edition

Fashion FixKaylee DeLacyComment

Hey friends!

First off, let me apologize for my less frequent blogging this month.  I may or may not have left my camera in my sister's car back in Iowa earlier this month, so until I see her next weekend, posts will be a little less frequent!

But let's get to the good stuff.  Guys – it's almost fall.  I mean, August is the beginning of fall for retailers, so you better believe I've started working on my fall wish list.  So many retailers are upping their A-game this fall, so you'll have a lot of tough decisions to make.  One decision that is always easy for me each fall is to switch out my brights for my favorite jewel tones.  Luckily, Pantone's color of the year this year, marsala, was pretty much made for fall.  Ever since they announced it, I've been anxiously waiting to write a fall themed marsala post.

Although there are truly countless ways to wear this gorgeous hue, I picked my 3 favorite looks for these purposes – one to get you through each month of fall.  Naturally the August look has the most summery undertones (I mean, it is 90° out and all), with October turning into full-fledged pre-flurry attire.

How to Wear:  Right Now

Yes kids, it's hot outside – so I know that many of you, understandably so, are not ready for fall.  I'm not saying you need to pull out the riding boots and sweaters quite yet – but a change in your color scheme and accessory choices can give that small nod to fall to perfectly transition your wardrobe.  This adorable romper is surprisingly enough from Abercrombie (I know, right?!), and paired with the right oversized scarf, lightweight cardi, and chic accessories, you'll be saying "summer who?" before you know it.

How to Wear: September

September is one of my favorite months of the year.  You can really start whipping out your big [fall] guns: sweaters, scarfs, denim, jackets  – you know the drill.  September is one of those months that is in constant flux.  It could be 60° in the morning and 80° by the afternoon – so you don't necessarily want to wrap yourself in your chunkiest sweater quite yet. Incorporating marsala with just an easy knit tee, paired back with menswear inspired pieces will give you the ultimate cool girl status.

How to Wear: October

If September is still too "warm" for your fall taste, October would then be the epitome of perfect fall weather.  Now I think everyone is perfectly comfortable grabbing their go-to crewneck and oversized scarf.  These super-chic, wide-legged crops from J.Crew are totally work-friendly and will have you on the fast-track to success paired with neutral greys and blacks.

So please tell me I'm not the only one already going crazy for fall?  I'll be working on my official fall wishlist – coming to you soon! What's on your list?

Until next time–