Fashion Week: What is it Good For?

Loves! NYFW has come and gone. LFW is in process. Paris, Milan, all the fashion weeks are happening, have happened, or will happen. But, the reality is, even though fashion week may be all over your social media, most of us won’t go to fashion week. Some of us won’t even buy the fashion presented there. So, fashion week, what is it good for?

I had some thoughts about it, so I made us a video. (Yes, I ramble and sometimes lose my train of thought. It’s a good time)

I would love to get your take on fashion week! Let me know EVERYTHING!
Xo RA

I’d love for you to join the conversation about fashion week. Have you gone? Are you going? Do you buy runway? Do you think it’s worthwhile?

Let’s chat!
Xo RA

Fall 2018 Trends

Loves! It’s mid-September, does it feel like fall yet?

For me? Not quite. Maybe that’s due to the fact that it’s still hot outside, maybe it’s because I’m still processing the fall trends and deciding what I love! (Because CLEARLY fall doesn’t start until we shop for the season).

Here’s the thing: the list below of trends that are presented to you this fall 2018 is by no means final. There are other lists and other trends, take from each what you love. Yes, some trends are call backs from years past (everything comes back), which can be a great excuse to splurge on accessories to update your look. Trends are not the only fall offerings, there will be classic updates, new takes on things, and good pieces that don’t fall into a “trend” category. Take from those what you love.

I’m a big fan of us mixing trends and classics, new and old, and things we love to tell our stories with fashion. These are just a few of the trends and stories you’ll be seeing on me in fall 2018.

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Power Suits
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I’m excited about this because I love me a good suit. Chic, elegant, powerful, and customizable, what’s not to love? From bold colors to patterns to details, there’s a suit for everyone. My take? Don’t be afraid to wear the blazer as a top or pair it with a graphic tee. Suits also good great with sneakers!

(Related to this trend is tailoring, but I’m not calling that a trend. I’ll just say that great tailoring makes you look great and you should embrace it at every opprotunty)

Here are some of my suit picks:

Boots
This may be a time when you’re asking yourself: “How can boots, a fall and winter staple, be a trend?”
Loves, have you seen this season’s boots? Fall 2018 gives us everything from combat to western inspired, to cut outs and more. From ankle boots to over the knee, you can get your staples and your trends!
Some of my favorites:

Leather
Investment Piece: Fall 2018 Trends

From accents to outfits, leather is in (was it ever out?). I’m such a fan of great leather pants, skirts, dresses, and jackets. From matte to patent, I don’t think there’s a “wrong” way to wear leather. And I love it when we take something like a leather jacket and wear it in an unexpected way (like a dress).
Here are some of my leather picks:

(Note: this is a great trend to buy in vintage pieces or resale to keep your budget on trend, too!)

Patterns

Again, maybe not the newest trend around, but Fall 2018 offers us patterns in the most luxourious sense of the word. From houndstooth to plaid, from silk to wool, I’m thrilled to not only wear these patterns, but to mix them!
Some of my picks:

Are these trends the only things I’m loving? Nope! There’s so much more, but this is my jumping off point for my Fall 2018 trend shopping.
Bonus/Street Style Pieces that are hot (and I’m loving)right now: neon, prairie dresses, 90s, Peacock colors (blues and greens), all day sequins, sneakers, and more.

I’d love to know: what trends are you looking to add to your story this season?
Xo RA

What to do when you HATE the trend

I originally wrote this post a few years ago. I pull it out now and again, because I can’t stop thinking about this topic. Again, we’re in the middle of “fashion month”. We’re in the middle of a transition to a new season. We’re being told what’s trendy, what we should buy, and the looks that we HAVE to have. And loves, I’m not mad at any of that. I love seeing new interpretations and getting to explore new sides of ourselves through fashion. The flip side of that? What if we hate it all. What if the trends for fall or next spring are just awful and wrong for us?

So, I read this. And I feel a little bit better. I hope you do you!

Wishing us all a week of good trends and amazing shoes!
Xo RA

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NY Fashion week has come and gone, and we’ve been presented with what’s on trend for now, and for the Spring. Which is great, right? Hopefully you’ve been inspired and are excited about what will be/is offered to you, and you have ideas and plans on how to wear it (or you’re excited to see how we wear it here!) But loves, let’s be honest with each other. There’s a chance, and there are times, when you just HATE a trend. Maybe you try it and it’s just not flattering on you. Maybe it brings back bad memories. Maybe you just hate it so much you can’t bring yourself to try it or think about it. I get it. I know, I’m in fashion and supposed to encourage you to try new things. Which I think you should. But not everything is for everyone.

Loves, I’ve struggled with this part all week. A part of me is torn–I feel as if I’m supposed to encourage you to try new things. Maybe the right piece, the right time, the right color will change your mind on a trend. Maybe. Trying different versions of a trend is also valid. Maybe you hate cold shoulder, but you love a certain off-the-shoulder. Maybe. Classics may be your thing and you don’t want to vary out, but one dress could change your mind. Maybe. I think all these avenues are great-again, I’m for us all trying things. But loves, sometimes things don’t work. And that’s valid too. Trends are simply that, a passing fancy, and if you don’t like it, it’s ok. A new trend will come about, or classics are always in style.
There are trends that I don’t like; and my personal view is that fashion is supposed to be a fun way to express yourself–not a list of things you HAVE to wear.

So, at the end of the day my biggest advice is, if you don’t love it, don’t wear it. That simple. Love what you wear, wear what makes you feel good!

XO RA

Florals

Investment Piece: Florals
Investment Piece: Florals
Investment Piece: Florals
Investment Piece: Florals
Investment Piece: Florals

Florals.

That’s it. No waxing poetic. I don’t go on and on. This time I won’t even try to tie all sorts of things together. Just florals. Things you know: I love wearing swimsuits with everything. This is no exception. I love a great skirt, and pleats hardly ever steer you wrong. Finding rooms full of beauty are something that I wish for us all, and this shoot was one of my most favorites.

But you know all this. You don’t need me to keep telling you. So, today, we’re letting this be simple.
Florals.
Do what you will with them.

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I’ve linked similar pieces for your shopping pleasure below. Happy Shopping!
XO RA

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Wardrobe Crisis

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I write a lot about cleaning out your closet. Mainly, because it’s a process I rot to keep on top, but also because I think it’s important.

You’re not familiar with my “closet cleanout” methods and thoughts? Catch up here, here, here, and here. I’ve done attempts at minimalist closets (kinda) here.

This all comes down to some beliefs I have about our clothes, shopping, and the world. I think what we buy matters. I love clothes, I love the freedom style gives you, I want so many things. I also want the women and men and kids who make our clothes to make a living wage and work in safe conditions. There is a difference between well made clothes and fall apart clothes. But I don’t think you should have to spend a fortune on every piece, think wearing designer head to toe can be stale, and strive to get great clothes at a bargain. I can want all the new pieces, all the classic pieces, and believe that hanging onto to every piece is a habit we should break.

I don’t always know how to reconcile all these beliefs, my love of shopping, and what we’re offered. There are times when I want to go minimalist, and times when I would buy everything if I could. I don’t know what the answer is.

I’ve started this book more than once, and while it’s amazing, have struggled to get through it. Not because it’s not what I need to be reading, but because sometimes these issues are easier to ignore than to face. However, I think we have to talk about them. I love fashion and think what I spend money on matters (as do budgets). How do we let those things co-exist? What’s the best way to shop in a way where you get to express all your style and yet, shop responsibly?

I’m still figuring it out. And maybe, this is a group project. Let’s chat about it:

This afternoon I’ll be going live on Instagram (@racheladelicia) and FaceBook (RachelAdelicia) to chat all things wardrobe crisis. Like how I love Zara but worry about the people who make my clothes. How I think a closet full of clothes you won’t wear is useless, but am not ready to go minimal. If I think I’m in a wardrobe crisis, are you?

I’ll be saving and posting the conversation many places! I hope you’ll join!

XO RA

Jump Around (This is a Post About a Jumpsuit)

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Investment Piece: Jump Around
Investment Piece: Jump Around
Investment Piece: Jump Around

I know, I know.

This is a post about a jumpsuit. I’m supposed to tell you all about one-piece wonders are amazing. And they are–they are a huge secret to no-thought, high impact dressing. They’re chic and easy, but look sophisticated. The ONLY downside I can think of to wearing a jumpsuit is the whole using the restroom thing. And really, isn’t a great look worth that?

I’ve gone on and on about jumpsuits here, here, here, here, here, here, and here.

That was just the first page of results for jumpsuit on the site. I think it’s safe to say: I love a good jumpsuit, there’s an argument that they are a fashion staple, and you probably know all my feelings about them.

So. If we have that all covered, and we’re all on the same page that a great jumpsuit (this one is vintage and the halter is amazing) is something you need, what are we gonna talk about?

Investment Piece: Jump Around
Investment Piece: Jump Around
Investment Piece: Jump Around

This is a post about jumpsuits. (And, yet another time when I jump around)

Lately, I’ve been thinking about what I really want my life to look like. How to make it easy, how to make it beautiful, and how to make it work for me. I’m working up to paring down till only the things that matter, that bring me joy, and that make me better remain. (No, I’m not getting rid of shoes or amazing fashion) But, I am evaluating things. Because loves, my goal is to have my be a little like this shoot-effortless, full of joy, and just beautiful. Yes. I just tied together jumpsuits, this floral room that was a dream to shoot in, and life. How’s that for a post about a jumpsuit?

Investment Piece: Jump Around

I am a fan of a great jumpsuit and I hope that you are, too. I’ve linked similar looks to this vintage number (starting at $50) and shoes (these exact ones and more affordable options) for your shopping pleasure!
Xo RA

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Don’t forget! You now have the option to get sales alerts on any item you love:

Note: This is another look I shot with Katie Reilly, her new website is up and running here

Sunday Chronicles: Back on the Grind

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Loves!!
It feels so long since we’ve been in this space together. I’ve missed you!

Real talk? It felt like such a long summer, and yet somehow, I’m still feeling behind. Is that internal pressure? Is it the truth? Is there a difference?

Even though we’re “adults”, I still love this time of year, the back to school grind. Summer is amazing, and one of my favorite seasons. However, getting back to a “routine”, settling into a schedule, brings me comfort. I think it’s a great chance to really sit back and reassess goals, time management, and make adjustments where needed.

Or at least that’s what I’m attempting to do in this season of “back on the grind”. I’m attempting to look at how I’m spending my time, where I can most effectively work, where I can cut back. It’s so comforting to feel like I’m getting back not only to a groove, but working on a schedule that works for me. They say that kids love routine, and as much as I love spontaneous things and surprises, I think I might love routine, too. So, I’m working on balancing that. Is this being on the grind? It feels like it.

(Is it normal that figuring out how to work is part of the work?)

Here at Investment Piece, we’re looking at goals, what works best, where we should be spending our time, how to give you our best, what best content you want to see. This summer we went to a restricted schedule, and I love you staying with us! It seems that you really liked us publishing on M/W/F. Did you? Do you want to stick with it? We’re on the grind and have so much to bring you, but want to find a schedule that works best for you! Because, loves, we’re in this grind together.

So! For this month we’re going to stick with a M/W/F schedule, where we will be giving you a mix of outfit posts, where to shop, our closet series, trends to try, and all of the content you know and love. On Sunday’s we’re bring back Sunday Chronicles–we’ve missed you and we hope you’ve missed us (and ex-files). We’ll see how this grind goes. Love it? Hate it? Have ideas? Let us know! Racheladelicia@investmentpiece.com or in the comments!

In the meantime: wishing us all a week full of getting on the grind and amazing shoes!
XO RA

Everybody’s Doing It

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Investment Piece: Everybody's Doing It
Investment Piece: Everybody's Doing It

There’s a saying from our childhood’s. Remember: If everyone jumped off a cliff, would you? This saying usually got dragged out in the “peer pressure” conversations.

And I guess that answer to that question depends. Are you leading the group? Is there a lake on the other side of the cliff? Is it hot outside? Are there situations where peer pressure is good? Is everybody’s doing it a reason NOT to do something?

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By now, I’m sure you’ve seen some version of this outfit on some sort of social media. In case you haven’t, let me be the first to tell you: biker shorts are back. Yep. Everybody’s doing it. With heels, or Blazers, ankle booties, sweatshirts. As athletic wear, as going out wear.
So the question now becomes: if biker shorts are back, if everybody’s doing it, should you?

Investment Piece: Everybody's Doing It
Investment Piece: Everybody's Doing It
Investment Piece: EveryBody's Doing It

I have a space in my fashion heart full of love for athletic wear. Or wear that goes from the gym to events. Maybe it’s my love of working out, or maybe it’s my love of being fashionable, but I have a tendency to lean on the side of “everybody’s doing it” in this case.

You can see similar looks and document my love of work out leggings here and here.

Everybody doing it and workout leggings are a thing I do. The question remains, are biker shorts a thing you should do?

Investment Piece: Everybody's Doing It

In all honesty? Everybody’s doing it, but if you’re thinking about outfits for your 9 to 5, this is probably not your new go-to. (Though you could try it with a blazer, for a casual Friday?) However, for weekend days, those days when you’re running from the gym to lunch, or when you can get away with a more casual look I love it. I love that these go from causal (Google Princess Dianna in biker shorts) to dressy (they look great with heels), from a casual top (this is a hoodie) to under a mini dress; biker shorts may be the fashion we didn’t know we needed.

If nothing else, they’ve come a long way from when I used to wear them with t-shirts in 3rd grade.

Everybody is doing it. Maybe you should too?

I’ve linked similar looks and pieces below. I’d love to know: are you rocking biker shorts?

XO RA

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New Beginnings

Investment Piece: New Beginnings
Investment Piece: New Beginnings
Investment Piece: New Beginnings
Investment Piece: New Beginnings

It’s after Labor Day. Which means there’s nothing but new beginnings, right?

I can’t be the only one who harbors the expectation that one day we’ll wake up and THINGS WILL BE DIFFERENT. From birthdays (16, 21) to Christmas, to other live changing events, is it wrong to think that the new beginning will be so marked and different that it will be apparent to everyone? Just me?

Maybe new beginnings aren’t always loud and abrupt. Maybe, sometimes, the new beginnings take time, are gradual, and ease you into the new. Maybe, sometimes, they are both.

It’s about the time of year when I’m hungry for change, for new clothes (sweaters and coats), for movement on goals, and for things to generally be DIFFERNT. Here’s the thing about the new beginning after Labor Day: it takes it’s time. It will be hot (feel like summer) for at least another month or so. There’s a really good chance that when we wake up this week things are immediately new. So, if the new beginnings we seek are taking their sweet time, what can we do?

Dress for them.

Investment Piece: New Beginnings
Investment Piece: New Beginnings
Investment Piece: New Beginnings

This skirt is not new, but it is a new beginning that I’m excited about for fall! It’s reversible, which means it can always be new, I love the flare, and the big side pockets are perfect for all your storing needs. It’s from designer BreeLayne (you read about her on site here, seen some of her other pieces here, and can shop her here).

BreeLayne is one of my favorite designers, and her collections are sustainable, meaning that you can feel good about what you’re investing in.

If it’s my legacy to leave you with the confidence to wear your swimsuit with everything (yes, that’s a bikini top), my work here will be done. And let’s not forget how important it is to have a pop of color.

New beginnings? Maybe if we dress new –we try new things, or we dress for the things we want–I don’t think anything bad could happen in this skirt, the new beginnings will get here faster. I’m at least willing to try.

I’ve linked similar items for your shopping pleasure below. I’d love to know: is your post Labor Day off to a new start?

Xo RA

Note: this post does contain affiliate links. While that does not affect the price for you, I may earn commission from them. Thank you for your support!

You can also now save items for later (and get notified when pieces go on sale!)

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Last side note: these pics are from a series I did with Katie Reilly. There’s more to come, and this one was one my fave shoots!

Labor Day Sales Part 2

Loves! How is/was your 3 day weekend? Are you sending off Labor Day in style? I hope that there’s all the kind of fun that you love-from rose all day to alone time to movies in the afternoon.

Some kind of Labor Day? Labor Day Sales (Part 2, you can find my sales picks from Friday here). Labor Day sales, like anything else, are best when there’s more, and loves, there’s more!

I’ve linked some of my NEW fave sales picks (from what to transition while it’s still so hot to what to buy to prep for fall). What do we have to look forward to? I’m working on my fall mood boards, we’ll chat all things fall trends, and we won’t leave out what to wear NOW. In the meantime? Let’s get to shopping Labor Day!

XO RA

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Macy’s
Take 20% off the Labor Day Sale with the code WKND
What a way to get everything you need! (I’ve linked more than one trench to get you started on your fall looks!)

Velvet by Graham and Spencer
For the Labor Day sale take an extra 40% off the sale with code 40VELVETVIP
I love these tees, and soft knit basics that seem a bit luxourious. And with the great Labor Day deal there’s no reason NOT to stock up!

DVF
For Labor Day, enjoy an extra 25% off sale with code ENDOFSUMMER. With these deals, this makes it the perfect time to invest in your own wrap dress or classic piece (most under $150 with the Labor Day sale!)

This and That
From no one place, and in no particular order, these are my fave Labor Day Sales Picks. From work-wear to cocktail to fall pieces, there’s a little something for everyone!

I not only want to know how you spent your holiday–what’s in your shopping bag?

Xo RA