A Look Back: Fashion Halloween

I LOVE Halloween. It’s partially the actress in me, I can’t help but love any and all characters. It’s partially my belief that fashion is a mode with which to tell our stories, and there’s no better story than a costume. And,also? I just love to dress up!

This year I’m planning two costumes for “Fashion Halloween”, and I can’t wait to share them with you in the coming weeks! In the meantime, let’s take a trip down memory lane and think about all the fashion Halloweens that have come before: Cleopatra, A Mermaid, Lady MacBeth, the Birds, etc.

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Do you know what you’re going to be yet? Do you have a plan?
I’ve started sharing some of my costume ideas: from subtle things to comic book heroes, I’ve linked some below, and you can always shop my looks on the sidebar, or follow me in the LiketoKnowit and ShopStyle apps for daily inspiration!

Let’s get excited about spooking, shall we?
Xo RA

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More subtle touches:

Some of my current fave Comic Hereo costumes:

And you can shop some favorite Halloween tees here

And costume ideas here

Sweater Weather

Investment Piece: Sweater Weather
Investment Piece: Sweater Weather
Investment Piece: Sweater Weather
Investment Piece: Sweater Weather

Here’s my current fantasy. It’s cold outside. Not cool, not in the 80s, but cold. Like in the 60s (I’m completely aware that I’m betraying my southern and California roots). But that kind of cold, I’d even take the 50s. And it’s raining. All day rain, not short showers or a brief afternoon shower. The kind of rain that is steady all day, and just strong enough to make everyone want to cancel any and all plans.

So. It’s cold and rainy. And we’re staying in. There’s stew, like butternut squash, on the stove. And wine. (Even more than one bottle if it’s warranted) And we have no where to go. What do we do?

We stay cozy in our sweaters (in this case a dress), and be chicly comfy. How’s that for a sweater weather fantasy?

Investment Piece: sweater Weather
Investment Piece: Sweater Weather
Investment Piece: Sweater Weather
Investment Piece: Sweater Weather

Some fashion notes:

This sweater dress is from the 90s. I rescued it from a bag for Good Will that my mom had set out. (I also rescued some custom suits my grandma had and I’m so grateful I did!) I usually like things fitted (not always tight, but well fitting); however, I love that this dress is oversized. It feels comfy. And cozy. Great with heels for a bit of fall cocktails. Great with boots (any boots), for a bit of fall weather. Details, like a great vintage pin, can elevate the look, or pull it all together.

Hint: this pin is made to drape over your shoulder and you may need help fastening one like it!

Also, someone asked me if this was my take on VSCO girl style?? I’m not sure what that means. But yes, I can say the speed with which the 90s fashion is back on trend is shocking. And that not all of that is bad, like anything, I think you can make anything your own. So??

I’ve linked similar items below for your shopping pleasure. In the meantime, if fall weather is a “if you build it, it will come” thing, I’m trying to do my part. What about you?

Xo RA

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Investment Piece: Sweater Weather

That 70s Vibe

Investment Piece: That 70s Vibe
Investment Piece: That 70s Vibe
Investment Piece: That 70s Vibe
Investment Piece: That 70s Vibe

For all purposes, I wasn’t alive during the 1970s. I missed extreme bell bottoms and disco fever. Those Facebook articles that come along now and again that say “What You Know if You’re a 70’s Baby”? Not a clue about it.

What I can say about the 1970s? I love the fashion. No, not that. Not the loud and extreme and over the top, costume like fashion. But the 70s vibe that in this season’s trends? That I love. From pussycat bows to boot cut pants to platforms. To this skirt, that’s not quite 70s, but gave me that vibe.

Maybe it’s the color combo (and I’ll be honest, yellows aren’t usually what I gravitate to), or the pattern, but there was something about this skirt that I couldn’t resist. It felt so modern and yet so retro, and everytime I throw it on I can’t help but feel like I’m giving off that vibe.

Investment Piece: That 70s Vibe
Investment Piece: That 70s Vibe
Investment Piece: That 70s Vibe
Investment Piece: That 70s Vibe

This skirt is from the Richard Allan X HM collab. All pieces in the collection were outstanding-slightly 70s, full of patterns and colors, and easy to mix and match. There are plenty of ways to step away from the 70s vibe. Pair it with tee-shirts, sneakers, a simple heel, or a sweater. However, I couldn’t help but embrace that 70s vibe. Pairing it with boots, a leotard, and head scarf? Easy (and can hide all sorts of bad hair days), chic (I could write for days how we all need leotards), and classic.

Maybe the point is that something we thought was extreme can really be something we want to embrace. Like that 70s vibe?

This skirt has sold out, but this print is on dresses and scarves, I’ve also linked other items from the collab!
Xo RA

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Shop the look here

Investment Piece: That 70s Vibe

Go. ALL. Day

Investment Piece: Go. ALL. Day

I grew up in a time when almost every single magazine, fashion or not, talked about going “From Day to Night”. Having outfits, make-up, shoes, etc that could either go or day, or be easily switched up, were the cornerstone of any adult life, or so I thought. And really, it’s not a bad idea. Maybe there’s something to an outfit that can be used for any life situation. Often I let you know all the ways that something can be worn, I’m a fan of pieces being multi-functional. Is this any different? Probably not.

Loves, today I have great news for you. In terms of going all day, I think I might have found the answer. There’s a dress that can do it all– I know because I’ve tried. From work (paired with a blazer) to drinks (with heels) to events (I wore this dress to a concert with sneakers) to everything I between (I’ve run countless errands with this dress and flip flops. Maybe you don’t have to do it all in one day, but if you do this dress can do it with you!

(If you want to skip right to the good part you can shop the dress here)
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Work
Investment Piece: Go. All. Day
Investment Piece: Go All Day
Investment Piece: Go All Day

I’m the first to admit that I haven’t had a traditional office job in years. Office dress codes are not something that I’m up to date on, and I’m also more than willing to admit that my fashion sense doesn’t err on the conservative side. So, thank you to my mom (an accountant) for pointing out that a blazer over this dress would make it office appropriate in any scenario.

Drinks
Investment Piece: Go All Day
Investment Piece: Go All Day
Investment Piece: Go All Day

I think almost anything can be worn to drinks, all you need is the right pair of shoes. This dress is so easy to dress up, it’s simple and classy but looks great. The shoes here are just a bonus!

Play
Investment Piece: Go All Day
Investment Piece: Go All Day
Investment Piece: Go All Day

Concerts. Errands. Movies. With jackets. Flip flops. I’ve yet to find an event or place that this dress doesn’t go.

And now the great news! It’s Target. Yes, target. It’s under $40. It wears well, washes well, and looks great ironed or natural. I’ve gotten compliments each and every where I’ve worn it. I think the only question is:

What are you going to do all day?
Xo RA

You can shop this look here

Vintage NightGown

Investment Piece: Vintage NightGown
Investment Piece: Vintage NightGown
Investment Piece: Vintage NightGown
Investment Piece: Vintage NightGown

I’ve always been a friend of wearing your pjs out and about. (See here, here, and here for starters.) My new take on this beloved trend. Vintage NightGown.

Emphasis on the gown.

Vintage nightgowns are a special breed. Most were made to be seen, and sold as sets. From silk numbers that scream elegance to cotton ones that beg to be worn out, vintage nightgowns are simply the dresses our grandmas wore to bed. Now we should wear them out!

(Note: a modern nightgown/dress company that I feel like is very similar is Sleeper)

This is a cotton number, pockets, cap sleeve, lace detail. It hints at the nightgown part, but reads as a charming dress. Perfect with heels, but I’m loving it juxtaposed with sneakers, specifically high tops. Cut the sweetness and be comfy.

Investment Piece: Vintage NightGown
Investment Piece: Vintage NightGown
Investment Piece: Vintage NightGown

Wearing this vintage nightgown, I feel a little mysterious. I got stopped on the street and given so many compliments, it felt like I was keeping a secret. (You know, like I was really in a nightgown and not this dress people thought it was) Perfect for running errands, perfect for nights out, and events. Who knows what I’m hiding in it?

Also, PJ dressing gives me a weird confidence. Like I’m at the grocery store in my pajamas, nothing can phase me confidence. That feeling is highly recommended.

My favorite place to buy vintage nightgowns? Etsy. You can find designer numbers (like Dior! We know I have a thing for Dior) to numbers that look like evening gowns. Wear them however you like, but don’t be afraid to wear them out!

I’ve linked similar items to these pictured below. I can’t wait to hear about your vintage nightgowns!
Xo RA

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Shop the look here!

Fall-ing

Investment Piece: Fall-Ing
Investment Piece: Fall-Ing
Investment Piece: Fall-Ing
Investment Piece: Fall-Ing
Investment Piece: Fall-Ing

Happy first day of fall! I know, I know, there’s a great chance that today still feels like summer. But it’s fall. Underneath the heat there’s a layer of new, a fresh start, and cooler weather. I trust that it’s coming. I wanted to dress for it.

Beyond the trends, the textures, and the sweaters, my favorite thing about fall dressing is layering. And while we stand in the space where summer and fall collide, I couldn’t help but layer the two. Yes, I put a bikini over a turtle neck. And I liked it. Just the right amount of edge, a way to get another swimsuit in, and felt right for this moment. I got the idea from an Instagram ad, and when I saw the idea, I knew I had to try it. I love wearing swimsuits as street wear, and anything that has a hint of Juxatipositon. Bikini over a turtleneck? Checks all boxes.

This combo was more comfortable than I thought it would be, this turtleneck is tissue thin, and quite versitaile! After this shoot I changed into both a skirt, and later cut offs. Layered bikini worked with it all.

The leather leggings? They are a must for the coming seasons. Chic, able to go with anything. We might not be at the point where you can wear them all day (though, you could crank your AC!), but that time is coming. And I like to be prepared.

Perfect outfit for today. Perfect for what’s coming. Perfect layering for transitions.

How are you welcoming the new season today? What are you wearing? Would you dare to layer your bikini? I want to hear all about it. And I dare you to try this layering combo!
Xo RA

Below are similar items for your fall layering needs!
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Shop this look here

Ruffles

Investment Piece: Ruffles
Investment Piece: Ruffles
Investment Piece: Ruffles
Investment Piece: Ruffles
Investment Piece: Ruffles
Investment Piece: Ruffles

This post is a part of my recent collaboration with Amberleaf. All opinions, and skirts, are my own. However, as women, friends, and some of the best Blazers I’ve ever worn I can’t recommend them enough. You can shop the full Amberleaf collection here.

Normally, I’m not a big ruffle gal. They bring to mind sugary sweet little girls, and when Shirely Temple was dressed WAY too young for her real age for WAY too long. However, Ruffles done right? Ruffles balanced? Ruffles with an edge? Those are Ruffles I can get behind.

This blazer: simple. Chic. I love the zipper. The color. That it would be perfect with both a suit and with jeans. It has just a slight edge, and I love everything with an edge.

This skirt: the heaviest thing I own. (Seriously) It’s from one of H&M’s very first collabs (Eddy Anemian), and I’ve been in love with it ever since. Yes, it’s Ruffles, but it’s not sweet. It looks great with t-shirts, fancy tops, sweaters, and Blazers (clearly). I’ve worn with heels and sneakers and flip flops. It’s feminine, but not a push over.

(Note: though the collab is years old, I’ve found an exact match for someone! I’ve also linked picks from H&M’s current collection. I’ve found so many amazing pieces over the years at H&M and I hope you have the same luck!)

The combo: We know I love a great Juxatipositon. The blazer edges up the skirt, making it workwear that would be perfect at an evening event. I say things like this all the time, but the point I’m really trying to make is that I believe in pieces that go together in unexpected ways. That can let you show up in your life for every facet. Interesting by themselves and super interesting together. For me, both this blazer and this skirt embody that.

And again, I’m a big fan of Amberleaf. Their pieces are expertly made, classic, and well worth your investment.

As mentioned, there are so many picks for you below!

What are your thoughts on Ruffles?
Xo RA

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HM Skirts (Someone lucky can have this EXACT one):

The new HM Conscious Collection:

Investment Piece: Ruffles

Classy and Sassy

Investment Piece: Classy and Sassy
Investment Piece: Classy and Sassy
Investment Piece: Classy and Sassy
Investment Piece: Classy and Sassy

There is something about a classic dress. One to wear to work, after work, and any where else you need to go. A simple fit. Maybe some pockets (this one has you covered). With a simple, but great shoe, what more do you need?

Well.

Maybe some sass?
Investment Piece: Classy and Sassy
Investment Piece: Classy and Sassy
Investment Piece: Classy and Sassy
Investment Piece: Classy and Sassy

Personally, I’ve never been one to shy away from sassy. Or the dramatic. Even without trying, my sass can come flying right out of my mouth! So, it only seems fair to wear things a little on the sassy side and let people know what they’re in for.

See. Sassy.

(If something like this isn’t quite as sassy as you feel comfortable with, this neckline also looks amazing layered over another top, turtleneck, etc).

I think this balances the perfect edge of business and fun. Classy and sassy. The long sleeves, the cut, the neckline. It says everything for you, so you don’t have to worry about a thing!

Investment Piece: Classy and Sassy

I would love to know:
How sassy do you dare?
Or do you steer more classy?

This dress is over a season old, but I’ve linked similar ones below!
Xo RA

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Everybody’s Doing It

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

It seems as if every season there’s something that everyone gets. A dress. A bag. A belt. We all get them and we all wear them.

I usually avoid those things.

Not that I sometimes don’t love them, want them, or buy a different version of them (looking at you, Gucci Belt). BUT, one of the things that I love about fashion is that we can all use it to look different. And yes, we can all wear the same thing differently, but you know.

This year? I put my fears of wearing the SAME THING as everyone else aside, and let myself fall in love with this WhoWhatWear set from Target. Have you seen it everywhere on everyone? Yes. Do I have a hundred different ways I want to wear each piece and the set? Yes. Do I care that other people might wear it too? No.

Everybody’s doing it. Maybe they’re right.

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

Here’s what I’m learning about doing the things that everybody’s doing: it’s fun. I wanted to resist this set, but knew that it was perfect for fall. And it’s comfy. And there are pockets. Again, maybe everybody knows what they’re talking about! Here I paired the set together with some of my fave kicks, but I can’t wait to wear it with boots, heels, sweaters, and seperated. The pattern is great, but is till classic enough to mix and last.

Also, not to sound basic, but I can’t say enough great things about Target and their collections lately. My current favorite dress? Target. Where I’m buying all the things? Target. My fall inspiration? Target. Just go and let them tell you what you need!

And speaking of what you need: I’ve linked this set below, yes, be my twin. However, I’m also including links to my picks from the Target 20 Years of Design for All Collection that drops tomorrow. Yes, tomorrow. It’s a chance to get your hands on things you may have missed out on from MissonixTarget to the iconic plaid dress we’ll all be wearing next. If I were you I’d bookmark your choices and then get up early tomorrow to shop!

Xo RA

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This look:

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And the Target Design items I love:

Monkey Suit

Note: this post is part of my summer/early fall collaboration with Amberleaf though all opinions are my own. I do think that you need a blazer or a dress from them! Xo RA

Investment Piece: Monkey Suit
Investment Piece: Monkey Suit
Investment Piece: Monkey Suit

Who said that work wear had to be boring? I’m a fan of all things that have a sense of humor, especially if that involves a monkey suit. (No monkeys were harmed in this shoot, and while not a traditional monkey suit, might I suggest a pattern to spice up all of your suits?)

What else I recommend? A great blazer. And in that case, Amberleaf has you covered. Blazers are a must for any and all work wear, but also can be worn over any thing your heart desires, from “going-out” outfits to more traditional wear. And here? They balance out a skirt with a little attitude (like me!),and shoes that I’m sure were on no one’s work wear list.

Want to see how else I’ve styled this skirt? See here.

Investment Piece: Monkey Suit
Investment Piece: Monkey Suit
Investment Piece: Monkey Suit

Want to spice up your work wear? Pair a patterned skirt with a blazer. Anything else is gravy, though I’m personally a fan of any fun shoes. This top? Faux leather tank, which I think is a must for fall. And still, it balances out the skirt and shoes. Do you need to put all these pieces together? Of course not, they work well on their own and will match great with anything you pair them with. But, they also go well together. And isn’t it nice to know that you can pair personality with classics and have them all mesh/stand out?

You can get the blazer, in more than one color, at Amberleaf. And while this skirt, and shoes, are both from seasons ago I’ve found you similar items. And linked them below.

Happy shopping!
XO RA

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