So, You Gave Up

Investment Piece: So You Gave Up
Investment Piece: So, you Gave Up
Investment Piece: So, you Gave up
Investment Piece: So, you gave up
Investment Piece: So, you gave up
Investment Piece: So You gave up

There’s an infamous quote:
“So, you gave up, and put on some sweat pants”.

Well. I haven’t given up. But, I have put on some sweatpants. Can you blame me when they’re this cute? The grey is just perfect, the stripes keep them bright, and they are the perfect amount of warm.

Here, I couldn’t resist adding striped socks and heels. Just because they are comfy and cozy, doesn’t mean that sweat pants aren’t a going out pant. I love the Juxatipositon of pairing a set like this with heels. In fact, break it up! Wear the sweatshirt with a skirt or nice pants. Pair the sweat pants with a button down or blouse. Wear with heels! But, I have also worn this set with sneakers. And slippers. And to bed. In fact, this set is so comfy and wears so well, when I got it I couldn’t help but wear it for almost a day straight. It’s that versitaile and that good.

I also wore a trench because I wear a trench with everything. Tis the season.

Over on Instagram, this week I chatted a little bit about cold weather outfits. This here? This is a perfect one.

Giving up? I’ve never heard of it. Keeping warm and chic? I plan to keep doing that in spades.

I would love to know: when is the last time you rocked a sweatsuit in public? Is it this chic?
Xo RA

I’ve linked this exact suit and similar accessories below!

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Go West(ern)

Investment Piece: Go West(ern)
Investment Piece: Go West(ern)
Investment Piece: Go West(ern)
Investment Piece: Go West(ern)
Investment Piece: Go West(ern)

Western boots are in again this season, and no matter what we personally thing about them (it’s aok, I have mixed emotions too), if this is what they look like, and these are the kind of outfits we can make, I’m in.

If you follow me on Instagram (@racheladelicia), you know that last week I started a video series called “What We’re Wearing”, a space for us to chat about trends, our fashion thoughts, and what we’re wearing. (Not on Instagram? You won’t be left out, a new episode is going to drop every Tuesday, but I’ll be posting all the episodes for the month one Sunday. You can’t miss me!) This week we chatted western boots.

Believe it or not, these had the title “western boots” in them when I bought them. I love the pattern, the stitching. But western boots? I don’t know about that. What I do know is that they are insanely chic, and wearing them with all black felt almost rock and roll. (Note: these also look great with jeans and skirts, I love the heel, which makes it easy to pair these with so many lengths!)

It’s not that I don’t love color, but there is just something about wearing all black. Details like a strapless top and a fitted blazer edge it up and make it standout.

If we love the end result, does it matter what we call these boots? Or what direction we’re going?
I’m going with no, but I’m also going west!

I’ve linked similar items for you below. I’d love to know your thoughts on western boots, western outfits, and all the things!
Xo RA

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CEO is my Fave Position

Investment Piece: CEO is my Fave Postion
Investment Piece: CEO is my Fave Postion
Investment Piece: CEO is my Fave Postion

Some truths: being a CEO is amazing. You get to fulfill your vision. You’re in charge. Schedule/timeline/duties/etc. They are all up to you. And it’s empowering. And fun.

And yet

Being a CEO is a lot. There are days when I wish someone else would make calls. Make the decisions. Cut the checks.

Bein in control is both a blessing and a curse.

But. You know what makes me love being a boss? (Well, one of the things). Looking like one. And a blazer dress doe that like no other dress I know.

Investment Piece: CEO is my fave position
Investment Piece: CEO is my Fave Postion
Investment Piece: CEO is my Fave Postition

A blazer dress is both a classic and a little bit edgy, all at the same time. This one is vintage, and is the first time in a long time that I’ve left the shoulder pads in something. (I like it!) I was drawn to the buttons and the slight oversize (and yet the cinch waist).

Months ago, I was at a cocktail party and a friend showed up in a blazer dress. It was the perfect mix of office chic and sexy. Wearing this made me feel like a BOSS. You know, just one of those outfits that made me feel AMAZING. Blazer dresses are back in style, and I can’t recommend them enough.

I’ve linked similar dresses to this one below, I would love to hear about how boss you feel in yours!
Xo RA

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November Armarium Picks

Note: this post is a part of my ongoing relationship with Armarium. While I may recieve compensation in the form of rentals, all opinions expressed are my own. You can use code RADELICIA for 15% off your first rental. The holiday season is an exciting time to rent and I’m thrilled to be sharing my picks with you! Xo RA

It’s the holiday season! Dressing becomes more bold, more party, and more fun. What I love about this time of year is that anything goes. From now until NYE you get to make your own rules (if anyone has an issue with that, send them to me!) Wear a formal gown to Thanksgiving! Wear sequins to a party, or to work! Play with volume, texture, anything that makes you happy! Novemeber is just the start of party/holiday so you can also be classic! It’s whatever you want it to be. The great thing about renting is that you can be all of those things, and send them back whenever you need to change.

Below are my picks for November, I picked a mix of party ready and more subdued numbers. Remember, the code RADELICIA gets you 15% off your first rental, even if it’s not listed below.

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Love this Red Number

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This is perfect for a formal dinner.

Investment Piece: Novemeber Armarium Picks
First party of the season? Wow them.

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Who wouldn’t feel like a princess (or Queen) in this?

Investment Piece: November Armarium Picks
This is so classic and chic.

Investment Piece: November Armarium Picks
Party but make it slinky in this

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Win Thanksgiving in this!

Happy renting! Xo RA

Sass

Investment Piece, fashion blogger, Levi's, sass, vintage, LA, CA
Investment Piece, fashion blogger, Levi's, vintage, Stuart Weitzman, sass, LA, TX
Investment Piece, Fashionblogger, sass, vintage, Levi's, custom, Stuart Weitzman, CA, TX
Investment Piece, fashion blogger, sass, vintage, Levi's, Stuart Weitzman, CA, TX
Investment Piece, fashion blogger, sass, vintage, Levi's, custom, Stuart Weitzman, Ca, TX
Investment Piece, fashion blogger, custom, vintage, Levi's, sass, CA, TX

Loves, you know that I love sass, that I’m not afraid to wear my attitude and that I love vintage (and custom) denim. So individually every component of this outfit makes me happy, together I think they’re perfect! This vintage sweatshirt is one of the most comfortable things I own (and the sass!) and I wear it with everything–pants, leggings, skirts, over slip dresses. These custom vintage Levi’s via The Rebel Stylist are divine–great with sneakers, perfect with heels, and the Pom-poms give it just enough personality. Paired with a blazer and my all time favorite heels? It’s a little celebration of making it through the week!

Hope you survived the holiday! Happy Friday! XO RA

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Fashion Stories: Halloween Costume

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Investment Piece: Fashion STories, Halloween Costume
Investment Piece: Fashion Stories Halloween Costume
Investment Piece: Fashion Stories HAlloween Costumes

When fashion stories and fashion Halloween intersect magic can happen. This year I thought long and hard about what I wanted to be for Halloween. I knew that it had to be fashion (here with the black cocktail dress and shoes), and I wanted it to be something I would really dress up as! So…I’m Maleficent! Ironically, this is not my first (or second) time being the “Mistress of Evil”. This headpiece is from college-yes, I was Maleficent when we hadn’t seen her side of the story, when to be a fan of Maleficent meant you loved her in all her evilness. (It doesn’t hurt that Sleeping Beauty is my favorite fairy tale)

But I really wanted to think about the fashion part of my costume. You’ve seen this dress before (here and here), it’s one of my favorite designers (Norma Kamali) and this is one of those little black dresses that feels like nothing, but offers such an impact. Here I put a turtleneck under it- I know, you can see the lines. I do love this dress, though I have to say if I were going to alter it, (a series I’m thinking of doing, what are your thoughts?) I would cinch the waist a bit as it can gape. (Insert shrugging emoji)
But for the most part it’s perfect.
Those sleeves read queen. (Note- a LBD would also work for any queen, Morticia Adams, or a witch)
I’ve had the headpiece for years. And I’ve found you updated headpieces.
And I’ve had the bird.
However, most of this costume is just fashion. And as a fashion lover, I love that. You know that I’m a firm believer that fashion is a medium with which to tell our stories, and why should our costumes (stories) be excluded from that?

Investment Piece: Fashion Stories Halloween Costumes
Investment Piece: Fashion Storeis Halloween Costume
Investment Piece: Fashion Stories Halloween Costume

The question now is: what are you for Halloween? What fashion are you using? And what story are you telling?
Some other easy things I’ve thought about being:
Mrs. Maisel (a vintage slip with a coat)
Audrey Hepburn (black turtleneck, crop pants, loafers)
Hester Pyrne (black dress with a Scarlet A)
Barbie (pink)
And for fun, T-REX (with heels)

The fun part for me is mixing fashion and stories–and isn’t that just want a costume is?

There’s a lot to shop her, so I’ve broken it down!
I can’t wait to hear about what you’re being for Halloween, and the stories and fashion that went into it!
Xo RA

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If you love this dress:

Maleficent costumes can be purchased here
Or here:

Happy Halloween!
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mixing and matching and trending

Investment Piece: mixing and matching and trending
Investment piece: mixing and matching and trending

The thing I always wonder about the term “mix and match”, isn’t everything mixing and matching? Not that there aren’t sets. Not that you can’t wear those sets together, but for the most part, in most of your life, aren’t we simply putting things together and hoping it works? Like meal planning- if you’re very traditional, you’re picking a protein, a carb, a veggie, and you’re hoping they go together. Isn’t that mixing and matching? And that’s just food, we do it with our schedules, our workouts, our playlists?

Shouldn’t our closets be the easiest thing to mix and match?

Take vintage skirts and vintage logo tops? Not a set, but they work as one. (This one was easy, the leathers blend!)
So, when the mixing and matching is easy, what do you do? Add a trend!

Investment Piece: Mixing and Matching and trending
Investment Piece: mixing and matching and trending
Investment Piece: mixing and matching and trending

Is there anything more on trend this season than snakeskin boots? And if leopard can be a neutral, why can’t snakeskin?

At least, that’s the theory I’m working with.
Ironically enough, I got these boots last fall, but I still get stopped and asked about them–snakeskin is the new neutral, you heard it here first! I love how it goes with so much (a made up leather set) and feel like standouts.

I had a lot of fun with this look-I usually shy away from minis but this one was just long enough to make even mom comfortable. Logo mania? Pro-tip: buy vintage. This top feels fresh (do logos ever go out of style?) but it’s vintage. Together, this felt modern and fun, and a bit of a stand out.

Now if I could only find a way to mix and match sitting in traffic so I missed all the stop and go!

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I’ve linked similar items below for your shopping pleasure. I’d love to know: what’s your take on mixing and matching?
Xo RA

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Layered

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Investment Piece: Layered
Investment Piece: Layered
Investment Piece: Layered
Investment Piece: Layered

This ain’t your Momma’s layering. This is layered. Taking formulas and elevating them. Going to extremes with basics. Mixing textures, patterns, and maybe the same time of clothes. Like a jacket over a jacket.
I know. It may sound crazy for me to tell you that a blazer works over a jean jacket. A jacket over a jacket? I know. But.
Hear me out- it works.
Most of all? It’s fun.

This is a little bit uniform dressing, after all we’re just pairing a jacket, jeans, and boots. And it’s a little bit statement. I love the play of the double denim (pro-tip, try to blend the Jean rinses, but don’t get too caught up in making sure they match exactly. Unless you bought them as a set you’ll just drive yourself crazy) and a statement blazer (this one has the jeweled collar, but you could always get the same effect with necklaces). The boots are a little bit western (there’s so much to say on that at a later date). The great thing? You could personalize this outfit as much as you like: use your favorite blazer, boots, use a top and not a jacket, be as bold or as classic as you like. No matter what, it’s the perfect solution for fall. Layered.

How do you do it?

I love all things tweed and Jean and have linked similar items to the ones above for your shopping pleasure. I’d love to see how you style them!
Xo RA

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Fall Uniform

Investment Piece: Fall Uniform
Investment Piece: Fall Uniform
Investment Piece: Fall Uniform

I get the appeal of uniform dressing. How comforting it must be to put on things that you know work together, fit well, and make an impression on busy mornings, or on those days when nothing seems to be working. My schedule allows for both uniform dressing days, and days when I can experiment, and I’m grateful for both. However, I like to think that the duality of my dressing allows me to see the good and bad of each.

And there are some really, really AMAZING things about uniform dressing. But. The thing is, your uniform is only as good as it’s weakest link. (That’s how the saying goes, right?) So, if we want to uniform dress, we have to have stunning pieces to uniform with.
For fall uniforms these are the items I love to have:
-A Great Coat
-Perfect Jeans
-Statement Flats
-Sweaters with attitude
-Non- basic layering pieces

These pieces can be mixed and matched. Can anchor an outfit on their own. And together, they make an uniform anything but boring. I like to think this fall uniform is the best of all of these : camel coat (classic), jeans, sweater with an attitude (my pronouns are Her Majesty), and statement flats (spikes make statements). This outfit makes me feel confident and comfortable all at the same time, and that’s my kind of uniform.

Investment Piece: Fall Uniform
Investment Piece: Fall Uniform
Investment Piece: Fall Uniform

Other fall uniforms I love?
Great jeans, sweatshirt, and boots
Plaid skirts, silk shirts, and boots
Any take on a suit
All the jackets. All of them.

Of course, the fact that the weather is finally feeling like fall helps, no one likes to wear sweaters and jackets when it’s hot. And while the idea of “uniform” can mean the same, I love finding uniforms that feel like standouts. What’s your idea of a fall uniform? Is uniform dressing something you do often? I’m so curious about how we get dressed, and what we wear, tell me all about it!

I’ve linked similar items to this outfit for your shopping pleasure below!
Xo RA
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On the Fringe

Investment Piece: Fringed
Investment Piece: Fringed
Investment Piece: Fringed

Fringe.
What do we really say about it? Fringe isn’t a trend per se, though there are seasons that offer us a bit more fringe than others. It’s not quite a classic, there are not numerous articles why you must own fringe, and often stylists will call fringe a “statement” not a “must”. So, what do we do with it? Avoid it? Put it in a box, and only wear it for certain things or costumes? Or, do we live on the fringe?

From boots to pants to jackets, I’m a fan of anything with a little personality, and fringe is personality. It shakes and shimmyies with you, and adds a bit of fun to anything you have going on. I think pops of fringe can be the wake up any outfit needs, and there’s fringe that can be chic and timeless. Fringe can be big or small, long or short, a lot or a little. Maybe the thing that scares us about fringe is that it can be anything we need it to be. That’s also the thing that makes fringe amazing.

I’m living on the fringe. What about you?

Investment Piece: On the Fringe
Investment Piece: On the Fringe
Investment Piece: On the Fringe

What I love about fringed pieces like this one is that they are so fun and full of life, but so chic. This jacket is by no means the only fringe I love, in my closet are fringed boots and fringed skirts, and I may or may not be looking for suede fringe pants. I like to think that the fringe lets the fun parts of my personality shine, and fits right in with the more classic pieces in my closet.

Also, fringe is just really fun to twirl in. Maybe not the strongest argument for living on the fringe, but one you’ll enjoy.

So, are you in? Ready to fringe with me?
I’ve linked similar pieces below, including these wide leg pants (that’s a whole other post, but believe me, you need wide legged pants!)
Xo RA

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