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That Time of Year Where it’s Socially Acceptable to Wear a Blanket in Public: The Easy Way to Dress up or Down an Outfit

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If you’re from the Northeast Coast like me, then you are familiar with the same four seasons: pre-winter, winter, post-winter, and summer. How do you survive the cold and still look fabulous? Winter is tough, don’t get me wrong. Most of our outfits are covered with heavy coats, bulky scarves, and enormous hats. However, the soft spots in pre-winter and post-winter allow for some more creative outlets. This time of year allows for the simplest of ways to really put an outfit together and set just the right mood. It’s finally that time of year where it’s socially acceptable to wear a blanket in public: the easy way to dress up or down an outfit.

 

Cardigans, jackets, blanket wrap scarves, shawls, and even your dad’s old plaid jackets are the perfect accessories to play around with this time of year for both style and warmth purposes. With just the right “blankets” you can dress up something plain, dress down something flashy, or keep the mood casual while still rocking outfits you thought you had to save for summer.

We’ve all been there; you’ve got this fancy holiday party to go to and you’re staring at your favorite dress, but maybe it’s better suited for summer. It’s got spaghetti straps, a sexy torso cut out, and the perfect style to show off your beautiful shape. The thought is nice, but you sigh because you know looking amazing for the price of hypothermia is not worth it. Well, with the help of an elegant blanket wrap scarf, you can sport the look and keep all of your toes and fingers. Zara has the perfect neutral black soft wrap scarf that can not only give you the chance to have that look, but level up its classiness as well! The scarf is soft, warm, classic, and goes with just about anything. So take that summer dress out of your closet, shake off the dust, and look your best!

Maybe one night in early December, you decide to ask your crush out on a date. The pressure is on. You don’t want to look too casual, but you don’t want to look too fancy either. You want to look really good, put you don’t want to look like you put in too much effort. You want to wear something that shows off your body a little, but maybe you want to tease a bit too. Where in the world is the sweet spot of first dinner date attire?? With only a half hour left before you have to leave to meet your date, you decide to go with your gut and wear what you feel most confident in. It’s that mildly fancy dress that you love, but maybe it’s a bit too fancy for the occasion. Well, go grab your dad and tell him that his clothes are back in style because his vintage flannel is really going to come in handy. Your dad doesn’t feel like sharing? Who could blame him? They are a delicacy! Worry not because Forever21 has a plethora of flannels to choose from. Even the classic brown flannel that will keep you feeling cozy and looking chic!

It’s everyone’s go-to; the white t-shirt and jeans. It’s the easiest outfit to throw on in a pinch and still stay stylish. But maybe this is the fourth time in the last two weeks that you’ve had to keep the fashion as effortless as possible. Do not set your alarm a minute earlier because all you need to throw on to show some variety is a nice shawl. Shawls are the perfect way to make a simple outfit pop while maintaining a professional look. In addition, they keep you warm and comfy; what could be better? Fashionnova has the perfect answer with the shawl of your dreams. It’s fashionable, versatile, and can effortlessly spice up your wardrobe.

It’s finally Friday night and you and your friends have plans to get dinner, some casual drinks, and see a late night movie. Bad news, all of your sweaters are sitting in the heap of laundry you didn’t have time to do and your favorite pair of jeans is being borrowed by your roommate… without your permission. So, what are you left with? It’s that pre-winter season and all you have are shorts! If you also have stockings, your favorite band t-shirt, and a funky cardigan, you’ve got nothing to worry about. Bring back the 80s vibe with a boho twist and throw on some jean shorts over stockings, throw on your favorite band’s tour t-shirt, and put on the cardigan to both complete the look and keep you from shivering at dinner. Charlotte Russe has that bold yellow cardigan that snaps that 80s look right to the present.

 

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The Sweaters That Will Keep You Cozy and Cute This Winter

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Whether you are a fan of cold weather or not, it’s safe to say most people love the appeal of getting cozy. That means fuzzy socks, a hot drink, a big plush blanket, and best of all, a warm, oversized sweater. However, that doesn’t mean you necessarily have to sacrifice cute for comfort. You can look cute while you’re relaxing, too. Whether you’re snuggled up in bed watching Netflix on a snowy day or having some friends over to just relax, here are some of the sweaters that will keep you cozy and cute this winter.

 

Tobi is one of those brands that has everything you need in your wardrobe. From sexy, trendy dresses perfect for a party to oversized sweaters perfect for relaxing, they’ve got you covered for any occasion whatsoever. Their Give Love Sweater Dress in “Wine” is the perfect combination of sexy and cozy. Show a little skin with shoulder cut-outs and keep toasty with that ribbed turtleneck and long sleeves. It’s a win/win.

It’s time to show off those pearly whites–knits, that is. This white Oversized Fisherman Sweater from Forever21 is perfect layered over a dress or tucked into a pair of pants. The cable knit screams “winter wonderland” and the draped shoulders and long sleeves makes for a flattering silhouette.

The classic jacquard look isn’t going anywhere this season, and Zara has even incorporated sequins into the mix. Their Sequinned Oversized Jacquard Sweater is perfect for holiday activities or a cozy night by the fire–but do so in the company of others. The sequin appliqués and ribbed trims deserve to be seen by all.

Looking for something cute but perfect for a cuddle session in bed? Tobi has your back again with their aptly-named Just for Comfort Sweater Dress in Taupe. It also comes in Black if you’re feeling chic or Red if you’re feeling festive, so the choice is yours! Pair it with fuzzy or over-the-knee socks for maximum comfort and let the relaxing begin.

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BY MEGAN PORTORREAL

Featured image courtesy of Tobi

5 Fashion Gift Ideas

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The holiday season is in full effect, and with that comes the endless crowds of shoppers hustling through department stores, shopping centers, and local malls. When it comes to checking off gifts on your lists, we know how much of a hunting experience it can turn into. Not only are you searching for presents amongst endless arrays of shiny items, but you’re also trying to make your way through the crowds—without stepping on anyone’s toes. We understand how trying holiday shopping can be, especially when it’s fashion focused. With the growing amount of fashion products out there, it can become quite overwhelming in the decision-making process. Luckily, here at Cliché we’re always ready to lend a hand in being your holiday elves—stylish ones, of course. We’ve gathered 5 fashion gift ideas for all of the fashionistas in your life. Check them out below and put your present worries to rest. Happy shopping, readers! 
Fashion Reads:
What better way to enhance your fashionista’s knowledge than with a hip fashion book all about what they love?

www.amazon.com

www.amazon.com

Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty, By Andrew Bolton (www.amazon.com, $25.27)

Grace A Memoir

www.amazon.com

Fifty Dresses That Changed The World, By Design Museum (www.amazon.com, $15.41)

Bling Bling:
Anything covered in gold will light their eyes right up.

www.baublebar.com

www.baublebar.com

Charmed I’m Sure Gift Set (www.baublebar.com, $68)

Shiny Mix Mini Chandelier Ear Jacket

www.baublebar.com

Mini Chandelier Ear Jacket (www.baublebar.com, $23)

 
Faux Fur Finds:
So they can stay warm and fashion forward at the same time.

Soft Furry Stole

www.zara.com

Soft Furry Stole (www.zara.com, $25.99)

Faux Fur Hat

www.hm.com

Faux Fur Hat (www.hm.com, $24.99)

 
All That Glitters:
During the holiday season, it’s their chance to get away with wearing as much glitter as they want.

Metallise Clutch

www.anthropologie.com

Metallise Clutch (www.anthropologie.com, $78)

Petite Party Bag

www.urbanoutfitters.com

Cooperative Petite Party Crossbody Bag (www.urbanoutfitters.com, $44)

 
The Coziest Knits:
Whether inside, or out, a high-quality knit will last a lifetime.

Animal Ears Beanie

www.urbanoutfitters.com

Animal Ears Beanie (www.urbanoutfitters.com, $29)

J Crew Pjs

www.jcrew.com

Stretch Cotton Sleep Set (www.jcrew.com, $69.50)

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Tatiana’s Column: Keep It Blazin’

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Bonjour, darling readers! I hope you are all enjoying yourselves and taking advantage of the nice weather. I wanted to give you all a little tip when updating your closets with a key staple item: blazers. If you don’t already own a blazer, you should definitely invest in one. You can wear a blazer all year round; yes, you can wear a blazer during the summer, but under the right circumstances, of course! I wouldn’t advise wearing a plaid printed wool blazer in the spring or summer. Instead, I’d save that cozy piece for the fall, but you definitely can wear one made out of lightweight rayon or polyester. A blazer adds an elegant yet sexy touch when worn with a pair of shorts and heels for an intimate dinner during the summer. You can even hang it over your shoulders for a chic look because we know that the summer breeze can be quite chilly sometimes, especially when wearing shorts or a mini dress! Nonetheless, blazers can be worn with jeans, slacks, leggings, dresses, skirts, and shorts.
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Recently, I found a few of my mother’s vintage blazers that she sewed when she worked as a seamstress. The single-buttoned navy plaid blazer is made out of 100% pure wool and has a classic look. The pink plaid blazer is also single-buttoned and made out of 100% pure wool. I love the color and how it’s finished with matching pink buttons; it reminds me of something Cher Horowitz would wear. The triple-buttoned cream blazer is made out of 100% wool with 100% acetate lining. It looks like something Sue Ellen “Swell” Crandell designed with the beaded, embroidered, and pleather detailing. You can’t forget the shoulder pads on it either!
XOXO,
Tatiana
 

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Dustin Single-Breasted Blazer, $228, Bcbg.com


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Space-Dye Boyfriend Jacket, $90, Topshop.com


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Striped One – Button Jacket, $99.90, Zara.com


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BB Dakota Herringbone Caelyn Blazer, $99, Urbanoutfitters.com


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ASOS Tuxedo Blazer, $98, Asos.com


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Tatiana’s Column: Keep It Blazin’ originally appeared in Cliché’s April/May 2015 issue. Photo of Tatiana courtesy of Jason Tezgerevski

Sweater Weather

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The autumn weather is also known as sweater weather, a time to wear sweaters all season long! Sweaters of all shapes, colors, textures, and makes practically take over our fall wardrobe. It’s the reason why our closets are stuffed to the brim—because sweaters are so easy to style! Tossed over a light blouse, stacked over a chambray top, tucked into a skater skirt, or worn cropped with a pair of your favorite high-waisted pants—the amount of outfit creations you can style with a sweater are simply endless. There is no going wrong with a sweater!

Neiman Marcus

(Vince Oversize Snap-Turtleneck Sweater, $395, Neimanmarcus.com)

We’ve seen a variety of sweater trends over the past fall seasons: cropped, Cosby-inspired, fuzzy, striped, and more. This fall’s latest addition comes in a bigger and better form—one we are going to cuddle up into this whole season. Oversized sweaters have been seen on the runway in collections from The Row, Prada, Milly, and Marc Jacobs. Paired with trench coats, knee high boots, menswear-inspired neckties, or feminine belts, these oversized tops perfectly work for everyday, fashionable wear.

Barneys

(Helmut Lang Mixed-Stitch Oversize Sweater, $520, Barneys.com)

From Barney’s and Net-A-Porter to Neiman Marcus and ShopBop, splurging on one or two oversized designer sweaters is definitely a fashionable investment. For more wallet-friendly sweaters, check out some of our favorite stores: J. Crew, Uniqlo, Express, and Zara. When shopping for sweaters like these, look for good quality at a great price, especially if you want it to last the whole season.

Alexander McQueen

(McQ – Alexander McQueen Oversized Cable Knit Sweater, $590, Shopbop.com)

Remember: the bigger, the better! So cozy up into what will ultimately become your favorite knitwear piece this fall and continue to read up on Cliché. A perfect combo, don’t you agree?

Uniqlo

(Women Extra Fine Merino Striped Sweater, $29.90, Uniqlo.com)

Featured Image: (Oversized Polo Neck Sweater, $59.90, Zara.com)
“Sweater Weather: Bigger and Better” originally appeared in Cliché Magazine’s Oct/Nov 2014 issue
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Essential Fall Fashion: Outerwear

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Autumn not only marks the start of sweater weather, but the launch of being able to wear outerwear once again. It’s time to push back those summer cardigans and jackets to make room for some serious warmth this season. Trenches, shearling jackets, faux fur details, robe coats, and duster coats hit the streets of New York during Fashion Week, marking new and welcoming outerwear trends for fall. The key to these frosty months is all about remaining both stylish and warm, a perfect combo for both the weather and yourself. No fashion don’ts or colds here! Coats and jackets this year are all about making a well-made statement from pastel colors to bold prints like houndstooth. Don’t worry about not being able to show off your exquisite outfit underneath anymore; let your outerwear do that for you while braving this cold weather.

H&M Trench Coat

(H&M Trenchcoat in Black $27.97, Hm.com)

Zara Trench Coat

(Zara Destructured Trench $99.99, Zara.com)

The Trench
Trench coats will forever be the classic fall outerwear no matter how many seasons of autumn pass by. The versatility trenches come in allows them to remain both effortless and timeless. Not to mention, they’re easy to wear through any fall weather, rain or wind. They’ve changed up a bit this year by opting for shades such as black or a dark green, thus making it an easy transition from summer to autumn colors. Trenches are now also being seen in a drapery style that was one of the top trends during New York Fashion Week.

Asos Shearling Jacket

(River Island Faux Shearling Jacket $106.64, Us.asos.com)

Top Shop Shearling Jacket
(Cropped Shearling Jacket $700, Us.topshop.com)

The Shearling Jacket
The shearling trend has made its reappearance once again in the fashion world, and we are welcoming it with open arms. There is no subtle touch about this trend; it’s always the main star in the jackets its on. Not only does it provide that extra cozy factor we’re all about this season, but it creates a complimentary texture on denim, cotton, or wool. There’s no such thing as being extra warm and fabulous when wearing one of these.

Latiste Leopard Faux Fur Coat

 (Latiste Leopard Faux Fur Coat $49.97, Nordstromrack.com)

Via Spiga Faux Fur Collar Coat

 (Via Spiga Faux Fur Collar Coat $125.97, Nordstromrack.com)

The Faux Fur Details
Being able to wear faux fur once again is like opening presents on Christmas. It’s safe to say we’re full of excitement for this one! The plus of wearing coats with faux fur is that no animals were harmed in the making of them. Kudos for that! Faux fur details are another classic autumn trend that will never go out of style. The details provide a glamorous touch in both look and feel. Elizabeth Taylor much? We surely feel like her when wearing them.

Fleurette Robe Coat

 (Fleurette Clutch Belted Wrap Coat $1,125, Neimanmarcus.com)

Urban Outfitters Robe Coat

 (Kimchi Blue Fuzzy Duster Robe Coat $199, Urbanoutfitters.com)

The New Robe
A new catch on the fashion market comes in the form of our favorite homewear—the robe. The fact that it is now acceptable to wear in public is great news to all of us! The idea of the robe isn’t new in the fashion history books, but the variety of styles and fabrics it is popping up in are eye popping. From leather ensembled pieces to crisp wool structured ones, each robe coat is made to fit a woman’s body and create that sexy idea of walking around in one’s, well, robe. But in a much more sophisticated, elegant, and sultry manner, of course.

Longline Duster Coat

 (Longline Duster Coat $158, Us.topshop.com)

Asos Duster Coat

(Asos Duster Coat with Storm Flaps $70.46, Us.asos.com)

The Duster
There is a new longer duster coat out for all of us to purchase for the fall season now. Its longer length allows experimentation for layering underneath. It has been most prominent in pastel colors that we will never be able to get over, and that’s okay! Soft pinks, light lilacs, and easy blues are happily welcomed into our closets with no hesitation. Just make sure your coat isn’t sliding across the floor!
Essential Fall Fashion: Outerwear. Photographs courtesy of respective stores.