Shopping: 10 Closet Staples You Need for Fall

You know how sometimes you can go on a break from a brand? Okay maybe not. That’s probably only something people with shopping addictions do. I think that may be one of the signs that you have a problem – referring to a relationship with a store. Hey, admitting the problem is the first step.

Anyways, I’ve been a longtime fan of Banana Republic. When I got my first job in a very corporate atmosphere, I stalked the Banana sale wall. Give me all the dress pants and silk blouses at an additional 40% off. When my work wardrobe became a little less formal, I’d still hit them up for those silky basic tees, jeans (their skinny jeans may be my favorite) and still, all the silk blouses. But about a year or so ago I kind of fell out of love with Banana. I’d still stop in, like a needy girlfriend who couldn’t quite give up, but would walk out empty handed. The basics were still great but there was nothing to get me excited about shopping there. No must-haves.

Things have changed. I was wooed back in a week or so ago on a mission to find a shirt for Drew but left with way more things than I intended (which involved sneaking my overstuffed shopping bag in slowly like I was trying to smuggle drugs through my living room). Things started slowly – with this mini skirt and vest – but on my last stop in I ended up grabbing a new pair of jeans (#7), the cutest detailed tank (#5 – that is seriously on sale) and a new necklace. I may have also ordered these heels (still waiting on their arrival).

Here’s the thing, nothing is overly trendy (save maybe the heels) so I know I’ll be able to wear and re-wear them. The other bonus is everything works really well for mixing-and-matching. The stripe tee with the mini and sneakers for a football game (throw on #1 if it’s a little chilly). The printed sweatshirt (#2) with the boyfriend jeans (#7) and heels for a casual dinner with friends. The tee (#4) and pants (#9) for work, toss on the vest (#10) to really dress it up. I could go on and on with the combos (it gets a little out of control – see below).

Moral of the story: it’s time to stop back in Banana on your next trip to the mall (or just when you’re browsing online). You will not regret it. You may want to head there stat too because everything on sale is an additional 50% off AND a bunch of stuff that rarely goes on sale is marked down 40%. Yes please. Oh and it’s worth mentioning this post is not sponsored, I’m just really that into Banana. #letsstaytogether

10 closet staples for fall

1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10

Combos to try:

#3 + #7 + sneakers = Movie Matinee

#5 + #9 + #8 = A Day of Meetings at the Office

#5 + #7 +  heels = Drinks with Friends

#5 + #6 + black heels: Cocktail Hour Attire

#2 + #7 + #8 = Dinner Date

#1 + #3 + #7 = Football Tailgate

#10 + #4 + #6 = Networking Event

#1 + #3 + #9 = Casual Friday

#1 + #4 + #7 = Brunch

See I told you. It’s a little out of control.

She Got it From Her Mama: Kathy Hogan

Today I am excited about a new {hopefully} weekly feature around these parts. Since outfit posts are going to be getting fewer and farther between (at least until I look less like the before picture in a Proactive commercial), I was trying to think of fun new content that I can keep going long after the new babe makes her debut.

Maybe it’s because I’m pregnant or maybe it’s because of my recent obsession with 70’s style but I kept thinking back to a favorite monthly feature in Lucky Magazine (and the blog that inspired it) called My Mom, the Style Icon. (Unfortunately Lucky eliminated the monthly feature and the blog is no longer posting new content …. big time bummer.) I loved seeing all the looks and imagine where they were heading (what can I say, I’m a history nerd – loved that minor in college). And as much as I adore Eva Chen’s takeover of Lucky, I can’t help but miss this monthly feature.

So here’s my take on the concept. I knew that I wanted to showcase those fabulous vintage styles and tell a little of the stories behind the bell bottoms, mod dresses or 80’s tees. So I emailed a bunch of friends and have peer pressured asked them to submit some of their mom’s (or grandmother’s) style moments. They’ll be helping me launch the feature but I’m hoping some of you all will get in on the action and send me some of your mom’s favorite ‘fits (can’t wait to get my hands on some pictures of my mom in her late 80’s fabulousness). And while some trends should fade into the past, we all know that some come charging back (or are forever), so I’ll be showcasing some ways to make the Mom’s look modern.

Up first, Kathy Hogan – mom of my friend Katie. First off, can we just talk about how amazing our mom’s were with a teasing comb and a set of hot rollers? The volume they could produce should be recognized with a medal or something. Kathy, teach me your ways.

Katie couldn’t find a full length picture but the black & white stripes + that amazing hair had me at hello.

Thanks so so much to Katie for sending in this picture and Kathy for being game for this first feature.
Loving the stripes, here’s some ways to work it into your wardrobe.

get inspired

Tank | Dress | Tee
Scarf | Espadrilles
Tee | Watch | Sweater

Want to see your fabulous momma featured? Send me a pic with her name, when it was taken and a short description to – can’t wait to see what goodies you all dig up.

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