I Gave in and Bought a Choker (the 90’s Style Trend)

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Choker | Blouse | Shorts | Bag | Sandals

I know, I’m literally years behind on this trend. Bloggers are supposed to be ahead of fashion, but it took me a while to embrace the 90’s style trend because I literally lived through it! Give me a break! I had that plastic black choker that I wore every day (just like every girl did), so when chokers became in style again, I had a difficult time embracing them with open arms.

I wasn’t even shopping for a choker when I came across this one, but when I saw it I finally caved. Anything that comes in my favorite color is hard for me to resist. I decided that it was worth a shot, and now I’m obsessed with chokers (if you’ve hung out with me in the past month, you know I wear this choker almost every day). So, since I was officially on board the 90’s style train, I went ahead and bought a pair of high-waisted Levi’s and SURPRISE I loved them, too.

So, here are my simple tips for how to start integrating 90’s style into your wardrobe if you are a bit skeptical like I was:

#1 Start With a Small Piece

Don’t go all-in on the first hand. Start with a piece of jewelry or something so you can make sure you’re really into it. Also, you don’t want it to overtake your entire outfit if by the end of the day you decide you’re not feeling it.

#2 Try Just One Piece

I never recommend wearing trendy pieces just because they’re in style. It’s way better to be true to your own style and only wear trends if you like them! So, don’t go on a spree and buy like ten 90’s inspired pieces just to be on-trend. Just buy one you like, and if you love it, buy some more!

#3 Begin With a Casual Piece

Instead of picking a 90’s style dress for an important occasion coming up, get a casual piece so you can make sure you feel confident and comfortable in a chill setting first. I bought a velvet 90’s dress and wore it to an event a while back and ended up feeling super uncomfortable and wishing I was wearing something more “me”. I now know that casual pieces are more my style and I stay away from the trend for fancier affairs.

#4 Try a Few Things On

I always recommend trying things on because unless you buy online from a certain store all the time, it’s really hard to know your size and what you’re going to like. If you’re wondering if you’re going to like a 90’s style dress, try one on and see! You could love the way it looks on you or decide maybe it’s not your style. I never thought I would like high-necked dresses, but I tried this one on and realized it really suited me, and now I actively look for more dresses like it.

Photos by: Brandon Hill

One-Piece Swimsuit by Lee Merritt

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Swimsuit | Choker | Floral Hair Pin | Bracelet

Today marks the first day of the Austin Fashion Week runway shows and I am SO excited! I’ve been to AFW every year since I started blogging (in 2015) and it is such a blast every time. I love how everyone comes together to support the local brands and businesses; it’s a fun week to celebrate my town and get to know new faces I haven’t met before. My blogger babes and I also use it at a fun excuse to get us all together, which can be difficult when you have such busy schedules like we all do! I can’t wait to spend the weekend with them.

This year, I was excited to connect with a new local swimwear brand called Lee Merritt! Their sleek and adorable one-piece designs (and bikinis!) are made with meticulous attention to detail as well as the softest fabrics, and they are going to be featured at the Friday runways shows! I chose this printed, lace-up one-piece for me for the summer and I couldn’t be more in love. It meets all my criteria for the perfect, flattering one-piece swimsuit. I felt so great in it for this shoot, and I have already let my roomie borrow it for a bachelorette party this past weekend and she loved it, too! I couldn’t recommend it more (and I might have to grab it in tribal pink or bone, as well!).

For tonight’s AFW runways, the designers will include the Project Runway stars Kelly Dempsey and Amanda Valentine, as well as local designers such as May Designs, This is Sloane, and University of Texas Fashion Students (Hook ‘Em!). I’ll be doing a recap next week to let you know all my favorites from the entire weekend, but until then, be sure to check out my Instagram stories to see some shots of the AFW runways and events! I’ll also be posting my outfits for each night on Insta. I have a very busy weekend ahead of me and I can’t wait to get it started!

Photos by: Effjay Photography

In partnership with Lee Merritt