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

The Staple Dress Every Girl Needs for Summer

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Dress | Heels | Clutch | Watch

It’s only May, and we have already been having some scorchers in Texas, y’all. Any other Southern girls out there feeling the pain? While I love warm weather style, sometimes certain outfits aren’t always great for beating the heat, but I believe I found the perfect staple dress for those hot summer days that every girl needs in her closet.

If I know I’m going to be outside for a summer get-together, I always take note of the color I’m wearing. Everyone sweats, it’s just a part of life, but being mindful of choosing colors that won’t show it (like my navy dress here) is really important. Also, prints can mask evidence of sweat, too (and spills, lol). White is one of my favorite colors for summer because it doesn’t show sweat much, either, and it’s just so cool and breezy. However, I know I’m a spiller, so if I’m going to be drinking wine or eating anything messy, I won’t pick a white outfit. Seems obvious enough, but going through exactly what your day is going to look like before picking your outfit will help you make better choices with your outfit.

Another reason I love this dress is that it has a great price point. At only $26, it’s perfect to have in your closet because it can be worn for so many different occasions. I am guilty of wanting to spend my cash on unique pieces instead of staples, it’s something I’ve always been bad about, but picking out a staple dress like this one (or simple jeans and casual tops like this outfit) is really the way to go. It’s the perfect “nothing to wear” dress because it’s flattering with its shift style, trendy with its cold shoulders, and the material can be dressed up or down. I added some heels and a clutch to show how it can be worn for the evening, but swapping out the heels for flat sandals and a clutch for a tote would make it perfect for brunch or a day event.

Do you have a favorite staple dress?

Photos by: Brandon Hill