How to Style “Ugly” Mom Jeans – Tips to Make Any Jeans Figure Flattering

Posted On Saturday, January 13th, 2018
Filed Under: Style Guide, Try It Wear It Love It
I love jeans. Like seriously, I could wear them every single day and never get tired of them. The versatility they offer is just unmatched. From skinny to flare to boyfriend style, there’s a jean for every body. For the longest time I exclusively wore skinny jeans. They hug me in all the right places and are easy to dress up or down with the change of a shoe.
I still love my skinny jeans, but over the last two years, I’ve become a “mom jean” convert. Mom jeans usually have an extremely high waist, tapered leg and as I like to call it, a “long butt.” So why would anyone wear them?!
Well, it’s all in the styling. Below are a few tips on how to try a different cut of jeans.

The 80/20 Fashion Ratio to Help You Save Money & Define Your Style

Posted On Friday, January 5th, 2018
Filed Under: Style Guide, Try It Wear It Love It

I’ve made a lot of fashion mistakes along the way. From wearing flesh-tone leggings {eek!} to buying thrifted clothes just because they were cheap {I’m sure I’ve wasted hundreds buying tons of cheap stuff}. Luckily, I have a blog and Instagram where I can look back and think, “Patrice, why did you buy/wear that!!!??”

And one thing I noticed repeatedly was that I didn’t have a proper ratio of classics to trends. Once you reach a certain age, for some people that’s 30 years old, you should have fashion staples or classics that can be worn for years to come. That doesn’t mean you have to spend a ton, but there should be a solid foundation. Remember when I did that massive closet purge and clean out and got rid of a fourth of my wardrobe?

That’s because I didn’t follow the 80/20 fashion ratio.

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2018 Style Challenge: Try It, Wear It, Love It

Posted On Friday, December 29th, 2017
Filed Under: Style Guide

The new year is just a few days away and maybe you’ve made financial resolutions or have specific fitness goals. Those are great and absolutely necessary, but I also think it’s super important to have fashion resolutions as well. As superficial as “fashion” may feel, it’s a part of our lives. We all have to wear clothes and like it or not, we all judge each other based on appearances. Sucks, but true.

But there’s also so much power in your clothing. Your clothes and overall style speaks before you do. It tells your story or even conveys your mood without you having to say a word. And fashion resolutions are a way to define your personal style  and take an assessment as to whether your outward appearance is truly a reflection of who you are and how you feel.

That’s why I came up with the Try It, Wear It, Love It style challenge for January 2018. This is 31 days of trying something new, wearing it and {hopefully} loving it.

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A Curated Box of Thrift Store Finds – thredUP Goody Box

Posted On Saturday, December 23rd, 2017
Filed Under: Thrift Stores

“Thrift shopping takes too much time.”
“I never find anything!”

These are just a few of the complaints I still hear about thrift shopping. I mean, I get it. Thrifting *can* feel like hours of digging to never find anything. Or sometimes it means dealing with a push crowd. I guess the same can be said for shopping at any store, but there just seems to still be an overall frustration some people associate with heading into a thrift store.

Well, I was super excited to hear the online thrift shop, thredUP, has a new service for people who don’t have the time or patience for secondhand shopping. I first blogged about thredUP back in 2009 when they first launched as an online clothing swap and to say they’ve come a long way is an understatement.

I wrote the book on how to thrift shop {literally!}, so any time something new comes around that’s meant to make secondhand shopping easier and more accessible, I’m down to share it. 

What to Wear When You’re Broke – 3 Pieces that Make You Look Expensive {instantly!}

Posted On Thursday, December 14th, 2017
Filed Under: shopping, Style Guide

I’ve pretty much been broke my entire life. And you know what? I have no shame in saying that! But over the past decade I’ve learned how to not always look broke. Aha, that’s the key!

I realized it wasn’t about how much money I did or didn’t spend, it was always about the choices I made when I did drop some cash on clothes. I’m back to making videos and this one’s all about what I wore when I was broke!

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