As you guys know, I’ve recently returned from a trip to Dublin and Amsterdam. What an amazing time!
Before I go on any trip, I tend to write down my ideas for outfits to ensure that I don’t under or overpack. You guys have seen how freakishly organized I am about my outfits, so packing for a trip is no exception. I list out my ideas and it gets me to a good starting point where I can edit outfits as necessary. For example, I see how many times I can wear a pair of jeans – do I need two? Am I only wearing a top once? Maybe I nix it…. You get the idea!
After looking over my list, I came to two conclusions – my outfits were all in the black and navy family, AND I desperately needed a pair of everyday shoes for walking around the cities. Now that I’m in Atlanta, I have the ability to wear heels to work because I now have access to my car. Comfortable walking shoes have fallen down the priority list since I’ve left New York. So when I was approached by Caterpillar about their comfortable footwear, I was really intrigued. Caterpillar? I thought they only made machinery. Boy was I wrong! My friends there sent me a pair of stylish oxfords, which I thought would pair nicely with my black and navy ensembles. Let me tell you – these are the most comfortable pair of shoes that I’ve ever put on my feet! No lie, no exaggeration. They literally feel like sliding your foot onto a mattress, the sole is so cushioned and comfy! Besides the comfort, I love the shape of a classic oxford, as I think it can bring some “boyish charm” to an outfit. In my case, I decided to the take the look a step further, pairing the oxford with menswear inspired details: pinstriped pants, a newsboy cap, and a boxy leather jacket. I wore this outfit all around Europe, and the shoes were ideal given the long strolls along the Amsterdam canals and the particularly rainy, Irish weather. It’s true what they say…girls just wanna have fun, but sometimes you gotta borrow from the boys!
So I’m only a couple months into reclaiming my “Atlantan” status, but I think the move has already had an impact on my style. In New York, I rocked Street Style Chic and my shoes were focused on comfort for the mile-long walk to work. Now, I’m adopting what I like to call my Savvy Southern Style. This means going back to my heels EVERY DAY, because my walk is simply home to parking garage to office and back again (trading the A-Train for the HOV lane!).
I find my outfits are more put together at home, because I’m less worried about getting messed up in transit. The biggest change I’ve seen? I’m returning back to my colorful roots!
Savvy Southern Style
Savvy Southern Style is all about color, volume, polish…and above all a playful attitude. No one can rock pearls, a blowout and a sundress better than my Southern ladies, am I right? But there’s something to be said for the New York state of mind and a level of chicness and edge that my ladies up North bring to the table.
What are some of the differences?
Dresses vs. Jeans
I think my go-to look in New York was a pair of ripped or embroidered jeans and a blouse or t-shirt/blazer combo. Now I’m experimenting with more playful looks like bright dresses and full skirts. Still, sometimes I do both like this, combining an edgier jacket with a flowy black ruffled southern dress.
Before, I’d rock trendy sneakers and chunky heels to keep me looking cute for the commute through the workday. Now, I’m all about my stilettos and lush fabrics that I don’t have to fear about being ruined by the elements.
Fall/Winter hasn’t hit yet, but now that I’m down South I’m pretty sure I’ll be ditching my Canada Goose for more practical (and less expensive) topcoats and lighter jackets. I can’t wait to wear my Rag & Bone coat more this year, but maybe also grab some new colorful coats, perhaps a shade of bubblegum or mustard – this one’s only $30 btw!
In New York my nails would consistently be a black, navy, or white and I’d rock a muted rose lip. Now? I’m rocking pink nails and exploiting my bff who works at Tom Ford to get me every shade of lipstick under the sun!
So where am I on the Savvy Southern Style – Street Style Chic spectrum? I’m still finding my place somewhere in between, but I’ve definitely noticed a change in what I reach for in my closet. I hope you dolls continue to follow along as I explore what this new stage means for my wardrobe!
Hey Dolls! Describe your personal style in the comments below! XO,LA
So if you’ve been following along with me on Instagram (@laurnashley), then you probably saw that I celebrated my birthday a couple weeks ago.
I headed to New York City and the Hamptons to spend time with my friends and enjoy some sun, sand, and LOTS of frozé! Because I wasn’t at home for my actual birthday, Jason and I celebrated early while I was still in Atlanta. Initially I really wanted a new bag, because….who doesn’t want a new fancy bag for the season? But, in recent years my taste in purses has gone on the pricy side and I splurged a little too much last year. In 2016 I got my Chloe, my Saint Laurent, and the big mama of all purses…my Chanel.
With all those big buys, I had to realize that I’m not Oprah and need to cool it on the expensive purse front! So while there are many bags that I have my eye on – I had resolved to hold off until Christmas or even next year. Being the amazing hubby he is, Jason decided to pick me up a birthday treat that he had seen on one of my recent Lust Lists: the Dior Twilly!
While I had originally planned on wearing it to work under a collared shirt, I remembered loving how I saw it wrapped around the handle of a handbag. Upon opening my gift, I immediately marched down to Dior and had them tie it around the handle of my Saint Laurent. I asked the associate if it was a faux-pas to have it wrapped around a different designer’s bag and she said not at all – people do it all the time! I have to say, I’m absolutely in love with the way it looks. I think it adds even more style and sophistication to an already classic and ladylike bag. The moral of the story is that I feel like with this small addition, my bag has been totally transformed! I feel like it’s a BRAND NEW bag and I’m even more excited to wear it with new outfits. Sometimes it just takes a little creativity or a different perspective to make something old feel new again. Love the look of a scarf tied around a bag? Check out this post featuring my fav scarves at a variety of prices!