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I’ll never forget how excited I was to pick out all the items for my diaper bag the first time. I would be prepared for every occasion, every change of weather, every diaper blowout and beyond. I had creams, bibs, swaddles, hats — everything a new, first time mom thinks she needs in her bag. What I wasn’t prepared for was just how heavy that bag would get!

While on some occasions those extra items did come in handy, it was few and far between and I found myself carrying around a lot of extra weight. I never quite pictured myself as a mom that would carry a traditional diaper bag, but I also couldn’t bring myself to invest in a luxury handbag that would eventually be home to dirty diapers and crumbled goldfish. Then came my Newlie diaper bag…

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All about Newlie

Newlie was created by Leslie Newton, the founder and other half of timi and leslie, a well known diaper bag company. After moving on from timi & leslie, she founded Newlie, a diaper bag that doesn’t compromise style. My first thoughts when I opened this bag was this mom knows what she’s doing!

I am guilty of loving purses — and, admittedly, expensive ones — which is one of the things I immediately loved about the Lily Tote… it looks expensive, but doesn’t cost a small fortune. Coming in at just under $100, it’s practical in every sense of the word.

Try the new Newlie Diaper Bag: Under $100!

What I love about Newlie

Here are a handful of the things that I love most about this new diaper bag:
— Durable outside material that can be wiped down with warm water
— Two outer pockets and two inner pockets
— Two side pockets perfect for bottles or a sunglasses case
— Large insulated pocket, great for storing milk that you’ve pumped at work to carry home
— Antique brass hardware makes it trendy, but timeless
— Larger changing pad than what comes with most diaper bags
— Long strap included to convert it to a cross body bag

New to Newlie : Diaper Bag Essentials

What’s in my Newlie diaper bag

Here’s what I packed in my Newlie diaper bag:

Honest Diapers + Wipes: A favorite in our household. Who doesn’t love the adorable prints?

Lollacup: The best cup for anti-leakage we have found thus far. Nobody likes a leaky cup in their diaper bag. (Nordstrom, $18)

Disposable placemats: Because restaurant tables can be questionable. Enough said. (Amazon, $10)

aden + anais Swaddle Blankets:  We are out of the swaddle stage, but these have such an array of uses and they’re a diaper bag must-have. (Nordstrom, $44 for a set of four)

Ella’s Kitchen Organic Food Pouches: There is not a flavor of these my daughter won’t eat. Lately it’s the only way I can get her to eat her veggies!

An extra Mam Pacifier: We have been MAM fans since day one. (Amazon, $6 for a set of 2)

Skip Hop Tuck Away Bib: These are so convenient because they tuck into a very small pocket for easy diaper bag storage. (Nordstrom, $8)

Don’t forget: An extra set of clothes, a pair of pajamas and a small zippered pouch with items like sunscreen, hand sanitizer, band-aids and a spare set of contacts (for me!).

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Do you like the look of the Newlie totes?  What are some essentials you keep in your diaper bag?

This post was contributed by Laura Parker as part of the Savvy Sassy Moms Product Scouts. You can find more about Laura on her blog, Happily Ever Parker.

 

 

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Luxury Mom Must-Haves: Little Bird Car Seat Cover

Sometimes, among the diapers and running your kids to countless sports practices, you need a little bit of luxury in your life. Moms are hardly exempt from wanting nice things just because they are often wiping snot from someone’s little nose! These are a few of our favorite luxury mom must-haves right now. Some are certainly more of a splurge than others, but, at the very least, they’re worth taking a moment to daydream about!

Luxury Must Haves for Moms

9 Luxury must-haves for moms

1. Stroller Cover (Little Dream Bird, $115)
This lightweight stroller cover is perfect to keep the bright, hot sun off your precious little one. (Pictured above in the car seat cover version!)

2. Straw Boater Hat (Lack of Color, $45)
Every mama needs a hat to protect the skin on their face (hello, wrinkles) and a quality straw boater hat is functional and stylish.

3. Broad Spectrum SPF 50 (La Mer, $85)
This SPF is thick and super sheer, perfect for daily use under your make-up.

4. Sunglasses (Dior, $505)
These are the hottest shades this season that every fashion blogger is rocking!

5. Esther Bathing Suit (Oye Swimwear, $350)
A sexy one-piece is a must, period.

6. Black Studded Diaper Bag (Nova Harley, $294)
This stylish diaper bag looks more like a handbag you’d carry and less like a diaper bag. Read more about Nova Harley in our full review of their cute yellow Brisbane Diaper Bag.

7. Apple Watch (Apple, $699)
This watch is perfect for all us mamas. Our hands are always full carrying our babies and their stuff. Instead of fumbling in our diaper bags when the phone rings, we can just glance at our wrist to stay connected.

8. DSLR iPhone Camera Attachment (DXO, $599)
Yes please! I need one STAT! We’re all using our nice bulky cameras less thank to our phones, so this camera attachment gives our iPhones DSLR capabilities.

9. Flat Espadrilles (Bergdorf Goodman, on sale $397)
Comfy and stylish, perfect for us mommas!

This post was contributed by Lana Karim as part of the Savvy Sassy Moms Product Scouts Program. You can find more from Lana on her blog, 22 Crowns.

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Jessica Alba Travel Style

Jessica Alba travel style

Celebrity mom Jessica Alba has the perfect style — she’s always dressed appropriately and classy, while sporting the latest trends. I also love that she is a busy working mom of two and still manages to look totally put together in an effortless, chic way. This photo of Jessica Alba at LAX caught my attention because of her simple, yet oh-so-chic travel style. Here’s the good news ladies — you can get this Jessica Alba travel style too! Let me break it down for you….

Photo Credit: PR photos

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Duster coats & white blazers

Duster coats are a perfect lightweight coat for spring and definitely on-trend. While a duster coat might not be for you, you can easily pull off a similar look with a white blazer. White blazers are chic and can dress up your favorite pair of boyfriend jeans in a second.

Rag & Bone Sydney Slouch Blazer ($550) /   Asos Monki Duster Coat ($90)  /  Utility Topper Coat ($107) / Slouchy Boyfriend Blazer ($74)
Button Up Blouse Travel Style

Button-up blouse

We love these feminine button-up shirts, inspired by button-up oxford shits for men. These are easy to throw on and make the boyfriend jeans and the blazer feel a little more girlie. Choose a stripes, floral or a small printed pattern and make sure the fabric is light.

Printed Roll-Sleeve Button-Up Shirt ($55) / Striped Long-Sleeve Button Shirt ($54)  / Old Navy Patterned Shirt ($16) / Madewell Celestial Button-Up Shirt ($80)

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Boyfriend jeans

Boyfriend jeans just might be the best thing ever invented for a busy mom on-the-go. Boyfriend jeans get you out of those yoga pants, but they can be just as comfortable. Finding the best boyfriend jeans might take some time, but when you find the perfect pair, they’ll be your best friend. Loyal and dependable.

GAP 1969 Sexy Boyfriend Jeans ($80) /  Treasure & Bond Skinny Crop Boyfriend Jeans ($88) / Wit & Wisdom distressed Boyfriend Jeans ($74) / KUT from the Kloth Adele Boyfriend Jean ($89)

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Nude d’orsay flats

D’orsay flats are a great chic travel shoe and easy to slip on and off at airport security. Every girl should have a nude d’orsay flat in their shoe collection. They’re a classic neutral shoe that can work with just about any outfit and these pointy toes dress up any casual look.

Urban Outfitters Renee d’orsay Flat ($59) /  Candy d’ Orsay Suede Flat ($69) / Up all Night d’ Orsay Flat ($60)  / Nina d’Orsay Flat ($295) / Alana d”Orsay Flat ($118) / Vince Nina Croc d’Orsay Flat ($325)

Cool Blue Sunglasses Trends Celebrity Style Cool blue sunglasses

We love getting a new pair of sunglasses! This is the one accessory that can make Mom look stylish, even if she’s looking a bit disheveled or needing to hide those bags under her eyes from being up all night with a new baby. I am loving the fun colorful sunglasses that are shaking things up a bit this spring!

Ray Ban Original Aviator Sunglasses  ($170) / Coach Christina Sunglasses ($158) /
X-Ray Clear w/ Blue Glasses USA ($94) / Ray-Ban Metal Aviators ($200) / Coach CARROLL Blue Sunglasses ($178)

Stylish Luggage and Blue Handbags Travel Style

Stylish Luggage & Handbags

Finding a stylish piece of luggage can be pretty challenging, but leave it to Jessica Alba to have a cute spinner suitcase that matches with her effortless style. Bric’s Milano Luggage designs chic travel bags of the highest quality for women who appreciate traveling in style. A blue tote is the perfect pastel for spring and will carry everything you need for those long flights.

Bric’s Luggage Milano Bellagio Spinner ($595)  / Kate Spade Emerson Place Satchel ($398)  / Cole Haan Satchel  ($198) /  LeSportsac Every Girl Tote ($82)  / MARC by MARC Jacobs Ligero Leather Tote ($448)

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Spring is the perfect time to add new life to your closet and these 10 fantastic staple pieces will let you go ahead and start transitioning your wardrobe from spring to summer. From denim dresses to pendent necklaces, each of these items will be a stylish choice for your everyday life.

10 Closet staples for spring
1. Stripes

The shirt shown is by J.Crew for Net-A-Porter, but also look at places like Target or Forever 21 for striped t-shirts, sweaters and even tanks.

2. Midi skirt

If you have not tried the midi trend yet, you’ll be amazed by how long they make your legs look! Yes, it’s true. The midi I chose for this post is a super steal at just over $14 and I love it. I can see it with a blouse or a t-shirt, heels or flats… the possibilities are endless.

3. Trench

I love a classic long trench coat, but I fell in love with this short swing trench from J.Crew as a fresh new spin for spring. It is made of poplin and is just so versatile. This jacket would be a terrific addition to any closet.

4. Denim dress

Denim dresses are everywhere this season! This dress from Zara stood out to me, mostly because of the v-neck — which is flattering on most everyone — and the beautiful embellishment on the front. I’ve also seen great choices at Gap, Old Navy, Forever 21, and Target, so be sure to shop around.

5. Gladiator sandal

Gladiator sandals are still in style. My favorite pick is the Lowell flat by Tory Burch, but if you’re looking for a steal try one of these: Mossimo Wendi, Barbados Thong by Mia, or the Selma by Circus for Sam Edelman.

6. Lace

Lace, in general, is very feminine and beautiful, making it a great choice for spring. How can you not feel gorgeous wearing it? Try adding lace to your closet with a blouse like this one from J.Crew or a pullover from Anthropologie for a more casual look.

7. Perforated flats

Menswear is still a hot item on lists of trends, including for this spring. I am not a huge fan of loafers, because I was a child of the the ’90s when Eastland penny loafers were “the thing” to wear. But, I have completely jumped on board with the slip-on sneaker and perforated flat version of this trend. They are a nice change from ballet flats, still giving us a closed toe without having to wear socks. It’s a win-win! Many stores and designers have shoes in this style out right now and at every price point, from Payless to Neiman Marcus.

8. White jeans

White jeans, I love you with all of my heart. I love you in the spring with a dark sweater and into fall with riding boots. They are a clean, classic look. Your closet wants white jeans! Try a straight, slim fit like these.

9. Pendant necklace

From shiny gold to wooden beads, you can wear pendant necklaces with just about anything! And, you can find them everywhere right now — Instagram flash sales, Etsy, local boutiques, and most major retailers. Find one you love and I guarantee you will find yourself wearing it daily.

10. Chic carryall

Over-sized carryalls give you functionality and style in one. Whether heading to the office, park, or out to dinner, you can keep everything you might need on hand without compromising a chic look.

Whether you add one or all then of these staples to your closet this spring, take the time to find a style that fits you and wear it with confidence.

Which spring closet staples caught your eye?
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Ripped black skinny jeans are popping up on your Pinterest feeds, your friends’ style boards and in your favorite places to shop, but how do you wear them so that you look stylish, not scrubby? Give these looks a try.

Ripped black skinny jeans: Casual

How to wear ripped black skinny jeans- casual

It’s easy to make jeans like these look far too casual, so be sure to add some stylish touches to bring the outfit up a notch. We love adding sneakers with a pop of a bright color to help keep things casual. While adding a gorgeous purse in a classic style will help keep the style elevated.

Super Stretch Jegging, American Eagle Outfitters, $40 (on sale!)
Weekend Eco Sweatshirt, ILY Couture, $58
Under One Sky Convertible Reversible Crossbody Backpack Handbag, Target, $50
Pink Converse Chuck Taylor All Star, Zappos, $50

Ripped black skinny jeans: Dressy

How to Wear Ripped Black Skinny Jeans- Dressy

Just because these black jeans are destroyed doesn’t mean they can’t also be dressy! We love keeping the rest of the outfit simple, letting the jeans be the focus. Go with a soft black blouse and an edgy cropped jacket or blazer, then add a super-trendy pair of heels.

Frame Denim Le Color Rip Skinny Jeans, Nordstrom, $199
Quilted Moto Knit Jacket, Gap, $90
Talula Koto Blouse, Aritzia, $40
TOMS Majorca Suede Bootie, Nordstrom, $98

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Keeping warm (and stylish!) this winter

Winter is here and let’s admit it, we’re cold. These long puffer coats are a lifesaver in the winter and we’re here to share the good news… just because they are cozy and they’ll keep you warm in temperatures that are less than pretty, these long puffer coats are also stylish. These are some of our favorites. Bundle up!

6 Stylish long puffer coats

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Merrell Inertia Long Quilted Coat, Nordstrom, $179
Just because you want to be warm, doesn’t mean you want to be hot! This long puffer coat is a bit lighter than most, making it easy to wear in climates that go from hot to cold in the blink of an eye.

Women’s Packable Down Long Puffer Jacket, Target, $31 (on clearance!)
The only downside to these coats is their price. They can really your bank account hard! This one is budget-friendly and we love the pretty champagne-esque color.

The North Face ThermoBall Parka, Zappos.com, $230
Does every mom at school have the same black puffer coat? We thought so. Stand out in the crowd with this bright pink version. Other fun colors also available, in case pink isn’t your fave.

Bottom row, left to right:

Women’s Tulip-Hem Down Coat, Lands’ End, $120 (on sale!)
We absolutely love the hemline on this long puffer coat, which instantly gives is a feminine touch. It also has a snap-off faux fur lined hood.

Long Belted Down Puffer Coat, J.Crew, $298
For a coat that will take you from the soccer field to a dinner date, and everywhere in between, this stunner is the most stylish of our picks.

Long Puffer Coat, Garnet Hill, $138 (on sale!)
If you’re on the hunt for an extra-long down coat, this should be your pick. It will nearly cover you from head-to-toe for full-body warmth.

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When that catalog comes in the mail, or when that ultra-cool style blogger shows her #OOTD, it totally strikes: The J. Crew Envy Attack. But which are the items we can actually afford and we will truly wear day after day?

We’ve got your back.

Here are our top 10 picks from J Crew for fall 2014. We have kept them accessible, affordable and versatile, but also unique and beautiful…just like you.

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1. Toothpick Japanese Selvedge Jean

In a sea of premium denim choices, this special edition of the J. Crew Toothpick stands out. Super lean and slightly cropped to show off your shoes, it is made from authentic selvedge denim (the highest quality of denim craftsmanship) woven on looms from Japan.

$158 at J. Crew

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2. Keating Boy Blazer

The absolutely, positively most perfectly flattering blazer. Throw it on and look instantly French and chic. We love the classic navy, but it also comes in black, camel and kelly green.

$88-$107 at J. Crew Factory

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3. Tipped Ponte Dress

Deep currant/burgundy/oxblood (aka dark red, no matter what you call it) is superduper hot this fall, especially in dresses. The A-line cut will look fab on every body type, and its simplicity allows you to wear it for work, evening or play.

$50-59 at J. Crew Factory

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4. Four Square Scarf

A polished and professional look are easily attainable when you tie on this graphic silk scarf. It is also the perfect accompaniment to a simple tee and jeans.

$69 at J. Crew

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5. Suede D’Orsay Pumps

The d’Orsay was big this spring and is still going strong in fall. It is a seriously sexy shoe, with a heel height you can wear all day. Oh, and J. Crew’s Factory line now offers an affordable alternative to the d’Orsay on the main J. Crew site. Prayers? Answered.

$77 at J. Crew Factory

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6. Classic Fedora with Grosgrain Ribbon

When temps drop, skip that ratty knit cap and upgrade to this menswear-inspired fedora. Be sure to pre-order before they are all gone.

$58 at J. Crew

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7. Cropped Sweatshirt

The color white is white hot this fall and winter, and the luxe sweatshirt trend is still going strong. The architectural cut of this one makes it look like you spent a fortune.

$65 at J. Crew

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8. Trapeze Pendant Necklace

All the It Girls are swapping their chunky statement collars for cool pendant necklaces. This crystal and brass number looks simultaneously vintage and modern.

$22 at J. Crew Factory

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9. Leather Envelope Clutch

“Look at it, I bet you wishing you could clutch that.” Yes, this leather clutch purse is just the way we like it.

$47 at J. Crew Factory

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10. Side Slit Tunic

Obsessed with achieving the perfect half, full, back and front tucks with your tops? This crazy-cool side slit tunic gives you on-point styling and loads of options.

$45 at J. Crew

Which of these 10 J. Crew picks is YOUR favorite?

 

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One of the must have treats of the Fall season is a pumpkin spice latte and like most things, the actual color of a pumpkin spice latte inspires me. It’s time to break out the boots and leather jackets!  Nothing puts you in the mood for falling leaves and chilly days more than a warm pumpkin spice latte.  We even have a homemade pumpkin spice coffee creamer recipe that you can make at home!  There are a few fashion favorites that also put us in the mood for fall.
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5 Fall Fashion Favorites

1.  Leather tote bag — Leather is a huge trend this fall and so is the color camel and so this leather bag is perfect for Fall. This is large enough to fit just about anything you would need for a a day running errands or heading to work meetings.

2.  Cable-knit sweaters — Nothing says fall more than a cozy cable-knit sweater. The great thing about a soft neutral like this one is that it will take you from fall all the way through winter paired with everything from skinny jeans to skirts.

3.  Knee-high boots — We all love our boots, but take it up a notch this season and invest in a knee-high pair. Great for pairing with leggings, skinny jeans or skirts, these are the boots you will wear all the time.This yummy color will go with everything in your closet.

4.  Leather jacket — We can’t think fall without thinking leather! A good leather jacket is always on trend, and you will be surprised at how quickly it becomes a favorite basic. Spend a bit more to get a quality investment piece, or go faux leather to get the look for less.

5. Spiced nails — Try a little shimmer of light gold, bronze or a shiny nude on your nails this fall. They will go perfect when you wrap your finger around that Venti, non-fat, light whip pumpkin spice latte.

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Guest post by Jessica MeffordStyle-Meet-Life-SavvySassy2

Today I had a friend and her baby over for a play date. I love hosting playdates, but getting dressed in the morning before one can be a real challenge. I’m usually running around getting my son dressed and trying to make sure our place is (somewhat) picked up. When I don’t have a lot of time to get dressed (which is most of the time), I find it easiest to build my outfit around a comfortable and versatile staple that I know I will feel good wearing – like a favorite pair of jeans or top.

Chambray Shirt

My reliable go-to is a chambray button-down and that’s where I started today. From there, I choose one accessory or article of clothing that makes the outfit interesting and fun. I look to statement accessories, fun patterns, vibrant colors and unique layering garments to spice up my go-to staple.

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Carmel Leather Jacket

Today I spiced up my staple button-down with fun patterned corduroy pants. It instantly elevated the overall look because of its warm colors and repeating print. Next, I wanted to make sure my outfit would be flexible. I spend most of the playdate chasing around my toddler inside and outside our loft, so I’m constantly taking off and putting on layers. As we played on our rooftop deck (which is like our backyard in the city – minus the yard), I wore this leather jacket that I recently discovered at Target. It is so much more fun to throw on a (reasonably priced!) caramel leather jacket than just throwing on a sweatshirt.

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After putting on my button-down, pants and leather jacket, I was pretty much out of time. My son was ready for me to return my attention to him. Layering long silver and gold necklaces is another quick trick that I use to pull together a look in record speed. It requires no matching and no thinking. I just throw them on along with whatever pair of silver or gold posts that I can find at the time.

Stylish Outfit Building 101

To review, here’s my recipe for how to quickly assemble an outfit that is practical and beautiful even for a casual playdate. 1. Start with a comfortable and versatile staple. 2. Next, choose 1 thing to make the outfit more “interesting” using pattern, color, bold accessories or layering. 3. Then, pause and make sure the outfit is flexible and consider grabbing an extra layer. 4. Lastly, throw on a mix of silver and gold accessories.

Style-Meet-Life-BIO1Jessica Mefford’s “Style, Meet Life”  After becoming a mom, I learned that it is difficult to find the time to get myself dressed each day. I also learned that it is actually really important for my mental and emotional well-being to get dressed. I noticed that when I looked more put together, I felt more put together. And, when I felt more put together, I was better able to help those around me at home and at work because I felt more confident. After talking with other moms and realizing they related to my getting dressed dilemma, I knew I wanted to make it easier for women to merge their personal style with the demands and time constraints of everyday life. I wanted to find ways to reintroduce our style to our life. Style Meet Life, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest.

 

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Trendspotting:  Field Jackets

Fall trendspotting is one of my favorite things to do. I recently wrote about the 10 hottest fall colors and on that list was the up and coming color: lichen green. There are many shades of lichen green and all are very similar to the green shade you see on military fatigues and camo prints. So, it’s no surprise that lichen green is popular with both denim and jackets this fall.  Field jackets, camp jackets or military jackets, what ever you want to call them, I suggest you get one.

I like field jackets because they are not as structured or formal as trench coats are.  These jackets are perfect for staying warm as the weather gets cooler and for all you Moms sitting on the sidelines at soccer games. They make a great travel coat as well.  However, take note that this trend does come with a few warnings, because you don’t want look like you are heading off to war or on some wild safari in a jungle somewhere. I was in New York City a few weeks ago and I picked up this jacket from Mango and I have to say, I am in love with it.  When going out for dinner in Brooklyn I paired it with my dark skinny jeans, a bright orange shirt, Steve Madden boots and my Stella & Dot tech wallet.

Style tips when wearing a field jacket

1.  Wear a bright color or a crisp white shirt underneath the jacket , this contrast is necessary so you do not camouflage yourself into the background.

2.  Wear boots with heels, this will help dress things up a bit.  Do not pair this with flat military style boots, you will look like you are ready for combat.

3.  Accessorize with a large statement necklace or other fun accessories so you don’t look too serious or frumpy.

4.  Find a filed jacket that is fitted at the waist or has the capability to be cinched at the waist.  This will make it look more femine and not like a tent.

What do you think about Field Jackets?
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