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Lately I've been thinking about how I'm going to transition my winter wardrobe (which has consisted primarily of all black) into spring. I've been *thoughtfully* thinking about how I'd like to build my wardrobe for spring while staying true to my "lots of black and oversized" style.

My goal is to find these five wardrobe essentials to help build my spring wardrobe while adding subtle vintage and bohemian flare to the mix. It will be challenging and take some time, but I love to shop so i'm excited for the challenge. :)

  1. Denim that's flattering yet super comfortable and versatile as well as loose fitted long and cropped pants that can easily be worn with a solid blouse or tank
  2. Unique statement accessories (vintage bracelets, earrings, belts, hats)
  3. Boyfriend style blouses (cotton and silk for warmer weather)
  4. Light jackets, blazers & kimono's (fitted and oversized, great for layering or making a simple outfit less simple)
  5. Great quality footwear (leather/suede loafers and sandals, vintage heels, clean/simple sneakers)

Let the spring wardrobe building begin!

Outfit (all consigned): Knit Dress/BCBGmaxazria, Suede Boots/Marc Fisher, Hat/Calvin Klein, Leather Embossed Tote/Amazon, Jewelry/vintage

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My all time favorite color combo would have to be black and blue. This winter I've really been enjoying only washing my hair twice a week (and not even brushing it), doing the bare minimum shaving, and of course wearing black practically everyday. As with many of my outfit choices, I draw a lot of inspiration from the Olsen twins, hence the double layering of my jackets seen here, with a great relaxed denim and suede heeled booties. I try to stick to thrifting/consigning as much as possible because I love getting more for my money. Designer brands are nice, but not necessary for me. I like to look "effortlessly" chic with a hint of I-don't-care-where-you-think-I-shop kind of style. ;) 

On that note, the cropped jacket is BCBG which I consigned at my favorite shoppe in Cleveland (Revolve Fashion), along with the long trench from Royal Factory in Columbus. A&F has been carrying some great denim lately at a great price, seen on me here. I pick up scarves practically everywhere I go, typically super clearanced. Just something simple to play up an all black outfit. 

I try to encourage my friends (who are on a budget) to be open-minded towards thrifting/consigning. A lot of girls get overwhelmed at the thought of digging through racks of used clothes with little hope of finding something stylish. I understand we all have our own preferences when it comes to shopping and clothing, but for me, I grew up on hand-me-downs and weekly trips to Goodwill with my mom that I've just always had it in me to second-hand. Now living in Cleveland with the Beachwood mall right down the street from my house, I naturally enjoy a nice stroll into Nordstrom, but I still consciously try to keep that balance of thrifted and retailed in my wardrobe.

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Whoever had the idea of bringing hammer pants back in style, I thank you. Any pair of pants I don't have to yank up constantly and stay in place all day are a winner in my book. These pants are from H&M and resemble a ski-pant material, but are very lightweight. To give this "MC Hammer" look a little bit more sophistication (because I was heading to church), I paired them with red leather booties I found on clearance at Zara and a solid black turtleneck and duster from Express (whom by the way has really improved their promotions in my opinion). I'm wearing my all time favorite tortoise shell print earings from Asos (you'll see me sporting these ALOT), because I'm an accessories girl - I always have to be wearing at least one statement piece of jewelry. I plan to also play these pants down with an oversized sweater and some all white sneakers - maybe in another post to come!

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I'm seriously drooling over the aviator trend this season. This particular jacket I found at Zara, and it was honestly a hard decision for me because there were so many different styles in-store to choose from. I decided on this one because of the black/brown combo and the cool buckle detailing on the flap of the collar (better image found here). There are tons of good images on Zara of this jacket at every angle so you can really get a good idea of what you're going to get. Zara does a really great job taking detailed images of all their product in general. I always order a size up in jackets/coats if available because I like to have extra room for layering and wearing bulkier sweaters underneath. This one is an XL.

Leather Combat Boots/Asos, Pinstripe Highwaisted Pants/H&M, Bakers Cap/Forever21

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