Trends to Try, vol. 3

It's been a few months since I last shared a volume of Trends to Try, so I figured it was about time for a new one! (I shared the first volume last September.) To be completely honest, I'm not crazy about many of the most popular fashion trends right now. I can't ever see myself wearing off-the-shoulder or one-shoulder tops, and bell sleeves irritate me/get in the way. That said, there are a few trends I could see myself testing out this season (or have already tried/decided to try)... check them out below!

Trend to try: Baseball caps — via Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair

Sole Society / Anthropologie / Madewell

Fun fact about me: I wore an orange camo baseball cap that I bought from the dollar store throughout my junior high and high school years. My family hated it and always threatened to submit it to the "Will It Blend?" Blendtec infomercial (do you remember those?!). I'll admit, it wasn't my most fashionable accessory, but it was pretty much my signature accessory during that time... haha! I haven't worn a baseball cap since that orange cap was retired, but I'm quite tempted to pick one up to wear this spring and summer in a color that better suits my personal style.

I'm especially drawn to that cotton-linen cap from Madewell above, but I also love the idea of a denim or chambray baseball cap. There are also quite a variety of straw baseball caps if other hat silhouettes aren't really your thing but you want the airiness of a straw hat. Baseball caps are the perfect accessory for any casual outfit (such as this chunky cardigan and Converse look) and even work to dress down more "formal" outfits (such as this outfit featuring a structured blazer-coat and pumps). I feel like they turn any outfit into a cool-girl outfit (here's another example). I also love how they look with a dress—perfect for spring afternoons!

Trend to try: Side-tie tops — via Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair

RD Style / J.Crew / Calvin Klein

I picked up a side-tie tee from Amour Vert a year ago (last seen here), and I'm so happy that the trend is still going strong this year! Side-ties add a fun twist (pun intended) to any outfit. There's also been an increase in front-tie tees, and those I'm still not sure about... I'm not a huge fan of adding bulk around my stomach so I haven't been as interested in trying that trend. Side ties are definitely where it's at. ;)

I feel like I'm a broken record because it really is so easy to incorporate any of these trends into an everyday look. Not to mention, you can easily recreate the side-tie look by making a knot with any oversized top, so you don't have to invest in the trend if you're not sure if you'll like it. This look with a side-knotted tee and maxi skirt is a classic on Pinterest. They're also fun to wear layered over a dress or while showing off your waist in a pair of high-rise jeans (I wore mine the first time with a pair of high-rise denim and heeled sandals).

Trend to try: Colored jeans — via Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair

Hudson / Madewell / Old Navy

I've you've been following me for a while, you know that I never stopped wearing my burgundy pants since I bought them about 2.5 years ago. (I even put together a post showing all 14 ways I styled them so far!) Now, it seems as though some other colored denim is making a comeback: namely blush pink and olive/army green. I already have a pair of army green pants, but I've already decided that I'm going to try the blush pink pant trend (fingers crossed they don't make me look naked, which is always my fear when I wear this color on my bottom half).

I already shared some outfit inspiration featuring my burgundy pants which prove how versatile they are, but blush pink and olive green are just as versatile as burgundy. Toughen up pink jeans with a leather jacket or keep them looking sweet with light neutrals. I also love how they look with a light blue or chambray shirt (a combination I plan to try myself). Don't be surprised if olive green jeans become your new favorite neutral. They go well with everything from white and chambray/denim to black and even blush pink. They can easily substitute for regular blue denim!

Trend to try: Embroidery — via Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair

New York & Co. / AnthropologieLucky Brand

Okay, I'll admit it: I wasn't crazy about this trend when it first made a comeback, and I'm still not 100% a fan...but I realized that I like just a little addition of floral embroidery on an everyday item. Like everyone else, I love wearing floral this time of year, and embroidery adds a touch of texture that is fun and a bit unexpected.

It's important for me to try new trends that don't take a lot of brain power to incorporate into my current personal style. Subtle floral embroidery is easy to mix into my style when it's on items I would normally wear, like jeans, a jacket, or a simple top. I fell in love with how Chelsea paired embroidered jeans with a light blue sweater. Embroidery looks so good with denim! This striped shirt and embroidered denim look is easy to wear, as is this outfit featuring a cozy sweater, plaid blanket scarf, and simple white embroidery on the jeans. Top off a sporty outfit or make a statement with an embroidered bomber jacket. The light grey tee above completes any casual outfit, or go with a bright embroidered tee to add pop to a basic jeans-and-tee look. Pattern mix effortlessly with floral embroidery on a striped shirt. It's pretty obvious that this trend is easy to wear!

Link Love, vol. 4

Anthropologie gold monogram mug + Everlane chunky knit cardigan — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair

{via Instagram}

Happy day-after-Thanksgiving/Black Friday! Anyone have big plans today? I'm not much of a fan of the crazy shopping scene that ensues today, so I'm happy just lounging around, watching a little football, and finally listening to some Christmas music! ;) I ordered the vinyl of Kacey Musgraves' Christmas album, A Very Kacey Christmas, so I'm excited to finally listen to it!

  • Are you an American wondering what you can do to become more politically active and/or help our fellow marginalized Americans following the election? Here's a comprehensive list of actions you can take now (new actions are added every day!).
  • My research is highly climate-related, and with my imminent graduation (next year!), I've become increasingly worried about my job prospects under the incoming administration—and many other young climate scientists are feeling the same way.
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  • Lee of Style Bee completed one of her 10x10 wardrobe remix challenges last month, and it's so good! I'm already planning on participating in the one she is hosting in January... (eep!)
  • I'm obsessed with Toyosi and her camel cardigan


  • Madewell is offering 25% off your purchase through Sunday the 27th. I picked up my first pair of high-rise denim a couple of years ago (on sale now in limited sizes!) during this sale, and I'm still obsessed with them. Now is definitely the time to try out their denim or pick up a new pair of shoes.
  • Uniqlo is doing a big Black Friday/Cyber Monday sale with lots of items on promo pricing and free shipping for a limited time. Also, take $15 off $150, $30 off $200, or $50 off $300 with code THANKS (through Monday the 28th). I finally ordered myself the ultra light down vest. It's also a great time to stock up on HEATTECH essentials (I love the long-sleeved tee for layering!).
  • Shopbop's tiered GO BIG event is happening now through Monday the 28th. Get 15% off $200, 20% off $500, or 25% off $800 with code GOBIG16. I think it's worth checking out their selection of black jeans, winter boots (lots of Sorel available!), cozy sweaters, and sleepwear.

Leather (jacket) weather

Leather jacket outfit with grey flannel shirt, burgundy pants, pewter lace-up flats — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair

Up until yesterday, we have had high temperatures well above normal for this time of year. Not so great for the snow lovers, but I didn't mind at all! The best part about these mild temps is that I can prolong the wear of my lighter jackets. Specifically, my leather jacket has gotten a lot more wear this season than I expected it to. On any given fall day, I usually reach for my army green utility jacket over my leather jacket. I think I've been reaching for my leather jacket more because I included it in my fall style sudoku. While it'll only be featured in four outfits, I have worn it with almost all of them because it goes well with everything in the sudoku. I can't wait to share my recap post next month; I've been so happy with how it's gone this time around!

Happy Thursday, friends! We are officially one week out from Thanksgiving and I'm pumped. :)

Leather jacket outfit with grey flannel shirt and burgundy pants — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
Pewter lace-up flats outfit with grey flannel shirt, burgundy pants, leather jacket — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
Leather jacket outfit with grey windowpane flannel shirt and burgundy pants — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
Fall outfit: Leather jacket, grey flannel shirt, burgundy pants, pewter lace-up flats — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair

Guess jacket via Wilsons Leather (similar by Levi's or shop more leather jackets) / Madewell shirt (similar grey option or similar windowpane option) and pants (similar) / Halogen flats via Nordstrom (shop more lace-up shoes) / Moorea Seal sunglasses (similar by Le Specs)