The 90’s are Calling…

Turtlenecks! If you asked me a few years ago if I would reach for a large turtleneck automatically in the morning I would have laughed and said absolutely not. In high school friends would share stories of how turtlenecks haunted their childhood and we would all agree we’d never touch those horrid things with a thirty-nine and a half foot pole (yes, Christmas is over but I always enjoy a good Grinch reference).

So how did this massive insurgence of turtlenecks happen within the past few months? They’re in all the stores and dominated the glossy magazine pages throughout the season. I have personally come to love this versatile as well as practical item of clothing. I may even go as far as to call it the MVP of winter fashion.

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Now I’m not talking about the skin tight, rolled down turtleneck, although those can look chic and polished in their own way if done right. I am instead mainly talking about the oversized, comfy sweater that checks off every winter necessity. Warm and cozy? Check. Feels like the equivalent of wrapping up in a blanket? Check. Versatile with all outfits? Check. Fashionable? Check. They can be worn simply with leggings or jeans, paired with boots, flat, sneakers… The possibilities are honestly endless!

I am currently loving my grey Topshop sweater that I received for Christmas. It is the easiest thing to throw on when I’m in a rush and so soft it’s unreal. I love that it doesn’t have acces fabric to fold over and instead is more of a funnel-like collar.

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IMG_3816                                                   Topshop sweater, similar here

Originally, to sort of ease myself into the whole turtleneck trend, I opted to go for a cowl-neck sweater dress that gave just the right about of form-fitting goodness. Going with a cowl-neck is a great alternative to a turtleneck, as it is extremely forgiving and does not require much fuss and also provides an effortless look. Paired with tights and cute ankle chelsea boots makes for a fun, comfortable winter outfit.

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IMG_3879                                   H&M Cowl Neck Sweaterdress, similar here

 

I especially love wearing a casual, oversized turtleneck sweater with skinny jeans and fun sneakers (more on this trend later…) along with a classic black wool coat for extra warmth. Who else is having a lot of fun with this trend? I for one hope that turtlenecks are here to stay! Let me know your favorite looks below!

**Elle Magazine has a great slideshow of 50 different ways to wear a turtleneck that is definitely worth checking out.

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Invasion of Massive Scarves!

I’ve always thought that a nice scarf adds just the right bit of extra oomph to an outfit. Does anybody else remember when infinity scarves were all the rage? I must have a collection of at least 15 different infinity scarves in my closet sitting untouched since high school. I still see them in stores, but the trend seems to have moved on, or at least I’ve moved on.

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I’ve recently become enamored with the massive, blanket-like scarves being sported as of late. I knew I’d need one before I left for England, and so I picked up the pictured one before leaving. I am so in love with it!  I use it almost every day as a nice blockade against the harsh winds here. I’ve even used it as a wrap around my shoulders in the library when the temperature dips a bit. The only drawback is that it sheds like crazy! I usually wear a black wool coat and I have to use a lint brush to remove all the fuzz almost everyday. Small price to pay for such coziness, though!

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Currently doing all I can to will myself not to buy any more large scarves. Let’s just hope this frigid weather moves on quickly so that I won’t continue to be tempted 🙂 Anyone else loving the big blanket-like scarves recently? Tell me your favorite ones!

xx

M

England Skies

My first blog post! I think this would count as a pretty good excuse to treat myself to some Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream, don’t you?

I have been a frequent visitor of fashion blogs, namely this one, since I was in middle school. I’ve always written down things here and there, but what better way to keep track of it all than on a blog? I enjoy doing this for myself, and hope others can get something from it as well!

I am currently abroad in England, using this time to complete my junior year of college. This is my second term here, at the University of York. Doing an entire year abroad is often unheard of and I was pretty hesitant of the amount of time at first. However, if all I had was last term I would have been left wanting more. This first semester was just like being a freshman all over again – shaky and wobbly like a little baby the first few weeks. I’ve never asked so many questions and been lost so many times than in that first term! The first few months only set me up to fully embrace and tackle this next part of the school year head on.

I have a deep love of fashion (one may call it an obsession…) and being surrounded by the culture here has been incredibly exciting in terms of exploring my own style. I have 100% experienced a rapid increase in my independence and coming to terms with being comfortable in a brand new area. I’m no stranger to change, having hauled my life across the country to the East Coast for the first two years of my college life. That in itself was an incredible change and shock, so naturally I have to venture even further, right? Well, that was apart of the initial thought process at least… Life is supposed to start at the end of your comfort zone!

I’m SO looking forward to see where this writing adventure takes me. Writing has always been a release for me and I can’t wait to get going on this blog 🙂

xx

M