This summer has almost come to a close, and my favorite time of year is just around the corner! I’ve always loved the excitement that comes along with back to school, whether I’m experiencing it as a student or as a parent. And of course, fall clothes are so much more fun! I had the best time collaborating with Abejas Boutique to choose some fun late summer/early fall looks. These leather joggers could not be more “me” and how perfect for Texas autumn! I absolutely love the dressed down silhouette paired with leather. I think a lot of us get stuck with the idea that leather pants are “fancy” and/or “edgy” and not appropriate for daytime, but these joggers also look great with Adidas and a tank and are plenty comfortable enough for 9 to 5. Paired with this pretty Peter Cohen draped silk tank, though, they also create the best date night look. The photos do not do this top justice…the draping is just so perfect. It is a classic style that will never look dated, and that’s exactly what I look for when I’m contemplating a splurge piece!
New year, new goals! One of which is to blog a little more regularly. Like most Houstonians, 2017 was a little crazy for In the Loop Style. One half of us flooded, both home and office, and the other half was displaced most of the summer by a plumbing leak. Truthfully, we were both just flat out not feeling it after the devastation of our city. And so…our blog fell a little by the wayside, but I’ve realized I miss it and plan to get back on track as much as my schedule allows!
I wrapped up an exhausting fall with a family Thanksgiving trip to celebrate both a milestone birthday and anniversary. We went from one hurricane-ravaged place to another. St. Barth had been on the books for a while, and though we contemplated canceling after Hurricane Irma struck the island in early September, we chose to make the journey despite the devastation. I’m so glad we did. What we found were resilient and loyal locals determined to restore this special Caribbean island. They were so grateful we had chosen to visit, and there was a special camaraderie not necessarily present on previous visits. Many of the beachside hot spots and all of the luxe hotels were shuttered during our stay, but there was immense beauty in the simplicity.
The trip found us staying in many nights, watching the sunset and eating dinner poolside at our villa while our kids’ cannonball splashes diluted our Sancerre! But we did venture out a little, and this blush Ulla Johnson silk top was perfect for the chic French restaurant scene. I gave it a Texas vibe with my vintage Squash Blossom necklace and kept things easy with the best skinny jeans and flat sandals (mine are two seasons ago from Target, but this pair by Loeffler Randall is very similar). This is a top that just feels special!
One of the most stylish pant trends this fall is culottes. And why not? From afar culottes appear to evoke a midi; but, with the split cut and wide leg crop these pants can be office appropriate and still look amazing for a night out on the town. A bonus is the wider the leg, the smaller the waist looks. Again, why not? So, convert your wardrobe with these stylish culottes and rock the bifurcated skirt. For those of you that fondly recall wearing these in your youth, you will be surprised at the multiple ways you can style this look. I remember wearing these to school (but we called them gauchos) with knee socks adorned with tassels and a ribbed turtleneck. I could probably still pull off the turtleneck, but it’s questionable about the knee socks.
Culottes, like most everything on trend in women’s fashion, began as menswear. Of course, way back they were a posh French pant reserved for the upper class male. But as time marched on, as it always does, they evolved into a symbol of feminism for politically active Victorian-age women to give them the freedom that corsets and lace could not. These “divided skirts” became iconic pieces for many high end designers. The ever-beautiful super model before the term super model, Lauren Hutton rocked culottes in the 70’s and who could forget how effortless Ali McGraw made them look. Culottes give off a playful vibe that is flattering (when accessorized correctly) with a nod to history.
Pairing these culottes with patent wedges make the look more polished. I just think heels bring an elegance to this trend (not that I have anything against flats!). Stilettos take the look to new heights for a sophisticated evening ensemble. Pair them with booties or even knee boots for a cozy winter feel. If the pants are not right below the knee or mid-calf, flats can make the ensemble look like a dress up game gone wrong. Because the pants billow, a heel or at least some height give off a sense of thoughtful styling.
This simple bright clutch pops against the navy pants and I adore the contrast with the stripes on the shirt. A fun crossover would be a nice addition for a leisurely stroll. I would recommend against big, bulky bags as they tend to overwhelm the cut of the pants. Personally I’m a fan of solids for this style, but bold patterns certainly can make a statement this season. Since the pants are your statement piece, I recommend going for simple accessories so as to not overwhelm the flowing nature of the culottes.
I love this navy and white shirt! I chose to tie it at the waist for a little less stuffy look. My favorite aspect of the top is how well it wears. After a day at the office, no visible wrinkles! I still looked like I did when I left that morning (well, the clothes did anyway!). I also love that this shirt can be paired with a pencil skirt or even jeans. It’s versatile but lends itself to a classic piece. A great alternative to pair with the pants is a cropped sweater. It makes a great weekend look and elongates your legs. Adding a cowl neck sweater or cropped jacket to these pants allows you to really cash in on the versatility of the pants.
These pants! Oh, where have you been? I have a fashion crush on them. Seriously. They look great but feel even better. I’m pretty sure I was a little sassier when I wore them. These are work pants, brunch pants, evening on the town pants – you name it! They can be dressed up for an event that demands cocktail attire (think silk tank top) or scaled down for a raucous girls’ lunch (cropped sleeveless sweater). Did I mention how comfortable they are? They’ve become a substitute to my typical office suit pant. You can find culottes in a variety of fabrics from leather to wool to everything in between. These definitely are not the culottes of our youth! This borrowed-from-the-boys look can put off vibes from bohemian to sophisticated in the blink of an eye. So don’t be afraid to rock those culottes ladies. They have come a long way!
Culottes: Club Monaco (similar and super affordable style by Alfani Prima)| Striped Top: Club Monaco (also available at Shopbop, similar sleeveless style by Joie) | Clutch: Elaine Turner (similar clutch by Diane von Furstenberg and two gorgeous splurge clutches by Delvaux and Givenchy) | Wedges: Christian Louboutin, sold out (similar style by Pierre Hardy)