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Ann Taylor LOFT just released their new collection this summer called Lou & Grey. It features “clothing for a comfortably confident life.” There is nothing like looking great and being comfortable–this line achieves both goals. Not only is it comfortable to wear, but also comfortable for the girl on a budget. This is definitely for the casual fashionista who craves a slouchy look and loves all things comfy. Some of the pieces can be worn by themselves or dressed up with a structured jacket for a fun look. The neutral colors pair together well and are available in an array of jersey, knits, and cottons.  It is nothing short of comfy, cozy, and definitely worth checking out online or in the LOFT stores.

Hat Days

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To all you ladies who can pull off a good hat, trade your sun hats for the wide brim fedora. There is no better way to shield the shining sun while at the orchard picking some crisp apples! The great thing about these hats is their ability to work with any typical fall outfit. A green army jacket, tartan scarves, plaid shirts – they go with them all, especially if you opt for one in a neutral color. This really is a fall staple accessory. Take your pick!

Fall Bucket List

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Fall is on the horizon! As the summer weather starts to cool down and the leaves turn orange, our tank top wardrobe is boxed up and replaced with long sleeves, army jackets, and our favorite pair of leather boots. The smell of crisp air and apples fill the air and the green world outside quickly transforms into bright hues of orange and yellow. Not all of you get to experience this autumn wonder, but those who do know how beautiful it is! So get out and enjoy it. Here’s a few things you can do dressed up in your favorite plaid flannel, riding boot, and cozy scarf!

1. Go apple picking.

2. Find your way out of a corn maze.

3. Take a hayride.

4. Pick out pumpkins and carve a Jack-O-Lantern.

5. Rake leaves and jump!

6. Go for a hike when the leaves are brightest.

7. Make a pie.

8. Sip apple cider over a fire with friends.

9. Camp under the stars.

10. Find and press leaves to remember all the memories.

Fall Workout Outfits

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With bikini season just about over, the weather makes it easy for us to run straight for the biggest and coziest items in the closet. As much as we like to layer up, this is not an excuse to pack on extra pounds due to apple cider doughnuts, caramel apples, and pumpkin spice lattes. While these treats are tasty, delicious, and a necessary indulgences every once in a while, it must be balanced out with exercise. Just like those bikinis we tuck away until warmer days, so go the workout tank tops and running shorts with them. It’s time to break out the warmer athletic clothes to stay healthy and fashionable, of course. Time to get moving!

Transition Pieces

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There are two times during the year when our wardrobe experiences a little confusion as the seasons change–when winter warms to spring and later when summer fades to autumn. During the latter transition, we struggle to let go of the bright colors, bikinis, and flouncy dresses, while simultaneously gravitating towards our flannels, deep hues, and oversize sweaters. This time of year calls for layering and transition pieces. Whether it’s pairing shorts with a 3/4 sleeve shirt or wearing a light top with a jacket, the short transition period exists and we need to know how to dress weather appropriately.

Trend Watch: Mini Bags

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We have reached the beginning of the other end of the fashion cycle: from large totes that can carry all, women on the streets are now favoring these small, essentials-only mini bags.

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The great thing about some of these mini bags is that they double as a wallet – meaning that there are card pockets inside so you don’t need to worry about your wallet not fitting inside! More typically than not, these mini bags also have straps if not a handle so you don’t need to carry your bag around like a clutch or… An actual bag.

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Useful, versatile, not to mention trendy and cute, these mini bags come in a variety and are catching fire on the streets!

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Two very fun mini bags, while the one below is more minimalistic.

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Long Weekend Getaway Bags

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Anyone who loves to travel and does so often probably has an easy-to-spot suitcase with tags matching their passport cover. We like to enter and leave the airport looking stylish and impressive, but how often do we overlook the necessity of a weekend bag that can do just as much going in and out of someone’s house or hotel? Usually what ends up happening is our belongings get thrown in three big totes that don’t close and we’re juggling all our bags to the car. If that sounds like you, find a weekend bag that is big enough for a few days of clothes and all your toiletries. Did you hear that ladies? All your toiletries! A famous mistake is buying a bag only with the thought that it needs to fit clothes and a few shoes. Toiletries take up space, so make sure you have it! If you don’t know what you are looking for, shop around a bit or grab one of our favorites below!

The Truth About White After Labor Day

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Just hearing the phrase can make you wonder: under what circumstances can one wear a shade of white after Labor Day? While this law does stem from some reasonable fashion roots, as white is typically more of a warmer weather color, it does not mean your entire winter wardrobe must consist of the grimmest shades of the rainbow. Try to avoid wearing starker shades of white on the lower portion of your body (you wouldn’t want to blend in with the winter snow and slush…or worse yet, have it stain your clothes!). Darker shades of cream work well for pea coats, scarves, gloves, and hats. Just because you’ve heard this fashion law for ages doesn’t mean there aren’t a few ways to bend it!

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Summer Days, Drifting Away

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It was once said that every summer has a story. As this one comes to a close, it can only be hoped that yours was a good one! Labor Day is usually the last hurrah before school and the fall schedule set in and disrupt our once lazy nights cooking out. Whether you are going away or having a staycation for the last few sunny evenings and hazy days, wear your best and flaunt the summer style while you still can. You worked hard for that bikini body, so show it off! Here’s a few looks to inspire the last days of summer.

Trend Watch: Flannels

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Many simply associate the warm button down with an episode of Roseanne. Try to push those thoughts aside, as flannels are making a huge comeback! For the past few years, celebrities have been donning the casual warmth in public. Flannels are a great addition to layer over a solid camisole or simply tied around the waist of a skinny jean and paired with a combat boot. For a more subtle flannel look, try wearing it layered under a sweater to expose only the sleeve-ends and collar. Don’t be afraid to be lumberjack-chic this autumn and choose your favorite plaid colors to keep warm!

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