3 Things Every Girl Needs: Rainy Day Guide

Happy Friday! I'm back home in the sunshine of Texas, but not for long...I hear storm's-a-comin! It rained 99% of our time in the Big Apple. How's a girl supposed to dress in dreary weather like this?! Plus, doing lots of walking in the city, I knew I needed comfort shoes...not always the chic-est, right? (#thestruggleisreal 😏) Read on for my rainy day outfit guide!

RAINY DAY OUTFIT GUIDE:

1. Trench Coat

I don't know that I've ever owned a trench coat (ok, maybe back in 2002), but yes, they're back and YES, they're fashionable! When I looked at the forecast for NYC days before our trip, I didn't have time to go out shopping, but knew I needed something for our long walking days. Found this jacket and had it Amazon Primed (can "primed" be used as a verb? Apologies to the grammarians.), arriving just in time for our trip! This is an Asian line, so check out their size chart suggestions if you're making a purchase. (I'm wearing a large.)


Linking sale jackets here! >>


2. Hat

Ditch the good hair goals and roll with a hat! It wouldn't be your best hair day (sorry to break the bad news!), so you'll be glad you did. I've been looking for the perfect opportunity to pull out my gingham hat (if you missed the memo, gingham is EVERYWHERE and EVERYTHING right now -- now ya know!). The bow tie in the back is just too cute.


Linking a few other cute hats for your rainy day blues! >>


3. Rain Shoes

Every girl needs a cute pair of rain boots, right?! This is another item I've never invested in and I think many girls are in the same boat! They're not a necessity, so they can easily be overlooked. I found these super cute rain shoes disguised as sneakers, so I plan to wear them on "normal" days too. Love how versatile they are! Size up if you're a half-size. (I'm an 8.0-8.5 and I'm wearing a 9.0)


Linking more rain boot options I love here >>


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Much love xo

Jess

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The Blackout

If you know my dad, you know he wears all black -- at least 95% of the time.  Becoming more like him is a daily process...and I guess some days it even sneaks into my wardrobe choices. :) So, here is my "Tim Sheppard" inspired look: the blackout.

Blouse: Free People; Skirt: H&M (similar); Shoes: Nine West; Keychain: H&M (similar); Purse: Louis Vuitton; Jewelry: Rocksbox (get one month of free designer jewelry with my code JESSICASHEPPARDXOXO)

I found this fancy almost-midi-not-quite-maxi skirt at an H&M in Kaohsiung, Taiwan. I paired it with a dressy cape blouse for a glammed up street look, throwing on the snake-embossed sneakers (Never would've dreamed velcro shoes would be on my feet, but here we are. Who am I??? :) -- AKA the most comfortable shoes in the world (on sale for $39.99!) -- to keep things interesting. 

For a more classic look, these  Nine West pumps (also $39.99!) would fit the bill nicely. Here's a few other shoe and accessory match-ups for a similar look!

Happy Monday!

Much love xo

Jess

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Styling Tips for the Stripe-Struck

This post is action-packed with styling tips and I'm SO excited to share! P.S. Where did the weekend go??!

TRANSITIONING FROM WINTER TO SPRING

With the weather changing, it's hard to know how to shift your wardrobe! For us Dallas girls, Texas tends to be pretty temperamental before finally landing in a new season...and in the meantime, we have "nothing to wear." :) This dress is a great example of a versatile piece -- casual or dressy -- Winter or Spring. Paired with the suede, it nods to Winter, while transitioning to Spring...but can't you picture it thrown over a swimsuit on the beach, with flips in one hand and sno cone in the other? (Can you tell I'm vacation dreaming?! :)

TIP! For in between seasons: choose a Spring piece and build Winter accessories around it!*

Accessories I could've worn with this look: Velvet bag (here), chunky cuff (here or here or here), felt hat (here), light blue booties (here), fringe booties (here), rust booties (here)

STYLING MIDI DRESSES

Midi-dresses are everywhere and I've honestly been hesitant to jump on the bandwagon. If it's not paired with the right shoe, it can look a bit stumpy...but this Jessica Simpson bootie (here) combined with the diagonal patterned dress (here) compliment the midi length. Here's a few other booties that would've worked too!

TIP! For midi length clothing, add a chunky heel and/or an elongating pattern for extra height!*

The necklace I'm wearing is ROCKSBOX! They've offered my friends a month's subscription of designer jewelry for free! I didn't think I'd like the idea of jewelry "on loan," but here we are...I love it. Use my code and give it a try for yourself! JESSICASHEPPARDXOXO at rocksbox.com.

The Jessica Simpson booties I mentioned are on sale -- oh, and so is the dress...$34! Dress (here), Booties (here) (similar)

What are your favorite transitional pieces? Do you have any styling tips to add? I'd love to hear your thoughts. Leave me a comment below!

Much love xo

Jess

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030216 x Denim Rainbows

This Dallas weather has a way of understanding, don't you think? 72° says, "Something exciting is about to happen." It also says, "WHAT ARE YOU DOING INSIDE? Carry your desk and office chair into the parking lot, because seriously, SPRINGTIME FOR EVERYONE." March clearly has some strong opinions. 😁

Click above to shop my outfit! Handbag, sunglasses and shoes on sale (eeeeks). P.S. I mixed these two MAC lip colors: PINK NOUVEAU around the edges + SAINT GERMAIN in the center for an ombre look!

Much love xo

Jess

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021816 x Pinstripe Pink

Stumbled upon Hello Kitty's playhouse...NBD. Seriously, heaven!

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Wrote in my journal at the beginning of the year, "2016: the year of the swan." Since then, I've been on the hunt for the perfect special swan piece. Found THE ONE in Taipei - my Happy Valentine's Day to me gift! :)

Good After Nine: I'm so obsessed with ALL of their jewelry pieces. Elegant, pretty and whimsical. Such a hard choice, but I'm thrilled I found them online...now I can start my wishlist. :)

Dress up or dress down with this comfy button-up. Love the pajama look to it! On sale 50% off ($26). I paired it with these flares...they're my absolute fave right now. The dark wash is perfect, the fit is perfect, and the high-waist + no button situation = 😍

Much love xo

Jess

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