Closet Building, Real Talk, Style Strategies, Uncategorized

June 28: Sustainable Fashion Options

Sustainable practices are becoming more popular in the fashion industry. Since coming home for the summer, I’ve seen the H&M commercial focused on sustainability at least 15 times. However, in my experience, fast fashion companies often find a way to market themselves significantly more sustainable than they actually are (Look no further than Patriot Act’s episode titled The Ugly Truth of Fast Fashion, available on Netflix).

So, I wanted to take a moment to touch on sustainable options for looking your best. This does not need to be an all-or-nothing switch. I’ve bought a few fast fashion items for refreshing my wardrobe this summer. However, I’ve also bought approximately one thrifted item for every fast fashion piece. Making a slow transition is always better than nothing at all!

  1. Choose the more sustainable brand in the department store. Yes, for some of you out there, I know it is a shock that there are people who still shop at department stores, but stay with me. Most large department stores carry multiple brands. I have found that I sometimes like department stores for items that are more investment pieces (ex. bras, fancier dresses, professional clothing). If you know what stores you’ll be in, look online for what brands they carry. Take a little time to do research on those labels. If there are one or two brands that have substantial sustainable practices in place, choose those in the store or shop them online. (Brands are having increasingly better online shopping return policies, so you may be able to easily order multiple sizes and only keep the one that fits!)
  2. Resale apps. There are plenty of resale apps to choose from. One of the most well-known for fashion is Depop. These apps give you the chance to buy clothes from other users and sell clothes you no longer want for some extra cash!
  3. Thrift shopping. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again. Thrift shopping is one of the best ways to add sustainability into your closet. With the ability to try stuff on and the possibility of finding some one-of-a-kind pieces, thrift shopping is a world full of opportunity without breaking the bank. It’s important to make sure to check the quality of your items – some people give things away because of rips or loose threads, which you don’t want to discover after bringing home your haul!

Feel free to check out a previous post, Shopping, Tips for the Sale Season, for tips on inexpensive shopping. Despite these tips being written for larger sales at big stores, they apply to thrifting and apps like Depop.

❤ Zeebs

Closet Building, OOTD Posts, Style Strategies

June 21: Styling My New Black Skirt

As I mentioned last week, this week I have two outfits with my new black skirt! The first is a casual option: the new skirt with a plain pink V-neck, gray waffle knit cardigan, and a pair of white sneakers.

The shirt adds a pop of color, while the cardigan adds some light coverage and texture. You could substitute the cardigan for a denim jacket or utility-inspired piece (be it a vest or jacket).

The second look is more dressy, featuring a patterned blouse, substituting the tie belt, and metallic heeled sandals. Adding a cardigan and opting for a flat would make this combination perfect for a business casual environment. Swapping the blouse for a more colorful one could make it perfect for a brunch or date.

Even if this skirt isn’t your cup of tea, a black skirt can be a strong and versatile staple in your closet. If you don’t have one, it may be something to consider! You could also opt for any solid color skirt in a versatile silhouette and length, be it nude, gray, olive green, or red! Black is simply a classic and good starting point for those less confident or more understated in their style choices.

Next week I’ll be revealing another wardrobe update! So stay tuned!

❤ Zeebs

Announcements, Inspiration Station

Feb 9: Next in Fashion Inspiration – Episode 4

The new Netflix show Next in Fashion was released not long ago, and (of course) I binged it! I wanted to share some of my inspiration from the fourth episode, Streetwear! I’m generally more polished in my style, so I wanted to show inspiration that contrasted with my usual aesthetic. Hopefully I can create looks off of these and show them to you when the weather gets warmer! (There is currently a foot of snow outside, and its a little chilly.)

Taken from Netflix’s Next in Fashion, Episode 4

The first outfit I was struck by was this over-sized sweatshirt cinched with a thick, corset-like belt action. (Please forgive the picture quality. I, for the life, of me, could not get these pictures to screenshot, so I took them with my phone.) Over-sized sweatshirts are super comfy, and a thick belt lets you wear them without losing your waistline. One great thing (of many) in this look is that the shoe pairings are nearly limitless. For a more casual look, you can pair it with sneakers or an ankle boot or a heel or thigh high boots!

The next was the layering in this lovely ensemble! Tops over a maxi dress look great, and a jacket on top provides even more interest. I also loved the bold layering and boots paired with the more subdued color palette. Also am in love with both the beanie and brimmed hat! This is an outfit inspiration I will definitely jump on when it gets warmer. A maxi dress offers more cover than most dresses, and that with the layering will help you stay warm if there’s a cool breeze on an early spring day. Like the previous outfit, the shoe options are vast, though the utilitarian vibe of both the shoes and jacket are a nice contrast to the sexy slit in the dress. A good variation might be a leather jacket (a trend for 2020) and a pump.

Thanks for stopping by, and if you’ve seen the show, let me know what outfits you were inspired by either in this episode or any of the others!

Announcement: Forgive my inconsistent posting, I’ll be doing more inspiration posts in the coming weeks. But alas, school must come first! (And hopefully my new laptop won’t die like my old one… rest in peace.) I was recently accepted to law school, and I definitely don’t want to slip in my last semester of undergrad!

❤ Zeebs

Style Strategies

Jan 20: Predicted Trends for 2020 – I’m On Board!

Last week I did trends that I will be avoiding in 2020. This week: trends that I love!

Leather: Leather is a texture I am 100% on board for. With a variety of price ranges, types, colors, and item styles, anyone can find a leather clothing item for them! Of course, the classic route is a black moto-style jacket. But with leather as a potential big trend for 2020, expect a variety of leather options!

Tailored: Now this “tailored” trend is expressing itself in several ways in the 2020 forecast. The most popular I have seen is a nicely structured and fitted blazer. Tailored looks are more likely to flatter frames than over-sized looks, especially on petite persons like myself! Tailored pieces can prove to balance out over-sized pieces in the same outfit. (Think over-sized jacket with a camisole and skinny jeans.)

Feminine: Another trend that is more general, more “feminine” fabrics and styles seem to be predicted as 2020 trends. This includes satin, corsets, and crochet items! If you aren’t the most “girly” person out there, you can try mixing one element of this feminine trend with a more menswear inspired piece, or vice versa. This might be a satin trench coat or pairing a corset-structured top with a pair of converse.

Looking at these trends definitely makes me excited for the year ahead! Let me know in the comments what trends you are looking forward to in 2020!

❤ Zeebs

Closet Building, Real Talk, Uncategorized

Shopping: Tips for the Sale Season

Thanksgiving and Black Friday are right around the corner, meaning a LOT of clothing is going to be on sale. While this is a great time to buy investment and staple pieces, we should be careful! Below are some tips when doing your winter and general sale shopping!

  1. If it doesn’t fit, don’t buy it. ESPECIALLY if it is too small for you. I find that items that are too big can sometimes work as “over-sized” pieces (like a cozy cardigan or denim jacket), but too small often means it will be uncomfortable. If it’s uncomfortable, you most likely won’t wear it… and nobody wants to waste their money on pieces they won’t wear!
  2. In sale and clearance racks, take extra time to look for flaws. I can’t tell you how many times I found something I loved, but didn’t realize a missed stitch or stain until I purchased it, went home, and even removed the tags! While you should always inspect your clothing, I find it is significantly more likely to find flaws in garments that are on sale or clearance.
  3. Think practically. What do you need, and – more importantly – what kinds of things do you not need. If you have already found a dark green sweater for the winter, maybe you don’t need to buy that olive green sweater. As best you can, it’s best to buy a variety of things to ensure maximum efficiency of your money and closet space!
  4. Most importantly, only buy what you love. There is the temptation to say “I don’t love it, but it’s only $5.” But, if you were to do that four times and you never wore those pieces, that’s $20 you could’ve saved to spend on a piece you love later. Stay strong and wait for the pieces that you love! Furthermore, it’s all about joy. If there is a piece you adore that maybe isn’t the most practical, that’s okay. First and foremost, you should buy clothing that puts a smile on your face and makes you stand a little taller!

Happy Holidays!

❤ Zeebs

Announcements, Real Talk, Style Strategies

Sept. 22: Re-purposing Project Completed!

I am super stoked to say that I finished my project of re-purposing my statement necklace. Twice it had snapped in the middle, but I loved it so much I couldn’t let it go completely!

So… I took apart the necklace until I had just the beads. Then, I used chains I already had to create these two beauties down below!!

I can’t wait to show you outfits modelling these two new handmade pieces. And, since I have leftover beads, you could very well be seeing more re-purposed pieces here on Zeebstyle!

Announcement: Now that the semester is in full swing, I am going to cut down to only one post per week minimum rather than two. It’ll come out on either Friday or Sunday so that I can keep “Fashion Fridays” and “Selfie Sundays.”

❤ Zeebs

Real Talk, Style Strategies, Uncategorized

Sept. 8 Part 2: Fit and Re-purposing

One of my “absolutes” in my style is that if it doesn’t fit, it either needs to go or has to change. Sometimes we love pieces and don’t want to get rid of them or we desperately want to try and make them fit. I understand – I’ve been guilty of that, myself. However, the more into style I get, the more I realize that clothes that don’t fit 1) often don’t make you feel confident and/or 2) they aren’t flattering. We all deserve clothes that flatter our bodies and make us feel confident. Nothing less.

There is a tool to save some of those items though, and that’s a tailor! Being petite, I face the “struggle” of finding many items of clothing that are too long to flatter my frame. Fortunately, I often shop at stores which have petite sizing. But, I am not afraid of a tailor! Clothes we buy in stores might NOT be made to fit your body right off the rack. (If they do, more power to you.) If the waist is too large or that leg too long, a tailor can easily hem and alter clothes to have them fit perfectly!

Of course, then we also have clothes that have outlived their use. We change shape and our lives take us on new paths. Our wardrobe should evolve with us. I firmly believe in reusing, re-purposing, etc. clothing items that no longer serve us well. You can drop them off at a thrift store or sell them on apps like Depop for a little extra cash.

Recently, one of my favorite statement necklaces of all time broke (R.I.P.). Whenever I wore it, I felt feminine and funky. (Notice those are two of my style adjectives?) Even though it no longer works, that doesn’t mean the life of the piece has to be over. I’ve taken the beads apart and am stoked to be refashioning them into a new piece of jewelry. I’ll definitely be showing it to you when my project is complete!

Thanks for swinging by and giving this post a read. I appreciate you so so much!!

❤ Zeebs

Closet Building, Real Talk, Style Strategies, Uncategorized

Sept. 8 Part 1: My Style Adjectives

I had the opportunity to help raid a friend’s closet and help them brainstorm outfit ideas. It was a blast, and it also got me thinking about how I put my outfits together. I mentioned in a past post that a dynamic outfit often pairs pieces that captures multiple aspects of my personality. Below is a list of my current style “adjectives” that I use. When I shop for pieces, I look for traits in the piece that hint at one of my style adjectives so that when I pair them with other items, the ensemble speaks to me as an individual.

  1. Funky
  2. Aggressive/Edgy
  3. Hipster
  4. Feminine
  5. Casual
  6. Preppy
  7. Sophisticated

❤ Zeebs

Inspiration Station, OOTD Posts, Uncategorized

Sept. 1: Outfit of the Day and Outfit Inspiration

This outfit of the day was inspired and made around my hat. I love this taupe large brimmed hat. It’s both fashionable and functional! I loved not squinting! I went with my black romper that you’ve seen before on a previous post – this time in a more funky, casual ensemble. I added my taupe booties and my denim chambray trench for more than just black and nude. Topped it off with metallic earrings, and I was out the door!

You can also see my model looking friend in this photo. We were twinning a little with the denim, and I looooooooooooove her shoes, so I couldn’t NOT include her in a post. The wedge is cute and functional. It adds a dressy casual feel to the outfit which I love. We are both wearing heels with a dress and simple denim jacket, but our styles are different and equally fantastic!

Thanks for stopping by! I’ll definitely be posting more outfit inspiration now that the fall semester has started, and I can see more amazing outfits than usual. Yay!

❤ Zeebs

Real Talk, Uncategorized

Aug. 18: Body Insecurity and Weight Gain, Meet Style.

Body insecurity is something, like many other people, I have struggled with in varying amounts over the course of my life. (Yep, we’re gettin’ real today, folks.) When I was in my senior year of high school, my body confidence was probably at its all time high (for that far in my life). My waist was small, my chest was filling out, and my body was toned from martial arts practice. I felt confident in pretty much anything I wore and was physically comfortable wearing.

Everything sort of filled out in college. My shoulders and hips and waist got wider, even under the usual walking to class and eating less in the warmer months of the year. (People often eat more in the winter, hence why I was “eating less” in the summer to early autumn.) It was discouraging when I would try on clothes that I loved and they no longer fit. There were days where all I could think about was my fear of continuously gaining weight. Spoiler alert: I didn’t continuously gain weight.

Weight gain in your late teens and early twenties has a lot more to do with less exercise or that high calorie dining hall food. Birth control, mental health struggles, eating too little (screwing up your metabolism), and genetics can all contribute to weight gain. Even then, a little weight gain doesn’t mean it’s bad. What’s far more important is having healthy habits.

But the weight gain does mean my body changed shape. And that can be a difficult adjustment in a world where the beauty industry doesn’t articulate that body shapes and sizes change have different highlights at every stage of life. Those highlights, regardless of trends or body messaging, will always be beautiful.

What I love about clothing, fashion, style, etc. is that we can use it to celebrate what we love about ourselves. Our clothes give us the power to highlight those legs you worked hard in the gym for or that butt that your mama gave you. Our clothes can help us feel sexy or powerful or ethereal. Personal style gives us the opportunity to celebrate in place of conforming.

Thank you so so much for stopping by and giving my blog a read! Leave a comment or send me a message. I would love to chat with you! 🙂

❤ Zeebs