Closet Building, Style Strategies

Sept. 13: Crop Tops from T-shirt

I’m not huge crop-top wearer, so I don’t have crop tops in my closet. But in this heat sometimes what you need is a little breeze on your tummy. So, for those of you looking to stay a little cooler, like crop tops, or want to branch out a little, here are my tips for making a crop top from a T-shirt.

First, there is always the hair-tie option. I found that the elastic option is best for super baggy t-shirts, simply gather the T-shirt, secure with a hair elastic, and tuck for a DIY crop.

It might take a few tries to get the tightness and length exactly where you want it, but you’ll be a master of a cinched-waist crop in no time.

But we don’t always have a hair elastic on us – so on to strategy number two. My second method is also, for me, way more stable than the first.

First, you’ll gather the shirt in front of you. Next turn the gathered piece 360 degrees, which will get you to your second image. Lastly, tuck it into your bra for a secured fit. I run the fabric right between the cups, and when you do that you might find you can see the gather fabric through the shirt. No problem! The little “tab” of fabric that sticks up – slide it snugly into the cup underneath your breast, and the bump from the fabric is no more, and is super secure!

Now, when you see a t-shirt styled as a crop top in future style posts, you’ll know how to do it, or simply follow your own crop-top making method (or style an existing or thrifted crop it it’s place)! As always, stay safe, happy, and healthy!

❤ Zeebs

Announcements, Beauty

August 9: Soap Bags and Announcement

Having good skin days with few or no breakouts boosts my confidence as much as a great hair day or a perfect ensemble. So, I decided to continue the beauty theme from last week! This week is about a way to be more plastic free in your skin care: soap bags.

I have been using these sisal soap bags for the past few months (actually, I’m only on my second one after several months), which come in a small cardboard box as a set of four:

Natural Sisal Soap Bag packaging

The product is somewhat self explanatory. It’s just a little bag made with natural fiber. To use: simply insert your desired bar soap, pull a drawstring tight, and enjoy the lather!

Empty fiber soap bag

Why use these bags instead of a loofa, you may ask? I find that loofas don’t lather super well with bar soap, and the older I get the less I like loading up a loofa with liquid soap from a bottle. After all, a plastic bottle can only be recycled so many times – and that’s if it doesn’t end up in the landfill from a contaminated batch of recycling. My sisal bags simply give the same lather (and exfoliating scrubby goodness) as a loofa – with less plastic waste.

Full soap bag

So, why not just use bar soap? Maybe it’s just me (and I don’t think it is), bar soap becomes a massive pain when the bar becomes tiny. The sisal bag keeps the bar contained and not slippery! When your first bar of soap becomes small, or is used up entirely, simply slip in another bar of soap and you are good to go!

Hopefully you’ve been enjoying the slight tangent from my usual content! Clothes are great, but a boost from good beauty habits/products is irreplaceable.

Announcement: Starting after this post, I will be posting pre-written/scheduled posts that will be released on Sundays for the next few weeks. This is because I will be moving to (and adjusting to) Phoenix and my first semester of law school. Until then, stay healthy and happy!

❤ Zeebs

Inspiration Station, OOTD Posts

July 26: Instagram Outfit Inspiration

Today I’m bringing you four OOTD posts that I found inspiring on Instagram – and all of which tie into switching into my warmer climate wardrobe!

First is a post is from @girlthrifted, who is rocking a lovely straw hat and wedge sandals. Since Arizona is one of the sunniest places in the United States, I love finding cute OOTD posts that have a straw hat (or any larger brimmed hat)!

Second is from @zuzu.reinhard, wearing a bright crop and a wide leg patterned pant. While I’m not a huge crop fan for myself, I can easily swap out the crop for a regular tee.

Third, with two outfits, is an OOTD post from @scandimuses. Both outfits are an effortless mix of casual and tailored pieces, which I love! You’ll likely see the influence of these outfits in a future post here on Zeebstyle, so stay tuned!

Hopefully you find these OOTD posts as inspiring as I did. Stay tuned! And, as always, stay safe, and stay healthy!

❤ Zeebs

Closet Building, OOTD Posts, Real Talk, Style Strategies

July 19: OOTD for Thrifting

I love buying clothes at the thrift store – especially since my local Goodwill is one of the most inexpensive thrift stores I’ve ever been in!

Shopping for clothes in a thrift store is a lot like shopping in a mall – you should be smart about your outfit to get the best result. The best type of outfit, I find, it one that is fitted (to your comfort level) on both the top and the bottom.

Thrifting OOTD

I go for a fitting tank or V-neck tee and a pair of slim or straight fit jeans (or something similar). It’s comfortable, easy (and fast) to change in and out of, and – most importantly, give me the most flexibility when trying on thrifted clothing.

Very seldom do I find both a pair of pants and a shirt that fit when I go thrifting. When I’m in the dressing room, I find it harder to get an idea of how the garment sits if I’m not fully clothed – so I avoid dresses when thrifting for clothes.

Now, if I am wearing looser clothes, I run into a similar problem trying on looser pieces. For example, instead of my tank top I wear a blouse. I go to Goodwill and find a beautiful pair of wide leg trousers. When I try them on, I’m wearing a big breezy blouse on top, meaning I can’t see how the pants sit best with a tighter-fitting shirt (which is how I would actually wear them). The only way I can get an idea of the fit is look without a shirt – which gives me no idea of how the pants look with a tucked-in shirt – or I wear my big blouse and feel like I’m swimming in clothes – which does not do much for feeling confident. And how often do we buy things we aren’t confident in? The answer should be never.

That just sounds like a mess, doesn’t it? Well, I avoid that altogether by wearing a fitted shirt so I can see those wide-leg trousers in all of their glory – and follow the same rule for my bottoms.

Thank you for listening to my small tangent on my thought process for my thrifting outfit choice. If you want to do more thrift shopping, I recommend following this same idea to increase your chance of success!

Feel free to leave your thrifting tips in the comments! I’ll see you next week! Until then, stay safe, and stay healthy!

❤ Zeebs

Real Talk

July 12: Body Positivity and Respect Reminder

Since we are in summer, and some people are going out to beaches, swimming, walks, and the like (hopefully in a SAFE way), I though it was important to take a day to post some reminders.

First, you are always “summer body” ready or “bikini body” ready. Size does not matter. In addition, make sure you wear a swimsuit that is your size, regardless of what that number may be. As Stacy London has said – if you don’t like that you’re a 12, take a Sharpie and cross out the one. Boom! You’re a 2. Clothes that are your size will flatter your body the MOST and give you more confidence.

Second, do not – I repeat: DO NOT – make comments about aspects of a person’s body or appearance. (Unless maybe if they have something stuck in their teeth – I know I would appreciate knowing that.) This includes:

  • Scars, including self-harm scars
  • Cellulite
  • Stretch marks
  • Excess or loose skin
  • Tummy rolls (or in any other location)
  • Weight gained OR weight lost
  • Skin conditions
  • Acne
  • Darker skin in underarms, inner thighs, etc.
  • Hijabs (ex. asking “Isn’t it hot wearing that?)
  • …the list continues*

Thank you for joining me in my little PSA for summer weather! See you next week!

❤ Zeebs

*credit to @jack_hack101 on Instagram, as I would not have come up with everything on this list as easily (if at all) with just my own brain

Closet Building, Uncategorized

July 5: Wardrobe Refresh – Pink Linen Blazer

It is no secret to my friends that I enjoy dressing slightly nicer than you average casual. I also have more than my fair share of blazers. Which is why… I got another blazer for my wardrobe refresh.

Despite my many blazers, I had yet to own a 100% linen blazer. Usually, I would avoid blazers on hotter days, knowing I could wear them almost daily when the temperatures fell in autumn.

Since that same temperature drop won’t be happening in Arizona, I thought that this linen piece would become a well-loved piece of my wardrobe. Linen is an absolute staple fabrics for hotter climates, being lightweight and breathable. The color is not overly bold, so it will be versatile to mix with other light blouses and tees.

For those looking to buy a piece that is similar (or maybe the exact same), you’ll need to embrace the wrinkle. Linen is a fabric that can and will wrinkle seconds after steaming or ironing. Secondly, this specific blazer will fit best more over-sized and breezy. It’s not a stretchy piece, so trying to go for a fitted or tailored look

When pairing it, you might find it best to pair it with a non-linen top for a texture contrast. As I am not yet fully confident embracing the wrinkly nature of 100% linen, it also helps me feel more polished – the wrinkle free top showing that my linen wrinkles are a choice and not a haphazard moment.

I would also suggest a more tailored top or pant with this type of loose fitting linen blazer, though not skin tight (If you’re wearing linen, you’re probably trying to stay cool.) Another option would be a loose fitting dress and opting for a belt to define the waist.

I look forward to showing you outfits with this blazer this summer and as I adjust to the warm climate of Arizona this fall. In the meantime, stay safe, and stay healthy!

❤ Zeebs

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