How To Wash Your Fleece Lined Leggings

img_3587Last year I bought my first pair of fleece lined leggings. HOLY COW! Why did no one tell me about them sooner? Not only do they keep me so incredibly warm, but it feels like I am wearing pajama pants all day long. *heart eyes*

Since I wear my fleece leggings basically every day, I researched the best way to wash them. Keeping the color and quality of my most valuable fall staple is key to living a happy life!! 😉 So here is what I found…

Preferred method for longer life of your leggings: Fill up a sink/tub with cold water & a cold water detergent. Turn the leggings inside out & work the fabric together until the detergent is foamy. Rinse the fleece with cold water at least twice. Wring the leggings until it is only slightly damp. Let it air dry.

Preferred method for time management: If you don’t have time to hand wash your fleece leggings, turn them inside out and wash them on cold. Pick a gentle/hand wash setting on your washer. Let them air dry. If you don’t have time, throw them in the dryer on LOW HEAT.

img_3594An insider tip to washing your leggings is to turn them inside out. This will keep them from pilling! If you want to make your leggings last, you will need to air dry them. Before it gets nail-biting cold you can line dry your leggings for an extra cleaning. Yes, we said that right, the sun’s UV rays contain a bacteria-killing property that can give your leggings an additional cleaning!

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The Perfect Fall Accessory (& It’s Not What You Would Expect)

I don’t mind sacrificing some comfort for style, but when a style adds to my comfort, I am one HAPPY lady!!! This season’s biggest trend is coming in all different shapes, sizes, and sleeves. It can be hard to know how to pair and wear ponchos when they are all so different. Let us help you style your poncho!

Layers On Layers. Layering your poncho is not only fashionable, it’s practical!! Here are a few examples of how to layer your poncho, whether it is long sleeve, short sleeve, or sleeveless.

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Pair your short sleeve poncho with a long sleeve top for a classic look that carries you into colder months. Get the look: Pulse Fashion
Source: Southern Curls & Pearls

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Asymmetrical hems are all the rage this season. Add a layering tank and pair with leggings for a sophisticated look. Get the look: Pulse Fashion

 

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Sleeveless, draped, or even styles with large side slits are great to layer with a tank. Get the look: Pulse Fashion

 

Accessorize it! Ponchos are a great accessory to just about any outfit, adding more pieces never hurts.

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Rain boots are perfect to wear with your favorite poncho. Practical for rainy, wet days and seriously on trend! Get the look: Pulse Fashion
Source: Vanilla Extract

 

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Pair with a long chain necklace for a little edge. Get the look: Pulse Fashion
Source: Top Inspired

 

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Add personality with a faux fur circle scarf. A perfect chic look for a day on the go. Get the look: Pulse Fashion
Source: The Best Fashion Blog

 

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Adding a belt will accentuate your slim waist and create a tapered, polished look. Source: The Best Fashion Blog

 

Wear the most functional fashion piece of the season with confidence. Layer it, accessorize it, and make it yours! Share your favorite ways to wear your poncho in the comment section. For more tips & trends this season, sign up here!

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TAKE THE QUIZ: What’s Your Personal Style?

Figuring out our personal style is the best way to stop over-shopping and over-spending! By defining our “signature” look, we can focus on the pieces we will feel good in the longest.

Get out a pen and paper and keep track of the letter of your answer to each question (1-7). This will tell you which of the 5 styles (Classic, Professional, Bohemian, Minimalist, or Whimsical) you are! You can only choose one letter per question.

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It’s time to tally up your results!

If you got…

MOSTLY A’s your style is WHIMSICAL

You thrive on bright colors, bold prints, and anything girly. “Whimsical” style types tend to choose puffy skirts and dresses with dainty details. It is playful and appears to be “thrown together” but is actually a thoughtful combination of colors and patterns. If you’re whimsical, you’re usually young at heart and have a lot of fun with putting together looks. While shopping, you’re immediately attracted to bright colors and fun prints. You follow all the trends.

MOSTLY B’s your style is BOHEMIAN

This style type is largely influenced by the fashions of the 1960s and 70s. You are free-spirited, open-minded, and love anything lace, floral, fringe, and bell sleeves! Freedom of motion is a major element of the bohemian style. Rather than tight pieces, bohemian dressers opt for baggy, comfortable clothing made from natural fibers. This may be by way of loose peasant blouses; wide boat-neck shirts; maxi dresses; caftans; or boho skirts, which are also known as hippie or Gypsy skirts. Pieces are usually flared and available in a variety of colors and patterns, although ethic patterns are most common. Romantic touches, like flower patterns and lace, are often included too.

MOSTLY C’s your style is PROFESSIONAL

You are a working-girl who feels most comfortable in a pair of slacks and a collared button down! You pay attention to trends, but only if you can work them into your business chic look. Your dresses are always hitting (at least) the knee and are modest. You rock high heels like no one else because you wear them all the time, no matter the heel height! You love to add spice to your look with fun accessories, but nothing that won’t work well at the office!

MOSTLY D’s your style is CLASSIC

You prefer timeless looks, beautiful, but simple, cuts in clothing, fine natural fabrics, and leather shoes and handbags. Tradition is important to you. You may occasionally become frustrated when you can’t find the exact style of a beloved item of clothing, handbag, or shoe that has worn out. And you frequently keep your fashion accessories and clothing until they are worn, just because much of what you buy does not go out of style. Although you won’t be the flashiest person in a room, you will always look good. A peek in your closet reveals many neutral colors, especially black and frequently navy. You own at least one little black dress and possibly several. You also tend to prefer solid colors, rather than prints. Most of your dresses and skirts fall to the knee.

MOSTLY E’s your style is MINIMALIST

When you open your closet, you see mostly black, with a few neutral colors mixed in. You like clean lines and avant-garde looks. You find inspiration from the runways but don’t want to stand out in loud prints or bright colors. One word to describe this look is: simplicity. Rather than accumulating a bunch of individual pieces, the minimalist approach involves collecting a set of harmonizing items that are optimally adjusted to your lifestyle. The approach requires a close analysis of your daily activities and both your practical and emotional requirements. The final goal is a wardrobe that suits your needs exactly and allows you to quickly put together an outfit for every occasion.

 

Answers to the questions you don’t want to ask

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1.I’m short, can I still wear maxi dresses?

Absolutely!! Pay close attention to the silhouette of the maxi dress though. Column dresses and styles that are close to the body and don’t use tons of fabric are best if you’re 5’5 and under. Also, make sure to get it hemmed! You want the dress to just barely touch the floor. If it is too long, it will look dowdy and actually make you look shorter.

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2. Am I too old to wear off the shoulder tops/dresses?

First and foremost, you need to be comfortable! Even though you don’t need rockin’ arms to pull off this style, if you don’t feel good then you won’t be comfortable. There is no magic “age cutoff” for this style so use your own discretion and also take into account the occasion. This style is one of my favorites because it hides our upper arm (the biggest part) and shows off our shoulders and collar bones (the smallest part). If you don’t like the idea of totally being bare, try a cut out shoulder look instead. This way you are still covered but you get the same idea.

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3. What shoes do I need in my closet this spring?

Mules!! That’s right, this 90s shoe trend is BACK! You will love the comfortable stacked heel. Just the other day we had a customer trying on our “On the Go Mule” (pictured above) and when she only had 1 shoe on, she said they were too high for her. But, when she put on the other one she realized how comfortable they were and immediately bought them. Try snagging a pair in nude or camel so you can keep it versatile.

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4. Is it too early to wear sandals?

Yes, even though I am guilty of wearing my sandals when it was almost 80 degrees out the other day, I would say in general it is still a little bit too early for flip flops and sandals. Instead, try a ballet flat or my new fave, slip on sneakers. I just bought a pair last week and I love them! They’re so comfy and cute. Plus, you know once the weather heats up you will ditch all your flats and get out your sandals! Enjoy this in between time and use it as an opportunity to wear your closed toe flats. Just hold off for a couple more weeks on your sandals and flip flops!

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5. Can I start wearing my white denim/dresses/shoes?

It’s definitely time to break out your white denim! As far as dresses go, stay away from the super summery ones and instead add a light jacket or sweater to transition them. White shoes are also acceptable, but again, try to avoid sandals for a few more weeks.

When Can I Start Wearing Boots? and More Answers To All Your Questions!

Recently I’ve had many customers ask when they can start wearing boots, vests, jackets, etc. Here are the answers to all your “when” questions!

When can I start wearing boots/booties?

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There is no better time than now! The best way to incorporate boots/booties into your transitional outfit is with a dress. While it’s still a little warm outside, you don’t want to go full on fall with jeans, sweaters, and boots. Save a little bit of summer and add a little bit of fall by mixing the two looks! You won’t be sweating up a storm but you can still break into that new box of boots!

When can I start wearing vests?

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My answer to this question is now and later. Don’t bring out your heavier fur vests quite yet. While it’s still technically summer, incorporate lighter vests into your wardrobe. A military vest is an easy way to transition into cooler temps. You can wear it with dresses or just a plain tee, jeans, and sandals. I would wait to wear your bulkier vests (like fur or shearling) until later in September or even October, depending on where you live. As the days become cooler, feel free to bring those warmer pieces out of hiding!

When can I start wearing jackets?

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Once again, it’s totally acceptable to start wearing lighter weight jackets now. There really isn’t a “perfect time.” Instead of wearing a long sleeve top underneath, wear it with a short sleeve tee or even a tank. Plus, while it’s still pretty warm out, you can wear jackets with shorts. And of course, dresses look great with a little jacket on top!

When Can I start Wearing Scarves?

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Scarves are the only thing that might make you feel too warm this time of year! Try a thinner fabric scarf that isn’t bulky. Wrap it around your neck in a way that keeps it away from your skin so it doesn’t add warmth. As summer fades, and the humidity finally subsides, then bring out your blanket scarves, infinity scarves, and heavier pieces.

Can I wear white after Labor Day?

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The most asked question of all time! The answer is yes…you can! Obviously the white summer dresses need to be put away, but keep out your white jeans, tops, and tees. White jeans look great with boots in the fall! I love the outfit pictured above because it screams fall even though she’s wearing white jeans. White sweaters also look great in the cooler months. Have you ever heard of winter white? It’s a must-try trend! Don’t be afraid to wear white after Labor Day even though it might seem like a risk. Your friends will only admire your bravery (and your fierce outfit!)