looks for less: Hollister

Hey y’all! Hope you took some time to check out River Island yesterday and found some good stuff at some good prices! Today I’m going to do something different with Hollister. Don’t roll your eyes just yet!

I know that your first impression is the strong waft of cologne wafting out of a dark and loud hole. Believe me, I know all about it. My first job out of college was a manager-in-training at Hollister. I made it up to visual manager and bounced. I’m not going to get into why, but I will say I learned a lot about fits and worked on my detailing skills.

Now that online shopping has tanked a lot of brands and brick and mortar stores, Hollister has humbled themselves and stepped away from their elitist, exclusionary ways and have found themselves in an “ain’t too proud to beg” position. They actually have sales and they have them regularly.

Another thing you probably think of about this brand is tween/teen central. Yes, it’s a draw for the “be home by 10” crowd; but, it’s a good place to try styles or trends you don’t want to spend too much money on. They usually have a $20 denim sale a few times a year, so legging, jeggings, colors, high rise, low rise–that’s the time to try them out.

And if you happen to find a style you like, their jeans really don’t cost more than $60. They’ve got some fun tees to wear under sweaters or to just throw on that you should probably wait until they go on sale to buy because the quality is rather…meh. Their outerwear–real coats and parkas are good quality and now’s the time to grab them up (up to 60% off right now).

What I want to do is get into what a lot of us probably already do, which is wearing your boyfriend’s clothes. They’re comfy and soft and there’s the oversized look that we love. A lot of brands have boyfriend jeans that give us a little of the oversized look without being oversized. That’s cool, but men’s jeans are just more comfy. Despite most, like Hollister, having button flys. Several buttons…which isn’t the most ideal when you really have to go!

But I digress. Want to try the boyfriend look without depriving your boy of his most beloved pieces? Head to Hollister and take advantage of their clearance prices! Their men’s sizes start at XS and run to XL. Look at this outfit I put together:

Hollister cardigan (sold out)- $25, flannel shirt– $21.99, straight leg jeans– $21.99; Sole Society tassled bootie– $50; C21 fringed tassel tote– $35; Vera Bradley triple coin bangles– $25; silicone watch– $36; River Island earrings (sold out)- $7.51; Abbot cuff– $29; three layered charm necklace– $21; embellished cage rings– $4.20

The base of this outfit (sweater, jeans, shirt) costs about $70. I went with a mix of bangles and bracelets and rings to add a feminine and bohemian touch to the fit. I’d suggest rolling or scrunching up the jeans and maybe even the sleeves. Style is about what touches you bring to an outfit–how you wear it and never letting it wear you. Booties or heels are great with this, but UGGs would add to the California boho vibe. I added a dark lip to make it a little more chic. 

This is my take on the boyfriend style, but with jeans and tops at $20 I’m sure you’ll find ways to spice it up!

Enjoy the deals!


looks for less: River Island 

Hey y’all! I think I’m going to get back into some looks for less this week. It’s my hope to touch on a different retailer a day and talk shopability and some budgeted looks. Sound good?

Usually when I’m only Polyvore, a lot of River Island pieces find their way into my line of sight. I didn’t know much about River Island except for Rihanna doing a collaboration with them once. I’ve heard plus size blogger Stephanie Yeboah aka Nerd About Town tweet about their plus size line and that’s honestly about it. One day I decided to look them up for myself.

Am I the only person who shops the sale section first? Well, I do. I really liked what I saw! Petite, Regular, and Plus Size all together and the same pieces were generally available in each size set. The same bomber jacket was available in P, R, and PS. It’s very rare, in my experience, to see that. 

Their clothes are generally on trend and the quality seems rather good. Personally, I’d rather wait on certain items to go on sale instead of paying full price. It feels like the higher end H&M in a sense. A lot of their sale prices are extremely reasonable and sometimes shocking. From $120 to $30? I’ll take it! 

They have a lot more plus size pieces on sale and it’s nice stuff! There were times that I was upset that I couldn’t find the regular size version because it was so nice! Needless to say, River Island is definitely worth a few hours of browsing and shopping. You could get a decent outfit for $100 in the sale section. 

Y’all. River Island is popping! I have no idea how I’ve not known about this line for so long! So what I’ve done it picked some plus size pieces from the sale section and put together an outfit that could be casual or dressy–just change up the shoes.

River Island camo sequined bomber jacket– $19 and cold shoulder dress– $30; Puma Fierce Core trainers– $90; Charlotte Russe metallic quilted crossbody bag– $13.29; Spring Street metal bangles– $22; Charter Club Rose Gold Drop earrings– $19.50. The outfit without the sneakers comes to about $103.70–but the important pieces, the jacket and dress, are $49 combined! Hello?! That’s a steal!

I told y’all River Island was popping! 



Faith Connexion cropped jeans
$560 – farfetch.com

Jerome C. Rousseau open toe booties
$845 – bloomingdales.com

Gucci tote handbag
$2,535 – farfetch.com

Gemstone jewelry

Eshvi peridot jewelry
$2,660 – jewelstreet.com

Sensi Studio panama hat
$165 – lanecrawford.com

a week of style and diversity in review

Hey y’all! Here’s a wrap up of this week on look fabuless: I was inspired by the Women’s Marches that took place all of the globe and I was frustrated by the ignorance of the current administration, so I let my creativity take control. I created looks that show not only the diversity in women, but the diversity of America. I played on phrases like “Average Joe” right on down to “Joe the Plumber” and made them feminine and fabulous.

I hope you enjoyed (and understood) the content this week!

Be on the look out for more great and hopefully thought provoking content to come 😊

Middle America Marisol

Middle America Marisol

Gucci white blouse
$705 – matchesfashion.com

Gucci pleated skirt

Christian louboutin shoes

Gucci leather tote bag

Gucci sterling silver jewelry
$390 – saksfifthavenue.com

Gucci sterling silver jewelry
$230 – saksfifthavenue.com

Eugenia Kim wool hat

Nars cosmetic