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!


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