Dušan boatneck sweater
$885 –

UGG pink sneaker
$60 –

Shourouk bracelet
$245 –

Oasis pearl pendant necklace
$15 –

Miu Miu square sunglasses
$380 –

Ilia lipstick


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!

February’s Outfit Faves

Happy March, y’all! What finer way to celebrate the start of a new month than to talk about what I should’ve done last month?! Last month, I wanted to document each day’s outfit–yeah, that didn’t happen. Not every outfit was worth writing home about and because I just didn’t have time. So, here are the 7 (out of 29 😒) that I did have time for and are willing to take credit/blame/or even a good ribbing for–but, I’m stylish as heck even on my worst day, so a ribbing there shan’t be ✋🏿

February 1, 2016   On this day, I went for comfy and warm yet street chic. I paired my moto joggers with a hoodie from my alma mater and a pair of Timberland boots. I layered the hoodie with a denim jacket and was popping.

February 2, 2016

 Here, I tried to style it up a little bit more. I wore this oversized style gray trapeze sweater with black skinny jeans and a pair of black ankle boots. I added a light leopard print scarf and my Pandora charm bracelet.

February 3, 2016
 I mixed it up a bit on this day as I paired a denim button down with olive green girlfriend chinos and brown leather Ugg boots. I added rose colored bangles to the look for a small hint of color.

February 9, 2016   Two days after the Super Bowl (😂😂😂) I got to wear my Cam Newton shirt! I wore it with medium colored mid rise skinny jeans and black Nike boots. It would’ve been a great celebratory outfit had the Carolina Panthers actually won, but I love Cam so there’s that.

February 11, 2016

  Love this cold weather look–mainly because I love hats. Normally, when my hair isn’t straight it’s pretty hard to wear a hat so I took great advantage. I also love a crew neck, so this navy blue crew neck sweater went well with these medium wash jeans, slouchy beanie, and my Ugg high tops.

February 12, 2016

  Again, I’m loving a good crew neck sweater and my favorite color happens to be pink! I balanced my pop of pink with dark denim and my Ugg high tops. It was a pretty sweet look–perfect for casual and pulled together days. It’s not a thick sweater, so it’ll work well in the spring.

February 15, 2016
 Lastly, my most ‘dressed up’ business casual outfit. I love layering–mainly buttoned down shirts with sweaters–and I love this sweater. Beige with red lip prints, it paired well with a white buttoned down shirt, brown slacks, and Ugg driving mocs. Cute and ready for business!

March will find me in a new job where I won’t have much style freedom, as I’ll have to be business casual but uniformed. This takes the guesswork out of what to wear on a daily basis, but will push me to step things up on my days off. 

Also, I tried to link everything BUT not everything is an exact match. I tried to get as close as possible. I wasn’t able to link that beige sweater with the lip prints, but I did get it from The Limited.

Thanks for sticking with me!

–nikki ❤️