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Keeping Cozy: Best Buys For Soft Sweaters

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It may not feel like Fall with 70 degree weather in San Francisco, but in other parts of the country it is definitely sweater weather. Just because it’s warm outside, doesn’t mean we aren’t already stocking our closets with cozy sweaters so that we are prepped when the chilly temps finally arrive.

Have you noticed that this year’s sweater don’t seem quite as soft as usual? We have… and we’ve made it our mission to ditch the itch and find the softest sweaters around. Read on for our top picks and what to look for when shopping.

Stay Stylish,
M&K


Fall’s Softest Sweaters

Budget Friendly Sweaters

Splurge Worthy Sweaters


The Canvas Sweater Shopping Guide

Check the Fabrication

To cut costs, we’ve noticed more than a few brands have been shuffling the fiber content of their sweaters. The Sweater Cardigan Kimberly bought last fall has been replaced with a lighter weight “all season” one. While this is true, the reality is its no longer 100% wool but a cheaper blend.

All manufacturers are legally required to list fiber content on clothing labels, along with wash and care instructions. For sweaters you often get what you pay for. Review the fiber percentages and they will often reflect the itch factor. Longer, stronger and more valuable fibers will be reflected in a price point so invest wisely.

ProTip: Everyone has their own degree of comfort, but watch wool (non merino), alpaca, and synthetics. These will also influence the breathability --aka the heat factor.

Keep Ahead of Pilling

Lately we’ve noticed that sweaters by one of our favorite brands Vince. have not been holding up. After one wear, even the 100% cashmere styles pill. The hard truth is that most sweaters will pill a bit after initial wear, but finer quality will hold up. Excessive pilling can be a quality issue resulting from a poor fiber or production.

To avoid pilling, hand wash or dry clean your sweaters to cut down on abrasion. Also invest in a good sweater-shaver, a tool that runs over the surface of the fabric and slices the pills off. Just be sure to avoid using it too often since it can compromise the integrity of the fabric.

Invest In Trends Wisely

While we love a good fashion statement and novel trick, we recommend buying wisely when investing in sweaters. This year many of the options are boxy with overwhelming bell or lantern sleeves. While some hit high on the cool factor, we recommend limiting the investment and going with a budget friendly version (Because, really how do you type on a keyboard with these styles?!) For cashmere sweaters, we recommend opting for a classic silhouette with a modern twist. This year the deep v and roll neck collar is popular and universal enough to last a few years.

ProTip: When purchasing cashmere sweaters, consider going up a size to accommodate for garment shrink when dry cleaning.

Posted on November 9, 2018 and filed under Style Stories, Women.
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Jewel Tones: Color Mixing for Fall

Last week Kimberly blogged about how she is incorporating the plaid statement jacket into her wardrobe this fall. Today, Megan is sharing her favorite tones for the season and what pieces she is coveting the most.

Stay Stylish,
M&K

 Outfit details: H&M pleated midi skirt ( similar ), green crop sweater ( similar ), patent leather studded flats ( similar ),  Cuyana circle crossbody

Outfit details: H&M pleated midi skirt (similar), green crop sweater (similar), patent leather studded flats (similar), Cuyana circle crossbody


Jewel Toned Color Palette

One of my favorite things about fall is all of the incredible jewel tones that come out. I have always preferred the rich, deep colors of the season that feel luxurious and indulgent. Oxblood, deep greens, rich blues, and golden hues all make up this fall’s color palette. Most jewel tones wear well together, so take some time to play around and see what combinations feel the most natural for you.

Pick Two Main Colors

The easiest way to colorblock with jewel tones is by starting with two colors that complement each other. I first picked my foundation piece, which is this deep purple pleated skirt I found at H&M. Then played around with what to wear on top.

Often times when I am getting dressed, I start with one item that I know I absolutely want to wear and then look for another items to plays well off of it.While black or white would have gone fine with the skirt, the forest green sweater felt more in line for fall and added extra color.

Pro Tip: Have fun with mixing and matching jewel toned prints to your outfits like a floral against a black background or a burgundy plaid.

Keep Your Accents Simple

The jewel tones are really the star of the show, so everything else can be muted or simple. I decided to add my patent leather flats (if only SF was a heel friendly city!) and round blush bag from Cuyana since the soft color can also serve as a neutral. Since the colors of the skirt and sweater were so bold, I opted for a softer pink lip and matching nail polish to keep the overall outfit from looking too severe.

If I were to mix this up for evening, I’d swap the bag for a metallic clutch, pop on some patent leather heels and add a darker lip. I wish I could say that I’d take my hair down too - but I am always just more comfortable with it up in its usual bun!

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Not Everything Needs to Match

If you’ve been following this blog for awhile, you know that I have a bit of an eclectic sense of style. I always like to incorporate the unexpected into my daily outfits.

One of the easiest ways to do that is with jewelry. I find my jewelry to also be the most personal part of my wardrobe - most of the pieces I’ve either been gifted or have inherited - and I like to mix and match pieces for a high-low effect. If mixing silver and gold doesn’t feel authentically you, then try weaving in beads or stones with your metals to create depth and texture.

Pro Tip: Travel is the perfect time to add to your jewelry collection. The pieces don’t have to be expensive and they are a great way hold onto memories. Look for local markets to find authentic items.

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Posted on October 5, 2018 and filed under Stylish Living, Style Stories, Women.
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90's Revival: How To Make Old Trends New

Grab your plaid blazers and mini skirts because the 90’s are back! Walking through all of the major department stores this season, we can’t help but be transported back to the era when silk slip dresses, combat boots, and oversized blazers ruled.

If you’ve already lived it once, you may not be quite ready to repeat that decade. But there are ways to reinterpret trends to suit your own personal style. See our favorites from the late 80’s to classic 90’s below!

Stay Stylish,
K&M


Plaid Mini Skirt

 Left: Cher from Clueless, 1995 Right, Fall 2018 BB Dakota

Left: Cher from Clueless, 1995
Right, Fall 2018 BB Dakota

How to wear it now:

While we love a coordinated outfit, there is not need to go full “Clueless” with the plaid jacket and skirt. Instead, pair your mini with a crisp white blouse or an oversized sweater (we love this Treasure and Bond option). If your mini skirt days ended in the 90’s, try a knee length pencil skirt instead with sleek heels or booties.


Slip Dress

 Left: Carrie Bradshaw, Sex and the City 1994 Right:   CAMI NYC     Sandra Flounced Silk Slip Dress

Left: Carrie Bradshaw, Sex and the City 1994
Right: CAMI NYC Sandra Flounced Silk Slip Dress

How to wear it now:

A simple slip dress can be timelessly elegant. For a sleek day-to-night look, try pairing a silk midi dress is with structured blazer and heels. Another option is to layer a T-shirt or thin knit top underneath. Not only does it provide another layer to keep you warm in cooler month, but the base layer helps silky straps stay in place. 


Menswear

How to wear it now:

Work it girl, but loose the oversized shoulders and bulky shoulder pads. Today’s plaid sport coat is designed for a woman’s build while embodying classic menswear details. Give the look a fresh statement by pairing the jacket with trim trousers and mule shoes or an accordion skirt and pumps.

How to wear it now:

Skip the sportswear look and update it with a leather version a la the belt bag. Granted the classic nylon fanny pack has made a comeback with some designers, we prefer the versatility of these little bags. Wear it around your waist at a concert or doing errands and then convert it to a mini shoulder bag or clutch at night. It’s a great way to play with the trend and not fully commit to it. Bloomingdales has a great assortment right now at investment and steal prices so you have no excuse not to try one yourself. Our other favorites include the budget friendly Street Level and Elizabeth and James.

Posted on September 21, 2018 and filed under Women.
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