As I was organizing my closet, I realized I haven’t worn heels in awhile. Since I’ve been living in sneakers and low stacked heels, getting reacquainted with 4-inch stilts was not a walk in the park (pun intended). I lost any finesse I might have once had, but I’m looking forward to regaining my balance as August is filled with grown-up events where getting away with sneakers is probably a no-no. Speaking of grown-up, my birthday is next week and oh, boy… How time flies—I’m old.
It’s been a long time comin’. The Fancy Pants Report has looked the same since launching 4 years ago. I didn’t want to rush a redesign because–to be honest–I loved the idea of an old school blog layout—just pictures and posts centered on the page. But, as publications and social networks started to shift toward a more newsfeed-inspired look, I knew I had to evolve with the fast-paced online scene. I asked myself what I could do to update the site while keeping the aesthetic and simplicity of The FPR the same. Check out what’s new and how to navigate through the new digs:
- Larger images: The old layout restricted photo specs. I’m so excited to put more of emphasis on the photography.
- Shop features: It’s easier to shop my outfits and #OOTDs (hello, Instashop!).
- Find what you’re looking for: With the handy-dandy search feature and post preview, discover outfit inspo or new brands in a jiffy.
To view a post, click on the image or “see more” button. By clicking anywhere on the image, the full post will drop down directly on the homepage.
Shop the post from the homepage by clicking on the hanger icon. The shop widget will drop down, directly beneath the main image. To see more photos from the post, click anywhere on the image.
To shop my Instagram outfits, head over to the Instashop page. You can find the tab on the navigation bar or at the bottom of the page. Simply click on the #OOTD of choice and the shop-able products will appear.
I hope you love the update as much as I do. Please poke around and shoot me an email (firstname.lastname@example.org) with any thoughts or suggestions about the new site. Thanks for your support and looking forward to hearing from you!
Madwell Camera Bag (similar)
According to my wardrobe, this season is all about mid-length dresses and skirts… and cardigans. The length elongates and streamlines—even on my 5’2″ frame. When I slipped this dress on, I thought, “wow, this looks like an apron.” Then I Googled “apron dress” and learned it was a thing—and for good reason! The halter neckline, plunging back and slimming waist ties are small features that give this
sack dress shape. If ankle-sweeping styles feel intimidating, I can assure you they’re worth the risk. And, if they don’t work out, you can always use them as a nighty or robe. 😉
If you follow other style blogs or fashion Instagrammers you’ve probably been hearing all about the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. For the past couple of weeks the shiny “Early Access” tab on Nordstrom.com has had me salivating at the thought of a new fall wardrobe. After much anticipation I’m happy to report the sale is now live. I’ve purged the site and found my favorites—scroll through above to check them out!
What I’m extra excited about:
- Chloe & Kate Katie Cross Front Swing Top: Updated basic for under $25.
- Topshop Julie Suede Moto Jacket: Love the deep midnight blue with contrasting silver hardware.
- Stuart Weitzman Perfection Bootie: I have these in taupe and I can’t get enough of them—they’re comfy and add height when you don’t feel like wearing heels.Leith
- Leith Drape Trench Coat: Waterfall draping is universally flattering and you can’t go wrong with a transitional color like camel.
Zara Block Heeled Flats (similar)
I’ve been snapping my daily #OOTDs in the morning before work. And although I try to plan my outfits the night before, more often than not, things just don’t look right when I’m getting dressed (the struggles). Usually when I’m having an internal temper tantrum—and the clothes are flying across the room—I can always count on my closet staples to bail me out of a nothing-to-wear day:
- Trench Coat or Long Jacket: A knee-long outer layer can do wonders. It transforms a basic look into a street chic one with little to no effort. Of course, you can’t go wrong with black or khaki, but my current faves are camel and navy for a more modern feel.
- Button-Up Shirt: Obviously, I’d rather be wearing a sweater or tee, but in efforts to look slightly put-together, a button-up shirt will always do the trick. I like cotton styles, but silk seems more forgiving in the wrinkle department and I can usually get away with a little steaming from hanging it in the bathroom when I shower.
- Pointed-Toe Shoes: Flats, heels or boots—pick your poison. Rounded-toe shoes are beginning to trend again, but the sleek, elongating look of a block-heel flat with pointed toe looks plain sexy. I’m probably the only person to put “block heel” and “sexy” in the same sentence, but just remember you heard it here first.
- Jeans that fit: I despise when people say, “you get what you pay for,” but in the world of denim—you get what you pay for. I don’t believe you need to spend $200+ on jeans that fit well, but I definitely think you can feel the difference when it comes to designer versus fast-fashion stores. My favorite, no-fail styles come from Henry & Belle. They’re a Chicago based brand with a cult following—they’ve been flying under the radar, mostly being sold in local boutiques. I love them because they suck everything in and I never have to worry about them stretching out. The pair I have on repeat are currently on sale (under $100) here. Note: Size down, the waist runs big.