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Saturday Collaboration With Chelsea Madkins

Hi everyone, how is your Saturday going?

Its been a while since I last featured a guest bloggers but you know Saturday is always a collaboration day to me. I am so glad to bring back this featuring blog post with someone who is a total girl boss. She is the founder of Obsession Of A Fashion Nerd Blog. Her name is Chelsea Madkins. I met Chelsea through our Lipstick And Muffin Community, a community for female entrepreneurs and boss babes to connect and collab.

Chelsea and her blog totally got my attention at first sight. She is the example of a modern woman who is super confident with herself, knows how to use style and fashion to express her personality. Most important of all, she lives to inspire other women to love themselves and reach for the sky!

I asked if Chelsea could put together an outfit for us and share how she added her personal touch to her style. This is what Chelsea had to say:

Chelsea:

I feel like for most of Winter, I end up in what I would call my “winter uniform”: black pants, a cute top, and some form of booties. There’s nothing wrong with this look, but it can get a little bit monotonous. I start to feel like I’m in a fashion rut. So when Tracey and I agreed to swap blogs, it seemed great chance for me to break out of that mold and try something new. Tracey has a great aesthetic; a lot of really classically designed, neutral pieces combined with tailored silhouettes. This is almost the opposite from my style. I love color. I like exploring new and out there patterns and textures. I decided to try to dabble in a little bit of what I would call “her style” and I have to say, it was not as easy as I thought it was going to be. In this post, I’m going to talk about how to step out of your bubble and find a new winter uniform.

The first step in changing up your winter style is identifying what your current winter wardrobe is. Do you wear a lot of chunky, oversized sweaters and riding boots? Are you constantly in dark washed jeans? Are there any items in your closet you wear excessively? As I said before, a black Ponte pant, a cute sweater, and some form of boot is my winter go-to. I can admit that I am guilty of overusing this outfit. Every now and then, I might mix it up by adding a blazer or a scarf, but the key elements remain the same.

After identifying your current style choice, the next step is to look for something outside of those bounds. What do I mean you ask? I mean look for something different in terms of silhouette, texture, or color. For me, I always wear brightly colored tops and black skinnies, so I decided to go with a more neutral palette and joggers. By changing both the silhouette and the color scheme, this outfit is already wildly different from what I would usually wear. These differences help to push me in a new direction and to expand my fashion horizon.

The final step in creating a new winter go-to is to pay attention to the details. Accessories matter! The winter white clutch I’m carrying with this look really compliments the silver tone of the sweater. If I had chosen a black bag or even a camel-colored bag, it would not have matched as well with the mostly navy look I was going for. In turn, the metallic of the sweater pairs well with the dramatic earrings I’m wearing. The scarf matches back to the pants and the pumps in a way that ties the entire look together. Each accessory is a small portion of the entire outfit, but it is an important factor in the overall look.

Sweater: H&M
Joggers: Asos Curve
Clutch: BCBGeneration
Pumps: Cole Haan
Scarf: Target

Earrings:Target and Forever 21

Photo credit: S. Hoffman.

Thank you so much, Chelsea! You are awesome!

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