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    3 Looks I Want To Wear Now

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    Look 1: Sweater / Jeans / Coat / Beanie / Sunglasses / Bootie / Clutch / Nail Polish

    Look 2: Over-the-Knee Boot / Crossbody Bag / Lip Set / Nail Polish / Necklace / Dress / Coat

    Look 3: Tie Neck Blouse / Tuxedo Blazer / Faux Leather Leggings / Crossbody Bag / Bootie / Scarf

    I might or might not be doing a little late-night shopping, and feeling inspired to do a “What I Want to Wear Now” post. (Not literally right now, ‘cuz my jammies at 10pm are pretty comfy and all, you know?) These three looks are created around basics in one of my favorite color palettes – black and white – but of course, in signature Melissa Takes Fashion style, are served up with a dose of bright color or a glam statement piece!

    I’m especially loving this striped faux fur coat, this two-toned leather bootie, and this leopard-printed haircalf clutch. I would wear any of these looks on date night, to Thanksgiving dinner, or a night out with the girls! Each piece is interchangeable between each look – so have fun and mix and match!


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    5 Easy Tips to Transition Your Summer Dress to Fall

    Can you believe it’s already the second week of September? I don’t know if it’s because of having a new babe in the household, but this summer seemed to fly by extra fast. I’ve always loved dresses (see this post here), and this summer I’ve basically lived in one almost everyday. (Except for those times when I’m trying to keep you guys on your toes, like by wearing shorts or jeans!!)

    Here I am wearing two of my favorite summer dresses, and then showing how they can be transitioned for fall. Before. After. Boom. Living in Chi-town, you can sure bet that I’m gonna stretch the life out of these summer babies for as long as I can! Here are five easy tips to take your summer dress (or any other summer favorite) into fall:

    1. Add a layer. Jackets, vests, trenches, sweaters, and repeat.
    2. Swap open toes for booties. When in doubt, add ankle booties. Bonus points if it has fringe!
    3. Embrace denim. Tie that jean jacket around your waist! Drape it over the shoulder!
    4. Reach for the summer dresses that have richer tones. I’m particularly lusting over wine, navy and hunter green this season. If you want to be non-traditional and wear your white dress after Labor Day, go for it – see tip 5!
    5. Pair with cozy accessories and textures. Blanket scarves, anyone? All your whites will start looking fall appropriate if you pair with textures and accessories that sing of apple picking and pumpkin chai lattes.

    Hope this inspires you to think outside the box and remix some of your old favorites in new ways!

    xo, Melissa

    Look 1: Before

    Look 1: After

    Look 2: Before

    Look 2: After

    What I Wore-

    Red dress-Urban Outfitters

    Denim jacket (old, but similar here)

    Blanker scarf-Shein

    Boots (old, but similar here)

    Romper-Forever 21