Statement Sleeves for a Night Out

Statement Sleeves for a Night Out

One category I hardly ever cover on The Dainty Details is night out looks. Personally, this is the hardest occasion for me to dress for! As a 23-year-old, my friends and I go out semi-regularly and every time we go out the number one question is: “What are you wearing?” Today I’m hoping to make that question a little easier the next time you’re going out. Whether you’re planning a girls’ night out or a date night, there’s one trend you should keep in mind: statement sleeves.

Statement Sleeves

You know that saying, “the higher the hair, the closer to God”? Well, I’m applying that concept to my sleeves! I am all about puff sleeves at the moment. A structurally interesting top really helps you stand out without trying too hard.

For this look, I paired a statement sleeve top with black jeans and my go-to pair of black heels. The outfit itself really is simple, but the statement sleeves really help make a, well, statement…

Polka Dot Prints

While on the topic of trends, we have to talk about another huge trend for spring: polka dots. Personally, I have always loved a good polka dot print for spring and summer. However, this year black and white polka dot prints specifically are stealing our hearts and Instagram feeds. I think a black and white polka dot print for a night out is fun and flirty, but not too sweet.

Head-turning Headbands

Lastly, we can’t talk about this outfit without mentioning the headband. Anyone else on a major headband kick? I cannot get enough! Headbands are such an easy way to elevate any outfit. For this outfit, I loved how the mint green headband stood out against the black and white palette. It really is so easy to turn a somewhat boring outfit into a showstopper with one key accessory. Plus, I think you all know how much I love mint green at the moment!

So, that’s it for today’s post. I hope this outfit gives you some inspiration for your next night out! I really loved how this look turned out and will definitely be wearing it out myself. Swapping the black jeans for black leather shorts would also be such a fun idea! Anyway, if you liked this look, leave a comment below.

xo,

Carey

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Top: Shein c/o (code thedaintydetails315 for 15% off!) // Jeans: Loft (sold out), similar // Heels: BP. // Headband: Francesca’s // Bag: Gucci, more affordable here // Watch: Michael Kors // Bracelet: Kendra Scott // Rings: Loft and similar // Lipstick: Charlotte Tilbury in “Pillow Talk”

Spring Mood Board

Spring Mood Board

Happy Tuesday! Like I mentioned on Instagram stories, blog content will be a little light this week. So for today’s blog post I thought I would share my spring mood board. Basically, the items I have my eye on and that fit into my ideal spring look.

As you can see, I’m all about white, neutral pieces for spring! (And yes, we are counting leopard as a neutral). So, there you have it: today’s short and sweet post.

To shop this post, find all the links below!

xo,

Carey

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A Dainty Detail: Mint Green

I’m not sure where mint green went the past few years, but I’m glad to say it’s back and here to stay! I will admit, after it first gained popularity it got. I was so done with the color. It was everywhere and so overdone. But lately, my old love for it has been renewed. There’s something so fresh about the color that really has me longing for spring weather.

So, now that we know I’m completely in love with this color for the spring season, let’s see some pieces featuring it! From tops to bottoms to shoes and accessories, you really can’t go wrong with mint green. Keep scrolling for some cute items I’m loving!

I hope you enjoyed today’s short and sweet post! Come back next week for more content. And don’t forget to leave me a comment below!

xo,

Carey

Spring Denim Guide: 4 Styles Your Closet Needs

Spring Denim Guide: 4 Styles Your Closet Needs

In case you missed it, I shared my fall denim guide back in October, so I thought I should do the same for this season and share my spring denim guide! Obviously I’ve been a huge fan of straight leg jeans, but there are some other denim types that I think are having a moment in Spring 2020.

But, before I get into the styles I’m loving, I have to talk about this outfit! I mean, how freaking cute is this puff sleeve top? I shared it on Instagram stories as part of my Daily Faves and knew I had to have it. The color and the voluminous sleeve are just perfect together. Tucked into a pair of straight leg jeans, I kept the look casual with my new favorite sneakers. This look would also be so cute dressed up with a pair of heels. All in all, I think it’s the ultimate spring look. Now, keep reading for my top four denim picks!

Mom Jeans

90s inspiration has increasingly made an appearance in recent fashion trends, but the most notable is the mom jean. Although it has a bad rep for being an unflattering shape, the modern version is anything but. The high waist paired with a baggier fit around the leg area is the perfect combo to pair with your spring tops.

White Denim Jeans

White jeans are easily the most iconic denim style for spring. There’s something so fresh about a white wash that you just gravitate towards when the weather starts to warm up. Bonus: you can easily try one of the other three styles in a white wash!

Straight Leg Jeans

Like I mentioned above, straight leg jeans are my absolute favorite style at the moment. They’re such a flattering style and instantly elevate any outfit. When I’m trying to put together a chic look, I will grab straight leg jeans over other styles 97% of the time. It’s definitely a style worth investing in because I can’t imagine it going anywhere soon!

Flare Jeans

I don’t know why, but I absolutely love a flare jean for spring! I think it’s because I love pairing flare jeans with wedge sandals—something about that combo is just way too cute! Opt for a lighter pair during the day with a cute little spring top and a darker wash at night for a nice night-out/date night look.

There you have it: my top four spring denim picks! Tell me your favorite style in the comments below!

xo,

Carey

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Top: Express // Denim: Express // Shoes: Frye, also here // Bag: Gucci // Rings: Loft and similar // Sunglasses: Amazon // Lipstick: Kylie Cosmetics Lip Kit in “Exposed”

How to Elevate a Basic Outfit with 3 Simple Steps

How to Elevate a Basic Outfit with 3 Simple Steps

I can’t even begin to count the number of times I’ve been accused—used jokingly—of dressing up when everyone else is dressed casually. And my response usually is 1) I just love to dress up and 2) I’m wearing a simple outfit. And that right there is the main point of today’s post: how to take a simple, basic outfit and make it look more polished. So, with that in mind, I have three easy tips that you can incorporate to take your look from standard to stand-out!

Choose the Right Shoe

Let’s take the outfit above. Basically all I’m wearing is a white long-sleeve tee and black leggings. It doesn’t get more basic than that. But, using my first tip to choose the right shoe, the outfit is infinitely more eye catching. I will say just the fact that the shoes are snakeskin make the look more interesting, but the actual design of the shoe itself plays an important role. There’s something about a pointed toe that gives any outfit a more polished effect. And bonus—it helps elongate your legs! Along with that, the heel also adds some flavor. And it doesn’t have to be a stiletto like this one! Honestly, I never wear heels unless they’re a block heel. But any little lift makes all the difference.

Play With Draping

My next tip has to do with how you drape your clothes. I don’t think it’s a shock to anyone at this point that I like my shirts tucked in, whether that’s a full tuck or a half-tuck in the front. For this look, since the tee is pretty oversized, a half-tuck into the leggings worked well. It defines the waist and keeps you from getting lost in a sea of fabric. Not only should you pay attention to draping at the waist, but draping around the neck and shoulders is also important. Again, because the tee is oversized, it tends to fall off of the shoulder. To maximize this effect, I added a bralette underneath. It just makes the outfit that much more interesting. And even if your tee isn’t necessarily falling off of your shoulder, a bralette underneath gives a bit of a focal point.

Add Luxe Accessories

Last, but not least, adding luxe accessories really gives your outfit that wow-factor! And this doesn’t mean you need luxury/designer accessories, just pieces that are well crafted. For this outfit—but also pretty much all of my outfits—I added dainty, gold jewelry. Jewelry always helps an outfit look more pulled together, but it can also tear the look down. Over-the-top jewels are not your friend here. Instead, opt for minimal pieces that work together. And if you do decide you need to have a statement piece, make sure the it’s the only statement. Back to my outfit, though, I took the gold theme and carried it throughout. Both my handbag and my sunglasses feature gold hard wear—something you wouldn’t necessarily notice but creates harmony in the outfit. So, unless you’re a pro, I would avoid mixing your metals to keep the look cohesive.

Anway, those are my three tips for elevating a simple outfit. I would love to know your thoughts in the comments below!

xo,

Carey

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Top: Shein c/o (use the code thedaintydetails315 for 15% off) // Leggings: Zella // Bralette: Free People // Boots: Steve Madden // Bag: Gucci // Rings: Loft and similar // Necklace: similar // Sunglasses: Amazon // Lipstick: Kylie Cosmetics Lip Kit in “Exposed”

3 Spring Trends I Can Get Behind

3 Spring Trends I Can Get Behind

I think I’ve been saying this every day, but I am so, so ready for spring! I always feel like there’s a fashion slump right after Christmas where I feel so uninspired. And when February finally roles around, I start to embrace all things pink which has me longing for spring clothes. So, while I live in a fantasy land where it’s warm and sunny, I thought I should share the top three spring trends I’m loving and shopping for!

1. Tie-Dye

So this is probably my favorite trend this season. I’ve been sharing tie-dye pieces non-stop since the beginning of January, and have already started adding to my own collection. I love that you can incorporate this trend in so many ways. From tops to dresses to accessories, etc. there are so many options!

2. Neon

Bright, neon colors are having a moment, especially sherbet orange and hot pink! I’m a little wary of highlighter greens and yellows, but still think they can be so cute!

3. Crochet

Crochet is a new trend that I haven’t seen much of in the past, but I’m here for it! It’s definitely a 70s throwback, but with a modern twist. Crochet also gives off a boho vibe that is so fun for spring, especially during concert and festival season. I can’t wait to wear it!

Thanks for reading! Let me know what your favorite spring trend is in the comments below!

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Sweatshirt: Amazon // Leggings: Zella // Shoes: Frye, also here // Bag: Gucci, more affordable here // Sunglasses: Amazon // Watch: Michael Kors