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Basics that every fashion blogger owns.

My dad has a special name for UGG boots. He calls them “Ugg-ly” boots. “You can’t say UGG without saying ‘ugh’,” He says. “It’s part of the name!” #DadJokes

For the record, he wasn’t just wandering around the mall searching for UGH boots (ugh, now even I’m doing it) – UGG BOOTS, he passed by them while we were Christmas shopping in Macy’s two years ago and felt the need to comment when I told him that I needed a new pair.

Yep. I’ve been saving that joke for two years, guys.

Not really. But that memory popped into my head today while I was – once again – Christmas shopping in Macy’s and passed by the shoe section where they’re ALWAYS ON DISPLAY. “Should I get a pair of UGGs?”, I thought to myself. “Do I *need* a pair of UGGs? Am I too old to wear UGGs? WILL I wear them? Are they still trendy?”

Were they ever trendy? I mean, really? Because the only time I can remember it being socially acceptable to wear them was back in college when it was socially acceptable to wear them with leggings and a NorthFace jacket on your way to class.

And – before you can say anything, I would just like to point out that – OF COURSE I was one of those girls in college who wore UGG boots, leggings, and a NorthFace jacket on her way to class. I mean, really – did you expect anything else? If you held any sort of notion that I wasn’t a 100% basic pumpkin-spice-latte-and-UGG-boots kind of girl in my early twenties…. then, I’m touched. I truly am. But you’re giving me wayyyy too much credit.

I *wanted* to be basic in college. It was practically a compliment.

I don’t know why. “Oh. You think I look like everyone else? Well – if everyone else is wearing it, then it must be okay! So, THANK YOU!” 

Sure. Thanks. I’m trying to fit in. Thank you for noticing and acknowledging the fact that I look like everyone else. Mission accomplished. Thank you.

I’m going off on a tangent here. I should also point out that I started telling a nice story about Christmas shopping, and – whilst Christmas shopping – seeing some expensive boots that I wanted to buy…FOR MYSELF. Apparently I’ve mentally added “meeee!” to the Christmas list of people I have to buy for.

Oh, stop. Like you guys don’t do it too.

Maybe you don’t. Congratulations. You’re a better person than I am.

I mean, I didn’t BUY the UGGs, so it’s not like you’re not THAT much better than I am. But I thought about it. Because they looked sooo comfy. And because they reminded me of a simpler time when I could wear sweatshirts and leggings every day of the week and spend Friday night cozied up under a blanket with my Marketing 101 book and Christmas movies playing in the background.

Look. I’m not saying I want to go back to to college. As I write this – I’m cozied up under a blanket on the couch with the Chicago Bears game on in the background, so it’s not really THAT different. But still. UGGs, man. Whatever happened to UGGs?

Whatever happened to UGGs? I don’t know, Jenn – whatever happened to being a college student who doesn’t wear real pants?

I had the bar set HIGH for myself as a college student when I thought about my post-college style.  “Once I have a real job, I’ll look professional ALL. THE. TIME.” I thought. “I’ll be an adult. I’ll dress like an adult. It’ll be great!”

You guys, I literally thought I was going to dress like Olivia Pope every day of the week.

Neutrals. Classic pieces. Polished looks. Clean cut.

It turns out, my style ended up somewhere in the middle. Not quite college-senior-during-finals-week, but not yet Olivia Pope. I’m working it. I’ve come a long way from messy buns and leggings every day of the week, so I think I deserve SOME credit, okay?

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It’s easy to get caught up in the trends – but the key to looking polished is working with the basics. A fashion blogger can build an entire outfit around something as simple as a basic black camisole. Invest in the basics and you’ll have a stylish outfit ready for any occasion!

  • Leggings
    • You don’t have to wear them with UGG boots. You can dress them up or dress them down (although – in all fairness – I’ve truly never “dressed them up”. If I want to dress up, I opt for an outfit without leggings. But the thought is there!) Plus they’re comfy and flattering.
  • Ankle boots
    • “Things fashion bloggers say: booties.” As a public service announcement: these shoes are not actually called “booties”. Booties are something that babies wear. Ankle boots are what the rest of us – as grown adults – wear. And – boy, do I wear them! Ankle boots are my go-to shoes in the Fall and winter.
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  • Black pumps
    • They go with… EVERYTHING.
  • Leather jacket
    • I’ve already done a post on this. But, seriously – if you want to feel like a badass, get yourself a leather jacket.
  • Polished handbag
    • My favorites are from Michael Kors and Kate Spade.
  • Denim jacket
    • I used to think this was a 90’s trend. But it’s not. It’s an all-the-time trend. Style this with any neutral and you’ve got yourself a classic, laid back look.
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  • Silk camisole
    • Something else you can dress up or dress down.
  • Skinny jeans
    • Do people even wear jeans that AREN’T skinny jeans anymore? I tried on a pair of flared jeans a few months ago and thought they looked weird.
  • Button-down
    • These can be hard to find, but you can have them tailored to fit your body type. I’ve found some of my favorites at Express.
  • White t-shirt 
    • Just trust me.

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