I received free product in exchange for styling. All opinions are my own.
Oh October, how you make my heart flutter. The temperatures have officially dropped in Utah and the mountains are covered in red and orange. I’m begging Dustin to take me on a scenic drive through the mountain pass before the leaves all drop – because as beautiful as Autumn is in Utah, it passes by way too fast. And you can bet that I’ve been wearing my favorite fall clothes nonstop, even when the weather was still a little warm, because FALL CLOTHES ARE THE BEST CLOTHES!
I mean, co’mon – it’s NO SECRET that fall is my favorite season to dress for. I am allllll about the leggings and cozy sweaters and booties and blanket scarfs. My fall closet is easily 3X the size of my summer closet and I’m not sorry about it at all. As the seasons turn, I get really excited to see what new trends become “THE” styles of the year. Although some of these new trends never fail to make me go “uhhhh what???” I am usually super stoked about 75% of them and can’t wait to try them out. But, let’s be real – I don’t have money to spend on re-filling my closet EVERY season with new trends. I’m just an every-day girl who loves wearing cute and trendy clothes but who doesn’t want to break the bank in order to do that. Who’s with me on that?
So, in order to feel trendy without breaking the bank, I limit myself to only 3-5 trendy pieces a season and I try my hardest to shop from affordable boutiques. I was beyond thrilled when I was introduced to Mulberry Drive, an online boutique store based in St. George, UT. This shop is filled with trendy and high-quality pieces with VERY affordable pricetags, compared to other boutiques. Plus, it’s run by a #girlboss who started it up just over a year ago and has grown it so well! I was able to pick up three on-trend items that I’ve been trying to add to my closet for some time. I styled them below to give you all ideas on how to rock these trends this year and some fall fashion inspiration because I KNOW I’m not the only one who loves fall clothes.
Crushed Velvet Black Dress – $35.00
When I first saw that velvet was coming back on trend, I cringed. I couldn’t stop thinking about the velvet tracksuits that were all the rage when I was in middle school. Whenever I spilled something on them, the material would get crusty and would be impossible to clean. I’m literally cringing right now as I think/write about it. So it was pretty understandable when I was a little nervous to see velvet becoming a trend for this fall. I wasn’t sure if velvet would ever be modern enough for me to want to wear. But, when I saw this crushed velvet black dress on Mulberry Drive, I knew I had found THE velvet piece for my closet. It had a beautiful color palette, fun details on the sleeves and hem, and didn’t look dated at all.
*Wearing a size Large
How to style velvet this fall:
- Look for a flattering silhouette – since velvet can still look dated and frumpy, it’s important to pick a piece that has a modern shape to it. This will keep you looking young and hip! I love that this dress has the ruffle hem and sleeves and that it’s a shift dress – all modern styles and shapes that have been in style for a couple years now.
- Choose a color/print that can hide stains. Since velvet can still be a catch-all for food, it’s important to choose a dark color and/or a print that will look fresh and new despite your
- Accent with jewel-toned accessories. I love accessorizing with jewel tones in the fall because they still add pops of color to outfits but give off that moody, cozy feel. Since my dress was a dark color, I knew that this emerald green bag would pop against it and bring out some of the colors of the floral print.
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