[Hi, I'm Justin - the stylist and blogger behind Scout Sixteen. By day, I'm scouting out the latest and greatest in fashion and lifestyle. By night, I'm like a Magic 8-Ball for all of your style questions. From finding your best local thrift store to discovering the designers you need to know, I'll be doing the down-and-dirty research so you won't have to. If you have a style question, I have the answer. Send them to questions AT scoutsixteen.com.]
Now that fall weather is around the corner, I want to consolidate my wardrobe a little bit. Any advice to a working girl on pieces that are a must-own this season? – Kelli C., Boston, MA
Fall is going to be all about transitions. You’ll want to pick up pieces that are going to not only liven your wardrobe but also be easy to toss on-and-off at a moments notice. Some key pieces that any modern professional woman should own this season, include:
- Nude, Lightweight Blazer – This piece is especially important for taking your look from the boardroom to the bar. It can easily thrown over a chic dress for a polish, professional look. After the clock strikes 6pm, it can come off in flash to reveal the piece-de-resistance (shown: Nicholas ‘Danielle’ Blazer).
- Chic Beaded Collarpiece – An accessory that may seem extravagant but will become a life-saver when you don’t have time to run home and change! Simply add this to the collar of your business button-up and you’ve glammed up your entire outfit.
- Printed Pumps – Pumps are any professional gal’s best friend. When you need a quick-change before after-work drinks, throw on a pair of printed pumps to add sizzle to your outfit with ease.
I’ve always loved shopping vintage and thrift stores but I feel like I never know what to look for – I want to find those rare gems! What do you suggest? – Jared W., Austin, TX
Thrifting can be a little daunting at first. Many times, I’d say anywhere from 30-50% of the wares will never be purchased – but within the buyable items, you can find some great pieces. It’s important to follow a few steps:
- Only buy something if you really love it. This is very important! Too many times, I’ve purchased an item I would never normally want because it was cheap. Heed my warning, fellow thriftier!
- Keep a “want list” of items in your wallet. This is always a must for me because I never know when I’ll stumble into a thrift/vintage store. It also helps keep me from getting shop-happy and buying items I really don’t need.
- Question everything. I always ask myself: do I need this? Does it flatter my body? Is it too pricey? When I answer ‘no’ to any of these questions, I put it down. When in doubt, don’t buy it.
- It’s OK to leave empty-handed. Don’t get stressed out if you don’t find anything. Thrift and vintage shopping should be relaxing – so relax! Enjoy taking a peek a pieces long-forgotten and if you don’t leave with a treasure, there’s always next time!
I am in desperate need of new running sneakers but I want a pair that is somewhat stylish. I go to a “cruiser” gym and I want to look cute! Please help! – Jonathan P., Los Angeles, CA
I’ll never understand the “gym as speed dating” concept, but in the name of fashion – I’ll assist! I think first and foremost, you need sneakers that will function appropriately – and secondly, be a stylish statement. My top three picks are:
- New Balance 1600 – The bright blue and contrast neon green are eye-catching while the rubber outsoles and midsole cushioning won’t weigh your routine down.
- Nike LunarGlide 4 – One of my personal favorites (and my current sneaker), this reflective “bad boy” of shoes boasts a foam core for comfort and a sleek black-and-peach color scheme.
- Puma Faas 300 – Hailed as a shoe “fit for track gods”, Puma’s Faas 300 provides an incredible amount of shock absorption while the modern design will have you hitting the treadmill in style.