Dressing for Fall

3 NEW WAYS TO WEAR A HAIR SCARF THIS FALL

The Steele Maiden: 3 New Ways to Wear a Hair Scarf this Fall

If you’ve been following me for awhile you know that my hair magician here in New York is Sarah Rappolt and beyond giving me the perfect haircut every time – she also indulges me from time to time in some of her killer hair styling (see what we did last Fall here). This time around we wanted to update the basic ‘hair scarf in ponytail’ look that everyone (including myself) sported all Summer. I’m absolutely thrilled with the results – all taking no more than 5 minutes each and honestly, easy enough that even an amateur like myself can do it. Below – 3 new ways to wear a hair scarf this Fall. Hope you try!


And if you’re in the NYC area and are in need of a hair cut/style yourself – Sarah is generously offering my readers 15% off. Just mention ‘The Steele Maiden.’

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The Steele Maiden: 3 New Ways to Wear a Hair Scarf this Fall

“THAT 70’S BRAID” – Start with a low ponytail, being careful to leave some volume at the sides and crown of your head. Fold/roll your scarf diagonally to form a long, thin rectangle shape. Tie around your ponytail securing underneath in a single knot. Then divide your hair into three sections and add the ends of the scarf into two sections. Braid the strands and secure at bottom with a clear elastic, leaving several inches of hair and the scarf ends out.

The Steele Maiden: 3 New Ways to Wear a Hair Scarf this Fall

“THE BRUNCH BUN” – Sarah and I kept calling this the new ‘messy bun’ because it feels just as simple but somehow way more chic. Perfect for a low-key weekend brunch with friends. Start with textured hair (Sarah used this spray and added a few waves with a 1″ curling wand) and secure in a mid-height ponytail. Fold/roll the scarf horizontally into a long, rectangle shape and secure the end around your ponytail – leave one small ‘tail’ and one very long side. Using the long side, twist your ponytail and the scarf together then loop around into a bun shape. Pin in place and adjust the scarf, pinning where needed to further secure. Leave both small scarf ends out at the bottom as a finishing touch.

The Steele Maiden: 3 New Ways to Wear a Hair Scarf this Fall

“RIVIERA ROMANCE” – this simple updo feels very ‘I’m going to a moonlit dinner on the Italian coast’ to me. Although I like to think it will work just as well for a date night here in New York. Start with a low ponytail, divide in half and braid each section tightly. Then wrap the braids into a bun and pin in place. Fold the scarf diagonally to form a long, skinny shape and wrap around the crown of your head, tying firmly in place at the nape of your neck. Pin in place if it feels like it might slip.

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FALL ACCESSORIES UNDER $100

The Steele Maiden: On Trend Fall Accessories and Shoes Under $100

Western. Animal Print. 1980s. If these trends sound a little bit intimidating to you – you’re certainly not alone. The trends are BIG this Fall and it takes more than a little bit of fashion confidence to pull those off. My best advice? Dip your toes into the trendy waters with accessories instead. They can freshen up even the simplest sweater and jeans combo and make it look completely Fall 2018 without looking like you tried to nail every trend at once.

Want to try the Western trend? How about a wide brim wool hat or a pair of suede booties. Thinking of taking on animal print? How about a sleek pair of leopard print mules instead of a head to toe look. Want to throw it back to the 80s without looking like you’re going to a costume party? A plaid newsboy cap, white booties or multi-colored statement earrings would all do the trick.

The best part? All of the suggestions below are under $100. Small investment, big impact. Win, win.

BOOTIES:

MULES:

HATS:

STATEMENT EARRINGS:

STRUCTURED BAGS:

The Steele Maiden: On Trend Fall Accessories and Shoes Under $100

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FALL TREND: WESTERN-INSPIRED

The Steele Maiden: Western Inspired Fall Trend - Suede Skirt and White Booties

Yeehaw! In my efforts to bring you the best of Fall Fashion this entire week on the blog – I present to you the first of the most major trends of the season: All things Western-Inspired. Think: ‘Annie Oakley meets Carrie Bradshaw’.

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CASUAL FRIDAY + BEST BLAZERS FOR FALL

The Steele Maiden: Blazers and Denim - Casual Friday Outfit

Ahhh.. hello Casual Friday! We’ve made it to the end of my “Work” themed week (see the post here that mentions each week’s theme for the month of September) and so a focus on everyone’s favorite day of the work week seemed to be fitting. I’m lucky in that my office has a ‘creative casual’ dress code so my everyday outfits might be considered ‘Casual Friday’ by other people’s standards. That being said, if I’m wearing jeans to work I do try to dress them up a bit so it doesn’t veer too far into the weekend territory. Basically: casual… but make it fashion.

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BUTTON SHOULDER SWEATER AND PLAID MINI SKIRT – PLUS A $1,000 NORDSTROM GIFT CARD GIVEAWAY!

The Steele Maiden: Slouchy Button Shoulder Sweater and Plaid Mini Skirt

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If I could only wear one type of outfit all Fall (in I don’t know – some bizarre Handmaid’s Tale-esque alternate reality) it would be an oversized sweater and plaid mini skirt like this one. It strikes a balance between cute and comfortable and has that slightly 60s vibe I’m always shooting for. Which felt especially right for a day exploring Notting Hill a couple of weeks ago in London.

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Lately I’ve been adding tights to this look and a teddy coat (because brrr) but regardless I’m planning on wearing some variation of this outfit straight into winter.  For days at the office, weekend movie dates and everything in between. Including daydreaming about being back in Notting Hill.

Topshop Button Shoulder Sweater | Urban Outfitters Plaid Mini Skirt | Talbots Knee High Leather Boots c/o | Raen Sunglasses c/o | BaubleBar Earrings

The Steele Maiden: Slouchy Button Shoulder Sweater and Plaid Mini Skirt The Steele Maiden: Slouchy Button Shoulder Sweater and Plaid Mini Skirt The Steele Maiden: Slouchy Button Shoulder Sweater and Plaid Mini Skirt The Steele Maiden: Slouchy Button Shoulder Sweater and Plaid Mini Skirt The Steele Maiden: Slouchy Button Shoulder Sweater and Plaid Mini Skirt The Steele Maiden: Slouchy Button Shoulder Sweater and Plaid Mini Skirt
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