Style

MY MOST WORN ITEMS FROM 2017 (PLUS – A $500 NORDSTROM GIVEAWAY!)

The Steele Maiden: My Most Worn Items of 2017 - Wardrobe staples

I noticed a few of my favorite bloggers to follow (Gal Meets Glam and Pretty in the Pines) recently posted round-ups of the items they wore most in 2017. And I thought it was such a great idea as a way to spotlight the things that really ended up being worth every penny (as opposed to more flash in the pan trendy pieces) and also because I often only post items here a time or two but IRL (in real life) wear them constantly.

This year I’m going to try to be better about sharing how I style my most-worn pieces in multiple ways so you can get ideas about how to maximize your own wardrobe. And without further ado – my most worn pieces from 2017. If you’re looking to build a closet of long-lasting classics, I can’t recommend these enough.

**P.S. Be sure to scroll all the way to the bottom for your chance to win a $500 Nordstrom gift card – and stock up on your own wardrobe staples!

The Steele Maiden: My Most Worn Items of 2017 - Wardrobe staples

1. Trench Coat: The first trench coat I ever owned was a big investment for me at the time (21 years old) and I wore it for 9 years until it was honestly barely fit to be seen in public. This year I finally replaced it and I absolutely love the classic color and shape of this Lands’ End version. It works almost year round and will never go out of style.

The Steele Maiden: My Most Worn Items of 2017 - Wardrobe staples

2. Leather Backpack: I ended up carrying this constantly – to work, on weekends, when I travel. It’s the perfect compact size and such good quality.

The Steele Maiden: My Most Worn Items of 2017 - Wardrobe staples

3. Overalls: When I bought these last winter I worried I’d wear them once or twice. Turns out – I wear them at least a couple of times every month. So comfortable and surprisingly wearable.

The Steele Maiden: My Most Worn Items of 2017 - Wardrobe staples

4. Suede Sock Booties: These pull-on boots with a wood block heel are so comfortable but still feel really stylish. They work with dresses, jeans.. everything really. I plan on wearing them well into this year.

The Steele Maiden: My Most Worn Items of 2017 - Wardrobe staples

5. Wide Leg Chinos: Again, I didn’t expect these to get quite as much wear as they did, but I love the high waist and the neutral color. Whether with tiny tank tops in the summer or thin knit turtlenecks in winter they go with basically everything.

The Steele Maiden: My Most Worn Items of 2017 - Wardrobe staples

6. Leather Satchel: An obvious classic. I needed a good, professional looking bag that was big enough to hold a day’s worth of life supplies (book, lunch, extra lipstick..) and this checks all the boxes.

The Steele Maiden: My Most Worn Items of 2017 - Wardrobe staples

7. Denim Midi Skirt: Dressier than jeans but just as comfortable, I wore this with suede boots to the office in the Fall and with flat sandals on the weekends in Summer.

The Steele Maiden: My Most Worn Items of 2017 - Wardrobe staples

8. Cropped Workout Leggings: Honestly the softest leggings I’ve ever worn. I’m slightly ashamed to admit that I’ve deemed them nearly too good to workout in and solely wear them while lounging around the apartment.

The Steele Maiden: My Most Worn Items of 2017 - Wardrobe staples

9. Leopard Mules: Leopard is a neutral, right? Crazy comfortable I wore these all Spring and Fall and can’t wait to break them out again this year.

The Steele Maiden: My Most Worn Items of 2017 - Wardrobe staples

10. Suede Jacket: This one I actually eyed up for a long time before I finally bit the bullet and purchased, so I had a good guess that it was going to be something I got a lot of wear out of. The quality and fit is spot on and it’s just heavy enough. Worth every penny.

SHOP ALL OF MY 2017 FAVORITES BELOW:

SaveSave

Hearts of Gold Blog | Simply Classy | Rose Gold Lining | Ruthie Ridley Blog

Coming Up Roses | Well and Worthy Life | Cubicle Chic | SheShe Show | Lizzie in Lace

Kiss Me Darling | by Brittani Lauren | Heart of Chic | The Blue Hydrangeas | Alicia Tenise

To Thine Own Style Be True | Uptown Fashion by Jess | Lauren Mazzei Blog | The Steele Maiden

Lifestyles By Lauren | Life Lutzurious | Kate Loves Makeup | Kelly Towart Blog | Blush and Blooms

Pretty In Pink Megan | Belle by Laurelle | cute & little | Street Style Squad |

L. Avenue | With Love Lily Rose | The-Middle Page

This $500 Nordstrom Gift Card giveaway is brought to you by the amazing bloggers above. Enter by performing the actions below in the Rafflecopter for a chance to win a shopping spree that will kick your 2018 wardrobe into high gear!

Make sure to do the actions in the Rafflecopter before marking they are done! Marking done doesn’t automatically perform the action.

(We do verify entries!)

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Giveaway runs from Jan 16, 2018 to Jan 30, 2018 (concludes at 12:00 AM on the last day). Open to the US, UK and CAN. Winner will be announced within 10 days of the conclusion of the giveaway and entries will be verified by the hosts. Thanks for participating, I can’t wait for you to go check out these bloggers pages!

SaveSave

SaveSaveSaveSave

0 comment

WINTER STYLE: RAINBOW KNIT SWEATER AND OVER THE KNEE BOOTS

The Steele Maiden: Winter Style - Rainbow Knit Sweater and Suede Over the Knee Boots

My winter wardrobe is fairly neutral – which is why this rainbow knit sweater feels like such a fun addition. A little bit boxy, a little bit 80s, and a lot bit cozy – I lived in this sweater for most of the weekend. And don’t worry Mom, I promise I only unwrapped my scarf and opened up my coat for the 5 minutes it took to snap these photos.

SHOP THE STORY

New York feels so cold out right now that wearing anything but my huge puffer jacket and taking a few photos in our neighborhood honestly feels like a chore. So I’m trying my best to have find joy in winter accessories like this fringe scarf and wool beret (see more of my favorites under $50 here) and shoes. Over the knee boots are my secret weapon in the winter – they look stylish but also act as a thick second layer over jeans which I don’t find to be warm at all. I like that this taupe suede pair feels more casual than some of my other pairs and are really walkable for commuting to work.

Wool Beret | Loft Rainbow Knit Sweater – 50% off right now | Teddy Peacoat | Suede OTK Boots | Dagne Dover Bucket Bag c/o | Quay Cat Eye Sunglasses

The Steele Maiden: Winter Style - Rainbow Knit Sweater and Suede Over the Knee Boots The Steele Maiden: Winter Style - Rainbow Knit Sweater and Suede Over the Knee Boots The Steele Maiden: Winter Style - Rainbow Knit Sweater and Suede Over the Knee Boots The Steele Maiden: Winter Style - Rainbow Knit Sweater and Suede Over the Knee Boots The Steele Maiden: Winter Style - Rainbow Knit Sweater and Suede Over the Knee Boots

0 comment

PASTEL WINTER ACCESSORIES UNDER $50

The Steele Maiden: Pastel Winter Accessories Under $50

Well helloooo there Friday! The first full 5-day week back at work in 2018 and it passed by in a blur of 10 hour days at my desk… anyone else? Needless to say I’m ready for the weekend.

Likewise, I’m ready for ways to dress up my boring black and grey winter coats. And now that the glitz of the holidays has faded, pastel winter accessories feel like a fresh way to do that. I’m especially into the touches of velvet, hits of lavender/baby blue and fun hats (as evidenced in the above photo). Oh – and everything is under $50 because after December’s indulgences – January is a month that, I think we all can agree, was made for healthy eating and minimal spending.

SHOP THE STORY

0 comment

CASUAL WINTER LAYERS

The Steele Maiden: Casual Winter Layers - Floral Puffer Jacket

Last week, as we entered a new year – I took a quick poll on my Instagram Stories to hear what you wanted to see more of on the blog in 2018. And one of the things you all resoundingly agreed on was budget-friendly looks and casual style. I get it – a frilly dress is fun and all, but when it’s freezing cold and you’ve got to go run errands, all you really want to see are ideas of how to look reasonably cute while staying warm. So for my first new outfit post of the year I’m sticking to price-concious, casual winter layers. And I plan on bringing you lots more where this came from in the new year.

SHOP THE STORY

This outfit is exactly the type of thing that to me – makes winter dressing a little bit more fun. I’ve got lots of layers on (including tights under my overalls to be sure my legs didn’t get too cold), but the mix of textures and pattern saves it from feeling boring. I originally got this floral puffer jacket back in the Fall (see how I first wore it here), but with the addition of a thin striped turtleneck, thick sweater and these overalls – it stands up pretty well to much colder temps. It’s good to find ways to shop your own closet across seasons. Plus, I’m already sick of my black puffer jacket this winter and we’re only 1 week into January.

Lands’ End Floral Puffer Jacket c/o | Striped Turtleneck | Knit Pullover Sweater | Sole Society Suede Booties c/o | Anthropologie Knit Pom Hat | H&M Overalls | Burberry Lipstick in Bright Plum c/o

The Steele Maiden: Casual Winter Layers - Floral Puffer Jacket The Steele Maiden: Casual Winter Layers - Floral Puffer Jacket The Steele Maiden: Casual Winter Layers - Floral Puffer Jacket The Steele Maiden: Casual Winter Layers - Floral Puffer Jacket The Steele Maiden: Casual Winter Layers - Floral Puffer Jacket The Steele Maiden: Casual Winter Layers - Floral Puffer Jacket

SaveSaveSaveSaveSaveSave

0 comment

8 ITEMS THAT WILL CHANGE YOUR LIFE IN 2018

The Steele Maiden: 8 Items that will change you life in 2018

I give you – 8 items that will change your life in 2018. Okay, okay – so ‘change you life’ may be a bit dramatic. But I honestly think they all changed mine for the better. And I really believe in surrounding yourself with things that simplify and streamline your life whenever possible and these items do just that. In the chance that you may not be familiar with all of these, I wanted to share. Here’s to living our best lives in 2018.

  1. Tripod & Timer – Even if you’re not a blogger, I can’t tell you how many times we’ve tried to get group shots at family gatherings or a quick snap of Adam and I when we’re traveling and this would have come in handy.
  2. Google Home – I’m not a huge tech person and never gave the term ‘smart home’ much of a thought. Until we were sent a Google Home to try. For the simple fact alone that I can ask it the current weather every morning before I walk to work and tell it to turn on the TV and play a specific show on Netflix – it’s worth having to me.
  3. Quip Toothbrush – I hate the look of regular, neon plastic toothbrushes in our otherwise, neutral bathroom but had never considered going electric. My friends at Azione PR sent me this Quip Toothbrush to try and not only does it look SO much better sitting in my bathroom – but it’s quite honestly the cleanest my teeth have ever felt without going to the dentist. Which is kind of startling. Safe to say I actually look forward to my twice daily brushing now.
  4. The Four Tendencies by Gretchen Rubin – If you only get one thing from this list – get this. Gretchin Rubin is the best-selling author of The Happiness Project which I read nearly 10 years ago and also has a podcast called ‘Happier’ that I highly recommend. But it’s her personality theory called ‘The Four Tendencies’ that changed my life. Basically everyone falls into one of four categories (I’m a classic Upholder while Adam is a by the book Questioner) and once you understand that it makes it SO much easier to understand yourself and those you have close relationships with (boyfriend, boss, etc.) and improve those relationships. For example – I no longer feel frustrated when Adam isn’t quick to make a decision. As a questioner he is just naturally inclined to weigh all of the options SO thoroughly until he finally feels like he’s come to the very best choice (true story: he once spent nearly 2 hours on Yelp trying to find a place to eat in a small town that only had about 10 total options). But it’s who he is as a questioner. So it honestly no longer bothers me at all. In fact, I now find it actually endearing because I recognize it as something that feels innately Adam. Just think if you could do that with everyone in your life?!
  5. Travel Steamer – Another game changer. This steamer has zero bells or whistles but it gets the job done every time. I’ve stopped using an iron all together at home and absolutely never travel without this (it’s also dual voltage so will work abroad). There’s nothing worse to me than a wrinkled dress or sweater that just screams ‘this has been stuffed in my suitcase all day!’.
  6. Dagne Dover Neoprene Backpack – I got this at the end of last year and am so surprised by how often I’ve ended up using it. Dagne Dover is a brand I’ve loved for a few years now – their simple, classic bags are so thoughtfully organized on the inside (think slots for phone and lipstick, an extended clip for your keys so you never have to dig through the bottom of your bag again..). This neoprene backpack comes with me as a carry-on, overnight bag, gym bag and even to work when I need to pack a load like my lunch, laptop and a change of shoes.
  7. Phone Grip/Stand – This is the one I don’t have yet but am dying to get! These little knobs stick on to the back of your phone and gives you something more to hang on to than the slippery edges of a phone and also work as a stand to prop your phone on the table if you’re watching a video or filming a hands-free IG story.
  8. Tile App – Adam got me this for Christmas (most likely after seeing me struggle to find my keys/phone/wallet in the apartment one too many mornings). It’s an app and corresponding chip that you can attach to your keys, stick in your wallet and sync with your phone so you never lose a thing.

SaveSaveSaveSave

SaveSaveSaveSave

0 comment

1 2 3 4 5 84

The Steele Maiden © 2012

Fashion, Travel & Lifestyle. Based in NYC.