How To: Swing Into Fall



"Fashion has two purposes: comfort and love. Beauty comes when fashion succeeds."

- Coco Chanel 




Today we're exploring the exciting and wondrous world of swing dresses. We love them and think you should, too, so let's talk about how to put a fun (and comfortable) outfit together for the coming season. 


The key to accessorizing a wide, flowy dress is to pair it with something that is narrower and more streamlined. The goal is to elongate the body for a more visually appealing look. Dress081616-Web-Cents-Of-Style-Annabelle-Lightweight-Open-Cardigan-Tessa-Necklace-46_946af8a3-a5e1-497a-a576-d69555859b05_grande.jpges with v-necklines are an easy way to get this look, but if you'd like something fun, try wearing our Tessa Multi Stone Leather Necklace to create the appearance of added height.Another trick to visually trim your waistline is to layer. If your shirt or dress has extra fabric, or lacks appropriate darting, it can give the appearance of added width. Ironically, by adding something more voluminous on top, such as a blanket scarf, cardigan, kimono, or this fabulous Duke Faux Suede Fringe Jacket you can actually offset the width of what's underneath. Plus, layering is always the best option; so there's that. 071916-Web-Cents-Of-Style-Duke-Faux-Suede-Fringe-Jacket-106_grande.jpg

Possibly one of the best things about fall is the ability to wear comfortable boots all day and all night. I really love a good boot, and I'm kind of stupidly excited about wearing them again! What's so great about boots is that they go with pretty much anything. Shorts? Boots. Pencil skirt? Boots. Leggings? Boots. How about swing dresses? You guessed it: Boots. If you really wanted to, you could get away with wearing a pair of flats or high tops with a swing dress, too, but we can't get enough of these Scribe Ankle Strap Boots. They've got buckles, they've got zippers, they've got a little bit of heel to add some sass to your step and, as if all of that wasn't enough, they come in six different colors. Winning.


Deciding on jewelry can be a bit tricky, especially if you've got a special occasion to celebrate. With swing dresses, you can wear your hair up or down, allowing the best of all the earring worlds. Studs go well with updos, while dangly earrings go well with longer hairstyles. For hoops, just do your thang. Hoops are like the baby in the family: they can't do wrong. 032916-Web-Cents-Of-Style-Maren-Ring-Set-Turquoise-Gold-White-Black-Silver-75_grande.jpg

Similarly, rings and bracelets can have their heydays with a nice swing dress, because they're just that versatile. We like wearing multiple rings, like the rings in our Maren ; which are fun, funky, and can be dressed up or dressed down. I personally like that they're a combination of stone and metal, because why not?

Last, but not least, try topping your outfit with this fall staple, the Stella Fall Floppy Hat. Apart from being ridiculously cute on just about anyone's noggin, this floppy hat finishes the ensemble, making it complete. With five colors to choose from, and a non-flashy style, you can pair this chapeaux with jeans, leggings, dresses, and maxi skirts. Seriously, you'll love having it around and wonder why you never added one to your wardrobe before. Genius!

And that's a wrap! You've got style and class, and for a little bit of sass, don't forget to play with textures and prints!


*Swing dresses pictured above are the Kyrie Striped Swing Dress and Adeline Floral Swing Dress.