4 Especially Good Outfit Ideas I'm Stealing From Instagram

Open the door to my tiny yet wildly overstuffed closet, and you’ll be amazed—and maybe a bit frightened—by the wild clash of patterns staring back at you. There’s that vintage faux-snakeskin coat I got for a steal, floor-length billowy dresses in all sorts of floral patterns, all sorts of leopard-print pieces (I knew it was going to come back in style)… and I rarely wear any of them.

I’m a maximalistic magpie at heart, but I’m also the opposite of a morning person. When it comes down to it, when you’ve overslept your alarm on a Monday, it’s just so much easier to pull on (looks down) a pair of wide-leg jeans and a black mock-neck. Who has time to rummage around and evaluate whether those vintage logo-print shoes look okay with those gingham pants when there’s a meeting to get to?

In an effort to shake myself out of my wardrobe rut, slash my cost-per-wear ratio, and feel a little more like my mismatched, vintage-loving self again, I’ve been looking to my favorite street style goddesses for divine inspiration. Warning: The following four Instagram outfit ideas may not be for the faint of heart.


As the contents of my closet can attest, I’ve never seen a prairie dress I didn’t like, but there’s a fine line between cool urban cowgirl and musty Halloween costume. Add in Western-inspired boots with a little something extra (e.g., a bold color or an unexpected print) that shows you’re headed to Greenpoint rather than Green Acres. You’ll need…

Equally good: This green floral ASOS gem for $76. Also loving Astr the Label’s Mona Floral Dress ($138) and this puff-sleeve La Vie Rebecca Taylor pick ($295).

3. Cowboy Boots (With a Twist)
Neva Ii Bootie

Also very into Jeffrey Campbell’s super-shiny Volcanic Western Boots ($265), Tibi’s fun croc-embossed leather Dylan Boots ($750), and Ganni’s super in-demand Marlyn Boots ($585).

These ASOS aviators (a steal at $5) will also get the job done.


Animal prints are what F/W 18 is all about, so it stands to reason that they’ll look even better together. Looks like I’ve finally got a reason to pull the aforementioned snakeskin coat out of the very back of my leopard print–filled closet. You’ll need…

Not into leather? Check out AlexaChung’s Snake-Print Denim Jacket ($575) for a suitably vegan option.

Also good: Topshop’s Zebra Print Piped Camisole ($40) and Robert Rodriguez’s Zebra Print Tie Cuff Blouse ($345).

Looking to tone things down a bit? This champagne-hued Anine Bing skirt ($300) still ticks the silky midi box, and this orange Vince option ($265) is another winner.

Summer Checks Get the Fall Treatment

I’ve got a whole lot of checks hiding out in my wardrobe. Most are on the more subdued side (think black-and-gray Prince of Wales patterns), but there’s this particular pair of bright, summery wide-leg pants I’m not ready to retire just quite yet. Which is why I’m following Anne Johannsen’s lead and pairing them with my favorite boxy corduroy shacket (okay, I hate that term too). You’ll need…

Also considering snapping up The Great’s absolutely dreamy boxy corduroy jacket ($450) or AG’s forest-green Evonne jacket ($215). Thank you, Instagram.

My shopping list also includes this blue Topshop pair ($90) and these incredible Daisy Street pants ($45) I saw on ASOS.

Logo-print shoes are clearly having a moment. I’ve got my eyes on these Gucci slides ($290), too.


Like I said, I own a lot of colorful pieces, and I’m turning to Instagram for ideas on how to pair them together. Loving this green-and-purple look (and feeling pretty good about keeping my basket bags in rotation through fall). Who said fashion couldn’t be comfortable?

Or you could swap this one out for Sori’s cozy mohair sweater ($115) or Madewell’s balloon-sleeve beauty ($98).

Or perhaps Madewell’s cropped wide-leg pants ($88) are more your style? Or maybe Jesse Kamm’s sailor pants ($395)?

Also picturing myself stepping out in Miista’s Mathilde mules ($265), or maybe these lilac Creatures of Comfort slides ($395).

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