How a Shopping Challenge Changed This It Girl's Wardrobe Habits

Falling into a wardrobe rut is kind of the worst, especially during transitional times. That’s why as your fashion gurus, we’re keeping up with our seasonal Who What Wear 30-Day Wardrobe Challenge to help you get back in your stylish groove and reboot your fall wardrobe. This time, though, we’re going deeper by putting fashion blogger Krystal Bick of This Time Tomorrow to the test. She tried out two challenges: styling block heels with cropped flares and layering her chokers. After finding everything at Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5TH and styling her looks in ways she hadn’t thought of before, she gained a newfound insight on how getting creative with your look really is about taking (stylish) chances.

Keep reading to see how Bick took on the challenges and find out what she learned along the way.

“I live for cropped denim, so I was excited to try out the cropped-flare trend that’s been circulating ever since I saw it on Alexa Chung earlier last year. Admittedly, I was worried that the length wouldn’t balance that well with the block heels we’ve been seeing a lot of lately.” — Krystal Bick

“My knee-jerk reaction was to style the flares with pointed heels to create the illusion of more ankle and longer legs. I’m happy to report, though, that after throwing on these block heels by Charlotte Olympia, I was whistling a different tune. Something about the weight of the heels balanced out the flare of the leg really nicely.” — Krystal Bick

“These two trends together are a great duo to try for fall because they dress up and down so well (great for work and for play), and I think they’re universally flattering—they show off your ankles, giving the illusion of longer legs. Win-win in my book!” — Krystal Bick

When Bick walked into Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5TH in search of cropped ankle jeans, she found that there was a wide selection to choose from. Like her, opt for a clean silhouette with minimal distressing to achieve the look. 

Bick’s shoes from Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5TH were on trend because of the block heel and fit the challenge she had taken on.

“When it comes to my personal accessorizing style, I tend to keep things pretty simple and classic. Give me a few dainty gold necklaces and bracelets, and I’m good to go. So when it came down to styling a choker, I was a bit afraid it would complicate my clean aesthetic.” — Krystal Bick

“I changed my mind after I tried these two chokers layered together. The black suede adds a bit of interesting luxe texture with my gold charm necklaces and oddly enough balances it out really effortlessly.” — Krystal Bick

“It’s all about balance. Keeping the two black suede chokers clean and minimal—with only one gold detail—helped compliment the other gold necklaces I have layered here, creating several different lines for the eye to follow. I’m all about a good neckline and décolletage, and I love that this look draws the eye up to the neck before heading back down to the other gold necklaces. It feels eclectic without being too distracting.” — Krystal Bick

Choosing a choker that already has some layers is an easy way to get this look. Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5TH's choker selection is wide, but Bick went for a simple style that works with her go-to gold necklaces too. 

Which style challenge do you think you’ll try? Tell us in the comments below.