Fall Into the Season

 

Here at Chan Luu, we can hardly contain our excitement over the change of seasons, because it means that new fall clothing has finally arrived. But before you stash away your more summery pieces, you may want to search for some hidden fall gems. We’re taking a look at how to seamlessly transition your summertime wardrobe into fall with a step-by-step style guide.

 

1. Get organized.

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It’s easy to focus your attention on fall/ winter shopping, but you may want to hold off until you’ve taken an inventory of your total wardrobe. Sort through your clothes first to see which items can successfully transition to the cooler months ahead. Those springtime floral dresses are perfect for pairing with cardigans and tights, while shorts look fall-ready when paired with sweaters and boots. You may be pleasantly surprised by how many fall-appropriate styles are hiding in your current closet.

 

2. Get Layering.

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You’ll want to look for opportunities to layer pieces in unique ways that are true to you. What are your summertime essentials? If you regularly rely on graphic-print tank tops and t-shirts, you’ll want to build a fall wardrobe that accommodates those edgy designs. If your go-to look involves floral blouses and breezy sundresses, you may want to complement them with cozy fall accessories in rich autumn hues. You can even fake the layered look with one of our underlay sweaters or a signature wrap bracelet.

 

3. Be Unexpected.

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Your fall wardrobe should represent your personal sense of style, but that doesn’t mean your outfits should be entirely formulaic. Have fun with your wardrobe by looking for exciting new ways to style your clothing and accessories. Is your summer closet filled with off-the-shoulder dresses? Freshen them up by adding a crisp button-down shirt underneath. Were you admittedly obsessed with slip dresses? Wear them over jeans for a modern update to fall layering.

 

4. Utilize color.

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Your spring and summer styles likely include pastel watercolors, bright whites and soft earth tones. Fortunately, most of these shades blend perfectly with rich fall hues. Make a little white dress seasonally appropriate with an olive utility jacket and ankle boots, or add one of our burgundy women’s scarves or garnet accessories to your standard t-shirt and jeans. Just replacing light denim separates with darker washes can yield stylish results.

 

5. Add texture.

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The easiest way to take your look from summer to fall is through texture. Lightweight, gauzy designs are transformed when paired with edgy leather, cashmere scarves, gunmetal jewelry or luxe velvet. Even adding a faux-fur vest to your favorite slip dress can change its look entirely. Color is important, but texture is the single biggest way to reinvent your summer essentials.

 

How do you plan on transitioning your summer wardrobe into fall? Share your styling ideas in the comments, or connect with us via Instagram, Facebook or Twitter to show us your favorite fall ensembles instead!

 

Happy fall styling!

 

XOXO,

The Chan Luu Team

 

Images courtesy of Pinterest.

Bohemian Braids are In! Three Stylish Ways to Wear Them This Summer


When it comes to style, one of the best accessories you own is sitting right on top of your head. From Parisian pixies to flowing beach-bum waves, your hairstyle tells the world so much about you. If you’re lusting over the boho-chic aesthetic like we are, there are few things more Pinterest-board worthy than a free-spirited bohemian braid. We’re taking a look at some of our favorite summer takes on this classic hairstyle — and showing you how to recreate them with no fuss.


1.  On the Sidelines

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There’s nothing wrong with a basic side braid — it’s a quick way to achieve a braided look without going to a lot of fuss. But if you want a braid with a little more oomph, you may want to complicate your side-braid strategy. Instead of just pulling all of your hair over to one shoulder and braiding lackadaisically, switch it up by braiding with intention. Place one chunky braid along the side, and tug on each plait for extra volume. Pair two differently sized fishtail braids on one side for cascading texture, or pin one small braid back behind your head, allowing the rest of your hair to fall freely in loose waves. It’s all about taking a proper braid and giving it some playful asymmetry.


2. Half and Half

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If you’re not exactly braid inclined when it comes to your hairstyling skills, a half-up braid is a fairly low-maintenance option. There are a thousand different ways to attempt this romantic style. The key is to keep the look loose and flowing, as if you just pinned your hair back to get it out of your face (something that summertime temperatures demand anyway). This type of braid is easily upgraded by your choice of accessories, so don’t be afraid to get creative with your bobby pins and barrettes. Create an elegant metallic triangle with a few gold pins, or choose a circle clip for a creative spin on geometric shapes.


3. Undone Updo

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There’s something so ethereal about an updo, and this sophisticated style easily transitions to a boho-goddess statement when it’s a little undone. Use a chunky Dutch or fishtail braid to create a plaited crown. Secure your hair into whatever updo you prefer, and then pull out some wispy layers to give it a messy finish. Dry shampoo adds texture, which is great for boosting volume at the roots and giving each plait more width. Boho accessories are perfect for this particular style, as well, so consider adding sparkly pins, floral accents or a textured headband for a playful touch.


Which of these boho-chic braids is your favorite, and which ones will you try this summer? Share your favorite bohemian styles (as well as your best hairstyling tips and tricks) in the comments section below!


Happy braiding!


XOXO,

The Chan Luu Team


Images courtesy of Pinterest.

Endless summer

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With sandy shades on my wrist and under my feet, it’s forever in my heart.




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