Fall/Winter Outfits Featuring Faded Days Sunglasses

I have to start this blog post in the most journalistically ethical way possible — by fully disclosing the fact that I was given these featured sunglasses for free. But I’ll also fully disclose the fact that my opinions are 100 percent true and unbiased. Alrighty, that’s out there on the table. Are you happy, FTC? My Ethics of Journalism teacher would be so proud right now.

I’ve never been much of a sunglasses connoisseur. I always prefer the Forever 21 knockoff Ray Bans rather than the real thing. Why? Well, for one, I’m a college student, so dropping $100 on sunglasses isn’t in the cards if I want to fulfill my Big Apple dreams. Aaaand secondly, I’m a college student, so things are bound to get lost or broken among my hectic day-to-day schedule. That’s why Faded Days sunglasses are so dope — they’re well made so it doesn’t feel like they’ll break when I shove them in my backpack, and they’re affordable enough to warrant me buying another pair in case they do break.

I’ve wanted to get back into blogging, so I figured the best way to showcase these beauties would be to pair them with some fall/winter outfits. I know, I know… fall is nearly over. But when you live in Florida, the seasons seem to sort of just blend together. Though cool breezes and rain showers come and go throughout the year, one constant in the Sunshine State is — you guessed it — sunshine! These rad tortoise sunglasses provide great UV protection and pair well with just about any outfit. With an eclectic wardrobe like mine, what more could I ask for?

Outfit #1: Shorts and a Sweater
The upper half of my body always tends to get colder than my legs in the event that Mother Nature graces us with temperatures below 70 degrees. Pairing a sweater with shorts may seem absurd in any other state, but in Florida it’s totally commonplace. This outfit looks cute with knee-high socks that are either worn above the knees or scrunched down with combat boots. The brown hues in these tortoise sunglasses mesh really well with the warm fall colors in this look.

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Army green is the new black

What is it that’s so appealing about this color that is all the rage right now? Is it the resemblance to split pea soup? Definitely not. Is it the way that it makes us feel like Katniss Everdeen from “The Hunger Games”? Possibly. Is it the fact that it’s the perfect subtle shade of green that can be paired with various patterns and colors? Absolutely.

If someone were to tell me a year ago that army colored clothing would be considered stylish in a year, I probably would have laughed in his or her face. Until recently, I thought that camouflage colored clothing should be saved for hunting in the woods or going to army themed parties. But when I saw Harper’s Bazaar’s New York Fall 2013 Trend Report, I noticed how major designers like Kenneth Cole and Calvin Klein were able to transform this rugged color into something, dare I say, fashionable. Since I got over my former aversion for this color, I have truly come to love it.

While walking to classes every day, I’ve noticed that army green has become a prevalent color around campus among those who choose to actually dress up for class. These people do still exist, though sparsely, and it’s rather refreshing when I come across them. They’ve inspired me to come up with different ways to incorporate this earthy hue of green into my wardrobe.

My advice is as follows: Don’t be intimidated by this color. Wearing it won’t make you look like you just came straight off of the battlefield. Since the hue isn’t an in-your-face shade like kelly or lime green, there is a lot of room to experiment with it. Though many believe neutral colors are only the basics like white, black and beige, army green can definitely be considered a neutral color because of its versatility. I think it looks particularly great when paired with burgundy, coral, neon and patterns like stripes or tribal prints. Below are some of my Polyvore creations centered on this popular color.

Casual Fridays
A pop of coral

If you’re still in need of a bit more inspiration for diving into this fashion trend, check out this similar blog post that gives more tips on how to rock it.

Do you have any suggestions for additional outfit ideas? Please feel free to leave them in the comments section below. As always, thank you so much for reading!