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How to Rock Military Style

Happy Veterans Day! To all the Military personnel who serve our country, your service is priceless and appreciated. Not only do military protect our country, they also inspire pretty hot fashion  (and sometimes lust- yes, men in uniforms are hot!).

One of the major trends on the Fall 2013 runway is military inspired clothing. What I love about these looks, is that it's comprised of clean lines, dark colors (perfect for fall), and has tough androgynous appeal. You don't have to wear camouflage to be military chic (sorry, it just makes me feel very 'People Of Walmart'). Some of the key elements needed to pull of this look and stay sophisticated are: 


  • Mix hard (military wear, leathers, metals) and soft components (satin fabrics, jewelry, make-up)
  • Use an editing eye. Military aesthetic is clean and airy. Reduce the clutter of too many accessories
  • Metallics go great with Navy, Army Green, Cream, and White colors found in military uniforms
  • Purchase essential military style pieces that always come back in fashion (Army style jacket, sailor pants, striped shirts, dog tag necklace, aviator sunglasses)
  • Keep your purse small to medium sized and structured. This isn't the time for Boho satchel bags.


Here are some of my favorite ways to rock the look and still stay chic! 

Military Look 1




Military Fashion 2




Military Look #3




Military Fashion #4



What do you think? Let us know in the comments below. Have you rocked this trend and look fierce? Take a pic and share it with us on our Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter at TheGatheredLady. If we love it, we'll share it!


She Rocked It: Big Coats Trend

We love when one of our readers is caught bringing hot fashion to real life. Gathered Lady Deanna did a fabulous job with rocking one of the hottest trends this season  "Big Coats". We listed it in our 7 Heavenly Trends for Fall 2013 post, but have yet to see many women successfully pull of this look.  Check out our trend examples and the catchy way Deanna used color blocking and contrast for a eye-catching combination. Notice her coat is only a half size to one size larger than her frame. The structure of the coat balances the body conscience style of her chic pencil skirt. That's how it's done! Style. You have it. We Love it.

Big Coats from Fall 2013 Fashion Week Runway

 LA Fashionista Deanna

Have you rocked one of our style picks or the hottest trends? If so share your pics with us @ The Gathered Lady on facebook, twitter, or instagram. If we like it, we'll share it.


She Rocked It: Boho Style

Happy Monday! We love when our readers translate our 'How To Rock' and Heavenly Trends posts into real life wear. Check out this fashionable lady and her Boho style. Style. You have it. We love it.


Fashionable cutie Amy P.'s boho style for work 

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Last Minute DIY Costume Ideas For Cheap! 

Happy Friday Fashionistas! *Ahem*

Darkness falls across the land... the midnight hour is close at hand... and creatures crawl in search of blood... to terrorize ya'lls neighborhood.... 

Ok, you get where I was going with that right? It's almost Halloween! If this is your bag, then this post is for you. Gathered ladies need gathered costumes, and I don't know if you've noticed, but the price on those bad boys is rising higher than inflation! I'm guilty of purchasing a pricey costume this year (so that hubby and I could dance the night away as Cersei and Jamie Lannister from Game of Thrones), but you don't have to because I found this absolutely fantastic video from the lovely and gathered Andrea of AndreasChoice on youtube to help ya'll out with amazing looking last-minute DIY costume ideas for cheap! Thanks Andrea!

Ladies, check out below, and don't forget to send us pics! 


How to Rock... Gathered Sleepwear 

Happy Friday Fashionistas! On this fine day, I want to draw attention to a key area which, many times, is often left ungathered: sleepwear. What are you wearing to bed, these days? Be honest... is it a mangy garment? A holy night shirt? Old gym shorts? Or worse? Relax. I'm not judging you. Once upon a time, that was my MO too. But I changed all of that, and getting married had nothing  to do with it, as I'm sure many married gathered ladies can attest to. All too often, it's the comfort of marriage that lulls you from leaving your hot, sexy, gathered night game at the door in exchange for whatever faded, stretched out clothing is available from the discard pile. 

Well look no further! I am here to at least submit to you for your consideration some elements of a gathered sleepwear wardrobe. There are so many types of wonderful options to sleep in that will leave you comfortable, refreshed in the morning, enticing to your sleep buddy--or whatever you want to do instead of sleep buddy-- , and gathered in the morning. Using these guidelines get ready to get beauty rest, indeed. 

1. Robe Game 

"Le Robe" by dannigirl1980 on Polyvore

Let's talk about robe game. I hate to sound like my mom --who is a gathered lady and appallingly right about such things-- but every gathered lady needs a robe. There, I said it. Robes are great for use when lounging around the house and for getting ready for an important event (formal evening, wedding) because you don't want to spill makeup on your clothes and they won't mess up your hair since they don't go over your head. Also, when there are guests in the house, it's more decent and respectful to wear a robe over your unbound bazinga boobs!! (<-- A rule I live by!) Perhaps the best thing about robes is their diversity. There's one for every girl out there, and for men too. Whether you like long, short, terry, silk, satin, kimono, lace, summer, or winter, there is a robe with your name on it. Personally, I own about 5, not including my husband's hooded robe, which I steal all the time. (What? I haven't had a chance to buy myself one.) 

2. Slipper Game "Slippers" by dannigirl1980 on Polyvore

I shouldn't have to work very hard to convince you why a fly pair of slippers will step up your sleepwear. Hello? They're shoes!! I'm willing to hazard a guess that most of our readership doesn't need much cajoling to get out there and go showe shopping. Hell, I would have finished this post an hour ago if I hadn't gotten distracted by salsa shoes on sale on Amazon! Get out there, and make yourself happy. 

3. Nightgowns, Night Shirts, Panties, Oh My! "Nighttime ZZZ" by dannigirl1980 on Polyvore

Nightgowns and nightshirts are my personal faves to wear to bed -- what you wear under them.. if anything.. is a matter of personal choice. Sexy, comfy, and forgiving, this sleepwear is also diverse enough to appeal to anyone. From graphic designs to slik and satin, from long to short, and from long sleeved to spaghetti strapped, the main concern with these items is to learn to keep a careful eye on maintenance. If it's getting faded, it torn, has a hole, or has shrunk... get rid of it. I realize that what I'm saying has probably elicited gasps of dismay, but it's necessary to stay gathered. Besides, there's always a new favorite piece waiting out there in the shops! 

4. Pajamas "PJs" by dannigirl1980 on Polyvore

Some say pjs are the "comfort food" of sleepwear.  To that I say "nom, nom, nom." Once again, pjs are a matter of self-expression. Just ensure that they're not faded, stained, stretched, torn, or worse, and you're good to go! Pair these with slippers and a robe and Go. To. Town. 

5. Sleep Accessories "Sleepytime" by dannigirl1980 on Polyvore

 Once you're wearing the right thing, it's time to let the sandman in. That's where cool and gathered sleep accessories come in. A gathered woman's boudoir is her sanctuary, and a place where she can calm herself and rest. What's your nighttime environment like? Try for calm, meditative, uncluttered, and stylish. I can personally recommend that a good sleep mask, a cup of tea before bed, and a little aromatherapy goes a long way towards la-la land. Try it out and see for yourself - your bedroom is an area of the house that others don't see, but the time investment to set it up properly is not time wasted! YOU (and your hot homie-lover-friend) will have a chance to enjoy all that serenity. Go for it! 


Ahem, you may have noticed that the very important category of lingerie was not covered in today's post... while it is certainly gathered sleepwear, it's in a category all its own. We'll tackle that in another post! 

So, what do you think? Did we get it right? Have any gathered sleepwear tips to share? Tell us on facebook, twitter, or email! If we like it, we'll post it!