7 ways to embrace the mesh trend in the new year

I love all of the mesh stuff coming out nowadays! This dress caught my eye not only because of the stunning red crushed velvet, but also because of the polka dot mesh details at the top. Super cute!

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This dress arrived on Christmas Eve. I was going to wear it Christmas day because with the beautiful red color, it just screams Christmas. But I didn’t get around to wearing it until the weekend after Christmas. I must say, I love red any time of the year, so this dress could be a cute going-out dress or even a Valentine’s day outfit.

Swiss dot mesh red velvet dress, Dresslily; high heeled hiking boots, Rue21; striped gloves, given to me; leather jacket, old; black reflective sunglasses, Rue21, Fleur de lis tights, old.

Granted the mesh trend has been around for a few years, but I’m really starting to take notice of it.

Several ways to wear mesh are:

If wearing a totally sheer mesh top, a cute lace sports bra can be worn underneath or just a cute satin or silk cami.

You can also layer mesh over a crop top to wear with jeans. 

For a work ready look, pair it over a solid top or wear with a tank top underneath and a blazer in a contrasting color over top.

Mesh overlays or just peek-a-boo mesh would also work for more professional look.

A top or dress with flowing mesh overlays is an everyday, breezy look.

You can also embrace the mesh trend by just wearing mesh socks or tights.

Mesh tops with embroidery, lace or beads is also a fun way to mix it up.

Mostly, have fun with it. And wear it whatever way you are comfortable.

You can also shop more mesh items on Dresslily here:

Happy New Year everyone!

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What to wear to a holiday get together

What do you wear to these holiday gatherings where family or friends come together for a holiday feast or party? The weather is getting colder so you want to keep warm but look festive at the same time.

Tweed jacket, shiny blue pants, Betsey Johnson handbag, small tortoiseshell sunglasses, black ruffled top + metallic flats

I got these slacks a couple of years ago and have only worn them once or twice because they are a bit much for normal day time wear. But when I stumbled across this tweed jacket for half off at Shop Girl Consignment shop in Gresham, I thought they would be perfect paired with the tweed jacket.

Tweed jacket, shiny blue pants, Betsey Johnson handbag, small tortoiseshell sunglasses, black ruffled top + metallic flats

I am so into the tweed trend going on right now! Tweed? Yes please! Plus throw on a solid black colored ruffled blouse and metallic flats. So cute and trendy. If you don’t like tweed, we can’t be friends. Just kidding. Really. I am capable of living and letting others live. This is the only tweed item I own right now, so if you don’t like tweed, it can all come my way instead.

Tweed jacket, shiny blue pants, Betsey Johnson handbag, small tortoiseshell sunglasses, black ruffled top + metallic flats

More on Shop Girl Consignment. I just happened to stumble in there a couple of weeks ago when she was having a tape cutting ceremony from the Gresham City Council. The owner had just taken over the shop in August and the city of Gresham was welcoming her as a new business in the Gresham area. How cool is that?

Tweed jacket, shiny blue pants, Betsey Johnson handbag, small tortoiseshell sunglasses, black ruffled top + metallic flats

There were cute little sugar cookies with her logo on them made by Sugar Cubed Cakes – so delish! – and everything in the store was half off just for that day. I may have gone a little crazy. By the time I had even a few things I wanted to buy gathered up, I knew I needed to get out of the store before I bought out the store in my size. The owner only takes really nice clothes, shoes and accessories that are only a few years old, so the items are currently in trend. She also only takes good quality items, so everything was in nice shape. Seriously, this was one of the best consignment shops I’ve ever walked into!

Tweed jacket, shiny blue pants, Betsey Johnson handbag, small tortoiseshell sunglasses, black ruffled top + metallic flats

Tweed jacket, shiny blue pants, Betsey Johnson handbag, small tortoiseshell sunglasses, black ruffled top + metallic flats

If you are looking for some cute small businesses to hit up for Small Business Saturday this weekend, I would highly recommend her shop if you are anywhere near the Gresham area. Sugar Cubed Cakes is also right nearby and doing a free decorate your own cupcake event from 3-5pm, while Gresham icandy is doing a free cookie decorating event from 3-5pm on Saturday November 24th as well. There are a whole bunch of things going on this Saturday. You can get more info here.

Tweed jacket, shiny blue pants, Betsey Johnson handbag, small tortoiseshell sunglasses, black ruffled top + metallic flats

Tweed jacket, shiny blue pants, Betsey Johnson handbag, small tortoiseshell sunglasses, black ruffled top + metallic flats

Tweed jacket, shiny blue pants, Betsey Johnson handbag, small tortoiseshell sunglasses, black ruffled top + metallic flats

For anyone who doesn’t live nearby, check out the small businesses in your town this weekend. Shop locally and support small businesses! For those of you in other countries who don’t do Small Business Saturday, at some point during the holiday season, try to stop by a small shop and buy presents there. Help our small businesses out this year. And no, I do not get paid any commission from any of them to say that. And I only get a free cookie or cupcake if I go participate in the events on Saturday leading up to the tree lighting at 6pm.

*This post contains affiliate links. If you click through on them, I may receive a small drop of money, at no extra cost to you. Enough to keep a light bulb burning in my home. Thank you in advance for helping keep a light on in my home!

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~ All photos were taken by Calvin Hodgson.  You can find his work on Flickr and on his blog.

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