My Four Staple Shoes for Fall

When thinking about fall, thoughts of pumpkins, dark colors, and images of falling leaves usually come to mind. While we’ve already discussed fall fashion here on CurlyInCollege, I believe it’s time to zero in on another aspect in fall fashion. Shoes! *cue the OMG Shoes! YouTube viral hit from 2006 here* There are hundreds and thousands of different shoes one can wear this season but I’m going to focus on my four go-to pairs. After all, the shoes are what make the outfit.

Doc Martens/Combat Boots

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Featured: Macy*s /

Doc Martens are a classic pair of combat boots. In all honesty, I haven’t broken mine in yet and I have had them for almost a year (sorry mom). Nonetheless, I do reach for these due to the edgy look they instantly give my outfits.

I purchased these glossy maroon combat boots from Missguided last winter and love the pop of color they bring to an outfit. Maroon is also a staple color for this season and these boots incorporate it easily into outfits. Both pairs are comfortable which is important when I’m running around campus going to work, class, and grabbing food with friends.

Doc Martens usually retail for over $100 but can be found cheaper here from Amazon. A similar pair for my patent maroon combat boots can be found here from

Ankle Boots


Featured: Kohls

Ankle boots are an easy way to take an outfit and make it look more put together. This is another pick that allows you to be both comfortable and stylish. Ankle boots are always in style whether there are leaves on the ground and a chill in the air or flowers blooming with a shining sun. Simply slip these on and you’re good to go! The pair featured can be found here from Kohls.

Lace Up Flats



The lace up trend has found its way into every article of clothing this season. From head to toe, you can find lace-up detailed clothing. As for footwear, lace-up flats/heels are a huge trend. For comfort reasons, I opt to pursue the trend in the flats variety. Flats already give an outfit a feminine touch but there’s just something about the lacing up detail that makes flats so much better. I personally am not a lover of flats but this pair just kept grabbing my attention and now I absolutely adore them. A similar pair can be found here from (also love the fact that they come in red, might just have to get them myself) and here from Topshop.

*EXTRA: How I Style My Lace Up Flats (brought to you via Snapchat, of course!)*


Cardigan: BCBGMaxazria, Top: Forever 21, Boyfriend Jeans: Topshop

Desert Boots


Featured: Marshall’s

Last but not least, my go-to pair of shoes for fall are desert boots. Mine happen to be a more pointed toe pair but the more popular style features a round toe. Comfortable (like all my choices), desert boots can also be dressed up or down. From jeans and a cozy sweater to a nice cardigan and dress combination, desert boots are super versatile.

Hopefully this post inspires you to go out and incorporate new footwear in your fall wardrobe. Being that I own way too many pairs of shoes (I like to be prepared for all life/footwear situations okay? Don’t judge), I’ve made it my goal to wear a different pair of shoes for the duration of November. You don’t have to go as far as that, but stepping out in a pair of shoes not usually in your routine can be the start of switching up anything else in your life. Take that first step!

DIY Halloween Costumes Straight from Your Closet

Halloween is a day with a different definition for everyone. There’s the person who absolutely hates the holiday and the scary ghouls that come along with it. Next, you have the person who moderately tolerates it but decides to stay home to “hand out candy to the kids” but in reality will eat said candy while enjoying old Disney Channel Halloween movies. Finally, you have the person who goes all out for Halloween. Whether you fit into any of these categories or you just need some costume inspiration but your wallet is slacking, no worries.

For the Halloween lover on a budget, look no further than your closet. Digging into my own closet, I was able to come up with three costumes made up of staple pieces from my closet. If you don’t have the exact piece, I’m sure you’ll be able to find something similar in your own closet.

Costume One: An American In Paris


Sweater + Skirt: Forever 21, Flats:, Bread from BJ’s

You’re probably thinking “Michaela what even is this costume?” but hear me out! The Parisian stereotype of high neck sweaters, berets, neck scarves, and a baguette in hand is somewhat embodied in this costume. As an American in Paris and not a Parisian in Paris though, you’re going to fail at emulating that stereotype. In fact, I broke it so hard that I substituted a baguette for a loaf of whole wheat bread (gotta stay health conscious people). Granted, if you don’t want people questioning why you’re holding a loaf of bread all night, just hit up your local thrift store and try to find a beret. If you don’t like answering the same question over and over again, this costume probably isn’t for you.

Costume Two: Where’s Waldo?


Sweater:, Jeans: Forever 21, Slip On Sneakers: Vans

Everybody’s favorite hidden guy! This costume is really a no brainer. If you don’t wear prescription glasses like myself, I would recommend finding an old pair of big sunglasses you no longer wear and punching out the shades. Glasses or no glasses, people are bound to know who you are already just from your sweater alone. A simple pair of jeans and any pair of basic sneakers and you’re good to go! Just remember to go AWOL a bunch of times during the night to remind your friends just what being Waldo is all about.

Costume Three: Rosie the Riveter


Denim Top + Jeans: Topshop, Boots: Doc Martens, Bandana: C/O Joy Taylor

An American icon, Rosie the Riveter embodies the idea that women are capable of doing a man’s job. A simple denim on denim ensemble plus some combat boots and you’re ready to get down to the nitty gritty at the factory. Bandanas can be purchased at any craft store usually for $1. Honestly, why wouldn’t you choose this costume? Beyonce was also Rosie the Riveter for Halloween one year. You’d be one step closer to Queen B. Is that not everyone’s goal?! But aside from that, make sure to spread the message that yes, we CAN do it.

Now that you’ve seen these DIY costumes, put down the cat ears you’ve been wearing for the last 3 years and put your own twist on these for Halloween. A huge thank you to my friend Joy Taylor for photographing me and lending me her bandana without which the beloved Rosie the Riveter costume would have been incomplete. Have a great day and stay inspired!

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The Curly Girls Guide to Fall Fashion

The autumn season is finally upon us and has taken no time in filling the air with that chill many of us have probably been waiting for since mid-July (you know, that point where everyone is over the blazing summer heat). Ringing in autumn comes with a multitude of changes. You opt out of your favorite cold summer drink for a warmer one (most likely of the pumpkin flavor variety) that will help you fend off that fore mentioned autumnal chill. Your favorite shorts and tank tops get packed away for the space in your closet to be filled with an array of jeans and sweaters in fall-appropriate colors. In relation to hair changes, you’re probably about to give up that wash n’ go you’ve been sporting for the last three months in order to save yourself from the misery of having to deal with cold, wet hair for the impending cold months ahead. September 23rd may have signaled the end of summer bliss but I, with the help of three other beautiful CurlyInCollege ladies, present to you the perfect way to get out of your post summer depression and have you fall-ing in love with fall! Princess, Jas, and Ziajah modeled their go-to outfits for this transitional time of year along with their go-to hairstyles.

Look One


First in this lookbook is Princess. She conquers fall with an olive green crop top, medium wash high waisted jeans, velvet combat boots and a leather jacket to keep out that infamous chill in the autumn air. Her accessories include a double choker necklace, a bowler hat, and an edgy, zippered shoulder bag to finish off the look. Princess’ style tip for fall is to wear neutral colors. “Colors like greens, nudes, and blush tones. They look good on everyone!”


As for her hair, Princess went with two side twists with the rest of her hair down. She says the twists are simple and easy to do plus they’re fun. Her one tip for handling natural hair in the fall? “Keep it moisturized! Use your oils and play around with it.”



Look Two


Next up is Jas! The outfit she chose just screams ‘autumn’ with the abundance of warm colors. Draped in a tribal print poncho, her long sleeve burgundy crop top, ripped jeans, and moccasin flats are the epitome of a cozy fall ensemble. Her style tip for dressing for the season is, “Keep it comfortable! You don’t have to do a lot to be cute. Also, fall color schemes. Burgundy, grey, beige, and olive – my personal favorite.”


For her hair, Jas is a protective styling enthusiast. “It’s convenient and easy! I prefer to keep my hair in protective styles because I have a lot of hair that can be hard to manage with school and cold weather.” So, her tip for managing hair in the fall is to use protective styling. “You can achieve every hairstyle in any color with a nice protective style.”


Look Three


This last look is brought to you by Ziajah. The dark colors of her outfit certainly contrast her bright personality that shined through when we were shooting her look. She’s ready to take on the season with her velvet moto jacket, neutral toned dress, tights, and chunky lace up boots.  “Fall is a transitional season so jackets are a must!” she says in choosing the cool jacket she’s sporting. As for style tips, Ziajah says, “Dark lipstick colors! Deep reds and purples. Also, try to be comfortable and stay warm.”


Ziajah put her hair in Bantu knots but tells me the struggle she had and how she solved it. “I tried to do Bantu knots but it didn’t work out so I just put the two out and put the rest up in a bun.” Buns are a quick and easy style that anyone can accomplish and can keep your hair away from your face when the wind blows endlessly. Her advice for fall hairstyles? “Try out different hairstyles that don’t require your hair to be wet. Trying it out now during the fall helps prepare you for the winter.”


I hope these three ladies inspire you to go out in your best fall duds and try out a new ‘do for this season. A huge thank you to them for tapping into their inner model and strutting their stuff. Have a great day and stay inspired!