21 gallery walls to get you inspired

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My favorite time to get my hands on a trend is right when it's fading. Just after all the It-Girls and Design Bloggers have finished up with it - when it's old news, but still interesting to the people who were always into the essence instead of the trendiness. Gallery walls were everywhere I looked 3 years ago, as I was trying to decorate my first California apartment. Of course after I moved into said apartment, I had no wall space to speak of for a gallery...but it's still been fun to imagine how I would put one together in a future home. 

Here are a few distinct design tricks for putting together a beautiful gallery wall, all sourced from Pinterest - come find me there!

Image via Anthology Mag

Image via Anthology Mag

GET HIGH:

Vertically oriented gallery walls lift your eye & add lightness. 

 

REPEAT YOURSELF:

Repeated motifs create unity.

 

LAYER UP:

Stack objects on top of each other to create the illusion of one large artwork.

 

CLOSE UP:

Use a large portrait (animal or human!) to anchor.

 
Image via A Cup of Jo

Image via A Cup of Jo

PLAY WITH SCALE:

Different sizes & shapes make your eye travel.

 

50 Ways to Wear Denim: the Wasp Waist (+ a Giveaway!)

Denim: Madewell | Crop top: Zara | Necklace: Jan Michaels Jewelry | Shoes: H&M | Rings: Banana Republic, street fair finds, Old Yak Bazaar in Berkeley, Tender Loving Empire in Portland

Denim: Madewell | Crop top: Zara | Necklace: Jan Michaels Jewelry | Shoes: H&M | Rings: Banana Republic, street fair finds, Old Yak Bazaar in Berkeley, Tender Loving Empire in Portland

Picture that girl you know - the one you've had a FAT style-crush on since you first saw her walk across the room in a vintage t-shirt and straight leg jeans, carrying a yellow tote with a green silk scarf jauntily peeking out of the top, huge smile on her face. Even from afar you instantly knew she was cool, smart, and crazy talented - exactly the kind of girl you wanna be BFFs with! For me, that girl is Lauren Friedman of My Closet In Sketches and 50 Ways to Wear a Scarf fame, and since we first met (in high school in Michigan!! wow...) she has always been a major style inspiration for me. 

Lauren's newest book is an ode to everyone's favorite fabric: DENIM! 50 Ways to Wear Denim is a complete breath of fresh air & new ideas for everybody who loves denim in any shape or form they can get it. I devoured the book at lightning speed, so excited to see so many styling tips & tricks illustrated out. As I flipped every page I ran over to my closet to pull out a denim love I'd neglected, and tried to find a new way to wear it. In short, I LOVED this book, and if you're down to breathe some new life into your denim I promise you will too. 

I am so thrilled to partner with both Lauren and Chronicle Books to be a part of the 50 Ways to Wear blog tour! In celebration of the book's launch, me and five other amazing bloggers are sharing our takes on an outfit from the book - and you, dear reader, have a chance to win a copy of 50 Ways to Wear Denim and a $25 Madewell gift card! (More details below on that...!)

 

 

One of my favorite looks in the book was page 42 - the Wasp Waist. To all the other curvy ladies who took a minute to come around to high-waisted jeans, but who have finally learned their secret-weapon potential...I see you. 

The Wasp Waist look is all about the high rise of the denim. There are a few great styling suggestions for high-waisted jeans in 50 Ways, and I did a meld of two of them: 1) wear a long necklace to draw the eye down toward your waist, and 2) try a crop top to show off juuuuuuust a sliver of skin. The Zara crop I'm wearing here is boxy and oversized, so it balances well with skinny denim. The end goal is to accentuate what's already there.

Make sure you check out the other amazing blogs in the 50 Ways Blog Tour - Lauren herself on the Chronicle Books Blog, Style of Sam, See Jane Marie, Shopping is my Cardio, and Web Haute Jas - for more denim styling inspiration from the book.

And now for the exciting part....a GIVEAWAY!

Chronicle Books and I are giving away a copy of 50 Ways to Wear Denim along with a $25 Madewell gift card! I will be picking one lucky winner on September 19th. For a chance to win, all you have to do is pop on over to my Instagram page (I'm @melliott930), and leave me a comment telling me your favorite denim piece in your closet! Plus, if you follow along with the whole blog tour, you will have multiple chances to win! Visit the other participating blogs above to check out more denim-inspired outfits - - and each blog post will offer a chance for you to win a copy of the book and the gift card!

(And for the giftcard winner, may I suggest this ooh-la-la inducing vintage pair of jeans? Or this lovely denim jacket remix?)

Head over to Amazon, Indiebound, or Chronicle Books to grab your copy of 50 Ways to Wear Denim, and prepare to be INSPIRED. And come find me on Instagram to enter the book & Madewell Giftcard giveaway!

xoxo,

-Marie