How To Style The Lace-Up Trend

white jeans black lace up top black lace up heelsYou guys, juggling full-time work, graduate school, and this little blog is absolutely no joke. I’ve been MIA the past two weeks because I have no idea how to do this all?! I love my blog and don’t want it to fall by the wayside, so I’m going to try to be better about managing my time (what little I have left) – but if you have any tips then please let me know!

Anyways, let’s get into this outfit. I know Labor Day was last weekend and you’re not supposed to wear white afterwards, but I think that’s stupid. I used to think it was such a faux pas, but who cares? White jeans are one of my favorite things to wear (as evidenced here and here), and as long as it’s still warm… I’m going to keep doing it!

I know we’ve been seeing the lace-up trend everywhere, and I think it’s (luckily) here to stay! Last year it was with flats, and this year it’s expanded to clothing! I started out with this cute lace-up bodysuit, but when I saw this lace-up tank, I knew it would pair with everything! While the weather is still warm, I’m trying to get in all of the sleeveless and open-toed action that I can, so this has been perfect with jeans and even a cute skirt!

I had also been eyeing these lace-up heels for a few weeks, and when a killer coupon code appeared – I snatched them up! The gold heel completely sold me, and they’re totally appropriate for the cooler temps, too!

Lace-up top: Nordstrom Rack (similar here and here)// Jeans: Old Navy // Lace-up heels: Public Desire (shorter heel here & on MAJOR sale!) // Purse: Old Navy (obsessed with the newer version!)

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Photos by Katie Ardner

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  1. 9.20.16
    Daisi Ari said:

    Lauren I totally feel you on the work-life-blog balance! I struggle with this too but am trying to manage my time better. I find it saves me time when I shoot multiple outfits in one day. This way I have my photos ready and can write my posts throughout the week. Good luck babe!

    P.S. I also think the white after labor day rule is dumb!

    Daisi Ari ||

    • 9.22.16
      Lauren O. said:

      Yes, it saves so much time to shoot multiple outfits in one day! Now I just need to get down writing multiple posts in one day! 😉 And isn’t it though?!

  2. 9.19.16
    Matlab said:

    Gorgeous photos like always, love it. 🙂

    • 9.26.16
      Lauren O. said:

      Thank you so much! You’re too sweet 🙂

  3. 9.15.16
    Amanda said:

    You look beautiful girl and you did this trend so well! I love the lace up but all the ones I love are really deep and I’m not showing off the girls so I’ve just held off on getting any! This is modest but still chic! Love it! Also, time management!?!? Just when I think I’ve got it down I don’t. I think I have a lot on my plate with the little ones and the blog I can only imagine all of what you’ve got going on.. For you you probably have to have a super strict schedule just to somewhat maintain. Hope you are able to figure it all out!

    Manda |

    • 9.18.16
      Lauren O. said:

      Hahah you seriously are too cute! I don’t like showing too much either, so I definitely need the laces to ACTUALLY lace LOL! And thank you so much! Omg I couldn’t imagine doing all of that, especially with a family – so my hat is completely off to you! 🙂 But it’s definitely been an adjustment, I just have to figure out a solid routine!

  4. 9.13.16
    Tina said:

    This outfit is effortless and totally chic!! Love the lace up top on you!


    • 9.13.16
      Lauren O. said:

      Thanks a lot, Tina! Seriously can’t get enough of the lace up trend!

  5. 9.13.16
    Abigail said:

    Love these shoes and your tan bag! You’re a stunner!

    Abigail Alice x

    • 9.13.16
      Lauren O. said:

      Thanks so much, Abigail! You’re too sweet! This bag has been on major repeat this summer!

  6. 9.13.16
    Amy Ann said:

    I bet you have been busy! Love the lace up!

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

    • 9.13.16
      Lauren O. said:

      Way too busy for my liking haha! And thank you! 🙂

  7. 9.13.16
    Kelsie said:

    Love how you styled this top! It looks great on you! I’m totally with you on the ‘no white after Labor Day’ rule…especially if it’s still warm or you are on vacation. The rules were made to be broken! 😀


    • 9.13.16
      Lauren O. said:

      Could not agree more kelsie lol!! And thank you! White jeans are my favorite thing to wear, so why stop because of some random rule?!

  8. 9.13.16
    Carmen said:

    I have yet to try this trend but these look good on you! :]

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    • 9.13.16
      Lauren O. said:

      Thank you so much, Carmen! Definitely recommend testing it out!

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