Thoughts on Styling + a Review of the Veja Esplar Sneakers

Thoughts on Styling + a Review of the Veja Esplar Sneakers Thoughts on Styling + a Review of the Veja Esplar Sneakers Thoughts on Styling + a Review of the Veja Esplar Sneakers Thoughts on Styling + a Review of the Veja Esplar Sneakers Thoughts on Styling + a Review of the Veja Esplar Sneakers Thoughts on Styling + a Review of the Veja Esplar Sneakers

Hat (Similar) | Vintage Tee (Similar) | Denim | Thrifted Belt (Similar) | Vintage Camera Bag (Similar) | Sneakers (larger sizes found here)

Something that I knew going into this capsule is that I wanted to do a better job at styling the pieces in my wardrobe.

I think I’ve gotten a little bit lazy in that area and the result is I’m relying more and more on the individual pieces in my wardrobe to work for me in a stand alone kind of way.

What I mean is that I’m feeling the itch to add more pieces to my wardrobe because I’m not pushing those pieces to their full potential.

I’m learning that no matter how versatile a piece of clothing is, if I don’t style it creatively it will be limited in what it can do for me.

Which then leads me to have the feeling that either something is missing from my wardrobe or that I need to add more to it.

I started really recognizing these feelings at the end of this summer and it had me itching to get a whole new wardrobe (not something I actually need right now).

I think I really recognized those feelings this summer because my wardrobe was filled with some amazing pieces that should have had me feeling great all the way through to fall. But because of life (i.e. having three babies under three), I got a bit lazy with how I was putting outfits together.

It really got me thinking that a huge way to find success in a capsule wardrobe is to really hone in on the art of accessorizing. I’m beginning to think that this may actually be the necessary foundation to any capsule.

Because if you (I) can really nail this down and figure out your accessorizing style then you just simply don’t need as much. One shirt can be accessorized in countless ways, but one shirt without accessories is going to look the same every time.

With that said, I admittedly am not the best at styling/accessorizing. I do tend to rely pretty heavily on pieces sanding on their own.

So, these photos were my first attempt at styling in a very long while and I’m not totally happy with the end result. I think I could have done with either the bag or the purse instead of both. I also think these shoes aren’t quite right. If I had to do it again I would have gone with my black mules.

It’s a learning process you guys. I’ve never professed to be someone who has a handle on fashion (now give me a Harry Potter or Jane Austen quiz and I’ll nail that), so I’m just going to work at this with you guys and hopefully we can learn together.

So now you tell me, do you struggle with accessorizing? Have you figured our your accessorizing style? Let me know in the comments! Let’s have a conversation about this.

One last thing before you go, I also have a video review of these Veja Esplar’s for your guys. I’ve had a lot of questions about them (sizing, fit, overall quality, etc.) so I thought the easiest way for me to review them would be to just chat with you about it. I hope you find it helpful!

Veja Esplar Review With Video And Photos

Until next time,


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  1. 9.22.17
    Sam said:

    Digging on that hat! Love it!

  2. 9.22.17

    Love the shirt! I wouldn’t say I struggle with styling, but I’ve made the conscious choice to not focus on it. My ideal styling looks casual, but can honestly feel fussy. I feel like I spend the majority of my time with 2 kids piled on my lap or doing dishes/putting away laundry, and the last thing I want to worry about is if my side tucked shirt is staying put or if a kid is going to accidently pull out a dangly earring. And I share the same sentiment with house styling. So I’ve made my peace with not having my exact, fav styling and keeping things ultra minimal until my kids are a little older.

    • 9.26.17
      Karin said:

      Thanks girl! It was love at first sight. 🙂 I get where you’re coming from, and most days that’s exactly how I feel! But I do really enjoy spending time on my outfits and coming up with a “look” (which I guess is one of the reasons I started blogging), and I was starting to feel like I was losing that. I definitely don’t sweat it if my shirt comes untucked, but it does feel nice when I make the effort. 🙂

  3. 9.22.17

    I think you did a good job, but you’re right, accessorizing can be difficult. I feel like my sister does a pretty good job with that but I’m not that great. Granted, I like layering in the fall so that will help a bit.


    • 9.26.17
      Karin said:

      Yes fall definitely is easier when it comes to accessorizing! Layering is a girls best friend! 🙂

  4. 9.26.17

    This is awesome. Accessorizing is always the hardest part!

    • 9.26.17
      Karin said:

      It’s my greatest weakness haha!

  5. 9.26.17
    Lo said:

    I struggle so much with accessories. I find it hard to invest in stuff like jewelry (I’m too indecisive and wouldn’t know what to wear it with), so I usually just go without. But whenever I have a more fancy event, I feel a little underdressed. I’ve been liking bandanas lately, but styling is still an area where I don’t always know the line to walk between overdone/fussy and too bare.

    • 9.26.17
      Karin said:

      Gosh I know exactly how you feel! That’s part of the reason I don’t own much at all. I also have been loving bandanas, but I do usually end up feeling like I’ve overdone it and then just take all of my accessories off. I really need to work on finding a healthy medium.

  6. 11.15.17
    nathalie said:

    Hi can you tell me what size shoe you got? 39 or 40? I’m a US 8 and not sure if I should go with the 38 or 39 🙁

    • 11.21.17
      Karin said:

      I started with an 8/39 (I wear a true 9 in all other brands) because of reviews online and then ended up trading with someone for a 9/40 and those were too big… bummer! I would have fit perfectly in a between size. I’m sorry that’s not much more help!

  7. 5.19.18
    Kate said:


    I got these exact Veja’s for Christmas and have been wearing them pretty consistently for almost 2 months. Almost too consistently. I’ve gone in three hour walks in them. 😛 Anyway, I noticed recently that the creping on the bottoms is smoothing out in a particular spot, and that there is some wear on the heels. As it’s been a few more months since this review was posted, I was wondering how your shoes are holding up. Do you notice similar wear, or have I been speeding up the aging of these shoes? Do you think Veja’s age well, or do they not have the longevity of a Converse or Adidas?

    Thanks! 🙂

    • 6.11.18
      Karin said:

      To be honest, I ended up selling them about six months after this post. I really liked them, but they were just a tad bit too small, which made them uncomfortable if I wore them for more than just a couple of hours. I traded with someone on Noihsaf Bazaar for the next size up, and they were too big. So for now I’ve put a hold on Veja’s. At some point I may try one of their softer material styles to see if those work a bit better.

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