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How To Wear A Pencil Skirt This Fall: Schoolgirl Plaid

No Comments 17 October 2014

When Jordana Paige asked me to style three pencil skirt looks for fall I jumped at the chance.   I love Jordana’s bags (check out this bag- perfect for a teacher or busy mom on the go) and what her company stands for.  Plus, I can’t resist a good pencil skirt or helping other women come up with ways to refresh their current wardrobes or find new pieces to add to their fall arsenal!  See looks one and two here.

mustard cable sweater, plaid pencil skirt, brown loafers

New pencils, notebooks and folders may not be on your fall shopping list anymore, but with back-to-school vibes in the air one of this season’s hottest trends, plaid, is the perfect print to lend some prep school charm to a pencil skirt. Plaid comes in a variety of colors and proportions so it’s a print that is easily dressed up with a little sparkle for a night out or dressed down with cozy sweaters, graphic tees, and embellished sweatshirts for those crisp autumn days when you drop the kids off at school, meet your girlfriends for coffee, or browse the local farmers’ market.
mustard cable sweater, plaid pencil skirt, brown loafers
In this look, the mustard cable knit sweater and blue and black plaid skirt complement one another to create a cozy, polished feeling. Normally, a heel is the most flattering shoe choice to elongate the feminine lines of a pencil skirt, but in this case a loafer is the perfect shoe pairing to add a little prep school uniform vibe, not to mention comfort, to the look. The quirky necklace and book clutch are another nod to geek chic and complete this look’s perfect mix of preppy comfort and feminine charm.
mustard cable sweater, plaid pencil skirt, brown loafers
Style Notes: Old Navy sweater (summer 2014) / Target skirt (fall 2014; similar) / Old Navy loafers (summer 2014) / Kate Spade necklace (cute) / Kate Spade clutch (fall 2013; similar) / Loft sunglasses (summer 2014; similar)

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How to Wear a Pencil Skirt this fall: Ladylike Leopard

No Comments 14 October 2014

polka dot anthropologie sweater, ann taylor bow belt, leopard loft pencil skirt

When Jordana Paige asked me to style three pencil skirt looks for fall I jumped at the chance.   I love Jordana’s bags (check out this bag- perfect for a teacher or busy mom on the go) and what her company stands for.  Plus, I can’t resist a good pencil skirt or helping other women come up with ways to refresh their current wardrobes or find new pieces to add to their fall arsenal!  See look one here.

The innate femininity of a pencil skirt makes it a go-to piece for date night as it plays up your feminine wiles.  A pencil skirt with a classic leopard print has instant style and ladylike sex appeal. Choose accessories that add an element of fun while still retaining a classic, feminine feel in order to keep the outfit from reading too somber.

polka dot anthropologie sweater, ann taylor bow belt, leopard loft pencil skirt
In this look, the sheer polka dot sleeves of the sweater and the leopard print of the skirt help elevate the two closet staples (sweater and pencil skirt) beyond basic pieces. The curve of the sleeves’ dots and the curve of the skirt’s print add visual interest and further emphasize the feminine lines of the entire look. The accessories (statement necklace, belt, and heels) don’t compete for attention since they are all the same hue; rather, they complement the sweater and skirt with their sophisticated glamour and whimsical touches.

polka dot anthropologie sweater, ann taylor bow belt, leopard loft pencil skirt

Style Notes: Anthropologie sweater (love) / Loft skirt (similar) / Ann Taylor belt (similar) / Kate Spade shoes (similar) / Kate Spade necklace (similar) / Kate Spade bag (similar) / Loft sunglasses (similar)

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Transitions

No Comments 30 September 2014

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This floral number is one of my favorite summer dresses and even though the temps are beginning to drop here in the valley I’m not ready to retire this charming print just yet.  Not every summer dress makes the fall transition, but ones that have colors that work for fall or that can be layered with more fall like pieces are ones that make the cut.  In the case of this dress, the bold floral print incorporates two of fall’s color trends, royal blue and bright cobalt, making it a piece that easily works in early autumn.

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Since I love a good A-line skirt, I chose to pair this dress with a sweater for an instant update that also helps to make the look more fall appropriate.  The white peter pan collar, which echoes the white in the dress, helps minimize the summery effect of the dress’ white background.

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Metallics, especially gold, are also a major fall trend.  This kitten heel adds to the feminine charm of this look and is an easy way to add another autumnal element to the outfit.

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Style Notes: J.Crew sweater (winter 2013; love) / Anthropologie dress (spring 2013; love) / Ann Taylor shoes (summer 2014; similar) / Target sunglasses (fall 2014)

 

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In Bloom

No Comments 19 September 2014

Black sheer polka dot sleeve sweater and pink floral midi skirt

Bright colors, like red and pink, are on trend for fall this year so if you were about to pack your more vibrantly colored clothing away until spring think again.  They will actually be relevant for several more months to come, which, if your clothing budget looks anything like mine, is a major reason to rejoice.

Black sheer polka dot sleeve sweater and pink floral midi skirt

This pink floral midi skirt is something I picked up for a steal this summer with the intention of wearing it long after the temps begin to drop.  With its bright pink background and grey floral print, the skirt is a nice juxtaposition of summery brights and wintery muted hues.  To update the skirt for fall I paired it with one of my favorite sweaters from last fall.  The sweater helps to not only draw out the bright pink in the skirt, but also serves to further accentuate the floral pattern.  The sheer, polka dot sleeves keep the sweater from reading too heavy and add another quirky element to complement the skirt’s oversized florals.

black pumps with gold heel

To emphasize the feminine elements of the sweater and skirt, I chose to accessorize with a black statement necklace and round toe pumps with a gold accented heel.   I love the mix of classic and modern these pieces bring to this look.

Black sheer polka dot sleeve sweater and pink floral midi skirt

If refreshing your summer pieces for fall seems a daunting task, remember that an easy way to extend the life of your summer pieces is to mix them in with some of your fall favorites rather than wearing a head-to-toe tribute to warm weather.

Style Notes: Anthropologie sweater (fall 2013; similar) / ASOS skirt (summer 2014) / Kate Spade necklace via outlet (spring 2013; similar) / Kate Spade purse via Last Chance (summer 2014; love) / dv by Dolce Vita shoes via Last Chance (winter 2014; love)

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Classics with a twist

No Comments 27 August 2014

black and white striped sweater, black and white graphic pring midi skirt, kate spade gatsby book clutch

The key to wearing pieces that feel a little retro is to strike a balance between classic and modern elements.  In the case of this look, the classic aspects are the Peter Pan collar, the midi skirt, and the black pump.  They all echo a silhouette that was popular in the 1950s, which I love, but I certainly don’t want to appear as if I’ve traveled through time.

 white striped sweater, black and white graphic pring midi skirt, kate spade gatsby book clutch

What keeps this outfit from looking too costumey is the sweater’s sheer panel, the skirt’s graphic, almost paint stroke like print, and the shoe’s surprise gold heel.  Sticking to two colors, black and white, with the mixed prints also lends a more modern feel to the silhouette.  The pop of yellow in the clutch, which reappears in the shoe, helps break up the black and white and further adds to a fresh twist on classic pieces.

lack and white striped sweater, black and white graphic pring midi skirt, kate spade gatsby book clutch

Style Notes: Forever 21 sweater (fall 2012; similar) / H&M skirt (spring 2014; love) / dv by Dolce Vita shoes via Last Chance (winter 2014; summer update) /  Kate Spade clutch (fall 2013; love) / Kate Spade bracelet (fall 2012; love)

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Pencil Me in

No Comments 25 August 2014

embellished collar, faux leather pencil skirt, gold metallic shoes

Based on my fall/winter style board on Pinterest, it’s safe to say leather is on my radar for fall in a major way.  I’m really hankering for a super cool leather jacket this year, but here in AZ we are still several weeks away from weather that it’s even remotely close to being cool enough to don a jacket of any sort.  An easy way to begin wearing leather or leather inspired looks now is to find a killer skirt in either a pencil or A-line cut.  Certainly, a leather skirt is going to be a tad heavier, and warmer, than its cotton, linen, or polyester counterparts, but it’s a far less sweaty way to delve into leather for fall and an easy way to incorporate leather in a day time, work appropriate way.

embellished collar, faux leather pencil skirt, gold metallic shoes

Leather, or its faux counterparts, can read a bit tough/rock ‘n roll, so look for pieces in classic cuts without too much sheen and with a soft, almost buttery, texture.  This will prevent the piece from coming across as too severe or cheap.  A classic silhouette and dull sheen will also make it easier to pair with work appropriate tops and shoes you already own.  Leather is one of those wardrobe pieces that I believe it is important to invest in; you don’t have to break the bank and spend hundreds or thousands of dollars, but it is also the time to skip over a fast fashion, budget friendly retailer and head to one that caters to a working adult. Below are some great leather pencil skirt options under $100:

embellished collar, faux leather pencil skirt, gold metallic shoes

I purchased this leather pencil skirt eons ago back when Isaac Mizrahi was designing capsule collections for Target. I probably spent about $50 on it, which was quite an investment as a young, single teacher. Initial sticker shock aside, that $50 has turned out to be one of the wisest fashion investments I have ever made. By sticking to a classic silhouette and a duller sheen, I managed to pick up a piece that looks great each fall. To give this skirt a fun little update for this season, and to keep it from looking to heavy while it’s still 100+ outside, I paired it with an ivory blouse in a t-shirt cut. The hue helps balance out the black skirt so things don’t read too austere, while the embellished collar adds a little more femininity to the look.

embellished collar, faux leather pencil skirt, gold metallic shoes

Accessories are another great way to indulge longings for fall garments even when the weather isn’t cooperating. Each accessory in this look, the jeweled collar, owl purse, and metallic shoes, is a statement piece in and of itself, but they work together because of the repetition of fall inspired hues and textures.

embellished collar, faux leather pencil skirt, gold metallic shoes

What’s on your style radar for fall?

Style Notes: Ann Taylor shirt (summer 2014; on sale) / Isaac Mizrahi for Target skirt (years ago; love) / Kate Spade purse (fall 2014; purchased during a recent sale) / Ann Taylor shoes (fall 2014; similar) / Loft sunglasses (summer 2014; love)

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