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How to Style a Sweatshirt

2 Comments 14 November 2014

orange peter pan collar, beatles sweatshirt, plaid pencil skirt, gold metallic kitten heel

I’m not usually a sweatshirt kind of girl, but when a sweatshirt pays homage to the greatest band of all time who am I to resist its cozy allure?  Part of what keeps me from wearing sweatshirts on the regular is that their unstructured shape doesn’t always mesh with my preference for more polished, dressier garments, but I am willing to take a step outside my comfort zone for something with a quirky vibe.  The trick to feeling confident in something you would normally steer clear of is to find a way to make it work with your every day style.

orange peter pan collar, beatles sweatshirt, plaid pencil skirt, gold metallic kitten heel

One thing that makes this sweatshirt a winner for me is the fact that it has a great 60s mod vibe to it with the bold white typography set against a black background.  Finding something outside your comfort zone that has design elements or features that you adore makes it a whole lot easier to don that garment and retain a sense of yourself.  To further the playfulness of the sweatshirt, I layered it over a sleeveless shirt with a great orange peter pan collar.  I love the way the pop of color really stands out against the black and white elements.  When it came time to figure out what to pair the sweatshirt with this pencil skirt from Target immediately came to mind.  The plaid print continues the 60s feel of the look and provides a hint of preppy charm that’s in keeping with my personal style.

orange peter pan collar, beatles sweatshirt, plaid pencil skirt, gold metallic kitten heel

Graphic tees and sweatshirts are kind of having a moment.  Here are a few more that I am loving:

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Style Notes: Beatles sweatshirt- only found in store at Nordstrom (summer 2014) / Anthropologie shirt (spring 2013; love) / Target skirt (fall 2014; similar) / Ann Taylor shoes (summer 2014; similar) / Kate Spade purse (fall 2014; similar)

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Blazing a Trail Into The Holidays

No Comments 02 November 2014

white blazer with black trimmed lapels, tuxedo striped pant, bow belt, silver metallic kitten heel

With Halloween behind us, my attentions are now focused on the upcoming holiday season.  The chill in the air, the hunt for the perfect gifts for my loved ones, and the numerous opportunities to get together with coworkers, friends, and family make for my favorite time of year.  Because so many holiday gatherings, especially those with colleagues and friends, happen after work it’s important to have a few tried and true looks that are polished enough to see you through the work day but that can also be easily transitioned for some evening fun.

white blazer with black trimmed lapels, tuxedo striped pant, bow belt, silver metallic kitten heel

One of my favorite day to night pieces is a menswear influenced blazer.  One of my favorite go-to blazers is this white blazer with tuxedo inspired lapels.  It makes for an especially easy way to add a little something extra that can take you from work to a holiday soiree.  A tuxedo striped pant is the perfect compliment to the blazer not to mention is a pant sophisticated enough for the office and fun enough to wear into the night.

white blazer with black trimmed lapels, tuxedo striped pant, bow belt, silver metallic kitten heel

To keep things appropriate for work wear a simple black shirt underneath.  Here I chose to pair the blazer with a black peplum to add some femininity to the outfit, but it would look just as great with a simple black tank or tee.  Once the evening falls, I would don a belt, especially if pairing the blazer with a peplum, as the belt will help define the waistline and is another way to add some whimsy to the look.  I paired the blazer and peplum with a bow belt to further play off the menswear, tuxedo vibe of the look.   Fun accessories, like a colorful clutch, that can be thrown on before heading out to meet friends help transition the look from work attire to holiday frock.

white blazer with black trimmed lapels, tuxedo striped pant, bow belt, silver metallic kitten heel

Style Notes: Gap blazer (winter 2012;similar) / Target peplum (spring 2013; similar) / Anthropologie belt (winter 2013; similar) / Ann Taylor pants (summer 2011; similar) / Ann Taylor shoes (summer 2014; similar) / Kate Spade clutch (fall 2013; love) / Loft sunglasses (summer 2014; similar)

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Enchanted with Fall

No Comments 30 October 2014

This time of year, between the beginning of autumn and the holiday season, is magical, isn’t it?  There’s a crispness to the mornings and evenings that echoes of cooler days to come.  A hot pot of coffee, a waft of cinnamon in the air, and the promise of hours spent bundled on the couch reading books carry me through a long work week.

Mustard sweater with black scalloped trimmed white collar and cuffs, black and white striped a-line skirt, leaoprd heels, and owl purse

I picked up this knit two summers ago at a small boutique in my parents’ hometown.  While I knew it would return to the desert with me and be promptly put away for a few more months, I couldn’t resist the perfect fall hue or the quirky crisp white collar and cuffs.  Now that cooler temps are beginning to hit the valley I find myself turning to this sweater once again.

Mustard sweater with black scalloped trimmed white collar and cuffs, black and white striped a-line skirt, leaoprd heels, and owl purse

What I love about this outfit is how perfectly it melds functuanilty and style. The collared sweater, a-line skirt, kitten heel shoe, and sensible handbag create a perfectly polished look that can be worn to work, lunch with friends, or dinner with my husband.

Mustard sweater with black scalloped trimmed white collar and cuffs, black and white striped a-line skirt, leaoprd heels, and owl purse

It’s the extra details, though, that elevate these basic pieces and make them infinitely more interesting and full of personality.  The sweater, bag, and shoes repeat lovely autumn tones of mustard, rust, and brown while the black scalloped stitching on the sweater’s white collar and cuffs echoes the black and white stripes on the skirt.

Mustard sweater with black scalloped trimmed white collar and cuffs, black and white striped a-line skirt, leaoprd heels, and owl purse

This outfit strikes an ideal balance of a put together look that can be worn to a variety of occasions and a look with just enough whimsy to embrace the enchantment of a new season.

Style Notes:  Sweater (winter 2013; similar) / Anthropologie skirt (spring 2012; similar) / Halogen shoes via Last Chance (fall 2012; similar) / Kate Spade purse (fall 2014; budget friendly) / Loft sunglasses (summer 2014; similar)

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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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