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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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& Apparel Fall Lookbook

No Comments 26 September 2014

& apparrel polkadot chambray, bicycyle print a-line skirt, multicolor statement necklace, oxfords

A few weeks ago I had an opportunity to model a few pieces for & Apparel’s fall lookbook.  I use the term model very, very loosely here as I am the world’s most awkward person in front of a camera.   The fact that any of my photographs turned out to be usable is a testament to the magic Michelle Herrick yields with a camera and the styling genius of Alex Evjen.

& apparrel polkadot chambray, bicycyle print a-line skirt, multicolor statement necklace, oxfords

This first outfit Alex selected totally captures my style personality and is one of those looks that fits the various outfitting needs of a modern girl.  The polka dot chambray is not only stylish, but it’s amazingly comfortable- probably the softest one I have ever worn.

& apparrel polkadot chambray, bicycyle print a-line skirt, multicolor statement necklace, oxfords

& apparrel polkadot chambray, bicycyle print a-line skirt, multicolor statement necklace, oxfords

And can we talk about this adorable skirt for a moment?  While I adore the added visual interest of the white piping along the waistline and the pockets, it’s the bicyle print along the hemline that makes this a truly special piece.  Anything that has a healthy mix of sophisticated style and whimsy is a must-have piece in my book.

& apparrel polkadot chambray, bicycyle print a-line skirt, multicolor statement necklace, oxfords

Do yourself a favor and check out & Apparel’s fall collection.  It is full of lovely pieces that perfectly meet a woman’s needs for stylish garments that can transition from day to night, work to play.

& apparrel polkadot chambray, bicycyle print a-line skirt, multicolor statement necklace, oxfords

Style Notes: & Apparel shirt  / & Apparel skirt / & Apparel statement necklace / Halogen shoes via Last Chance (fall 2013; love these)

 

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Remix

No Comments 20 August 2014

lace sheet top with embellished collar and black midi skirt

I am not a huge lace fan as it often leaves me feeling like a walking doily.   What initially attracted me to this shirt was the embellished collar; I just can’t resist them.  Being honest, though, while I have owned this shirt for a few years I continue to waffle back and forth on it.  I’ve paired it with printed and black jeans in the past or layered under a sweater, but I’ve never really been satisfied with the looks.

lace sheet top with embellished collar and black midi skirt

In fact, when I cleaned my closet a few weeks ago I all but decided the shirt’s time had come and gone and tossed it into the maybe pile.  My rules with maybes is to always try them on and then consider what two-three items I could pair them with in my closet.  If something comes to me and helps me see the garment with fresh eyes then I keep it; if not, then the item moves from a maybe to a donate/resell piece.  When it came time to try on this shirt I thought about the elements I love (embellishments and slightly sheer) compared to the things I hate (lace, boxy fit) and how to capitalize on what I like while diminishing the dislikes.

lace sheet top with embellished collar and black midi skirt

To modernize things, I played up the sheerness by pairing it with a bralette rather than a tank. I like that the Barletta adds just a hint of sex appeal, which keeps the shirt from looking dated and makes this a fun look to wear out to brunch with the girls or for date night.

lace sheet top with embellished collar and black midi skirt

My fashion tastes lean towards classic silhouettes with modern, feminine touches, so to keep the lacey sheerness of the shirt from looking too over-the-top I went with a solid black midi skirt, minimal, feminine accessories, and a sensible looking pump that has a surprise pop of modern, on trend, gold on the heel.

lace sheet top with embellished collar and black midi skirt

Style Notes: Forever 21 shirt (few years old; similar) / H&M skirt (winter 2014) / dv by Dolce Vita shoes via Last Chance (winter 2014; summer update) / Kate Spade purse via Last Chance (summer 2014)

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Inspired by Pinterest: LBD

No Comments 18 August 2014

little black dress and strappy black heels

I wrote here that I am trying to be more mindful of the images I am pinning and putting that inspiration to good use when outfit planning. Today, I am taking a cue from an ultra chic picture of a Parisian woman in a LBD. French women seem to be super cool, full of confidence, and manage to dress minimally while creating looks that are infinitely interesting. I love color and I love accessories, but sometimes I love a sophisticatedly simple look too. Dressing monochromatically is like a palate cleanser and definitely makes getting dressed for work on a sleepy Monday morning an easy task.

little black dress and strappy black heels

Dresses are a total no brainer for work wear. One piece, that may or may not need accessorizing, a killer pair of shoes, and a great handbag that can carry all the day’s necessities and you are out the door. What I love about this LBD, another find during Ann Taylor’s extra 60% off sale promo, is its ease of wear. The tubular shape is ultra-feminine and flattering, while the tapered waistline, hidden button bodice, sheer, cuffed cap sleeves, and pointed collar provide a lovely mix of work appropriate tailoring with just a hint of sex appeal.

little black dress and strappy black heels

I’m really into the minimalistic look for fall, so I chose to keep accessories light, letting the dress, bag, and shoes speak for themselves.  A statement necklace would work really well with the collar and would be an easy way to change up the look to head to dinner after work or for a night out with the girls.

little black dress and strappy black heels

Style Notes: Ann Taylor dress (summer 2014; currently an extra 50% off) / Gianni Bini shoes (summer 2014; love for fall) / Marc Jacobs purse via Last Chance (summer 2013; budget friendly) / Loft sunglasses (summer 2014; similar)

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Statement Making Color: Cobalt Blue

1 Comment 08 August 2014

cobalt blue dress and statement necklace

I picked up this dress last fall when Anthropologie began to roll out their holiday dresses.  I loved the overall simplicity of the cut (cap sleeves, empire waist and pockets) combined with the statement making color that stands out in a sea of darker holiday ware.  This dress has proven, however, to have a lot more staying power than just an occassional holiday frock.  Since it’s extremely comfortable it is a great dress to wear to work and pairs nicely with a pair of heels or a flat.  Did I mention it has pockets?  A teacher’s, and mom of young kids, dream come true!

cobalt blue dress and statement necklace

Royal and coblat blue are forecasted to once again be major colors in fall fashion.  To me, the darker shades of blue are timeless, not unlike black and white, as they can be worn in any season and by any skin tone.   I especially love the way this bold blue instantly brightens a look, so when the weather turns cold and it’s time to layer up with tights and a sweater the hue will keep everything from looking so drab.

cobalt blue dress and statement necklace

This dress is also a great work option as it doesn’t really need a lot of accessorizing as the bold, bright hue and the fabric’s texture add enough visual interest.   I kept it pretty simple by choosing accessories that bring both glamour, the statement necklace, and a playfulness, the bracelet (two kissing zebras), that echoes the fun, bold color and feminine cut of the dress.

Style Notes: Anthropologie dress (fall 2013; similar style ) / Antonio Melani shoes (few years old; similar style) / Kate Spade necklace via outlet (spring 2013; similar) / Kate Spade purse via Last Chance (summer 2014) / Loft sunglasses (summer 2014; love) / Banana Republic bracelet (summer 2014)

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Dreaming in Black and white

No Comments 31 July 2014

Gingham crop top and black and white striped skirt

Can I let you in on a little secret?  This gingham top is actually a crop top, which trust me, I am fully aware as a mother of two I have no business wearing, but can I also tell you how glorious it is to wear a shirt that doesn’t need to be tucked in when it is 110 out.  This was another huge score at Last Chance ($1.50), so I figured it was worth the risk if it didn’t work with anything in my closet.  My intention was never to bare my stomach, but I thought the shirt’s length might pair nicely with some higher waist skirts, like this black and white number.  Best $1.50 I’ve ever spent as the shirt pairs nicely with several skirts I own, hits at a fairly flattering spot, spares me the torture of extra, bulky fabric during the hot summer days, and actually provides enough coverage I could wear this to work without violating the dress code.

Gingham crop top and black and white striped skirt

I have foolishly had a real hankering for fall of late, so I’ve been busy pinning away looks for  wardrobe inspiration a few months down the road.  In the meantime, I’ve been concentrating on how I can incorporate some of what I am loving for fall now, even when there’s a heat advisory.  Black and white is always one of my loves and comprises a large amount of what I am drawn to for fall and winter, but thankfully, is really a seasonless color combo.

gingham crop top and statement necklace

What I love about wearing black and white is how easily it transitions from sophisticated and polished to carefree and playful.  It’s an easy, go to color duo and is universally flattering but that doesn’t mean it has to be muted or boring.  In fact, if you shy away from pattern mixing sticking to a black and white color palette is a fool proof way to incorporate mixed prints in your wardrobe.  In this look, the gingham print compliments the bold, graphic stripes of the skirt by creating the illusion of smaller black and white stripes and even echoes the subtle texture of the skirt with it’s vertical and horizontal lines.

Gingham crop top and black and white striped skirt

The other lovely thing about a black and white outfit is how easy it is to accessorize.  Feeling bold or wanting to express a little more personality?  Include pops of colors with a statement necklace or bracelet, with a fun handbag, or a cool pair of shoes.  Feeling a little more subtle or wanting to evoke a classic vibe?  Stick to accessories in black and white with a little bit of gold.

Gingham crop top and black and white striped skirt

Gingham crop top and black and white striped skirt

Style Notes: Topshop shirt via Last Chance (summer 2014; love; fall version) / Anthropologie skirt (spring 2013; similar; pencil skirt) / Halogen shoes via Last Chance (fall 2012; love) / Kate Spade clutch (fall 2013; love) / Banana Republic bracelet (summer 2014) / Kate Spade necklace via outlet (spring 2013; similar)

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