This post brought to you by The Limited. All opinions are 100% mine.
When I moved to the valley thirteen years ago one of the first retailers I visited was The Limited at Scottsdale Fashion Square. As a recent college grad, who had just landed her first teaching gig, I was in desperate need of some career minded clothing that wasn’t going to break the bank or compromise on style. Since that initial visit many years ago, the Fashion Square location has undergone a few transformations and I have moved on to different schools and teaching assignments, but I still own, and wear, one of the shirts I bought a few days before the start of my very first school year as a teacher. A testament to a quality product, don’t you think? So when The Limited invited me to visit the newly remodeled location Scottsdale Fashion Square I was very excited. I was generously provided a gift card to use to put together two looks from the fall collection.
Upon entering the store one of the first things I noticed was the bright lighting, which helps the customer notice the subtle details of textures and accessories, the color stories throughout the store, and lends an overall modern vibe to the store. The crisp white wall fixtures, pewter hanging bars, wood floors, and damasked wallpapered fitting rooms are the perfect blend of masculine and feminine. Overall the remodeled location has a much more minimalistic approach than interior choices of the past, which I think helps reinvigorate the brand by making it more appealing to young, upwardly mobile women. Loyal customers will also like the new store decor as the product plays a more prominent role.
The fall collection is full of rich jewel tones, tweeds, leather details, and classic black and white pieces, which make it easy to dress appropriately for work while staying on trend. There are plenty of pieces for every career girl, body type, and events in a girl’s life, all at a great price point.
Any time I am shopping for new pieces I try to purchase items that I know can fit a variety of functions in my life, from work to play, and that will stand the test of time. What I truly appreciate about The Limited‘s product selection is that the majority of the collection consists of classic silhouettes that have been updated with exciting colors, textures, and patterns, which, again, makes it easy for the girl who wants pieces she knows will be appropriate for work but fun enough to take her on through the evening to happy hour with coworkers or a dinner date.
The first look I chose was a pencil skirt and sweater combination. While this is a classic, feminine silhouette, I love that the sweater’s print and the skirt’s faux leather detail add a little bit of edge to the overall look. The print, the faux leather waistband, and the colors also create visual interest to what could otherwise be a rather bland look. If the sweater’s print is a bit too bold for your work environment it can easily be toned down by putting on a blazer. This is also a look that can definitely take one from board room meetings to happy hour meet ups!
Style Notes Look #1: The Limited sweater c/o (fall 2013) / The Limited skirt c/o (fall 2013) / Gap blazer (winter 2012; similar style)/ Kate Spade Outlet necklace (fall 2013; purchased on mega sale; love this) / Nine West shoes (winter 2010; love these) / Marc Jacobs purse via Last Chance (summer 2013; 83% off original price)
The sweater from the first look also pairs nicely with these amazing riding pants I picked up that night. (I totally took advantage of the current by one get the second 50% off promo!) This would make for a great casual Friday work look that can be layered and dressed up a bit more with a blazer or a comfortable and stylish outfit to meet up with friends for some coffee and a movie, to run weekend errands in or for all those upcoming holiday dinners with family. I love it when something so easy to put on can meet the demands of a busy work and social calendar!
Style Notes Look #2: The Limited sweater c/o (fall 2013) / The Limited pants (fall 2013) / Gap blazer (winter 2012; similar style) / Halogen shoes via Last Chance (spring 2012; love these flats) / Kate Spade Outlet necklace (fall 2013; purchased on mega sale; love this) / Marc Jacobs purse via Last Chance (summer 2013; 83% off original price)
For the last look I took those riding pants, which fit like a glove but are as comfortable as the leggings I lounge around the house, and put them with a crisp white blouse. Black and white is a classic color combination that will never go out of style, no matter what is on trend for a given season, so don’t shy away from it. Instead, look for pieces that have some interesting or out of the ordinary details to update the classic pairing.
In the case of this look, the over sized bow and the zippered ankles help keep this from just being a tank top and leggings kind of outfit. Those two details alone add a bit of edginess and softness (huge trend for fall) that elevate the entire look. Since the bow is such a show stopper I wouldn’t pair it with a blazer or cardigan to make it more work friendly as much of its charm would then be lost; rather, I would save this look for a special night out with the girls, a fun date night, or an office party.
Style Notes Look #3: The Limited shirt (fall 2013) / The Limited pants (fall 2013) / Kate Spade shoes via Last Chance (summer 2012; love these)/ Kate Spade clutch (summer 2013; birthday present; Ebay options)
Thanks to The Limited for a fun evening of shopping and a huge thanks to Emily, the Scottsdale Fashion Square location manager, and her staff for welcoming me into their store, answering my questions, and pulling items for me!