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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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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: Glam Rock Leather

2 Comments 09 October 2014

plaid Loft shirt, leather pencil skirt, silver metallic heels

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!

Leather is a major fall trend, but it can often be intimidating as it can seem too edgy or rock ‘n roll. The trick to making leather read more glamorous and less dominatrix is to look for leather pieces in feminine silhouettes and with a dull sheen. This fall’s leather pieces have a decidedly more 70′s glam feel to them, so now is the perfect time to pick up a leather pencil skirt that is appropriate for a variety of occasions like date night, dinner with the girls, or just to add a little sophisticated edge to your everyday attire.

plaid Loft shirt, leather pencil skirt, silver metallic heels

In this look, the muted grey tones of the plaid shirt along with the embellished buttons keep the shirt from looking too masculine while the skirt’s dull sheen keeps the skirt from looking cheap. The kitten heel shoe and quilted handbag add some sophistication to the look while the metallic hue of the shoe and the gold chain strap of the bag add a touch of modern edge that plays off the cool girl vibe of the shirt and skirt.

plaid Loft shirt, leather pencil skirt, silver metallic heels

Style Notes: Loft shirt (summer 2014; currently 50% off) / Target skirt (old; similar) / Ann Taylor shoe (similar) / Marc Jacobs 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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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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