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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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Feel Good Fall Fashion

4 Comments 15 August 2014

31 bits fall collection

It’s no secret that I love accessories.  They are such an easy and affordable way to update a look for a specific event or season, but what if the accessories we purchase had the power to not only refresh our wardrobes but to also change lives?

31 bits fall collection 2014

Enter 31 Bits, a company who “use[es] fashion and design to empower women to rise above poverty”.  As a mother and a high school teacher, 31 Bits embodies all the qualities I try to instill in both my children and students: ideas can change lives and we who are given much should always be mindful of ways we can impact the lives of others.

31 bits fall collection 2014

31 Bits launched their fall + winter collection earlier this week; see the collection here.  Each piece is sure to be a conversation starter, so when you wear 31 Bits you have an opportunity to aid their ability to offer health care, education, and further training for 170+ women in Uganda.  Fashion that makes you look and feel good?  How can you resist?

31 bits fall collection 2014

31 bits fall collection 2014

I first wrote about 31 Bits here, so to have the opportunity to help promote their fall collection and, more importantly, the beautiful women who create these amazing pieces is a real dream come true.  A huge shout out to Alex of Ave Styles whose generousity of time, talent, and spirit is a rare gift.  Follow her on Pinterest for more fall inspiration.  Thank you to Kym Ventola for making me feel far less awakward posing for pictures than I really am; she rocks!  And major thanks to Frances Vintage who not only hosted us but also graciously lent fall looks to showcase different ways to wear your bits!  If you have not visited Frances yet, get yourself downtown ASAP to check out a locally owned boutique full of beautifully crafted and curated items.

31 bits fall collection 2014

Check out how Reachel Bagley, Summer Bellessa, Alex Evjen, Lauren Kelp , Lindsay, Jenny Strebe, and Jessica styled their favorite bits!

Style Notes: Frances dress (available in store now) / Frances clutch (available in store now) / 31 Bits necklace (fall + winter 2014 collection) / 31 Bits bracelet (fall + winter colllection) / Target shoes (summer 2014; love these for fall)

 

 

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Taking a Fashion Risk

No Comments 24 July 2014

black peplum and cheetah track pant

While I love fashion and styling different looks, I don’t really take a lot of risks with my own personal style.  Sure, I love mixing prints and never shy away from bold colors, but I tend to stay within the same style genre and garment types.  When you know what works for your body and what style makes you feel the best it’s hard to deviate from that, right?  I can admire different fashion personalities in others, but due to comfort, and finances, I tend to stay within my comfort zone.  So when the updated track pant first hit the fashion scene a few seasons back all my instincts said this is a trend I would definitely stay far, far, far away from. And for a few seasons I managed to put them out of mind, but then just a few weeks ago I went digging in my favorite bargain basement and came across this cheetah print pair for $3.  Mind you, I do not subscribe to the theory that you should buy something just because it’s a total steal.  I was curious, enough, however, to askew my personal buying tenets, figuring worse case scenario I would simply turn these into lounge pants.  Three dollar lounge pants, now those are hard to pass up, right?

black peplum and cheetah track pant

After having worn these pants on two flights and various errand running I am hear to tell you I am still not completely convinced a track style pant is the trend for me.  Being totally honest, I don’t find them to be the most flattering pant of all time.  In fact, the elastic waist band makes me feel a tad older than I am, so they are a pant I would only dare wear with a longer shirt.  If the shirt is not the right cut, however, it will further the boxy, unflattering effect of the waistline. On the flip side, though, that detestable elastic waistband does make for a very comfortable pant that feels glorious during a long flight.  The material washes and dries perfectly and travels extremely well- no ironing!  They are also surprisingly cool on very hot, muggy summer days.

black peplum and cheetah track pant

To create a defined waist, I have found that a peplum is the most flattering top to pair with these pants.  The fitted top helps create a defined waist, while the peplum helps disguise the unflattering waistband.  Another thing I like about these pants is that they are a departure from my usual very feminine sensibilities.  The peplum certainly brings some sophistication to the look, so to keep things from looking too polished I went with an edgy statement necklace.   The key to trying a trend or garment piece that’s outside of your wardrobe norm is to add in elements that are typical of your everyday style. For me, the feminine peplum, statement accessories, and the print are all pieces that exist in my closet and helped to make this fashion risk less difficult.

Style Notes: Target peplum (spring 2013) / Nordstrom pants via Last Chance (summer 2014; love) / Julianne Hough for Sole Society shoes via Last Chance (summer 2014) /Anthropologie necklace (winter 2014) /  Kate Spade bracelet (spring 2011 ; love) / Marc Jacobs purse via Last Chance (summer 2013; budget friendly) / Loft sunglasses (summer 2014; love)

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