This outfit encapsulates almost everything I love – black and white, mixed patterns, and a ball skirt. Plus, I love the mix of the super formal skirt with this wool moto jacket.
After months of dreaming of somewhere warm, I’m finally heading to the West Coast to escape our never ending winter! Truth be told, I don’t typically travel with jeans (they take up so much room), but I can definitely imagine myself sitting on a patio, sipping cocktails and enjoying some evening ocean breezes.
Where I live, the dominant fashion style is casual. And when I say casual, I mean the “I just rolled out of bed” or the “I’m on my way to the gym” look. (Or in reality, the “I’m not going to the gym at all today, I just wear workout clothes all the time” look.)
I can’t blame people. Workout clothes are pretty comfy. And it’s hard to feel motivated to dress up when the only place you’re going for the day is the grocery store. (Where everyone is wearing sweats.) So if you’re going to look like you’re on your way to the gym, at least do it with a little style.
One of the keys to dressing with confidence is to understand your body type and look for clothes that enhance what you’ve naturally got without fighting with your body. (Thinking about clothes that don’t fight with your body is a much more positive way of thinking about it than “trying to hide your flaws.”)
That’s what this dress would do for me. It’s narrowest exactly where I’m my most narrow (right below the bust line) and gives me ample room for my hips. I don’t own it, but just looking at it online, I know it would be a home run for me. (That’s the power of understanding, and embracing, your body type.)
I would love to wear this dress on a date night with my husband, preferably somewhere warm. (Since I’m so sick of winter!) Or perhaps to a spring or summer wedding. A dress like this calls for simple accessories – a little black necklace, a pop of color in the clutch, and a cardigan in case it gets chilly.
I’ll admit it. I’m obsessed with these navy booties from Rag & Bone.
So much so, that I’m almost willing to swap all the black in my wardrobe for navy just to have an excuse to buy these.
Fortunately, not only is navy the “in” neutral, but it is now perfectly acceptable (and totally stylish) to mix it with black.
Now if only I had a spare $500 to spend on those shoes…
March might be one of the most frustrating months, fashion-wise. All the spring clothes have hit the stores. (And, if you’re like me and totally sick of winter, you can’t wait to wear them.) But, if you live in the majority of the US, it’s still too cold to wear those spring styles.
That doesn’t mean you have to ignore them. Splurge on a cute spring dress or two. By mixing in leggings, tall boots, and a cardigan, you can wear those spring styles now.
That means a longer lifespan for those spring clothes, plus your winter wardrobe gets a much needed boost.
Perhaps it’s because I’ve seen the movie French Kiss too many times, but I always associate a nautical stripe with France. Especially when paired with a sun hat and some iconic Chanel glasses. The leggings take what would otherwise be a fairly traditional and retro-inspired look and give it a fun twist. Plus, leggings are a great way to take a more summery outfit and make it work in early spring.
I love a good pencil skirt, and this denim version is very good! A big part of the appeal with a classic piece like this is how versatile it can be. Dress it up or down. Wear it to brunch, to work, or for a night out.
This daytime look is classic yet fun. It would work well in a casual office setting or be equally chic for a weekend brunch or daytime party.
This nighttime look is certainly a little more fashion forward (can you say exposed midriff) but the addition of the long cardigan keeps it fun and fashionable instead of trashy. And can we please talk about those navy booties? I think I’m in love.
I know I’m beginning to sound like a broken record, but I’m so tired of winter. I’m so ready for warmer weather and spring clothes. That said, here’s hoping today’s outfit keeps me warm while I wait for spring. (Or, at least until my trip to the much warmer West coast next week.)