Archive | August, 2013

How to Style a Printed Pencil Skirt

15 Aug


Since I was obsessing about this Forever 21 skirt earlier, I figured that it was only fitting to do another one of my “Ways to Style” posts. You’d think a bright yellow print might not get as much wear as something more neutral, but the print makes it more fun and less professional than a typical black or gray pencil skirt, so you can pair it with so much more!

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1)Wear it with a loose graphic tee.
This is a really simple way to dress down a pencil skirt. I like that while the words on my t-shirt add some fun to the outfit they don’t take away from the beautiful floral print on the skirt.

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2)Pair the skirt with a sleeveless top.

You can easily take this skirt into the night by pairing it with a tank top or a sleeveless button-up like I did here. The zebra print works well because while it’s a bold print, the colors are from the same color palette as my skirt.

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3)Belt it and Layer over a sweater.
Because the sweater is rather simple, I added a thin belt to draw the eye in to the waist. I love this particular outfit because of the fun back detail of my “sweater” (check out this post to see what I mean).

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4)Pair the skirt with a striped t-shirt.
Once again, the striped shirt goes with just about anything! If you don’t believe me, go back to my 9 ways to wear a striped shirt post.

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5)Layer under a shirt and belted cardigan.

I love cardigans, but it frustrates me that they usually don’t look as figure flattering from behind. Here I belted my cardigan so I have a clean look from the front as well as the back.

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6)Tuck a chiffon button-up into the skirt.
I always love a chiffon; they’re the perfect amount of transparent. This one was just a perfect match because the light lavender just really made the bright yellow of the skirt pop. To see the breakdown of this outfit, check out this post.

Other great pairings would be a chambray and a peplum. I really love the way peplums look with pencil skirts, but unfortunately since I’m so picky with my peplums, I didn’t have one that matched.

My Style Secret: Sweaters Edition

10 Aug

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Skirt : Forever 21
Sweater : Old Navy
Shoes : DSW

I have a little style secret to share with you guys today. I’ve learned that was a big thing a few decades ago, but has since been forgotten. My sister thinks it’s silly, but I love how this little trick doubles my sweater collection in an instant.

You know the top in this outfit?

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Well, it’s actually a cardigan! A cardigan you’ve seen before in this post, to be exact. I love reversing cardigans and wearing them backwards. The v-neck ones are amazing because then the back is open and interesting, but still leaves your bra completely covered.

The only thing you need to do is take a seam ripper to the cardigans you already own and carefully remove the tag from the back. Do this very carefully because if you’re not paying attention you can cut a hole in your cardigan (guess how I know). And then you’re good to go!

How do you feel about backwards cardigans?

Hard and Soft

8 Aug

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Top : Forever 21 (similar)
Cargo Pants : Unknown (Similar)
Flats : Betsyville via JCPenney

Cargo pants, particularly this pair, can come across as utilitarian and masculine, so pairing them with a floaty feminine top like I did here can really pull it together into a cohesive outfit.

Tip : Next time when you’re looking through your wardrobe for the perfect outfit, pair together some opposites- an edgy studded belt goes great with a soft, cozy sweater, and a fitted tee goes great with some loose draped pants.

When you use this trick you get a great balance and  your outfit will just click. Also, if you want to switch things up, take a shirt your usually belt at the waistline and tuck it in instead for a totally different look.

What are your favorite opposites combinations?

P.S. Voting for the style competition I’m competing in (Modest Fashionistas) closes tonight so make sure to get your votes in! I’m in second place right now, but a few more votes is all I need to get bumped up to first!

Stripes 2.0: The Striped Dress

4 Aug

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Striped Dress: Calvin Klein
Shoes: Audrey Brooke

After that post on all the different ways to style a striped top, it was evident to me that I needed more striped pieces in my wardrobe. Specifically, a striped dress. And this Calvin Klein dress was definitely the jackpot. It’s simple enough to style however I’d like it, but detailed enough that I can just wear it on its own. And on top of all that, it was on sale for a steal.

This is a really simple look with the belt that came with the dress, but one could easily style it in so many different ways. Just look at my striped top post for inspiration. I can see myself wearing it with a button up shirt that’s buttoned and knotted so I have an instant striped skirt, or layering it under a leather jacket or bright cardigan. Basically almost everything that applied to the striped shirt can apply here.

Pencil Skirt Pop

1 Aug

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Skirt: Forever 21
Blouse: JCPenney (similar)
Shoes: Abella
Cuff: Unknown (similar)

I’m sorry it’s been so long since I’ve posted! I know I’m awful. My work schedule changed so that my photographer and I weren’t free at the same times anymore, but I’ve found a work around to that, so expect regular posts from me from here on out.

I found this showstopper of a skirt at Forever 21, and the linen texture really makes it look more expensive than it is. The cheery yellow print skirt is as versatile as it is eye catching. The length gives you the freedom to tuck or not, and you can completely change the look of it by pairing it with a different top and accessories.

Here I chose to pair it with my light lavender chiffon top. If you guys remember from my color combinations series, yellow and purple are complementary colors, and you can see that they really do make each other pop. This is a dressier, more work appropriate outfit, though I’d probably pair it with a camisole rather than a lace bandeau if I was wearing it to work.

Do you have any bright printed skirts in your wardrobe? And how would you style this particular skirt?

P.S. I’m competing in a style competition at Modest Fashionistas, and right now I’m running second place, so if you guys could take a moment to vote for me that would be amazing. I know the voting is a little hard to maneuver so to make it easier I’ve listed which outfit number I am for each week.

Week 6 – 4-TShirt
Week 5 – Outfit #6
Week 4 – Outfit #5
Week 3 – Outfit #1
Week 2 – Outfit #2
Week 1 – Outfit #3

Thanks so much you guys!