Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Black Magic

I'd been looking for a way to work in my black jersey AnnTaylor t-shirt dress circa 1999. (Yup, you read that right.  I've had it since high school and it still fits.  Ridiculous.)  This particular morning I wanted to be leggings comfy.  Now this is an outfit recipe you can easily recreate on your own!

1. Black dress
2. Black leggings/footless tights
3. Skinny belt
4. Boyfriend cardigan
5. Scarf
6. Cute flats


Monday, March 19, 2012

Gingham & Stripes

I am having so much fun with my "no shopping" ban.  I NEVER thought I'd hear myself utter those words!  Don't get me wrong, I do miss the mall and I am still coveting many new pieces.  I will just have to do without and make do with what I have.  Like in today's outfit!

This silk sweater was purchased during my days as a student teacher.  Part of my growing professional wardrobe, so to speak.  I used to stalk Banana Republic stores, and their sales racks, aaaand any rewards or coupons I could get my hands on!  I have a hard time looking at that store these days without remembering the fond times we shared. Hahahaha.  Back to the top; I haven't been able to let go of it since it's still in great shape and fits, it just needed a new twist.
So, if you have any striped sweaters/tops, try layering them with a gingham button down underneath.  You may just like the end result!


Here are some other options to help your closet combinations...

gingham and stripes

J Crew tailored shirt
$150 - jcrew.com

J Crew gingham shirt
$75 - jcrew.com

J Crew gingham shirt
$75 - jcrew.com

Mint Velvet navy t shirt
£39 - houseoffraser.co.uk

Fat Face striped sweater
£48 - fatface.com

Striped top
$68 - warehouse.co.uk

J Crew striped shirt
$65 - jcrew.com

Phase Eight cowl neck top
£39 - houseoffraser.co.uk

Gingham shirt
$26 - aeropostale.com

J Crew long sweater
$80 - jcrew.com

J Crew striped top
$65 - jcrew.com

Gingham shirt
$26 - aeropostale.com

Gingham shirt
$26 - aeropostale.com

Gingham shirt
$26 - aeropostale.com

Moschino cotton blouse
$695 - net-a-porter.com

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Two Belts as One

It can be done!  I was dying to wear both neon belts at the same time and was determined to make this work somehow.  I wrapped them both around my waist and...voila!  I think it worked!  

The trick to this look is making sure that both belts are about the same width and length.  This makes sure that you can thread the opposite ends through each buckle.  

Here's a picture of the full outfit. 
This dress, from Forever 21, was originally bought to be a swimsuit cover-up.  I was cleaning out closets the other day and came across my summer wardrobe, which made me wonder...
What did I have in there that I could be wearing right now??

Lo and behold, I pulled out this dress. 
To make it less seasonally challenged, I paired it with leggings, a long sleeve tee, and a scarf.
 I liked the combination so much that I wore it twice! (whoa..I know)
What can't be comfortable about leggings, a jersey dress and flats? I mean...come on!
(Oh, and the best part about the leggings...they have a *secret* suck-you-in panel.  And they're from Target. Less than $20. Yup. See here.)

Here's how I would style this dress again for a warm weather getaway or just summer.

summer simple

Closet Lesson Learned:
Seasonal items are not always so seasonal.  All it takes are a few tweaks to make a typical warm weather item transition for chillier months.  What do you own that you could pair with a long sleeve tee, leggings and a scarf? I bet something!