Sept 2, Fall Transition

Happy Labor Day! Hope everyone is having a wonderful day!

For today’s outfit I have chosen shorts and a button down plaid blouse. I think this is a good transition outfit because while it’s still warm outside (hence the shorts), I also want to recognize that summer is over and fall is on it’s way. I choose this plaid button down because to me, it is a perfect fall shirt.

But as always, it comes down to the styling. In the before outfit, I have on my denim cut off shorts and Converse All Stars. It’s a super casual, relaxed outfit. But I think it’s a little too casual, so I swapped out the denim shorts for these cute linen ones with the tie belt. Tucking in the shirt defines my waist- which as a result makes my legs look longer. Rolling the sleeves and unbuttoning one button also help make this outfit a little more stylish.

Shirt- Nordstrom

Shorts- American Eagle

Slides- Target

July 30, Monochromatic

There are some days when I go into my closet and can’t think of what to wear. If I’m not feeling creative or inspired, I go back to the basics and stick with what I know works. One look that always works is monochromatic.

Dressing from head to toe in the same color is a simple and easy way to look stylish and slim. However, you can’t just throw on two items the same color and call it good. Take the outfit on the left. Here I have on straight leg jeans that are too big and look messy. See how they bulk and gather at the knee? I also have on an oversize blue pullover. This isn’t stylish at all- it’s perfect for working out, but not so perfect for a lunch date with friends.

To improve the outfit, I switched to my dark denim skinny jeans. The dark color is slimming, as is the cut. I then added a blue silk button down top. By tucking it in and adding a cute leopard belt, I have given the outfit some interest, but not strayed from the monochromatic look. To complete the outfit, I’m wearing my faux Hermes sandals. These have a 2 inch block heel, which also adds to the slimming effect and make me look taller! And the color is perfect with my belt and purse.

Some of you may wonder where I get my ideas from, so I wanted to share one of the books that I love as a resource for dressing for your shape. I’ve included a link for it on Amazon, and it’s only $10!

This book is a great resource!
A quick glimpse at her advice (and where I get my expertise from! )

Jeans- Gap

Blouse- Ann Taylor

Shoes- TJ Maxx

Belt- Target

No links because all everything I am wearing is OLD!! Sorry!

Sept 19, Searisly?

Classic blue blazer from Sears! Yes, you heard me right!

I know, I know, I spelled seriously wrong. I did it on purpose because I am so excited about my new blazer from Sears. Yes, you heard me right, Sears! Who knew? I have been looking for a cute blue blazer to complete my wardrobe when I stumbled across this gem at Sears. It is Land’s End brand- so I know the quality it excellent- and the price was the best part. Originally $189, I snapped this baby up for $50. It was on super clearance. Now hurry- go to Sears and get your own! Keep in mind, it runs small.

I love the style book- The Lucky Guide to Mastering any Style. In this book they talk about different style inspirations and help you determine which one best suits you. I am American Classic. I love everything about that look- and this outfit is a perfect example of that. Crisp white pants, a chambray blue button down, blue blazer and a strand of pearls. Can’t get much more classic that that- can you?

What style are you? Check out the book to see!

Off white pants are appropriate all year round.

Blazer: Sears, Pants: Express, Shirt: Target, Shoes: DWS, Necklace, Standard Style Boutique, Belt: American Eagle

Sept 1st, Back to School

The dress alone is a little plain.

Added a shirt, booties and bracelets

Today is our ‘Meet the Teacher’ day at school- yes, on the west coast we still haven’t started school yet!

In honor of the occasion I decided to wear a dress, (actually I think it might be a nightgown. I got it at Anthropologie.) I styled it up a bit by adding a cute plaid button down shirt tied at the waist. I also added my new desert booties and piled on the bracelets- voila~arm party!

I think this outfit is a bit crazy- there is a lot going on between the ruffles on the dress, the plaid pattern and the bracelets- yet somehow I think it works. What do you think?

There is a lot going on with this, yet somehow I think it works. Do you?

Dress: Anthropologie, Shoes: Kohl’s, Shirt: Target

August 27th, Target Leopard Belt Again

A cute little black button down shirt works~

Black golf shirt with zipper- a definite NO

How can you go wrong with a simple khaki skirt and black top? Here’s how! On the left I paired my skirt with a black golf shirt- it’s boring and unflattering. On the right, I swapped out the golf shirt for a short sleeved button down. I tucked it in- showing off my new belt.  I unbuttoned the top buttons, revealing a black bra. Ooh la la! Below I tried a 3rd look- an oversize top with a pendant necklace and the belt. I can’t decide which is cuter. What do you think?

Which look do you like better? The tucked in shirt, or the oversize shirt? Please comment!