skirting the issue

I’ve been absent since my post last week about my favorite Pinterest outfits of the week.  Sorry about that!  It’s been busy!  Here’s something to get you by until Four Way Friday.  Neutrals are hot this fall – grey and military green are big.  Here is one skirt, three ways.

One skirt, three ways

in case you are pinterested – Part II

Apparently you all loved the recap of my favorite Pinterest style outfits from last week so I’ve decided to make it a series!  Every week I’ll show you style inspiration winners from the week before.

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1)  If I had to pick one classic outfit to wear the rest of my life, it would probably be this one.  Really.

Preppy Girl

2)  Military inspired jackets are HUGE this year.  Don’t you love this camel version?

Military girl

3)  Remember what I wrote about trench coats?  This coat below takes her outfit to the next level.

Leopard trench coat girl

4)  Simple outfit, right?  Of course and that’s why I love it.  Sometimes you just don’t need to think too hard, you know?

Puffy vest girl

5)  Colored pants are still going strong.  Olivia Palermo looks great here with a silky flowered top, black blazer, and flats.  You could easily add heels for work if you want to dress it up and a leather jacket for after work dinner and drinks.

Olivia Palermo blue pants

6)  Leopard print is huge, but zebra print might start a new revolution.  This zebra scarf is the cherry on top of a rather simple outfit!

Zebra scarf girl

7)  I love the idea of clasping two necklaces together to make one.  Neat, huh?  Now why didn’t I think of this a long time ago?

Two necklaces girl

8)  Gray boots remind me I need to get mine out and dust them off.  They are a great alternative to black or brown boots.

Gray boots girl

Check out last week’s in case you are pinterested

what will you wear this week?

Looking for some inspiration for work outfits this week?  Here are some ideas.  If you don’t have the exact piece, no fear.  You shouldn’t be afraid to mix it up with different colors, shoes, or accessories.  Make it your own!  Also, your office may be more or less casual than what is shown here.  If you need to make the outfit more casual, add a pair of flats or sub in jeans for each outfit.  Dressier?  Add a blazer to each outfit.

Work outfits for the week.

Four Way Friday Part V

Welcome to the latest installment of Four Way Friday!  As you know by now, each week here at Lessons In Style, you get to see one piece styled four ways in four different categories:  Casual/Dressy Work, After Work, Casual Weekend, and Dress Weekend.  You ready for this?

Dear Lessons In Style:

I have about four different kinds of white button up shirts in my closet.  I usually wear them the same old way, with black dress pants or occasionally jeans on the weekend.  It feels blah, boring, mundane, you get it.  What can I do to make things a little bit more fun?

Sincerely,

Don’t Want To Look Like a Cater Waiter in My White Shirt Anymore

Dear Cater Waiter No More:

A white button up is one of THE most versatile pieces you can own.  I’m glad you asked, because it can be mixed up multiple ways!  Before I show you some ideas, here are a few words to the wise about your white button up:  Don’t invest a lot of money in this shirt.  Because it’s white, you may end up replacing it every year or so and it makes no sense to spend a lot of money on something that will only be around for a while.  Don’t over bleach your shirt.  If you get stains on the shirt or makeup around the collar, let it soak in a baking soda mixture, or spray it with your preferred stain remover before washing.  If you find you must bleach it, don’t bleach with every wash.  It will turn the shirt yellow eventually.  Don’t dry your shirt in the dryer, rather hang it dry.  This will prevent it from losing its shape.  With this button up, you will want it to look as sharp and crisp for as long as possible.  When it starts to look dull and drab, it’s time for a new one.

Now, let’s take a ride around the Four Way Friday block!

1)  Casual/Dressy Work White Button Up Shirt.

Depending upon your work environment, these may be too dressy or casual for your work needs.

Casual/Dressy Work White Button Up Shirt

2)  White Button Up After Work

The key to making it after work appropriate is to add a cute clutch or dressy necklace.  Any of these outfits below also work well with a black leather jacket.

White Button Up After Work

3)  White Button Up Casual Weekend

Casual layering pieces make the white button up less boring and serious for your weekend casual looks.

White Button Up Casual Weekend

4)  White Button Up Dressy Weekend

Don’t be afraid to layer a white button under a pretty sequin top and leather jacket, cocktail dress, leopard print trench, or fun faux fur vest.

White Button Up Dressy Weekend

See?  It’s pretty versatile isn’t it?  And anything but boring!  Do you have any plans to try one of these outfits this weekend?

Check out other installments of Four Way Friday:

Part I:  https://lessonsinstyle.wordpress.com/2012/09/14/four-way-friday/

Part II:  https://lessonsinstyle.wordpress.com/2012/09/21/four-way-friday-part-ii/

Part III:  https://lessonsinstyle.wordpress.com/2012/09/28/four-way-friday-part-iii/

Part IV:  https://lessonsinstyle.wordpress.com/2012/10/05/four-way-friday-part-iv/

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Looking for style ideas for work tomorrow?  Check out some past installments of Four Way Friday!  And stay tuned for a new installment tomorrow.

Part I:  https://lessonsinstyle.wordpress.com/2012/09/14/four-way-friday/

Part II:  https://lessonsinstyle.wordpress.com/2012/09/21/four-way-friday-part-ii/

Part III:  https://lessonsinstyle.wordpress.com/2012/09/28/four-way-friday-part-iii/

Part IV:  https://lessonsinstyle.wordpress.com/2012/10/05/four-way-friday-part-iv/

in case you are pinterested – Part I

Are you obsessed with Pinterest?  I am.  I have to say that unlike the recipes on Pinterest that promise to be “the BEST mac and cheese ever, without the cheese!” or “no bake cookies that use no sugar,” looking for outfit inspirations (like I mostly do) is a lot different.  For one, unlike a new recipe, you can see what you are getting yourself into.  Imagine the disappointment when trying a new recipe and it tastes like total you know what.  But if you try an outfit and you don’t like it, you just change!  No wasted food down the drain.

You want to see some of my favorite Pinterest fall inspiration outfits from last week?  I thought so.  And Oh!  Follow my Pinterest style board.  You won’t be sorry!

1)  She looks purty in this mix of beige and brown.

Shades of beige and brown

2)  Oh Gwyneth.  If only you had all the money in the world and a rock star husband and the ability to sit around and write for your blog all the time.  And you dress nice.  But I like you anyway….  I’m digging how you mix all the grey.  Looks good.  But you knew that.

Gwyneth Paltrow in grey

3)  Girl in the green skirt.  I just like how she’s wearing tights.  I’m ready for my tights again.  I bought some new ones this weekend at Macy’s.  Hue brand.  Have you tried them?  I think they will work well for me this season.  Plus, I got a pair in houndstooth pattern.  Um, yes!  And right now Hue tights are on sale 2 for $22!  Shop tights.

Girl in green skirt.

4)  Mad for Plaid.  So cute.  No words needed.

Plaid.

5)  Working the chambray.  Remember how I talked about how to style chambray here?  This girl is doing it just right.

Chambray and dressy skirt.

6)  What a great weekend look!

Checkered shirt and oxfords.

7)  So these aren’t an outfit but I want them anyway.

I’ll take each color please. Thanks.

Holy! I want these Ralph Lauren boots.

Don’t forget to check back in with me in a couple of days for Four Way Friday!!

Four Way Friday Part IV

It happens every week – Friday!  The most recent installment of Four Way Friday is here.  This week it is all about the black knee-high boot.  Check out this question I received earlier this week from a weary reader:

Dear Lessons In Style:

I really want to invest in a pair of black knee-high boots for fall and winter.  There are so many options out there and I’m overwhelmed.  And I want something classic.  I don’t think I can pull off the over the knee look but I’m running into a lot of those boots at the stores and online.  Please help!

Sincerely,

Lost In A Sea Of Boots

Dear Lost At Sea No More:

First of all, if you want something classic, the over the knee boot look is not what you need (ahem, no Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman here).  Unless you are a runway supermodel (Hey!  You could be, I don’t know who all my readers are!) it’s a hard look to pull off and I don’t recommend going there.  If you are looking for a clean, classic look, stick with a simple boot in leather or suede and a 3 inch or below heel.  You will be most comfortable in these as they will allow you to wear them to work and play.  If you want a more casual look, you can also go for a flat equestrian style.  Oh!  And don’t forget to treat your boots with a leather or suede protector.  This is important to lengthen the life of your new investment.  I recommend Kiwi Super Protector.

Now!  Let’s look at some ways you can style your new boots.  Because after all, that’s what Four Way Friday is all about, right?  I take one piece and show you how to style it at least four ways, in four categories:  Casual Work, Evening After Work, Casual Weekend, Dressy Weekend.

1)  Black Knee-High Boot Casual-ish Work

You can easily substitute a flat boot for any of these looks.  Keep in mind that a flat boot is generally more casual, so if you are looking for a dressier outfit for work, you will want to stick with the higher heel.  Remember, keep it three inches or below!  It’s hard to be taken seriously in a heel you can hardly walk in.

Black Knee-High Boots For Work

2)  Black Knee-High Boots After Work

If you are going out after work but you don’t want to change your entire outfit, just bring one piece like a leather jacket or a statement necklace with you to switch up.  Here you will see that I kept up most of the casual work outfit but only changed one or two elements.  You might want to stay away from a flat boot for a night out because like I said above, it does look more casual.

Black Knee-High Boots After Work

3)  Black Knee-High Boots Casual-ish Weekend

Admittedly these are a little dressier than my typical recommendations for a casual weekend look.  Once again, you could add a flat boot to give off a more casual vibe.

Black Knee-High Boot Casual-ish Weekend

4)  Black Knee-High Boots Dressy Weekend

This is running a close first for my favorite Four Way Friday Dressy Weekend look yet.  I really want the dress on the far right and the purse from the third outfit.  Who’s gonna buy them for me???

Black Knee-High Boot Dressy Weekend

Don’t know where to shop for your new boots?

I was a huge fan of endless.com but they were recently bought by Amazon.  Check out the new shop here:  Amazonendless

Macy’s also has a great selection this year.

And check out DSW and Zappos.

Until next Friday!  And if you missed my other Four Way Friday installments here are some quick links:

Four Way Friday Part I

Four Way Friday Part II

Four Way Friday Part III

thursday! it can’t be! it’s too gruesome!

Breakfast At Tiffany’s quote, in case you’ve never seen the movie.

Tomorrow is Four Way Friday!  In the meantime, check out this slideshow by NY Magazine of Audrey Hepburn.  Classic.  Which one is your favorite?

http://nymag.com/thecut/2012/10/audrey-hepburn-look-book.html