fall preview

Neutrals are big this fall – and two of my favorites, gray and olive green are all over the place right now.  These are two colors that don’t take much thought when mixing with any other color on the spectrum.

Gray

Gray in many forms feels refined but cool.  You can wear one piece alone or mix up shades of gray for a head-to-toe look.

Olive Green

The military look is big right now and of course olive green fits right in with that trend.  It’s easy to mix it with almost any color in the spectrum, but pairing it with red may be a bit much, so I caution against that unless the holiday look is what you are trying to achieve.

In stores now:

Gray

Madewell Boatneck Cableknit Sweater – $110

Old Navy Ponte Fit and Flare Skirt – $26.94 (Great buy!)

Old Navy Ponte Knit Pants – $29.94 (Great buy!)

Gap Colorblock Striped Dress – $54.95

Old Navy Women’s Sueded Pointed Toe Flats – $26.94 (Great buy!)

Michael Kors Large Hamilton North-South Leather Tote – $358 (Investment piece!)

Olive Green

Old Navy Women’s Twill Shirt Dress – $34.94 (Great buy!)

J. Crew Andie Chino – $89.50

J. Crew Excursion Quilted Vest – $138 (If you are into camo!)

Old Navy Women’s Smocked Waist Crepe Skirt – $24.94 (Great buy!)

Modcloth Olive Me Flat – $32.99 (Great buy!)

Rebecca Minkoff Diamond Quilt Mini Affair – $195 (Investment piece!)

Four Way Friday Part X

Ever wonder how to dress up that simple black skirt you’ve got in your closet?  There are so many ways to change up this wardrobe staple.  In this installment of Four Way Friday, I’ll show you how to remix a black skirt four ways, in four categories.  Just make sure this skirt hits you right above the knee, no more than three inches, so that it will be appropriate for work or play.  Also make sure you choose a skirt that you can easily move in, you don’t want to be uncomfortable since you will be wearing it so many different ways!

1)  Black Skirt Work

Black Skirt Work

Black Skirt Work

2)  Black Skirt After Work

Going out after work?  Just add a cute clutch or change up your shoes.

Black Skirt After Work

Black Skirt After Work

3)  Black Skirt Casual-Ish Weekend

These would be cute outfits for a fun weekend date or low-key event.

Black Skirt Casual-Ish Weekend

Black Skirt Casual-Ish Weekend

4)  Black Skirt Dressy Weekend

Date night, dinner and drinks with friends, or a Broadway play, these outfits have you all ready to go!

Black Skirt Dressy Weekend

Black Skirt Dressy Weekend

Have a great weekend!  Let me know if you try any of these looks!

Four Way Friday Part IX

A black blazer is one of the most versatile pieces you can own.  There is nothing it doesn’t match and it can instantly add polish to an outfit.  Fit is important so make sure you take the time to find one that looks like it was made for you.  If alterations are necessary, have them done.  The idea is to make you look more pulled together and an ill-fitting blazer just won’t do.

Even with all its versatility, it can still be easy to fall into a rut when styling a black blazer.  In this installment of Four Way Friday, I’ll show you how to style a black blazer four ways in four categories:  Work, After Work, Casual-ish Weekend, and Dressy Weekend.

1)  Black Blazer Work

Black Blazer Work

2)  Black Blazer After Work

Going out after work?  Just add a statement necklace or cute purse.

Black Blazer After Work

Black Blazer After Work

3)  Black Blazer Casual-ish Weekend

When it’s cool out but you don’t want to wear a cumbersome coat, throw on the black blazer for a little warmth.  I like wearing a blazer for shopping because I hate carrying a coat while looking for deals.

Black Blazer Casual-ish Weekend

Black Blazer Casual-ish Weekend

4)  Black Blazer Dressy Weekend

It’s easy to remix your wardrobe and wear thinner materials or short sleeves in the fall/winter when you cover them with a black blazer!

Black Blazer Dressy Weekend

Black Blazer Dressy Weekend

 

Four Way Friday Part VIII

Let’s get right into it!  Friday is in full swing and I’m trying to play catch up from the past week.  Your latest edition of Four Way Friday is here.  Don’t know about it yet?  On Four Way Friday I take one piece and show you how to style it four ways in four categories.

There is no reader question this week so I decided to style some beige corduroy skinny pants.  I personally love corduroy, but some may not.  For example, last night I was watching Big Bang Theory and Sheldon told his assistant her corduroy pants were too loud.  To quote her talking to Raj and Howard, “All I know is corduroy makes too much noise, and I have to go find quieter pants.”  I thought it was funny since I was sitting right then and there working on my corduroy outfits.

So let’s get started.  Corduroy is all over the place for the fall and winter season.  J.Crew, Ann Taylor, and many others are offering up some corduroy pants in various styles and colors.

1)  Corduroy At Work

Corduroy At Work

2)  Corduroy After Work.  If you need to add a little extra spice to your work outfit because you are headed out for drinks or dinner, just add a leather jacket, statement necklace, or clutch.

Corduroy After Work

3)  Corduroy Casual Weekend.  It’s fairly easy to dress corduroy down for the weekend without looking sloppy.

Corduroy Casual Weekend

4)  Corduroy Dressy Weekend.  I doubt anyone reaches for their favorite pair of corduroys when they want to dress up for the weekend.  But why not?  By adding some sequins, heels, or leather, how could you go wrong?

Corduroy Dressy Weekend

Four Way Friday Part VII

Welcome to Four Way Friday!  I’m looking forward to this weekend – Daylight Saving Time ends and we gain an hour on Sunday!  More time to plan outfits……

This week, you are going to see my recommendations for styling a quarter-sleeve knit black dress four ways in four categories:  Dressy Work, After Work, Casual-Ish Weekend, and Dressy Weekend.  The reader question inspiring this edition of Four Way Friday is below.

Dear Lessons In Style:

I own a quarter-sleeve knit black dress and I’ve just about run out of ideas of how to wear it.  I’ve worn it to work, a funeral visitation, but never on the weekends or for a dressy event.  I’ve heard it can be pretty versatile, but I don’t know where to begin.  

Sincerely,

Back in Black and Bored

Dear Back in Black and Bored No More:

Black doesn’t have to be boring!  And a black knit dress is the perfect canvas – you can add as much or as little as you like!  I’ve given you a ton of examples below.  I hope you find some new ideas!

1)  Quarter-Sleeve Knit Black Dress – Dressy Work

The obvious place to wear this dress is to work.  It’s comfortable and keeps you covered in all the right ways and places.  However, do you get bored of the same way of wearing it?  I usually try to give you some casual work options on Four Way Friday, but it is a bit more difficult with a dress at work because when you add heels and such, you will automatically look more dressed up.  But, I think you will appreciate the options below.  It’s important to note that in outfit 2 and 4, you wear the button up under the dress!

Quarter-Sleeve Knit Black Dress – Dressy Work

2)  Quarter-Sleeve Knit Black Dress – After Work

Got an event or drinks/dinner after work?  Just add a pretty clutch, fun leather jacket, or fancy necklace!

Quarter-Sleeve Knit Black Dress – After Work

3)  Quarter- Sleeve Knit Black Dress – Casual-Ish Weekend

Just like with the black dress at work, making this dress casual for the weekend can be a challenge!  But by adding a cozy scarf, casual vest or jean jacket, and flat shoes or boots, you are pretty much there.

Quarter-Sleeve Knit Black Dress – Casual-ish Weekend

4)  Quarter-Sleeve Knit Black Dress – Dressy Weekend

Dress It Up!

Quarter-Sleeve Knit Black Dress – Dressy Weekend

Missed other Four Way Friday Installments?

Part I

Part II

Part III

Part IV

Part V

Part VI