mix it up!

One of the hottest things around right now is mixing patterns.  I think a lot of people are afraid of mixing patterns but it really is fun and easy once you get the hang of it.

Some rules for mixing patterns when you are a newbie:

  • Keep the colors in the same family.  As you get braver, you can start mixing blue stripes with orange polka dots.
  • Only use two patterns per outfit.  You want to look effortless.  And until you get the hang of it, keep it down to two.
  • Don’t worry if your colors don’t match exactly.  Have fun with it!

By the way, J. Crew has a big sale going on right now.  Take an extra 30% off final sale items!  Shop here until January 20.  At checkout, use code STYLEFIND.  Happy shopping!

Mixing 1

Mixing 2

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

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

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?


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/