Velvet Polka Dots

Holiday Polka Dot Skirt

 

Last week, I talked about some of my holiday styling tips, and one of the tips was adding a little velvet. This polka dot skirt is the perfect way of adding some velvet. The polka dots on the skirt are black velvet, and I love it.

 

If you are looking for a piece to help get you through all of the holiday events (and beyond) that you can style a variety of ways (and that doesn’t cost you an arm and a leg), I highly recommend this skirt. I really love that you can make this skirt really festive, but once January is here, you don’t have to pack it away until next year because it is perfect for winter in general.

 

Holiday Polka Dot Skirt

 

The really great thing about this skirt (besides the price) is that you can do so much with with. It is a really great piece for the holiday season (and beyond) that you can style a number of ways for just about any occasion. I paired it with a festive red sweater, plaid scarf and heeled bow booties for a not too casual, not too dressy look. It would be a great look for a family get together or a more casual office get together.

 

If you are headed to a holiday cocktail party or dressier event (like to see the Nutcracker), you could pair it with a pair of heels, a lace top (like this one) and a statement necklace for fantastic look. This look would be perfect for a New Year’s Eve party as well (you could switch the top out for this one and these shoes).

 

Holiday Polka Dot Skirt

 

If you are looking to go more casual, try mixing prints with a plaid button up and pair it with some fun flats.

 

Kate Spade Bow Booties

 

Finally, if you want to transition this skirt for an office look, pair it with a thin turtleneck and blazer for a sleek work appropriate look. The black, white and camel combo will look super chic.

 

Holiday Polka Dot Skirt

Sweater: Banana Republic (similar); Skirt: J. Crew Factory; Booties: Kate Spade; Scarf: Target (similar)

 

So there are 4 great, really different ways to style this adorable skirt with not a lot of effort.

 

Looking for another holiday inspired look? Check out last week’s post on buffalo check.

Holiday Styling Tips

Holiday Styling Tips

 

Are you getting ready for a full calendar of holiday parties? From low key gathering with friends to cocktail and office parties and family get togethers, December is generally a pretty busy month.

 

It can be a little overwhelming if you have a full social calendar with all the outfit planning. You want to feel festive, but you don’t want to spend a ton on new outfits (or maybe you are like me and you do but that is another post all together…). Luckily there are a few key elements to holiday style that you can quickly incorporate to take you from every day to holiday ready. And they are really easy too.

 

Holiday Styling Tips

Adding a red lip is a great way to amp up your beauty game and feel a little more festive. I love a red lip any time, but especially for the holidays! I think a brighter red (as opposed to a darker red) is really great. Even the simplest outfit feels holiday ready with a red lip.

 

 

Holiday Styling Tips

Is there a better time to dress up than this time of year? Incorporate a little (or a lot) of sparkle to your look like a sequin dress! Whether it is a glitzy necklace or a sequin dress, you can’t go wrong with some sparkle. Even if you aren’t going to a dressy party, pair a sequin piece (like a skirt) with something casual (like a turtleneck or sweater).

 

 

Holiday Style Tips

 

Working a little velvet into your look is another way to make an outfit feel a little more holiday ready. Plus it pairs well with just about anything. Whether it is a simple hair bow or a full dress, velvet is a good choice for the holidays.

 

 

Holiday Style Tips

 

You can’t go wrong with plaid, especially for the holidays. I really can’t get enough of it this time of year. It is perfect for all those parties too! And there are so many great options out there from dresses to tops to accessories.

 

 

So those are just a few of my easy holiday styling tips! Do you have any favorite holiday styling tips?

 

Want more holiday content? Check out my holiday gift guide, festive fashion picks, Christmas decor on a budget and my first holiday outfit.

Holiday Buffalo Check

Buffalo Check Skirt

 

I really love buffalo check this time of year. I actually love it for all of fall and winter, but it feels really festive this time of year. And don’t we all just want to feel festive this time of year? I know I do!

 

Buffalo Check Skirt

 

I know buffalo check can feel a little casual, like with the flannel shirts (which are awesome, by the way), but when paired with dressier pieces, the print feels a lot less casual. Even if you are wearing a buffalo check shirt, pair it with a pencil or a-line skirt and a cardigan, and it is totally office appropriate. Throw on a fancy statement necklace and some pumps and you are ready for a date night.

 

Buffalo Check Skirt

 

Buffalo check (along with plaid in general) is one of my favorite prints this time of year. The great thing is that there are so many many buffalo check options out there! You can do a cute scarf, a cardigan, a shirtsockspjs. You name it. I typically think of the red and black combo, but there are other color options out there if that isn’t your thing.

 

So whether it is a buffalo check skirt, shirt or scarf, I strongly suggest you break them out right now.

 

Buffalo Check Skirt

 

Side note – you know what I love about J. Crew Factory? Things I really love from previous years come back and I can get them. I wanted this sweater so bad last year, but I didn’t get it. Then a J. Crew factory version came out this year, and I got it as fast as possible.

 

Buffalo Check Skirt

 

Sweater: J. Crew Factory; Skirt: J. Crew Factory (sold out but this is the same cut, and this one is similar); Shoes: J. Crew (old but these are similar and  I love these)

 

I’ll be dressing this skirt up and styling it a second way in this week’s newsletter because it is a really versatile print. It goes out tomorrow, and you can get it by signing up for emails at the bottom of the post.

 

And you can shop more buffalo check favorites below:

Staple: Jeans

Jeans Staple

 

In August, I wrote about my top 10 wardrobe staples every woman needs in her closet. And every month I am highlighting on of those staples, and telling you WHY you need it. This month’s staple is a good pair of jeans.

 

I’m starting this post with a story about why investing in a good pair of jeans is important. Neither my mom nor my aunt had ever really invested in a good pair of jeans. And at different times I convinced them to invest in a pair and what a difference it makes. A few weeks ago, we got on the subject of jeans, and they both were talking about what a difference it made when they made that investment, how much better those good jeans fit them, and how they have lasted. The moral of the story is good jeans are worth the money.

 

You can just tell when someone is wearing a cheap pair of jeans. They don’t fit right, especially if you have any sort of curves. They stretch out really fast, and then they just sag for most of the day.

 

It is more important to invest in ONE pair of good jeans that really fit you than to have many pairs of jeans. Quality over quantity, just like all staple pieces. Sure, go buy a few cheap, trendy pairs. But for a nice pair, invest in a good fitting pair that look good on you.

 

As for the cut, it really depends on your body and what you feel best in. Whether you feel best in skinny jeans, boot cut, high rise, it is all really up to you. But if you are putting the money in to them, make sure you are really happy with them. For the wash, I would go with what you like, but I would stay in the medium wash area. Don’t go super light (because then they don’t translate to dressy as well), and I wouldn’t go super dark either. And don’t go with super distressed ones either. I don’t think those work well for the office on casual Fridays. You want a pair that will work for a lot of different occasions.

 

The good news is you can do a whole lot with one pair of jeans – dress them up, wear them for casual Friday, hang out in them on the weekend, wear them for a date night.

 

Staple Jeans

 

The jeans I chose are the 9″ toothpick jeans from J. Crew. I have a pair of J. Crew jeans and I like the way they fit. You can shop more jean picks at the bottom of the post.

Work:

Staple Jeans

Blazer / Shirt / JeansBooties

Jeans and a blazer is a great look in general, but especially for the office. The combo is super classic and tailored. You could easily throw on a pair of heels to make the look a little dressier.

 

Date:

Staple Jeans

Shirt / Jeans / Shoes / Necklace

Jeans + fancy top + fancy shoes = perfect date night look. The lace top makes it a little sexier, and those shoes are amazing. Top the look off with a sparkly necklace and you are ready to go.

 

Casual:

Staple Jeans

Sweater / Jeans / Scarf / Shoes

 

Running errands never looked so good. Pair your jeans with a cozy sweater, scarf and sneakers and you are good to go for a day of errands, a movie with friends or a lunch with mom.

 

So now that I have told you all the wonderful things about jeans, I have a confession – I am not a jeans girl. I have several pairs, but I couldn’t tell you the last time I wore jeans. I am just not comfortable in pants in general (besides leggings). So, if you are like me and not into jeans, I suggest a jean skirt. This one is super cute and versatile.

 

And you can shop the top look here.

 

 

Want more on my top 10 staples? Check out my previous posts on the chambray shirt and the little black dress.

Over The Knee Boot Styling

Over The Knee Boots Styling

 

A few years ago, I decided to take the plunge and purchase a pair of over the knee boots. I was a little nervous about it. I had the fear I couldn’t pull them off and I would end up looking like Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman (you know, pre-Richard Gere). It helped that I didn’t purchase a patent leather pair, and I don’t wear a newsboy cap, but it was sill a fear.

 

Over The Knee Boots Styling

 

Now that I have had them a couple of years, I feel a lot better about them and a lot more confident. Although I have tall black boots, these just feel different – a little edgier, just a little more out there. They are fun to break out and can really make an outfit.

 

Over The Knee Boots Styling

 

If you are like me and are a little unsure about them, I’ve got a few things to keep in mind that might help you out.

 

If you are shopping for your first pair, you might want to start out with a flat boot. I felt a little more comfortable starting with a flat boot. It might just be a mental thing for me, but I felt better starting out with a flat boot. I would love to get a suede heel pair, but right now I only have the one pair.

 

Over The Knee Boots Styling

 

Another tip if you are just dipping your toe into the over the knee boot pool is to keep the rest of your look fairly simple. They are the statement piece of your outfit, so you might want to keep your outfit simple.

 

The good news is that over the knee boots really look great with anything – skirts, dresses, leggings, jeans. Mine are stretchy pull ons, so mine probably would be pretty hard for me to get on with jeans, but a stirrup legging would work perfectly. If you are thinking you would want the option to wear them with jeans, you might want to look for a pair that zip to make it a little easier. Or try a pair that isn’t as stretchy and a little looser so you can get those jeans in.

 

Over The Knee Boots Styling

Skirt: Target; Jacket: Banana Republic (love this one and this one); T-shirt: Target; Boots: Similar

 

Here are a few of my suggestions for over the knee boots:

Over The Knee Boots

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Over the Knee Boots

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Over the Knee Boots

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Over The Knee Boots

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Over The Knee Boots

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