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 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:

T-Shirt Dress for Fall

T-Shirt Dress for Fall

 

If you are thinking that, now that it is November, you should pack away those summery t-shirt dresses, allow me to attempt to change your mind. Those lightweight, comfy t-shirt dresses were made to transition into the fall! And it doesn’t take much work, either.

 

T-Shirt Dress for Fall

 

As you may know, I am all about making your wardrobe work double (and triple) duty. Just because you bought something for the summer does not mean it shouldn’t work for the fall. And a t-shirt dress is no exception.

 

T-Shirt Dress for Fall

 

Layering is your friend. In fact, layering is your best friend. It is the best way to make your closet work overtime for you. I have an entire post about layering coming up next week, but until then, let’s just focus on the t-shirt dress. My Everlane dress was perfect for summer. Light weight, so soft and comfortable. I wore it all of the time with sandals or flats.

 

Once it started getting cool, there were plenty of ways to make it transition. Just take that same t-shirt dress, top it off with a cardigan or a blazer and pair it with boots. Simple and so cute. Plus you are still super comfy with that t-shirt dress! (And comfort is always important). When it gets cold, layer a pull over sweater over your dress and add tights, making that t-shirt dress into a skirt.

 

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Another styling idea would be to layer under it – a blouse or chambray shirt would look great underneath it. Or when the temps really drop, try a tissue turtleneck underneath and add some leggings. Top it off with a scarf and you are ready to go!

 

T-Shirt Dress for Fall

Dress: Everlane; Cardigan: Target; Handbag: Kate Spade; Boots: Ralph Lauren (similar)

 

A quick note about this cardigan – it is ridiculously, wonderfully soft. I seriously felt like I was out and about in my pjs in this outfit. It comes in 9 colors, and I am really thinking I need at least 3 more of them, since I am always cold.

 

So it really is easy to take that summery t-shirt dress into fall and beyond. You just have to use a little bit of imagination and have a little bit of fun, and the possibilities are endless!

Tweed Cardigan and Pink Ruffle Skirt

Tweed Cardigan and Pink Ruffle Skirt

 

I think we have safely entered the official fall zone here in the South. Fingers crossed we don’t have any more days in the 80s. And I think it might be safe to put those booties and boots into rotation until spring. But, it is the south so we shall see! I am not complaining about the cooler temps (for now).

 

I love pairing a bootie with a skirt (or dress) before breaking out the tights. You really can’t go wrong. I got these suede ones last year, which would be the year that I bought several pairs of booties and none of them were actually what I needed to replace. This was the first pair. But I realized after they were suede, and even though I love suede, I was worried about rain. So I had to buy another pair (and then another…). But I still love these.

 

Pink Ruffle Skirt and Suede Booties

 

It is safe to say that if something is pink and has ruffles, I am probably going to buy it. That was the case with this skirt, and I love it. I saw it and kept trying to talk myself out of it, but obviously that didn’t work so well. It is super cute, and really comfortable too. It has an elastic waste, so in that respect it does run a little big. They call it a wool flannel skirt, but I really think you could wear the material from early fall through early spring. It comes in several colors, so there is a good chance I’ll be getting more of them.

 

 

Tweed Cardigan and Pink Ruffle Skirt

 

If you get the Monthly Edit, then you have seen this cardigan before. It was one of my must haves for September. I told you it was a must have! The combination of stripes + the tweed trim was just too much for me not to have. It is a great piece to wear to the office with a skirt or dress, but also is super cute with jeans on the weekend.

 

Tweed Cardigan and Pink Ruffle Skirt

Cardigan: J. Crew; Skirt: J. Crew; Booties: Splendid (similar); Tee: Target

 

And now for the true confession of this post – I nearly had a nervous breakdown taking these pictures (not really). It is getting darker earlier, and I didn’t think about it. So we were kind of chasing the light on these. I like it when it cools off, but I hate it when it gets dark so early!

Striped Bell Sleeves

Striped Bell Sleeves

 

If you haven’t noticed, statement sleeves are EVERYWHERE this fall. You might remember, statement sleeves was one of my fall must haves. From sweaters to blouses to tees, it is all about making a statement with sleeves. Not only can you find them in just about any style and material, you can also find them at just about any price point (Target has some really cute ones I saw recently).

 

Truthfully I wasn’t 100% on board with the bell sleeves at first. It felt SO 60s / 70s (also so early teens for me … anyone else?). But, you know, fashion styles are always being recycled and coming back around so I thought I might as well get on board because they are everywhere right now. There is a lot coming back from those eras in the fashion world, have you noticed? Especially 70s it seems.

 

Striped Bell Sleeves

 

 

Since there are so many styles out there, they really work for anything. The blouse versions are perfect for wearing to the office (and also for layering). The sweaters will be great for the winter. And a t-shirt version like this one works for just about any time. Plus the bell sleeves means you don’t need a lot of other things going on, since they are the focal point.

 

Striped Bell Sleeves

 

I got this one from J. Crew a little while back, and I love it. First of all, it is striped, and I love anything striped. Second, it is a thick t-shirt material, which means it is super comfortable. Plus it has these great looking bell sleeves which as so fun. (Side note – it is supposed to be boxy but it also runs big, so I would size down). There is also a cute similar short sleeve version, if the bell sleeves really aren’t your thing.

 

Striped Bell Sleeves

 

I love it paired with this skirt, but I also have plans to wear it layered under dresses. It would also be cute with jeans or dressed up with a pencil skirt.

 

 

Striped Bell Sleeves

Shirt: J. Crew; Skirt: J. Crew (sold out, but this one is cute); Shoes: Kate Spade (several years old, but these are similar)

 

So how to do feel about the statement sleeves? More specifically, the bell sleeve trend?