I have discussed before that the most common questions I field are, what do I wear with that? “That” being a pair of pants, a skirt, top, etc… Since the cooler temps and Winter months are upon us I found it appropriate to discuss, What to Wear with a Cardigan. It’s so easy to throw on a tank, cami or t-shirt underneath. But I think it’s important to showcase pieces beyond that parameter, to keep the look exciting.
I personally like to have my arms covered during this time of year so a sleeveless top doesn’t really cut it for me. Adding texture, color, patterns, embellishments tops are great way to transform a cardigan from looking ordinary to extraordinary. For example, if the cardigan in combination #1 was paired with a plain t-shirt than the the outfit would look well, plain. Pairing it with a patterned top keeps it fresh and interesting. Finishing the outfit with black skinny pants or a straight leg pant would complete this outfit nicely.
1. Cardigan: Topshop, Blouse: J.Crew
2. Cardigan: J.Crew, Blouse: Romwe
3. Cardigan: Romwe, Blouse: Marc by Marc Jacobs
4. Cardigan: Topshop, Blouse: Vince
5. Cardigan: Topshop, Blouse: Madewell
* Madewell is having a sale this weekend, 25% off Fall Favorites!
When I bought this skirt my intentions were to wear it in the Summer and then wear various ways in other seasons. It may be viewed as a Summer skirt only to be worn in warm temperatures, but I see it as great year round piece. It sat in my closet awhile because I was searching for the perfect long slip to go underneath it, I found this one and the length is perfect. I love the combination of pink and gray together so classic, feminine and light. The mixed materials add detail and a bit of edge to this otherwise girly outfit. Swapping out booties for sandals and the addition of a leather jacket make this so suitable for Fall. As it gets colder, you will find me pairing this lovely maxi with chunky knits. (This skirt is super fun to twirl in, as well!)
Necklace: Banana Republic
The weather while on vacation last week in Cape Cod, as I mentioned here, was pretty ideal. The days were sunny, warm and the humidity very low. The nights were a bit cooler, so I took advantage of this weather by wearing some Fall Transitional pieces. This chambray shirt is a recent purchase and I can already tell it is will be on heavy rotation. It has a boyfriend cut, allowing for a more relaxed and easy going wear. Pairing it with red cords and super comfortable wedges, made for one easy to wear outfit for one awesome night out!
Necklace: Forever 21
Ring: Alex and Ani
Shoes: Dolce Vita
Ahh there is a crisp in the air, can you feel it? Well maybe not yet, but I know it is on it’s way. Prior to each season I have a tendency to stock up on new items and then taper off with my shopping as the season begins, just filling in the gaps with pieces here and there. I love buying items before the season it makes me feel prepared for the upcoming season and for those random Fall days in late August. One shopping mantra that I always follow is, Buy it when you see it because it will most likely not be there when you go back. Then that shoe, shirt or coat will be haunting you the rest of the season.
The gloomy weather that we had the past few days had me thinking of Fall, crisper days and layering pieces. This Fall I am turning to rich jewel and luxe fabrics and textures to fill my closet. Almost every Fall jewel tones are shown, but this year they seem more intriquing, vibrant and alluring. I think the mix of rich colors against interesting fabrics makes for a fascinating outfit. If the trend of metallic snakeskin or wearing a jewel tone doesn’t seem quite you, then you can start by warming up to the trend with an accessory, shoe or even wear a jewel shade on your nails.
1.Clutch, Marc by Marc Jacobs $158
2. Dress, Diane Von Furstenburg $465
3. Leopard Flat, BP Shoes $59.95
4. Evil Eye Bracelet, House of Harlow $55
5. Road House Blues, OPI, $8
6. Tripe Finger Ring, ASOS, $25.86
7. Boyfriend Cardigan, Topshop $80
8. Cargo Blouse, Madewell, $110
9. Leather Shorts, J Brand, $205
10. Perforated Suede Platform Sandals, Belle by Sigerson Morrison, $350.
Most nights of the week you will find me cooking in the kitchen. Next to fashion and clothes, this is my second passion. The other night I planned for shrimp tacos on the grill, but the storm was about to hit so the meal preparation relocated indoors. In the Summer, I prefer light easy meals with quick preparation and fresh ingredients. I chose to make the shrimp tacos, with homemade salsa, chipotle lime sour cream, with a corn salad on the side. Keeping things simple is always the best policy.
A little lace here, a little chiffon fabric there, some blush color here – sometimes all it takes to feel feminine is integrating some fabrics and colors that exude ladylike charisma. Neutral tones mixed with feminine silhouettes always equate femininity, they go hand-in-hand and are a natural accompaniment to each other. If you add some lace detailing into the mix, it automatically throws the piece into the ultra-feminine category. I personally love the tap shorts shown below (# 2), they are a nod to boudoir-esque attire, with out being overkill. The gentle lace detailing is enough to make these shorts sexy and adorably appropriate to wear in public.
1. Cream Lace Top $70
2. Shorts $230
3. Lace Vest $12.48
4. Black Top $108
5. Chiffon Skirt $89
6. Lace Dress $98
7. Pink Top $19.99
8. Knotted Shoes $71.72