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Transitioning Skirts from Spring/Summer to Fall/Winter

September 23, 2010

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Clients want to know…is it possible to take summer skirts into Fall?  If the fabric is cotton – especially a heavier weight – it can be possible.

The above photos are two of my clients in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  They each have skirts that they like to wear and want to keep wearing into the cooler weather.

Here are ideas for how to wear skirts year-round, using items that can be found at Nordstrom.

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This skirt is casual because it’s a lighter weight and it’s construction is simple.  The type of floral pattern also adds to a more casual look – think country or prairie.

A 3/4 sleeve cardigan is a great top layer for summer.  A pop of color underneath the sweater, also known as up on the inside, creates a column for the wearer to help create a long, tall line between the skirt and top.  A lighter top layer will be good for women with triangle shapes needing to emphasize the top half.  A neutral toned shoe will anchor the look and would tie in nicely with gold-toned jewelry.

For cooler temperatures, a denim jacket is a versatile top layer for smart casual.  It provides structure and is a great top layer for warmth as well as for covering up the undesired result of extra weight.  Deeper tones, which are always more prevalent for Fall and Winter, will be seasonally appropriate and pair well with a dark brown pair of knee-high boots.

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This skirt is dressier because it’s a heavier cotton and has more structure to it.  Additionally, the floral pattern is more sophisticated and grey and black are generally more sophisticated than pastels.

For warmer temperatures, a structured jacket and pretty shell create a professional, polished look.  With a dark color on the outside, called up on the outside, it will work for larger busts and inverted triangle body types.  A pop of color with accessories is a great way to add personal style.  These wine colored shoes would pair beautifully with silver jewelry.

When the weather turns cool, a structured jacket with long sleeves is a polished top layer.  A dressy shell – with stylish detailing and in a fine or medium knit or fabric – creates a great Fall color palette.  A black or dark grey pair of knee-high boots keep the legs warm and are more sophisticated than a pair of opaque tights.

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What I’ve Been Wearing

August 6, 2010

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These photos have been patiently waiting in the queue since sometime in July.  At last, here are a couple of pink numbers that I quite liked!

As usual, I’ve got navy as my neutral.  On the left, the pink linen skirt is one of my favorites for hot days.  It’s from Ann Taylor LOFT petites.  I paired it with my striped shirt from Kohl’s and my button-embellished cardigan from Talbots.

On the right, I’m wearing my favorite denim skirt with a fitted pink cotton shell from where else…Ann Taylor LOFT petites!  I paired it with a white sweater from Kohl’s to help create a nice vertical line to help me look taller and thinner.

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In the above photos, I’m wearing my newest army green skirt from Marshall’s.  What a bargain at $16.99!

I also ordered a few things from the Land’s End summer clearance, including these two t-shirts.  I’ve come to really love stripes as a simple pattern.  Because it’s very helpful to see photos of myself, I snapped these to see which, if either t-shirt I should keep.

It turns out I kept the one on the right – a navy/black stripe – because I look thinner and it’s more complimentary to my skin and features.

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So Many Red Shoes…So Little Closet Space

July 23, 2010

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I have a pair of deep ruby red patent shoes that I love wearing when it’s time to cover up the toes.  Because they’re a dark shade, I treat them like I would a brown or black pair of shoes, wearing them with almost everything.

If you’re looking for some red hot ideas, you’ll find everything from casual to dressy and petites to plus sizes.

But first, above are a few shoes that didn’t make it into outfits below.  From left to right:

Thanks to the gals who participate in #stylechat for bringing this blog idea to the surface.

Red & Relaxed If you’re looking to add some serious heat to your casual outfits, a distinctive red shoe or boot will give you amazing results.

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From left to right, pair these red selections with Not Your Daughter’s Jeans Tummy Tuck Hayden Straight Leg from Nordstrom, Eliza Parker High-Waisted A-Line Skirt (Plus) or the Ann Taylor Stretch Cotton Shirred Shirtdress.

  1. I4649 Charlie One Horse by Lucchese from
  2. Donald J. Pliner GINGER 17 Boot from
  3. Etienne Aigner Sanctum, from
  4. Fashion Diva Charlie One Horse by Lucchese from
  5. Aquatilia by Marvin K Xox Wedge from
  6. Steve by Steve Madden Intyce Boot from

Red & Sassy If you like to take style risks, make sure you include your feet in your style story.  There are plenty of options from artsy to pretty to accent your look.

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From left to right, pair these red selections with See by Chloe Button Front Leather Skirt from Nordstrom, Sweet Sipping Trousers from Anthropologie or the Eliza Parker Bourdeaux Dress (Plus).

  1. JUMP Turka Bootie from
  2. Miz Mooz Filly Pump from
  3. Madison Harding Tina Ballet Flat from
  4. Shane and Shawn Karlson Ankle-Strap Sandal from
  5. Franco Sarto Now Platform Pump from
  6. Kate Spade Gabby Slingback from

Red & Tailored A classic, simple outfit is a welcome opportunity for a little color or a lot of style.  Textures, sheens and plush suedes go a long way.

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From left to right, pair these red selections with Ann Taylor LOFT Foil Finish Pencil Skirt (nearly sold out), Calvin Klein Belted Print Ponte Knit Sheath Dress from Nordstrom (Plus) or the Classiques Entier Twist Stripe Midtown Trousers from Nordstrom

  1. Bandolino Berry Pump from
  2. Michael Antonio Lively Pump from
  3. Matisse Maxine Open-Toe Pump from
  4. BCBGeneration Lane High Heel Peep Toe from
  5. J. Renee Fiorella Loafer Pump from
  6. Guess Irinna 4 Pump, from

Red & Ravishing Red footwear works for everything – especially a dressed up look – as long as you keep it balanced with your outfit.  Try different shades, details and embellishments instead of a lipstick red pump to personalize your style statement.

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From left to right, pair these red selections with Ann Taylor LOFT Petite Piped Silk Dress, Ann Taylor Iconic Animal Print Sheath Dress or the Adrianna Papell Iridescent Chiffon Petal Gown from Nordstrom (Plus).

  1. Nine West Zayna Flat from
  2. Joan & David Banas from
  3. Butter Tipsy Peep-Toe Pump from
  4. Cole Haan Air Vineyard Sandal from
  5. Arturo Chiang Driane2 Pump from
  6. Kenneth Cole REACTION Know Show T-Strap Sandal from

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