Skirt Code: Why I Prefer to Wear Skirts, Reason 5

Hello friend! It’s time to visit another Skirt Code post! If you missed the other reasons, check them out here: reason 1, reason 2, reason 3, reason 4. The fifth reason why I prefer to wear skirts is that they are more sanitary. This post will surely out me as a germ-a-phobe, but I am OK with that. I have long come to terms with who I am! I will be demonstrating my point with the lovely J Crew rainbow gingham tie front skirt.

j crew rainbow gingham tie front skirt review and why I wear skirts to work

As I’ve said before, I wasn’t always a devout skirt wearer. In fact, when I first started to work, I probably wore pants most of the time. I’ve always had a love of skirts, especially the ones at Anthropologie. But I still wore pants to work for most of the week, mostly just because of habit.

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Then came the fated day. I will spare you the details, but when I went to use the restroom, I walked into the stall without realizing I was stepping into someone’s bodily fluids. Because I was wearing long trousers that draped over my shoes, the hem of the pants was touching the ground and said fluid. Gross, I know! Needless to say I was thoroughly disgusted. I think I even threw those pants away!

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After that day, I started to wear more skirts. The more I thought about it, the more I was bothered by bringing home clothes that had swept the floor of the hospital (my work), public restrooms, and so on. Because unlike shoes, I keep my clothes on when I snuggle with my daughter on our beds. I just didn’t want to bring those germs into our homes and beds. Wearing a skirt can decrease the chances of that occurring.

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This is also the reason why I do not wear maxi skirts or dresses to work. The maxi-mum (pun intended) length that I will do is a mid calf. That still leaves plenty of room between the hem and the floor.

j crew rainbow gingham tie front skirt review and why I wear skirts to work

J Crew Rainbow Gingham Tie Front  Skirt Review

Now you know one of my quirks! Let’s switch gears and talk about the skirt in detail. The J crew rainbow gingham tie front skirt is a lovely specimen of a skirt. The colors are vibrant and fun. The fit is perfect. I chose a petite this time as I noticed this was a bit of a longer skirt and I wanted it to hit right at the knee. I got the 2P and it fits great (for reference I am usually a 0 in J Crew).

j crew rainbow gingham tie front skirt review and why I wear skirts to work

J Crew Rainbow Gingham Tie Front  Skirt Styling

When I first tried to style the J Crew rainbow gingham tie front skirt, I was a bit stumped. I felt it already had a lot of color and print in it, so I was leaning towards a solid top. But I still wanted some interest. Therefore I went with a lace tee. This ensured there was no competition in color or pattern. But the textured top added another element of style.

j crew rainbow gingham tie front skirt review and why I wear skirts to work

As you already know, I love pairing my skirts with chambray. While the J Crew rainbow gingham tie front skirt would also look great with a chambray top (like this one), I chose to mix it up for this look. Therefore I added the chambray element in my jacket instead.

j crew rainbow gingham tie front skirt review and why I wear skirts to work

For jewelry I went with rose gold accents including my chain link tassel pendant from Baublebar.

j crew rainbow gingham tie front skirt review and why I wear skirts to work

While this may be an unexpected reason to wear skirts, it is still one of my reasons. It is definitely not my most compelling reason, but it was one that spurred my desire to mostly wear skirts to work. Whatever the reason, I encourage you to wear skirts more, especially to work. Plus with some as amazing as the J Crew rainbow gingham tie front skirt, why wouldn’t you wear skirts daily?

1 Item 4 Ways: Paper-bag waist skirt

Hello friend! Because I loved the Banana Republic paper-bag waist skirt so much, I decided to make multiple outfits with it. I knew it would be fairly easy because the cut and color of the skirt are both classic.

Paper-Bag Waist Skirt with Shades of Blue

In my first paper-bag waist skirt post, I wore the skirt with a sleeveless navy sweater. Because the outfit consists of neutral colors and conservative cut, it makes this a perfect option for most offices.

Banana Republic paperbag waist lace inset skirt styled for a summer work outfit with a J Crew Navy bow sweater and Sam Edelman white pumps

Paper-Bag Waist Skirt on the Town

For a marked different look, I decided to style the skirt for an evening out. I paired it with a black crop top and high heeled booties for an edgy look.

Four ways to style a paper-bag waist skirt

I love the juxtaposition of the crisp and proper pencil skirt against the skimpy and sexy crop top. For jewelry, I chose rose gold tones, including these big flirty hoops.

Four ways to style a paper-bag waist skirt

Colorful Paper-Bag Waist Skirt

Because I love color so much, I had a deep need to add some color to the skirt. Therefore I brought in my most colorful top, the mixed gingham shell.

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The multiple colors of the top allow for numerous options in accessories. I chose to go with classic red pumps.

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For my bag, I changed it up and paired it with pink. As you know from my pink and red post, I adore this color pairing.

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Sleek Paper-Bag Waist Skirt

In my last paper-bag waist skirt post, I had mentioned pairing the skirt with a bodysuit. Luckily I was able to purchase the perfect bodysuit for this skirt.

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I love how streamlined the look is with a bodysuit. It’s a look that will be perfect for multiple occasions. To add some print and texture, I wore my Vionic snakeskin booties. The add a fun touch to the outfit.

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For my accessories, I chose a fun tassel necklace. I love how a necklace looks against a mock turtleneck.

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It’s fairly obvious to say I am loving my paper-bag waist skirt. It is very versatile, as I hope I have proven. What’s your favorite look? Let me know in the comments.

 

Pattern Primer: Palm Tree Print Skirt

Hello friend! Doesn’t the thought of summer conjure up images of palm trees swaying lazily in the breeze? Therefore it’s no wonder that we are clamoring to wear this fun print. I’ve been participating by wearing my palm tree print skirt. Let me show you how I’m styling it! I have two skirts to share, one is old from H&M, but the other is new, the linen skirt in palm tree print.

Styling a palm tree print skirt two ways

Preppy Palm Tree Print Skirt

I often turn to J Crew for my printed pieces. They just always do a phenomenal job. Luckily for me, they did not disappoint with their new palm tree print skirt. Therefore, I snagged it right away. What I like is that it is not the usual ubiquitous green and white print. Leave it to J Crew to change it up and get the print in a blue!

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While on my Instagram, I originally wore this palm tree print skirt with a solid navy top, I always knew I wanted to add more color. Therefore, I decided to throw in some pink with my gingham blouse and heels. The results were just what I wanted. Of course it didn’t hurt that I got to pattern mix too!

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For the accessories, I added my new silver clutch. It was a nice contrast in color and texture to the pinks and blues of this palm tree print skirt outfit. I also went with all rose gold jewelry to mirror the tone of the shirt. My standout piece were my Morningstar drop earrings.

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Cool and Casual Palm Tree Print Skirt

The palm tree print skirt becomes hip and cool with the addition of a graphic tee. Since I’ve extolled the virtue of the graphic tee so many times, I’ll spare you today. Suffice it to say, I heart it! I’ve worn this H&M palm tree print skirt with a graphic tee before (and three other examples here), therefore it was easy to try it again. This time I changed out the tee for a more colorful one.

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The effect is fun and colorful for summer. But with the burnt orange colors, this look can even be carried into the fall.

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For the accessories in this palm tree print skirt outfit, I went in opposite directions. With so much color in the actual outfit, I decided to keep the shoes and the bag neutral. These are the largest accessories, so I didn’t want them to detract from the outfit. However, I did add a pop of color with the earrings. Because the color coordinates with the skirt, it helps to unify the entire look.

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I hope you enjoyed my two palm tree print skirt outfits. Let me know how you’re wearing palm tree print!

One Item Four Ways: Long Vest

Hello friend! Now that spring is here, I am officially transitioning my wardrobe. You can read my spring transition post first to catch up on my plans. Furthermore, I will simply give you an example here. I am taking one of my fun winter pieces, a camel long vest, and showing you how to wear it in the spring.

Long Vest for Cold Weather

First, let me show you how I styled it during the winter. One of my favorite ways to wear it in the cold, was with many other layers. Layering with a blanket scarf on top of the long vest was an elegant and eye-catching look.

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Long Vest and Leather Leggings

Another time I wore my long vest recently, was to make my Gray Monroe leather leggings work appropriate. Here I did a simple color blocking outfit with a chambray shirt and the leggings. You can read more about it in my leather leggings post.

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Casual and Distressed

A recent re-style I did was for this original red stripes and leopard print post. One of the key purposes of that post was to point out how you can mix and match pieces to get the same “feel” of an outfit without having to have the exact replica. To further prove that point, I used that inspiration to create this look here. This time, I used the long vest as my camel piece and paired it with my current favorite jeans.

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So if you’re loving the looks so far and are in need of a long vest, never fear friend, because I’ve rounded up a bunch for you right here:

Preppy and Spring Ready

Now we will move into our warmer weather looks. This first one is using shades of navy, with a pop of pretty spring florals. The long vest is still central to the outfit, but the entire outfit feels more spring-like now with the lighter fabrics.

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For the accessories in this look, I added a second print with the floral shoes. They also served to add a pop of color while still looking unified thanks to the blue in the shoe. As for the purse, I chose my navy and gold stripe clutch. I’m not sure, but I think that counts as a third print. You know how much I adore a good triple pattern mix! And last for the earrings, I chose my eye-catching Zosma drops from Baublebar.

Everyday style blogger polished whimsy wearing a navy striped top, navy pencil skirt, camel long vest and floral pumps for a spring ready work outfit.Everyday style blogger polished whimsy wearing a navy striped top, navy pencil skirt, camel long vest and floral pumps for a spring ready work outfit. Everyday style blogger polished whimsy wearing a navy striped top, navy pencil skirt, camel long vest and floral pumps for a spring ready work outfit.

Spring Staples and Trends

Finally we come to my last look, if you’ve been counting, that actually makes 5 looks. I figured you wouldn’t mind another example… you’re welcome! 😉 For this look, I chose to combine spring staples (white jeans) with spring trends (embroidery). Therefore, I paired this pretty scarf with my gingham shirt, white jeans, and of course the long vest.

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I hope you enjoyed the five looks I did with the long vest. let me know if you have a favorite or any other ways for me to style it! You can shop the rest of the outfit details below.

2017 Spring Trends

Hello friend! The end of Winter is in sight, so now is the perfect time to start prepping for Spring. The first step is to simply familiarize myself with the trends: what’s new and what’s continuing. After that, I’ll know what to keep, what to retire, and what to buy. Since I started researching the 2017 Spring trends for myself, I thought I’d share it with you too. Because of the many trends, I will have to discuss them in a few separate posts.

Dramatic Sleeves

It seems that the bell sleeves trend is style going strong this Spring. Luckily, I have a few cute bell sleeve tops from last year that will transition well into this year also! I have one off the shoulder one. But this triple bell sleeve one is my current favorites.

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Therefore I am set in the bell sleeves department! But besides bell sleeves, the 2017 Spring trends show a lot of other types of dramatic sleeves. Think balloon sleeves, exaggerated shoulders and other impactful details. I think I will likely pick up a balloon sleeve item. I’ve linked some of the ones I’ve been eyeing below.

Statement Earrings

The 2017 Spring trends feature large statement earrings as the accessory of choice. Luckily for me, that is also one of my favorite items of jewelry. I have quite a few that I own and love. But I will also likely pick up a few more. Because of my dark curly hair, I tend to pick light and bright colors. That way, it’ll actually stand out against my hair.

Polished whimsy in baublebar statement earrings

For this spring, opt for bold and colorful earrings featuring pom poms, tassels and more!

Shoulder Baring

Whether it’s off the shoulder or cold shoulder, these shoulder baring tops will still be around for Spring 2017. However, many of the designers have added a slight tweak: only one of the shoulders is bare. This asymmetrical update will be fun to follow and emulate. I have found some amazing options for this trend too!

Rainbow Stripes

You can probably predict how excited I am about this 2017 Spring trend! I love stripes. I also love color. Put them together and I am in heaven. Luckily I already have a top that I can wear for this trend. Furthermore, I purchased a fun skirt last year that will also work. But I sure don’t mind picking up another skirt to add to my collections!

Kate spade rainbow striped pleated skirt

Adding some of these items to my existing pieces will have me ready for Spring. Which of these trends are you most excited about? Let me know in the comments. Also, make sure to sign up on the email list to catch the rest of my Spring 2017 trends report.

Winter Wardrobe Transition

Hello friend! Winter is finally here. Now we don’t have too cold a winter in Los Angeles, but I still like to adjust my clothes for the new season. Let me show you my process for updating my closet and transitioning into my winter wardrobe.

Update Colors of Winter Wardrobe

For my seasonal color palettes, I like to take cues from nature and the occasions of that season. For example, during fall transition, I like to wear warmer colors such as browns and oranges. Then, during December, I center my outfits around holiday colors. For that month, I wore a lot of red, green and gold. Now that we are in Winter, I lean towards a few staple color schemes.

First, I add white back into my wardrobe (stay tuned for winter white posts). During the fall months, I did not wear much white (besides small accent pieces). But now that it is winter, I can add it back in. Because winter is often associated with snow, white makes for a quintessential winter color.

In addition to the white, I adjust the rest of my colors away from the warm shades of fall and towards the cooler and icier tones of winter. For example, I will wear more blues and grays.

Try New Combinations

Winter is the perfect season to experiment with layers! I enjoy layering cool weather clothes such as scarves, vests and sweaters over other pieces in my wardrobe. This makes for fun and new combinations to wear. The key to making this type of look “work” is to choose a unifying color scheme.

Polished whimsy winter wardrobe transition

For example, pick items that have similar tones so they look like they “go” together even if they are from different seasons. As you can see in the example below, I have paired a spring/summer pleated skirt with a thick turtleneck sweater. Even though the items look like they are from different seasons, the outfit works because the colors are unified. In this example, it is the color gray that brings it all together.

Polished whimsy's winter wardrobe transition with flowy skirt and turtleneck sweater

Retire Some Pieces

Finally, I urge you to retire some items of clothing. Whether it’s a permanent retirement to a charity or a temporary retirement to storage, you will see results. Your winter wardrobe will be neater and more accessible.

No matter what, there will be some items you just won’t wear year round (for me that is rompers, shorts and sandals). Instead of letting them occupy valuable space in your closet, pack them away for the season. This accomplishes a working closet (in that everything in it can be worn at that time). It also gives you something to look forward to next season, where you get to bring out those stored pieces. It’s like free shopping!

These three simple updates keep me interested in my wardrobe and help me look fresh each season. Do you have any other tips? Please let me know in the comments!

One Item Four Ways: Buffalo Check Dress

Hello friend! During the colder months, I often turn to buffalo check as my pattern du jour. I already have multiple posts on that specific print, one with a white buffalo check sweater and another with a red buffalo check tunic. It’s obvious I don’t need another buffalo check anything! But, when it comes to this print, I have no head for reason. So I got a buffalo check dress! But I assure you it is quite versatile, see for yourself …

Buffalo Check Dress with OTK Boots

The main reason I got this dress was that I needed a dress with a shorter hemline to wear with my over-the-knee boots. Most of my dresses are knee length, thus completely covering the top of the boot. The beauty of the boot is then lost. But pair it with a shorter dress and every detail of the boot is noticeable.

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For the accessories, I added my favorite statement necklace the Electra from Baublebar. And for my purse, I chose to keep it simple with the Love Crossbody from Rebecca Minkoff.

Polished whimsy in buffalo check dress and over the knee boots

Playing with Lengths

One of the looks I was very excited to try was this one pairing the buffalo check dress with a long sweater cardigan. I love the contrast in the lengths. In all honesty, I was very self conscious about showing this much leg. But the sweater helps to cover up some of the skin so I don’t feel too exposed.

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Since pattern mixing is one of my favorite ways to wear an outfit, I had to bring in a second pattern to this look. I did so subtly, with a pair of leopard print heels. The effect is brilliant in that the shoes pop but do not distract from the dress. I also chose to only wear a pair of earrings with this look, again to keep the focus on the clothing mix.

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Tough Girl in Buffalo Check

For this next look, I wanted to treat the dress as more of a tunic. Because of its relative short length, it can definitely double as one. Therefore I paired it with my new leather leggings from Gray Monroe. [Sidebar: these leggings are great: good fit and at a great price!] The effect was exactly what I was aiming for: a cool girl vibe without it being over-the-top trendy.

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One of my favorite things about this look is the boots. I have been wanting a pair of booties with studs for a while now. I was thrilled to have gotten this pair from Rebecca Minkoff. To complement the leather look, I added my Rebecca Minkoff moto bag. I topped it all off with my warrior necklace to pull off a perfect street chic look!

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Preppy in Buffalo Check Dress

Because I like pairing buffalo check with gingham, I had to try that look with this dress as well. I aimed for an overall preppy outfit, layering the dress over a gingham button-down shirt. Here I also chose to belt the dress, so that it resulted in a different silhouette than the other outfits.

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For my accessories, I decided to keep everything neutral and consistent with light brown tones. This allowed me to wear my favorite new pair of boots. They are so cute, especially the pretty lace up ribbon detailing in the back. I kept the jewelry pretty minimal as well, with a matching Kendra Scott necklace and earrings.

Polished whimsy in gingham and buffalo check dress

Whimsical in Buffalo Check Dress

I always like to put a whimsical touch an an outfit. To me, nothing says whimsy like polka dots. Therefore, for this bonus look, I had to try an envelope-pushing mix by pairing the buffalo plaid with polka dots. Whats even more fun here is that I wore the skirt over the dress. This is one of my favorite tricks to stretch out my wardrobe. This trick is especially useful when traveling.

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And since this was a bonus outfit, I was even bolder than usual and added some leopard print shoes. If you like this mix, check out my triple pattern mix post to see similar options.

Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed playing with my buffalo check dress. It is definitely a versatile item that will play well with other items in my closet. Let me know your favorite look in the comments!

One Item Four Ways: Green Tartan Skirt

Hello friend! By now you all know that I am infatuated with patterns. Recently tartan plaid has claimed my heart. So when I saw this green tartan skirt on StyleWe, I knew I had to have it. Since I received it, I have worn it three times. It is both versatile and flattering. Let me show you by styling it four ways.

Modern Green Tartan Skirt

For the first look, I decided to pair the classic skirt with an on-trend item like this cold shoulder sweater. I chose to keep this look neutral so that the color and print of the skirt are the focus of the outfit.

Polished whimsy in green tartan skirt and grey cold shoulder sweater. Polished whimsy in green tartan skirt and grey cold shoulder sweater.

For accessories I chose my grey Charming Charlie tote. I kept the jewelry minimal, with a statement necklace and a watch.

Polished whimsy in green tartan skirt and grey cold shoulder sweater.

Demure in Green Tartan Skirt

Next I wanted to add in some pops of color. Because of my love for my mustard shoes, I decided mustard would be that color. My new Anthropologie blouse with its mustard bow detail stood out as the perfect top for this outfit.

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Because of the pretty bow detail on the neck, I decided to skip a necklace. Instead I opted for a pretty pair of earrings and some bangle bracelets.

Polished whimsy in anthropologie callum blouse and green tartan skirt

Preppy Green Tartan Skirt

Another work appropriate look is this one incorporating a gingham button down shirt with the plaid skirt. Here I also got to play with a color theory I’ve been interested in: pairing adjacent colors on the color wheel. In this instance the adjacent colors are blue and green. An added bonus of course is the pattern mixing that is achieved with these items. You know nothing makes me happier than a pretty pattern mix!

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Polished whimsy pattern mixing in gingham shirt and green tartan skirt

For accessories, I wanted to add in some extra color, thus I wore a pair of red pumps. I also wanted to bring in a third pattern, so I added the leopard print clutch. For earrings, I decided to keep it minimal with my favorite hoops. Lastly, I decided to up the drama by adding a bold tassel necklace.

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Tough in Green Tartan Skirt

Finally for my most unique outfit, I chose to pair the skirt with leather and lace. I adore the juxtaposition of the wool against the lace and leather. Furthermore, I love that the outfit feels almost costume-y. It evokes a bit of Victorian times and even more, of 18th century Scotland (or what I know of it from watching Outlander). But to prevent it from being too costume-y, I made sure the cut of the jacket and skirt were modern.

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Sticking with my Victorian/Scottish inspiration, I chose a pair of lace-up booties to complete the look. Opting for a high heel also helped to keep the look contemporary. For my jewelry, I chose to pair the outfit with a sparkly tassel earring. This added yet another dimension of texture and interest to the look.

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Needless to say, I found it fun and easy to pair this gorgeous green tartan skirt with multiple items in my closet. But I’d love to hear your opinion. Which look is your favorite? If you’d like to venture out to try this yourself, the skirt is available here. I have also linked the other items from the post directly below.

Color Crush: Burgundy and Pink

Hello friend! If it’s not obvious, I am a tad obsessed with burgundy. I’ve done multiple color crush series on burgundy pairings. Well, add another to the list because I am thoroughly obsessed with burgundy and pink.

Although I had done a burgundy and blush post, recently I have come to like burgundy paired with a slightly darker pink than blush. I find that a cooler mid tone pink works very well with burgundy.

Burgundy and Pink for the Office

Because I work full-time, I love to have fun outfits. Therefore, I had to bring this color scheme to my work outfits. For this first look, I paired my burgundy J. Crew pencil skirt with a pink J. Crew Factory buffalo plaid shirt.

Polished whimsy in burgundy and pink j crew work outfit

For accessories, I added my blush lace up heels along with a pretty pendant necklace. Because the necklace was a long one, I wanted some extra bling closer to my face. Therefore, I added a pretty pair of earrings.

Polished whimsy in burgundy and pink j crew buffalo plaid shirt

Another option for work is to incorporate a patterned blanket scarf with the same colors into the outfit. The colors are grounded by the neutral camel color that is found in the scarf and echoed in the vest.

Polished whimsy in burgundy and pink blanket scarf

Because the blanket scarf is so voluminous, I opted for stud earrings. I chose these pretty Indie and Chic pair because they are dainty yet detailed.

Polished whimsy in burgundy and pink blanket scarf

Casual Burgundy and Pink

This color palette also works for casual looks. For this first one, I paired a pink gingham shirt with an argyle sweater. I added a pop of burgundy with the purse. Keeping everything else neutral is key to making the pink and burgundy pop.

Polished whimsy in casual burgundy and pink outfit

For another casual look, I paired a pink tweed jacket with a burgundy top and jeans. The colors and the textures here give this outfit a lot of visual interest. I grounded the look with a pair of nude pumps.

Polished whimsy in tweed pink and burgundy casual chic look

For accessories, I added a twisted strand of pearls and my fun new Kate Spade watch.

polished whimsy in burgundy and pinkAnd last, for an ultra casual look, I paired a pink tee with a cozy burgundy cardigan and patterned leggings. White chucks completed the feel of the relaxed outfit.

Polished whimsy in burgundy and pink

I hope you enjoyed the burgundy and pink outfits. If you learned something and want to share with others, please use the buttons below to post on your favorite social media feeds. Furthermore, if you are interested in shopping some of my looks, I have included the available items below.

Try This: Bell Sleeve Top

Hello Friend! So you may remember I tried a bell sleeve top a few months back (see it here). Because I enjoyed the dramatic detail so much, I tried it again. With this top, the sleeve has a triple bell, therefore triple the drama!

Bell Sleeve Top for Play

It is very easy to style this top for a casual look. I just paired it with my favorite high waisted skinnies from Topshop and a pair of pumps and I was good to go!

bell sleeve top with distressed skinny jeans

To keep the focus on the beauty of the sleeves, I  kept the other accessories minimal. I simply added a leopard print clutch.

gingham bell sleeve top and black skinny jeans

For jewelry, I chose a beautiful pair of tassel earrings from my favorite jewelry store Baublebar.

gingham bell sleeve top with baubelbar tassel earrings

Bell Sleeve Top for Work

Despite my initial instinct to keep this look simple, I had to give in to the rebel in me. Therefore I ended up pattern mixing this outfit too. I chose to pair the bell sleeve top with one of my favorite fall purchases, this floral print skirt.

gingham bell sleeve top and fall florals skirt

I love how there is so much movement in the skirt and the top. Although the prints are quite different, there is harmony due to the differing scales and common colors. If you are interested in pattern mixing, check out my entire pattern primer category here.

gingham bell sleeve top and fall florals target skirt

With bell sleeves staying popular well into the fall, I expect it will be on trend for winter as well. So why not get yourself a cute one now?! Let me know how else I should wear this shirt. And as always, the items in the post are listed below if you are interested in shopping them!