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.

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

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?

Color Crush: Pink and Yellow

Hello friend! Now that we’re well into spring, I am happily breaking out my spring colors. With this comes the chance to mix together new color combinations. This time I am pairing a pink blouse with my new HM yellow lace skirt. This combination results in the prettiest pink and yellow outfits, ones that would be just perfect for Easter!

Pink and yellow color and outfit combination featured on the color crush series on polished whimsy blog. A color blocking outfit with the HM yellow lace skirt and pink J crew blouse, making a perfect Easter outfit.

When I was thinking about what to wear for Easter, I knew I wanted to find a pretty color combination. I also knew I wanted to wear a fun new skirt. So when I saw the HM yellow lace skirt on a recent shopping trip, I snagged it up right away. Then came the debate of what to pair it with. I played with multiple options, but in the end settled for a solid pink top. I think pink and yellow is a perfect color combination for an Easter outfit.

Everyday style blogger polished whimsy in pink and yellow Easter outfit featuring HM yellow lace skirt and J Crew pink blouse in a spring color combination. Everyday style blogger polished whimsy in pink and yellow Easter outfit featuring HM yellow lace skirt and J Crew pink blouse in a spring color combination.

Now let’s talk about the skirt. Seriously I cannot believe what a gorgeous skirt this is. The HM yellow lace skirt looks far more expensive than it really is. It sits comfortably at the waist, has a zipper closure in the back and an exquisite scalloped hem. I also like that there is a sheer panel on the bottom third. It adds an airy quality to the skirt while still keeping it modest.

Everyday style blogger polished whimsy in pink and yellow Easter outfit featuring HM yellow lace skirt and J Crew pink blouse in a spring color combination. Everyday style blogger polished whimsy in pink and yellow Easter outfit featuring HM yellow lace skirt and J Crew pink blouse in a spring color combination. Everyday style blogger polished whimsy in pink and yellow Easter outfit featuring HM yellow lace skirt and J Crew pink blouse in a spring color combination.

I seriously just want to keep twirling around in this skirt. And I did…much to the annoyance of the joggers on this path!

Everyday style blogger polished whimsy in pink and yellow Easter outfit featuring HM yellow lace skirt and J Crew pink blouse in a spring color combination. Everyday style blogger polished whimsy in pink and yellow Easter outfit featuring HM yellow lace skirt and J Crew pink blouse in a spring color combination.

So needless to say, I will be happily wearing this as my Easter outfit this year. The color combination is too stunning to pass up! To keep the focus on the pink and yellow color block, I chose to wear a simple nude pump. However for my jewelry, I chose to echo the yellow in the skirt with yellow accent earring.

Everyday style blogger polished whimsy in pink and yellow Easter outfit featuring HM yellow lace skirt and J Crew pink blouse in a spring color combination. Everyday style blogger polished whimsy in pink and yellow Easter outfit featuring HM yellow lace skirt and J Crew pink blouse in a spring color combination. Everyday style blogger polished whimsy in pink and yellow Easter outfit featuring HM yellow lace skirt and J Crew pink blouse in a spring color combination.

As for the rest of my jewelry, I kept the pieces minimal. I chose to wear my new rose gold favorites. That includes my Daniel Wellington watch (get 15% of all purchases with code “polishedwhimsy”). Along with the watch, I wore my rose gold Trellis Lane bracelets (the Aria and Olivia). Luckily I have another discount code, if you want, for those, use “polished25” for 25% off!

I hope you like the pink and yellow color combination for my 2017 Easter outfit. I am just so pleased that I found the HM yellow lace skirt so that I could play with this amazing color combination. If you like to see more colors, check out my color crush series.

One Item Four Ways: Lu La Roe Cassie

Hello friend! In my last Lu La Roe post, I showed you how I styled the Julia and the leggings. Similarly in this post, I will show you how I style the Lu La Roe Cassie skirt four ways. Like my previous one, this post was also in collaboration with Jamie Denning.

Lu La Roe Cassie and Classic Tee

For my first look, I decided to be basic and simply pair the tee and skirt together. To add a bit of flare, I knotted the skirt. I also added a fun pop of color with my mustard heels.

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Layering the Lu La Roe Cassie

Because I wanted to try a few unique looks with the skirt, I began playing around with the idea of layering it over other clothing pieces. I knew many girls had worn it as a tube top. However, I don’t wear tube tops too often. But that did give me the idea of layering the Cassie over another top! I had initially intended on layering it over a striped button down shirt, but the colors didn’t work out. Instead I layered it over a tee shirt dress.

Lu la roe cassie skirt layered over a striped dress

The results were great. It simply looked like a one piece dress with a patch of color blocking.

Lu la roe cassie skirt layered over a striped dress

 

Cassie With Another Skirt

Because I enjoyed layering the previous outfit so much, I wanted to keep that trend going. This time I decided to try something I’ve never done before: wear two skirts together! I layered the Cassie over an ivory lace skirt. This works best if the hem of the bottom layer has a pretty detail (lace or scalloped) as this is the only part of the skirt that will show! Alternatively, you can choose a plain fabric but one with a fun color.

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Lu La Roe Cassie as a Scarf

My last and most fun styling of the skirt is not as a skirt at all! But rather as a scarf! The Lu La Roe Cassie works as a scarf because of its simple shape. It’s basically a tube, so you just scrunch it up and wear it like an infinity scarf.

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It’s safe to say I adore the Lu La Roe Cassie skirt. The fit is superb and the cute is versatile. I will be on the lookout for new prints to pick up! What’s your favorite styling of the Cassie? Also, which item should I pick up next? Furthermore, If you need a Lu La Roe fix, I whole-heartedly recommend working with  Jamie Denning. You can connect with her via her  Facebook group.

Try This: Velvet Crush

Hello friend! With velvet on trend, I have been investing in a few key pieces. I adore velvet. The texture is rich and alluring. But some may find it old and stuffy. Let me assure you, it is neither old or stuffy if you wear it the right way. Here are my four fun and easy ways to wear velvet.

Understated Black Velvet Jeans

Wearing black velvet jeans is a subtle way of wearing the trend. First of all, it looks like jeans. Only when you get close up does it look like velvet. Second, it’s black. Black always looks more neutral and blend-able than other colors, this is especially true when it comes to velvet.

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Here I paired the pants with a pretty sweater from Club Monaco. The chiffon panels on the back add feminine and whimsical details to the outfit.

Polished whimsy in velvet jeans

Unfortunately my sweater is from a few seasons past, but I found and linked a few that are similar below:

Take it to the Accessories

If wearing an item of clothing in velvet is too much for you, then just stick to a pair of shoes or a bag! Both are equally cute and can make the statement without you having to wear it on your body. A perfect example is this look from my leather leggings post.

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I was lucky and was able to purchase these amazing block heel velvet shoes before they sold out. So unfortunately, I cannot link the exact same pair. But through the power of the internet, I have found a few similar options, many on sale!

If velvet shoes aren’t your style, there are also many options in purses:

Say it with Your Jewelry

For an even more subtle look, simply choose to feature the fabric in a fabulous piece of jewelry. A velvet choker may be all you need to add some drama to your look.

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I decided to be daring and get mine in a jewel tone. But you can keep it simple and wear black if you’d prefer. The choice is yours! Here is a round-up of pretty options.

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Maximize the Effect

For the non-shy among us, we can go all out and wear an entire item of clothing in the fabric. Even more effective is to choose something non-black. I decided to go with this gorgeous gray pleated skirt.

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I paired the skirt with muted shades of blush and mauve. The result is a perfect winter palette, all united by the floral scarf. For my accessories, I chose to coordinate with the color scheme by adding a pair of gray tassel earrings.

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If you were shy or ambivalent about wearing velvet, I hope this post helps you see how easily you can incorporate it into your wardrobe. Whether you are a new convert or a long-time fan, let me know how you will be wearing velvet.

One Item Four Ways: Leather Leggings

Hello friend! Recently I went beyond my comfort zone and ordered leather leggings (they are actually faux leather from Gray Monroe). Because I was unsure how to wear them, I decided to do a one item four ways post. It turns out, leather leggings are fairly easy to style. Moreover, they look super cute! Therefore, stick around and see my stylings.

Leather Leggings for Work

Because wearing leather leggings to work seemed impossible, I decided to try that challenge. I knew I wanted to wear something that covered my butt (seemed necessary for wearing leggings to work), so I chose a blazer.

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I chose to keep the colors neutral to help the leather pants blend in at work. Since the colors were neutral, I decided to dip into my other bag of tricks and play with texture. Therefore I wore a lace blouse under the blazer. I topped the entire look off with a smart pair of silver pumps.

Polished whimsy wears leather leggings for work

For accessories, I chose simple pieces like this Kendra Scott pendant and earrings. I also added on a simple gray tote to complete the work look.

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Cozy Leather Leggings

This next look came about quite coincidentally. During my last blog photo session (for my white jeans post), I was wearing the leggings and when I got cold, I just added the sweater on top. Because the two looked great together, I had to recreate it here for you.

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This look is especially good for those who are shy about wearing leather leggings. Because the sweater covers a lot of the leggings, it is a perfect starter outfit.

Polished whimsy wearing leather leggings and over the knee boots

Although between the sweater and the over the knee boots, the leather leggings are almost hidden, the bit that is peeking through is enough to add a fun element to the outfit. This look is another example of texture mixing. I simply adore the sleek leather look against the raw suede and chunky knit.

Polished whimsy wearing leather leggings and over the knee boots

Toughened Baby Doll Dress

One of the first ways I wore the leather leggings was for another one item four ways post, on a buffalo check dress. For that post, I added the leggings to bring a bit of edge to an otherwise sweet baby doll dress.

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This concept will work with other prints as well. I think it’ll be especially pretty with a floral mini dress or tunic. Someone give that a try and tag me on Instagram!

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For the last planned outfit for this post, I decided to do a going out look with leather leggings. I paired the pants with a beautiful and detailed lace blouse. Although it’s a black on black outfit, there is a lot of visual interest with the textures of the items. This is another look where you can add a blazer (think satin, or even sequined) for an even more fashion forward look (or for butt coverage!)

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For the accessories, I chose to add color and another texture by wearing my burgundy velvet shoes. And to make it even more nighttime ready, I added the glitter clutch.

This is another look where you can add a blazer (think satin, or even sequined) for an even more fashion forward look (or for butt coverage!) Finally, for jewelry, I accented the gorgeous blouse with pretty tassel earrings in gray and black. I kept the rest minimal with just my watch and a statement ring.

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BONUS OUTFIT

I was only planning on four outfits for this post (hence the title, duh!) But after my photo shoot I was planning on going out for burgers with the fam. Therefore, I had brought along a cardigan and booties to wear. When I put it on, I thought it looked great and warranted its own photos. So here they are, an alternate casual leather leggings look.

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These leather leggings will definitely amp up your on the go look! While comfortable and easy to wear, they are also very stylish.

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And in case you wanted a close up of the booties, because I suspect you do, here they are:

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So, have I convinced you to try a pair of leather leggings? I hope so! If you are interested in shopping my exact pair, they are through Gray Monroe. All other items (or similar alternatives) from the blog post are listed below.

Try This: White Jeans in Winter

Hello friend! Sadly it wasn’t until recently that I realized I could wear my white jeans beyond the summer months. But that’s the beauty of fashion and personal style: it always evolves. So thanks to my lovely fashionista friends, I am now all about wearing my white jeans in winter! In case you’re not sure, let me show you how it can be done.

White Jeans for the Office

Right away, I knew I had to try a work appropriate look. I felt that wearing denim to the office would be the most difficult to pull off, so I set ahead to do so. Surprising, I found an outfit very easily AND it looks great! I think it stems from the fact that white jeans look more like pants than they look like jeans. Therefore, you can easily make them office ready (just be sure to choose a non distressed pair like mine here).

Polished whimsy in white jeans for winter at the office

To wear the white jeans to work, I simply paired them with a navy top and a tweed blazer. The look is instantly office chic. I went with blues because I think it’s a perfect color for winter, read more about it in my winter transition post.

Polished whimsy in white jeans for winter
Polished whimsy in white jeans for winter at the office

For my accessories, I chose a pair of silver pumps and a blue handbag. Silver pumps are a surprisingly neutral shoe. They work well for work and play. If you don’t have one yet, I highly urge you to consider one. I will link to a few pair (most on sale!) below.

Lastly, for my jewelry, I chose to wear only statement earrings. Now I went back and forth on this decision, as I thought a necklace could also look good. However in the end, I stuck with the earrings. Because the scalloped edging on the jacket is so pretty, I didn’t want to distract the eye away from it with a necklace.

Polished whimsy in white jeans for winter at the office

Casual White Jeans in Winter

A more casual look with white jeans in winter can easily be created with a simple jeans and sweater look. For this one, I chose a very cozy turtleneck sweater with many neutral tones mixed in. The result is simple yet refined.

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My favorite part of this outfit is of course the fabulous booties. I have been wanting casual gray booties for a while, and this pair with its edgy vibe is just perfect.

Polished whimsy in free people hybrid leather ankle boots

White Jeans and OTK Boots

What kind of a white jeans in winter post would this be if I didn’t incorporate over the knee boots, right? So I tried it and I LOVED it. Therefore I have two outfits with it. The first is this more casual one. Here I paired the jeans (my favorite distressed pair) with olive and taupe. The overall neutral tone allowed me to have fun with pattern, texture and proportion.

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I like how the peplum top works with the tall boots. And the little bits of distressed white denim showing are a great detail. These boots are a great find in that they are truly the perfect neutral tone for winter. This shade of taupe will work with any and every outfit! So if you own a pair, bust them out to wear with your white jeans this winter!

Polished whimsy in white jeans and over the knee taupe franko sarto boots

Now the fun doesn’t have to stop here. I also tried this look by adding in a fur vest. Since we are in winter, the fur adds a layer of warmth. Moreover, it adds fun texture and print to the outfit.

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White Jeans for a Night Out

For my last outfit, I wanted a going out look. Because I still wanted to wear it with a boot, I switched to my slimmer and sexier evening OTK boots. And what better color for a night out than black right? So the outfit quickly came together as a black and white look.

Polished whimsy in white jeans in winter going out look

Although I am a color girl, sometimes a black and white outfit is all the statement a girl needs. Moreover, all of the beautiful texture gives it a lot of interest and elegance.

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Because the lace blouse has so much beautiful detail already, I decided to skip a necklace and opt only for a pair of earrings. These black and white pair that resemble lace are a perfect companion to the outfit.

Polished whimsy in white jeans in winter going out outfit

In conclusion, I think it is safe to say that I am loving white jeans in winter. There are endless ways to wear them for every kind of occasion. I’d love to know how you are wearing white jeans in winter. Let me know in the comments or tag me on Instagram.

Clothing pieces from the post (and close alternatives of older items) are linked below.

Try This: Plaid and Lace

Hello friend! As you know from reading my blog, I enjoy pairing unexpected pieces together (read more about it in my lace skirt and sweatshirt post). Because I have recently been pulling out my white items of clothing from storage (discussed in my winter transition post), I came upon that same lace skirt. I knew I wanted to wear it in a unique way, so I tried a plaid and lace outfit.

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Plaid and White Lace

The outfit came out better than I anticipated. There is just something inherently beautiful about pairing unexpected pieces together. I especially like to pair “soft” with “tough” which is how I came up with my camo and lace post. The same concept works here. A “tough” or masculine plaid shirt is paired with a “soft” or feminine lace skirt.

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An added bonus of wearing this skirt in the winter is the ability to stretch out my summer wardrobe. Although this skirt, with its feminine eyelet and scallop detail, is more of a summer skirt, paired with the flannel, it can pass in the winter.

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Even though the outfit itself is such a standout, I still couldn’t resist adding another pattern in. Therefore, I wore a leopard print shoe. Then I just pulled it all together with a black shoulder bag. Lastly, for jewelry, I added one of my favorite earrings and some fun rings.

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Plaid and Black Lace

Because the above outfit worked out so well, I set out to try it with another lace skirt. I chose a pretty black and taupe lace skirt. This time, I chose a plaid top with many neutral tones in it. The outfit also turned out great.

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For the accessories here, I chose not to pattern mix (it does happen once in a while)! Instead I opted for accessories with some fun details and textures. Therefore I chose a pair of booties with fringe and a fun textured clutch.

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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: Mustard and Burgundy

Hello friend! As we near the end of fall, I would like one last homage to my favorite color of the season: burgundy.  I adored pairing burgundy and blush as well as burgundy and pink. And let’s not forget baby blue and burgundy. Needless to say, I think burgundy pairs well with many other colors. So today, let me introduce you to one last pairing: mustard and burgundy.

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Mustard and Burgundy for Work

For a simple work outfit, pair a mustard plaid (or other print) with a burgundy skirt. The vibrant colors complement each other perfectly. Because I adore pattern mixing, I chose to add leopard print pumps. However, if that is too much for you, simply pair it with a cognac shoe instead.

Polished whimsy in mustard and burgundy

For my accessories, I decided to wear an eye-catching necklace with the Araksi from Baublebar. I also doubled up on the burgundy by wearing a burgundy leather strap watch.

Polished whimsy in mustard and burgundy outfit and baublebar araksi necklace

A second work outfit is with this multi color striped top. Because the shirt has both mustard and burgundy in it, I decided to make that the focus of my color palette.

Polished whimsy in mustard and burgundy

Once again I brought in some leopard print because I enjoy mixing prints, but of course that is completely optional. In this outfit, I am also wearing some of the same pieces of jewelry as the last outfit. However, I’ve changed it up a bit in the styling. I am wearing the necklace backwards so that it is a simple circular  strand of crystal goodness right at the neckline. Don’t you just love versatile pieces like this?

Polished whimsy in mustard and burgundy and baublebar araksi necklace

Casual Mustard and Burgundy

For a casual look, simply pair a burgundy top with a mustard colorway scarf. Here I am wearing a mustard plaid blanket scarf. I paired it all with neutral grey jeans and black over the knee boots.

Polished whimsy in mustard and burgundy

Dressy Mustard and Burgundy

To achieve a more dressy look, I chose one of my all time favorite Anthropologie skirts. It is long since sold out, so I’m sorry for making you fall in love with it. But she really is a beauty! Ironically, the skirt has a burgundy underlay and a mustard waist line. It’s as if it was meant for this post! For this look, I paired the skirt with a burgundy cardigan and my favorite mustard heels.

Polished whimsy in mustard and burgundy

For my accessories, I added my Baublebar twisted pearl necklace and a statement belt.

Mustard and Burgundy Accessories

The color fun doesn’t have to stop with your clothes. You can also bring in the mustard and burgundy into your accessories. It’s not only a fun way to break up your routine of neutral accessories, but also a creative way of bringing in color into your outfit.

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As the fall season comes to an end, make it a point to celebrate the season of color by pairing your mustard and burgundy pieces together.

Color Crush: Baby Blue and Burgundy

Hello friend! If you’ve read my Instagram style challenges post, then you already know I get a lot of style inspiration from them. One of the recent challenges hosted by my friend Katy from @wearwhatwhere, had a prompt of burgundy blues. In recent conversations, Katy had also shared with me her current favorite color pair: baby blue and burgundy. I was drawn to the colors and I knew I had to make a color crush post to share with you.

Keep in Casual in Baby Blue and Burgundy

Upgrade a casual sweater and leggings look by bringing in this beautiful new color combination.

Polished whimsy in baby blue and burgundy

The look can be simply accomplished by adding a baby blue necklace to a rich burgundy sweater.

Polished whimsy in baby blue and burgundy

Polished whimsy in baby blue and burgundy

Baby Blue and Burgundy for Work

This color combination is an easy one to wear to work. Here I paired a baby blue striped shirt with a burgundy skirt.

Polished whimsy wearing baby blue and burgundy for work Polished whimsy wearing baby blue and burgundy for work

Another way to wear this color combination to work is by pairing a burgundy plaid with a baby blue pencil skirt. The added bonus here is that this allows you to wear your summer items (such as your baby blue) into the fall. The color combination still works for fall because the rich burgundy hue carries the blue into the season.

Polished whimsy in burgundy plaid and baby blue skirt Polished whimsy in burgundy plaid and baby blue skirt

Dressy Baby Blue and Burgundy

I wore this color combination for this year’s thanksgiving outfit. It was seasonal yet unique, perfectly fitting my style.

Polished whimsy in baby blue bag and burgundy dress and baublebar primrose drops Polished whimsy in baby blue bag and burgundy dress

Accessorize with Baby Blue and Burgundy

Sometimes, you can get the effect just from your accessories. Here I tied a burgundy square scarf around my blue purse. I wore these accessories with a simple grey dress. The pops of colors in the baby blue and burgundy brought a lot of personality to the neutral dress.

Baby blue and burgundy accessories as seen on Polished Whimsy

I’m so happy Katy mentioned this color combination. It is a beautiful palette to work with. I hope you have found some inspiration here. Let me know (and tag me on Instagram) if you try this combination.

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