12 Days of Skirtmas: B Jones Style Midi Skirt {Day 3}

Hello friend and welcome to day three of Skirtmas! I’ve been having a great time styling multiple gorgeous skirts for this little holiday celebration. Check out Skirtmas day one and Skirtmas day two if you need to catch up! For day three, I am styling the beautiful B Jones Style Midi Skirt from Modcloth.

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The History Behind the B Jones Style Midi Skirt

Before I owned this skirt, I had seen it on one of my favorite bloggers, Jean. I had always assumed it was an older style and had sold out. Well lo and behold, one day as I was perusing the modcloth website, I saw that same skirt, the B Jones style midi skirt right there, available for sale! So, I quickly snatched it up. I decided to debut it in my Skirtmas series because its festive green color is perfect for this time of year.

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B Jones Style Midi Skirt Review

When the skirt arrived, I examined it right away. The material is a medium-thick polyester blend. It drapes nicely on the body without any risk of transparency. One negative I found is that it does not have a lining. I also found it particularly prone to stubborn wrinkles. But besides that, the print is amazing. They are large fans made of velvet. Such a lovely way to bring in print and texture.

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The cut of the skirt is a classic A-line with some box pleats right at the waist-line. While it flowed and draped beautifully, I would have preferred a bit of a fuller skirt. But, that’s just my taste! Overall, the cut makes it a versatile piece to wear to school, work and out!

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B Jones Style Midi Skirt Outfit

For my look, I paired it with a streamlined mock-turtleneck bodysuit. This allowed the skirt to be the focus of attention. But I did want to add some more fun, so I threw on a faux fur stole. The fur brings in a strong winter vibe. I finished off the look with my Brielle pendant necklace and classic black pumps.

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I’m so pleased to have the chance to own and wear the B Jones style midi skirt. It has certainly added to the fun and whimsy of Skirtmas. Stay tuned to tomorrow’s post for another great skirt!

12 Days of Skirtmas: Blush Tulle Skirt {Day 2}

Hello friend and welcome back to Skirtmas, my little celebration here on the blog. The fun started yesterday with my velvet midi skirt post, but will continue for another 10 days! Today I am featuring a favorite (and fairly versatile item), a blush tulle skirt.

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Blush Tulle Skirt Versatility

I have to say, a blush tulle skirt is much more versatile than one would think. First, it is a neutral color. While pink is definitely not a neutral, blush pink, bordering on beige, can seriously be viewed as a neutral. Thus you can pair it with almost anything!

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Blush Tulle Skirt Oufit

I’ve worn  blush tulle skirts often, one of my favorites being this Valentine’s Day look. As you know from reading my color crush series, I also enjoy pairing blush pink and olive green. Therefore when I was styling this skirt, I naturally turned to my olive green faux leather jacket. I love how the colors created a mellow palette.

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Furthermore, I love how the delicate tulle plays off of the tough leather. I often pair items like these together for a unique outfit.

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Under the jacket, I wore my trusty perfect layering sweater (it’s perfect trust me, or read about it in the perfect layering sweater post).

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As for accessories, I just had to pop in my Chateau feather earrings. They are my most recent acquisition and oh so lovely! What I love best about them is how light they are (duh, they’re feathers, I know!). Get ready for the drama they bring. You’ll get lots of compliments for sure!

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And finally for my shoes, I relied on my ever-faithful silver metallic pumps. These babies are my go-to evening out shoes in the winter.

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I hoped you enjoyed day 2 of Skirtmas! Stay tuned for ten more days of skirt fun!

12 Days of Skirtmas: Halogen Velvet Pleated Midi Skirt {Day 1}

Hello friend! And a very big welcome to the inaugural 12 Days of Skirtmas post! I am excited to start this holiday tradition on my blog. Starting today until Christmas Eve, I will be posting and styling a new skirt every day! You can follow along here, or on Instagram. Or better yet, play along and wear a skirt for the next 12 days! I further challenge you to wear your skirts a different way than you’ve worn them before! Today’s post features the beautiful Halogen velvet pleated midi skirt.

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When I first saw this skirt, I was drawn to the velvet. I’ve worn a similar one before in gray (see winter florals post), but the black was calling me! Black velvet looks so rich and opulent. I knew it would make a perfect holiday skirt. Therefore I got one and quickly thought up some outfits.

Halogen Velvet Pleated Midi Skirt Goes Preppy

For my first pairing of the skirt, I wore it with my J Crew Stewart plaid button-down. I had worn a similar look last year for Christmas (with a black tulle skirt). Therefore this outfit was a natural one to re-create. I like how the velvet skirt elevates the plaid shirt to a more elegant style.

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I chose to wear a yellow shoe to echo the color in the shirt and also to allow the skirt to pop.

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Halogen Velvet Pleated Midi Skirt Goes Casual

For my second styling of the Halogen velvet pleated midi skirt, I decided to try a more casual look. I paired it with this bow tee to bring in a fun print. It also serves to show how fun and versatile this skirt can be.

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I chose to wear silver pumps to mark for a holiday occasion. But you can also wear it with kicks and pull off a more casual and fun vibe.

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I hope you enjoyed the first Skirtmas post! Stay tuned for many more!

Skirt Code: Why I Prefer to Wear Skirts, Reason 6

Hello friend! Welcome back to another post in my skirt code series. In this series I discuss the many reasons I have for wearing mostly skirts. If you haven’t read the other posts yet, make sure to catch up on reasons 1-5. My sixth reason for wearing mostly skirts is that skirt design allows for more architectural interest than pants. Let me demonstrate that with my Claudine shirting skirt from Anthropologie.

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Claudine Shirting Skirt Review

Before I get into the nitty gritty of my skirt code thesis, let’s take a look at the Claudine shirting skirt, shall we? I was happy to score this on the Anthropologie website during the Black Friday sale. It obviously caught my eye because of its unique details. When I received it in person, it looked as beautiful as it did online.

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The black fabric is a medium thick polyester material that is completely opaque and lies smoothly against the skin. The white “shirting” fabric is 100% cotton, therefore that part has a tendency to wrinkle. That is the only concern I had with the skirt, and that’s mostly because I hate to iron!

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Claudine Shirting Skirt Fit

Because the Claudine shirting skirt is made by Asilio, an Australian brand, I was confused about my size. The sizing advice online had recommending sizing up. I went up 2 sizes, but I think I would have been OK with going up just one size. But otherwise, I found the fit to be beautiful and flattering. Just look at how pretty it flows.

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Skirt Code: Claudine Shirting Skirt

Now, back to our skirt code discussion. The Claudine shirting skirt is a perfect example of structural details I enjoy in  skirt. It has intricate folds and asymmetrical hemlines. Both of these details adds so much interest to the garment. A pant, in contrast, could not bear the same details and look right, don’t you agree?

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I simply adore skirts like this. It is also easy to dress up or down. I chose to wear it more casually here, relying on my fallback top, a chambray shirt. But to make it more evening-appropriate, add a sparkly top or a sexy bustier and some jewelry. The skirt will then be ready for a night out on the town!

 

Back to Basics: The Perfect Layering Sweater

Hello friend! Every winter season, I search for the perfect layering sweater. Now I can finally say that I have found it! Hooray! It’s the Merino Rib Knit Scalloped Crew from Banana Republic. I’ve been wearing it constantly (with my cape and under my cardigans). Let me tell you what makes it so perfect.

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Key Points of a Perfect Layering Sweater

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  1. Thin: The sweater needs to be thin so that it can be layered! A bulky sweater just cannot work as an under-layer.
  2. Warm: We are still in winter, therefore the sweater has to serve to keep you warm.
  3. Stylish: While warmth is an important factor, we all still want to look stylish without freezing our butts off.The perfect layering sweater for all of your fall and winter looks. Banana republic merino rib knit scalloped crew review.
  4. Easy to clean: These days I am just too busy to go to the dry-cleaner. While this is the “perfect layering sweater” criteria that I am least strict about, I would still love it if my sweaters were hand or machine washable.
  5. Non-itchy: I don’t know about you, but if a sweater is touching my bare skin, it needs to be non-itchy! An itchy sweater will not work with my sensitive skin.

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Merino Rib Knit Scalloped Crew = The Perfect Layering Sweater?

So, does the merino rib knit scalloped crew qualify to be named the perfect layering sweater? Let’s check the criteria…

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  1. It is thin enough to layer. It is a tad on the sheer side though, so be aware. It’s nothing that deterred me from purchasing three of them. However, be careful about wearing a contrasting bra underneath it.
  2. Because it is made of 100% wool, it definitely keeps me warm.
  3. It is certainly a stylish sweater with its rib knit and scalloped neck details.
  4. Now this is the real reason I purchased so many of these sweaters: the are machine washable! Amazing right? That is so essential for busy stylish gals like us!The perfect layering sweater for all of your fall and winter looks. Banana republic merino rib knit scalloped crew review.
  5. Last but not least, I can wear the sweater without the need for a t-shirt underneath. It is soft and comfortable on my skin.
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I am thrilled with ending my search for the perfect layering sweater. Now I’m on to my next big mission. I am on the hunt for the perfect t-shirt, both long-sleeved and short-sleeved. I want something in between a crew neck and a scoop neck. Do you have a favorite you can recommend?

2017 Holiday Gift Guide

Hello friend! Continuing on my seasonal posts (see holiday dress guide and Cyber Monday shopping guide), I am discussing holiday gifts. This can surely be a stressful time for us busy folk. Fret not my friend, I am here to help you navigate these choppy waters. Avoid the stress of the mall and check off your list from the comfort of your home. With my 2017 Holiday gift guide, you can get your shopping done with minimum stress!

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2017 Holiday Gift Guide: Stocking Stuffers

Sometimes we need little gifts we use as stocking stuffers or to hand out with a card at work. I always get a few extra of these in case I am surprised with a gift from someone. Instead of feeling like a complete jerk for not getting them a gift, I simply grab for one of these universal gifts and I am set!

First I get some hand cream. I especially like to purchase the L’occitane mini hand cream, like the one in this tri-pack. That’s because I can give the entire box as a gift, or open them up and give individually alongside a card. I often do that at work. Even the men at my work use this hand cream!

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I use the same concept for lip treatments and balms. The Sara Happ lip slip is an exceptional stuffing stuffer or gift for female friends. Also every year I look for the Fresh sugar lip balm sets. They come with multiple shades per box. Again, I can gift the entire box or give out individual pieces as a mini gift.

Once again I use the above concept, this time for mini candles. There are many collections of mini candles that you can buy. I like the Voluspa ones because they have a variety of scents, many of which are liked by men and women alike. Therefore they can be unisex gifts as well.

 

2017 Holiday Gift Guide: Hostess Gift

Because we often have multiple parties to attend during the holiday season, you need to be armed with some cute hostess gifts. I love to shop at Anthropologie for unique hostess gifts. I recently spotted the marbled monogram cheese board which will make for a lovely and personalized gift. Any hostess would be thrilled with such a gift, especially if paired with the cheese marker set or the mouse card holder.

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Another option is to go with the cocktails theme. A pretty cocktail shaker plus a bottle of booze is always welcome. Alternatively you can also give a cocktail recipe book or this beautiful bar cart coffee table book. Along these lines, for the hostess with a passion for champagne, try these champagne gummies. They are beyond delicious and super cute to boot!

 

2017 Holiday Gift Guide: Girlfriend Gift

Whether you’re doing a traditional gift exchange or a white elephant one, you’ll likely be picking up a few gifts for some of your gal pals or female relatives. Here are some cute options I have been contemplating.

First, I focus on accessories. Cold weather gear like these cute gloves or scarves are always usable. I especially like the Kate Spade scarves such as this nesting doll print or this leopard print one.

For another approach, you can opt for fun seasonal clothing. For example a graphic sweatshirt is perfect this time of year. Two of my favorites are the reindeer squad and the gift wrap sweatshirt.

Lastly, don’t overlook a beauty treat. This slip set of silk pillowcase and eye mask may be just what the doctor ordered after all of the holiday parties. I’m sure many a girlfriend would love to have this to come home to.

 

Whoever you’re shopping for, I hope my 2017 holiday gift guide helps you pick out some great gifts. But most importantly, I hope it cuts down on the stress that always seems to peak this time of year. Take it easy friend!

Current Obsession: Herringbone Ruffle Cape

Hello friend! As I mentioned in my winter kimono post, I am loving unique outerwear pieces right now. One such obsession is the cape. It all started during New York Fashion Week. At the Banana Republic event, I saw the Herringbone ruffle cape, and I haven’t been the same since. Just kidding, I am not that crazy! But in all honesty, the item stayed on my mind until I purchased it recently. Let me show you why it’s fantastic!

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Other Cape Options

While the Herringbone ruffle cape is my love right now, there are plenty of other options for you, both in solids and prints. I am especially intrigued by this sweater cape.

 

Herringbone Ruffle Cape Review

Unlike what occurred in my winter kimono post, the Herringbone Ruffle Cape is named correctly. It is, in fact, a cape! Therefore, as expected,  it flows over the shoulders and only has slits for the arms. It does not have sleeves. Keep that in mind for styling purposes.

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As far as quality goes, the cape is exquisite. It truly is a statement piece that looks like it is worth much more than what you pay for it. It is a wool and polyester blend that feels nice to the touch. The ruffles on the sleeve give it a cool edge. It makes me think of armor!

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The ruffles stand up to give a fun detail to the cape

How to Style a Cape

Wearing a cape can be tricky! Because this outerwear garment does not have sleeves, your outfit sleeves (or your bare arms) will show through. Therefore, what you put on those arms matters! If you are wearing a long-sleeved top or dress, opt for one with fitted sleeves. A bold bell sleeve will compete with the cape. You’ll end up with a busy outfit that has no focal point.

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Accessories are also important. If you are wearing a short-sleeve top, make sure to wear a pretty watch or striking bracelet. It’ll help to showcase the cape. Also, be mindful of the purse that you choose to carry. Shoulder bags look very awkward with a cape. Instead, go for a clutch or a satchel that you hold in your hand.

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As you can see, I am thoroughly smitten with my new cape. This is definitely going to be one of my “it” pieces this fall and winter. I can’t wait to see how it looks with a skirt or dress!

Pattern Primer: Fall Floral Skirt with Ciana Printed Skirt

Hello friend! I have discussed the virtues of fall florals before, so I will spare you the reprise. But I will not pass on the chance to share this particular fall floral skirt with you. Meet the Ciana printed skirt from Anthropologie. This skirt is the epitome of an Elsie skirt: bold print, pretty colors and pleated full silhouette. Let me show you how I styled her.

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Ciana Printed Skirt: Review

First let me review the fit of this skirt. As I mentioned above, it is a full skirt. I adore a full skirt. I think it looks good on everyone because it accentuates the waist. It always makes for a feminine look. The Ciana printed skirt is made well, with lots of individual panels sewn together. It is however, 100% polyester, which isn’t my favorite of fabrics. Also, it does not have a lining.

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As far as fit goes, the Ciana printed skirt comes through. I purchased a size small and it fits me perfectly. It creates a pretty silhouette and falls very elegantly over the hips. One of the details I especially love is the rose gold zipper in the back. It just adds a stylish touch.

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Fall Florals Outfit with the Ciana Printed Skirt

When I first saw the Ciana printed skirt, I was drawn to the pretty floral print and the muted fall colors. Therefore when I went to wear it, I decided to keep the skirt as the focus point of the outfit. Thus I paired it with a simple gray shell and a burgundy Jackie cardigan.

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However, because I do adore my colors, I needed another pop of it. Therefore I added some punch to the outfit with a pair of mustard heels. As you know, I have a thing for mustard and burgundy so I just couldn’t resist it here.

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For accessories I chose a short but intricate necklace. I think it echos the femininity of the skirt perfectly

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I hope you enjoyed another example of a fall florals outfit. I truly find it is so easy and beautiful to wear florals in the fall. Are you on the fall florals bandwagon?

Holiday Dress Guide

Hello friend! With the holiday season comes the invitation to many parties. Sometimes finding what to wear to these said parties can be stressful. Well fear not my friend, for I am here to help you. While I usually enjoy wearing separates (so I can mix and match them!), this year I am crushing on many beautiful dresses. Therefore I put together this holiday dress guide to guide you through the season!

Holiday dress guide: What to wear to all your holiday parties, from a classic red dress to velvet, sequins or a little black dress.

Holiday Dress Guide: Velvet Crush

You may remember from reading my 2017 fall trends post that velvet is in style for fall and winter. Well then, what better way to wear it than in your holiday attire? Luckily there are so many beautiful velvet dresses out there. I am swooning over this gorgeous open back velvet midi dress. I think it strikes the perfect chord between elegant and sexy.

 

Holiday Dress Guide: Festive in Red

While a red dress may be expected, there’s a reason it is ubiquitous this time of year: It’s fabulous! The color simply screams “party.” Furthermore, red is one of the “it” colors for the fall and winter. Therefore it’s the perfect time to dabble in wearing the color. From a bright ruby to a deeper burgundy, there is a shade for everyone. Personally, I am eyeing this red floral dress because I love the combination of light blue and red.

 

Holiday Dress Guide: Sparkles Abound

Even if you prefer to wear more subtle dresses year-round, when the holidays come around, you should step up your game a little. Why not try a dress with some sparkle and sass? You can even take a baby step by choosing a dress with a small panel of sequins, like this white and silver dress. I think it is a gorgeous piece with an ethereal quality.

 

Holiday Dress Guide: Little Black Dress

Which dress works for almost every occasion? Why, a little black dress of course! The LBD has long been the reigning monarch of the dresses in our closet. So don’t fight it! Sometimes a black dress is just what you need. I’ve been eyeing this sexy form-fitting faux leather one.  I love the ruching on the sleeves and the sleek lines of the dress. The name is also calling me: “The Witching Hour” dress. So clever! Here are some other favorites:

 

Although I am usually a skirt girl, this holiday season I am tempted to wear more dresses. That’s because I am surrounded by so many pretty ones. I hope my round-up has helped some of you to decide on what to wear. Either way, be confident, be happy, be safe and enjoy yourself!

Try This: Winter Kimono

Hello friend! With some cooler weather upon us, I have been playing with layers. One of the newest layering pieces I found is a winter kimono or ruana. What makes them “winter” is that they are made out of thicker fabrics than their summery counterparts. I have been wearing my winter ruana, the Anthropologie Mixed Stripes Kimono, non-stop. Let me show you how I am styling it.

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Ruana vs. Kimono vs. Poncho vs. Cape

First and foremost, let’s get some definitions out of the way. Because if you are a stickler for definitions like I am, you are confused and frustrated with these words being used interchangeably. That’s because they are not in fact interchangeable. Each one of those items is a different type of clothing. So let’s get the definitions down before we go any further.

Poncho: I’ll start with a poncho as I think it is the one we are most familiar with. A poncho is an outerwear garment that is essentially a large piece of fabric (either square or rectangular) with a hole in it. To wear it, one simply slips it over the head. It has no sleeves or other openings.

Cape: A cape is similar to a poncho but it has an opening down the front which is usually sealed with a button closure. A cape also has slits for the arms to come through but no formed sleeves.

Kimono: A kimono is a long, open front cardigan with true sleeves. The sleeves are usually lose, as is the overall fit.

Ruana: A ruana is a cross between a poncho and a kimono. It has an opening down the front like a kimono. However, it does not have full sleeves like a kimono does. It may just have a stich or button to give the appearance of sleeves.

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Mixed Stripes Kimono or Ruana?

If you’ve understood the definitions of a kimono and ruana, you will note that the mixed stripes kimono is actually a ruana! Gasp! It’s been named wrong! I will refrain from calling the fashion police on this grave error because whatever the name of this item, I simply adore it. I love the thick and nubby texture. It is so cozy and comforting on chilly days. But I especially love the bold stripes. It makes for a striking outfit every time!

Mixed Stripes Kimono for Play

The first time I wore the ruana was for my weekend getaway trip to San Francisco. With the weather there being cooler than in Los Angeles, I wanted a chic outer layer. The mixed stripes kimono was just the right item. I paired it with a black sweater and jeans. The result was exactly what I was looking for: chic, comfortable, and warm.

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To add another layer of warmth I wore my favorite quilted over the knee boots (get this year’s version on sale here) and of course cozy socks underneath.

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I then finished the look with my favorite necklace of the moment, the Brielle Statement Necklace. To top it all off I threw on a pair of sunnies. I thought the High Key in black fade added just the right amount of cool to the outfit.

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Mixed Stripes Kimono for Day

To change up the look for  day, I decided to wear the mixed stripes kimono with a skirt. I chose a pencil skirt because I feel they look best with longer cardigans. You can read more about what I pair with long cardigans in my duster cardigans post and cardigan sweater outfits post. For this particular look, I decided to be a little risque and pair the ruana with a leather pencil skirt.

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To keep it appropriate for day, I chose a light turtleneck for my top. However because I was ready to have some fun with patterns, I chose a striped turtleneck. I was excited to see how the two stripes paired together. I love a double stripe look, (remember this post?) Therefore I was looking forward to the result. Luckily, it did not disappoint. The stripes worked perfectly together. Check out my pattern mixing 101 post to learn more about that!

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For accessories I opted for a sharp looking high heeled bootie. With the length of the skirt and the ruana, I wanted to create some height for myself. As for the necklace, I chose the Brielle pendant. Because I wore these outfits on different days, I hadn’t noticed I had worn different versions of the same necklace. What can I say, I like filigree!

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In conclusion, whether we are calling it a kimono or a ruana, the mixed stripes kimono is going to be a major player in my wardrobe this season. I love how versatile it is. How would you wear it?