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?

Skirt Code: Why I prefer to wear skirts, Reason 1

Hello friend!

If you have known me (online or in person) for a while, you know that I prefer to wear mostly skirts. This is intentional. I love skirts! I often get questions about why I choose to wear skirts, especially to work. In this series I’d like to share every reason I have as to why I wear them.

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Skirt: H&M; tank: J Crew; necklace: baublebar; shoes: J Crew factory; bag: Target

Today’s reason is my oldest one: they are more comfortable. I started mainly wearing skirts when I first returned to work from maternity leave. I found that my slacks just did not fit the same. The waistband dug in, the thigh area was snug, and the crotch was off. Instead of buying multiple new pairs of pants, I turned to my skirts.

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Cardigan: J Crew; tank: Uniqlo; skirt: Kate Spade; shoes: Sam Edelman; bag: Target

As time went on and I lost the baby weight, I could once again fit into my pants. But by that point, I did not want to wear slacks to work. I had gotten used to skirts. They allotted a lot more freedom and comfort. I was hooked!

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Top: Skirt society; skirt: Boden; belt: J Crew; Shoes: Sam Edelman

Stay tuned for the next installment of Skirt Code to learn more reasons why I wear mostly skirts.

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My Style Evolution

Hi friend,

As you may have noticed, I have a pretty set style now. I know what I like. I know what works for me. I know how I want to look. Most importantly, I know what I have to do to get the look. But I can assure you, that was NOT always the case. Let me take you back to the original days of my look and let’s see how I evolved.

Disclaimer: The photos on this post are old and some are from an iphone. Please forgive their poor quality as these photos were taken before I had the blog. I chose to include them as they are authentic and will showcase my journey honestly.

We will start with my first year of working in my career field (before then, it was just years of standard student wear: jeans and sweatshirts, you’re not missing anything!) I remember my first few paychecks feeling so excited. I finally had money to spend on quality items. I had a fondness for Anthropologie, especially their beautiful skirts. I purchased many cute and unique pieces from them.

2839_179931360413_5188443_nAs the first few years went on, I noticed that even though I had many cute items, I always wore them the same way. I tended to buy my clothes as “outfits” and wore them only with that initial pairing. Case in point this outfit on the left. I adored this skirt, but for some reason, I could not find another way of wearing it. I found a shirt in the same shade as the detailing on the bottom and I wore the two items together as a set each time.

As I contemplated my closet items and fashion style, I was starting to read articles in magazines about mixing and matching items in your closet. I looked around mine and felt I could not do so. I realized that a lot of my pieces were fun and whimsical. They paired great with the specific item I had purchased it for, but would not go with others. My A-ha moment was when my cousin pointed out I didn’t have any staple pieces. My closet was full of fun one-off pieces.

After that realization I started investing in staples. Enter J Crew into my life! I became a big fan of their pencil skirts and cardigans (I have countless Jackies!) Then I was able to mix and match my cute whimsical items with timeless classics to alter the look I wanted.

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Still a few years later, while I loved my wardrobe, I often felt I had nothing new or exciting to wear. The solution to this could NOT always be to buy new things. That’s just not practical or reasonable.

This was my first pattern mixing attempt. I was so self conscious about it all day at work.
This was my first pattern mixing attempt. I was so self conscious about it all day at work.

This was also the time that I started reading blogs, specifically those that involved my favorite stores like J Crew and Anthropologie. I was majorly influenced by Lisa of Respect the Shoes. She did amazing pattern mixing. I started to give it a try.

I realized with pattern mixing, I could drastically change up my look and have multiple new options to pair with my items. I no longer had to have a solid cardi of every color to pair with a skirt. I could now pair 2 printed items together!

That brings me to my current state: a girl who loves colors and patterns, especially when put all together! But our styles are always changing. I look forward to see where my style goes next.

How has your style changed over the years? Please share in the comments. And while you’re in the sharing mood, feel free to share this post on your fave social media sites!