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Skirtmas: Modcloth Plaid Pencil Skirt {Day 12}

Hello friend! Somehow the last day of Skirtmas is already upon us. I’ve had a great time showing you 12 new skirts and how to style them. I thought I’d finish off the series with a favorite pattern mix of mine: gingham and plaid. To do so I am featuring a lovely Modcloth plaid pencil skirt.

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Modcloth Plaid Pencil Skirt Review

I adore Modcloth for their vintage vibe and feminine styles. I also find it so endearing that they give their items of clothing fun names. For example the skirt I am wearing is actually called the “Care to Converse?” pencil skirt. So cute!

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When I first saw this skirt, I was immediately drawn to its mid-calf length and vintage style. Of course, it didn’t hurt that it was plaid. We all know how much I love a plaid. {If you love plaid too, be sure to see this plaid skirt post as well as this plaid and lace post.}

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The fit of the skirt is divine. It is high-waisted and a true pencil skirt. However, because of the pleats on the sides and back hem, it is quite easy to walk.

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It is a thin to medium heft polyester blend. It does not wrinkle easily. I took my usual Modcloth size small (for a point of reference, I am often XS in other brands like J Crew).

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Modcloth Plaid Pencil Skirt Outfit

Similar to Skirtmas day 7, I wanted to pattern mix with this skirt. I was itching to try another plaid on plaid look and I knew the Modcloth plaid pencil skirt would be perfect for it. Therefore I threw on my J Crew gingham button-down and was thrilled with the results.

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This is a perfectly harmonious pattern mix because of the blue that is in both pieces of clothing. You can read more about it in my pattern mixing 101 post.

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To accessorize this outfit, I chose to keep it simple. Because there is a color and print in both pieces of clothing, I kept my shoes and purse neutral.

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I opted for a favorite pair of booties and a classic tote bag.

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For my jewelry I chose red beaded tassel earrings.

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As an avid pattern mixer, I love how the gingham shirt paired with the Modcloth plaid pencil skirt. It was the perfect way to end my 12 Days of Skirtmas. I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did. Happy holidays to you friends!

 

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Skirtmas: Modcloth Ikebana Midi Skirt {Day 9}

Hello friend! Today’s Skirtmas post is centered around an eyecatching floral skirt, the Modcloth Ikebana midi skirt. I have a long history with this skirt, I’ll explain it later. But needless to say, I love it. Therefore I styled it to the best of my abilities. I hope I do it justice!

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Modcloth Ikebana Midi Skirt: The Backstory

As I alluded to above, I didn’t just discover the Modcloth Ikebana midi skirt. In fact, one of my girlfriends had sent me a link to it years ago. Back then, it was a yellow skirt with mint and purple flowers. It was gorgeous;  you know how much I love that color combination (check out mustard and mint post). Unfortunately by the time I got around to purchasing it, my size was sold out.

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I did periodic checks on the Modcloth website, but I never found my size. Well what do you know, years later, they brought back the skirt. It’s in another colorway, this time mustard with pink. But it is still beautiful. Furthermore, it allows me to play with a new color combination I had never before considered: mustard and pink. This may have to go into a color crush post, don’t you think?

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Modcloth Ikebana Midi Skirt: Fit Review

The Modcloth ikebana midi skirt is a full-cut A-line skirt. There is quite a lot of fabric, so it is definitely twirl worthy! It is made out of thin polyester (mimicking silk-like fabric), with a thin lining underneath. Unfortunately, the fabric tends to wrinkle. However, those wrinkles smooth out easily (unlike the fan skirt).

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The fit of the Modcloth ikebana midi skirt is superb. It fits nicely at the waist and flows beautifully over the hips. It hits me about three inches below the knee.

Modcloth Ikebana Midi Skirt Outfit

When I received this skirt, I knew right away I wanted to pattern mix with it. That’s because the scale of the floral print is perfect to mix with other prints (read more on my pattern mixing 101 post).

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Because I love stripes and floral print together, I decided on a striped top. I chose my J Crew tissue turtleneck because it is in fact winter now, and so I wanted to bring in some elements of cold weather wear.

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Besides playing with pattern, I was also excited to play with this new color combination. Therefore I added a pair of pink pumps. The result is superb if I do say so myself. The pink adds even more femininity to the outfit and allows the yellow of the skirt to pop.

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While I adore all my skirts alike, the Modcloth ikebana midi skirt may be my current favorite due to its beautiful color and print. But stay tuned, Skirtmas may turn up a new favorite soon!

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Skirtmas: Modcloth Plaid Prim Class Hero Midi Skirt {Day 7}

Hello friend! For day 7 of Skirtmas, I decided to go classic Polished Whimsy and wear a pattern mixing outfit. In the fall, I am usually into wearing plaid, a lot of plaid! You may have noticed…When I saw the Modcloth plaid prim class hero midi skirt (why such a long name?), I wanted it right away. It reminded me of a green plaid skirt I wore a lot last year. Therefore, I knew I could do a lot with it.

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Modcloth Plaid Prim Class Hero Midi Skirt Review

The Modcloth plaid prim class hero midi skirt is made of 100% medium-thick smooth cotton fabric that feels nice to the touch. It has a lining and lies nicely on the body. The skirt has a side zip as well as an elasticized waist at the back. When I first received it, the waist looked small and I was worried. But once I tried it on, it stretched to fit me comfortably. It falls just below the knee on my 5’4 frame, just where I like it!

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Modcloth Plaid Prim Class Hero Midi Skirt Outfit

Because I wear plaid so much, I like to pattern mix with it. {New to pattern mixing? Read my pattern mixing 101 post to get you started!} That way, I can get multiple unique outfits out of one item.

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I was playing around with multiple other prints. At first I attempted another gingham and plaid look, but ultimately settled on polka dots instead. This particular polka dot shirt is especially festive in that the polka dots are gold!

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For the shoes I decided to play off one of the colors in the skirt, mustard yellow. You all know how much I love mustard yellow!

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I then finished off the outfit with a navy clutch.

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I loved styling the Modcloth plaid prim class hero midi skirt for Skirtmas day 7. It’s a perfect fall skirt that also works well for the holiday season. I’m glad she has taken up residence in my closet! Stay tuned to tomorrow’s post for another fabulous skirt!

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!

 

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?

My 2017 Thanksgiving Outfit

Hello friend! My Thanksgiving outfit has been planned for a while now and I’ve been itching to share it with you. So I am glad I get to do so today. I had purchased this sequin polka dot cardigan on one of my midnight online shopping sprees (blame it on the prosecco!) almost two months ago. I loved the details on the polka dots (they have sequins on them!). Then I was waiting for the perfect skirt to come my way… enter the Banana Republic ombre lace midi pencil skirt.

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Ombre Lace Midi Pencil Skirt Review

Because I purchase most of my clothes online, sizing is often a concern. For this skirt I was especially cautious because it is called a midi skirt. Because I am 5’4, I have to be careful of skirts that may be too long. They tend to make me look short. Therefore for this skirt I chose to order the 2p. I went up a size as you customarily should when going from standard sizes to petite.

The fit is overall good. It is just a tad large on the waist. But I worry that a full size down would be too snug. As for the length, I am surprised it is classified as a midi. The 2p fell right at my knees. To be honest, I was hoping for a longer length, to get more of that 1940’s vibe. However, the fit was good overall, so I will be wearing it!

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J Crew Sequin Polka Dot Cardigan Review

Now time to discuss the cardi! I simply adore it. The bold cranberry polka dot is just perfect for the holidays. The fit is fairly true to the Jackie cardigans overall, but may run a tad small on the shoulders. I don’t mind this as I like a snug cardigan, but if you are planning on wearing it buttoned up, keep that in mind!

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The Final Thanksgiving Outfit

When I put the pieces together, I loved how they complemented each other while still standing out on their own. The variated colors of the skirt add almost a hint of stripes. Furthermore, the lace brings in another element of texture.

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I love that the skirt has multiple shades of red in it. Luckily it complements the polka dots of the cardigan well.

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For shoes I was torn between my blue velvet booties (to make a baby blue and burgundy color combination) or my mustard heels (for a mustard and burgundy color combination). In the end I chose the mustard as it popped more against the outfit.

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For accessories I chose to keep it minimal with my delicate Brielle statement necklace. I chose to pair the necklace with a small pair of ear jackets from this Sugarfix trio. The combination works because they are all subtle pieces. The jewelry allows the details of the sweater to be the focus.

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I hope you enjoyed this year’s Thanksgiving outfit. What are you wearing for the holiday?

 

Pattern Primer: Camel Gingham

Hello friend! While I am usually the first to don colors, once in a while I seek out a neutral. That is true today. I have been on the hunt for a camel gingham top for a while. That’s because I love gingham (duh!) and I wanted one that felt very “fall” to me. Many of my other gingham tops sometimes feel too summery. Luckily the J Jill gingham knit top in camel recently arrived at my doorstep. Let me show you how I style it.

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Neutral Camel Gingham Outfit

For my first styling of the camel gingham top, I played it safe and paired it with a black skirt. The look is pretty and polished.

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I accessorized the outfit with my favorite black booties and a structured flap bag.

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For jewelry, I chose my favorite dainty pendant necklace and some rings.

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The look was an excellent start to styling this camel gingham top. But I wanted more…

Colorful Camel Gingham Outfit

So I tried styling the top with color. I figured with the top being so neutral, I needed a bold color, such as a jewel tone. Therefore, I chose to pair the camel gingham with magenta. The result is certainly bold, but still cohesive.

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I love how the magenta skirt pops against the neutral gingham.

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Because of the color in the skirt, I decided to go for a basic black shoe. This time I chose a classic pump.

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For this neutral gingham outfit, I chose to wear rose gold accessories, including this petite tassel necklace.

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After my two initial stylings of this camel gingham top, I have confirmed my “need” for  a neutral gingham print shirt. Next I plan to wear it with a tan and pink plaid blanket scarf, similar to my burgundy and pink post. What ways would you wear this top?

 

Current Obsession: Cardigan Sweater Outfits

Hello friend! With the arrival of cooler temps, I am turning to layers to keep me warm and stylish. A look I’ve been wearing a lot lately involves cozy cardigan sweaters. I am loving layering them over both casual and work outfits. Let me show you my cardigan sweater outfits.

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The obsession started last year when I purchased a burgundy cardigan sweater from Target. I wore that all fall and winter. You can see it in my mustard and burgundy post. Because I loved the sweater so much, when I saw similar ones this year at Target, I had to get a couple more. This time I decided to venture out of the solids and purchase patterned cardigan sweaters.

My Picks for Cardigan Sweater Outfits

This year the cardigan sweaters abound, so you should have no trouble finding one. However, because I’ve been so into them, I keep finding amazing ones. Therefore I will list my favorites below in case you want to snag one too! The ones I recently picked up are a camo print cardigan and a leopard print cardigan. I am also highly considering picking up this red gingham one. It’ll be lovely for the holiday season!

How to Style Cardigan Sweater Outfits

Wearing cardigan sweater outfits is easy. Many of the rules of duster cardigan outfits also apply here. I think cardigan sweaters are perfect to wear to work as well as on days off.

Cardigan Sweater Outfits for Work

The first two times I wore this cardigan to work, I wore it on the weekends with jeans and a tee. But I wanted to challenge myself and wear it on a weekday when I have to look more professional. It turns out it was quite easy to do. I simply changed out the jeans for a skirt and voila! I had a picture perfect work outfit!

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The key to making this look work is keeping the other pieces professional. A pencil skirt is therefore essential. Not only is it the epitome of professional work wear, it’s also sleek and streamlined. It’s the perfect match for a bulkier sweater cardigan.

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For accessories I chose to play off of the colors in the sweater. Therefore I wore my brown Vionic Rory booties. I love how it has so many interesting details but without the bulk. A streamlined bootie like this helps to elongate the leg and to keep the outfit professional looking.

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One of the details I liked best about this particular cardigan is that there is pink in the leopard spots. Therefore I played off of that in my necklace.

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Cardigan Sweater Outfits for Casual Wear

For my casual take on cardigan sweater outfits, I chose to layer with leather leggings and a striped turtleneck. The stripes add a fun pattern mixing opportunity (you know I couldn’t resist!).

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A longer length cardigan such as this one is perfect to layer with a turtleneck. It elongates the body and produces such a regal silhouette.

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While this is the more casual look of the two, this outfit can easily be made work appropriate by changing out the leather leggings for a leather (or other fabric) pencil skirt.

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I hope you can see how easy it is to style cardigan sweater outfits. I am just loving them and will be wearing them throughout the colder months. Will you be wearing them too? Let me know how you are styling yours! Details from both outfits are linked below for your perusal!

 

Try This: J Crew Colorblock Eyelet Peplum Sweater

Hello friend! With fall here, I am starting to transition my closet. To better understand how I do so, read my fall transition post. As discussed in that post, because I live in Los Angeles, we stay warm for a bit longer than other parts of the world. Therefore, I thought that the J Crew colorblock eyelet peplum sweater would be the ideal transition piece.

Fall transition work outfit with J Crew colorblock eyelet peplum sweater

J Crew Colorblock Eyelet Peplum Sweater: Review

I initially purchased this sweater on a whim during a late night online purchase (if you watch my insta stories, you know I am a midnight shopper!). When I received the J Crew colorblock eyelet peplum sweater I knew it would be a good transition piece. The pretty eyelet is reminiscent of summer, while the sweater back gives a nod to fall.

Fall transition casual outfit with J Crew colorblock eyelet peplum sweater

The fit of the J Crew colorblock eyelet peplum sweater is true to size. I purchased my usual XS. The peplum starts at a good spot, not too high and not too low. It also ends at a descent length (right at my hip bone). Thus it can be worn comfortably with any type of rise on the bottoms without risking showing off any unintended patches of skin.

J Crew Colorblock Eyelet Peplum Sweater: Casual Styling

As I had imagined during my midnight shopping spree, the J Crew colorblock eyelet peplum sweater is quite easy to style. I started with a casual summer look. Thus, I had to pair it with my denim shorts. They needed one last hurrah! It turned into a very cute and casual styling.

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J Crew Colorblock Eyelet Peplum Sweater: Office Styling

To prove that the J Crew colorblock eyelet peplum sweater is versatile enough to stay in my wardrobe, I decided to style it for a work outfit. I easily paired it with a pencil skirt. I think a peplum top always goes well with a pencil skirt. It is just a lovely feminine look.

Fall transition work outfit with J Crew colorblock eyelet peplum sweater

Of course I had to add some print into the mix. At first I was a tad nervous to do so. I wasn’t sure if it would be too much with the multiple textures in the J Crew colorblock eyelet peplum sweater. But because the colors of the print were neutral, the leopard print skirt paired well with the top.

J Crew colorblock eyelet peplum sweater

For shoes I went with classic nude pumps. I also added my fall sunglasses. I had been looking for a brown pair of sunglasses that weren’t boring. These ones with their metallic finish are just what I wanted.

J Crew colorblock eyelet peplum sweater

I was concerned about accessorizing with the J Crew colorblock eyelet peplum sweater. Because of the textures in the top and the ribbing at the collar, I didn’t want to add a necklace that would overshadow the top. I therefore went with a dainty yet statement making pendant necklace.

J Crew colorblock eyelet peplum sweater

After these initial pairings of the J Crew colorblock eyelet peplum sweater, I am quite happy with my purchase. It will be a good item to wear during fall transition and beyond! How would you style the J Crew colorblock eyelet peplum sweater?

 

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