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Current Obsession: Bodysuit Outfits

Hello friend. After many years away, the bodysuit is returning to the spotlight. Now it has been a couple of decades since I last wore bodysuits. But I have recently started wearing them again. Thanks to my gateway bodysuit, the Commando sleeveless bodysuit, I am now hooked. Let me share my tips and tricks on wearing bodysuit outfits!

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Spotlight on: Talbots Sale

Hello friend! With so many retailers already offering great sales, I thought I’d share some of my wish list. Also, I have been planning on starting a new series where I feature my favorite retailers. Therefore, I decided to combine the two ideas and start my “Spotlight on” series discussing the great deals at the current Talbots sale.

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While Talbots has been around for many years, I see few of us shopping there. I think it has the reputation of being for “older ladies.” I remember a few years back buying something from there and telling my coworker. She said “Really, you? That’s where my mom shops.” This reputation is unfortunate because I have gotten some amazing, youthful pieces from Talbots, often from their sales.

Previous Talbots Sale Purchases

The first time I actually went to Talbots was in pursuit of a cardigan. I had been looking for one in a specific shade of blue. One of the girls at church was wearing it and had told me she had purchased it there. Even though it wasn’t my typical store, the stubborn desire to attain that elusive blue cardigan led me there. Once I arrived, I was surprised at the bounty of items they offered, many in beautiful colors and prints that felt so “me.”

It was during that same trip that I purchased this beautiful zebra print pencil skirt. It is a staple in my closet, one I have worn many times. {Please forgive the poor quality photo, it was prior to my blogging days!}

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Another skirt I purchased was a bold leopard print pencil skirt. I love how large the scale of the print is. It’s a unique skirt that has no rival in my closet. It also pairs beautifully with colors, especially green, as worn in my colorful coat post.

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My Current Talbots Sale Wishlist

Because of the great sale going on now, I will be bringing home a few more pieces. I am eyeing the Houndstooth check sailor skirt. That’s because I am itching to do a pattern mix with houndstooth and buffalo plaid. I am also fawning over the back-bow suede pumps: it’s blue, it has a bow, do I need to say anything else? But there are so many other amazing options, so I’ll summarize them below for you.

While not on my own wish list, I do want to mention the sparkling stars button down shirt. It’s a white shirt with metallic gold dots, similar to the sold out shirt I was wearing in my prim class skirt post. So many of you had loved it, so I am pleased to find you a “dupe!”

Talbots Sale: Skirts

As you know, I have great luck finding beautiful skirts at Talbots. They have classic ones as well as fun prints. Here are the ones I am eyeing from the sale section.

 

Talbots Sale: Ruffles and Bows

Betcha you didn’t know that Tablots has fun and feminine pieces! Well they do. In fact, they adorn many of their items with fun bows, trims and ruffles.

 

Talbots Sale: Outerwear

Another category I rely on Talbots for is their outerwear. Besides the classic coats and jackets, they have many fun and youthful outerwear pieces. What I love most about their collections is that they feature a lot of color and print. I think that is especially stylish in the winter, when often all people see of you is your coat/jacket. Why not make it a fabulous one?

 

Talbots Sale: Shoes

Truth be told, before I set foot inside a Talbots store, I didn’t even know they sold shoes. But upon my first visit, I saw an amazing pair of leopard print shoes. Right away I knew they carried quality (and fun!) footwear. Just see for yourself below!

 

I hope you have enjoyed delving into one specific store with me. I encourage you to give Talbots a try. You will find, just like I did, that it is full of amazing pieces. And when they have markdowns, do not miss out. You can get great deals at a Talbots sale!

 

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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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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?

 

Pattern Primer: Plaid Shirt Outfit

Hello friend! As you read in my 2017 Fall Fashion Trends, plaid is “in” for fall. While that comes as no surprise, I am nonetheless pleased to have the print around to wear all season. As discussed in that trends post, the type of plaid that is in style is more 70’s and retro style than 90’s grunge style. Therefore, pull that flannel off your waist, and get ready for a more lady-like plaid. Let me show you how I wear a plaid shirt outfit.

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To perfectly exemplify this trend, I will be featuring the Jenna Plaid Button Up Top from Shop Stevie. As soon as I saw the beautiful plaid on this shirt, I knew I wanted it for fall. I love the dropped shoulder and the pretty drape of the top. It sets it apart from the ubiquitous plaid button up we’ve seen everywhere else.

Plaid Shirt Outfit for the Weekend

What goes better with a plaid shirt than jeans? Nothing! I agree! Therefore, I paired my plaid shirt with my favorite fall jeans. I love the raw hem of this pair. It echoes the cool casualness of the top.

Plaid shirt outfit for fall with black asymmetrical hem jeans and silver pumps

To accessorize this look, I added my Quay sunglasses. The gradient black lenses add another element of “cool” to the look.

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Choosing shoes for the casual plaid shirt outfit was a bit limiting. Because I want to show off the pretty diagonal hem of the jeans, I didn’t want a bulky bootie. I therefore went with some simple pumps. Because metallic tones are in style for fall, I chose my silver pumps. They also went well with the silver grommets on the purse.

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Plaid Shirt Outfit for the Office

While wearing a plaid shirt outfit on days off is easy, wearing one for the office may be a tad more tricky. To make it work, make sure the rest of your outfit and accessories are classic and work appropriate. Therefore, to style the plaid top for work, I paired it with an ivory pencil skirt. The look is chic and polished.

Plaid shirt outfit for fall with ivory pencil skirt and black booties

I accessorized with gold hoops and my favorite new necklace: the Amber Y Chain Necklace.

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I topped It all off with fantastic booties to bring together this professional plaid shirt outfit.

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Whether it’s for work or play, a plaid shirt outfit will be a winner for fall. I hope you try one of these options and see how fun they can be!

1 Item 4 Ways: Paper-bag waist skirt

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

Paper-Bag Waist Skirt with Shades of Blue

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

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

Paper-Bag Waist Skirt on the Town

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

Four ways to style a paper-bag waist skirt

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

Four ways to style a paper-bag waist skirt

Colorful Paper-Bag Waist Skirt

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

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

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

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Sleek Paper-Bag Waist Skirt

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

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

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

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

 

Pattern Primer: Watermelon Print Shirt

Hello friend! As I continue on my summer pattern series, I’d like to pay tribute to the summer fruit known as the watermelon. Besides being a sweet, cooling treat, it also makes for a fun summer print. Case in point is my fun watermelon print shirt. Let me show you two ways to wear it.

Watermelon Print Shirt for Play

Wearing a watermelon print shirt for casual days is quite simple. You can pair it with jeans or shorts and you are set! Because of that reason, I wanted to push myself a bit more in the casual outfit. Therefore I chose to pair it with a denim skirt and booties.

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The look is casual but polished. For accessories I chose gold tone jewelry to go with the belt.

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Watermelon Print Shirt for Work

Because some think wearing a watermelon print shirt to the office can be unprofessional, I sought to prove them wrong! Here I paired the shirt with a sharp pencil skirt. The look is professional, and perfectly office appropriate!

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When I was choosing the skirt for this outfit, I decided to play off the colors of a watermelon. Therefore I chose a few shades of green. Although my initial pairing was a true watermelon rind color, it felt too costumey. Instead, I went with this bright chartreuse. While it is still green, it’s not quite so literal. Furthermore, it pairs so well with the pops of red in the watermelon print shirt and shoes.

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For accessorizing this look, I chose to stick with gold and white tones. A white watch is just perfect in the summertime. I chose to pair it with my gold double hoop earrings and statement necklace. To finish off the look, I topped it all off with my gold clutch.

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I hope I have succeeded in proving that a watermelon print shirt can be worn to the office. Besides the watermelon print shirt post, I also have a palm tree print and pineapple print post. Plus I am working on some others. If there is a summer print you’d like to see, please let me know in the comments!

Color Crush: Pink and Orange Outfit

Hello friend! I am so excited to finally bring you this color combination. That’s because I have been sitting on the idea for a long time. And now I have the perfect pieces to demonstrate this gorgeous color palette to you! Without further ado, let’s discuss the brilliant color combination of a pink and orange outfit.

How to wear a pink and orange outfit

Does a Pink and Orange Outfit Really Work?

Those of you who follow my color crush series know that I like to read about color theory. So of course I did the same for this color combination. I was happy to see that a pink and orange outfit abides by color theory combination.

This is an example of an analogous color combination. Therefore it works (or is pleasing to the eye) because the colors fall next to each other on the color wheel. In reality, red and orange fall next to each other. But because pink is just a tint of red, the theory still holds. Furthermore, the little yellow flowers adds a third analogous color, resulting in an overall harmonious color scheme.

So after color theory gave the green light for my look, I was hungry to style a pink and orange outfit.  After seeing this top on Debbie Matenopoulos on TV, I tracked one down on matchesfasion.com. I loved the saturated shade of pink and the pretty embroidered flowers. I knew it would be a perfect candidate for the outfit I was dreaming up in my head.

My Pink and Orange Outfit

After weeks of planning and tracking down, I finally got the chance to wear my own pink and orange outfit. Needless to say, I was not disappointed! As predicted by color theory, the colors are harmonious.

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I had initially paired nude shoes with the outfit, but they just didn’t pop. So I decided to be bold and wear pink pumps instead. While I was worried it would be pink overkill, I think it actually turned out great! The pink simply sandwiched the orange!

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For my purse, I chose to keep it neutral, but added another texture with my gold clutch.

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Lastly for my jewelry, I chose to wear only earrings. A necklace would just detract from the intricate embroidery of the top. I also wore some fun bracelets, including my newly re-acquired renegade bracelet. The gold tones work perfectly with my pink and orange outfit.

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After I got dressed, I was faced with a small dilemma. What color makeup to wear? With so many colors in the outfit, I didn’t want to clash. The safe path would have been to wear neutrals. However, I was wearing this outfit to a special occasion, so I wanted some fun makeup. Also, I’m not one to opt for the safe path (when it comes to fashion and beauty anyways!). Therefore I chose to wear a pretty orange duochrome eye shadow on my lids and bright pink lips! I also added a pretty glow with my favorite highlighter.

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I hope you enjoyed my pink and orange outfit color crush post! It feels great to cross this long anticipated color combination off of my list! Now on to the next! Don’t forget to check out the options below so you can make your own pink and orange outfit ASAP!

Pattern Primer: Rugby Stripe Pattern Mixing

Hello friend! As you know, I adore to pattern mix. In fact, I tend to do so every chance I get! Furthermore, stripes are one of my favorite patterns. Therefore it’s no surprise I wear a lot of stripes. Recently I have been playing a lot with rugby stripes (a thick scale stripe inspired by rugby uniforms). Therefore I want to share how to wear them. Specifically, I want to show how fun (and easy) it is to do rugby stripe pattern mixing.

How to style rugby stripe pattern mixing outfits

Rule for Rugby Stripe Pattern Mixing

The key to making these (and any) pattern mixes work is to pair prints of different scale (see pattern mixing 101 post). Rugby stripes are already fairly bold. So you need your second print to be significantly smaller or larger. I usually opt for a larger second print, but that’s my personal taste. Do what works for you! In case you’re in need of some rugby stripes in your life, I have rounded some up here:

Floral Midi Rugby Stripe Pattern Mixing

For me, stripes and floral print just always go together. Therefore I pair them frequently in my pattern mixes. I’ve done that here once again. Of course I kept my golden rule, by choosing a large scale floral print.

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Leopard and Rugby Stripe Pattern Mixing

While I love a good black and white stripe tee, I have long been searching for a perfect tan and white one as well. That’s mainly because I’ve been wanting to wear it with this floral skirt. So when I finally found this one at Madewell, I purchased it right away. The outfit lived up to my expectations. It was worth the wait!

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While I have worn this skirt numerous times with black and white pattern mixes, I have always pined to wear it with a tan pattern. I am happy to see that my instinct was correct. It just makes for a softer pattern mix. I love it!

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For this outfit, I also chose to try a triple pattern mix by adding in the leopard print clutch. This was an easy decision as I often wear leopard print with this skirt (the colors just call for it!). It works, mainly because I follow my triple pattern mix rules. I also added gold toned jewelry to complete the look.

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Floral Pencil Skirt Rugby Stripe Pattern Mixing

Keeping with the floral and rugby stripe pattern mixing combination, I chose to pair the tee with a floral pencil skirt. It’s a tad bolder look than the one above. That’s because it’s not only bold prints, but also bold colors. But you know me: I don’t shy away from either. Therefore I adore this look!

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Although the look is quite bold, I think it is still perfectly suitable for most workplaces. Hence the reason I chose to pair the outfit with simple black pumps, to further reiterate its work appropriateness! But I couldn’t resist adding some more color with the bright earrings (sorry!).

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Double Stripe Rugby Stripe Pattern Mixing

At this point I had done plenty of floral prints. Plus I wanted to do another double stripes look (I had done a few on Instagram a while back). Therefore I decided to pair the rugby stripe tee with my skirt du jour: the J Crew pop stripe skirt. The result was a fun and uniform look.

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I hope you enjoyed my examples of rugby stripe pattern mixing. If you try such a look, please tag me on my social media so I can see!

Current Obsession: Colorful Striped Skirt

Hello friend! If you know me in real life, then you know that I don’t just have a mild interest in things. If I am into something, I am INTO it! Right now that something is the colorful striped skirt. It’s probably no surprise: I like color…I like stripes…I like skirts. Therefore it is very fitting that I like colorful striped skirts.

I have played around with colorful stripes before (multi-colored striped shirt). But recently my obsession has narrowed around skirts specifically. Let me show you how I am wearing my colorful striped skirts.

5 colorful striped skirt outfit ideas.

Bright and Work Ready Colorful Striped Skirt

When I saw the J Crew pop stripe skirt, I just had to have it. The bold colors and the stripes were exactly what I’ve been looking for. The cut and length of the skirt also ensured me that it would make a great work outfit. Therefore I immediately paired it with a scoop tee and heels for an office-ready look.

Colorful striped skirt for work: paired with a tee and heels the J Crew pop striped skirt adds color and pattern to an office ready outfit.Colorful striped skirt for work: paired with a tee and heels the J Crew pop striped skirt adds color and pattern to an office ready outfit. Colorful striped skirt for work: paired with a tee and heels the J Crew pop striped skirt adds color and pattern to an office ready outfit.

For accessories I thought it would be fun to bring in a second pattern. Therefore I added more stripes with my clutch. I also chose to showcase one bold piece of jewelry, my bib necklace. The necklace looks great here because the low scoop neckline of the top allows it to be the focus.

Colorful striped skirt for work: paired with a tee and heels the J Crew pop striped skirt adds color and pattern to an office ready outfit. Colorful striped skirt for work: paired with a tee and heels the J Crew pop striped skirt adds color and pattern to an office ready outfit.

Whimsical Colorful Striped Skirt

Another colorful striped skirt I have is a white A-line Kate Spade one that I purchased on vacation last summer. It was another case of love at first sight! The sweet pastels in these stripes make it so easy to pair with some of my favorite pieces. Case in point is this look below, where I paired up the stripes with polka dots, pattern mixing heaven!

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It was equally fun to choose my accessories for this look: I simply used more colors in the skirt. I chose two shades of pink for my purse and shoes. As luck would have it, I also found a fun pink wall where I took the photos. With all of the colors in the outfit, I chose to keep my earrings neutral with a simple white pair.

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Colorful Striped Skirt for the Weekend

Just in case you thought the colorful striped skirt was just for the work week, I also have a casual look. Here I am wearing the J Crew Factory sidewalk skirt with a fun graphic tee and denim jacket. I added a pair of pretty jeweled sandals and I’m set. Whether it’s running errands or catching up with friends, this look will work for the entire weekend.

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The Colorful Striped Skirt Dresses Up

It is rare to find a colorful striped skirt for dressier occasions and styles. Therefore when I saw this long ball gown style skirt, I knew I had to have it. It is certainly not something I can wear daily. However, it is a long-term item, meaning that I can wear it for a long time. It’s not of a specific style or fashion that will go out of style. So as long as I’ll like color and stripes, I will like this skirt!

Colorful striped skirt styled for a special occasion with the Alice and Olivia Nicola skirt and Anthropologie denim corset cami Colorful striped skirt styled for a special occasion with the Alice and Olivia Nicola skirt and Anthropologie denim corset cami

I paired the skirt with a denim corset top. Because I wore the skirt with a denim top, I wanted to add more pops of color with my accessories. Therefore I wore my red pumps and fun yellow earrings.

Colorful striped skirt styled for a special occasion with the Alice and Olivia Nicola skirt and Anthropologie denim corset cami Colorful striped skirt styled for a special occasion with the Alice and Olivia Nicola skirt and Anthropologie denim corset cami Colorful striped skirt styled for a special occasion with the Alice and Olivia Nicola skirt and Anthropologie denim corset cami Colorful striped skirt styled for a special occasion with the Alice and Olivia Nicola skirt and Anthropologie denim corset cami

Neutral Colorful Striped Skirt

While I love a good colorful striped skirt, many of them are summer items (light weight material, pastel colors, etc.) and I feel like I can’t wear them year around. However this past winter I found this striped midi skirt. With its thicker fabric and darker colorful stripes, this skirt is the winter equivalent of the others! Hooray!

Colorful striped skirt for the office: add a chambray shirt and blazer for a pulled together work outfit Colorful striped skirt for the office: add a chambray shirt and blazer for a pulled together work outfit Colorful striped skirt for the office: add a chambray shirt and blazer for a pulled together work outfit Colorful striped skirt for the office: add a chambray shirt and blazer for a pulled together work outfit

For this neutral colorful striped skirt look, I paired the skirt with one of my go-to’s: a chambray button down shirt. I added a blazer and heels and the look is complete! I kept the jewelry minimal with a pair of pretty hoops.

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So while I am very much obsessed with every colorful striped skirt I see, I don’t feel bad purchasing a few. Because they are so versatile and fit my style so well, I will wear them for a long time. I hope you won’t get sick of seeing them!

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