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.

Halogen velvet pleated midi skirt styled two ways for Skirtmas on Polished Whimsy blog. J Crew Stewart plaid | J crew allover bows tee | feminine outfit | winter outfit | skirt outfit

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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.

Halogen velvet pleated midi skirt styled two ways for Skirtmas on Polished Whimsy blog. J Crew Stewart plaid | J crew allover bows tee | feminine outfit | winter outfit | skirt outfitHalogen velvet pleated midi skirt styled two ways for Skirtmas on Polished Whimsy blog. J Crew Stewart plaid | J crew allover bows tee | feminine outfit | winter outfit | skirt outfit

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

Halogen velvet pleated midi skirt styled two ways for Skirtmas on Polished Whimsy blog. J Crew Stewart plaid | J crew allover bows tee | feminine outfit | winter outfit | skirt outfit Halogen velvet pleated midi skirt styled two ways for Skirtmas on Polished Whimsy blog. J Crew Stewart plaid | J crew allover bows tee | feminine outfit | winter outfit | skirt outfit

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.

Halogen velvet pleated midi skirt styled two ways for Skirtmas on Polished Whimsy blog. J Crew Stewart plaid | J crew allover bows tee | feminine outfit | winter outfit | skirt outfit Halogen velvet pleated midi skirt styled two ways for Skirtmas on Polished Whimsy blog. J Crew Stewart plaid | J crew allover bows tee | feminine outfit | winter outfit | skirt outfit

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.

Halogen velvet pleated midi skirt styled two ways for Skirtmas on Polished Whimsy blog. J Crew Stewart plaid | J crew allover bows tee | feminine outfit | winter outfit | skirt outfit Halogen velvet pleated midi skirt styled two ways for Skirtmas on Polished Whimsy blog. J Crew Stewart plaid | J crew allover bows tee | feminine outfit | winter outfit | skirt outfit

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

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 (or That): Valentine’s Day Outfit

Hello friend! Valentine’s Day is almost here and I wanted to give you some outfit options. Now whether you want to dress girly and traditionally to celebrate the day of love, or go opposite and be anti-Valentine, I’ve got you covered. I have a Valentine’s Day outfit option for either end of the spectrum.

Feminine Valentine’s Day Outfit

For my traditional Valentine’s Day outfit, I decided to be predictable and wear shades of pink. However, I still had to bring in a dose of whimsy, so I chose a bold buffalo check top. To tone down the brightness of the shirt, I paired it with a blush tulle skirt.

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When I was first looking for this shirt, all of the sales associates kept remarking on how bright it was. Please, a little bright never scared me away! I love how eye catching and unique it is. Polished whimsy's traditional valentine's day outfit

However because the shirt is truly bright, I did keep the rest of my accessories neutral. Thus, I chose a pair of nude pumps. Keeping with the neutral tones, I also added a beige clutch. And finally for the jewelry, I kept it all uniform in tones of rose gold.

Polished whimsy's traditional valentine's day outfit with buffalo check top and tulle skirt Polished whimsy's traditional valentine's day outfit with buffalo check top and tulle skirt

Anti-Valentine’s Day Outfit

For my second outfit, I chose to go the opposite route from the first look. Therefore, I turned to distressed denim and racy black.

Polished Whimsy's anti-Valentine's Day look with velvet lace and distressed denim

I immediately reached for my lace velvet top from H&M. It can be worn modestly with a tank (as I have done here) or very racy with just a bra! Unfortunately the photos do not do this top justice. Close up you can see the rich details of the velvet.

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I also turned to my favorite distressed jeans from American Eagle.  I like this pair especially because they are high-waisted. Therefore it covers the butt and the tummy, making it an ideal pair of jeans for me. The rips and fraying are a far cry from the typical Valentine’s Day outfit, but a fun and contrary look.

Valentine's Day Outfit

To add some sparkle to the outfit, I chose my favorite glittery clutch and some killer heels. These shoes have it all: leopard print, pop of red and spikes. Now it that’s not love, I don’t know what is!

Anti-Valentine's Day Ouftfit polished whimsy's anti-valentine's day outfit

Which one of these two looks are you leaning towards? Maybe it’s finally the year to shake off the sweet girl look and opt for a sexy outfit? I’d love to know what you choose!

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.

Polished whimsy in velvet jeans Polished whimsy in velvet jeans

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.

Polished whimsy in gray velvet skirt Polished whimsy in gray velvet skirt and baublebar mini falcon drop earrings

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.