What We’d Like to Wear: A Red and Turquoise Modcloth Ensemble

Modcloth asked us to create an ensemble for one of their most popular dresses and we were happy to comply. The dress is their Summer Night Stroll Dress and we styled the red version.

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This is a really versatile dress in our opinion — perfect for a weekend event in warmer weather, but equally suitable for work wear with a few add-ons. We styled the dress for daytime with Modcloth’s sassy Fine and Sandy Blazer in khaki and topped that with the Dually Noted belt. Then we chose the Tasteful Design flat and Unique Eats earrings to bring in some turquoise to mix with the red. Finally we finished the look with the Lounge Time, No See crossbody bag.

It was especially easy to pull this cute outfit together because of Modcloth’s “My Loved Items” feature. We simply dropped each of the items we liked into My Loved Items and then mixed and matched until we came up with the perfect ensemble.

Here are a few other Modcloth that could also be mixed and matched to build on our red and turquoise theme.

What We Wore: Hot Pink

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On Kate: J.Crew blazer (similar), Loft pants (similar), Target top (similar), Steve Madden booties (similar), J.Crew Factory necklace

On Jeanne: J.Crew sweater (similar), J.Crew blouse (similar), Anthropologie necklace (similar), J.Crew pants (similar), Louise et Cie shoes (similar)

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Jeanne says: I am going to be in so much fashion trouble when this whole ankle pants/pullover sweater/statement necklace goes out of style! I rely on this combo to pull me together many days. I love this fuschia sweater and my brown polka dot pants — who could possibly argue with this combination? Unfortunately this sweater is wool, so I won’t be wearing this for long in this increasingly warmer weather. Wish I had it in cotton!

Kate’s hot pink jacket is one we’ve seen before. Here she’s combined it with her print pants and a lace top — pretty cute, I think. We both look good in this color pink, probably because of our blonde hair and fair skin. I love, love, love seeing Kate in these bright colors. I’m less a fan of flat boots with ankle pants like these. I think they call for either a flat or a heeled boot or pump.

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Kate says: This outfit relies on my 3 favorite elements: color, pattern, and texture. I think this is another great outfit equation. My pink Schoolboy Blazer has gotten a lot of wear, but like Mom’s sweater, it’s wool and will be put away in the back of my closet soon. Fortunately these pants and top are both summerweight! I agree with her that these booties didn’t quite work with the outfit — I would have preferred a heel.

I can’t believe Mom didn’t recognize that her outfit is all J.Crew again! At least she puts these items together in ways the J.Crew stylists never thought of! Mom shows us the perfect way to pair polka dots and stripes, and a bright color to boot. I also love how she makes these dressy, shiny pants totally work appropriate.

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What We Wore: Flippy Skirts

flippy skirts | Two Take on StyleOn Jeanne: Ann Taylor skirt (similar), blankny jacket (similar), Zara top (similar), Hue tights, Jeffrey Campbell shoes (similar), J.Crew necklace (similar)
 

On Kate: H&M skirt (similar), J.Crew sweater, Belk necklace (similar), Gap flats (similar), Hue tights

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Jeanne says: This outfit shows a perfect example of the method I use to find cute skirts that are long enough to be age-appropriate. I have loved these flippy skirts, but they are often too short. Here I sized up one size in this Ann Taylor skirt to get one additional inch of length and it made all the difference. Another way to do the same thing is to buy the right size but in a “tall”. I loved the combo of this skirt with the cascade jacket — so many curvy edges in one ensemble!

I love this little skirt that Kate found at H&M. And it looks perfect and sophisticated with a black sweater and tights. But then, just before we get too comfortable with Kate’s grown-up look, she throws in these extremely bright flats to give her outfit a jolt — a good reminder to always do something unexpected in our fashion choices.

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Kate says: I, too, love this flippy tweed skirt I found at H&M. In fact, I’m already scheming about how to get more wears out of it before hot summer weather hits! Pairing it with a black sweater and tights made an easy outfit — but I can’t wait to put together so more daring outfits with it. I do always enjoy and outfit where I can add on this awesome statement necklace!

Mom’s houndstooth skirt looks adorable with the peek of plaid and leather sleeves. Mom really knows how to add some cheek to any outfit! Her skirt is great: not only flippy, but also has that awesome patchwork effect at the hem. And black and white is always versatile!

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Debate The Trend: Tube Skirts

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Tube skirts — the bottom half version of tube tops — have been around the last few years, but seem to be more on trend this spring. Perhaps it’s because they do look particularly flirty with cropped tops — often made of the same fabric. We’ve seen them in mini, midi, and maxi length and on all body types.

We decided to write about tube skirts the other day when Kate received a black and white striped version in her Stitch Fix package. Here is what we think about this trend:

Jeanne says: I’ve been wearing versions of tube skirts for a number of years. I like the look at midi and maxi lengths; the mini length often just looks trashy. Longer tube skirts create a long, slender line that can, surprisingly, flatter many different body types. Let’s face it: they are, no matter what you do, skintight skirts.

I like to combine them with fuller tops or longer semi-fitted tops and I always make sure the tops are high quality material to balance the “trashy” potential. I vote “yes”!!!

Kate says: This is yet another one of those trends that looks cute on some people, but that I won’t wear. Why? Tube skirts are SO unflattering unless you have the slimmest of hips! On me, tube skirts draw big, giant arrows right at my widest point.

I think a tube-style skirt in a thicker material (not cotton or jersey) could work much better — but isn’t that really just a pencil skirt?? I do agree with Mom that fitted pieces like tube skirt, leggings, etc. all look best balanced out by looser and longer tops. Although you tiny girls would look adorable in a cropped top :)

What do you think? Will you try the tube skirt trend?

Here are some cute options if you’re ready to try this trend:

 

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What We Wore: Black and White Stripes

black and white stripesOn Kate: Old Navy top (similar), Ann Taylor pants (similar), Steve Madden booties, Target necklace (similar)

On Jeanne: J.Crew top (similar), J.Crew blouse (similar), Anthropologie skirt (similar), Hue tights, Dolce Vita boots (similar), J.Crew necklace (similar), Anthropologie necklace (similar), Timex watch

black and white stripes

Jeanne says: How on earth do I end up wearing all these J.Crew items at the same time? Well, I guess it is because they do stripes and prints a lot and I am always attracted to them!  Although it is still considered chic to wear one’s shirt tail out under a top, I still felt a little awkward doing this for work. But I got a lot of compliments, so it must work. You cannot tell from this pic, but my skirt also has embossed circles — talk about mixing patterns!

Kate looks ready for a casual work day. She has been buying more and more stripes herself and this little top is a bold, fun look. I think she should do more pattern mixing with a top like this and any one of her cute button down shirts. I also like the burgundy pants and turquoise accents, combined with the ankle boots. Stripes are like that — in that they can create an easy, breezy look with very little effort.

black and white stripes

Kate says: Sometimes I prefer a low-key look like this one — a simple color palette and basic pieces. But, of course, this wide-stripe top and jacquard pants help add a little interest! This striped top has come in very handy. It’s a thicker cotton, so it works nicely as a single layer in cooler weather but also layers well over collared shirts and turtlenecks.

As always, Mom’s pattern mixing is perfection. She shows us all how to mix stripes and prints by sticking to the same color palette and keeping the rest relatively simple. I love her bright pop of layered necklaces that really bring some light to this dark outfit. Very cute!

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Family Wedding Today!!!

Forgive us for skipping a post today. We have a big family wedding today – Kate’s cousin and Jeanne’s niece is getting married. Kate is maid of honor. We’ll be back in touch when life returns to normal on Monday.

In the meantime, we want to congratulate the wonderful bride and groom – Elizabeth and Joel. May they be in love forever!

Liz and Joel

Together Again: What We Bought!

In advance of a big family wedding (you’ll see outfits later this month), we got together at Kate’s house for a few days. Eric (husband and son-in-law) was most gracious about our plans to shop — pretty much all weekend. Jeanne — who almost never shops in stores — was practically drooling about the chance to touch clothes before she bought them!

We started out at the new Tanger Outlet Mall with Kate’s friend Meghan and we were not at a loss for shopping targets — J.Crew Factory, Banana Republic and Gap outlets, H&M and many others. Kate came away with these darling flats from H&M and Jeanne purchased these cute items at J.Crew at 40% off:

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After that exhausting foray, Kate and Eric took off for an evening wedding and Jeanne rested up with Netflix and some red wine. A good time was had by all.

The next day we hit Pentagon City Mall. Here we did the most damage at C. Wonder, which was having a great sale. Jeanne came away with a sweatshirt and a great button down shirt (40% off!) and Kate got a beautiful silk shirt in mint (now sold out).

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All in all, a great shopping weekend and some amazing sales!


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What We Wore: Saturated Pink

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On Jeanne: Vintage leather jacket (similar), Ann Taylor top (similar), Fashion Star skirt, Louise et Cie shoes (similar), Target belt (similar), Timex watch (similar), Target necklaces (similar)

On Kate: Target sweater (similar), Loft top (similar), J.Crew skirt (similar), Hue tights, Steve Madden boots (similar)

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Jeanne says: This sequined skirt is a real challenge for me. I always have to peruse my closet to find a good complement to it. But we all know that saturated pink ALWAYS does the trick! This has been a great top that goes with almost anything and that is often true with bright colors like this. So I say buy saturated color whenever you can!).

Kate and I both have this sweater, a sweet little number from Target, and it qualifies as both bright and saturated. It looks especially bright because she has paired it with a dark skirt and boots. This is a good reminder that if we want our brights to pop, we should pair them with dark colors. Great look, Kate!

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Kate says: I really love this cardigan paired with my pink floral top — it just feels so vibrant and springy! Paired with this cute crepe skirt and boots, this is perfect for my office. This is easily another one of my outfit uniforms — solid skirt and cardigan with a patterned top.

I think this is a super cute outfit Mom put together with her metallic skirt! The bright pink top works perfectly! I probably would have shied away from adding more metallic accents with her belt and shoes, but somehow this looks subdued, not like a glitterbomb :)

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What We Wore: Boots with Skirts

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On Kate: Target jacket (similar), J.Crew skirt (similar), J.Crew tee (similar), Steve Madden boots (similar), Hue tights, Topshop necklace (similar)

On Jeanne: Forever 21 sweater (similar), Loft skirt (similar), Frye boots (similar), Forever 21 necklace (similar), Fossil watch (similar), vintage silver bracelets (similar)

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Jeanne says: It would have never occurred to me to put this sweater and skirt together until I saw them near each other and realized how complementary they were. This little skirt has pushed me out of my comfort zone all winter. It doesn’t really match anything, but it works beautifully just the same. And my love for camo is already well known.

I love Kate’s little outfit. I like to see her in short skirts — I can live vicariously though her! I love how the cropped jacket balances out the short skirt. It all looks professional and youthful. She then tones down the “shortness” of the look with tights and knee high boots. Great look!

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Kate says: I really liked pairing this tweed/jacquard jacket with my little polka dot tee — a super easy way to mix prints! They work well with my beloved dusty rose skirt, which I made more office-appropriate with black tights and boots. My trick is to always wear a shorter skirt with tall boots — somehow the shorter gap of leg makes a short skirt feel less short!

I really love Mom’s outfit — although I don’t love camo, it’s the perfect mix of masculine/casual and feminine/dressy. I can see why she never thought to put these pieces together, but now it seems such a natural combo! And she masters the half tuck perfectly.

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Too Many Trends at Once: Spring 2014

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Hey, this is Jeanne. For months I’ve wanted to do another TMTAO post, but Kate, the level-headed one, kept vetoing me. But I can no longer wait because this year’s street style is simply TMTAO to ignore! I appreciate that the fashion of real people like you and me can come directly from the more extreme Fashion Week street style. This is certainly where, for example, the chic sweatshirt trend came on the scene; many of us are rocking that look today, right?

Anyway, here are a few looks that epitomize TMTAO Spring 2014 for me:

  • It is hard to focus on the fact that there is an actual blue button down shirt under all this and that the idea of a short sleeve sweater over a long sleeved shirt is a cute one. What is with that skirt? A new version of the hi-low look? That with her vertiginously high open-air suede boots puts this outfit over the top for me.

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  • Here we have a “two-fer” – two memorable looks for the price of one. The young woman on the left has on five trends as far as I can see: oversized, pastel pink coat; Fendi baquette handbag; multi-colored pom-poms on her bag; track pants; AND sneakers. And the woman on the right: a long skirt following the transparent trend with sneakers again.  At least sneakers represent a trend of pure comfort.

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  • Finally, I bring you my final two for this post: first the fringed leather skirt with the slip-on animal print sneakers. The skirt alone represents too many trends — LONG fringe! leather! wraparound style! Then we add the trendy slip on sneaker look. I cannot even deal with this.

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  • This lovely young woman wearing a beanie, oversized coat, crossbody designer bag, baggy pants and….sneakers!

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Perhaps, in the final analysis, it is really the sneakers that put me over the top on some of these. But it is another silly trend, so what can I say?

And just in case you’d like to see some stylish kicks:

 

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