There are many mornings when I put on an outfit I selected the night before, take my pictures for the blog, and then change up outfit details before I go out the door. Somehow the process of photographing my outfit makes me re-think the “look” of the day.
With this ensemble, it was only once I got dressed that I remembered the problem with these culottes – fun pattern, great price when I bought them, BUT unflattering with a tucked-in top. Wearing a wide belt helped, but I was still dissatisfied. Just the same I left for work without making any changes. Around midday when the weather warmed up and I took off the jacket, I finally figured it out. I untucked the chambray shirt (long shirttail) and put the belt over the shirt – voila! No pictures of this change, but next time I’ll remember how to wear these culottes successfully!
Kate says: Don’t you love it when you pair two favorite items together for the first time? That’s what happened here. This jacket is not very “me”, but it has turned out to be my go jacket when I want to add some pattern and color to an outfit. With this more feminine dress, it makes a great contrast. Mom shows us the perfect way to make a floral bomber and cheeky tee work-appropriate — pair them with classic black slacks and a pearl necklace!
Jeanne says: It is hard to argue with cute printed jackets. They dictate the color scheme and pull a simple outfit together. I may be pushing it with my irreverent tee, but Kate knows how to take a simple blue dress and dress it up with a fabulous patterned jacket.
Jeanne says: This was one of those days when I only thought through half of my outfit — the skirt and the tee. I decided it was too late in the year for sandals so I grabbed these old smoking slippers and THEN I remembered my neoprene bomber — Score! It is easy to make your maxi skirt work into cooler weather — a longer sweater, a little jacket — they all work to make your look seasonal.
Kate is doing practically the same thing – combining her vivid sweater with a black maxi skirt. I like how she tucked in her sweater and did a belted look. After that, adding a turquoise necklace to offset her coral top. Now it would be easy for her to add a jean jacket or her cute denim jacket with faux leather sleeves.
Kate says: I’ve really struggled with how to make my maxi skirts more cooler-weather-friendly without feeling super conservative. This is one way I liked it, and I think the key is bright colors up top and a tucked-in sweater. In my mind, I could substitute the black maxi skirt for black jeans and this is an outfit I would totally wear. But the silhouette avoids looking frumpy or oversized.
Something about Mom’s outfit is so California to me — maybe it’s the palm tree on her tee? Either way, she shows a perfect way to carry your maxis into fall with a great jacket and loafers.With this style of banded-waist skirt, I’m not sure I would have gone for the half tuck, but it does help add some waist definition. I think the bright color of her maxi skirt is also key here, which is then grounded with grays and blacks.