High-Low Sweater

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It’s here!  My first outfit post of 2014.  It feels good to have something to share with you.  But I have to admit, it feels better not to have the nagging stress of everyday posting hanging over my head.  In fact, I haven’t really done my hair or make-up in two weeks (thanks to the holidays, working from home and the weather).  I curled my hair for the first time today and it felt like I was getting ready for prom.  But I digress…

This outfit is my new favorite.  It’s especially perfect right now because the high-low style of the sweater hides the high-high number on the scale since I pretty much dieted on Christmas cookies for two weeks straight.  I love how it masks imperfections, has great slitted cuffs and is super comfy and warm  I paired it with some ankle booties and a red lip as my only accessory.

Pear Shaped Pointer: There’s an ongoing struggle with all women I know right now and that is with where to put your hem when you wear skinny jeans and ankle boots.  Cardinal rule? Always tuck them in.  If you are lucky with some skinny calves, go for cut cuff and some fun socks peeking out.  Or, even better, make sure you pants hit at the top of your booties.  Otherwise, opt for a tuck in.  It always looks better.

sweater: aritzia (In stores but not online anymore. Similar high-low style here.) // jeans: loft // booties: dolce vita // lipstick: revlon just bitten kissable balm stain in smitten

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Leather Skirt + Cozy Sweater Part 2

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Do you ever wonder if my style crushes every become a reality?  Well they do.  Especially when they are of the “can’t stop thinking about anything else” variety like last week’s post on leather skirts and cozy sweaters.  After the seemingly endless search for the perfect leather or faux leather skirts that I included in the round up, I finally landed on this one from Aritzia.  The faux leather is buttery soft and looks so real.  The fit is amazing and stretchy which means it needed no alterations and the length is perfect.

There’s something so chic about an all-black outfit.  And when you create so many texture variations, it goes from goth to gorgeous.  To make things better, this look has a retro-80s vibe that makes me think I can be Jamie Gertz in “Less Than Zero.”  Needless to say, this is quickly becoming my go-to outfit this fall (especially considering I’ve already worn it three times.  I’m serious.  Three times).

Skirt: Babaton / Sweater: Wilfred (Old. Similar steal here and splurge here 25% off with code GOSHOP) / Bag: Tory Burch (Old. Similar here.) / Booties: Vince Camuto / Tights: Spanx / Watch: Michael Kors / Bracelets: BCBG, H&M, J.Crew Factory (Old.  Similar here) / Necklace: Bar III

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Falling for Fall

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I realize that this was the coldest day of the week but it made me happy with thoughts of crisp days to come where layering is essential and cuddling doesn’t cause a heat stroke.  It’s fall OFFICIALLY so I’ve transitioned my closet and shoes and am ready to go!  The great thing about this time of year is wearing skirts with bare legs and the ease of transitioning some of your favorite pieces from late summer into fall with accessories.

You might remember this chambray dress from this post smack in the middle of summer.  And here I am a few months and several degrees cooler later wearing it again.  I threw on my favorite chunky cardigan, some booties and a cross-body bag (fresh from a trade I just made with my sister).  Believe it or not, I’m even looking forward to throwing on a pair of tights with this ensemble as it gets colder.  Bring on the chilly air, changing leaves and hot cider!!

Pear Shaped Pointer:  It’s a misnomer to think a pear shaped girl or someone who is endowed in the leg area (and I don’t mean length) can’t rock a bootie with a skirt.  That trend is totally doable when you have the right bootie like these.  I love how the neutral color doesn’t cut off my legs and the shape elongates them even.

If you have well endowed (or as my dad likes to call them “athletic” calves), always go for a neutral or nude bootie.  Make sure that the bootie doesn’t cut straight across  but has a dip (think cowboy style).  This will elongate your legs and make your calves appear less full.

Booties: Sixty Seven (Old. Similar here, here and here) / Dress: J.Crew Factory (see post here with similar styles) / Sweater: Aritzia (Old.  Similar here and I’d love to try this one) / Belt: J.Crew Factory / Watch: Michael Kors / Purse: Marc by Marc Jacobs / Bracelets: BCBG, H&M, J.Crew Factory (Old.  Similar here)

 Linking up here: Real Girl Glam