I figured it was time for a wear to work look and I’ve been waiting to wear this look for about a year. I got this skirt from the Gap and I love the detail on it, it’s got a slight shine to it also so it dresses up the typical blue suit skirt. The blazer is from Kaitlyn and the white button-down under is from Gap (of course, I always wear something from Gap). I accessorized with heels from Guess and necklace from Juicy Couture. I’m always searching for more formal or wear to work outfits that are fashionable too, because it can hard to dress appropriately and still be stylish.
It’s still sort of fall, right? I love this look because it is super warm and a great integration of fall colors. My boots are the Ellerby Enzo Angiolini boots from Nordstrom which I love wearing for more formal occasions, I have another pair of black boots for going out casually. I totally recommend investing in two pairs of black boots, in fact I call it my Black Boot Rule— have one for more formal occasions and ones that you wouldn’t be upset if they got a little dirty. It’s such a basic item that investing in two is totally worth it because you’ll wear it a lot. I of course added my black Kate Spade purse–my absolute go-to purse these days.
Accessories can make or break and outfit. I love pairing a more complex outfit with these light Sam & Libby flats I got from Target. They are basic enough to go with everything, but they have a little character to them with the fake snake skin look to them.
Jewelry also really compliments an outfit. For this one I chose these cute bracelets that are stacked together. I love that they, just like my shoes, are basic enough to go with almost anything, but they have a little charm which gives them character!
Last, but not least I wore these with a skirt I got a boutique a few years ago, a Forever 21 belt, and a cute detailed top from Kaitlyn, a small chain of stores on the West coast.
Nordstrom has some great gifts that are affordable enough to give to friends and yet still great enough to get that reaction you want everytime you give a gift! I’m a little partial to Kate Spade and I love both of these crossbodies above, one is made to hold iPads which is great for a college student or a working professional who brings their iPad to meetings. The Tory Burch make up case is also a gem because it’s simple, useful, and Tory Burch! These gifts are all an easy way to put a smile on your friend’s face. And now that Nordstroms offer free shipping and returns there is no reason not to say yes to these goodies!
If there was one thing I was never really expecting to see this season it was a camo, but I was totally wrong! Camo is making a comeback, folks. Most people are asking whether they should go with camo or plaid, and everyone is pretty split. Personally, after going to catholic high school where I wore a plaid skirt everyday I tend to stray away from it as much as possible these days. However my favorite fictional character from a movie is Cher Horowitz, for those of you that are unaware she is famous for wearing a certain yellow plaid ensemble, so I have to leave a little room in my heart for plaid still. Camo, however, I have no prior feelings for because it’s just not something I’ve really worn before. I thought it was reserved for those in military service or perhaps a hunter. So this all begs the question if this look was meant to blend in, what’s making it stand out this season?
My theory is with monochrome being really in right now, as well as wearing different shades of the same color (thanks 50 Fifty Shades of Grey) camo is just a natural progression. The good thing is green is a neutral color that pairs well with most basics you probably already own. Most of my friends are wearing camo jackets, which makes sense. A military jacket in camo is a no-brainer, but luckily they have come out with some fashionable ways to dress up this look such as adding studs and detail on the collar. A simple camo shirt for layering is also fantastic because it pairs so well with so much and adds a little detail to your basic henley. I would totally put a vest over this camo henley pictured above.
If you’re not ready to go all out in camo, no worries, there are subtle ways you can add it into your look. A camo hat is a great idea because it has a little more character than your average winter hat. I would suggest checking out a thrift store to find one because I tend to see a lot of them there. If not, Etsy has some on its site so check those out, and they tend to be under $20, so it’s practically a steal. A camo bag is also a simple way to add this fabric into your wardrobe. What I like about the one pictured above from Lorisshoes.com is the camo has a cleaner look to it. I feel like it makes the camo more feminine and its on a huge bag with tons of compartments I can use, so I’m definitely a fan!
Last but certainly not least are a pair of TOMS in camo. TOMS gives a pair of shoes to a child in Africa everytime you buy one yourself. With the holiday season upon us, what’s a better way to give back with your purchase than this? Camo shoes make a great gift for yourself or even a male in your life because they are gender neutral. It’s nice to way to add a little color to the boring one-color shoes you would probably wear in place of these if you had them in your closet. Wearing camo this season is all about standing out.
If there is one thing I’ve been craving this fall it’s combat boots! In some ways I think they have replaced tall boots this season, I love the rugged look they give to an outfit and how they can be paired with so much. It’s also not too hard to find an affordable pair of combat boots. I’ve selected three above that are great finds under $50.
So many retailers are offering great deals this fall for buying two pairs of shoes, one of the places offering these deals is Just Fab. They have a sale section where you can buy one pair and get another one free. Most of their styles are $40 or under…that’s TWO PAIRS of shoes for $40 bucks! You have to sign up to join and do a quick “style quiz” this helps them narrow down what you like and don’t like so they can send you a personalized boutique. I would say the site is certainly not for everyone but if you like having a personalized virtual stylist Just Fab is a no-brainer.
Another great place is Charlotte Russe! Sadly, I don’t have one near me but they still offer great sales online. Pretty much every week they have a buy two pairs of shoes type discount. I’d recommend checking it out. In particular I’m in love with these combat boots that I can style two different ways.
No matter where you get your combat boots, at the end of the day you’ll be making a solid fall wardrobe purchase! They go really well with tights, leggings, and knee high socks. A cute summery skirt can easily be repurposed to pair with the whole ensemble, just throw a sweater on it, and it makes a perfect fall outfit!