Working the Trend: How to wear a Bouquet of Vintage Florals

Welcome to a new series, “Working the trend.” In this series, I will provide tips, tricks, and inspiration for working a current trends.

One of the current trends I adore is the floral trend. I’ve noticed many of them have a vintage feel—ranging from a new take on Victorian to florals that look picked from the 60s and 70s. These are so much fun and have so many ways they can be worked a stylish wardrobe.  Florals tend to give a more feminine and pretty feel, but can be integrated into a variety of different styles, can work for anyone, and, while they are often thought of as spring or summer prints, they can be worn year-round.

Off-the-shoulder Outfit

Off-the-shoulder Outfit

 

Tips and tricks to work florals

Mixing prints:

Flirt outfit

Flirt outfit

  • Do mix florals with other prints! If you are unsure of mixing prints, looks for perforated or embossed shoes or a handbags in a neutral color and wear with your florals for a way to try out mixing prints—and check out my previous post on mixing prints (check out the Matinee outfit or the Off-the-Shoulder outfit)
  • Or go with stripes or a plaid—both are always a nice contrast for florals.
    • For a put-together look, match the main color in the floral with a main stripe color, as show in the Striped trench outfit
    • Or go for a plaid shoe with a floral top for a fun print mix  made easier because it is separated by a solid, as shown in the cold-shoulder cami outfit

 

 

Accessorizing:

Do you think he is posing too? Dress outfit

Do you think he is posing too? Dress outfit

  • For floral tops, think of accessorizing with a statement cuff or bold shoes to draw attention first to the top (for examples, see the Parlor outfit, Crush outfit)
  • Or go for a striking necklace on a bold print for a statement outfit, such is in the Dress outfit
  • Put a hat on it or a jacket to polish off the outfit and weather-proof those flowers, as in the is in the Dress outfit and Flirt outfits
  • Complement your florals with some funky, fun, sparkly, or otherwise interesting shoes to make a statement from top to toes (as shown in all outfits)
 

Working the colors:

  • Look for soft muted colors, for a more subtle floral that can work as a neutral (also the Matinee outfit)
  • Or look for bright florals for a pretty pop of color (as in the Crush outfit)
  • Or go for bold florals on a neutral, such as navy, to pop the flowers and add a level of sophistication, as we see in the Off-the-Shoulder outfit
  • Pop the flowers by wearing a solid bottom in the same background color of your floral top (or solid top in the background color of you print bottom)—this will also add some length and look put-together (see the Cold shoulder outfit)

 

Florals to look out for:

  • Look for unexpected florals, such as the Crush Top (shown below) in vibrant red with delicate, Victorian-inspired roses in pinks, blues, purples, yellows, and oranges
  • Look for a top and a bottom in the same floral so you can wear them together for a dress or jumpsuit/romper look or separately with other pieces (following these tips) for versatility, as you can see in the Flirt outfit

 

Styling the flowers:

Matinee Outfit

Matinee Outfit

  • For an edgier look, wear the florals with destructed denim (check out the Matinee outfit or the Parlor outfits for examples)
  • Update the vintage florals with modern cuts and styles, such as these wide-leg crop pants from Ann Taylor (Marina) (check out the Off-the-Shoulder outfit for an example)
  • Combined striking floral top or bottom with a neutral bottom or top to focus on the floral (check out the Crush outfit or the Kimono Outfit for examples)
    • Feel free to match the color of the florals with your shoes or accessories, but consider keeping everything else subtle or natural though to not overwhelm (as shown in both the Crush top outfit and the Parlor Outfit)
  • Or pop some florals beneath a striped trench or long jacket for a touch of pretty, such as in the Flirt outfit
  • Mix the florals with practical and even more masculine pieces, such as utility or cargo pants,  safari style, and military style for a strong yet pretty look, which is shown in the Off-the-shoulder outfit
  • Dress down a flirty cold-shoulder top with skirted-leggings or other comfy, casual bottoms, as shown in the Kimono outfit
  • Go easy and comfortable, with soft knits in neutrals, leggings, and a drapery floral topper, such as a kimono, such as in the Kimono outfit

 

Winterize or fallize your florals:

  • Look for florals in colors of that season, such as the rich colors in the Off-the-shoulder outfit
  • Wear florals that may seem spring or summer with winter or fall layers and colors, like a long burgundy sweater, brown leather jacket, or dark olive pants (the latter shown in the Off-the-shoulder outfit)

Mix with other trends!

Parlor Outfit

Parlor Outfit

  • You can add a military/explorer feel by wearing your florals with the on-trend new neutral, olive. I love the toughness of the military vibe olive can provide mixed with the feminine feel of the florals, such as in the Off-the-shoulder outfit.
  • Go cold shoulder or off-the-shoulder with your florals to combine two trends in one blouse! Florals seem to work particularly well with the peek-a-boo trends. They add some sweetness to the sexy of the bare shoulders, such as the Dress outfit, Cold shoulder outfit, and Off-the-shoulder outfit
  • Or wear your florals with a split back, such as the Parlor Top, to add a chic and fun element that adds some interesting when you turn around—look great coming and going!
  • Rock the trends on your toes too—those funky, fun, sparkly, or otherwise interesting shoes can be trendy too. Consider a funky heeled sandal in the bootie style, lace-up heels, or jeweled sandals, as shown in all outfits.
  • Mix the soft, feminine florals with the edgy, tough destructed denim for a play on contrasts—see the Matinee outfit.
  • Wear your florals on a kimono—the very on-trend topper (see the Kimono outfit).

Some florals I am currently loving:

Matinee Outfit

Matinee Outfit

Matinee Top: This color and print of this top reminds me of something my grandmother would wear, in a very good way. She was an artist and the watercolor floral print is something she would have loved and the colors would have looked great on her.  The print feels a bit 70s or maybe 80s to me. The button-up style works well for work, but the flowy swing shape works well casually too. The three-quarter sleeves are perfect for summer and add to the uniqueness of the top. While a lovely chiffon, this fabric is sturdy enough to handle hanging with my nearly-four year old.

Full outfit: Matinee top and cami from cabi along with older Chelsea Charm earrings. Distressed rollup slim crop from JustFab. Franco Sarto Honolulu Perforated Ghilly Heel from Stitch Fix.

 
Crush Outfit

Crush Outfit

Crush Top: Another cabi piece, this is such a fun top that mixes bright red with delicate feminine roses in colors such as pink and purple. I’d expect these flowers to have a different color background, but the red makes to modern and not sticky sweet. The ruffle is a chic addition. This top works week casually, under a blazer or cardigan for work, or dressed up or down for a date. It’s a versatile, enjoyable top.

Full outfit: Crush top and the Hutton pants in sand dune from cabi clothing. Pink gold bow earrings from Kate Spade (similar). Ivy cuff, older, from Stella & Dot. Cole Hann Adair Bow Cap Toe Wedge from Stitch Fix.

 
Off-the-shoulder Outfit

Off-the-shoulder Outfit

Off-the-shoulder Top: This JustFab top is already sold out, but they have a few others that have a similar feel. I love the striking tropical-colored florals in the dark navy background. It really pops the florals without being too bold. The print works well in the off-the-shoulder style—it might be too much if it had the extra fabric covering the shoulder and upper chest! This top also have a lovely tie in back for added interest (and more of that looking good coming and going trend!).

Full outfit: JustFab Tropical off-the-shoulder top (no longer available, but check out the Smocked Top and the Island Top). The wide leg Marina pant from Ann Taylor in dark olive. Seahorse cuff, Anchor earrings, and Anchor necklace from cabi clothing. Franco Sarto Honolulu Perforated Ghilly Heel from Stitch Fix.

 
Parlor Outfit

Parlor Outfit

Parlor Top: This exotic and lovely top always gets compliments when I wear it. The print reminds me a bit of a postcard from the tropics in the 1950s or 1960—vintage and striking. I adore the colors: pinks, cream, warm brown, green, turquoise, and blue. It’s a soft flowing chiffon, with merrowed edges, a slit back, and cap sleeves. I love it with destructed jeans for a mix of soft and edgy. It’s also a great layering piece or summer top.

Full outfit: Parlor top, Seahorse cuff, and Sea knot necklace from cabi clothing. Distressed rollup slim crop and Kateryna pump from JustFab.

 
Flirt Outfit

Flirt Outfit

Flirt Cami: This was one of my first purchases from the cabi Sprint 2017 collection and is a favorite. The floral print on the navy background reminds me of a calico in vintage quilt, but more striking. The navy also make it highly versatile and easy to mix with other pieces and layer. It is comfortable with jersey lining and an easy, fit with some forgiveness, but is still flattering. It’s got a little keyhole or peek-a-boo element in the front that is still fairly demure. I’ve worn it as a top alone, or under a jacket or cardigan for work. You can also make it into a dress with the Flirt Skirt.

Flirt Skirt: Made of the same chiffon floral print of the Flirt Cami, this skirt is equal versatile. It’s a mini skirt, but not too short. The wide elastic smocking is both flattering and forgiving. It make a nice dress with Flirt Cami, a lovely skirt to dress up or down, or even can be worn as a sleeveless top!

Full outfit: Flirt cami, Flirt skirt, Maritime Trench, and Sea knot necklace from cabi clothing. Franco Sarto Honolulu Perforated Ghilly Heel from  Stitch Fix.

 
Dress outfit

Dress outfit

Off-the-shoulder Dress: The smocking on the top of the dress reminds me of this 1970s sundresses and dresses. Together with the floral print, this dress is reminiscent of a smocked calico dress I had in my dress-up box as a kid. This modern take on the 70s classic has the trendy of-the shoulder style, a bolder print, and a side slit. The midi length is playful, on-trend, and easy to wear. I tend to dress this dress down, but it is also fun as a date night style. Here I show it with some boho for a festival vibe.

Full outfit: Off-the-shoulder floral dress and Metal Mama Necklace from JustFab (the dress is not currently available, check out the Cold Shoulder Floral Dress instead), Riviera necklace  and Seahorse cuff from cabi, Sole Society Straw Panama Hat from the Zoe Report Summer 2017 Box of Style (save $10 off your first box by using my referral), and the sparkly Florecita gold sandals from fibi & clo (via Kathy Roush, our style challenge sponsor this month—so you can win a pair of fibi & clow footwear!).

 
Cold Shoulder Outfit

Cold Shoulder Outfit

Cold Shoulder Cami: Another navy background floral—these are so versatile. Navy is a color for every season, but with a fondness for summer as a softer dark summer natural. The bigger, bolder florals are striking, yet feminine. This is lined with a comfy knit and the easy fit makes it comfortable. I love dressing it down, as shown, with the m’leggings or destructed jeans.

Full outfit: Cold Shoulder cami, M’leggings, and Sea knot necklace from cabi clothing. Plaid tassel flats from J. Crew.

 

 

 

 

 

Gwenifer Kimono: This pretty, flowy Paradigma kimono has a lovely pink, blue, purple, teal, and green vintage floral print that is heavy on lilies.  The white back ground makes it easy to style. It’s become a go-to for me this summer. I love it with these m’leggings or the distressed rollup slim crop. The easy flow is fun and feminine. It can be worn as a cover-up too. I tend to just throw it on whenever I need layer.

Full outfit: Gwenifer Kimono by Paradigma from Stitch Fix. M’leggings, Iris TankSt. Tropez Earrings, and St. Tropez necklace from cabi. Older L.L. Bean flats.

 

 

 

 

Interested in any of the cabi, JustFab, or Stitch Fix?

JustFab: Use my referral code so you and I can save some money. Becoming a member is great, but I can give you some tips and tricks to make it work best for you. Feel free to contact me about this or with any questions.

Stitch Fix: Use my referral code here too—this will give me a credit and should give you a deal.

Cabi: Unfortunately, I am posting this after the cabi Sprinf 2017 season has technically closed, so you may not be able to purchase any of the cabi via the traditional means. However, if you must have any of the cabi, here are some ways you may be able to get it:

  • First, always try your stylist. She may have a sample available, know of another stylist with a sample available, or have other ways to get it. If you do not have one you may reach out to my stylist Joni Allen (via email or phone: 770 502-5243 [call or text]), Leigh Cheatwood-Harris (a friend’s stylist whom I have worked with also and can recommend: email and her site), or find a cabi stylist near you.
  • Second, check out resale, such as the Facebook groups or apps that allow people to sell their cabi or ebay.
  • Third, wait until January, when the outlets will get the Spring 2017 line and to go or call an outlet to see if they have this. Many outlets will allow you to order over the phone and then ship it to you.

Sparkling July Style! My Personal July Style Challenge

Running a bit late this month, but better late than never. Let’s work on our personal style in July too! For those of you who are unfamiliar, I host a monthly personal style challenge. Instead of giving you daily or weekly prompts, you choose your personal style challenge for the month. What do you need to improve? Maybe you go to casual with your summer wardrobe and want to spruce it up a bit. Maybe you are a female journalist who can no longer wear shoulder-baring styles in the hot DC summer for the speaker’s lobby and you need to find some new looks. Maybe you only wear black? Maybe you never wear a skirt? Perhaps you want to try the cold shoulder trend? Whatever your issue or challenge, you choose it and Work It for the rest of the month. Post here, in the comments each day you work it or to Instagram with the tag #WorkingMyPersonalStylechallenge.

Image is Fireworks by Tom Childers on Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

Image is Fireworks by Tom Childers on Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

Each post enters you to win one of our fabulous July prizes!

Our grand prize is a fabulous and sparkly fibi & clo of New York footwear!

You could win this! The Cabana Jelly in beige with gold trim. Photo by Kathy Roush

You could win this! The Cabana Jelly in beige with gold trim. Photo by Kathy Roush

The white Kitten Ear, which you could win! Photo by Kathy Roush

The white Kitten Ear, which you could win! Photo by Kathy Roush

You can choose either of the pool shoes ($35.00) or 50% off the footwear of your choice if you win! Kathy Roush is sponsoring this prize. Do check out her fibi & clo boutique site, Instagram account, or Facebook page! There are two styles in the Pool Collection line you may choose between if you win. My favorite is the chic and fun Kitten Ear sandals, which come in white, black, or navy. There is also the Jackie Kennedy-inspired Cabana Jelly, which comes in black with gold trim or beige with gold trim. Both styles of pool shoes come with a waterproof bag that you can use to keep your phone and other valuables safe at the pool or beach! I only recently was introduced to fibi & clo by Kathy. They have those lovely and often very sparkly quality sandals. I own the very versatile Florecita Gold, which have become one of my go-to sandals this summer. For an upcoming beach trip, I just bought a pair of the two pool shoe types and I can’t wait to see them and wear them (expect to see more soon!)

 
Slim and more! Win a sample!

Slim and more! Win a sample!

Slim, a.k.a the pink drink, is designed to improve gut health and help you lose weight. It does so by balancing blood sugar and by promoting the growth of good gut microflora*. I’ve found my mood is improved (no hangry here) and more balanced, I have less food cravings and less appetite, and I have so much more energy. I don’t even need coffee anymore! I’ll talk more about the Pink Drink below, should you be interested, with even some links to research. The Seven Day Slim Trail Packs cost $24.95 and the Three Day trial packs range from $11.95 to $12.95 (plus shipping for either prize). If you are not increased in weight loss and good gut health, I am happy to turn this into a $25 gift certificate to any of the other Plexus product, which range from a Breast check kit, pain relief, vitamins, probiotics, and more. All these products are backed by science and are made from quality ingredients.

 

So, choose your personal challenge(s), work them throughout the month, post here or on Instagram with the #WorkingMyPersonalStylechallenge, and be entered to win fibi & clo of New York footwear or Plexus Slim!

 

My challenges:

For June I have two Personal Style Challenges:

  • Casual dresses and skirts:  I’m taking my June challenge and running with it again for July. I wear skirts a lot to work and dresses not much. I’d like to work on wearing both more and doing so casually—not just for the office.
  • Giving the clothes some love: I (shockingly, right?) have a large wardrobe and some things get forgotten. My challenge this month is to find those things and wear them—new or old.

Follow me on Instagram to see how I do!

My plan:

I plan to reach for skirts when possible and look through the clothes I am not reaching for and either wear them or get rid of them.

 

Our Partner:

The stylish Kathy Roush, a.k.a Shoe Girl of Kansas, is an independent agent for fibi & clo. We met through cabi and she loves eSBe, so if you love either, you can bet fibi & clo are right in your style! Check out her fibi & Clo boutique. She styles the fibi & clo on her Facebook page and Instagram (@shoegirlofkansas), so join/follow either to see the amazing sandals, get pointers and ideas for wearing them, and enjoy the flowers and Kansas life of Kathy. If the in text links do not work for you, here are her URLs:

 

More about Plexus Slim:

I was introduced to what we call the “pink drink” by my cousin, Diana, and after trying it out, I was sold. So sold, in fact, that shortly afterwards I became a Plexus Ambassador. Diana, calls Slim “Balance,” which I agree is a much better name for it, because it does more than help people lose weight.  I am a better mother, worker, wife, friend, family member, and person because of this drink, and I am more balanced. My experience has been great, but don’t just take my word for it. Plexus Slim has clinically demonstrated it can help you lose weight (find out about the science behind it and the research!). Plus, the new prebiotic (xylooligosaccharide) has been scientifically shown to drastically increase good gut microbes, leading to better health for you. The prebiotics (not probiotics--prebiotics) are a new trend in health research with some great research behind them. For example, one article I found says “Prebiotics exert a plethora of health-promoting effects…. Prebiotics are being implicated in starter culture formulation, gut health maintenance, colitis prevention, cancer inhibition, immunopotentiaton, cholesterol removal, reduction of cardiovascular disease, prevention of obesity and constipation...” and another says ‘prebiotics… can also have an impact, improving sleep and buffering the physiological impacts of stress.” Buffering stress impacts? Better sleep? Cancer inhibition? Cholesterol removal? Reduced cardiovasualr disease? And more? These little buggers work miracles! Do note: None of these statements have been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. It’s my experience, the Plexus literature, and some research I did (and linked to).

 

 

* None of these statements have been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration

The chic and fun Kitten Ear sandals, which come in white, black, or navy. Which color would you choose?

Diving into a Stylish Summer! My Personal June Style Challenge

As I recently posted, I’ve been having some issues and did not keep up with this blog or my Instagram account.

But I am diving back in with the June Style Challenge!

For those of you who are unfamiliar, I host a monthly personal style challenge. Instead of giving you daily or weekly prompts, you choose your personal style challenge for the month. Maybe you want to wear more skirts or learn to mix prints? Maybe you dare yourself to bare your arms, like Kelly Gartner, our June style challenge partner, did last month. Maybe you wear too much black? Perhaps you want to try the cold shoulder trend? Whatever your issue or challenge, you choose it and Work It for the whole month. Post here, in the comments each day you work it or to Instagram with the tag #WorkingMyPersonalStylechallenge.

Each post enters you to win one of our fabulous June prizes:

  • Our grand prize is a $50 Stella & Dot gift certificate from stylist Kelly Gartner! I love Stella & Dot. They have some fabulous summer pieces and some on-trend collections like Summer Silver and Neutral Chic. We’ll post more about Stella & Dot here and on Instagram, so keep an eye out!
  • Our pink prize is a Seven Day Trail Pack of the New Plexus Slim (the link shows the older Slim). The pink drink is designed to help you lose weight and does so by balancing blood sugar and now (in the new version, which you could win) by promoting the growth of good gut microflora*. The ingredients are all natural--no artificial dyes or flavors.  I’ve found my mood is improved (no hanger here) and more balanced, I have less food cravings and less appetite, and I have so much more energy. I don’t even need coffee anymore! I’ll talk more about the Pink Drink below, should you be interested, with even some links to research. The older Slim Trail Packs cost $24.95. I’m not sure what the pricing will be on the new Slim, so I cannot give you an exact value, but it is likely more than $24.95. This is a brand new formula that I don’t even think you can buy yet. Luckily, the Ambassadors got a special early purchase opportunity, which I jumped on and am sharing with you!

So, choose your personal challenge(s), work them throughout the month, post here or on Instagram with the #WorkingMyPersonalStylechallenge, and be entered to win Stella & Dot or Plexus Slim!

 

My challenges:

Target scarf, Hamilton Tee shirt (from NYC show), cabi reversible skirt (older), Nedala sandal from JustFab.

Target scarf, Hamilton Tee shirt (from NYC show), cabi reversible skirt (older), Nedala sandal from JustFab.

For June I have two Personal Style Challenges:

  • Casual dresses and skirts: I wear skirts a lot to work and dresses not much. I’d like to work on wearing both more and doing so casually—not just for the office.
  • Shorts with longer sleeves: I wear sleeveless shirt or tee shirts with shorts. But I don’t tend to wear longer sleeved shirts with shorts. I do not know why not. I wear longer pants with tee shirts. So, I should do the reverse. And will work this for June!

Follow me on Instagram to see how I do!

 

 

 

Our Partner:

Kelly Gartner is a stylist with her own fabulous style blog Kelly Gartner Style. She is also a personal stylist with Stella & Dot. We are both cabi addicts and met through our love of cabi! She does amazing closet organization and personal styling too. Kelly is full of style! Check her out on Instagram to learn more about style, get tips on closest reorganizations, and see some amazing Stella & Dot jewelry!

 

More about Plexus Slim:

Plexus Slim and other Plexus products.

Plexus Slim and other Plexus products.

I was introduced to the “pink drink” by my cousin, Diana, and after trying it out, I was sold. So sold, in fact, that shortly afterwards I became a Plexus Ambassador. Diana likes to call Slim “Balance,” which I agree is a much better name for it, because it does more than help people lose weight. It adds balance by balancing my blood sugar and helping me balance my life. I am a better mother, worker, wife, friend, family member, and person because of this drink, and I am more balanced. My experience has been great, but don’t just take my word for it. Plexus Slim has clinically demonstrated it can help you lose weight (I’ll see I can find and add a link to this study). Plus, the new prebiotic (xylooligosaccharide) has been scientifically shown to drastically increase good gut microbes, leading to better health for you. The prebiotics (not probiotics--prebiotics) are a new trend in health research with some great research behind them. For example, one article I found says “Prebiotics exert a plethora of health-promoting effects…. Prebiotics are being implicated in starter culture formulation, gut health maintenance, colitis prevention, cancer inhibition, immunopotentiaton, cholesterol removal, reduction of cardiovascular disease, prevention of obesity and constipation...” and another says ‘prebiotics… can also have an impact, improving sleep and buffering the physiological impacts of stress.” Buffering stress impacts? Better sleep? Cancer inhibition? Cholesterol removal? Reduced cardiovasualr disease? And more? These little buggers work miracles! Do note: None of these statements have been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. It’s my experience, the Plexus literature, and some research I did (and linked to).

 

More casual? Maybe not yet... Renee C Addae Knit Dress and Cole Haan Adair Bow Cap Toe Wedge shoes, both fromStitch Fix (use my referral link for$25 of your first Fix)

More casual? Maybe not yet... Renee C Addae Knit Dress and Cole Haan Adair Bow Cap Toe Wedge shoes, both fromStitch Fix (use my referral link for$25 of your first Fix)

 

* None of these statements have been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration

New Instagram and new me?

Did you miss me? Sorry for the silence of late, both here and Instagram. I’ve had a rough few months. As much as I love this blog, and the associated Instagram, I was unable to do much with it. However, I am back and ready to try new things and focus this June on style, the blog, and all of you, once again.

Looking ahead

Looking ahead

As my long time readers may realize, I’ve been trying to find a new focus for this blog. I love the POW posts, but they take a lot of effort, and the associated days make posting them in a timely manner more difficult. So, I’ve been using this break from the blog to think about what I want to do about this. I’ve got some ideas, and I’m going to make June a month for experimentation. So, hold on to your sun bonnets and let’s see where this takes us!

Please give me feedback on what you like and don’t like. Also, let me know if there are types of things you would like to see that I don’t do. I’ve even been throwing around the idea of a podcast. Would you listen?

As part of this new effort, I’m changing my Instagram to @Working_It_Style. Please follow me there, if you have not already. The @DrJennB will become my personal Instagram. Feel free to follow if you want more insight into the rest of my life.

 

Pencil Skirt POW: Peek-a-Boo Turquoise Thursday

Outfit Mission Statement: Add interest to a monotone look by with a trendy peek-a-boo garment, like a cold-shoulder top or a split back sweater

TTT Thursday outfits are Trendy, Transitional, and/or Terrific—in other words my choice. It can be whatever other outfit ideas the garment gave me. It may be something very trendy, transitional, terrific, or something else. The POW (Piece of the Week) is the pencil skirt in general, and the cabi Fall 2016 Sigourney skirt in particular. I’m going with trendy on this one. Two trends, in fact. First, the peek-a-boo trend, where a bit of skin in different places is showing; exemplified by the cold-shoulder tops, the split backs, the cutouts, the crochet back trend, and so on. One great thing about this trend is in many cases peek-a-booing is happening in universally flattering places. Shoulders look great on women of all ages and sizes. So does the the upper back and lower arms. We can all rock this skin!

The second trend is the monotone trend. We saw a lot of the white out trend last year (even posts here and here) and the blackout trend. Now, we are seeing it in a variety of colors. So, why not turquoise? They key to the monotone look is to mix similar colors that are enough different to not look like you are trying to wear the same shade. So, go with a lighter and darker piece. You can also play with patterns and throw on a neutral or two.

 

Tips:

  • When doing the monotone trend:
    • Consider a neutral layer between the colors to provide separation and not look like you are trying too hard
    • Look for colors that are in the same family, but have obvious differences like shade, print, patterns, texture, and fabric
  • Not sure about showing off the skin? Find ways to cover up while rocking the trends, such as a cami under a split back
  • Think about what parts of your body you want to show off and look for pieces that reveal this area
  • Remember, everyone has sexy shoulders
  • Go with single metal jewelry in simpler designs to not detract from the monotone clothes
  • Not sure about the peek-a-boo trend? Try it with a chic classic, like the pencil skirt to soften the trendy edges and add sophistication

 

Outfit Breakdown:

 

 

Related Posts:

  1. Go-To POW: The Versatile Blackout Thursday:  For a trendy yet classic versatile look, choose black pieces with a twist
  2. Destructed White POW: Shady Lace & Rips Saturday: For fun, cool, sophisticated take on the white-out trend, opt for mixing off whites
  3. Plume POW: Whites Out Saturday: Try out the whites trend by mixing various whites in one or more garments, your, shoes, and your accessories

 

 

Pencil Skirt POW: Classic with a Twist Manic Monday

Outfit Mission Statement: Add a cardigan with a twist and fun shoes to your classic pencil skirt for an on-trend and chic manic Monday look!

Manic Monday outfits are easy career clothes to throw on for manic Mondays. This Monday we look at ways to take classic pieces with on-trend aspects for an easy, stylish office look. The POW (Piece of the Week) is the pencil skirt in general, and the cabi Fall 2016 Sigourney skirt in particular. Since pencil skirts start as chic, professional pieces, they are work-ready. Cardigans are a perfect match, also being classic and work–ready also. They make a really easy outfit to thrown on Mondays when you are not ready to start the week, but want to look like you are. This is such a classic combination that you can play with it and still have a professional work look. Here are a few variations on this with different cardigans and fun prints.

Tips:

  • When going with a classic outfit of a pencil skirt and cardigan, took for ways to shake it up with fun prints and modern twists
  • Mix a bold print pencil skirt with the new neutral navy cardigan for a fun, yet professional look
  • Look for cardigans with modern touches, like longer lengths and chiffon layers
  • Add distinctive shoes for a fun finishing touch
  • Add some feminine flair with ruffles, which complement the straight lines of the pencil skirt
  • A pencil skirt is a great layer under a longer cardigan, as it has the slim lines you get with skinny jeans or leggings

 

Outfit Breakdowns:

Sigourney Skirt Outfit:

  • Skirt: Sigourney Skirt from cabi Fall 2016, which is no longer readily available. See my introductory POW post for ways to get this skirt, turquoise alternatives, or other pencil skirts
  • Blouse: Medallion Reign Blouse from cabi Fall 2016, which is no longer readily available (check out the introductory POW post for ways to get this)
  • Sweater: Sweetheart Sweater, also from cabi Fall 2016, and is no longer readily available (check out the introductory POW post for ways to get this)
  • Shoes: Blue Floral Issy Pump by Ruby Shoo via Zulily (contact me to get an invitation to join!)
  • Earrings: Dolce Charm Earrings from cabi Spring 2016, which is no longer readily available (check out the introductory POW post for ways to get this (they are available via the same ways as the skirt, except they should already be in outlets—go to my introductory POW post for more)

Navy and Yellow Outfit:

 

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  2. Ponte and Knotted Manic Monday: For a comfortable, professional Monday outfit, dress up your denim shirt with a navy ponte pencil skirt.
  3. Manic Flannel Monday: Outfit Mission Statement: For a cozy yet professional look, take one casual flannel and add lots of professional pieces.

Ten Great Transitional Spring Pieces to wear now!

Spring—the season of change and transition. It’s also the season where you can get frost and even snow one day and warm temperature the next. And when it feels like spring or even summer in some parts of the country and winter in others. My mom recently got snow, while it was almost 80 here in Georgia. It’s that time of the year when we transition from our winter wardrobe to spring. We all want to be wearing the spring colors, cuts, and prints, even if the weather won’t let us. It’s a hard time to figure out what to wear. Luckily, the Spring cabi clothing collection has the perfect pieces to take ups from snow to flowers! Here are ten pieces you can rock now, even if there is snow on the ground, and later when it gets warm(er)!

Some of these are perfect for play too. My son is showing off his own styling flair! My outfit: M’Leggings, Classic Cardigan, Parlor Top, Sea Knot Necklace, and the Seahorse Cuff from cabi Spring 2017, with Pointed Mary Jane Velvet Flats from Canvas by Lands' End.

Some of these are perfect for play too. My son is showing off his own styling flair! My outfit: M’Leggings, Classic Cardigan, Parlor Top, Sea Knot Necklace, and the Seahorse Cuff from cabi Spring 2017, with Pointed Mary Jane Velvet Flats from Canvas by Lands' End.

Pocket Cardigan, Flirt Cami, and Zip Skinny from cabi Spring 2017 with the Tarynn bootie from JustFab and the Eve Gray Agate Stretch Bracelet by eSBe.  

Pocket CardiganFlirt Cami, and Zip Skinny from cabi Spring 2017 with the Tarynn bootie from JustFab and the Eve Gray Agate Stretch Bracelet by eSBe.

 

Pocket Cardigan, Flirt Cami, and Zip Skinny from cabi Spring 2017 with the Tarynn bootie from JustFab and the Eve Gray Agate Stretch Bracelet by eSBe.

Pocket CardiganFlirt Cami, and Zip Skinny from cabi Spring 2017 with the Tarynn bootie from JustFab and the Eve Gray Agate Stretch Bracelet by eSBe.

Flirt Cami: I was not sure when I first saw it. But then I fell in love when I tried it on. This has become my go-to for a touch of spring. I love how it features the vintage floral trend but with a modern feel. It has an easy fit and is lined with jersey for comfort. It is a bit longer, so it can cover a bit more. I love it with… well… anything. I am showing with two other favorites, the Pocket Cardigan and Zip Skinny jeans. Another favorite outfit is the Flirt with the Zip Skinny and the amazing Gossamer Pullover. The semi-sheer of the pullover shows off some of the print of the cami. Plus, the longer cami length provides a cute layer under the pullover. Want a dress? Go with the Flirt Skirt, which is made from the same fabric. For work, consider the Grand Slam Blazer. Or for a casual look, wear it with the Easy Topper or Classic Cardigan and M’Leggings. The Flirt Cami would also be cute with the on-trend bomber jacket (like the blush JustFab Classic Bomber Jacket), the in flair crop (such as the High Waisted Frayed Crop Flare also by JustFab), and would be lovely with one of the trendy chokers (consider the Plain and Simple duo by JustFab)

Zip Skinny jeans: These jeans are AMAZING. They are so sexy on, without being obvious. They do wonderful things to your booty and the fading is flattering to your legs. The grey is a wonderful year-round color. The weight is perfect for now. Of course I love them with the Flirt Cami and Pocket Cardigan, or, as mentioned above, with the Gossamer Pullover. As jeans, they go with anything! Consider the Terrace Cami for a monochrome look, or the Cold Shoulder Cami for a hot date night look. For a sexy boho chic, thrown on a peasant top, like the JustFab Peasant Top, as I did.  Roll them to show off some of the cute on-trend booties or sandals, like the floral embroidered Loreida Bootie or the Payton lace up sandal (both from JustFab).

Pocket Cardigan: The easy sage and tan cardigan has unique flare with a single pocket, draped front, and low-high styling. It works as a perfect neural to throw on when chilly. Of course, I love it as shown with the Zip Skinny jeans and Flirt Cami. For an office look, consider the Matinee Top. Wear it with the Laid Back Tee for soft take on a monochromic look. I love it with the M’Leggings and the Flirt Cami again. For a pretty, feminine look, consider the JustFab lace Cold Shoulder Top or either the cabi Lace Cami or the Prudence Top.

 
Outfit: M’Leggings, Classic Cardigan, Parlor Top, Sea Knot Necklace, and the Seahorse Cuff from cabi Spring 2017, with Pointed Mary Jane Velvet Flats from Canvas by Lands' End.

Outfit: M’Leggings, Classic Cardigan, Parlor Top, Sea Knot Necklace, and the Seahorse Cuff from cabi Spring 2017, with Pointed Mary Jane Velvet Flats from Canvas by Lands' End.

M’Leggings: These skirted leggings are always a favorite of time, and this season they are navy! I love the skirt, because it means I don’t have to worry about a longer tunic to cover my booty and front when wearing comfortable leggings. It’s also a sexier look that still allows one to play on the floor with their kid and not flash anyone! I adore them! Of course, they are great as shown with the Classic Cardigan and Parlor Top. Or the cardigan and the Flirt Cami. For an athleisure look, try the Cross-strap Tank. For a patriotic look, consider the Carousel Tank. For a boho look, consider a peasant top, such as JustFab’s Crochet Peasant Blouse. These are so versatile, comfortable, and practical.

My outfit: M’Leggings, Classic Cardigan, Parlor Top, Sea Knot Necklace, and the Seahorse Cuff from cabi Spring 2017, with Pointed Mary Jane Velvet Flats from Canvas by Lands' End.

My outfit: M’Leggings, Classic Cardigan, Parlor Top, Sea Knot Necklace, and the Seahorse Cuff from cabi Spring 2017, with Pointed Mary Jane Velvet Flats from Canvas by Lands' End.

Classic Cardigan: This lovely light-weight knit cardigan is perfect for days that start out cold and get warmer. I love that is its navy—giving you a spring color even on colder days. It’s longer, so you can wear it with leggings, but the fit is still flattering. This has become a go-to piece for me. I love it as shown, with the Parlor Top and M’Leggings. Or switching out the Parlor Top for the Flirt Cami. It’s great with the Dame Skirt, Flirt Skirt, or a trouser (like the Skipper) for work. It’s lovely over the Veranda Top. As a new neutral, this cardigan can go with anything and it dresses down or up easy!

Parlor Top: This is a gorgeous top with a small split back. It has fading vintage floral print, with butterflies adding a pretty pops of color.  It is a layered chiffon for a flowy look. It’s feminine and flattering. Of course, I recommend it with the Classic Cardigan and M’Leggings. It is also great with the Tidal Skinny (regular or curvy). I love it with the green Banner Sweater. For a date night look, consider the Dame Skirt. Then add the Grand Slam Blazer for a work look and a day-to-night outfit! Consider some destructed jean for a bit of an edge, like the Mojave Slim Boyfriend. This will bring some spring to you, even if you have to wear it under a heavy cardigan!

 
Grand Slam Blazer, Mojave Slim Boyfriend jean, Sea Knot Necklace, and the New Stevie Top from cabi Spring 2017 and the with Pointed Mary Jane Velvet Flats from Canvas by Lands' End.

Grand Slam Blazer, Mojave Slim Boyfriend jean, Sea Knot Necklace, and the New Stevie Top from cabi Spring 2017 and the with Pointed Mary Jane Velvet Flats from Canvas by Lands' End.

Grand Slam Blazer, Mojave Slim Boyfriend jean, Sea Knot Necklace, and the New Stevie Top from cabi Spring 2017 and the with Pointed Mary Jane Velvet Flats from Canvas by Lands' End.

Grand Slam Blazer, Mojave Slim Boyfriend jean, Sea Knot Necklace, and the New Stevie Top from cabi Spring 2017 and the with Pointed Mary Jane Velvet Flats from Canvas by Lands' End.

Grand Slam Blazer: This nod to nautical double breasted blazer has a flattering tailored fit, gold anchor buttons, and removable striped knit cuffs. It is a timeless piece that has an edge of trendy with the cuffs and shorter sleeves (sans cuffs). The classic navy color is always in, and, as a new neutral, it goes with everything. It can be easily dressed up, or as shown here, down. I love it with the Mojave Slim Boyfriend jean and the New Stevie Top (as shown). For a suiting look, consider the Top-Notch Trousers or the Dame Skirt. I keep wearing mine with the Mixed Plaid Blouse by Two by Vince from Le Tote (use my referral link for a free Tote!). Rock it with white jeans for a preppy look, such as the Slim Boyfriend jean, or wear it over a dress for a sharp layer (consider the Knot Dress or the Everyday Dress). For a mix of girl-meets-boy, wear it with the Flirt Cami and the Flirt Skirt.

New Stevie Top: This is a spring version of the great Stevie Top from the fall. It has a relaxed but flattering fit, an open neckline, and a longer length. The bright yellow is a fun spring addition, and it pairs wonderfully with all the on trend spring navy, including the Grand Slam Blazer, as shown here with the Mojave Slim Boyfriend jean. I love it with a cropped, destructed skinny, like the Distressed Rollup Slim Crop from JustFab. It is great too with the M’Leggings for a cute and casual look. It plays beautifully with white jeans, like the Slim Boyfriend jean. Thrown on the Maritime Trench or the Victory Sweater for a striking look.

 
Beachcomber Hoodie, Mojave Slim Boyfriend,  Flirt Cami, and the Sea Knot Necklace from cabi Spring 2017 and the with Pointed Mary Jane Velvet Flats from Canvas by Lands' End.

Beachcomber Hoodie, Mojave Slim BoyfriendFlirt Cami, and the Sea Knot Necklace from cabi Spring 2017 and the with Pointed Mary Jane Velvet Flats from Canvas by Lands' End.

Beachcomber Hoodie, Mojave Slim Boyfriend,  Flirt Cami, and the Sea Knot Necklace from cabi Spring 2017 and the with Pointed Mary Jane Velvet Flats from Canvas by Lands' End.

Beachcomber Hoodie, Mojave Slim BoyfriendFlirt Cami, and the Sea Knot Necklace from cabi Spring 2017 and the with Pointed Mary Jane Velvet Flats from Canvas by Lands' End.

Mojave Slim Boyfriend: These comfortable, more relaxed jeans are in the on-trend mid-tone blue with light destruction, for a stylish lighter look with an edge. They are comfortable and great rolled or not. While they do great with the Beachcomber Hoodie and Flirt Cami, these jeans will rock with nearly everything. Dress them up with the Grand Slam Blazer and the New Stevie Top (as also shown). Pair them with the Cold Shoulder Cami for a great date night look. For a fun, casual look consider the Carousel Tank. Consider the amazing Gossamer Pullover with a cami (maybe the Flirt Cami) for a casual, pretty, and edgy look. Or add a peasant top for some boho chic edge (such as JustFab’s Peasant Top).

Beachcomber Hoodie: This piece I was not thrilled with, until I tried it on! Then I fell in love. It’s a sweater knit hoodie, and now available in white or this great, bright Heather Rose. I love it as shown with the Mojave Slim Boyfriend and Flirt Cami. For a monotone red look, consider the Crush Top, for a causal patriotic vibe, go with the Carousel Tank and the M’Leggings.

Bonus:

Sea Knot Necklace: This gold and silver necklace with sea knots is a perfect for early spring. The nautical theme is on-trend and it goes just s well with a hoodie as a tank! It cane be worn as two strands, as I am here, or as one longer single-strand necklace that is half silver and half gold. The two metals make it work with anything and is quiet in right now. his really goes with anything, so wear it with any of these pieces or other other favorite spring transitional looks!

 

There are eleven great transitional pieces perfect for this time of year. There any many more in the collection, but these are my favorites. Which are yours?

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Pencil Skirt POW: Working It Black, White, and Printed Chic Wednesday

Outfit Mission Statement:  Mix your feminine, chic pencil skirt with neutral mixed prints and classy jewelry for a put-together, fun, boardroom-ready look

Working it Wednesday outfits are professional career clothes, often a step or two above Manic Monday outfits. The POW (Piece of the Week) is the pencil skirt in general, and the cabi Fall 2016 Sigourney skirt in particular. A pencil skirt is perfect for work, of course. The chic professionalism of the pencil skirt pairs perfectly with a cute jacket or blouse for work. But it also lets you get away with some more interesting choices, as it adds professionalism to anything.  So, you can mix prints, wear a more causal shirt, and other things, and still look ready to take on the boardroom. This outfit is a fun mix of two cabi seasons and a mix of prints.

Tips:

  • Play off the professionalism of the pencil skirt for unique and fun pieces
  • For a more put-together and professional print mixing, keep your prints to the same neutral colors, like black and white
  • For all-day comfort with the left of a heel, opt for wedges
  • Professional doesn’t have to be serious, feel free to mix prints in surprising ways in professional pieces
  • Add a pop of color in an otherwise black and white outfit for a pop of color and interest
  • A bun will also add some professionalism to more casual pieces, and compliments the chic, feminine pencil skirt

Outfit Breakdown:

 

Related Posts:

  1. Plume POW: Working It Classic & Modern Coco Wednesday: Create a career outfit with the same put-together professionalism as a suit with a few modern interpretations of classic pieces.
  2. Beyond POW: Working It Long, Lean, and Versatile Wednesday: For a long, lean professional look, wear dark neutral layers over a white shirt, a longer pencil skirt, and a cropped jacket.
  3. Go-To POW: Working It Classic Nautical Wednesday posted March 23, 2016: Combine the perfect black work trousers with a classic nautical jacket for chic, preppy, and professional look that implies success .

 

 

Pencil Skirt POW: Writing a Chic, Comfortable Play Day Saturday

Outfit Mission Statement: Write your own Saturday style with a pencil skirt, a bright print, and a stylish tee

I have a cute photobomber here

I have a cute photobomber here

Play Day Saturday are clothes for taking your kids to the park, running errands, talking your dog for a walk, shopping, picnicking, traveling, going to a museum or a zoo—out and about or home having fun clothes. These are the clothes you often live the best parts of your life in! The POW (Piece of the Week) is the pencil skirt in general, and the cabi Fall 2016 Sigourney skirt in particular. Once again, I’m offering too version of this outfit, a colder weather one and a warmer weather one. The key to a play day Saturday is mixing comfort and style. The right pencil skirt can be comfortable and stylish. Then just mix that with other comfortable but stylish pieces. This is a great time for a bold print and a fun accessory. I wore a similar top in both outfits, one with short sleeves one with long, to better highlight the seasonal takes. The cooler weather play day outfit far passed its comfort and style test, as I has the perfect play day and wandered around NYC in it (the pictures are taken in Morningside Park)!

Tips:    

  • To add some fun, choose a bold print and mix with neutral basics
  • If you have a busy play day, chose comfortable but enjoyable shoes—like clunky boots with a thick heel or owl flats (whooo doesn’t love owl flats?)
  • Consider adding a striking piece of jewelry, but one in a single metal to keep the focus on your bright print and keep the outfit tone more casual
  • For play days, look for casual and comfortable pencil skirts, like those made from a nice stretchy cotton knit or ponte
  • For a pulled together look, choose a main color and keep most of your pieces in this color
  • For comfort and style, choose a soft tee (long- or short-sleeved) in a stylish cut

Outfit Breakdowns:

Sigourney Skirt Outfit:

 

 

Spring Skirt Outfit:

 

*For all eSBe orders and questions, I recommend my eSBe Stylist, Suzanne Wall Joffrion—her ID is 246131.

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Win money towards this beatiful jewlery in our April Style Challenge

Win money towards this beatiful jewlery in our April Style Challenge

Getting set up on a buys staircase

Getting set up on a buys staircase

 

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  1. Margherita POW: White Out Over Navy Saturday: Be put together and carefree in your sundress by adding layers and accessories in a variety of whites
  2. Pleated Star POW: Cozy Cabled Rocky Coast Saturday: For a cozy take on a pleated skirt, add comfy pieces like a big cowl-neck sweater and suede boots
  3. Off to the Races Saturday: For an effortless, preppy, horse-race-ready outfit choose modern takes on classic pieces, some mixing of prints, and the sophisticated combination of black and navy—plus a hat!

Pencil Skirt POW: Casual, Chic, and Coxy Tuesday

Outfit Mission Statement: Mix easy basics and comfortable pieces with your chic pencil skirt for a nice twist on casual

No place like Tuesday outfits are casual, comfy clothes for working from home, working at home, parenting (at home), and anything else where comfort is key and you are home. Although they will work for errands and anything else casual. The POW (Piece of the Week) is the pencil skirt in general, and the cabi Fall 2016 Sigourney skirt in particular. Pencil skirts may give off a certain va va voom, but with a cozy cardigan sweater or plain tee you can dress them down for a fun alternative to a tee shirt (or sweater) and jeans. You can opt for a plain pencil skirt or go fancy and have fun dressing down a lace one, as shown below. Focus on mixing the pencil skirt with comfortable pieces that are forgiving and even loose to balance the pencil skirt, and make sure your feet are comfortable.

I’m showing two outfits here, a cozy winter one for those of you in more northern climes (and may have just gotten snow), and a cooler spring version for those of us getting hotter temperatures. Both follow the same concept, and both can be a fun way of dressing down a pencil skirt.

 

Tips:

  • Choose comfortable tops with a forgiving and even loose cut to balance out the smooth, body hugging pencil skirt 
  • Opt for a fun, but more casual accessory, like an animal print belt or funky necklace 
  • If you have a solid pencil skirt (like the Sigourney skirt), you can mix print for a fun, more whimsical way to dress it down 
  • If you have a fancier pencil skirt, like the blue lace one, go for basics in solid colors to dress down
  • Go for comfortable, practical shoes, such as canvas sneaker or fuzzy boots
  • You can treat the long lean shape of a pencil skirt like leggings or skinny jeans and wear longer, even bulky layers over it, like with leggings and skinny jeans, you’ll end up with a longer, lean line
  • Don’t be afraid to dress the pencil skirt down and take her to the park or running errands—you’ll look great and feel just a bit more sophisticated

 

Outfits:

Sigourney Skirt outfit:

Lace skirt outfit:

 

 

 

 

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  1. Pleated Star POW: Pretty Terrific Geek Chic Thursday Posted September 29, 2016: Mix a pretty skirt with geek pieces for and edgy, feminine geek chic look!
  2. Run Around POW: Muted, Playful Contrasts at Home Tuesday Posted April 26, 2016: Dress down your black skirt in muted tones, with pops of fun and sunshine
  3. Margherita POW: Easy, Breezy Contrasts Tuesday Posted May 10, 2016: For coverage and/or added casualness, wear a contrasting tied tee shirt over your favorite sundres

Or browse the other casual “No Place like Tuesday” outfits and tips!

Spring into Improved Style: My Personal April Style Challenge

It the time for new beginnings, growth, and cleaning out the old. This makes it the perfect time to improve your style! Maybe you want to start wearing wellies for some April showers puddles. Maybe you want to try some of the new spring colors. Maybe you are sick of your winter style and need some spring.

Whatever your challenge, let’s face it this April together! Take part in my Personal Style Challenge for April. Think about what changes you need to make to spring into improved style. Think about what is holding you back and Work It! Choose to work on that one area for the month of April and watch yourself spring into your improved style!

We will even help—you could win a $30 eSBe gift certificate to spring into some new jewelry too!

My challenges:

I have two style challenges for April:

  •   Nothing says spring like skirts and dresses. I have been bad about wearing them, so I am challenging myself to wear them more often!
  •  I will continuing to post-closet clean out organization and wearing those clothes that do not get enough love! With the clean out I “marked” all the clothes as unworn (hangers backward for hanging stuff, inside out for folded) and I want to work on making sure I am wearing these pieces or getting rid of them. I want to be better about not just wearing a few go-to pieces and taking advantage of my larger and awesome wardrobe!  

My Plan

  • Wear more dresses and skirts, especially casually, as I just have not mastered this and don’t do it. ·
  • Look for pieces I am not wearing and integrate them into my outfits.

So, what about you? What do you need to work on? Join me! Select a challenge for you to work on, develop a plan, and let’s kick those style challenges to the curb! Use the tag #WorkingMyPersonalStyleChallenge to show us how you are doing on Instagram. Or, leave a note for me in the comments here. If you enter, you can win!

 

The Prize:

Want some inspiration and motivation, beyond springing into improved style?  Work your person style challenge, as discussed above, and you could win a $30 eSBe gift certificate!  I am working with the fabulous eSBe stylist, Suzanne Joffrion to bring you this opportunity. To enter, use the tag #WorkingMyPersonalStyleChallenge on Instagram to show us how you are doing. Make sure you follow us both (@DrJennB and @suzannejoffrion). Or, leave a note for me in the comments here. Each post on Instagram and each comments here about Working your Challenge will be entered to win. I love my eSBe jewelry. The pieces are handmade. They have various cultural influences that blend with both tradition and a very stylish aesthetic. The pieces have real gemstones and a great mix of metals. I’m displaying one of my favorite pieces here, the Paragon Straps Cuff (which is only $39—so you could win this for $9 with the gift certificate!). Work your style challenge and win some of this collection! This is a great way to work your style challenge and spring into improved style.

To order from Suzanne or to check out eSBe, go to her site and use the Stylist ID 246131.

Suzanne is also having a special drawing! If you download and place an order through her Stylist ID 246131 on the new eSBe app, you could win a $50 gift certificate for all roder over $50 between April 1st and 5th!

Pencil Skirt POW: Vintage Flair and Chic Classy Sunday Best

Outfit Mission Statement: Play off the classic pencil skirt with vintage-inspired pieces for a chic, sophisticated, and fun special occasion outfit

 Sunday Best POW outfits are special occasion clothes for dinning, theater, opera, holiday parties, church, and other such occasions that need something special. The POW (Piece of the Week) is the pencil skirt in general, and the cabi Fall 2016 Sigourney skirt in particular. The pencil skirt easily dresses up for a special occasion. Since the pencil skirt comes with chic sophistication and elegance, it is easy to combine with other pieces for a special look. Look for other pieces with chic sophistication and elegance to mix with the pencil skirt for maximum impact in any a special occasion.  For this outfit, I played off the classic vibe of the pencil skirt with vintage-inspired bold pieces, for a fun, yet classy look.

Tips:

  • To play up the classic style of the skirt, consider other pieces with classic inspirations, like Channel-inspired cardigan
  • Feel free to mix vintage pieces (or vintage-inspired pieces) from different times, just choose a common theme like color or print to tie them together
  • Dress up solid colors with bold accessories and prints to add a pop of interest
  • Choose accessories, like your scarf, shoes, and clutch, that pull out one of your main outfit colors, like the turquoise of the skirt—even if the pieces don’t “match” you will have a sophisticated look
  • Add a small “arm party” of a few pretty bracelets that play off the colors of your outfit for a special pop
  • No room for a pearl necklace with your scarf? Add the classic touch of pearls in a pretty bracelet instead
  • A classic French twist always adds a chic elegance and sophistication

Outfit Breakdown:

*For all eSBe orders and questions, I recommend my eSBe Stylist, Suzanne Wall Joffrion—her ID is 246131. She will be featuring a $50 gift certificate drawing for all orders $50 or more using the new eSBe app made between April 1–5! What a great time to try out eSBe or add to your collection!

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  1. Beyond POW: Chic Classy and Faux Fur Sunday Best Posted October 15, 2016: Combine rich colors and textures with an elegant draped top for an elegant and sophisticated special occasion look that will make you feel like a million dollars
  2. Michelle POW: Backwards Lace and Some Flutter Sunday Best Posted March 13, 2016: Don’t throw a cardigan on, choose a special cardigan and plan your special occasion outfit around it!
  3. Plaid POW: Sparkling & Flannel Sunday Best Posted February 28, 2016: Turn flannel elegant by adding a dressy skirt and accessories

 

Or peruse the other Sunday Best special occasion outfits.

Pencil Skirt POW: Trendy, Elegant, and all Choked up Date Night

Outfit Mission Statement: Look good coming and going in a classic, feminine pencil skirt and a trendy, elegant lace back blouse

Friday Night Drinks POW outfits are for going out on a date, getting drinks, seeing a band play, going to dinner and a movie—something where you want to look good and may wear some sexier clothes and statement pieces. The POW (Piece of the Week) is the pencil skirt in general, and the cabi Fall 2016 Sigourney skirt in particular. The pencil skirt is a perfect date night option. It’s sexy, chic, classic, and feminine all in one. Given the power of the pencil skirt, you have a lot of options to finish the date night look, from a tee shirt to an elegant silk blouse. In fact, you can even wear flannel and look hot! Here I went with a trendy, yet elegant option—lace back blouses. I love this look because it is clean and simple in front, but has the surprise of lace and a bit of skin in back. You look good coming and going! Since it is the transitional time of year where some still have winter and some spring, I am showing a colder weather version and a warmer weather one. They both are a similar look—turquoise or green pencil skirt and a lace back blouse. I went with black, boots, and a choker for the colder weather look and white with green heels for the spring look. Of course, with the right shoes/boots either can work for any time of the year.

for cooler temps

for cooler temps

for warmer temps

for warmer temps

Tips:

  • For a trendy and sexy, yet elegant date night look pair the on-trend lace back tops with a pencil skirt
  • If you want to show some skin, but don’t want to be too revealing, the lace back top is a fabulous choice
  • If you wear a lace back top, think of other ways to draw attention to your back—such as a lovely updo and a statement hair pin
  • Consider a neutral top color when rocking a bold pencil skirt and a lace back to draw attention to the lace and the skirt
  • If you tuck your top into your pencil skirt and blouse it, you’ll draw attention to your waist and create more of an hourglass look
  • If you leave your top untucked, you'll create a longer torso  and hide tummy issues
  • Chokers add a dash of Victorian and a pinch of sex appeal—don’t be afraid of this trend, anyone can rock it:
    • If you have looser neck skin or a larger neck:
      • Go for a wider choker in a lace or something with varying edges, which will hide issues and be more forgiving
      • Wear it looser and lower, almost at collar level for the same look without the feeling of having something tight around your neck or creating bulges; this also works better if you have sagging skin
    • If you have a double chin or a little extra right there, go lower rather than higher to not add to this—I tend to go just under halfway or lower
    • Think about what you want to emphasize—lower will draw eyes to your collar bone, shoulders, and chest, whereas higher will emphasize your face more
    • Layer! Chokers work wonderfully with almost any length necklace, other chokers, or even a scarf
    • For a more cohesive and possibly monochromatic look match the color and material with something in your outfit (like black lace)
    • Not sure? Go for a thin one and wear it at your collar like a very short necklace, then work your way up and bigger as you feel comfortable
    • The more bare skin around the choker the more it will stand out and draw attention to that bare skin, so for greater sex appeal consider deeper cut neck lines, cold shoulder, and off-the-shoulder tops, and even put your hair up (if it is longer). To tone down the sex appeal, have your choker peak out of a button down or other shirt that does not show much skin.
    • A longer neck can rock any width of choker
    • A shorter neck may want to go with narrower chokers worn lower, which will add length—a thicker choker at mid neck will likely make your neck look shorter

Outfits:

Sigourney Skirt Outfit:

  • Skirt: Sigourney Skirt from cabi Fall 2016, which is no longer readily available. See my introductory POW post for ways to get this skirt, turquoise alternatives, or other pencil skirts
  • Blouse: Tempest Blouse from cabi Fall 2016, which is no longer readily available. Check out the same cabi options in my introductory POW post)
  • Boots: Unnati boots from JustFab (use my referral code to save money) 
  • Clutch: Old clutch, unsure of brand
  • Choker: Lace choker from JustFab, that is no longer available—consider the Laser Cut N Strut instead (use my referral code to save money)
  • Hair pin: Starburst hair pin from Lilla Rose, which is not available now, but there are many other options (I worked with Abby McElroy and she was very helpful)
  • Earrings: older gifts
 

White Blouse Outfit:

 

 

 

Related Posts:

  1. Plaid POW: Date Night Flannel Heat Posted February 26, 2016: Don’t rule out a flannel shirt for a sexy date outfit—just add other pieces with plenty of sex appeal
  2. Plume POW: Touch of 70s Date Night Posted April 08, 2016: Reference your favorite style decade to add fun, glamour, and sex appeal to your night out looks
  3. Love POW: Just add Sparkles, Fur, and Beads to make it Sunday Best Posted February 07, 2016: Take a pretty blouse and a neutral pencil skirt and turn it into a sophisticated special occasion outfit with fur, sparkles, beads, and mixing a single metal

Or check out the other date night POWs for more inspiration for a fabulous date (outfit).

POW 13: The Wardrobe Essential Pencil Skirt

Do you have a pencil skirt? Pencil skirts are a wardrobe essential, especially for office, dates, and special occasions, but can even work for casual and play. I wear them a lot myself, and have made them key parts of many POW outfits. 

Sigourney skirt, Zebra belt, and Bowie Tee from cabi clothing Fall 2016. Fuzzy boots from JustFab.

Sigourney skirt, Zebra belt, and Bowie Tee from cabi clothing Fall 2016. Fuzzy boots from JustFab.

It is past time I featured a pencil skirt as a POW. So, let me introduce you to our next Piece of the Week—the pencil skirt! Pencil skirts are slim, body hugging skirts that tend to end around the knee.  The pencil skirt is a classic, feminine, elegant, polished, and sexy wardrobe workhorse. It is also a rarity in that anyone can rock a pencil skirt—young, old, slim, curvy, athletic, short and tall. These flatter everyone. Part of the reason is that they show off the calf part of the leg, which is one body part that tends to look great on all women regardless of size or age (the shoulders are another). The classic also enhances curves, slims, boost confidence, and gives any outfit the chic, cool elegance of a Parisian woman. Every woman should have at least one. I have… well… a lot. So, if you are new to pencil skirts or want to wear them more, check out all my posts and outfits that include them!

 

Fit and length:

You want a pencil skirt to follow your natural curves and fit at both the waist and hips, which can be harder to find if your waist to hip ratio doesn’t match the “standards” clothes are designed for. My hips are larger than these standards (or waist smaller), and I have a hard time finding something that is smooth across my hips and not too loose across my belly. I recommend if you have fit problems, going for a stretchy fabric such as a knit or ponte, or getting something that fits the bigger body part and getting it altered to fit the smaller part.

While pencil skirts tend to be knee length, you can find or alter them to be different lengths to flatter your height:

  • Shorter: If you are shorter or want your legs to look long, go for a pencil skirt that ends above the knee. Don’t go too far above the knee, maybe one to three inches, if you go too far, you lose the lengthening look of the skirt.
  • Average height: Look for skirts that hit right at knee length. You will get the lengthening of the pencil skirt and can show off lots of leg.
  • Taller: You can rock pencil skirts that go below the knee. They tend to make people look shorter, so keep this in mind (but you can get away with that). I suggest wearing heels if you go with the longer length. You can also wear shorter styles too.

A solid pencil skirt is universally flattering. If your bottom half is a “problem” area for you and you want to hide problems, go for darker solid colors. If you want to show off your bottom half or your curves, consider bright colors and prints.

You can make a pencil skirt work for anybody type. If you want to know how to rock it for your body shape, check out this great post “How to wear the pencil skirt” on How to dress like a Parisian, which goes over how to wear a pencil skirt for any body type.

 

The skirt:

For this POW, I am featuring the cabi Fall 2016 Sigourney skirt. Unfortunately, the cabi Fall 2016 season has closed, which means this fabulous skirt is no longer available via the traditional means. If you must have this piece, here are some ways you may be able to get it:

Sigourney skirt and Tempest Blouse from cabi clothing Fall 2016. Boots and choker from JustFab. Clutch older.

Sigourney skirt and Tempest Blouse from cabi clothing Fall 2016. Boots and choker from JustFab. Clutch older.

  • First, always try your stylist. She may have a sample available, know of another stylist with a sample available, or have other ways to get it. If you do not have one you may reach out to my stylist Joni Allen (via email or phone: 770 502-5243 [call or text]), Leigh Cheatwood-Harris (a friend’s stylist whom I have worked with also and can recommend: email and her site), or find a cabi stylist near you.
  • Second, check out resale, such as ebay or the Facebook groups or apps that allow people to sell their cabi.
  • Third, wait until August, when the outlets will get the Fall 2016 line and to go or call an outlet to see if they have this. Many outlets will allow you to order over the phone and then ship it to you.

 

 

But, pencil skirts are amazingly easy to find, and you have lots of option that are available. If you want a turquoise pencil skirt, check out:

There are so many options in different colors and prints, here are a few that I found:

Sigourney skirt from cabi Fall 2016. Bistro Tee, Dot Jacket, Lock & Key Necklace, and Lock & Key Bracelet from cabi clothing Spring 2017. Shoes are from Stitch Fix.

Sigourney skirt from cabi Fall 2016. Bistro Tee, Dot Jacket, Lock & Key Necklace, and Lock & Key Bracelet from cabi clothing Spring 2017. Shoes are from Stitch Fix.

Do join us for the thirteenth POW and discover seven ways, from the playground, office, home, or even a night on the town, and more to style this laid chic, flattering, and classic wardrobe staple, the pencil skirt!

 

Give up not being the style diva you are for Lent! My Personal March Style Challenge

Do you practice Lent? I am not Catholic, but I often practice Lent as an exercise in self-awareness, recognition of my privileges, consciousness of those less fortunate, and away to improve my life and the world. I do not tend to do a subtractive Lent, but additive. I will add things to my life for 40 days. A personal style challenge and Lent work perfectly together! It’s a great opportunity to remove a bad habit—like always wearing black or add a new challenge, like wearing more skirts.

Image "Les iris nains de la garrigue by Isabelle Blanchemain https://flic.kr/p/FbpofL

Image "Les iris nains de la garrigue by Isabelle Blanchemain https://flic.kr/p/FbpofL

Would you like to join me on this adventure? Would you like to win some money towards Luci Bags? Whether you are practicing Lent or not, use March to work on some personal style challenge. Think about how you want to grow and evolve your style. Choose an area or two for the month of March or for Lent and Work It! Post here, in the comments each day you work it or to Instagram with the tag #WorkingMyPersonalStylechallenge.

My challenges:

Isn't this cardi great? I don't wear it enough. Time to give it some love! Outfit: LaJu Armanda Ribbed Cardigan fromStitch Fix. Dark Destructed Skinny jeans and an older top from cabi clothing. Aerosole boots. Moonstruck Half Moon Necklace from eSBe

Isn't this cardi great? I don't wear it enough. Time to give it some love! Outfit: LaJu Armanda Ribbed Cardigan fromStitch Fix. Dark Destructed Skinny jeans and an older top from cabi clothing. Aerosole boots. Moonstruck Half Moon Necklace from eSBe

For March and Lent I have two Personal Style Challenges:

  • Give up: I will not buy any new clothes in the month of March  
  • Add to: I have a few that are not style related, but for Lent I am going to try to wear at least one garment that is not getting the love it deserves. I managed my closet clean out in February, although I am still finishing that up. I have a lot of clothes I love. But if I don’t wear them, I shouldn’t keep them.

 

 

 

 

My plan:

I've worn this great top once. Time to Work it! Outfit:  Le Lis Taley Split Neck Knit Top from Stitch Fix. Dark Destructed Skinny jeans and an older top from . JustFab boots (USE MY REFERRAL CODE TO SAVE $).

I've worn this great top once. Time to Work it! Outfit:  Le Lis Taley Split Neck Knit Top from Stitch Fix. Dark Destructed Skinny jeans and an older top from . JustFab boots (USE MY REFERRAL CODE TO SAVE $).

My plan is easy on the giving up—I just won’t buy clothes. I’ll need to stop going to sites and checking stuff out. That is a problem. And sales. Sales are a problem. With my newly arranged, cleaned out, and organized closet, I should be able to reach for those pieces I forget more easily.  I’ll certainly be talking about this on Instagram, so follow me there for more!

 

 

 

 

The Prize:

Luci Bags!

Luci Bags!

Want some help with your style challenge? Work your person style challenge, as discussed above, and you could win a $25 Luci Bags gift certificate!  I am working with the fabulous Luci stylist, Leigh Cheatwood-Harris, to bring you this opportunity. To enter, use the tag #WorkingMyPersonalStyleChallenge on Instagram to show us how you are doing. Or, leave a note for me in the comments here. Each post on Instagram will be entered to win. These are great display bags, where you can show off your business. There are also totes and pouches. I have my eye on a bow tote.  Work your style challenge and win money towards one of these bags! This is a great way to work your style challenge and show off your business or fashionably hold all your stuff!

More Luci Bags!

More Luci Bags!

Working your Style to Love your Style: My Personal February Style Challenge

It is the month we celebrate love. But do you love your style? Are there things you would like to improve? Maybe you don’t wear enough red or always wear your heart on your sleeve. Maybe you need to improve your date night style game. Maybe you love your yoga pants too much. What are your style challenges? Want to fix them? Want to love your style? And want to win some cabi?

Take part in my Personal Style Challenge for February. Think about what changes you need to make to love your style. Think about what is holding you back and Work It! Choose to work on that one area for the month of February and see if you don’t just love your style at the end of the month.

My challenges:

Isn't the cabi Spring 2017 collection great? Beachcomber Hoodie, Flirt Cami, Mojave Slim Boyfriend jeans, and Sea Knot Necklace from cabi. Canvas by Lands' End Pointed Toe Mary Jane shoes.

Isn't the cabi Spring 2017 collection great? Beachcomber Hoodie, Flirt Cami, Mojave Slim Boyfriend jeans, and Sea Knot Necklace from cabi. Canvas by Lands' End Pointed Toe Mary Jane shoes.

The biggest part of my challenge for January was put on hold when I was in a car crash. It’s difficult to completely clean out one’s closet with a sprained wrist and a sprained neck. So, I am repeating my challenge from last month.

My closet is [still] a mess, with a bunch of new purchases that I don’t have room for and old stuff that no longer fits my body, lifestyle, or style—much of it from before having a kid. I need to do a closest clean out. Related to the mess that is my closet, I have been wearing a few easy-to-reach items and not enjoying the extent of what I have. This tends to mean I grab the newer stuff, as it is the easiest to get to. So, old favorites are missed. But, I am also not wearing all of the new stuff either. Putting this together, my style challenge is to curate my wardrobe, focusing on these areas:

  • Finally get to the closet cleaned out, removing things that no longer fit fits my body, lifestyle, or style
  • Evaluate the garments that are not worn much by wearing them and seeing how they work for me now or, if I do not wear them or can’t make them work, remove them [Started. I have a box of stuff downstairs]
  • Get rid of the stuff that is not working, selling my quality clothes (from cabi, Stitch Fix, and more) and donating the rest
  • Working on better methods of outfit management, such as trying the Stylebook app [I have uploaded my cabi Fall 2016 clothing, so I have started!]
  • Wearing the clothes that are not getting worn, either because they are new or because they are older and lost in the chaos that is my closet. [I did a decent job here last month. I’ll try to keep that up]

My Plan

Work your personal style challenge and you could win $25 towards this! Cold Shoulder Cami, Dame Skirt, Cinch Belt, Anchor Earrings, Riviera Necklace (worn as choker), Lock & Key Bracelet all from cabi Sprng 2017. Isobel boots from JustFab (use my referral code to save $).

Work your personal style challenge and you could win $25 towards this! Cold Shoulder Cami, Dame Skirt, Cinch Belt, Anchor Earrings, Riviera Necklace (worn as choker), Lock & Key Bracelet all from cabi Sprng 2017. Isobel boots from JustFab (use my referral code to save $).

  • Take a day, possibly off from work (because it is hard to do anything with a toddler around), and pull everything from my closet and evaluate it [Scheduled for February 17th]
  • Create a donate pile and a sell pile
  • Take pictures of the items to sell and post them on the groups and possible do a closet clean-out group
  • Somehow mark or note the items I am keeping but don’t wear much
  • Put everything back that I am keeping, using my new closet organization items
  • Mange my wardrobe and outfits through the Stylebook app [In progress]
  • Wear the unworn/little worn items more and post the outfits online

 

So, what about you? What do you need to work on? Join me! Select a challenge for you to work on, develop a plan, and let’s kick those style challenges to the curb! Use the tag #WorkingMyPersonalStyleChallenge to show us how you are doing on Instagram. Or, leave a note for me in the comments here.

 

The Prize:

Love your style and win $ to buy this cabi! Flirt Cami, Pocket Cardigan, and Zip Skinny from cabi Spring 2017. Tarynn booties from JustFab. (use my referral code to save $).

Love your style and win $ to buy this cabi! Flirt Cami, Pocket Cardigan, and Zip Skinny from cabi Spring 2017. Tarynn booties from JustFab. (use my referral code to save $).

Want some help with your style challenge? Work your person style challenge, as discussed above, and you could win a $25 cabi gift certificate!  I am working with the fabulous cabi stylist, Leigh Cheatwood-Harris, to bring you this opportunity. To enter, use the tag #WorkingMyPersonalStyleChallenge on Instagram to show us how you are doing. Or, leave a note for me in the comments here. Each post on Instagram will be entered to win. The cabi Spring 2017 collection just launched, and is fabulous. Work your style challenge and win some of this collection! This is a great way to work your style challenge and celebrate your improved style. Love your style and work it!

Beyond Tee Week in Review

Our twelfth POW (Piece of the Week) is the cabi Fall 2016 Beyond Tee.  This versatile paneled tunic tee, can be anything from a drafting vest, to a wrap top, to a top with a cape! I showed you eleven different ways to wrap and style it and seven different outfit ideas (with some variations based on how you style the tee). With all the different ways style this pieces, we went from a fiery femme fatale, to a fuzzy curvy look, to an elegant caped special occasion outfit, to casual layers, and a high contrast and highly comfortable work look. The Beyond Tee is by far my most versatile POW piece ever!

Without further ado, let’s review this Beyond Tee “week!” Which outfit is your favorite? Which styling technique do you prefer for the tee?

 

Beyond POW: Black, White, and Comfy Manic Monday:  Take knit pieces in white and black for a strong, chic, and comfortable Manic Monday look. Outfit: Beyond Tee and Zebra Belt from cabi Fall 2016, Leena Printed Skirt by Renee C from Stitch Fix, White Stone Sutton Necklace from Stella & DotAcme Bootie by Crown Vintage at DSW, Gold dangle earrings from Fab’rik. For style and details, see the post.

Posted: October 31, 2016

 

 

 

Beyond POW: Trendy Layers and a New Basic Tuesday: Go beyond your tee and jeans with a unique tunic tee and trendy layers.

Outfit: Beyond TeeSleek Leggings shown in Heather Gray, and the Sweetheart Sweater all from cabi Fall 2016. Athena Necklace by Kelly Annie, Bead earrings by Shine Chaser Jewelry, and SeaVees Monterey Houndstooth Lace-Up Sneakers (only available through Stitch Fix, use my referral code to get started!) For basic info, trends, and more, read the full post!

Posted: December 13, 2016

 

 

Beyond POW: Working It Long, Lean, and Versatile Wednesday: For a long, lean professional look, wear dark neutral layers over a white shirt, a longer pencil skirt, and a cropped jacket.

Outfit: Beyond TeeIt’s a Wrap Shirt, and Convertible Jacket all from cabi Fall 2016. Long Ponte Pencil Skirt form cabi 2012. Older ModCloth gray tweed shoes. The necklace and earrings are older and form an unknown source.

 

Posted: December 28, 2016

To find out which of these items Hillary Clinton was seen in, take it to the post!

 

Beyond POW: Faux Fur and Real Curves Thursday: To rock a faux fur, focus on neutral and natural pieces that emphasize your curves.

Outfit: Beyond Tee, Scout Pant, Aspen Vest, and the Crescent Necklace from cabi Fall 2016. Older L. L. Bean Signature booties, which are no longer available. Mindy Cuff from Cents of Style.

Posted: November 03, 2016

Discover more in the post!

 

 

 

Beyond POW: Fiery Femme Fatale Date Night: For a bold, eye-catching femme Fatale look, combine red and with curve hugging black.

Outfit: Beyond Tee and Fiery Skirt from cabi Fall 2016. The shoes are from Target last year, I think. The L&M convertible reversible black and gold handbag or clutch, Midas Leaf Collar from BaubleBar, and Faux gold pearl earrings bough years ago.

Posted: December 16, 2016

For femme Fatale styling tips, strut over to the post!

 

 

Versatile Layers for doing it all Saturday: On days where you have too much to do, choose versatile pieces that can adjust with you and add a bright pop for color

Outfit: Beyond Tee, Spacedye M’leggingsCobblestone Cardigan, and the Chelsea Charm Necklace from cabi Fall 2016.  Black Agate Spike Bead Pendant Necklace and commissioned earrings by Shine Chaser Jewelry. Kady Pointed Toe Lace Up Ballet Flats by Mossimo Supply Co. from Target.

Posted: December 24, 2016

Find out two different ways to wear the Beyond Tee, plus styling tips, in the full post.

 

 

 

Beyond POW: Chic Classy and Faux Fur Sunday Best: Combine rich colors and textures with an elegant draped top for an elegant and sophisticated special occasion look that will make you feel like a million dollars

Outfit:  Beyond Tee and the Duchess Scarf from cabi Fall 2016. Frolic Skirt from cabi Fall 2014 and not available. The shoes are from Target last year, I think. Faux gold pearl earrings bough years ago and an old clutch from Coldwater Creek.

Posted: October 15, 2016

Glide over to the post for elegant styling tips.

 

Do not forget to check out the Eleven Styling Techniques to Tie the Beyond Tee for a quick review of the eleven styling techniques—eleven different ways to wrap, tie, and work this tee—for a real versatile powerhouse of a wardrobe chameleon!

There are so many great outfits in the POW and such versatility with the Beyond Tee! But, this time I do have a favorite. I adore the elegant Chic Classy and Faux Fur Sunday Best. However, the  Fiery Femme Fatale Date Night and Black, White, and Comfy Manic Monday are close contenders. Which is your favorite?

Check out other Week in Review posts for ways to style other pieces!

 

 

Unfortunately, I wrote this after the cabi Fall 2016 season has closed, which means this amazing top is no longer available via the traditional means. It is also such a unique piece that I’ve been unable to find an alternative to suggest. However, if you must have this piece, here are some ways you may be able to get it:

  • First, always try your stylist. She may have a sample available, know of another stylist with a sample available, or have other ways to get it. If you do not have one you may reach out to my stylist Joni Allen (via email or phone: 770 502-5243 [call or text]), Leigh Cheatwood-Harris (a friend’s stylist whom I have worked with also and can recommend: email and her site), or find a cabi stylist near you.
  • Second, check out resale, such as the Facebook groups or apps that allow people to sell their cabi or ebay.
  • Third, wait until August, when the outlets will get the Fall 2016 line and to go or call an outlet to see if they have this. Many outlets will allow you to order over the phone and then ship it to you.

Beyond POW: Eleven Styling Techniques to Tie the Beyond Tee

As we wrap up the twelfth POW, our versatile Beyond Tee, let’s start by reviewing the eleven different styling techniques I showed you to style this amazing top. Which is your favorite?

 

1) Basic Beyond Tee

  1. Put it on the frontwards way with the tag in back for a lower neckline
  2. Make sure the tunic and panels are not tucked in
  3. Go!

From Beyond POW: Trendy Layers and a New Basic Tuesday

 

 

 

 

 

 

2) Chic Cape

  1. Put it on backwards with the tag in front to for a more elegant back and to show off the back treatment
  2. Take each panel and put it over the shoulder of the side it is on (left panel over left should, right panel over right shoulder), and let them hang down your back and over your arms
  3. Now go some place chic!

From Beyond POW: Chic Classy and Faux Fur Sunday Best

 

3) Elegant Cape

  1. Put it on backwards with the tag in front to for a more elegant back and to show off the back treatment
  2. Take each panel and put it over the shoulder of the side it is on (left panel over left should, right panel over right shoulder), and let them hang down your back and over your arms
  3. Take the inside corners of each panel and tie them in a knot, then let this hang down your back
  4. Now, go be elegant!

From Beyond POW: Chic Classy and Faux Fur Sunday Best

 

4) Sexy Side Wrap

  1. Put it on the normal way, with the tag in back for a lower and more date-ready neckline
  2. Tuck the bottom of the tunic part of the tee shirt (not the panels) into your skirt
  3. Choose the side you want the tie and ends to be, it is best to do it on the side of the panel that overlaps on top of the two panels (left side)
  4. Take the panel on the opposite side (right side) and pull is diagonally across the front of your body to the opposite hip
  5. Take the panel on the knot side (right, and keeping it on top of the other panel), wrap it diagonally across your chest to the left hip
  6. Once it is at your hip, gather it into more of a tie shape than a flat panel
  7. Continue with the right panel, wrapping it around your hip and continuing to wrap it behind you, from your right hip to left hip
  8. Gather both panels at the left hip and tie them, letting the ends drape down your side

From Beyond Star POW: Fiery Femme Fatale Date Night

 

5) Draped Curves

  1. Put it on the normal way with the tag in back
  2. Take each panel and wrap it around your side to the back, with right panel going to the right and left to the left
  3. Cross the panels in back, pulling the right one to the left and left one to the right
  4. Bring the panels around to the front
    • Keep the panels at waist level 
    • Keep the panels smoother, not gathered 
    • Check your wrap—the left panels should now be coming around your right side and the right panel around your left side
  5. Take the top corner of the bottom of each panel and tie in a knot at your natural waist
  6. Let the bottom corners hang down, creating a fun draped look that will emphasize curves while hiding the tummy

From Beyond POW: Faux Fur and Real Curves Thursday

 

6) Long Vest

  1. Put it on backwards with the tag in front for a higher and more professional neckline
  2. Tuck the bottom of the tunic part of the tee shirt (not the panels) into your skirt
  3. Wear the panels down each side as they naturally fall
  4. Add a thin print belt at your natural waist for curves

From Beyond POW: Black, White, and Comfy Manic Monday

 

7) Long Professional Vest with two options

 Variations on the Long Vest

Open

Open

  1. Put it on the frontwards way with the tag in back for a lower neckline, to better display the shirt collar
  2. Tuck the bottom of the tunic part of the tee shirt (not the panels) into your skirt
  3. Wear the panel down each side in one of two ways: 
    • Closed: Pull the panels closed in front, leaving minimal gap, and creating an almost dress look
    • Open: Pull the panels more apart, creating an inverted V shape that show more of the bottom of the outfit under than the top

From Beyond POW: Working It Long, Lean, and Versatile Wednesday

 

8) Simple Back Tie

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  1. Put it on the frontwards way with the tag in back for a lower neckline
  2. Take the two panels and wrap each back on its side—so wrap the right on around to your back on the right and left on the left
  3. Tie the two panels in back at about your natural waist

From Beyond POW: Versatile Layers for doing it all Saturday

 

 

 

 

9) Professional Back Tie Wednesday

A variation of the Simple Back Tie

  1. Put it on the frontwards way with the tag in back for a lower neckline, to better display the shirt collar
  2. Take the two panels and wrap each back on its side—so wrap the right on around to your back on the right and left on the left
  3. Tie the two panels in back at about your natural waist
  4. Tuck the tunic part of the tee into your skirt, creating a vest type of look

From Beyond POW: Working It Long, Lean, and Versatile Wednesday

 

 

 

 

10) Hip Tie

 

  1. Put it on the frontwards way with the tag in back for a lower neckline
  2. Wear the tee with the tunic part of the tee down over your leggings (or whatever) as a tunic and the panels out and down in their natural state
  3. Gather the tunic fabric (not the panels) on one side and knot it high on your hip for a fun look with distinct layers

From Beyond POW: Versatile Layers for doing it all Saturday

 

 

 

11) Double Tie

  1. Put it on the frontwards way with the tag in back for a lower neckline
  2. Take the two panels and wrap each back on its side—so wrap the right on around to your back on the right and left on the left
  3. Tie the two panels in back at about your natural waist
  4. Make sure the tunic part of the tee is out (not tucked in) and pull it down over your leggings or whatever as a tunic
  5. Gather the tunic fabric on one side and knot it high on your hip for a sassier, slimming take on this tee

    From Beyond POW: Versatile Layers for doing it all Saturday

 

 

There, eleven different ways! Did you find any others? If so, please share them below.

I’m amazed at how versatile the Beyond Tee is! It is probably the most versatile piece I own. So, it is perfect for travel; small closets; limited budgets; busy professionals; moms; and busy career moms; and stylish fashionistas of all types! I adore mine, in case you can’t tell.

Unfortunately, I wrote this after the cabi Fall 2016 season has closed, which means this amazing top is no longer available via the traditional means. It is also such a unique piece that I’ve been unable to find an alternative to suggest. However, if you must have this piece, here are some ways you may be able to get it:

  • First, always try your stylist. She may have a sample available, know of another stylist with a sample available, or have other ways to get it. If you do not have one you may reach out to my stylist Joni Allen (via email or phone: 770 502-5243 [call or text]), Leigh Cheatwood-Harris (a friend’s stylist whom I have worked with also and can recommend: email and her site), or find a cabi stylist near you.
  • Second, check out resale, such as the Facebook groups or apps that allow people to sell their cabi or ebay.
  • Third, wait until August, when the outlets will get the Fall 2016 line and to go or call an outlet to see if they have this. Many outlets will allow you to order over the phone and then ship it to you.

A few more Favorites from the Fall 2016 cabi Collection—On the last day!

As I stated previously, the fall cabi 2016 collection was one of the best I’ve seen. The season end moved back, and now today, January 8th is the last day you may buy it! I previously shared some of my favorites, but I wanted to take the opportunity to share four more pieces that I adore, which are part of a fabulous and cozy outfit.

cabi fall 2016: Edie Dress, Foxy Scarf, Rock Star Earrings, and Chelsea Charm Necklace. JustFab: Duluth Fuzzies and Lace Up choker.

cabi fall 2016: Edie Dress, Foxy Scarf, Rock Star Earrings, and Chelsea Charm Necklace.

JustFab: Duluth Fuzzies and Lace Up choker.

Edie Dress: This fabulous and comfortable Little Black Dress is flattering with a 60s mod feel. The chevron seaming under the chest slims and accentuates curves. I also find there is a bit of “extra” fabric at the tummy, which works wonderfully to hide any belly, without adding bulk. Since this dress is a ponte knit, it is comfortable and easy to move in. It can easily be dressed up or down, or even worn as a tunic. I particularly like it in the outfit shown, both dressed up and down for an overall fun, cozy, and elegant look.

Foxy Scarf: This may be my favorite piece from the 2016 fall collection. It is luxe, comfy, warm, and practical. You can easily throw it on whenever you need some extra warmth. The dark tips and layers of silver and black give it a more natural and classy look. I love it dressed up, but you can also rock it in jeans and a white tee. Think of it like a big fuzzy statement necklace—you can wear it in all the ways you would a statement necklace. Given its shorter length, you can easily wear a longer necklace with it, for a fun twist on a layered necklace. I’ve worn it a lot this season, but this outfit is my favorite way.

cabi fall 2016: Edie Dress, Foxy Scarf, Rock Star Earrings, and Chelsea Charm Necklace. JustFab: Duluth Fuzzies and Lace Up choker. Kid in OshKosh.

cabi fall 2016: Edie Dress, Foxy Scarf, Rock Star Earrings, and Chelsea Charm Necklace.

JustFab: Duluth Fuzzies and Lace Up choker.

Kid in OshKosh.

Rock Star Earrings: These are currently my favorite earrings! They are so much fun. I love the mix of natural stones and glamorous “gems” (made from glass), and I’m always a fan of gunmetal. With this mix, they work perfectly for an elegant, class look or an edgy, rock star look. You can dress them up or down, go tough or go pretty.  Like the edge and glamour they add to this particular outfit, but I’ve worn them with a lot of other stuff too.

Chelsea Charm Necklace: This has been my go-to necklace this season. Only recently did I begin wearing longer necklaces, and this one is a favorite. I love the mixed, vintage metals and sparkle. Since it has both gold and silver, it goes with other jewelry and a huge range of clothes. I love it with shorter necklaces, like a choker, or shorter scarves, like the Foxy Scarf. This works well as a casual necklace and great as part of an office look. My son adores the necklace too, as asks to wear it whenever he sees me in it.

 

If you want any of these cabi clothes, run don’t want to your stylist, as today is the last day to order! If you do not have one, please contact me in the comments or via email, reach out to my stylist Joni Allen (via email or phone: 770 502-5243 [call or text]), Leigh Cheatwood-Harris (a friend’s stylist whom I have worked with also and can recommend: email and her site) or find a cabi stylist near you.

cabi fall 2016: Edie Dress, Foxy Scarf, Rock Star Earrings, and Chelsea Charm Necklace. JustFab: Duluth Fuzzies and Lace Up choker. Kid in OshKosh.

cabi fall 2016: Edie Dress, Foxy Scarf, Rock Star Earrings, and Chelsea Charm Necklace.

JustFab: Duluth Fuzzies and Lace Up choker.

Kid in OshKosh.

cabi fall 2016: Edie Dress, Foxy Scarf, Rock Star Earrings, and Chelsea Charm Necklace. JustFab: Duluth Fuzzies and Lace Up choker.

cabi fall 2016: Edie Dress, Foxy Scarf, Rock Star Earrings, and Chelsea Charm Necklace.

JustFab: Duluth Fuzzies and Lace Up choker.

 

Rest of my outfit:

While, this post is all about these fabulous cabi pieces, I am wearing some other great pieces, from JustFab. I’ve recently discovered JustFab. I am already a fan. I will be posting about them soon. But until then, check them out and use my referral code (you get to save money!). Feel free to contact me with any questions.

Boots: These fuzzy boots are called Duluth, and it seems they sold out. This was my first pair of books in this casual, fuzzy, warm style, and I finally get why so many people love them. Luckily, JustFab has other “Fuzzies,” and some are only $10 right now!

Choker:  Lace Up by JustFab. This style seems to have also sold out. If you like something on JustFab, do buy it! Things go fast! They have some other good choices at good prices, such as Party of Three or Velvet and Lace. I am loving chokers right now, and this is a great way to try the style and not spend a fortune. Check out my Instagram for more ways to wear them. This may also make a great future blog post!

New Year, Working the New You! My Personal Style Challenge for January

With the New Year, comes all of those New Year’s resolutions. We try to become better people with healthier habits and practices. But, we do not always work on our style. Here is an easy way to work on your style without the twelve month commitment of a New Year’s resolution!

Image is "Textura navideña 4: Bokeh brindis" by M & Pi  on Flickr, with modifcations by me.

Image is "Textura navideña 4: Bokeh brindis" by M & Pi  on Flickr, with modifcations by me.

Look at these shoes! And the cute dress! Sadly, I've only worn this outfit once, besides the photo shoot! I have only worn this dress for this photo shoot! Millie textured Knit Dress by Pixley with Hannley Mary Jane Strappy Pump by Nine West, both from Stitch Fix.

Look at these shoes! And the cute dress! Sadly, I've only worn this outfit once, besides the photo shoot! I have only worn this dress for this photo shoot! Millie textured Knit Dress by Pixley with Hannley Mary Jane Strappy Pump by Nine West, both from Stitch Fix.

Take part in my Personal Style Challenge for January. Think about how you want to grow and evolve your style. Perhaps you default to a few key pieces. Perhaps you only wear black. Maybe you want to kick things up a notch for work. Maybe you never wear scarves. Maybe you want to try a new trend. Think about what you want to change and Work It! Choose to work on that one area for the month of January. They say it takes 21 days to make a habit. So, you can conquer one of your resolutions in just one month, and start the New Year with a success!

 

 

 

 

 

My challenge:

I have only worn this dress for this photo shoot! Jace Embroidered Lace Dress by 41Hawthorn and from Stitch Fix.

I have only worn this dress for this photo shoot! Jace Embroidered Lace Dress by 41Hawthorn and from Stitch Fix.

Often I choose multiple things to work on. This month I’m going to focus on one, but one this one has parts. My closet is a mess, with a bunch of new purchases that I don’t have room for and old stuff that no longer fits my body, lifestyle, or style—much of it from before having a kid. I need to do a closest clean out. Related to the mess that is my closet, I have been wearing a few easy-to-reach items and not enjoying the extent of what I have. This tends to mean I grab the newer stuff, as it is the easiest to get to. So, old favorites are missed. But, I am also not wearing all of the new stuff either. Putting this together, my style challenge is to curate my wardrobe, focusing on these areas:

  • Finally get to the closet cleaned out, removing things that no longer fit fits my body, lifestyle, or style
  • Evaluate the garments that are not worn much by wearing them and seeing how they work for me now or, if I do not wear them or can’t make them work, remove them
  • Get rid of the stuff that is not working, selling my quality clothes (from cabi, Stitch Fix, and more) and donating the rest
  • Working on better methods of outfit management, such as trying the Stylebook app
  • Wearing the clothes that are not getting worn, either because they are new or because they are older and lost in the chaos that is my closet.

My plan:

This outfit is a good example of my new style. But, I have only worn the sweater once besides this photo shoot! Fierro Elbow Patch Crew Neck Sweater by Brixon Ivy from Stitch Fix. The Scout pant from cabi. Wellie Rain Boots from L.L. Bean.

This outfit is a good example of my new style. But, I have only worn the sweater once besides this photo shoot! Fierro Elbow Patch Crew Neck Sweater by Brixon Ivy from Stitch Fix. The Scout pant from cabi. Wellie Rain Boots from L.L. Bean.

  1. Take a day, possibly off from work (because it is hard to do anything with a toddler around), and pull everything from my closet and evaluate it
  2. Create a donate pile and a sell pile
  3. Take pictures of the items to sell and post them on the groups and possible do a closet clean-out group
  4. Somehow mark or note the items I am keeping but don’t wear much
  5. Put everything back that I am keeping, using my new closet organization items
  6. Mange my wardrobe and outfits through the Stylebook app
  7. War the unworn/little worn items and post the outfits online

 

 

 

So, what about you? Do you have any personal style challenges you want to conquer? If so, join me! Select a challenge for you to work on, develop a plan, and let’s kick those style challenges to the curb! Use the tag #WorkingMyPersonalStyleChallenge to show us how you are doing on Instagram. Or, leave a note for me in the comments here. I'll choose one winner, who will get a $25 JamBerry gift certifcate from my friend Jenny!