Remember when chambray was just called denim?
I wore all sorts of denim when I was a kid. One of my favorite outfits was comprised of a light pink floral denim skirt with a light pink denim button-down top, complete with sheer sleeves and skirt-matching cuffs and collar. Let me tell you something about that outfit: it was the height of fashion. I planned to wear it to my 9th birthday party. Sadly, it had to be postponed thanks to a blizzard. Considering the weather, it’s probably a good thing I wasn’t out wearing a denim skirt.
This shirt makes me feel really cool. You probably think denim is kind of casual, but I love that I can pair it with just about anything in my closet and feel put-together. Paired with this pretty, frilly skirt and I am definitely ready for the office. Which is why I’m adding this to my list of business-casual must-haves.
Needless to say, I am thrilled that
denim chambray is back in style.
Shades: Marc by Marc Jacobs via Nordstrom Rack
Chambray Button-Down: Old Navy
Skirt: NY & Company
Remember when I did a post about being about to remix a piece of clothing with 3 different items already in your closet? Here’s that amazing skirt making yet another appearance with another piece from my current closet. Unfortunately, the focus on my camera was a little off and I didn’t catch it until after I uploaded these photos. Unfortunately these don’t look that great, but I’m hoping the fact that I’m wearing this outfit a 4th way will excuse me while I work out the kinks. Did I mention I got a new camera?
This was the first maxi dress I ever purchased. Before this one, I always struggled with maxi-anything because I could never find them in long enough lengths. Fortunately, Old Navy makes tall sizes and when I saw this baby online in my size (a couple years ago!) I scooped it up immediately. The length is perfect and so is the pretty, light fabric. We all know how I feel about ruffles and as far as I’m concerned, they’re an added bonus on this dress!
Cardigan: Abound via Nordstrom Rack
Dress: Old Navy
There is nothing
more comfortable better than flowy fabrics in the summer. I made this skirt years ago (using this tutorial) out of this stretchy, floral fabric I found at Jo-Ann’s. I made a similar one of my sister, too, though I’m not sure she has it anymore. And if you’re wondering, yes it has pockets.
Blouse: NY & Company
Wedges: Nine West via 6pm.com
I have always felt that I dressed pretty simply, but when I actually catalog (i.e. blog) and look back at outfits, I have realized tend to wear a lot of bright colors or graphic prints, particularly to work. I guess something about the monotony of cubicleville makes me bust out my pops of color. My casual outfits lean more towards a jeans and a tee approach. This outfit doesn’t have a lot going on color-wise and it feels very subdued, but despite the neutral color pallet it’s anything but boring. Just look at those ruffles!
Necklace: c/o Born Pretty
Top: swapped from a friend
Skirt: avital (gift via Overstock.com)
Wedges: Steve Madden via DSW
Remember the last time I wore this skirt? The outfit made me feel like a housewife. I don’t generally think looking like a housewife is a good thing, but I’ve gotta give a nod to this skirt’s versatility. I love that
without one particular necklace with the addition of some darker/jewel-toned pieces, this skirt transforms into something really rocker-esque. Soft rocker, obviously. I mean, it’s ruffly. But still more hardXcore than housewife, amirite?
Skirt: NY & Company
Heels: Rocketdog via DSW
You know those days when you get up in the morning and stand in your closet for 10 minutes AKA 1/3 of your allotted “get ready for work” time and still have no idea what to wear? This outfit is pretty much my go-to fashion recipe for those mornings.
Fitted bottom + ruffly/sheer/flowy top = almost always a winner in my book
The belt and locket are just bonus snazziness. Do you have a default outfit when you’re out of inspiration and need to get your butt moving? I’d love to hear it!
Blouse: Swapped from a friend
Pants: Old Navy