September 19, 2014

DIY FRIDAY: PLEATED MIDI SKIRT









skirt made by me, tutorial below (shop for a similar skirt here)
jcrew tee (similar)

PHOTOGRAPHY BY VALORIE DARLING

It's time for another DIY Friday today, and you guys, I've been dying to share this tutorial with you for months! I'm part of Janome's on-loan blogger program and in exchange for the Janome 4120QDC sewing machine that they loan to me, I do a project for their blog each quarter. For last quarter's project, I made this gingham midi skirt and after having to wait for them to post it on their end, I'm finally able to share it over here. Midi skirts are the perfect Fall skirt, so now is the perfect time to whip one up! 

This type of skirt is super easy and it won't take you more than an hour or two to create one. In fact, I want to make about 10 more for the Fall -- they're just so versatile, flattering, and fun!

Click through to see the full tutorial!

September 18, 2014

6 WAYS TO WEAR YOUR WHITE BUTTON UP (PART 2)

On Tuesday I shared 3 ways to wear your white button up, and today I want to share three more looks. The possibilities are nearly endless with a basic white shirt like this, and they really are an essential for every woman's closet, so if you don't have one, seriously go get one.



First up, Layered With a Sweater. This is such a perfect fall layering piece -- throw it under any of your sweaters and either roll the sleeves up, or keep them down and have the wrists puffed (like I did here). You can also leave the collar unbuttoned (like I did here), or button it all the way up for a more preppy look. Try it with oversized sweaters, thick and thin sweaters, or three quarter or short sleeved sweaters.






gap shoes (sold out, similar here)


Next, Tied Up. I've only started doing this to my shirts in the last few months because before that I felt like it looked too "cowgirl." But as long as you're wearing modern, feminine pieces (and not cowboy boots), it doesn't look cowgirl at all. Plus, it's a great trick for remixing those oversized button up blouses. Try it over maxi dresses or shorter dresses. 






tobi dress (sold out, similar here)
hinge booties (on sale!)

And lastly, layered under a dress. During the cooler months you can still get some good use out of your sleeveless dresses by layering button ups under them. I typically go for a chambray button up, but a white button up creates a whole different look, both evening and work appropriate. Plus, I love the little hint of sparkle tucked under the collar. You could also wear it under sleeveless maxi dress, or sleeveless tops. 






joules dress, (sold out, similar here and here)

See Part 1 here (and happy remixing!)

PHOTOGRAPHY BY JYLARE SMITH AND JANA LAURENE

September 16, 2014

6 WAYS TO STYLE A WHITE BUTTON UP (PART 1)


Whenever I read articles or books that talk about closet essentials, a white button up blouse is mentioned. I always felt like it was more of a mature item that I didn't really need in my closet, but a few weeks ago I finally picked this one up at Old Navy and I've been wearing it like crazy. It's the perfect layering piece, goes with everything, can instantly dress up or add class to an outfit, and is flattering on everyone. So I'm joining the masses and saying that this is a piece you must have in your closet.

Today I want to show you a few ways to wear it. Since I'm sharing six ways total, I'm splitting it up into two posts, so check back on Thursday to see three more ways to wear it!



First up, business casual. I get reader requests often, asking me to do more work appropriate attire, so this one is for you. Layer the button up under a structured blazer and pair it with pointed toe pumps and a classic style bag. If you want it completely work appropriate, swap the jeans out for a pair of patterned pixie pants!




nordstrom bag, similar


Next up, Casual. The way to dress down a structured piece is by wearing something completely opposite, whether it be edgy, super casual, or very unstructured.  I went for edgy and casual with a baseball cap and converse sneakers, and then paired them with some fun leather pants to add a bit of edge. Another great option would be a flowy maxi skirt like this one, or super distressed denim. 






jcrew hat, similar

And lastly, wear it as a neutral. Or in other words, use it to tone down your crazy clothes. This skirt from Shabby Apple is super loud, colorful, and metallic -- definitely not subtle or neutral. So I threw on that white button up to neutralize the outfit. Try pairing it with super bright tights in the fall and winter, or with patterned pants or shorts! 







Don't forget to check back on Thursday to see my other three looks!

PICTURES BY JYLARE SMITH

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