Dress Code: Texture, pattern and shine on a Friday!

imageI love how this outfit came together, and it follows the fashion philosophy of Stacy and Clinton from TLC’s “What Not to Wear.” Stacy and Clinton always emphasized that an outfit should include texture, pattern and shine. I loved that show and really miss it! Today’s outfit is in their honor…

I recently bought this cute red top at the Banana Republic outlet and it was only $12. I wore it with my black leather Anthropology skirt (shine) and my black quilted cardigan from Nordstrom (texture). I then added my leopard and lace Tory Burch pumps (pattern). I finished the look with a couple of bracelets, including a leopard wrap bracelet from Charming Charlie (pattern) and a few Kate Spade bangles, and my black quilted patent leather Tory Burch tote bag (texture and shine).

Homework: How would you mix texture, pattern and shine?

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Dress Code: Ciao, baby!

imageI am in love with this black and white striped “ciao” sweater from the Banana Republic outlet. The day I was there, everything in the store was 50% off, so the sweater was only $25. It’s so cute and versatile. Today, I layered it with my Gap denim work shirt and my black leather Anthropolgy skirt. I always have to have more than one pattern in the mix, so my leopard and lace Tory Butch pumps added just the right amount of interest to the outfit. A few bracelets, including a Charming Charlie leopard wrap and Banana Republic red enamel bangle, were the finishing touches.

This sweater works well for work, but will also look adorable with jeans and my leopard ballet flats.

Homework: It’s Friday, take the night off!

Dress Code: Red, white, and black!

image Whenever I need a last minute outfit, I always fall back on a classic color palette like red, white, and black. Today, I combined a red a-line skirt with a white eyelet t-shirt, both from the Banana Republic sale rack. I added a black and white textured cardigan from Ann Taylor to the outfit because I love that it ties with a bow. My gray snakeskin Tory Burch ballet flats tied the whole outfit together. My rhinestone bracelet from Charming Charlie and my white enamel “H” bracelet from C. Wonder completed the outfit.

Homework: What is your favorite classic color palette?

Dress Code: On Wednesday’s wear lavender and leopard… and eyelet and stripes!

imageToday, I combined a lot of textures and patterns. I started with my favorite lavender khakis from Gap that cost less than $5. I added a white eyelet button up shirt from the clearance rack at Old Navy that was $10. It’s sheer, so I had to wear a camisole under it for work. I then layered on my leopard belt from Banana Republic and a black and white striped cardigan from Nordstrom. My Charming Charlie leopard wrap bracelet and my Franco Sarto ballet flats added the extra touches of pattern. It was a comfortable and fun outfit. I’m getting more adventurous when it comes to mixing patterns. Remember, it doesn’t have to match, it needs a to go together. And leopard is now officially a neutral!

Homework: How have you been working leopard into your wardrobe as a neutral?

Dress Code: Leather, coral, and hot pink!

imageIn a previous post, I told you to get used to seeing my new Kendra Scott hot pink necklace. Well, here it is again! In my family, when you buy something new and wear it all the time, we call it your marathon item, as in, you are wearing it so often, you could practically run a marathon in it! This is my marathon necklace!

Today, I wore it with a black leather topped tank that I just bought on sale at Banana Republic for $35 and a simple black pencil skirt from Nordstrom. To add contrast, I topped the shell with a coral cardigan from Gap that was a steal at $10. I loved the coral and hot pink together! Color wheel, what? For some texture, I accessorized with my usual bling and my new $10 leopard wrap bracelet from Charming Charlie. This was a great day to evening look, as the outfit looked even better without the cardigan!

Homework: What is your go-to accessory of the moment?

Dress Code: Can you make camouflage pants work appropriate?

imageMy camo khakis from The Gap are amazing AND only $10. I had to figure out a way to wear them to work. I needed something a little fancy to counter the camo, so I selected a white ruffled tank top from The Loft and a black quilted cardigan from Nordstrom. My black patent leather Coach wedges completed the look. Of course I add to add pink and bling to make the outfit really stand out so I added all my favorite Kate Spade bracelets and a fun ring from Charming Charlie’s. ┬áThis outfit looked great for work and easily transitioned to happy hour by switching out the cardigan for my stand-by Ellen Tracy black blazer that is a million years old. Homework: How would you wear camo to work?

Dress Code: Casual Friday!

imageLinen pajama pants… Yes, please! It’s finally Friday, and I am ready for the weekend. It’s another testing day and I have to supervise the talent show tonight. It ‘s basically a 14 hour day. I planned a very comfortable and casual outfit, that would also be professional since I will be representing our administration team tonight at the show. I found these brown linen drawstring pants in the back of my closet and I knew they would be the perfect base for my outfit. I paired the pants with a brown and teal sleeveless patterned top with an attached tie and a neutral cardigan. My gold Tory Burch flats, a bunch of fun bracelets and my Louis Vuitton bag completed the look. I don’t usually wear a brown palette, so it was nice to change it up today. I used to work a side-job as an event planner for my friend’s company and I would put my earnings toward things I wouldn’t usually buy myself. My Louis Vuitton bag was a result of working two proms and a grad night. I’m glad I splurged on it!

I am loving my new Kate Spade “mom said so,” bracelet. It says, “do your homework, sit up straight, play outside, say please and thank you.” So cute!

Pants and top: Banana Republic; cardigan: The Gap; shoes: Tory Burch; bracelets: Forever 21, Charming Charlie, Kate Spade, Nordstrom; handbag: Louis Vuitton

Homework: What is your favorite casual Friday look?

Dress Code: The Soft Suit

imageIntroducing the “soft suit”… As a middle school principal, I need to dress professionally. However, I can’t stand suits. They are a little too stuffy for me. So the next best thing is the “soft suit,” a skirt or pants with a cardigan, instead of a suit jacket. This look is so versatile, as I have a closet filled with a rainbow range of cardigans. They are so much more comfortable! Today I paired my favorite black pencil skirt from Nordstrom with a Kelly green tank from the The Gap, and I topped it off with a black short-sleeved cardigan from Ann Taylor Loft. If I’m not wearing pink, Kelly green is my next best go-to color. My necklace is from C. Wonder and my bangles are from Kate Spade. The ring and blingy bracelet are from Charming Charlie, an amazing accessory store in Huntington Beach. The ring was $8 and the bracelet was $13. Most things in the store are under $20. It’s easy to get carried away, so you have to be selective when shopping there!