Cheers to the Weekend

Happy Friday!

I'm looking forward to a fairly quiet weekend.  I am working on a few writing projects and an upcoming collaboration on the blog, so I hope to get a lot of fun fashion work done this weekend!

Top:  New York & Company (Available here)
For my other work, the kind that requires me to get dressed and leave the house, I wore this look earlier this week..
Blazer:  The Limited (old)
Satchel:  Express
Pants:  The Limited
I went for a mix of neutrals anchored by a champagne tuxedo blazer.  The dot print on the top feels a little bit like champagne bubbles when mixed with the blazer.
Earrings:  The Limited (Available here)
I added my fall/winter staples, black skinnies and ankle booties, for an easy work look.  I rely on these staples (maybe a little too much) to get me through the cold seasons.  They go with everything and they're comfortable.
Boots:  Fergie by Fergalicious
Do you have any fall and winter staples?  Any fun weekend plans on your radar?

For the pants in other looks, see here, here, here, here, here, here, and here.
For this blazer in other looks, see here, here, and here.


Transitioning a Maxi Dress

I generally think of maxi dresses as warm weather wear, but there's no reason you can't transition a favorite maxi for cooler weather.
Dress:  LOFT Petites
Jacket:  Torrid (Available here)
Adding a heavier jacket and boots help offset the lighter weight of the dress.

I kept my legs bare in these pics, but to combat the cold, I would simply add some fun tights.  The flash of a printed tight would add flair to a laid-back fall look.

Clutch:  Torrid (Available here)
For jewelry, I played with the notion of time by adding an hourglass pendant and infinity ring.
Necklace:  Claire's
Ring:  Kohl's (Available here)
Boots:  Target
Do you wear maxi dresses in colder weather?  How do you style them for the lower temps?
For this dress in other looks, see here and here.
For the jacket in other looks, see here and here.


Gearing Up For Winter

Happy Wednesday!!
Sweater:  New York & Company (Available here)
Hope your week is going well and you're staying warm if you've been caught in this Arctic weather.  We've been faced with record cold temps, but the weather is starting to warm back up a bit.

I am doing my best to stay cozy, wearing my favorite cold weather staple - warm, oversized sweaters.

Pants:  The Limited
Camisole:  The Limited (Available here)
I immediately fell in love with the drapey fit, interesting neckline, and teal color of this sweater.  The sweater has buttons at the neckline to close the sweater, or it can be worn open for a cascading fit.  It does run a tad big, and I probably could have sized down, but the large fit in this style didn't bother me.
Booties:  Payless
Clutch:  Target (Available here)
Cuff:  The Limited
I wanted to keep everything else sleek, so I added black skinnies, a silver cuff, and cutout booties.

Whether you're still having moderate temps or experiencing record cold, winter is right around the corner for those of us in the northern hemisphere. 
Ring:  Earthbound Trading Company (old)
How are you gearing up?

For the pants in other looks, see here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, and here.


Oh, For The Love of a Skirt (Dressing For Our Bodies vs. Dressing For Ourselves)

Do you ever feel a disconnect between what you know looks good on your body and what you like to wear?  
Skirt:  The Limited (Available here)
Jacket:  Forever 21+ (old)
I tend to feel that I look my best thinnest when I wear clothing that is form fitted and accentuates my curves; however, I find that I typically opt for comfort or fashion preferences over showing those curves. 

Firstly, I reject the notion that I have to show off my form for a male gaze or to follow anyone else's fashion/body ideals.  Whether it's the burqa or the bikini, women's clothing choices are so often the subject of social and cultural scrutiny.  I abhor this.  Our bodies belong to ourselves, and we owe no one the authority to decide for us how to adorn them.  Sometimes I love wearing form fitting clothes or exposing certain body parts.  More often at this phase of my life, I love loose, drapey clothing that is comfortable but also fashion-forward.

Boots:  Payless (old)
Cami:  The Limited (Available here)
Clutch:  Target (Available here)
This desire for comfort in my clothing is multifaceted - since I sit in an office all day, I have found it increasingly important to wear clothing that doesn't bind or bunch during the day.  Loose fitting or stretchy clothing generally fits this need.
Cuff:  Express
But, sometimes, the preference for comfort is borne out of a desire to camouflage the areas of the body that one is simply not comfortable with. 

As much as I've come to love my body in its entirety, I'm not really one to show off my extra belly fluff.  In an effort to disguise a larger tummy profile that I'd like, I often sacrifice showing off my curves, opting instead to skim over them with a blazer.

I've been loving my faux leather pencil skirt this season because it seems to give me the best of everything.  It fits perfectly into my personal fashion vision.  While the heavier fabric can get a little binding sitting in the office all day, it is fairly comfortable (I have worn this skirt to work), and it certainly is comfortable enough to wear out for an event or date.  The heavier fabric also allows me shows off my curves while it smoothes over my midsection. 

I can tone the skirt down with a relaxed top, or if I desire, I can use it as a base to accentuate my curves as I did here today.  The stretchy fitted camisole tucked into the skirt accentuates my waist and shows off my bustline.  The cropped jacket adds a little coverage and warmth (it WAS snowing!  LOL) but doesn't break up the silhouette.
This mix of faux leather, curves, and my favorite color to wear makes me feel very commanding and powerful.  While trapeze dresses, cozy sweaters, and blazers will get much more rotation in my life than a look like this, sometimes it is quite fun to amp things up.
And, that's why we should always dress for ourselves.  Dressing for what makes us look tallest, thinnest, etc. limits us from enjoying a variety of fashion.  Dressing for others traps us into a mold of other people's expectations. 

I think it's much more fun to defy our own!  :-)

How important is comfort in your wardrobe, and what does being comfortable mean to you?

For the skirt in other looks, see here, here, here, and here.
For the blazer in other looks, see here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, and here.