05 October 2015

luxe sweatshirt

One trend that I can always latch onto is a luxe sweatshirt--a sweatshirt that is simply too chic for the gym. When paired with trousers or a skirt, they can fit right into the office. And nowadays you can find them with modern patterns or high-tech fabrics like neoprene. I love the color blocking of this sweatshirt, as well as the blush pink mixed with white and grey. I paired it with these snake print flats for a fun combination of comfy and chic. Next time I'll try layering with a white blouse for even more interest.

Happy Monday!

Sweatshirt: Forever 21 | Pants: H&M (old) | Flats: Target (old) | Bag: Target (o)

02 October 2015

last days of summer

Although fall is officially here--#pumpkineverything--the warm weather is lingering a bit in Montana. So before I pull out the boots for the next 9 months, I wanted to get in a few more summery outfits while I could. Particularly these sandals! I got them last fall used, but haven't really had a chance to wear them this summer since I've been on maternity leave. So now that I am regularly leaving my house, I figured I should squeeze them in while the sun is still out.

Shirt: Old Navy | Jeans: Old Navy Maternity | Heels: Zara (old) | Jacket: Forever 21 (store) | Earrings: Everything Golden

29 September 2015

pointed patent loafers

I turned 30 this past year, and I have been struggling a little with what it means to dress like a 30 year old. For some reason, 30 feels like a big turning point for me with fashion. Gone are the days when you could get away with the trendiest of the trends without any questions. Thirty brings responsibility and a more mature perspective about the world, and this also means your style evolves along with it. For me, skirts and shoes are two areas that style must evolve when you hit 30.

First, skirts. I'm not about to get all matronly and old now that I'm 29+1, but skirts definitely seem to be an important thing to get right. There is a fine line between too short and just right, and frankly some of the skirts I own might be verging on the too short spectrum when I look at them with new eyes. I am really liking the midi length of this skirt, but anything that hits around my knees to one or two inches above my knees is comfortable. Cut and fabric are also something to take into consideration. This skirt is a full skirt, providing the most optimal coverage. I am also drawn to more asymmetrical or architectural skirts, as I feel they appropriately match the seriousness but adventurous side of 30.

Second, I think your footwear choices can also speak a lot about your style. For me, the basic round toe flat looks a bit juvenile on me (especially since I am already short and petite), so I have been opting for a more sophisticated pointed toe flat--like these patent loafers I added to my collection this season. Heels with chunky soles, pointed toe wedges, or modest heels with interesting cutouts and details are styles I hope to move into more in my 30s.

It's a constant evolution, but I find myself asking "Is this 30?" now when I am out shopping or getting dressed in the morning for the office. I am constantly trying to define this, and hope that each day I get a little closer!

Shirt: TJ Maxx | Skirt: Zara (old) | Shoes: Nine West | Bag: Target