Light Blue and Coral

Details: NY&C Company Cardigan / H&M Dress /Vintage Earrings / Tommy Hilfiger Shoes

During the warmer months, I gravitate toward happy and bright color combos. This outfit is no exception with this light, almost muted blue dress playing the perfect contrast to the rich coral of this cardigan. I’m always looking for new ways to mix my wardrobe, and I just happened upon this combination as I was getting dressed this morning. I will certainly be repeating this look. I also love the cut of this dress from H&M. It feels very demure and sophisticated — a great look for work.

Sheer Floral Print Blouse

 Details: Thrifted HD Paris Blouse / Thrifted J.Crew Skirt / J.Crew Factory Necklace / Michael Kors Watch and Cuff / Calvin Klein Shoes / Loft Cardigan

A sheer blouse is a bold choice for work wear. That’s why I always make sure to layer heavily anytime I am wearing one. But, anytime I wear a white tank top under a sheer top it sticks out like a sore thumb. Note to self: invest in a nude tank top. The dark pattern of this blouse is enough to cancel out its “sheernish.” so I opted out of the tank top underneath and hoped a nice cardigan and a nude bra would do the trick. It seems to have worked. Also, I love how well the skirt and blouse go together even though I found them on completely separate thrifting trips. Brights and floral print always make me happy!

Bright Lace

Outfit details: Target shirt / Loft skirt / Sole Society shoes via Nordstrom / J.Crew Factory necklace / Michael Kors watch and cuff

Here’s to it officially being skirt and dress season. I haven’t had to wear tights for the last few weeks and I am quite happy about it. To help ring in the warmer weather, I am longing for brights like this skirt I scored at Loft over the weekend for only $18! It’s still on sale and there are plenty of sizes left. I love how the traditional lace is paired with such a bright color. It works really well with this denim top for an updated business casual look, but could just as easily be paired with a silk top.

Green and Purple Wear to Work

Summer is still alive and kicking so I am not yet abandoning this tried and true formula: floral prints + brights = fashionable yet easy wear to work outfit. With this outfit in particular, I was proud of myself for trying the mix of purple and green — a color combination I don’t try that often but really like. The green flower print pattern definitely elevates this look past your typical color blocking. It’s like color blocking on caffeine. This look was relatively inexpensive to create when you consider I purchased the top at Goodwill for about $4 and the skirt at a consignment shop for $20.

Details: Thrifted Old Navy blouse / J.Crew skirt via Avalon Exchange / Nine West Pumps / J.Crew Factory necklace

Bright on Bright Work Wear

After being on vacation for a week, I needed something simple for my first day back to work. I chose this dress because it never requires ironing. It’s a $20 purchase from Gap that will continue to more than pay for itself in time saved. This jacket that I purchased from Goodwill years ago was a last minute decision as I was rushing out the door. These colors just complement each other so well that the bright colors do not feel overdone. Not to mention, I have complementary burn tan.

Details: Goodwill jacket; Gap dress; Fergie sandals via Shoe Department; Ily Necklace

Black and White Paisley with Brights

I found this black and white paisley top when sorting through racks for the Goodwill fashion show. Work blouses are something that I’m low on in my closet, and I could see the pattern livening things up a bit. Worried that the paisley print might be a little dated, I paired it with some current brights. I love the contrast of the black and white with the turquoise necklace.

Also, I’m kind of proud of myself for putting together a work outfit for less than $100. A positive side effect of shopping for the Goodwill fashion show is that I am back in my thrifting groove. I was out of it for a while, but I have been seeing a lot more potential in things lately. I guess practice makes perfect.

J.Crew necklace via eBay ($15) / Thrifted Ralph Lauren shirt ($3.99) / Calvin Klein shoes via Marshalls ($34) / J.Crew skirt via Avalon Exchange ($19)

Spring Style: Navy Blue and Brights

Details: Gap sweater / Jack Wills shirt c/o / Consignment J.Crew skirt / H&M tights / Halogen boots via Nordstrom

The little teases of warm weather we’ve had lately have left me wanting more. They have also left me breaking out into song “The hills are alive with the sound of music!” — and wearing all of my spring clothes despite how not warm it actually is. So maybe you want to try wearing your brights too, but you don’t want to look like you just stepped off of the set of Miami Vice? If you aren’t ready to break out into song quite yet, temper your brights with navy and a warm pair of shoes like these riding boots. Stay warm. Spring is almost here!

On the Horizon

Details: Gap sweater / J.Crew Factory skirt / Loft tights / Halogen boots via Nordstrom / Anthropologie necklace

Last week I talked about wearing winter appropriate brights. Red being an obvious choice with its distinct holiday color scheme and its roots in the classic buffalo check pattern that adorns winter scarves, coats, hats and the like. This week I am all about mixing spring brights with winter separates. There is something about the month of January that makes me extremely hopeful. It may be that spring is right around the corner. I am already starting to see bathing suits in stores so it can’t be that far away, right? With bright winter mornings like today’s, it’s hard not to look toward the horizon. 

To incorporate this bold-print skirt with my winter separates, I tried to keep things fairly neutral with my gray sweater and tights. Not completely ignoring the warm colors in the skirt, I wore my brown riding boots, and I added an interesting texture and color with this gold and turquoise statement necklace.

Work Wear: Brights and Neutrals

I was looking for a simple outfit to wear to the airport yesterday morning on my way back from Chicago, so I decided to wear this gray turtleneck with my bright orange pants for a nice contrast of neutrals and brights for fall. I was at a loss for what shoes to wear. The gray sweater wasn’t really pairing well with any of my brown shoes, but the oranges pants begged for something warmer. That’s when I realized these fuchsia flats were the perfect complement to both colors. Sometimes the purchases that you think are impulsive and foolish are the most helpful in a bind. I bought these shoes on sale for $17 even though I had originally doubted their flexibility. Here I am rocking these flats with a pale blue skirt and white blouse. Have you been incorporating brights into your fall wardrobe this year?

Details: Macy’s cashmere turtleneck / Loft pants / Gap flats / J.Crew outlet necklace / Michael Kors watch

Fall Layering: Military Jacket and Bright Pants

My go to layering piece this fall has been my military jacket. It adds structure to simple outfits like this one that I wore to Trax Farms over the weekend for pumpkin shopping. It also helps me transition from those 75-degree sunny days to 60-degree chilly nights. I was happy to have my jacket when we visited with friends at an outdoor bar patio later that night. My other favorite feature about this jacket is that it pairs well with just about anything including bright pants like these that can help you keep things fresh well into fall. What’s your go-to layering piece this fall?

Details: Old Navy Jacket / Gap pants / Zara top / Target scarf and flats / Charleston market earrings / Hunter Wellington boots / Michael Kors watch