The Perfect Dark Floral Print Dress for Fall

It wasn’t until October 1st that it truly started to feel like fall for me. My Instagram feed was full of pumpkins and fall foliage. The weather has not been as good a barometer for the change in seasons. It’s supposed to be in the 80s this weekend! Despite that fact, I’m plunging head first into my fall wardrobe go-tos.

One thing I always fall in love with every fall are dark floral prints. Luckily, they are very in right now. This dress is the one I featured in my J.Crew Factory try-on session. I didn’t buy it that day because it was only marked down to $50. So I played the waiting game and sure enough it was marked down another 50%. I got it for $25! Such a steal because I can wear this for any occasion. I’ve already worn it to work several times, my cousin’s rehearsal dinner, and to see Aladdin the musical. It’s also super easy to style. I wore it with this buttery soft Leith cardigan in the perfect shade for fall. I bought this cardigan towards the end of the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale after I saw it on everyone else. I’m so glad I did because it’s already become a staple.

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!

Floral Print Romper

I found this great romper while rummaging through the racks at one of my favorite consignment shops in Squirrel Hill. After selling some clothes, the total for this romper with my store credit came to $6. Don’t you love when that happens!?! I think it’s the perfect style romper. Playful, but with the right touches of sophistication. This was exactly the outfit I wanted to wear for my 30th birthday celebration with friends. After all, isn’t that what every 30 year old is striving to be? A little wiser, but still able to have fun.

Necessary Clothing Romper via Avalon Exchange / CharmingCharlie Purse / J.Crew Factory Necklace / Tommy Hilfiger Shoes via T.J. Maxx

$5 Floral and Striped Dress

I celebrated my 29th birthday over the weekend. Another year has passed, and I still have yet to feel older or different. When asked randomly how old I am, it’s remarkable if I can remember. It definitely feels like time is speeding up the older I get and the years are starting to blend together. Luckily, I celebrated my birthday with a very memorable 12 mile bike ride around Pittsburgh with the boy. No matter how old you are riding your bike will make you feel like a kid again.

We celebrated my birthday with a cookout at our friend’s new house that night, and I donned this great little number that I picked up at Goodwill for $5. I love how it does all the work for you by combining stripes and floral print. I played around with the styling a little bit for these picture and I love how the jean vest looks. It adds another layer without making you sweat in the summer heat. The jean vest takes it from party frock to music festival in an instant. Yet another versatile find from Goodwill.

Details: Dress and vest via Goodwill / sandals via Shoe Department / Riley necklace

Floral Print, Black and White

Target cardigan via Goodwill / Gap shirt  and jeans / Nine West shoes via TJ Maxx / Michael Kors watch and cuff 

This floral print cardigan paired with this black and white stripe makes me think of flowers against a cast iron fence. These two things create a contrast yet look so good together. Black and floral print is a great way to wear florals for an updated and edgier look. However, nothing can look too edgy with a ruffled collar and bow-tie heels.

I hope you all had a great weekend and an even better Mother’s Day. I am lucky to say I spent Mother’s Day with my mom. Also, the Goodwill Good Style Fashion Show was a great success. I will be providing a recap later this week. So keep your eyes peeled for fashion show goodness.

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.

Mix Prints Unabashedly

This skirt goes with many things in my closet, but I can’t help but love the intentional mash up of this impressionist print skirt and stately polka dot blouse. My rule for mixing here: Navy blue and white go with the different colors of the skirt on their own so why not all together? The more the merrier! That logic might not apply in all instances of print mixing, but I’ve found it’s at the very least a good rule of thumb.

Details:
Club Monocao sweater
TJ Maxx blouse
J.Crew Factory skirt and necklace
Thrifted Ann Taylor shoes
Michael Kors watch (gift

Graphic Floral Print

A good graphic print can really change an outfit. I found this top at Old Navy months ago when spring seemed like a distant dream. There is something Warholian about it. Maybe it’s the repetitive print and the mimic of a thick paint stroke. As you can probably tell, I was just waiting for a day like today to pair it with something bright for a more impactful look. It’s nice to know that it can just as easily add panache to casual jeans or shorts. I am basically obsessed with finding pieces for my wardrobe that can be both appropriate for work and “not work”.

I threw on a blazer to help with the air conditioning at work.

Details:
Thrifted Evan Picone blazer
Old Navy top
Loft skirt
Thrifted Ann Taylor shoes
J.Crew necklace 
Vintage cloisonne bracelet (gift)

Spring Outfit Idea: Florals

Let’s pretend for a minute that spring is actually not that far away. This floral print dress is one of those designs that sticks out to me from Target. As of recently, Target has done a pretty good job of interpreting trends into sophisticated designs. Sometimes they still loose me –— especially with their tiger whisker jeans, but Target has become one of my regular haunts. The prices get even better in their clearance section. I totally envision this dress with a yellow shoe. What do you think?

The chambray shirt

It used to be a U.S. work wear and Navy staple. Retailers have been revitalizing it in the form of tops, dresses, and even skirts, for what seems like a long time now, and I don’t see it peacing out anytime soon. It’s more light weight than denim, but it is just as versatile. I finally bought my own chambray shirt at Target for $20 this past spring. I thought its gray-blue color would pair perfectly with this bright print skirt that I picked up at the consignment shop. I wanted some opposition to its casual style so I layered on three pearl necklaces. The hardest challenge is making something casual look work appropriate, but I think this shirt passed the test. It is officially well worth the $20.
Target chambray shirt; Inc by Macy’s skirt via consignment shop; J.Crew, Gifted, Vintage necklaces; Ann Taylor vintage thrifted shoes; Ray Ban Wayfarer sunglasses