A Pretty Plaid Skirt for Work

Details: J.Crew Turtleneck / J.Crew Factory Skirt / Everlane Loafers / BaubleBar Earrings

Wow! Just like that Christmas is almost here. Along with last-minute shopping, wrapping, and eating lots of cookies, I am trying to finish up a few things at work so I can enjoy a nice, relaxing vacation at home with my family in Cleveland. But before I hang up my loafers for slippers, I wanted to share this pretty plaid skirt I found for work. It can be so hard to look cute in the office during the cold, gray winter months, but a fun skirt in a bold pattern like this one can really brighten up those dreary days. Here I’m wearing it with a black turtleneck, but I could totally see this working with a pink or navy sweater or button down. The ruffle detail is the icing on the cake. What have you been wearing to the office lately? I hope you’re winding down for the year and get to celebrate the holidays with friends and family very soon!

Buffalo Girl

Details: Gap scarf and pants / Halogen riding boots via Nordstrom / Old Navy puffer vest / The Limited sweater / Michael Kors watch and bangle

The thing I miss most about the warmer weather besides the … warmer weather are the unabashedly bright colors. I like that with this outfit, I still get to be bright while looking appropriately wintery at the same time. Also, I am currently obsessed with this buffalo plaid scarf. I searched high and low for it at my local Gap after I saw it in a Christmas ad. I finally found it in the men’s section. It goes with any winter outfit and was a perfect complement for our date night, which involved ice skating at PPG plaza downtown and the Winter Lights Show at the Phipps.

Fall 2011 shopping notes: Tory Burch, Plaid

Now that the spending freeze is over, I can look to purchasing all of the many wants on my Spring shopping list, but also keep an eye out for the trends that were born out of the Fall 2011 fashion weeks. A favorite of mine from these shows, as always, was Tory Burch. She summed up her Fall line as “English country dressing translated through American sportswear,” according to Style.com. I could definitely see the English country part from all of the plaid skirts and suits. The American sportswear came in the form of relaxed-fit tops, sweaters, and trousers.

I have always loved plaid. I even had a certain affinity for my red plaid jumper in grade school. That outfit was the coolest. Luckily, while I was shopping at one of Cleveland’s newest consignment shops in the Lorain Avenue Antiques District, the Rag Refinery, I came across this Villager plaid skirt. Paired with my American-made Pendleton wool sweater, I thought it created the ultimate American-leisure English-prep style.

Rag Refinery has a finely curated selection of vintage and newer brands and the space doubles as an art gallery. A chili restaurant is rumored to be opening next store. Another truly unique shop in Cleveland! Find them on Facebook and Twitter.

(Above photos via Style.com)

Pendleton wool sweater; the Villiager vintage skirt; Franco Sarto boots

Fall staple: plaid

This outfit is perfect for my fallish mood right now. All I want to do is carve pumpkins and drink hot cider. I loved the reincarnation of the plaid shirt last year (or maybe two years ago) because of all of the updated styles that came out including ruffles and longer styles. I love pairing a more “rugged” shirt with a skirt. I like the contrast, but it probably has more to do with my constant need to dress up. I would wear tights and skirts every day if most of the skirts at Forever 21 were not mini skirts. This skirt was one of my purchases during Old Navy’s Sweet 16 Anniversary sale. It was marked down from $24.50 to $16.
Gap cardigan; Ralph Lauren top (gift); Old Navy skirt; Loft tights; Ann Taylor vintage shoes; Kenneth Cole watch (gift); Silver Mine jewelry (gift)

Thoughts on a weekend outfit: Dressy Plaid

There is one trend out right now that I think we are going to see for a long time this winter and fall. It has consumed every store in it’s wake and in every form, from skirts to button downs and dresses. Every time I walk into a store there is an entire section devoted to plaid. 

At first I thought I would miss the trend and it would be out of stores before I could even decide between classic black and red and the various new colors that are being incorporated into the old pattern. So I made sure to buy at least one summery piece to wear right now. (I think one of my friends has bought at least five plaid shirts/dresses in the past month.) I just recently purchased a plaid print dress from Urban Outfitters on the sale rack for $9.99. I can’t wait to see how people are going to make it their own and be original in the way they wear their plaid. This weekend I am rocking the dressy plaid look. What about you? 

Hope you have a great weekend!

(Photo via Shop Intuition)