Wardrobe Workhorse: White Skirt

White skirts: wardrobe workhorses

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Remember when we used to do a Wardrobe Workhorse feature once in a while? Those were good times. Let’s do that again. I noticed the other day when I was tidying my closet that I have 3 white skirts. Seems crazy, right? Why would someone want to cover the thing she sits on with a color that is scientifically proven (not really) to be a magnet for stains? I don’t know. But I do know I’ve worn 2 of those 3 skirts on countless occasions and, surprisingly, I haven’t ruined them! I think the key is to pick skirts that are (a) textured, (b) slightly off-white, or (c) both. They’re a little less intimidating than a sleek, stark white number, and less likely to show little bits of everyday dirt. Above are a few options that I think would fit the bill for anyone who’s looking to buy!

Need convincing? Here are just a few of the ways I’ve worn my white skirts and why I think they’re wardrobe workhorses.

They work for every season…

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You can pair them with brights or with other neutrals…

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And they can be dressy or casual…

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Need I say more?

P.S. You might notice that a few of the skirts I linked to above are available on Shopbop.com. Right now Shopbop is promoting use of its iPhone app, which you can download on iTunes. If you make any purchase through the app now through 9/16, use the promo code “APP.” Then later you’ll get an email containing a coupon for $25 off a future purchase! It’s super easy…I just did it last night.

P.P.S. Disclaimer: Shopbop is a current sponsor of this blog.

Wardrobe Workhorse: Leopard Oxford Shirt

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They say leopard is a neutral, and they (whoever they are) are totally right. That’s why I’ve been able to wear my leopard oxford so many times in so many ways over the past year. I think it’s earned its title as a Wardrobe Workhorse. If you’re just joining us, Wardrobe Workhorse is a series – with absolutely no regular schedule – in which I highlight the unexpected stars of my closet.

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I’ve worn my leopard button-up solo, under jackets, under a dress, with jeans, with skirts, for work, for school, and for fun. I don’t even know what’s left but I’m sure I’ll come up with something.

This particular shirt came from J. Crew Factory and they no longer sell it, but they do have some other fun and versatile prints. If you want leopard, try this semi-sheer one from Express, or this gorgeous silk one from Victoria’s Secret (both on sale).

For something a little different, try zebra, snake print, or abstract animal print!

Wardrobe Workhorse: Non-traditional Suit

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Happy Friday, everyone! Last winter I spotted this matching moto jacket/mini skirt combo on clearance at Target and decided to snatch it up (I also got it in green tweed, but who’s counting). As suits go, this one obviously isn’t traditional or conservative, but I  had a feeling I could still make good use of it. As is usually the case, I was right.

This wardrobe workhorse has gone business casual, regular casual, winter, spring, summer, and fall. I think my least favorite look above is actually when I wore the 2 pieces together. But maybe I should give the suit look another chance soon!

I scoped out a few non-traditional suits for your shopping pleasure – some fun colors, textures, patterns, and yes…even one “shorts suit.” It’s really hard to find matching separates like this online because they’re usually not marked as “suits” so you have to look up tops and bottoms separately. If you’re really in the market for a non-traditional suit, I recommend dragging yourself to the mall to look in person!

Non-traditional suits

1. Top, Bottom // 2. Top, Bottom // 3. Top, Bottom // 4. Top, Bottom // 5. Top, Bottom

Wardrobe Workhorse: Striped Skirt

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Happy Friday, folks. It’s time for another installment of Wardrobe Workhorse, where I pat myself on the back for getting my money’s worth from one item in my closet. Today’s winner: my striped mini skirt I got at Madewell last winter. As you’ll see below, I’ve worn it in all seasons and for all occasions. I’ve even glanced in all different directions while wearing it.

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I don’t want to get too controversial, but I’m starting to think a striped skirt might be just as versatile as a classic striped tee. Yep, you heard it here first. If you’re looking to add this workhorse to your wardrobe, I’ve found a few options for you.

Striped Skirts Galore!

Shop here: 1. Forever 21, $18 // 2. Wyatt, $24 // 3. J. Crew Factory, $65 // 4. C&C California, $78 // 5. Karen Kane, $69 // 6. Dorothy Perkins, $28 // 7. Forever 21, $12

Wardrobe Workhorse: J. Crew Peacoat

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I got the J. Crew “Majesty” Peacoat last fall, and for two winters now I’ve seen quite a few people find their way to my little blog by searching for reviews of said coat. I never really did a review of it before, but I do love the heck out of it and I’ve worn it a lot, so it got me thinking…How about making the peacoat the next Wardrobe Workhorse?!

I put a lot of thought into making this relatively pricey purchase. I managed to get it on sale, but it was still $200+. Gasp! I know. But honestly I have never once regretted this purchase. I’m more likely to regret spending $50 on a sweater I wear once before it starts pilling. I’ve already gotten my money’s worth. Here are just a few times I’ve worn it already, and there are sure to be many more over the years.

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A few things you might be wondering…

  • Is it warm? YES. It’s made of wool and is fully lined; nice and thick without being bulky.
  • How’s the fit? While I’m short enough (5’3″) to fall under the “petite” category, I went with the regular fit just because I didn’t want to have exposed wrists. I got this coat to help me survive Indiana winters. Not just to look cute. As for number size, I’ve found J. Crew often run small, and I normally wear a 0 in their tops. However, I went with a 2 in this coat to make sure there was room for a sweater underneath. (I did try on the 0 but it felt just a tad too tight for optimal comfort.)
  • How’s the quality? Excellent! I’m sure you can find a similar looking coat for less, but when you see this baby up close and personal, I think the details make it worth the extra cost. It never looks wrinkled or rumpled; I’ve worn it a couple dozen times and the fabric looks the same as it did on day 1. Not to mention the buttons are adorable and luxe looking.
  • What color do you recommend? I went with a neutral, classic color just because I didn’t have one already and I wanted to make sure I would get plenty of use out of it. The exact color I’m wearing isn’t available this year, but there are new great colors each year. You really can’t go wrong.

If I’ve convinced you to get your own J. Crew Majesty Peacoat, you can find all your options here! Some colors are on sale, and be sure to check for additional deals going on (right now (as of 12/12/13) you can get 30% off and free shipping with the code GIFTNOW).

Wardrobe Workhorse: Pavé Link Bracelet

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Last year for Christmas, I asked Santa for the gorgeous J. Crew pavé link bracelet. Santa delivered, but he probably wondered why I had to have a $125 bracelet. I’m sure Santa would be happy to know that almost a year later I’ve worn this bracelet more than 40 times. Below are just a few examples.j. crew pave link bracelet review, adjust for small wrist, cheaper j crew pave link bracelet, j crew knockoffs, j crew dupes, chunky link bracelets

I love throwing this baby on to add a little oomph to any outfit. It makes a statement because it’s so chunky, but at the same time it’s a classic. Sometimes it’s the only jewelry I wear, and other times I stack it with another bracelet or watch. I like having the “original” pavé link bracelet, but since the J. Crew version got so popular, similar versions have popped up all over.

Here are a few pavé bracelets for your shopping pleasure, including the one I have and several other cheaper options (in case you don’t want to wait for Santa).

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Shop the Bracelets Here:
1. J. Crew $125 // 2. Bauble Bar $58 on sale // 3. Ann Taylor $49.50 // 4. Marc by Marc Jacobs $71.99 on sale // 5. Bauble Bar $58 on sale // 6. Macy’s INC International Concepts $29.50

P.S. I should note that the J. Crew bracelet is a little bit large on a small wrist like mine. To see how I fixed this problem, see this post. I can’t attest to the size of any of the other bracelets because I’ve never tried them on.

Wardrobe Workhorse: Polka Dot Jeans

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I was out at dinner the other night and I noticed the waitress was wearing these adorable polka dot jeans. Then I realized the reason I liked them was because I have the same ones (from Target!). In a stroke of genius (which I have hourly), I thought they would make a great next installment of Wardrobe Workhorse!

On your typical list of must-haves, you’d probably find “a pair of great fitting jeans” or “dark wash trouser jeans” or something like that. Poppycock. What good are jeans without polka dots?

Mine have come in handy for some fun print mixing (as in looks 1 and 2), denim on denim (look 3), and just to add some fun to your otherwise average jeans-tank-cardigan outfit (looks 4 and 5).

You guys already have polka dot jeans, right? If not, we can still be friends, but see below for some shopping links, all under $100. You’ll thank me later.

Polka Dot Jeans

Shop Here: 1. Lucky Brand (on sale) // 2. Merona (same as mine) // 3. J. Crew (on sale) // 4. Forever 21 // 5. Merona

Wardrobe Workhorse: Leopard Loafers

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I had a request a while back for a post on the top 5 (or 10 or whatever) things every woman should have in her closet. I never did it because I felt like those lists have been done over and over and most of them are the same (classic trench! black pumps! earth shattering ideas!).

But the other day when I wore the Cole Haan leopard loafers I bought last summer, I started thinking about how glad I was I got them because I’ve worn them so many times over the past year.

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Most “must have” lists probably don’t include leopard loafers, but they’ve nonetheless been a staple for me! Basics are great and all, but I for one think it’s those unique, unexpected pieces that will make you stand out and look awesome every time you wear them.

So I’m officially starting the Sarah’s Wardrobe Workhorse series, and leopard loafers are first on the list! If you have an inkling to add some to your closet, I have some great options for you below.

Leopard Loafers

Shop here:  1. Sam Edelman // 2. Steve Madden // 3. Marais USA //

4. Minnetonka // 5. Truth or Dare by Madonna