First Day Back

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My sixth and final semester of law school has officially begun, and this is what I wore for my first day back. I had the genius idea to sign up for an 8:30am class on Mondays, and with the Golden Globes the night before, well…let’s just say I didn’t wear the hat solely for the fashion statement. Sarah’s hair be greasy!

Clearly I’m not very good at following the “take one thing off before you leave the house” rule, because not only did I add a hat, I also added this scarf. For some reason I felt like the royal blue boots just came out of nowhere and I wanted something to tie the look together. There’s a little bit of royal blue in the scarf so that made me feel better. And speaking of these royal blue boots, aren’t they amazing?! The correct answer is yes.

similar Sweater (almost identical) // Boots (on sale) // similar Leggings (on sale) // similar Scarf // Hat (on sale) // Bracelet // Lips “Plushest Punch”

How to Wear Ankle Boots (Part Deux)

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It’s been almost a year since I originally wrote about how to wear ankle boots. Back then I only had like 4 pairs, and now I have…you know…more than 4 pairs. I’ve learned so much since that first post. Most of it is about law, granted, but some of it is about ankle boots. So it seems like a good time to build upon last year’s advice. Welcome to How to Wear Ankle Boots (Part Deux)!

So. People seem to be wary of ankle boots for a couple of reasons. First, they’re worried they’ll look shorter and/or fatter because of how these boots are cut. Second, they just don’t know what to wear with the boots. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: The key to wearing ankle boots is elongating your legs as much as you can while still showing off the shape of the shoe.

Here are a few ways to wear ankle boots, and what to keep in mind along the way…

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I don’t know why cuffed jeans used to be a big fashion faux pas, but somewhere along the way things changed. Please. Do not be scared to roll ’em up. Roll or fold your jeans so the hem just barely hits the top of your boots. In case it isn’t obvious, this just applies to skinny/straight leg jeans. Don’t roll flared jeans – that’s crazy talk.

Keep in mind: This look should work well with wedge and heeled boots, but it can be a little trickier with flat boots. Ankle boots can easily make you look shorter, so if you’re already short (like me), just be really careful about proportions. And what about socks? That’s also a tricky issue. I think a peek of sock can be OK, but it can also ruin everything. You can play around with options, but if you want to err on the side of caution, I’d say stick with hidden socks.

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For shorties like me – and probably for most average-height ladies too – even chunkier ankle boots can work with skirts and dresses as long as they’re above the knee. Showing more leg makes your legs look longer, but let’s keep it decent, shall we?

Keep in mind: This shorter-is-better rule applies mainly to more causal boots, meaning ones with wider openings and chunky heels. A dressier ankle boot (like I’m wearing in the last photo in this post) is likely to work well with any length skirt!

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In case it hasn’t sunk in yet, making your legs look long and lean is pretty much my main piece of advice for pulling off these tricksy little shoes. Dark leggings are one of the most lengthening and leaning kinds of legwear I know of. In the photo on the left, I’m even wearing them with flat ankle boots.

Keep in mind: If I see you wearing leggings without a top long enough to cover your lady junk, I will yell at you in public, and it will be very embarrassing.

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When it gets too cold out, you might not  want that sliver of exposed skin between your boots and the bottom of your rolled up jeans. That’s when tucking comes in handy. I sometimes put my socks over the bottom of my jeans so they don’t ride up too much.

Keep in mind: This only works with skinny jeans, otherwise it looks pretty tucking weird. Ha…get it?

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Some ankle boots are basically just pumps with some extra coverage on the top of your feet. When the boots are nice and fitted to your feet with narrow openings and thin heels, you can wear them with just about anything you would normally wear pumps with.

Keep in mind: All those other rules are just some tips to get you started. Depending on how daring you are with your style, you could very well break some or all of them! But I saved this for last because otherwise you wouldn’t have read the rest of the post. And I worked hard on it.

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See more “How to Wear” posts:

Army Jacket     Oxford Shirt     Denim Jacket     Flared Skirt

Big & Little

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At this point it’s been said a million times but good advice bears repeating: A great outfit is about the right balance of shapes. If you wear baggy on top, wear fitted on the bottom (and vice versa). I used to think that was just something style experts say when they can’t think of anything else (and that could be true too), but I’ve found it to be true. If I had worn boyfriend jeans with this tunic and jacket, I would’ve looked like an Olsen twin, and if I had worn a tight top with these leggings I would’ve looked like a skank. (This is why no one hires me as a style expert. Saying “Remember to balance” is more helpful than saying “Don’t be an Olsen or a skank.”)

I decided to try extending the whole balancing logic and paired a dainty bracelet with an oversized watch. Pretty cute, right? Well I found out pretty quickly that the dainty bracelet just gets stuck underneath the oversized watch over and over. I spent most of the school day adjusting my accessories. I might not have absorbed much from class, but I did learn an important lesson about bracelets. So I’m going to call it a win.

similar Shirt* // similar Jacket // similar Leggings // Watch* // similar Boots (on sale) // Bracelet*

*Shirt purchased with gift card provided courtesy of H&M; watch provided courtesy of Timex; bracelet provided courtesy of Asos

Wading Through Exams

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Bad news first: The past several days have been gloomy and rainy and I’ve spent them studying for and taking exams.

The good news is that I FINALLY had an excuse to wear my Hunter rain boots that I bought weeks ago. I had an exam on Saturday morning, so I went no-fuss and comfy with leggings, tunic, scarf, and no distracting accessories. And since it was raining…THE BOOTS! Is anyone else excited? I didn’t think so.

Granted, I didn’t plan on walking outside for more than 30 seconds, but what if the exam room had been flooded? I would have been prepared. Turns out the exam room was perfectly dry, so after my test I celebrated by going out of my way to look for a puddle to jump in. I don’t know how I did on my final, but I do know I get an A+ in super stylish puddle jumping. Top of the class, for sure.

Boots: Hunter (this color is “Merlot”)

Coat: Tulle, old (similar houndstooth here or polka dotted here)

Scarf: Target, old (similar)

At Last

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A few days ago, one of my fellow WordPress style bloggers posted an outfit with statement earrings. I made the mistake of telling her how I’d had a pair of crazy earrings in my jewelry box for over a year and had never worn them. Then she demanded I wear them immediately and post them on the blog. I haven’t met her in person, but she looks like she might work out so I don’t want to make her mad. So here you go, Biscuits (or do you prefer Ms. Navy?).

I went to a comedy show on Friday night, and I put on these leggings, tank, and cardigan, and I started to pick out accessories when I realized I had just created a great backdrop for THE earrings! Sometimes I’m even surprised by my genius styling ability. Since the earrings make enough of a statement for 12 outfits, I decided to forego all other accessories. My earrings were very excited to see the outside world. They say it’s nice to meet you.