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.

Freedom

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What you’re looking at here is my first day of freedom outfit. After the Bar Exam was all over, I had a couple drinks and some nachos, then slept for 12 glorious hours. The next day, after my shower, I used these new fangled electric hair instruments. One blows hot air so your hair dries faster, and the other one clamps down on your hair so it doesn’t look like a frizzy mess. Technology is amazing, you guys.

Sometimes during Bar prep when I was sitting on my couch in sweats and wet, unstyled hair, I would think about all the cute outfits I would wear to do fun non-studying things once I had my life back. This was one of those outfits. I felt very Audrey Hepburn, and that is never not a good thing.

For the most part, post-Bar life has been lovely. I did discover, however, that it’s easy to build up your first day of freedom in your head a little too much. I guess I imagined double rainbows bursting spontaneously through the sky and a marching band following me everywhere I went while I performed “Don’t Rain on My Parade” and it would be so amazing that people would be like “oh my gosh, her voice sounds like Barbra Streisand and Idina Menzel had a baby, and she has the legs of Cyd Charisse!” In reality, the world is exactly how I left it, and I still have a crappy singing voice and short legs.

But at least my outfit was cute (this will be the title of my memoir one day).

Top // similar Skirt // Sunglasses // Bag // Shoes // Lips

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Pineapple

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On most days during the past 3 weeks, “getting ready for the day” has consisted of a face wipe, a new layer of deodorant, and the same sweats I’d been in for the past 24 hours. This might negatively affect your opinion of me, but I’m just keepin’ it real.

Last weekend I decided to actually get ready for the day, and Kristin and I had a picnic lunch on the grounds of the Indianapolis Museum of Art. I brought along my flash cards and book of practice questions and actually got some decent work done! It was a much needed break, even if it wasn’t really a break.

And in case you hadn’t heard, pineapples are the new lemons.

Tee // similar Skirt* // Hat // Shoes* // similar Sunglasses (under $20) // similar Clutch (on sale) // Lips “Whimsical”

*Skirt purchased with gift card provided courtesy of Asos; shoes purchased with gift card provided courtesy of H&M.

Worth It

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I was thisclose to finishing last month with a budget surplus when that biotch Ann Taylor sucked me in with another one of her 60% off flash sales. But what I lack in willpower, I make up for in excellent taste. This dress was one of the items I snagged on major sale, and I think we can all agree my purchase was worth it.

Dress // similar Necklace // Bag (on sale) // similar Ring // Sunglasses // Shoes (on sale)

By the way, Ann Taylor is currently having its semi-annual sale. How is this different than all the other sales? I don’t know. Seriously, do not ever buy anything at AT on one of the 3 days a year when there’s no sale. What are you thinking?

Pin to Real Life: Chambray & White Skirt

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Left image source: Crazy Style Love (used with permission under Creative Commons license)

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I love doing these “Pin to Real Life” posts because I feel like they go to the essence of what this blog is about. Yes, my blog has an essence. Take a deep breath and you might get a whiff. But seriously…the essence is about how I find styling inspiration (sometimes from my own head, sometimes from other people) and then adapt it to fit my real life. [cue epiphany sound effect – it all makes sense now, doesn’t it?!]

This inspiration for this outfit came from Jenny at Crazy Style Love, and she is crazy fabulous pretty much all the time. She wears things I would never have the lady balls to wear. But then again, she lives in Toronto, and I get the impression that’s a more fashion-forward city than Indianapolis. No offense to my city, but its style is very much sports-based. So if Jenny had come to brunch with me on Saturday in her outfit, she would have looked way overdressed (but still awesome, obviously).

My shorter, less voluminous, skirt is more practical for me, and flats instead of heels seemed more appropriate for the occasion. Finally, I tied my shirt in the front instead of tucking it in because I felt like that added an extra casual touch.

A million thanks to Jenny for inspiring this outfit – I loved it! If you want to see more of the people and outfits that inspire me, follow me on Pinterest!

similar Shirt // similar Skirt // Sunglasses // similar Shoes (on sale) // Bag (on sale)

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Yellow Inspo

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I was feeling lazy on Friday morning, and I embraced my inner student and wore a college tee, jeans, and boat shoes to my Bar review class. Yes, I’m a normal person. Once in a while. But by Friday night I was back to my abnormal self and was itching to put on some real clothes to go out to dinner downtown.

But still being a mostly lazy person, I had absolutely no motivation to pick out something awesome to wear. While procrastinating getting ready, I caught up on some of my favorite blogs, and happened to see this post from Kimberly at Penny Pincher Fashion. Boom: Inspiration! Yellow tank, white skirt, block heeled sandals. Done, done, and done. Thanks, Kim. You rock.

Oh, and if these pictures look a little grainy, it’s because this genius forgot to bring her big girl camera so we had to use the good ol’ iPhone. After such a miraculously inspired outfit, I wasn’t about to miss out on the chance to document it!

Have a great Sunday – and HAPPY JUNE!

similar Top (under $20) // similar Skirt (on sale) // Shoes (on sale) // Bag (on sale) // similar Sunglasses* // Earrings // similar Necklace (under $10) // similar Bracelet (under $5)

*Sunglasses purchased with gift card provided courtesy of Asos.

Beneath the Cap & Gown

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So I graduated law school several days ago. Did I mention that was happening? Maybe like 100 times over the past month? Yep. I was so busy sharing my post-graduation Chicago vacation outfit photos that I forgot to show you what I wore on the big day! So here it is.

This skirt came in the mail a couple days before graduation and I decided it would be a good option. It’s got this kind of youthful but elegant look to it. You know…like something a brand new lawyer would wear. 😉

These shoes were not the most comfortable things to stand around in for two hours while we were waiting for the processional, but my gown was so freaking huge I felt like I needed the extra height. Can we talk about the cap and gown for a second? Great. Thanks. There was one size gown for everyone up to 200 pounds. I don’t know if you can tell from all the photos you’ve seen of me, but I weigh somewhat less than 200 pounds. They asked for my height (which is 5’3″, by the way) but I’m not sure it made a difference. I was essentially wearing an inflated, depressing looking maxi dress. And that silly hat. I put mine on ahead of time, but it looked so ridiculous I thought I must have done it wrong. So I took it off and waited until I checked in at the ceremony location so I could see everyone else’s. Nope. It’s really supposed to look like that. Sigh. I know there’s historical significance to these stupid outfits, but someone really needs to update the graduation look. Like maybe Diane von Furstenburg.

OK, after all that complaining, you probably want to see what I looked like, don’t you? If you must:

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The oversized look is “in,” right?

Top (on sale) // similar Skirt // Shoes (on sale) // similar Necklace* // Lips “Plushest Punch”

*Necklace purchased with gift card provided courtesy of H&M.

A Teaser

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Today I’m guest blogging at NYC Fit Food Fashion. Head over there to see more details of this outfit and to find out how I put it together!

Sweater (on sale) // similar Skirt* // same Skirt in lilac (so pretty!) // Bag // similar Shoes* // similar Necklace // Sunglasses (on sale) // Lips “Pourpre Preview”

*Skirt purchased with gift card provided courtesy of Asos; shoes purchased with gift card provided courtesy of H&M.

I’ll Meet You in the Midi

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It’s day 3 of the Take One, Pass it On remix challenge, and I kind of boxed myself into a corner with day 2’s outfit. I had already remixed the shirt, and wearing my rain boots again would have been a little silly under a sunny sky. So that left me with the black shirtdress to wear for a brunch date on Saturday.

But being the savvy remixer I am, I decided to disguise the dress as a shirt by putting my new midi skirt over it. I’m pretty proud of myself for trying this skirt, you guys. I’ve avoided this length because I was afraid it would accentuate my lack of verticalness. But I think this one that hits just a couple inches below the knee works for me, especially with a little bit of a heel. Plus it has these awesomely huge pockets! What will I keep in the pockets? Probably nothing. But I like knowing they’re there in case I have two footlong sandwiches I don’t feel like carrying.

Dress // Skirt* (out of stock in pink but also comes in black) // Shoes // similar Jacket // similar Necklace // Sunglasses(on sale)

Don’t forget! You can join the Take One challenge anytime during the month of November and I’ll post a link to your blog in my weekly roundup!

*Skirt and sunglasses purchased with gift card provided courtesy of Asos.

Señorita

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I am really impressed by people who work from home. Since I only have class three days a week this semester, I’ve been studying and reading at home much more than last year. I am really terrible at staying focused when I’m at home sometimes. I read about two paragraphs, then I check Bloglovin’. Five more paragraphs, check Facebook. Take a few notes, and oh! – I think I need to pet my cat. Yes, she definitely wants me to pet her. I have a point, so let me make it:

On one of my usual work-from-home days, I decided to get my butt dressed and head to the library to get some work done. Not a special occasion, obviously. No special outfit needed. But when I stood in front of my closet, one thing led to another, and suddenly I looked like I was ready to go flamenco dancing. Or sangria drinking. Whatever.

Then I thought maybe I should change into something lower maintenance? But then I would have to start all over and go out of my way to look like I didn’t try too hard. So I would be trying extra hard to look like I wasn’t trying hard, instead of not trying and accidentally looking like I tried. Are you confused? So was I. So I left the house in this. The end.

Top: Ann Taylor (old)

Skirt: LOFT (old, similar)

Shoes: Steve Madden (old, similar)

Nails: Essie Penny Talk