Hello, Everyone and Happy Monday! Today I’m here to share my second week of “What I Wore” outfits to give those Monday blues some stylish inspiration! I don’t know about you, but for the past week or so, I have been feeling a bit under the weather with the constant shifts in temperature. As smitten as I am with the warmth of the summer sun, by this point, I just have an appetite for cool breezes, beautiful foliage, and the fresh smell of apples and the taste of anything pumpkin-not to mention the fun I have mixing and matching my favorite layering pieces!
Unfortunately, with the unseasonable temps in Upstate, New York-fall fashion has been put on the back burner, because we’re still experiencing hot and humid temps! So, in order to keep myself from melting, I did my best to keep my look as breezy, light, and casual as possible. Take a peek!
Just like last week, all pieces are linked, so you can shop each look!
This was another one of those beautifully beaded skirts from H&M that I found for under $30. Due to the close-to-90 temps, I wore a light-weight royal blue blouse with a cute knot that accented the collar from Forever 21 about 100 hundred years ago, a pair of Lauren Conrad flops, simple hair (thank you, humidity!) and just a few accessories (as to not overcompensate for the attention that was already being drawn to the skirt). If you didn’t already read my last post on “Seven Sparkly Staples,” make sure to read up on why less truly is more!
Tuesday’s are for Tutus:
There’s just something to say about this feminine skirt (with an odd, rubbery texture to it) and ivory laced top. Whenever I step into this tutu-framed skirt, I feel like a little girl all over again! Kate Spade said it exquisitely, “Playing dress up begins at age 5 and never truly ends.”
Textured Skirt-H&M-$39.99 (Received an additional 20% off through Retail Me Not)
Shop similar skirt from Target-$29.99 (in black, black and white striped, and floral)
Probably my favorite look this week! I love navy, and especially when it’s a navy skirt from J. Crew Factory ( I own about four in this style…and yes, all have pockets!). I think I feel the most comfortable when I add a little “prep” to my look. What truly completes this is the jean jacket, a MUST HAVE staple for all ladies-not only does it go with just about anything in your wardrobe, they keep you warm, they’re completely durable, you can hold onto it for years, and never have to worry about it being out-dated! To complete the look, these shoes that I got on clearance at the end of summer from GAP Factory, makes me feel put together in a casual, yet completely comfy way.
Basic white cotton tank from GAP (although they’re out of season now, you can find them just about anywhere. My advice is, when shopping for one that you want to use for layering purposes, make sure you find one with some stretch to it, that way it gives off the appearance of a sleeker silhouette)
Jean Jacket from GAP Factory (Spring ’14, shop similar style here-I paid $25.99-so sign up with them to receive your coupons automatically, too!)
Pleated Mini Skirt-J.Crew Factory (last Spring-shop similar styles here) I was able to purchase this for $39.99 on sale
Shoes-GAP Factory (late Summer-shop similar styles here from GAP) $12.99 on clearance
Thursday’s Simple and Chic:
By the end of the week, I could barely breathe out of my nose, let along say a sentence without having to clear my throat, so a “No-Nonsense” look was my goal! I grabbed my Chambray top, another staple for those “what should I wear today?” moments (see last week’s “What I Wore” post for deets), threw on a black pencil skirt, added some accessories to liven’ up the look, tossed my hair up into a simple top knot (see my post on “Embrace Messy Hair” ), and off to work I went!
Chambray Shirt- J.Crew Factory (retails for $68.00, currently on sale for $58-I paid less than $40, but regardless the price-it’s well worth it!)
GAP Factory-Pencil Skirt (retails for $39.99, purchased on sale last week for 50% off plus an additional 15% from a coupon code on my last receipt)
If you haven’t already done so, head over to Brian Huba’s Blog from the Times Union (The Cat’s Pajamas). Not only is he an incredible writer, but he’s an incredible guy. In August, I was fortunate enough to be interviewed by him for his “Heroes” series (“Hero #3-The Fashion Guru”). One of the questions he posed was, “Can you wear white after Labor Day?” Obviously, to make a long story short, my response was “yes,” but as long as you follow certain guidelines-so take a peek and find out the requirements behind this tricky color….AND don’t forget to check out his blog this Monday, where I will begin featuring a “Fashion Monday” post once a month, as well! We both hope to see you there!
“Soft Grey” Tencel Popover Tunic-GAP (Retails for $59.95, but purchased it with a 30% off coupon) Quick side note: although the color says “soft black,” the shirt is more of a dark grey
Mid Rise Jegging-Target (purchased last Spring for $29.99-the softest pair of jeans I own, and not to mention, even though these are Target brand, they keep their shape all day long, better than any other pair of jeans I own!)
I hope you enjoyed this week’s looks! I cannot wait to start sharing some true fall fashion styles with layers upon layers, patterns, and textures to help you reinvent or invent some fresh looks as we transition into the most stylish season yet! Make sure to tag me on Instagram: @daniellepiel, on Facebook: danielle piel, with your favorite looks! Feel free to even contact me through email: firstname.lastname@example.org, or leave a comment below!