How to Stay Fly When the Temp Says Freezing

When I first moved to this country, I didn’t envision staying long. So, I was resistant to purchasing winter style essentials. Luckily for me, I lived in Texas and could survive with some basics. When I moved to St. Louis, though, and I experienced my first brutally cold weather, I had to get real about building a winter wardrobe and style. The goal was to find super functional pieces that also packed a lot of style. These are some of my go-tos for staying warm in style.

winter style essentials

Winter Style Essentials:

Down coat (lower-priced option) | Skinny jeans | Turtleneck top | Waterproof boots

Beanie | Crossbody bag

 

For more winter style inspiration:

How to choose the right color for your winter coat

How to look like a million bucks this winter

How to channel spring when winter is holding on

How to Ease a Little Red into Your Valentine’s Day Style

Red has become one of my favorite colors to wear. It’s such a power color. So, if Valentine’s Day offers an excuse to sport head-to-toe red, I’m here for it. If, however, you’d like to separate yourself from the sea of red on Valentine’s Day, you can get creative about easing a little red into your look. I’ve discussed adding pops of red using accessories (see that post here). Today, the spotlight is on fabulous separates in stunning red prints.

Anthropologie top (option, option) | H&M skirt

Naturalizer boots (on sale) | Gucci bag

Red Prints

I found today’s pleated midi skirt in the Valentine’s shop at H&M. I was immediately drawn to its vertical stripes in a striking combination of red, navy, and black. That color combination expands the styling opportunities. I chose to wear it today with a navy top, but it’ll look equally fabulous with red, black, or white.

What I love most about pleated midi skirts (shop mine here) is that they wear effortlessly and move magically.

Location: St. Louis Galleria Mall

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January Favorites: 5 Ways to Style Black in the Winter

I love wearing bright colors all year long, especially during the winter (see more on that here, here, and here). But, I have a solid appreciation for the smart, sophisticated appeal of black outfits too. I also know that rocking black can be as fun as wearing my more cheerful outfits. Here are 5 ways I take black clothing from safe to super stylish.

1. Play with texture

So you like to mix and match? Me too! Take rocking all black to new style heights by mixing black separates in luxe textures like velvet, jacquard, and leather. See the original post here. Shop the jacquard jacket on sale here and the belt here.

black clothing

2. Mix a graphic print with black solids

Adding a graphic print, especially a black and white one, to solid black is a recipe for style success. See the original post here.

3. Say yes to stripes

This should be easy since stripes are practically neutrals now. The black/tan vertical stripes on this dress are so au moment and easy to style. See the original blog post here. Shop the shirt dress for under $30 here.

4. Mix black graphic prints

Graphic prints that are anchored by black are a breeze to blend. The black ties to them together. For more on how to play with scope, see the original post here.

5. Play with silhouette and structure

There’s black clothing and there’s fabulous black clothing. One sure way to get to fabulous all black is by experimenting wth silhouette and structure. Voluminous trousers are still having a moment, so this little black number is standout because of its flare silhouette. The architectural knot at the top adds an interesting twist too. See the original post here. Shop the jumpsuit here.

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This Year’s Must-Have Polka Dots are Surprisingly Versatile

Florals might usually be the go-to print for spring, but this year, polka dots are vying for that top spot (pun intended). Dots were prominent in most major spring collections. From supersized dots to abstract dots to dressy dots, this year’s polka dots trend brings a host of creative ways to wear the print.

To demonstrate just how versatile polka dots can be, I’m reaching for two of my favorite polka dot items. My sheer polka dot blouse (seen before here) and my polka dot pants (seen before here) each serve well as the star of any look. When worn together though? Their different-sized dots make magic because they perfectly play with scope.

polka dots trend

Topshop blouse (similar) | Pants (similar) | J.Crew pumps (option) | Gucci super mini bag

Kendra Scott earrings | Tory Burch sunglasses (similar) | Fenty Beauty Stunna Lip Paint

I purchased the sheer dot blouse in the Nordstrom anniversary sale last year. The combination of retro dots on a sheer blouse really appealed to me. I envisioned styling and restyling the blouse. And, I’ve just done that (see here and here).

I found the pants recently in TJ Maxx. It’s been ages since I’ve shopped my old favorite off-price store. But, I’m glad I stumbled into a store because these pants were on clearance for $10. If you have the time and patience, there are some gems hidden in the clearance racks of some of our favorite stores right now.

I firmly believe in getting as much use out of what’s in my closet. So, I challenged myself to make these standout dot items look different in new outfits. I didn’t know at the time that would mean wearing them together. But, I tried it, and it worked.

Location: Central Library, Downtown, St. Louis

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You Need this Black Jumpsuit in Your Life

On my last trip home, I attended a gala. Before traveling, in preparation for the event, I spent some time thinking about my formal look. I knew I wanted something that was long, modern, and versatile. When I found today’s featured black jumpsuit (shop it here), I knew it was THE ONE.

black jumpsuit

Black jumpsuit (shop exact style here) | Glitter pumps (option) | Mini bag

Earrings | Fenty Beauty Stunna Lip Paint

The jumpsuit was a hopeful at first sight because of its fit-and-flare silhouette. That silhouette is one of the most flattering on we pear shapes. And, you can’t go wrong with a beautiful fit, right?

That knotted detail on the bodice though? That little touch adds so much modern flavor to this classic jumpsuit. I love architectural features like this one so much that I let them take all the shine. I opted, then, to wear statement earrings only and hence nothing on the neckline.

Beautiful details on a classic silhouette made this one piece (shop it here) easy to get ready for my event. At the same time, it’s also so classic and simple that I can wear it again and again to all sorts of occasions. Don’t you just love ‘formal’ attire that you can repeat?

Location: Central Library, Downtown, St. Louis

For more jumpsuit style inspiration, see here, here, and here.