School-boy Chic

FYI. From elementary through high school, the mundane uniforms I wore to school every day greatly constrained my fashion creativity. So, trends described as “school-boy” aren’t immediately appealing. But, I just have to say, if my uniform had looked like this, school could have been even more inspiring.

This look features grey, lightweight wool, pin-stripe vest and matching shorts. The vest is worn over a white button-down shirt complete with old-school stripe, navy and red tie. Black argyle tights and black cap-toe pumps add some feminine touches.
Vest—Banana Republic factory store Shorts—Banana Republic factory store Shirt—Gap Tie—Tommy Hilfiger via the Apex’s closet Tights—StilnovO via Marshalls Shoes—Nine West via Marshalls

Preppy Flair

Argyle a la mode. This preppy sweater with its grey, light grey, black, and orange stunning argyle pattern set against a rich purple hue is quite hip when paired with knee-length tweed shorts. A lush black velvet blazer elevates the look from hip to hip and sophisticated. Black pointy-toe pumps, and mesh tights add final touches.
Sweater—H&M Camisole—Gap Blazer—Gap Outlet Pants—Ann Taylor Tights—Merona for Target Shoes—Anne Klein via Marshalls

Fall for the Shorts Suit

So yeah. The shorts suit was a hot trend over the last two summers. And, well, I am not quite over it yet. So, a pair of tights makes this shorts suit fall ready. The look comprises a single button black blazer, matching knee-length shorts, a stripe collared shirt, and fishnet tights. Pointy-toe pumps add a finishing touch.

Jacket—The Limited via Marshalls Shirt—Express Pants—Pantology via Marshalls Tights—Merona for Target Pumps—Anne Klein via Marshalls Watch—Dufonte by Lucien Piccard via Overstock

Check It Out

So everyone is mad about plaid this fall. And, I am glad for I can pull out this Calvin Klein jacket that I snagged over a year ago when Lord & Taylor was going out of business in St. Louis. It has a fresh color combination—splashes of orange and gold—despite its neutral base. The jacket has three-quarter sleeves, two front flap pockets, and a single button closure. It is paired with brown shorts, a yellow tee, burnt orange peep-toe flats, and a tan bag.
Jacket—Calvin Klein via Lord & Taylor Shorts—The Limited Tee—Gap Outlet Shoes—Kenneth Cole Reaction via Nordstrom Bag—MICHAEL Michael Kors via ebay

Sophisticated Detail

Silky, sleek, smooth. This grey airy silk blouse with dark grey concentric circles is both eye-catching and packed with sophisticated detail. It features a pleated bib, banded neckline, and a ribbon tie that cinches at the empire to create a flattering A-line silhouette. It is paired with black shorts, red peep-toe pumps, and a teal bag.
Blouse—Banana Republic factory store Shorts—Larry Levine via Marshalls Pumps—Tahari Duane pump via Smartbargains Bag—Banana Republic