My sweet friend Crysti messaged me a couple days ago with a styling 911 on this super cute linen skirt from Gap. She had a few concerns, one being that she wasn't crazy about the waist and also that the color was tough for her. Now, I'm pretty brave when it comes to wearing bright colors and prints, but I realize that not everyone subscribes to my taste. I tried to stay within reason price-wise and include basics that we all have in our closets (denim, stripes, animal print). I am guilty of throwing in a couple wacky things (the Reed sandals for Date Night make me absolutely cray-cray!). All in all, I feel like each look, accessories included, could be mixed and matched to make 10 looks or so.
By the way, Crysti is a wonderful wife, mommy to Emery, and blogger. Visit her blog, We Hatched a Miracle, to read her about her struggles and triumphs with infertility and mommyhood!
So, onto the looks: First, I did a look for drinks with the girls, shopping, etc. I like the edge that the skull bracelets and the detailing on the bag bring to the otherwise girly pallet. Everyone should have a striped tee or lightweight sweater in their wardrobe because it goes with absolutely everything and looks effortlessly chic. Mine is from H&M and although I can't link to it, it's part of their basics line and is $12.99 (saw it in the store last week).The leopard wedges throw a bit of print into the mix and the watch keeps everything classic. You could also layer the chambray shirt like a jacket over the stripes for a more casual look.
Skirt: Brooks Brothers (no longer available, but this one is $12.80 and comes with a friggin' belt!)
Top: Gap (no longer avail. but great alternative here)
Wedges: Sam Edelman
Earrings: Kendra Scott
Watch: Geneva, $20!
Bag: Rebecca Minkoff
Ring: Vince Camuto
Bracelets: Z Designs
Next, I pictured Crysti at the park with Emery or just hanging out with her husband and family. I could not be a bigger proponent of Sperry's and even though I totally turned my nose up at them until recently, they are the most comfortable shoes and comes is a bazillion colors and styles. Original Rayban aviators are a great investment because they flatter every face shape and make you look super cool Top Gun style. Switch out the Sperry's for the Sam Edelman wedges above and the Minkoff bag and you are immediately zhushed up for a movie or dinner!
Skirt: here's another option for $19.80
Top: Old Navy
Shoes: Sperry Topsider
Earrings: Kate Spade
Bracelets: Full Tilt, OMG $6!
Finally, my favorite look is this Date Night look, basically because these are BBB shoes (bad, bad bitch)! I'm obsessed with Reed Krakoff's bags right now and his footwear line is reasonably priced for a salon shoe ($325) compared to many others. I added the cobalt for something a little different and to show that it goes with coral/salmon beautifully. You could easily remove the jacket and wear either the Sperry's or the leopard wedges with the skirt, white tee, and cobalt accessories. Likewise, this would be an easy work look with more conservative shoes and a bigger tote, then just switch out with heels and blue accessories for Happy Hour.
Skirt: Chiffon Tutu version here! LOVE
Blazer: G by Guess, great price!
Heels: Reed Krakoff
Earrings: Marc by Marc
Watch: Michael Kors
Bag: Tory Burch
Ring: Janna Connor
Crysti, I hope this helps at least get you on the right track with the skirt. I also think it would look great with a grey/gold mix, fuchsia, and a more intense mint (blouse instead of accessories).
All this happy hour talk has me wantin' a margarita. See y'all tomorrow!