Happy Tuesday, guys!
With all the holiday craziness, I’ve definitely fallen behind on my Winter capsule wardrobe posts–so sorry about that! Admittedly, I’ve felt pretty scattered and all over the place lately and I feel like there are never enough hours in the day. The holidays are my busiest season of the year and I’ve gotten behind on my shooting. Bah!
Another big hiccup I had not foreseen happening, SO many of my capsule items for December sold out during Black Friday! Ugh! I work really hard to make sure that everything I feature is current, but sometimes, things just happen. What can ya do? Luckily, MOST of what you see here is–but I’ll have to make a couple substitutions!
Anyway–these photos are a little, um…less than great because I actually had to shoot them myself on my tripod ? I honestly wish I could’ve filmed myself doing it because it was truly a disaster. So, to give you the short story, my camera (I shoot with a Canon 6D) has wifi and enables me to turn my iPhone into a remote with the “Canon connect” app.
Anyway, in the close ups, what you can’t see is that my phone is laying on the floor in front of me and I’m actually pressing the button with my toe ? And in the full body shots, I had to hide my phone REALLY fast either behind my back or under my arm! Some I just gave up and you can see me holding me phone because WHAT-EVER. Hilarity.
Basically, the moral of the story is, nothing has been going perfect over here lately and know what? That’s okay. I almost didn’t post these, but figured, if it helps one person remember that everyone’s life is a mess on some level, then that’s great!
So, without further adieu, let’s get into how I styled this adorable plaid skirt four ways from work to the weekend and everything in between!
But first…the items!
Plaid skirt: This skirt is by BB Dakota and I absolutely love the plaid pattern and colors. I think some plaid can be a little “in your face” but this pattern is very subtle and can be worn so many ways without being overwhelming. Plus, it’s the perfect festive addition to your holiday wardrobe! (I also love this similar one, also at Revolve, and this similar one from J.Crew Factory!)
Silk Button Down: This appears twice here, in both “work” looks, because I’ve never really shown you how to style it for work (although it’s appeared here and here styled in a more casual way!) This is one of the best wardrobe staples I own, for any season, for any occasion. I absolutely adore it. Here I’m wearing a small, and I’d say it runs true to size. I love EVERYTHING that Everlane makes and would highly recommend it all! They also make a similar two pocket silk button down if you prefer that look!
Lace trim silk camisole: I am OBSESSED with this tank. It’s so pretty and I wear it so often when I go out at night! The one I’m wearing here keeps selling out but then getting re-stocked, so if you don’t see it in your size, check back in a few hours or days! I love this really similar one from LOFT, this one from Nordstrom, and Everlane makes a really pretty classic silk camisole without lace trim! If you like velvet, I really love this velvet version, too!
Cozy cardigan: Here I’m wearing this pretty neutral cardigan that is SO soft and warm. (You first saw it in this post!) I love the oatmeal color because it’s a nice in-between between camel and cream! A few of you specifically asked for more ideas on how to style long cardigans, so I wanted to make sure I included it a couple of ways in this post!
Black turtleneck sweater: Mine is old from Everlane, but there are so many great black turtlenecks out there right now! I’ve found that a slim-fitting one is really versatile because you can more easily layer them underneath dresses and other sweaters! (Like I did when I styled this dress in my last capsule post!) This one and this one are super cute too!
Black pumps:They’re back again! Yes, you also saw them in last month’s capsule, but you know the saying–if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it! Every woman should have one pair of classic, sleek, black pumps. I adore these Sam Edelmans. (Mine are actually slingbacks from a few years ago but these are the current version (which are d’Orsay pumps) and there is also a regular pump version!
The price point on these is great, they are super comfy, and they are so versatile, you will wear them year-round from everything from work to weddings to dates and everything in between.
Oxfords: Surprise surprise, Everlane again! I love these oxfords! They do take some breaking in but you’ll have them for years and they are one of the few flat casual footwear options that looks super polished at the same time.
Knee high heeled boots: I just recently got these knee-high boots from Splendid (you saw me style them over here!) and I absolutely love the look of them. They look so cute with skirts and dresses as well as jeans! Best of all, they are SO comfy. I walked all over San Francisco in them one day and zero blisters or toe pinching! They come in black as well as brown–Sam Edelman makes a similar pair in a lighter tan color that is beautiful as well! Linking more below too. Note on sizing: the sizing notes say to go up a size, but I didn’t and I didn’t find that they ran small in my case!
Over the Knee boots: The crown jewel of my wardrobe: my Stuart Weitzman Lowland boots. I wear them SO. MUCH. And sadly, I can confidently say there is no budget-friendly duplicate out there. I have searched high and low! They are expensive for a reason–no other thigh-high, tie-in-the-back boots that I’ve found really hug your leg like these do.
However–good news–I DO love the budget-friendly Blondo Olivia boots! They don’t look exactly the same, (they aren’t as tall, and they stretch in the back vs. tie) but if you want a boot that is going to hug your leg in a similar fashion, this is a great choice! They’re also waterproof, and come in grey as well! I wear these boots when I want to save my Stuart Weitzmans from crazy weather!
Leopard Clutch: I love this leopard clutch and wear it everywhere. (Nordstrom actually has a TON of different leopard clutches right now!) I’m a huge fan of it for going out because it brightens up even the most basic outfit. Plus, it’s such a steal for less than $50 and it looks and feels like the designer version.
…Okay, let’s jump into the looks!!
How To Style A Plaid Skirt Four Ways:
Look #1: Dressed Up Meeting
The beauty of this skirt is that it’s short, but not too short–so you can easily make it work for the office! The one rule I’d keep in mind is if you’re going to wear heels with it, put on some tights. Tights are always extra insurance for work to make sure that your outfit is always conservative enough! I paired it with my favorite pumps and button-down shirt for a timeless look perfect for any client presentation.
Look #2: Dinner with Friends
One of my favorite staples is this silk camisole! I love wearing it with high-waisted skinny jeans and heels for date night, but quite a few have you asked me how else I like to wear it, so I definitely wanted to include it in one of these looks! It’s Neal’s favorite top of mine (because it’s one of the few things that don’t classify as “granny” in my wardrobe ?)
It looks so cute tucked into the plaid skirt, and I love layering it under the chunky sweater, which helps balance out the more sexy factors of the camisole and makes it suitable for daytime. I paired these staples with my favorite brown suede knee-high boots for a look that is perfect for dinner with friends!
Look #3: Date Night
This outfit formula is always a repeat offender when it comes to date night! OTK boots + mini skirt combination is a tough one to beat! I like the black on black look of the black turtleneck with black boots–it’s sophisticated and sleek! The leopard clutch adds a fun pop of pattern, too. (Leopard and plaid is one of my favorite combinations!)
Look #4: Cozy and Polished for Work
This might be my favorite look of all! You can really wear this anywhere, but in particular, I thought it was a great, more casual look for the office. The silk button down re-appears again, and since I opted for flat oxfords here, I felt it was fine to ditch the tights (although, you can add them back in if you wish!) Because the oxfords paired with the plaid skirt could feel a little too schoolgirlish, I layered on the chunky, cozy cardigan to mix things up and throw a different style into the mix. I think it works so well!
Which is your favorite plaid skirt outfit?