Today's Everyday Fashion: Boots and Pants

Inspiration: Chinese Laundry

Inspiration: Chinese Laundry

Wool hat, black top, green pants, Chinese Laundry shoes

I'm a big fan of short boots. Tall boots never fit my calves, and in general short boots are so easy to slip off and on. They do present one challenge though, which is figuring out how they fit together with the end of your pants. My favorite scenario is when your pants fit nicely just inside the top of the bootie (like here). You can also wear them with your pants rolled at the bottom (LOFT example below).  And if your pants are bootcut, then you can wear them over the top of the boot so only part of your shoe sticks out (like here). And then there's today's look, which is something in between. I wanted to re-create this outfit, but I fear these pants are too long to wear with boots and the zippers make them tough to roll. Do you ever have difficulty wearing pants and short boots? 

Tee: LaMixx c/o, $20
Pants: A&F c/o
Shoes: Chinese Laundry c/o DNA Footwear, $83
Purse: Karen Millen, gift (similarsimilar, similar)
Hat: Express, $12 (similarsimilar)
Necklaces: My Stella & DotMy Stella & Dot
Approx. dates: Hat, purse are 3 years ago. Pants, top are 1 year ago. Shoes are recent.

Green military pants under $100

Sanctuary  /  Target  /  LOFT  /  Joie
J.Crew  /  Lucky Brand /  H&M  /  Ralph Lauren

Today's Everyday Fashion: Shortcuts

Inspiration: J.Crew Factory

Inspiration: J.Crew Factory

Animal sweater, chambray, tweed skirt

When you find something you like, it bears repeating, especially when it comes to getting dressed. In today's case, this shoe/skirt/purse combo is something I came up with a few weeks ago (here). Outfit "shortcuts" like these can be repeated again and again just by switching out one or two things like a different top and sweater, and they can be especially helpful for getting dressed for work five days a week. Do you ever use shortcuts in your closet?

Sweater: Old Navy, $16 (similar, similar)
Top: Mudd c/o Kohl's, $20
Skirt: LOFT, $36 (similarsimilar)  
Shoes: Call It Spring c/o, $29 (similarsimilar)
Purse: Emma Fox c/o Ross, $60 (similarsimilar)
Necklaces: My Stella & DotMy Stella & Dot
Earrings: My Stella & Dot
Approx. dates: Purse is 3 years ago. Sweater, top, skirt are 2 years ago. Shoes are last summer.

Chambray tops under $100

Today's Everyday Fashion: Peep Toe Booties

Inspiration: JACOPO RAULE/GC IMAGES via InStyle

Inspiration: JACOPO RAULE/GC IMAGES via InStyle

White tuxedo blazer with leather skirt

Rosie is rocking an asymmetrical leather skirt, tuxedo blazer and matching top. The hardest part of her outfit to pull off though? The suede booties with bare legs, in my opinion. It’s a look I’ve worn before and probably will again, but I always struggle with feeling 100% confident in it. That’s where peep toe booties come in (the kind of shoes I’m wearing). I hadn't tried this type of shoe until this season, but I’m kind of hooked. They are the perfect solution for getting the look of a boot without having to wear hot socks for those of us in warmer climates. Not to mention they look perfectly at home on a bare leg. I’ve rounded up a bunch more of this type of shoe under $100. Is this a shoe you would wear? Why or why not?

Blazer: Express c/o (similar, similar)
Top: LOFT, $27 (similar, similar)
Skirt: Vince Camuto c/o Nordstrom, $49 (similar)
Purse: Michael Kors/Macy's, $270 (samesame)
Shoes: Vince Camuto c/o HSN
Necklaces: My Stella & DotMy Stella & Dot
Earrings: My Stella & Dot
Approx. dates: Blazer is 3 years ago. Top and purse are 2 years ago. Skirt and shoes are this summer.

Peep toe booties under $100