Today's Everyday Fashion: Back In Style

Inspiration: ModCloth Coat, Shirt, Pants

Inspiration: ModCloth Coat, Shirt, Pants

Floral top, yellow pencil skirt, python shoes

You know that rule that you should get rid of something if you haven't worn it in 6 months to a year? I'm not a big fan of that rule. I will keep things for years without wearing it, and then pick back up wearing it again. Take this top and these shoes, both 7-ish years old, and they feel totally current. They made it this long since both are in great condition and I still liked each piece enough to keep it for later (aka for whenever it came "back in style"). What are your personal rules for when to keep and when to toss?  

Coat: ASOS c/o ShopStyle, $97 (similarsimilarsimilar)
Top: Limited, $25 (similar)
Skirt: J.Crew, $45 (similar, similar, similar)
Shoes: Nine West, old
Purse: Calvin Klein/Saks Off Fifth, $130 (similar)
Earrings: My Stella & Dot
Approx. dates: Top and shoes are 7 years ago. Skirt is 3 years ago. Purse is 2 years ago. Coat is this season.

Python shopping picks

Today's Everyday Fashion: The Brocade Skirt

Inspiration: Sachin & Babi via Precouture.com

Inspiration: Sachin & Babi via Precouture.com

Leather sleeve trench, cobalt top, brocade skirt

This catalog photo recently popped up in my email inbox and while I don't have an exact or similar print in my closet, I created the same feel by combining a brocade skirt with a cobalt top. I finished it off with a leather sleeve trench and black accessories. I usually wear this (6 or 7 year old) skirt with brown or taupe pumps so mixing it up with black accessories makes it feel fresh again! 

Coat: Express, $75 (similar, similar, similar)
Top: Tahari c/o Nordstrom, $58 (similarsimilarsimilar)
Skirt: Limited, $50
Shoes: Charles David c/o DNA Footwear
Purse: Michael Kors/Macy's, $270 (same)
Earrings: My Stella & Dot
Approx. dates: Skirt is 6 years ago. Jacket and purse are 2 years ago. Shirt is last summer, shoes are this season.

Brocade skirts under $100

Today's Everyday Fashion: Packing for Key West 2

Inspiration: SHOP Bazaar

Inspiration: SHOP Bazaar

Cobalt top, Express floral skirt, pink clutch

Today I'm sharing two more Key West/spring break outfit ideas! (You can read part 1 here.) First up is this adorable floral skirt. I fell in love with this pattern online (also in a pencil skirt here), and the top half turned out so fun with a combo of cobalt, electric blue and hot pink. I'd style it with heels on most occasions, but in laid-back Key West sandals are the norm. I think this skirt has potential to work for lots of different situations and shoes though.

Top: Tahari c/o Nordstrom, $58 (similarsimilar, similar)
Skirt: Express, $31
Shoes: Call It Spring c/o, $50 (similar, similar)
Purse: Gap, $16 (similarsimilar)
Earrings: My Stella & Dot
Approx. dates: Purse is 3 years ago. Top and shoes are 1 year ago. Skirt is new.

This was my attempt at a "bachelorette" dress but it didn't fare so well on me. I think ultimately I need a bigger size - the straps were too tight and it's way too short. I'm returning it (no time to exchange sizes before my trip), but I planned to wear it with flat sandals in Key West like shown, even though this kind of dress really looks great with strappy heels.

Now that I've done some brainstorming with new items for Key West, I'll share what I wind up wearing after the trip. I packed some really old items along with the new!

Dress: Express, $29
Cardigan: Express, old (similar)
Silver shoes: Wet Seal c/o, $9 (similar, similar, similar)
Black shoes: Macy's, old (similar)
Purse: Urban Outfitters, $30 (similar)
Necklaces: My Stella & Dot, My Stella & Dot
Approx. dates: Cardigan is 7 years ago. Black shoes and purse are 5 years ago. Silver shoes are 2 years ago. Dress is new (returning).