Today's Everyday Fashion: Making the Case for Rare Occasions

 
Faux fur vest, skinny jeans, ankle boots
Faux fur vest, turtleneck
Faux fur vest, ivory turtleneck
Faux fur vest, skinny jeans, ankle boots
Faux fur vest, skinny jeans, ankle boots
 

We've all done it: talked ourselves out of loving something on account of "I have nowhere to wear it." Maybe it's a cocktail dress for a special event, the cutest little outfit for brunch, or a faux fur vest when you live in sunny Florida (bingo). I'm here to say: it's time to stop overlooking the rare occasions and start giving more weight to one, simple question: will I reach for this over absolutely anything else in my closet? If the answer is yes and it's in your budget... you have a winner. Because what's the alternative? You wind up with brunch plans, a gala, or a super cold day and you have... absolutely nothing to wear. Not the end of the world (obvi), however, if the scenario isn't completely far-fetched then why not go for it? It actually does get chilly enough to wear this outfit here in FL, especially with peep toe booties. And you may even find yourself making those brunch plans or saying yes to the gala, because of the cute outfit waiting in the closet. Clothes have a funny way of making life more fun like that!

Vest: Love Token/Nordstrom Rack, $45 (similar below)
Sweater: Kohl's c/o, $13 (similar, similar, similar)
Jeans: Nordstrom, $78
Boots: Sam Edelman c/o Amazon, $29 (same, same)
Purse: Michael Kors/Macy's, $220 (similar, similar)
Earrings: Kate Spade outlet, $15 (same)
Approx. dates: Purse is 3 years ago. Sweater is 1 year ago. Jeans are recent. Vest and boots are new.

Faux fur vests on a budget

Today's Everyday Fashion: What To Wear To A Holiday Office Party

 
Holiday office party: icy blue top, sequin skirt
Holiday office party: icy blue top, sequin skirt
Holiday office party: icy blue top, sequin skirt
Holiday office party: icy blue top, sequin skirt
Holiday office party: icy blue top, sequin skirt
Holiday office party: icy blue top, sequin skirt
 

The secret weapon for your next holiday office party? A sequin pencil skirt! Not just any sequins will do though - so many versions are super stretchy, and feel way more "club" than office. This sequin pencil skirt (and several of the options below) are loose-fitting, and are structured, not stretchy. The rest comes easy. Try pairing it with a silky crew neck blouse, add some sparkle with a statement necklace or earrings, and keep the rest pretty simple. Or, for a colder climate, try it with a turtleneck and tall suede boots!

Coat: Zara, $89 (similar, similar)
Top: LOFT, $22 (similar, similar, similar)
Skirt: J.Crew Factory, $38 (similar below)
Shoes: Wet Seal, $9 (similar, similar, similar)
Purse: My Stella & Dot
Necklace: Saks Off Fifth, $22 (similarsimilarsimilar
Earrings: Kate Spade outlet, $15 (same)
Approx. dates: Shoes are 4 years ago. Skirt is 2 years ago. Top and coat are 1 year ago. Clutch and necklace are recent. 

Sequin skirts on a budget

Asos  /  WHBM  /  Forever 21  /   Nordstrom
Nordstrom Rack  /  Asos  /  Forever 21 (plus)  /  Macy's  /  Nordstrom
WHBM  /  Dorothy Perkins  /  Na'kd  /  Shoptiques

Today's Everyday Fashion: The Little Things

 
Red white blue outfit: red coat, stripe skirt
Red white blue outfit: red coat, stripe skirt
Red white blue outfit
Red white blue outfit: red coat, stripe skirt
Red white blue outfit: red coat, stripe skirt
 
 
Inspiration: Jacquemus via Harper's Bazaar

Inspiration: Jacquemus via Harper's Bazaar

 

Sometimes, it's the little things. A little red, white and blue ribbon pin that you bought online for $30 that has already created two amazing new outfits (using only old things) in your closet. (See the other one here.) And that little idea in a magazine photo that inspired you to add that same ribbon pin to a ruffled white shirt, which just happens to go perfectly with a stripe skirt from 7 years ago. The little ribbon pin and a little idea that sparked an even bigger one... sometimes, the little things are the best things! 

Jacket: J.Crew Factory, $58 (similar below)
Top: H&M, $40 (similar, similar, similar, similar)
Skirt: H&M, $30 (similarsimilar, similar)
Ribbon pin: Nordstrom, $29 (similar, similarsimilarsimilar)
Shoes: Vince Camuto c/o HSN (similar, similarsimilar)
Purse: Mud Pie c/o, $25
Earrings: Kate Spade outlet, $15 (same)
Approx. dates: Skirt is 7 years ago. Shoes are 2 years ago. Coat, top and purse are 1 year ago. Pin is recent.  

Red wool coats on a budget

Bloomingdale's  /  Nordstrom  /  Amazon  /  H&M
Amazon  /  Asos  /  Bloomingdale's  /  Macy's
Amazon  /  Boohoo   /  Eloquii (plus)  /  Missguided