Most people treat pre-holiday work wear as casual Fridays. I allow myself to do this the day before Thanksgiving and winter break if it falls midweek. There is no reason to hold off on your sweater dress until Thanksgiving. Get another wear out of it by pairing it with leggings and knee-high boots. I have two options featured above and choose complementary accessories. A nice chunky scarf will add another layer for warmth and polish. These are the days that require a timepiece so you can track the countdown at any point throughout the day. The nail polish plays off the scarf — a purple shade to pair with the green in the scarf, and a burnt rust to go with the orangey brown in the scarf on the left.
After a twelve year J. Crew hiatus, I have slowly reintroduced this storefront into my mall repertoire. I’m still undecided about whether or not I will continue to frequent the store, and creasing seems to be the reason. Though a more professional selection awaits at J.Crew, my Gap wardrobe fares far better than most of my J.Crew pieces. In any case, I picked up this camel #2 skirt this summer and it has been a staple (crease and all). Here are four quick outfits, that are easy to pull off.
When choosing a chambray shirt for this skirt, I go with my a heavy weight and dark shade. I go for my dark brown boots rather than a perfectly matched tan/camel boot. My fall scarf this year is a mix of burgundy, lilac, and army green. This was the closest match I could. I highly recommend this hard to find color combo. It will match far more than you expect. I chose tribal inspired jewelry to pair with the scarf’s print.
Down to the more dressed up workwear, I’ve worn this skirt with both an ivory blouse and navy blouse. I kept the ivory blouse combination neutral from head to toe. The actual piece from my closet is an Old Navy chiffon-esque blouse (similar to this one, but with half the buttons up the front) from last year that I have worn all $10 worth, three times over. I like the orange belt to brighten up the look and the wooden bangle to relax it a bit. Brighten and relax…an oxymoron?
This week I paired the skirt with a blouse and floral skirt. I ended up wearing the my outerwear (a cream-colored puffy vest) all day in an effort to stop the teeth chatter. I kind of liked the look and was actually quite comfortable. i stuck with my chocolate brown riding boots, but a taller build may be able to pull off the ankle boot for a more casual look.