Dressing for these transitional days is such a challenge. It can be warm in the sun and cold in the shade. No better way to deal than to layer up. Today I've styled a jumpsuit, as a casual weekend look. I've layered this Tobi jumpsuit over a classic turtleneck and paired with my metallic kicks. Alternatively, this garment does double duty, you could dress it up with heels and wear it out to dinner. The side cut-outs make for a special detail and show a teeny sliver of skin. I particularly like the jumpsuit here, warn with a vintage necklace, a casual beanie and a moto jacket, because the sun could sink behind a cloud at any given second. What's your favorite transitional piece?
Last month we took a family trip to Disney World to celebrate Ollie's 2nd birthday. I grew up going to Disney, but Kyle and his family had never been. I was so excited to be there as they got to experience the Disney magic. And I have no words for how happy watching Oliver's face light up made me. He ran up to every character and showered them with hugs, kisses, high-fives and squeezes. This boy never stops amazing me with his giant heart and I am grateful that we were able to take him, and grateful for our sake that in three days of park-going, staying up late and no naps, he didn't even have an episode that I would classify as a "melt down."
It seems like skirts have down trended for a while in favor of dresses, but see a resurgence of the separates. Since my outfit post last week featured my latest addition to my closet, a lovely suede midi skirt, I thought I'd focus this edition of my capsule wardrobe edit on skirts. As I get older, I don't feel like micro minis are as appropriate as they once were. The hems in my closet have grown over the years, but showing a little leg is still something I'm a fan of, considering how hard I work for these stems. As a 30 something mom, the sexiness of the skirts I wear has shifted from the length to the silhouette. Jersey skirts that cover your skin, but show your body are more the way to go. Pencil skirts are a classic career staple that can swing from board room to casual when paired with sneakers. Here are the three skirt style staples every girl should have in her closet, the midi skirt, the leather skirt and the denim skirt.
The midi skirt can be voluminous or it can be slim, and if you're not limiting your capsule wardrobe to a specific number of pieces, I think there is room for both. When buying your midi skirt, I think it's best to stick to solid colors, especially white and black, add interest through texture. Fit is key for this item, so be sure you find the right size and tailor ill-fitting garments that you do not want to edit.
The leather skirt is an edgy classic and worth the investment. It's a great piece that can be worn for a night on the town, paired with a sweater, as above for an easy and chic day look and worn with a button down for work. Leather will never go out of style.
Finally, my last must have skirt style, the denim skirt. I debated including this style, probably in large part, because I over did my micro mini denim skirt in my collage days. But styles have changed and seeing the photo above, I was reminded that not all denim skirts have to be paired with Ugg boots or flip flops. When styled well, the denim skirt can be quite chic. I especially love the retro-feeling button front styles that are trending now.