Winter Whites

You know how the saying goes — don’t wear white after Labor Day and before Memorial Day. But do you know where it comes from? Apparently it was one of the hundreds of silly fashion rules that old money women made to distinguish themselves from the “vulgur” new money families after the Civil War.

If it sounds ridiculous to you, it is.

Obviously, it was propagated into pop culture and promoted by the fashion world, or you and I wouldn’t still be talking about it now. However, rules are made to be broken, especially when it comes to fashion.

I love wearing unexpected colors in the colder months, and white is no exception. I found the coziest knit ensemble at Zara a few weeks ago and couldn’t resist turning it into my go-to weekend brunch outfit.

For winter, the perfect way to pull off white is with a heavy knit fabric to be weather-appropriate and chic. Check out the outfit details and some of my favorite knit white pieces below.

Zara Sweater | Zara Skirt | Zara Bag (similar here and here)

Coloring to Work

If you know me, you know that I have a pretty strong attraction to color. Bright colors instantly perk me up and, frankly, make my pretty mundane routine days much less boring. I think a lot of times people shy away from color, especially at work, because they don’t know how to wear it. Here’s the key: it’s all about balance. In this look, my bright red sweater and jacket are evened out with navy pants and nude pumps. And, as you can see, the fun didn’t just stop at the color. The pants have an awesome fringe-pattern texture and the patent faux leather on the shoes adds a bit of shine to the color-blocking.

So where to find fun affordable work-appropriate duds? Come H&M to the rescue. We drifted apart over the years, but our love has suddenly rekindled. After years of having it as one of my go-to staple stores, I went through a dry spell where I would find nothing that I liked. Not sure what was going on, but everything felt uninspired and low quality. However, lately, the styles have been feeling fresher. This outfit is all H&M minus the shoes, and, no, this is not a paid post.

What are your favorite fun work pieces and where did you get it from?

H&M Jacket | H&M Sweater | H&M Pants | Nine West Pumps

Make a Statement

Statement pieces are here to stay this fall and winter, and I’m loving it. The cold weather can be a drag, but unexpected textures and embellishments infuse excitement into your wardrobe and your day. With faux fur, velvet, metallic accents, embroidery, and faux pearls on everything from t-shirts to coats, there’s no shortage of fun ways to jazz up the typically drab cold-weather looks.

So how do you wear these luxe, seemingly extravagant details every day? Keep it simple. Obviously, the simplicity that I started going for got lost here since I was in an experimental mood. I wore all black with and added some color with a multi-colored faux fur jacket, red lipstick, and pinned my fro to the side, giving me an edgy 80’s look. My dress and boots are on the dressier side, but if you’re looking for a more casual feel, a black turtleneck, black jeans, and black ankle boots make a nice base for any statement jacket.

This jacket is now on sale for 30% at ASOS with code EPIC30. Take a look at other fun jackets to make the winter go faster after the outfit details.

Ivyrevel Faux Fur Coat | Calvin Klein Over the Knee Boots (similar here) | Forever21 Turtleneck Dress | Rebecca Minkoff Jumbo Love Crossbody

Off-the-Shoulder Summer

I can’t get enough of the off-the-shoulder look this summer. Playful and flirty with an infusion of island vibes, this style oozes effortless chic. I’ve been especially in love with off-the-shoulder dresses after being in a dress rut for quite some time. Most dresses were feeling boring or unflattering for my body until spring and summer inventories rolled out with all the versions of off the shoulder looks. What was even better was finding this super unique piece from ASOS at a reasonable price.

I haven’t quite figured out how to wear this trend to work, however, summer brunches are definitely made for colorful, flirty dresses and sunglasses, so I took it for a spin this weekend. I can see this dress becoming a staple in my closet for quite some time. It’s structured, yet comfortable, and all around well made. Usually dresses without stretch are too tight around my hips, chest, or both, but this one fit just right and was very forgiving of food babies (yes, plural).

Check below for this look and my current favorite picks for easily brushing your shoulders off.

Color Pop

Last post I was all about why I love museums and this one is just a more colorful extension of that. I remember when I lived in New York and the David Zwirner gallery had a Yayoi Kusama exhibit in 2015…I wanted to go, but the waits were half a workday (#aintnoemployedpersongottimeforthat)! Fast forward to now in my new D.C. life and the exhibit comes to the Hirshhorn. I HAD TO GO.

“How did this artist predict Instagramable art decades before it was a thing?”, I wondered as I was being joyfully mesmerized. The one downside was that the multiple rooms had time limits under a minute, which significantly decreased the opportunity to really take in the art. But I get it, they had to keep lines moving. Wish this exhibit stayed through the summer (it closed two weeks ago) and hoping I get to see more Yoyoi Kusama in my backyard, wherever that may be!

Zara jacket | H&M shirt | Zara leggings | Nine West boots | Rebecca Minkoff bag