Transitions: Midi Skirts

  It’s that time of year again – the days are subtly getting shorter, school buses are slowing down your commute, and you can count the amount of Summer Fridays left on one hand.

While it’s hard to see summer go (seriously, where did it go?!), there’s a different type of warmth that comes with the fall — colorful leaves and family bonding holidays are on the horizon.

The transitioning weather also means its time to transition your wardrobe. There are so many ways to do this, but the one I know I’ll be rocking the most in the next few months is midi skirts. Not only are they the perfect length for work and making sure your thighs don’t touch that subway seat (city girls know what I’m talking about), they make transforming a look from summer to fall super easy. Use them to move effortlessly with the cooling temperatures from sandal to boots, crop tops to sweaters, all while looking casually put together.

This particular skirt is from Zara, but I’ve added a few more of my picks under $100 at the end of this post.

Outfit detailsZara skirt BB Dakota top Zara bag | Nine west pumps, similar here

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)

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

Faux Fur Feels

Sometimes your outerwear needs a bit of jazzing up and the universe was hearing that when I scored this faux fur jacket from Zara for $50. I’ve been on the hunt for one for a few years, but I couldn’t bring myself to spend (in my standards) an extravagant amount and I didn’t want one that looked obviously inexpensive. I turned to thrift and second hand stores for a while, but they have a way of never having anything in my size (is every woman in NY between a size 0 and 6??), so I waited it out and I’m so glad that I did! I feel kind of ridiculous and fabulous at the same time with each wear and sometimes that’s just the way fashion goes.

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Since this particular jacket sold out pretty quickly, I’ve rounded up my favorite alternatives:

Numph Gitte Faux Fur Jacket
Vero Moda Tall Faux Fur Jacket
Selected Selvia Faux Fur Jacket

Moral of the story: good things come to those who wait, but once you find the one, jump on it!

Zara Faux Fur Jacket/ Zara Top / Nine West Boots / Rebecca Minkoff Love Jumbo CrossbodyNew Look Tall Slim Leg Pants

All Black Everything

I am a huge color fan, but I often get into moods where black is my favorite color. This was one of them. I wanted something cute, quick, and simple for fall date night with my beau so I threw on a turtleneck dress, booties, and a long gold necklace. Black basics are so versatile, so even though I kept it pretty minimalistic here there’s so much that you can do with these pieces.

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Forever 21 Dress (similar here and here) / Clark’s Booties / Coach Purse (similar here)