What to Wear Wednesday: Easy Traditional Dress

In these in-between seasons it can become problematic to find the perfect dress for both the weather and season. Sleeveless dresses are better for warmer weather, and you may not want to layer a sweater over it. Colder weather dresses may be too thick, or look better with tights underneath. Enter the 3/4 sleeve dress – perfect for any and every occasion.

pointe sheath dress c/o land’s end / three strand pearls c/o demosille pearls

I recently got this 3/4 sleeve pointe dress from Land’s End and couldn’t be happier. I needed something to take me from winter to late spring and this does the job. It’s a thicker material while not being overly warm, which is perfect for the in-between weather. The sleeve length and silhouette make it very classy. I feel like this is definitely that “1960’s first lady” style I love. Overall, it’s very lady like and appropriate for any age.

I also love that this dress can be worn to so many places and occasions. It can easily be dressed down with a silk scarf and flats, or dressed up with pearls and heels. Everyone needs a dress that’s this easy to grab when you’re unsure what to wear. I wore this to church this past Sunday, but I’d wear it to a wedding at this time of year.

striped dress, pointe sheath, wrap dress

The above dresses are all ones I’d consider both transitional and versatile. That sleeve length on a dress is really something that should be in everyone’s closet, especially if you live in a climate with unpredictable weather.

 

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Easter Decor

easter platter / bunny dessert plates / cocktail napkins

Now that we are past St. Patty’s day I can focus in full force on my favorite holiday – Easter. My Easter traditions include attending church, getting Easter photos with my friends after the service all dressed up, and then hosting an Easter brunch for my family. One of my favorite companies, Mark & Graham, sent me some great items perfect for my Easter brunch.

For the past few years I’ve been making these great toffee chocolate chip scones for dessert at Easter brunch. I don’t have a baked good I’m known for, but these may just be it. They aren’t as dry as a normal scone but they are still very light. They go fantastic with some after dinner coffee.

I tested out my scone recipe today and this platter makes the perfect pairing to hold the scones. I love the calligraphy sketch on the platter and know it will be on my Easter table for years to come.

These bunny dessert plates are perfect as they have gold trim, gold bunny, and a robin’s egg blue. They will look darling on any table! The cotton cocktail napkins have a subtle monogram on them to give it a personal touch.

I was also happy to see Mark & Graham brought back my favorite vase! Not all vases are great for tulips, but this one is because of the wide opening that allows tulips to take their natural full shape instead of having to stand too upright.

I’m very happy to have Easter dessert and dinnerware planned out and now just have to pick a place setting and main menu.

How do you spend your Easter?

 

 

What to Wear Wednesday: Rainy Day

Logan Jacket – c/o Charles River Apparel

Last week I talked about best footwear for a rainy day, but this week I want to talk about the perfect raincoat. With spring showers approaching, it’s smart to have the proper jacket and boots available to grab when the weather turns gray.

There’s a few must-have’s for the perfect rain jacket:

  • A hood is non-negotiable. Sometimes you’ll forget your umbrella, or not want to have to carry it around once you’re inside. A hood is the #1 priority when looking for a raincoat.
  • Lightweight is key since you may be layering it over bulky clothing or it could be rather warm but still rainy.
  • Wind-resistant material is important since rainy weather is most likely windy weather.
  • A little length is always a plus when you need a little extra protection against the elements.
  • A bright color is a must-have for me. Sure, dark colors will “go with everything”, but it’s already gloomy outside, a colorful raincoat will brighten things up a bit.

The Logan Jacket from Charles River Apparel checks all my boxes for the perfect raincoat. It’s lightweight, waterproof, hooded, and the kelly green is such a preppy color for spring. The jacket can even be monogrammed to personalize it even more.  I always keep an eye out every spring for raincoats, but never found one I absolutely loved until now. I especially love that there’s a drawstring inside to make it look more tailored than boxy. I couldn’t be happier with the style and quality of this jacket.

What are your go-to essentials for a rainy day?

How to Transition from Winter to Spring

Next Monday, March 20th, marks the first day of spring even if the weather isn’t cooperating yet. Around the end of February, I grow tired of my winter wardrobe and look forward to bringing out my spring attire. The last thing I want to wear is heavy layers, flannels, puffer coats, winter boots, etc., but when there is still a chance of snow or freezing temperatures it isn’t practical to put those all away just yet. As spring inches forward, here are my tips for transitioning from winter to spring:

  • Clothing: Winter fabrics in spring colors is a great rule of thumb to transition seamlessly.  For example, I am still wearing sweaters but they are in brighter, spring-like colors vs the heavy, winter tones. I’m also starting to wear my spring clothes but toning it down with darker, heavier items to help transition effortlessly. For example – the photo above I pair a spring skirt with a navy blazer to make it appropriate.
  • Footwear: I put away my heavy winter boots, but kept my rain boots and duck boots out for the rain we will get this spring. Bean boots (and other duck boots) are really a perfect item to help transition from winter to spring. I also have started bringing out some spring footwear but am still staying clear of open-toe styles under it gets much warmer. If you live in the south, then it may be appropriate to start on the open-toe look.
  • Outwear: I wanted to put my winter coats away but stopped myself because I knew we could still get snow. I brought out lighter jackets to wear when possible, but kept back a few winter coats just in case.
  • Accessories: They are perfect for creating more spring-like outfits. I have been carrying a lighter color purse and tying a bright scarf around the handle. I definitely think swapping out purses is a great way to welcome warmer weather.

 

My blogger friend, Audrey, has a great post today on her blog on tweaking your looks to take them from winter to spring. Please check them out!

Q & A Friday: Cuffing Pants with Short Booties

Q: What’s the correct way to cuff your pants when wearing short booties?

A: Short booties are a great look year round, but especially in the transition seasons like fall and spring. I see people wearing their pants wrong with booties all the time and I understand that it can be tricky to know how to cuff them.

You’ll always want to aim to have your pants just skimming the top of the boot. Having them  tucked into the boot or over the boot will look funny. If your boot is a few inches taller than mine shown above, then it is definitely appropriate to tuck them in. Most short booties, however, look best when the pants hit point of slightly above the top of the boot.

is there a style question you’d like for me to answer? Post in the comments and I’ll do my best to answer it!

 

What to Wear Wednesday: Funeral Attire

Today I’m talking about what to wear to a funeral home visitation and memorial service. Although this is not a fun topic whatsoever, it is a very important one. Anyone attending such an event should take extra precaution to make sure they are dressed properly. Failure to do so can come off disrespectful, even if that was not the intention.

Visitation attire does not have to be as formal as the funeral service itself. Many people are coming from work to the funeral home, so business to business-casual attire is common. You’ll definitely want to look professional and appropriate which is why I’d stick to a simple outfit of darker colors.

The funeral itself will definitely be more on the dressier side. Dresses, skirts, and dress pants are appropriate while going the extra mile to look put-together. Again, darker colors are encouraged unless noted otherwise.

Some noteworthy points that apply to both events:

  • Go the extra mile to dress modestly. Shoulders should be covered, necklines should be high, etc. People of all ages attend so it is respectful to keep that in mind when picking out an outfit. I’ve attended many funerals where someone dresses inappropriately and it comes off as discourteous.
  • Your outfit should be simple and not flashy. Statement necklaces, loud prints, brighter colors should not be apart of your attire since they can too seem bad mannered and out of place.
  • Casual clothes have no place at a funeral visitation or memorial service. Sometimes men can get away with dark denim at a funeral home visitation if the rest of their outfit is dressy, but I advise against it all together.
  • Make sure your clothes fit you well. It seems like common sense, but often people have one outfit they designate for a funeral service and when they put it on that day it’s either too tight or too big. Avoid looking sloppy and make sure you have one or two outfits that can be worn to a funeral that will keep you looking polished.

This is an outfit I have worn to a funeral before. It’s professional, uses dark colors, and very minimalist.

There is a great importance of dressing appropriate for this type of event, but I would also like to add that if there is no possible way of changing and you find yourself in the wrong attire, please still attend the visitation. Supporting a friend or family member who has lost a loved one is much more important than what you wear. It’s far from ideal, but it’s better than not going at all.

 

Best Rainy Day Footwear

one / two / three

four / five / six

seven / eight / nine

With spring approaching, it’s great to get your best weather-proof footwear out or to invest in a new pair. I’ve rounded up my favorites above for different types of weather situations.

Best for unpredictable weather: If you live in a climate that can rain for a short period of time and then be sunny the rest of the day, it’s good to have a pair of shorter waterproof boots. This way you won’t be in full rain gear when the weather eventually changes. Since this is a common weather situation, I think it’s smart for every woman to have at least one pair they can wear in the rain now and still not be bulky later on. All three pairs above are styles that are also great for putting on while walking into a building and change out of when you get in, like when you’re heading to the gym but don’t want your gym shoes soaked.

Best for all day rain: If you’re planning on spending more than a few minutes in the rain, you’ll want these taller pairs to keep you high and dry. Just make sure to plan your outfit around the boots as it can be unbecoming trying to stuff certain types of pants into them. In recent years, the popularity of Hunter Boots has made it socially acceptable (and stylish) to wear taller rain boots even when there’s no rain in sight. I do enjoy this look as it’s hard to reserve cute boots for solely dreary days.

Best novelty rain wear: Life is short to wear boring clothes, and these rain boots are too cute to pass up. The riding print is my favorite! Having a fun pair of rain boots will help you look forward to rainy days.

Which pair above is your favorite?

Q&A Friday: Knowing What Size to Buy

Q: What are some tips for knowing your size when buying online?

A: I do a lot of online shopping and sizing can be really tricky. I can be anywhere from a double zero to a size six (mostly in between) depending on which brand I’m buying. Because sizing is all over the place, there really is no standard to go by. The best thing to do is forget the size number and go by the measurements.

The most important thing to aim for is for your clothes to fit well. Having them too tight makes you appear larger than you are, having them too big looks sloppy. Focusing on the number/size is going to distract you from finding clothes that fit YOU well*.

*****Keep in mind that the way your wear an items should factor into your size. I tend to buy bigger in outerwear/jackets because I’m laying them over sweaters. Buying my normal size would make me appear bulky! If you tend to tuck things in, you should buy a bigger waist size to accommodate the style. If you tend to layer over, you should have slimmer waist pants.

Every person should own a cloth measuring tape and keep it nearby when you are online shopping. Almost every website gives a very detailed guide on their measurements. If you are still unsure or between sizes, see if they have free returns (or a local store) and buy both to try on at home. Also, any good online shopping website should have reviews for an item. Do yourself a favor and read through these to get an ideal of sizing. There are many times I ordered a different size because of reviews and was very happy with how it fit later.

Have you ever bought the wrong size online?

 

 

What to Wear Wednesday: Bridal Shower

With summer being a popular season for weddings, late winter and spring are when bridal showers are likely to occur. If you’ve ever wondered what to wear to a bridal shower, I’ve got you covered. Here are some basic guidelines I follow when picking out an outfit this occasion:

  • Stay away from all white, as this color should be reserved for the bride if she wishes to wear it. You never want to “outshine” the bride!
  • I personally stay away from black and really dark colors, except when paired with lighter colors. It is a joyous event being celebrated so you shouldn’t look like you came from a funeral.
  • Dress on the feminine side. The very nature of bridal showers is very feminine so don’t be afraid to wear your most ladylike clothing and accessories.
  • If you’re outdoors, bring sunglasses, if you’re indoors, dress in layers. The temperature can be unpredictable so it’s best to play it safe.
  • Dress on the conservative side. Chances are there are women of all ages, including the bride’s grandmother. Dressing properly is respectful to the bride in an atmosphere that includes both family and friends.

A skirt and blouse is the most casual you should dress for a bridal shower. I wore a light blazer to pull together the look and add that extra layer in case it is too hot or cold.

A dress with lady like accessories is the safest choice for a bridal shower. I love the printed scarf in lei of a necklace, but a pearl necklace would look great as well.

If the event happens to be on the very fancy side, wear a more formal dress and accessories to accommodate the dress code. This would be if the shower was in a hall with a full plated meal, etc.

 

What is your favorite outfit to wear to a bridal shower? Do you have any tips I haven’t listed above? 

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