Mixed Prints

It’s not uncommon for me to try something new.  After all, what is fashion about if not to try new things!  Today, I tried mixing a bold graphic print with a horizontal, black and white pencil skirt.  When mixing prints, black and white is a pretty easy palette to work with.  Here are the two items I decided to pair together:

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Asos Monkey Print Dress, $18.34, asos.com

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Women’s Striped Ponte Pencil Skirt, $22.99, target.com

I tucked the dress under a pencil skirt (I also wore the dress backwards!), threw a statement belt and blazer over it and finished the look off with some red pumps.

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Chic in Academia, http://chicinacademia.com

Other outfit details: Earrings, Lisi Lerch // Blazer, Zara, similar here // Belt, Lotus Boutique, similar here // Sunglasses, Emblem Eyewear

Some photos shot by Styled by Ale and others by Chic in Academia.

What do you think??  Did I print-mix successfully?!  Be sure to leave me a comment below to let me know what you thought.  Also, follow me on Instagram to find out where I wore this outfit today!

Until next time! Stay ‘Chic’!

Menswear Inspired Look for the Office

One of the things that I envy the most about menswear is its simplicity.  A crisp white shirt, slacks, and belt often are enough to make a man look ‘put together’.  I don’t own too many crisp white shirts, often because they don’t seem to be made well for curvy, petite women like me.  That is, until I spotted this white shirt from Target:

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I love the length because it can be worn with leggings or skinny jeans (as shown), or tucked into slacks like I have done below.  I also love the fact that the buttons are covered.  I just feel like it makes the shirt look polished.  Exposed buttons aren’t necessarily bad, but I definitely prefer the look of hidden buttons better.

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Outfit Details: Shirt // Slacks // Belt, similar here and here// Bag, similar here

Photos: Chic in Academia’s Hubby

If you love the shirt, be sure to use the Cartwheel app in store to get an additional 25% off.  If you use your Target Red Card, you can save up to 30% on the purchase of the shirt!  Promo ends today, however, so be sure to scoop it up while you can!  The slacks are also on super sale at the moment and I believe sizes are limited online, but you may still be able to find them in the stores, so keep an eye out for them!  One caveat about these slacks: They are actually meant to be cropped slacks!  So, if you’re petite like me, they work wonderfully because you don’t have to have them altered.  😉  Finally, both the belt and bag are sold out (actually, C Wonder went bankrupt, so the belt will likely never be available again), but I linked some alternatives above.

That’s all for now!  Happy shopping and hope you all have a wonderful week!

Until next time!  Stay ‘Chic’!!

It’s All About The Boots

The minute the temperature dropped below 70 degrees Fahrenheit, I brought my boots out to play!  Ugg boots, ankle boots, knee high boots, over the knee boots, black boots, brown boots…you name them, I have them.  After all, you know what they say…if the boot fits, buy it!  So, often, I do. That’s IS what they say, right??  Hehehehe!

Anyway, last week, a group of bloggers and I decided to get together and style boots for fall!  Often, people are unsure about what to wear boots, so today we’re styling our own as a ‘how-to-wear-boots’ guide for the fall/winter.

I decided to pair my knee-high boots with a faux-leather skirt, long-sleeved top, and 3/4 length coat.  Heels with a skirt that falls above the knee can’t possibly be warm enough for end-of-fall/winter’s-eve weather.  So boots are a nice way to add some warmth and coverage, without having to wear pants!

DSC_0039aDSC_0037aDSC_0047aDSC_0046DSC_0044aDSC_0043aBoots, Forever 21, here // Skirt, Forever 21, similar / / Coat, Zara, similar // Top, Forever 21, similar // Ring, House of Harlow, here // Bag, Francescas, similar

Photos: My hubby

Finally, as mentioned, I’m excited to have partnered with three other bloggers who have also styled boots for the fall on their blogs!  Check out my friends Claudia of The Penny Closet, Paulina of Lil Bits of Chic, and Silvia of Spanish Muse below (left to right).

Hope this post helps inspire you to find new ways to style your boots for cooler temps.  Comment below with your favorite boot style, how you prefer to wear your boots in the fall or winter, or simply to tell me what you thought of this post. You can also check out my daily outfits on Instagram, source of inspiration on Pinterest, and latest musings and retweets on Twitter. Finally, don’t forget to stop by my friends’ blogs (see above for links) for additional inspiration!  Have a fantastic weekend, friends!!

Until next time!  Stay Chic!