Try and guess how much I paid for this skirt suit. Go ahead…$300? Nope. $150? Haha, no. $65? Give up yet? 30 bucks. At a church’s “opportunity shop” near my old apartment in DC. So many people—friends, coworkers, and strangers—are amazed that I scored this gem for so cheap, but it’s not as easy as it sounds. I purchased it as a size 12.I am a size 0.If your jaw just dropped, join everyone else I’ve told, too. But after $98 worth of tailoring I’m THRILLED with the end result: The secret as to why this drastic change in size was possible: uncomplicated tailoring. The jacket does not have arm hole seams, just princess seams down the back, and thank god the bottom was a skirt—altering pants is far more costly than skirts. There is nothing to a skirt—a few darts for shaping, but a skirt is otherwise simply a tube of fabric with a lining and a zipper. Had this been a pants suit, I never would’ve bought it.
Other ways to wear it: as separates! The jacket can be worn as a coat (below) and the skirt can be worn on its own simply as a bold pencil skirt (further below). The jacket can also be worn as a minidress, but this particular day was a bit too cold for me to be willing to take those pictures on my roof .
Below you will find what the set looked like beforetailoring. A bit funny to look at now, especially since these pics below were taken during my first semester senior year in DC. Ah, the memories…and now the thrifted, lipstick red Christian Dior skirt suit:
With Thanksgiving quickly approaching (just one week away!!) what better way to prep than by strategically planning how to mask your food baby while still looking cute and put together. Introducing…the sweatpants’ cuter cousin: boyfriend jeans!! Paired with a fuzzy sweater in a boxy fit and adorable patterned flats, they will be staring at your shoes, not your food bump. Since Thanksgiving is all about family it’s key to keep your look comfortable yet still seeming more put together than sweats. If your holiday is a bit more dressed up…well, I’m sorry, that is unfortunate. Especially with all the food you’re going to stuff your face with and hate that you wore a skirt or fitted dress.
This time last year my boyfriend and I were starting to plan our Spring Break. Now that I’ve graduated, my mind hasn’t caught up with the fact that there is no designated week off in March. Ahh, Sint Maartin, how I would love to still be digging my toes in your sands… Anywho, the New York chill has me longing for island temps, but with no vacation time in sight I thought I’d be nice to all you chillins who do still have the pleasure of Spring Break.
To minimize packing you need to think strategically: how can you make one outfit look like 3 different ones? Below I’ve taken a cute long sleeve maxi dress to show how to take it from a beach coverup in the day to a rockin boho goddess by night. Daytime
While spending time at the beach, keep things simple with a wide brim floppy hat to protect your face, neck, and upper chest from the sun. Throw on a string bikini, simple wrap sandals, and a cute tribal fringe tote and you’re ready to go!
Nighttime To take your look from day to night, strip off the day’s wears and prep for your evening out by gussying up a bit. Slather on a bronze shimmer oil, like the NARS one shown above. Since you’ll be in a tropical setting (hopefully) keep you makeup to the bare-min essentials: bronzer, waterproof mascara, and coral lip gloss. Transfer your evening-necessities to a cute embellished clutch, slip on a gold cocktail ring, long medallion necklace, tassel earrings for jewelry. Strap on your tall gladiator sandals and you’re ready for the night
Well, its happened again…as if that’s any surprise. This time, it was a pair of fabulous footwear: Stuart Weitzman’s Reserve Boot to be exact. They first stared me down me from the tabloid pages last year, taunting me from A-listers’ tootsies to the DC elites strolling through Georgetown. I knew I needed to have them. Their practicality alone was a green light, but the devil is in the details: Slick black Nappa leather, a short stacked heel, elastic goring at the back, and a sexy over-the-knee style screamed my name from the moment I laid eyes on them. The perfect way to make mini-skirts more Fall appropriate, leggings-and-oversized-sweater more office appropriate, and a “luxury shoe price” more appealing to my bank account.
By far the most expensive pair of footwear I now own, this purchase purely plays into my opinion that you should splurge on classic pieces. Items that you know will be worn time and time again should be of good quality to withstand the frequent abuse of pounding pavement, rubbing arms on the subway during your morning commute, and transcend trends. Yes, over-the-knee boots may be a trend right now, but I love them for the practicality that “If it covers more skin, it keeps you warmer.” And what’s better than keeping you warmer andlooking chic?
One last note: you may be wondering why the heck I chose to shoot this post solely in my Nautica plaid shirt and the featured boots. Well, you know I love you, but…eat your heart out,Kate.