I recently shared my favorite non-black winter coats for those of you who love color. Today I share more inspirational looks – check out these examples and vote below on your favorite!
Every year I make sure to check out coats at Nordstrom because they have a great coat selection. Here my current picks for those of you looking for non-black winter coats!
|Beautiful burgundy color which isn’t black but isn’t bright – for those of you who prefer muted colors. Great on hourglass and pear-shapes.||Another subtle color choice with superb quality.This is a classic that will last you many years.|
|Fun blue plaid in a classic double-breasted silhouette. Fits all body types well.||Modern, oversized plaid. Harder for petites to pull off – great for taller ladies.|
|If you still prefer dark coats, these 2 grey ones are nice alternatives to black. The above classic cut pairs very easily with colorful scarves.||Capes are in and this one is very flattering – even on petites!|
|Beautiful construction and fit and currently on sale. This coat is built to keep you very warm.||Another classy coat option. The simple asymmetrically placed straps add a unique element to it.|
|This is a great option for wearing over dresses/skirts and works in an office-setting and casual setting.||Fresh mint color to liven up your winter wardrobe. This coat has a modern cut with a slightly longer back.|
I hope these options make you re-think whether a non-black coat would work for you!
Skirts are one of those pieces that often only work in 1 setting – a casual skirt usually can’t be worn to the office and a professional pencil skirt looks funny on the weekends. But I want to share a skirt that is incredibly versatile in terms of season, setting, and color: Zara Burgundy A-line skirt
This skirt is a nice alternative to the pencil skirt and long enough to be office-appropriate. Despite it’s “professionalism” it can be a surprisingly fun casual skirt as well. Team it with a denim shirt, a grey t-shirt, a navy light weight sweater and you have an informal look.
The burgundy color is also versatile and unexpected – it can be paired with the usual neutrals(white, black, navy, tan, grey) as well as blues.
If you live in a mild climate like Seattle, this skirt can be worn almost all year round. It’s not too heavy for 70 degree weather but can keep you warm during the winter if worn with tights.
I usually feel like Goldilocks when searching for the perfect Summer shorts and this time around is no exception. Shorts feel either too long or too short. But today I want to share a pair of short shorts from The Limited that are just right for me and my clients- the 5 in inseam is modest enough that we feel comfortable but short enough to be flattering.
They come in an assortment of colors and fabrics, including rugged denim, polished denim, stripes and colors. As I write this they’re on sale for $39
When you think of skirts for the office, you probably picture a pencil skirt in your head. It’s the go-to professional skirt that can be worn easily with blazers and blouses. But the same old can get boring and some of you may not like form-fitting aspect of pencil skirts. Today I’ll review a few alternative professional skirts to get you out of your pencil skirt rut!
1.Full skirt – Full skirts are gathered and don’t hug the body like a pencil skirt. They can range in lengths from full length to super short. For the office, full skirts that hit right above the knee are the best bet. Though long skirts are in right now, a long full skirt is generally not the ideal look in a professional setting.
How to wear: This look will look best with a form fitting top to balance out the fullness of the skirt. Think form fitted turtlenecks, buttoned down shirts, and blouses.
2. A-line skirt – A line skirts fit snugly at the waist and flare out. It is different than a full skirt in that pleating is minimal and the “A” shape is maintained.
How to wear: This is very similar to a pencil skirt. You can wear the tops you usually pair with those. Thus it’s the easiest alternative to a pencil skirt! A-line skirts are great for those of you with big hips (places emphasize on waist and hides the hips) and wide shoulders (balances out shoulders).
4. Midi pencil skirt – Midi skirts are a cousin of the traditional pencil skirt but slightly longer in length. The hemline is usually between the bottom of knee to mid calf.
How to wear: You’ll most likely feel more comfortable in a skirt that isn’t too tight. Because the skirt will cover a lot of skin, you can wear lower necklines, short sleeves or 3/4 sleeves. Heels will be best in terms of footwear because the leg line will be shortened with the lower hemline.
Earlier in the week, I wrote a post about the trendy bomber jackets in this season. They may remind you of the 80s but I’m here today to show how they can worn in a variety of ways: professional, oversized, casual, contrast sleeves, or leather. Vote your favorite below!
| (L) H&M Twill Contrast Sleeve Jacket(R) H&M Bomber
Perfect examples of the trendy jackets H&M offers. These 2 casual jackets will carry you through late Summer and Fall. Wear with jeans as shown or with skirts/dresses.
| (L) H&M Peplum Jacket(R) H&M ZipUp Jacket with sheen
You can get away with wearing cheaper quality clothing in black and these are a great example. The cuts of these jackets are chic and sophisticated and the quality will be less noticeable in black – both priced at $50.
|(L) H&M Blazer(R) H&M Military Jacket
The black blazer is a basic every woman needs while the military jacket adds character to an outfit.
|(L) H&M PeacoatLove this high collared peacoat – Check out the several color choices!|
The “it” jacket this year is the bomber. Bomber jackets hit at the waist or slightly shorter and have elasticized waists. They generally have zippers and elasticized sleeve cuffs as well. The collar can vary from moto style, crew neck w/band, funnel neck, or even folded over collars.
Here’s what you need to know about bombers:
1) Fabrics – Bombers come in a variety of fabrics. There’s something for everyone. Leather is typical, along with wool. We’re also seeing lightweight cotton and even silk!
2) Casual options – Bomber jackets are naturally associated with casual outfits. Easiest outfit is to throw on a pair of jeans, a t-shirt and a bomber and you’re ready to go. You can also wear them with skirts and dresses. The shorter, sometimes cropped length, makes them incredibly versatile.
3) Professional options – Because bombers are available in a variety of fabrics, including higher quality like silk, they can be worn to the office! This is an exciting alternative to the typical blazer. I love the look of bombers with pencil skirts – they add bulk and balance out the form-fitting pencil skirt. Slim leg pants or slouchy pants can look fabulous with bombers as well. And of course, they can worn over dresses too!
4) Modern bombers – Bombers are not a new concept but this time around there’s a different take on them. You’ll see many have contrast sleeves, quilted leather versions are also popping up everywhere, and baseball bomber jackets are popular as well. If you want to make sure you’re choosing a modern bomber, look for these touches.
My verdict: I already purchase an office-ready bomber for the Fall. I’m looking forward to wearing skirts and dress pants with it instead of reaching for my blazers! What about you? Will you be on the look-out for a bomber jacket this Fall?