Monthly Archives: March 2012

Tip of the Week: Plan Your Outfits

Elevated Style | Planned Outfits 1
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Isn’t it the worst when you’re staring in front of the closet with no idea what to wear and you have to leave in 5 minutes? If you plan ahead of time, this won’t happen!

Every Sunday, I lay out my outfits for the coming week complete with jewelry, belts, and scarves. This saves me time in the morning (so I can sleep in longer!) and prevents me from stepping out of the apartment wearing something atrocious.

Here are some outfit-planning tips:

  • Create some space for your outfits.┬áIt can be anything from the top of a bureau to the side of an ironing board.
  • If you’re using a particular accessory twice in the same week, put it with one of the outfits and use a sticky note for the other.
  • Before planning your outfits, look at your calendar to see what events you might be attending. This will help guide your outfit selections.

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Readers: Do you plan out your outfits?

Outfit Idea: Chambray Shirt + Leopard Print

Elevated Style | J.Crew Factory Chambray Shirt 1

J.Crew Factory Chambray Shirt (similar); J.Crew Classic Mini in Felted Wool; Tommy Hilfiger Sunglasses, DL40; Banana Republic Ashley Bow Ballet Flats; Banana Republic Scarf

Elevated Style | J.Crew Factory Chambray Shirt 2

It was 70 degrees in Boston today so I put on a skirt WITHOUT black tights for the first time this year! It felt wonderful. I love this weather.

The chambray shirt I’m wearing is one of my favorite pieces at the moment. I can dress it up or dress it down. Here, I paired it with a red-orange skirt and leopard print scarf. I wouldn’t wear this look to work (skirt is too short), but I’d certainly wear this out shopping on a bright sunny day!

More often than not, I have a hard time finding button-downs that are long enough for my torso. This chambray shirt, however, is plenty long enough and tucks nicely into a skirt or pair of pants.

If I wore this outfit again, I’d pair it with a pair of nude heels to further elongate my legs.

Readers: Do you own a chambray shirt?

Tall Trick: Cropped Pants

Elevated Style | J.Crew Vintage Matchstick Cord 1

J.Crew Vintage Matchstick Cord; Ann Taylor Overlapping Placket Long Sleeve Blouse (similar); Ann Taylor Perfect Exotic Pumps; AEO White Chronograph Watch (similar); AEO Necklace; Free People Lurex Crop Sweater

Elevated Style | J.Crew Vintage Matchstick Cord 2

As a tall woman, I have a hard time finding pants at the right length. Enter the cropped pant. Cropped pants are thankfully in style and are easy for tall women to pull off!

The pants I’m wearing above I got on sale from J.Crew. There weren’t any long sizes left, so I opted for a regular length. Of course, they were way too short for me, so I simply rolled up the bottom of the pants a bit and voila…cropped pants! Perfect for Spring.

Readers: Have you tried cropped pants?