Monthly Archives: April 2012

Outfit Idea: A Spring Statement Skirt

Elevated Style | Ann Taylor Skirt 1

Ann Taylor Skirt; J.Crew Perfect-Fit Long-Sleeve Tee; Ann Taylor Perfect Patent Pumps; Ann Taylor Perfect Skinny Belt; AEO White Chronograph Watch (similar); Tommy Hilfiger Sunglasses, DL40; H&M Earrings (similar); Vintage Bracelet (similar); Banana Republic Classic Trench

Elevated Style | Ann Taylor Skirt 2

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I picked up this skirt on sale at Ann Taylor last weekend and couldn’t wait to post about it. It’s extremely lightweight, doesn’t wrinkle easily, doesn’t ride up while I’m walking and is easy to pair with a variety of colors. Above, I’m wearing it with a simple mint green long-sleeve tee. I wanted to keep the rest of my outfit understated to highlight the skirt. Typically with statement pieces, I like to down-play other elements of the outfit.

My one issue with this skirt is that it’s about an inch too short (so typical for tall women!). I would have preferred it to be at knee level rather than above the knee, but the price was right and the colors are gorgeous, so I couldn’t resist!

Readers: Do you own a statement skirt?

How-To: Navy as a Neutral

Elevated Style | J.Crew No. 2 Pencil Skirt in Double-Serge Cotton Green 1

J.Crew Perfect-Fit Long-Sleeve Tee; J.Crew No. 2 Pencil Skirt in Double-Serge Cotton; Ralph Lauren Zabrina Pumps; J.Crew Scarf; DSW Wristlet; Tommy Hilfiger Sunglasses, DL40; Bracelets from H&M and J.Crew

Elevated Style | J.Crew No. 2 Pencil Skirt in Double-Serge Cotton Green 2

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Let’s talk about the color navy blue. It’s a great color for Spring, but I’ve always found it difficult to pair with something other than white.

Above is an example of how navy blue can be used as a neutral with a vibrant green. If green’s not your style, try pairing navy blue with poppy, bubblegum or turquoise.

Readers: What do you think about using navy blue as a neutral?

Tall Trick: Block Heels

Elevated Style | Calvin Klein Blaine Pumps 3
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Block heels are great for tall women because they help balance out height. As you can see, they have just the right amount of mass and structure to support my taller frame.

Besides looking great, an added advantage to wearing block heels is that they are far more comfortable (and less wobbly!) than dainty heels. I can practically run in them! I can also see myself dancing in these…TGIF!

Readers: Have you tried block heels?