1 Piece, 3 Ways: Floral Pencil Skirt

1 Piece, 3 Ways: Floral Pencil Skirt
I love the unexpected mix of a bright floral print with a classic pencil skirt. This piece makes a statement, but that doesn’t mean you can’t wear it all the time. Here are three unique ways to style such a bright skirt for weekend, work, and evening.
Look 1: Dress the skirt down with an easy striped T-shirt and sneakers. A denim jacket balances out the mix of patterns, and simple accessories won’t compete.
Graham & Spencer top, Madewell jacket, Keds sneakers, Forever 21 bracelets, Karen Walker sunnies
Look 2: A feminine peplum top adds sophistication, creating an office-appropriate look. Add chic pumps and a bold necklace in complementary hues for an extra touch of personality. A classic leather bag and trench in neutral colors keep the look polished.
DKNY top, Martin Grant trench coat, Charlotte Olympia pumps, Armani Exchange watch, Michael Kors bag, similar necklace
Look 3: This skirt packs a punch, so for evening accent it with black. A crop top (or full tank if you aren’t comfortable with putting your abs on display), sexy heels, and an accent bag are the perfect pieces to accompany such a playful skirt.
Nomia crop top (similar), Jimmy Choo sandals, Kelly Wearstler clutch, Bottega Veneta ring 

Transitions

DKNY Sweater, Cynthia Rowley scarf, Boutique 9 boots

Spring fashion, personal style blog, Lydia Hudgens photography

Personal style blog, Lydia Hudgens photography, Spring fashion

Spring fashion, Floral, Cynthia Rowley scarf

Boutique 9 boots, Nine West socks, Laser-cut Leather

Spring fashion, Boutique 9 boots, DKNY Sweater

DKNY Sweater, Cynthia Rowley scarf, Michael Kors watch

DKNY sweater, Ralph Lauren sunglasses, Cynthia Rowley scarf

While I make the transition from New York to Boston, my wardrobe is making the transition from Winter to Spring. I love to wear my cozy winter knits over a skirt or dress while the weather is still warming up. I added a pretty floral scarf for some color and kept my diva shades on hand for when the sun was shining! How do you transition your look from Winter to Spring?

WearingDKNY Sweater, Pins and Needles dress via UO, Cynthia Rowley scarf (love this one), Boutique 9 boots (similar, short version), Michael Kors watch, Presh bracelet, F21 floral ring (old, love this one), Gorjana rings (here and here), J. crew bangle, London Fog pouch (similar)

Photo Credit: Lydia Hudgens – my last set of NYC photos taken by the fabulous and talented Lydia!!!

Slouchy Street Style

DKNY trousers, Aqua Coat, Kate Spade bag

Aqua coat, DKNY trousers, Personal Style blog

DKNY Trousers, Aqua Coat, Steve Madden booties

Fashion, Personal Style blog, Lydia Hudgens photography

Aqua coat, DKNY trousers, Steve Madden booties

Aqua place, DKNY trousers, Steve Madden booties

Despite the recent snowstorm (in like a lion, right?), my fashion focus is on Spring, and the bright hue of these trousers injects the right touch of Springtime. Surprisingly, these blue pants are as versatile as they are audacious. In the spring, I will layer them with a chambray, scarf, and camel booties, and in the summer, I will opt for an easy tank and leather sandals. And did I mention they are ridiculously comfortable (much like this other favorite pair). How have you been adding a little much-needed Spring to your winter wardrobe?

DKNY trousers (love these), Isaac Mizrahi for Target sweater (similar), Aqua coat, Steve Madden booties c/o (last seen here), Kate Spade bag, Necklace via Saks Off-Fifth (similar here or here), vintage scarf, BCBG skull ring (similar), Michael Kors watch, vintage bracelets and rings

Photo Credit: Lydia Hudgens

Currently Craving: Cocoon Coats

Currently Craving: Cocoon Coats
J. Crew, Jil Sander Fall 2012, 3.1 Phillip Lim Fall 2012, Lover, DKNY Fall 2012, Rebecca Taylor, Acne, and image c/o Stockholm Streetstyle
It’s officially cold in New York… And as unfortunate as this may be, it also means coats are making their way back into my closet. (Last year, I brought in an armoire to my petite dorm room simply to accommodate my coat collection.) I mean, lets face it, how bored would I get wearing the same coat every day when the temperatures drop? I think this is implied, but… so bored. Anyway, right now I am loving the cocoon coat because it looks effortlessly chic over anything! Oh this old coat? I just threw it on, and look fabulous. Oh, and speaking of old coats – if you live in the New York area, donate yours here!

Sweater Weather

Wearing – Sweater: DKNY via Marshalls (love this version too), Jeans: Elizabeth & James (similar), Shoes: Nine West (really old), Bag: Rebecca Minkoff (similar)

Bracelets: gifted and vintage, Ring: Alexander McQueen, Watch: Michael Kors

Weekends in the Fall are my all-time favorite. The weather is crisp, the air has a unique aroma (maybe not so much in NYC, but any New Englander knows what I mean), and the ambience is very relaxed and content. And, I for one, am a huge fan of early Fall fashion, the time right before any serious layering is required. In particular, I love sweaters. I may or may not have three or five identical sweaters to this one that I wear with jeans, over dresses, with maxi skirts, or with leggings on any given Fall weekend.  They are the perfect combination of cozy and classic.

Photo Credit: Lydia Hudgens

Views from St. Thomas

View from our balcony of the rain-swept beach

Ferris Wheel in the hills

Pretty colored houses set in the hill

Wearing – Sunglasses: Ralph Lauren (also known as my diva shades), Maxi Dress: INC (old)

Wearing – Trousers: DKNY via Marshalls, Tank: UO, Sandals: Michael Kors, Watch: Michael Kors, Necklace: J. Crew (old)

A rainbow… the only good result from all the rain.

Hope you enjoy! –Hillary Christine