90s Mini Dress

Nothing like a little 90s flair, eh? I found this pinstriped dress at a thrift store – originally almost floor length and accompanied by a long matching blazer. It’s heavy polyester – from a classic power suit in its initial form.

90s pinstriped mini dress style

The length didn’t quite suit me, so I tore off the bottom. When I tear my dresses and skirts, I often make them too short accidentally. However, there’s no going back, and I couldn’t part with this! So it’s primarily a winter dress – the heavy material suits the cold, and it layers wonderfully with a long sleeve shirt and tights.

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The high neckline is classy, but the cut is perfectly body skimming – an excellent balance. I like to make this look a bit funky, often pairing it with a headscarf and a bold lip.

headscarf ring high neckline style

It’s subtle, but still a bit of a statement, so I keep everything around it simple. I like to add other long lines with it, mimicking the pinstripes, whether in the form of a necklace or a scarf.

pinstripe dress, high neckline, key necklace

Boots, loafers, and sneakers all work equally well – a true testament to this dress’s versatility.

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I found some fun 90s style dresses similar to this one through ASOS marketplaceone big floral print and one small. You could also have a look on Etsy, and don’t be afraid to comb the racks of your local thrift store – these gems often take a bit of digging.

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Love, calm, & care –

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Sweatpants. Anywhere.

Who doesn’t want to leave the house in sweatpants? You’re lying if you don’t – they’re a dream. And aren’t we lucky, they’ve somehow become stylish. Personally, I am all in on taking advantage of it. I found this pair at Forever 21 for just ten dollars, and the selection was ample. Jogger sweatpants are so hot right now you could find them at Wal-Mart in exactly the style and color that suit you.

classy sweater comfy sweatpants winter girl style

classy top cozy sweatpants winter girl style

I went for pink. It’s a nice 90s dusty rose kind of shade, which plays nicely with most of my clothes – blacks, burgundies, corals, oranges – and I generally prefer to wear black tops with funky bottoms, although I do have a couple more wild shirts like the brocade you see here.

classy sweater cozy sweatpants winter girl style

As sweatpants, these are powerfully comfortable. They’re also versatile – just wait for the summer post. Still bangin. Here in Siberia, I do have to layer them with leggings or tights to stay warm, but can you even tell?

classy sweater cozy sweatpants winter girl style

I’ve posted photos before of these paired with a pajama top – my cozy Christmas outfit. Here I’ve got three other options.

classy sweater cozy sweatpants winter girl style

Start simple – these pants can sing, so let them. They rock well with a black t-shirt, boots, and a hat – perfect for when you don’t leave yourself enough time to get ready or just don’t feel like putting clothes on but have to go to work and haven’t washed your hair in far too long. This is the ultimate lazy person’s outfit.

t-shirt, hat, sweatpants winter girl style

Next we have this Victorian looking gem – a bit more elevated, like the next one. Something about the casual nature of sweatpants makes me want to class it up on top, and what says classy more than a high necked top made out of brocade?

classy sweater cozy sweatpants winter girl style

If anything can top the brocade, it’s this sweater – classy as hell, right? Boots in all three of these outfits keep it grounded – comfy, but still utilitarian.

classy sweater cozy sweatpants winter girl style

Comfort and class, united in three outfits – what could be better? Sweatpants are now acceptable attire for work, for school, for errands, for life outside the house – with a single caveat. Style them appropriately. If this didn’t help you on that front, I don’t know what will, so now that you’re equipped, bust out those sweats. I hear Chancho has an extra pair. Stay cozy.

classy sweater cozy sweatpants winter girl style

Love, calm, & care –

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Winter Mini Skirts and Sex Appeal

Ah winter, a time when the legs must always be covered and skirts seem inaccessible. But are they really? My tweed mini skirt is designated solely as a winter skirt – I don’t wear it unless there’s snow on the ground. Why? It’s too short to wear without tights, the fabric is too heavy for summer, and it’s black and white – my primary winter color combo.

I found this skirt at a thrift store for a couple dollars. It’s originally Forever 21. I like the metallic threads woven through it, and it’s a nice weight – balancing the short length well for cold weather.

close up wool mini skirt

I think we can all agree that sexy becomes difficult in winter. Yes, it’s a way of carrying yourself that flows from an internal well of self-love, but, in clothing, it’s typically considered form-fitting and skin-baring. If this is a part of your style, winter can feel confusing, even stifling. Sometimes all I want is to wear a sleeveless crop top! But alas, my abs freeze with the slightest chill in the air, so I’m left to other means. This skirt, like my leather one, is the perfect combination of cute and sexy. It’s not too much, but it’s fitted, high-waisted, short – just the right dose of winter sex appeal. And, depending on how I style it, I can raise that up or down.

winter wool tweed mini skirt

If I only feel like being comfortable, I throw a roomy flannel over it – it’s more cute than anything since I’m mixing patterns and wearing a massive shirt. And, most importantly, I’m comfortable. And warm.

flannel and winter mini skirt

Medium appeal – a fitted t-shirt, layered with a beanie and, when I get cold, my scarf and cashmere sweater. I would describe this as relaxed sexy, if anything. I’m comfortable, I’m wearing a beanie and sneakers, my body is covered, but I’m wearing a mini skirt and I love it.

winter mini skirt comfortable sexy cool

If you’re not sure about how to stay warm in a skirt or what type of tights to wear, check out this post I wrote a couple months ago. It’s easier than you think.

winter pattern mixing sweater with mini skirt

For a little more, I pair it with a v-neck sweater. Even this is relaxed and adorable because I’m comfortable, I’m warm, and the sweater is kinda long – I like to balance emphases in this way. Since my chest is bare, my waist is a bit obscured. I am teaching children in these outfits, after all.

tweed mini skirt winter sex appeal

So I didn’t get crazy with sex appeal here, but honestly I never do – that’s not my style. And I’m not trying to impress anyone. At least now you know a mini skirt is possible this time of year and, if you’ve got a hot date for Valentine’s day, pop a lacy leotard under your skirt, pair it with some over the knee boots and a bold lip, and you’re set. My date is with myself in a gorgeous Chinese coffee shop, so I will be wearing this because I can –

YOLO hat, comfortable sweatpants, relaxed winter style

I found a couple winter wool mini skirt options online – a J Crew skirt on Tradesy that has some fun color to it and a black and white H&M one on Poshmark. Stay strong, friends, we’ve got a month or two left in winter and then we can toss out the tights! In the meantime, buy yourself some flowers and be your own valentine, because you deserve all the love in the world and it starts flowing when you give it to your self.

Valentine's Day roses self-love

Love, calm, & care –

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Moon Boots!

Form and function, right? Well, where I currently live, the conditions are icy, snowy, subzero – like the winter x-games on my sidewalk. So I had no choice – I needed snow boots…or moon boots…or, as I’ve been affectionately calling them – moots!

Harbin boasts shopping malls not only on every corner, but underground, too. I stroll through one when I pass by now and then, and, upon finding one marked OUTLETS – I perused. I have yet to find a thrift store here, but this place was the closest thing. First floor was all shoes, something like forty different vendors with different types of boots and sneakers.

winter style moon boots

It was love at first sight.

love moon boots

I didn’t try them on, but I did think about them all week. I like to step back before making a purchase – give myself at least 4 days to think about it, let it simmer, mentally match it with everything I own. And if it sticks – it sticks for many good reasons, and, budget permitting, I proceed. These only cost the equivalent of 13USD, but as far as I can tell they’re great quality. #MADEINCHINA. Lined with fake fur, they are cozy and comfy.

cozy comfy moon boots

I’ll admit that these are not as orthopedic as I like my shoes to be, but, given the harsh conditions out here, I had to compromise. I do have a slice of Dr. Scholl in there, and that makes a difference.

winter boot girl style

What I love about these – they look sleek, even futuristic. Black goes with everything, but the words on the back add somethin special. I love that the word is love – that sealed the deal for me. All the tread on these acts as a platform, too, which, since I don’t much wear heels, is a fun boost.

winter girl moon boot style love

I browsed around the internet and found a swanky DSW deal, a fancy Euro lookin moon boot, and a website called moon-boot.com. Go nuts.

pretty girl skirt winter moon boot

I’ve worn these all week, and I haven’t slipped on ice once. Mission accomplished.

moon boots winter style

Love, calm, & care –

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OOTD: Pretty Punk

I like my look to strike a comfortable balance between masculine and feminine, strong and dainty, casual and fancy, tough and pretty. This is partly why I have short hair – but, as I’m growing out my pixie, I’m having to strike a new balance every day. And while I adore dressing up, it isn’t practical for my lifestyle. I live in Colorado, where people wear workout clothes to meet friends and putting on jeans is considered getting fancy. I walk or ride my bike everywhere, I get sweaty, I’m outside a lot, I like to sit like a man. These are real factors.

I don't own this bike. I wish I did. We just found it in a parking lot.

I don’t own this bike. I wish I did. We just found it in a parking lot.

Summer is tricky because I don’t like to show a ton of skin, but it’s just so hot outside. So, as always, balance is the key. In outfit of the day posts like this, I’ll break it down head to toe.

Headscarf – this is a scarf about three feet long that I found at Goodwill a couple years ago. The color scheme is varied, pulling together the solid colored pieces I’m wearing. I like a headscarf when I’m having a weird hair day. It makes life easier.

Sunglasses – five dollars at Charlotte Russe. After much experimentation, I find that round glass work best with my long oval face. I like the light shade of the lenses and the gold rim.

Top – this was a dress that I found at a resale shop. I tore the bottom off after wearing it once. I like the high neck – it’s a good balance for the bare shoulders and shorts – and the color suits my skin tone – it’s pale without washing me out. I like the delicate touches of lace and the drape of the chiffon.

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Necklace – I got this at Charming Charlie years ago and now it’s nearly the only necklace I own. It used to be bright gold and now it’s this nice tarnished bronzy color, which I really prefer. It goes with everything, and can be helpful when I want some vertical lines in an outfit.

Belt – from Target. This belt has enough holes to fit comfortably around my hips or my waist, and the color goes with everything I own – burgundy is as versatile as black for me.

Shorts – these are from a local place called Topo Designs. They were a bit pricey [~60], but worth every penny. The fit is perfection, and I know they’ll last a while. That olive color plays well with the other clothes in my closet. They’re versatile, too – I hike in these, but I can also wear them like this.

IMG_0826Boots – I found these on clearance at DSW a few years ago. They might be the most complemented item I own. I love the tapestry-ness of the material, the color palette, and the Victorian style. Also, the heel clicks when I walk, which is always a fun feature. These, like the scarf, are great for uniting an outfit of solids.

Backpack – I found this on clearance at a Vans store for 40. I love that color, and its leather that’s perforated like mesh. I’m into interesting textures, and this bag is great for traveling. It’s big enough for all my things, and small enough to carry around town without breaking my back.

Head to toe, that’s me on a Wednesday. What do you think? How do you feel about boots in the summer?

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