Earlier this year I lived gloriously close to the mall.
I used to say that most people like to live near a great view of the mountains, while I was perfectly content living within the glow of the Belk sign. And it’s true.
Now that I can’t consider the mall an extension of my closet, I’ve been popping into Target more often for when I neeeeed something new to wear. I picked up this dress on super clearance.
I’ve done that a couple times with dresses at Target – which completely breaks my rule about not buying something just because it’s cheap. But in this case it worked out beautifully because I saw the potential and how it could follow me well into winter.
It’s comfortable, pairs perfectly with tights and is a nice pattern that’s not stripes or full on flannel.
Plus I’m excited about layering it under some really cozy sweaters and switching up the necklaces later on.
That’s one thing I love about the cooler temps. Tights and a cozy open cardigan can really help you get extra use out of those late summer/fall pieces. As long as it doesn’t include light fabrics or colors, you can totally work it well into winter.
Here’s a very similar version from JCP for under $30!
Here are some ways I plan to style this dress and others this fall/winter.
After wearing a sauna suit as my costume the other day (see Intagram for details), I decided I’m not opposed to bundling up even though it’s 80 degrees outside. :-|
If I can sweat through that, I can make it through anything.
This week on the show I demonstrated a couple things with scarves. The first was how to accessorize with them…
Too often I see earrings and scarves competing for the same space on the neck, so I did my part to rectify that with a simple rule of thumb, and showed which necklace is best for wearing with an infinity scarf.
Also on this week – how to tie your scarf in just four different ways! There are so many tutorials out there that give you a number of different ways – half of which I can’t even remember.
What I show below, however, I feel is memorable and simple enough to pull off. And remember, you can always return to this spot for a refresher once it gets truly cold outside. In fact, feel free to return to this spot every day :)
Below that segment is the Live at Five at Four spot with my baby Jackson dressed as cousin Eddie from Christmas Vacation. He appears about half way through the clip, so be sure to check out him and his emotionless face on TV haha!
One of my biggest dreams in life is to have a leopard as a pet. Wouldn’t that be great?
Not only do you get kick butt protection for your house, but you also have the fabulous print walking around to gaze at. And basically a cuddly kitty.
I would name him… *I’ve stopped to seriously consider this* Willy Nilly. And we’d call him Silly Willy Nilly for short.
Until that day comes and my little Shih Tzu signs off on it, I’ll just stick with leopard pants.
I can’t say if I’ll go for another patterned pant outside of leopard print. The best way to go for a trend like this is to do it in a print you absolutely can’t get enough of. *Refer to the top of this post to gauge my love of leopard.
You would think having a pattern would make your legs look larger, but by picking the right pattern it could actually work to your advantage.
Notice how the black part of the leopard creates a slight line down the front of the leg – that is a great visual trick that gives a long lean look.
Pair any patterned pants with simple pieces. A solid shirt, especially one that dips down a bit in the back, will help bring sophistication to the look. In an ensemble like this your pants are loud enough, don’t wear things that visually compete with them.
These pants are from The Limited in West Town Mall. And gosh, are they comfortable. I’m going to try and squeeze out some more looks from them just because they’re such a super comfy/stretchy option!
Here are some more great (and comfortable) pant options (PS: the sale is back on!)
Happy day to you!
Any day’s a happy day when you realize you can buy more jewelry and it’s good for you! :)
This week on the show I showcased accessories from Francesca’s in West Town Mall. Watch at how easily you can transition one simple dress into four different looks…
It was Veronica’s first time on camera! She did great. Most people would be nervous to get naked twice in a TV studio, but not this gal! ;)
This fuchsia color makes my mouth water.
In fact, a jewel tone paired with black and white stripes is everything I love visually about life.
This top gives me everything I need for this outfit once I tuck it in and add a jacket. It would probably be too much volume paired with the skirt on its own.
This is why a jean jacket (or any jacket, really) that you love is the greatest closet staple. As is a great patterned a-line skirt! If you follow me on Instagram, you can see how I styled the skirt in warmer weather.
After a busy weekend throwing a bridal shower for one of my bestestestest friends, I was glad to have pre-prepped this outfit for Sunday morning. (Which explains why there are no fall decorations on my porch – you just wait till I have time ;)
If you get the chance, putting an outfit together ahead of time is the way to go. I love to do it so that I can have time to mull over what accessories would work. That way I’m not throwing them on as I walk out the door.
But I understand, not everyone wants to stand in their closet and play dress up like I do. But that’s why you read TheSpiff! :-D
And while all of these pieces were gathered over time (some at deep discounts) I’ve put together a list of similar things so you can shop the same pieces if you’d like…
Skirt | Top | Jacket | Heels
Have a great week! And GO VOLS!!!!