Ask DS

October 22, 2014

Ah, the first of many cool weather based ‘AskDS’ posts. Your questions about cooler weather stylings have been rolling in & today I’ve chosen 3 that I think we can all relate to at one point or another throughout the week. Want your fashion/style questions answered? Submit them via social media tagging @districtsparkle + #askds or by email.

 

I’m just o-ver getting dressed. I don’t know fashion, it takes too much time in the morning to get things together, and I never feel cute. I work in an office where leggings aren’t an appropriate form of clothing. I’m lacking inspiration and cool clothes.

First of all, leggings are NEVER an acceptable form of clothing. And as far as inspiration goes, Pinterest really can save your ass on those mornings where you think you have absolutely nothing to wear. I cheat at least once a week and check out my ‘outfit inspo‘ Pinterest board for ideas. No time to curate your own? I kinda dig mine.

Now, if you can’t be bothered with Pinterest, we’ve got a bit of a dilemna on our hands, don’t we? So let’s break your closet into three parts: Pants. Skirts. Dresses. Out of 5 workdays, you now have 3 covered. So let’s break it down a little further: Tapered pant. Wide leg pant. Skirt. Shift dress. Shirt dress. HUZZAH! That’s 5 days, ladies.

Shop all 5 here:

 

How do I make my comfy sweaters appropriate for the workplace?

The easiest way to style an oversized chunker is to pair it with something not oversized. Brilliant, right? Try a super tapered long leg pant or a pencil skirt with heels. The sweater is chunky and boxy so you want to elongate the rest of your body to get that chic look.

 

Are OTK boots OK at work?

You, my friend, are in luck. We just chatted about this in yesterday’s post. It’s got all the tips to appropriately wear any kind of OTK boot in the office, or anywhere else. Word to the wise: I’d stay away from any stiletto OTKs in the workplace.

Browse more office-friendly OTKs:

East vs. West Style | OTK Boots

October 21, 2014

Full disclosure: It took me awhile to feel comfortable in OTK boots without feeling like Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman.

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HUTCH SHIRTDRESS c/o | SOLE SOCIETY OTK BOOTS c/o | SOLE SOCIETY FEDORA c/o | TAUDREY PENDANT NECKLACE c/o [SIMILAR] | H&M VEST [SIMILAR] [UNDER $50] | GIGI NEW YORK TOTE | RAY BANS SUNGLASSES | BOBBI BROWN GLOSS in NOUGAT

For the longest time, I just. could. not. bring myself to purchase a pair of O(ver) T(he) K(nee) boots. I felt soo uncomfortable and thought everyone I traipsed by while in said hooker boots were judging me. Cut to today: I own 4 pair. Heeled brown, heeled black, flat brown, and flat black (suede + under $40). One for every occasion, literally.

Don’t get me wrong. Those Vivian Ward boots are still on the feet of IDGAF girls everywhere but the right OTK boot for you can change the game entirely. Bottom line: Not all OTK boots are slutty. And that’s the most important place to start when hunting for the perfect boot for your style.

Typically, there are only two ways I ever wear OTK boots: With dresses or over tights/pants. With pants, skimpiness doesn’t really matter since everything is covered. But pairing OTKs with a dress is a different situation, entirely. I’m most comfortable with a few inches of skin showing above the knee. Take into consideration that when you walk, sit, etc. the dress is going to ride up. And ain’t nobody want to be seen with a hoochie at girls brunch, amiright? Introducing heeled OTKs into the situation? My favorite way to pair these with a dress is to choose a shift or flowy dress that hits just above the boot. Super mod but simple and you won’t be worrying about flashing strangers all night. Unless, of course, that’s your thing.

Still not convinced? Try a pair that hit below your knee but have the option to unfold to become OTKs. Two birds. One stone boot.

Get  a little more boot inspiration from my favorite #EastVsWestStyle Challenge girls:

EastvsWest Boots

 

Living After Midnite | The Right Shoes | Envision Pretty | Pursuit of Shoes | Oomph
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MUTED | Elie Tahari for DesigNation

October 20, 2014

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ELIE TAHARI for KOHL’S JACKET c/o | H&M TOP [SIMILAR but expensive] | MANGO SKIRT [SIMILAR] | ABERCROMBIE BELT way old [SIMILAR] | GIGI NEW YORK BAG c/o | GORJANA BAR NECKLACE |  TAUDREY DATE STAMP NECKLACE | ONECKLACE MONOGRAM NECKLACE | LULUS’S PENDANT NECKLACE | BAUBLEBAR TASSLE NECKLACE

Fun fact: This MANGO maxi skirt was an impulse buy at a satellite shop inside a California airport. Random? Yes. Best decision ever? Ca-learly.

With all this cool weather, a girl can get bored wearing dark colors day in and day out. In some places on the east coast it still might be seasonally appropriate to get away with this type of Summer-to-Fall look so take out your maxis one last time before they’re boxed away until April. Pair it with a cropped sweater and a leather jacket or go for a little bit of a lighter look, like I did here, and pair it with a flowy top and light colored suede jacket. This one is my favorite piece in that Elie Tahari collection for Kohl’s we’ve been drooling over. It’s on sale for $78 down from $130 and also comes in black. Buy both? I think, yes. Looking for more reason to invest? Loving how Danielle styles her Elie Tahari x Kohl’s moto jackets here.

Would you wear this look? Can’t lie, I’m kinda diggin’ it. Like, wish I could head out to work in it, diggin’ it. What’s your favorite way to style maxi dresses/maxi skirts as the weather cools off?

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