Frilling Ways to Chambray: Tied and True


Happy Wednesday all! I am so excited this week because we will be received the keys to our new home! I can’t wait to share all the projects we have in store with you guys.

Recently, I had an appointment in which the client’s goal was to learn how to dress down her many wear-to-work pencil skirts. My first thought? Chambray of course! Here’s an example of how I’ve dressed down my own pencil skirt using my ever-reliable J. Crew Keeper Chambray.

The denim fabric tones down the dressiness of the pencil skirt, and I casually tied the bottom of the shirt for added emphasis of this laid-back look.

I left a few buttons unbuttoned for more emphasis of my casual vibe. I also added a few pops of color just for FRILLS: coral lips and some sea foam: a VERY popular spring trend this year. I have no problem jumping on the bandwagon. This color looks great on every complexion.

I rolled the sleeves for even more emphasis (in case people weren’t getting the picture that I am indeed dressed down here! haha).

I traded my pumps for my funky Clark’s Indigo boots and added some frilly ankle socks.

Do you have any tips for dressing down a pencil skirt? My client left with 15 photos of different looks involving t-shirts, Sperry Topsiders, a denim jacket and more! She already owned the chambray (smart gal) so she was ready to go!

chambray and necklace: J. Crew / cardigan: J. Crew Factory (old, but similar one here) / skirt: Banana Republic Petites (old, but similar one here) / socks: Madewell / boots: Clark’s Indigo / lips: MAC Morange 

Check out the gallery of past Chambray looks below!

Frilling Ways to Chambray: Monochromatic Hues


Hi everyone! Happy Tuesday! Last week we started a frilling new series highlighting the many different ways to style a chambray top. I debuted the series with a classic, sophisticated look. This week I layered my chambray with J. Crew’s Tippi sweater and I also purposely created a monochromatic palette of blues.

Check out the details:

A popped collar. People have mixed opinions on the popped collar. I say that sometimes it can work.

A chunky ring and another deliciously gaudy bauble around my neck. Blues on blues on blues.

Layered polka dots to add some FRILLS. I love the layers of blues AND the layers of polka dots. I pretty much love anything that takes extra thought and care.

Sweater: J. Crew / Chambray: J. Crew  / Skirt: J. Crew (old. similar at F21) / Necklace: J. Crew (old. similar style at Bauble Bar)  / Tights: Madewell / Shoes: Clark’s Indigo / Ring: Circle & Square / Lip color: MAC (Russian Red) 

How do you style your chambray?

March 12, 2013 8:00 AM | Comments | Categories: Fashion, Lifestyle, Outfit posts | Tags: , , ,

Statement skirt


Urg, I didn’t notice the light bubble on the pictures until it was too late. Oh well. Moving on. Don’t you love when you buy a piece only to find out that it goes with just about everything in your closet? You can’t know it until you’ve had it a while, but once you realize it, it’s a very happy surprise. That’s how I feel about this skirt.

I’ve been wearing it for a couple of months now in so many different ways, and I keep forgetting to photograph its versatility! I love this skirt because it has amazing structure that is totally frilling because it can be dressed up or down. I also love the print. It’s both fun and classic, and it’s not too bold to mix with various patterns and fabrics.

Plus, it’s totally flattering. I bought this skirt online so I was really taking a chance, and it worked! I’m anticipating wearing and loving this skirt for many seasons to come!

skirt: J Crew Collection / sweater: tippy sweater from J Crew / necklace: Zara / chain link bracelet, bangle, and ring: J Crew / shoes: Clarks

Do you have a “statement” skirt you love?

December 6, 2012 11:00 AM | Comments | Categories: Fashion, Outfit posts | Tags: , , , , ,

fran & aurelia

Fran likes knitting, cooking, reading design blogs, curating her home, and wearing chunky jewelry.

Aurelia likes baking, fashion, hosting lovely dinner parties, and laughing at clever and witty things.