Written by Kendra
I like to think that I’m not tied to any particular style or type of wardrobe, but if anyone looked through my closet it would be obvious that I’m drawn to a monochromatic style. I’m drawn toward simpler pieces in solid colors, relying on layering and classic jeans to create the finished look as easily as possible. Even in dresses and skirts, I’ve found that over 2/3 of what I own are solid colored, or close to it.
I also kind of struggle with an aversion to anything but perfect cutesy matching, which makes me avoid prints like the plague sometimes I have this thing where I feel like I have to match every print with a white shirt or blue jeans to make sure it matches correctly.
This summer I decided to venture out a bit for me and deliberately search for a few printed items, to let go of my weird matching problems, and to try something different. I settled on florals as my print choice – flowers are always appropriate for summer activities, and it’s easy to find a variety of colors and styles.
I picked up this skirt at Kohl’s this year, since that store is always a good place to find something nice without spending much! I truly believe that skirts which hit just above the knee are the most universally flattering, and the pleats help with fitting different body types as well. I am in love with how beautiful the flowers are on the skirt too. The picture really doesn’t give it justice. Like most of my favorite clothing items, I probably end up wearing this once a week, as I see no point in worrying about how often you wear something for fear of repeating too much. If it works and you love it, get your money’s worth and wear it, you know?
Anyways, I fought the urge to wear a white top as I usually do, and instead got suuuuuper adventurous with a teal tank (haha I know lame but I’m not really brave enough for pattern mixing yet) and this vest which goes with many of my dresses and skirt outfits. I’m finding out now that this picture taking angle isn’t the best for a pregnant belly, but I am definitely happy with how this whole outfit turned out together. My longer tanks like this work so well for pregnancy until I get closer to the end!
My advice to you today when shopping, is that it’s almost always a good idea to buy things that you can transition into different seasons or different levels of formality. I love this skirt specifically because I can wear it with a sleeved cardigan and heels and make it a perfect Mass outfit, and then I can switch out for this vest and some strappy flat sandals for after-church errands or just hanging out with my family. The day we took these pictures I wore this out to a little dinner with our family and then to Home Depot (and the skirt is comfy enough to hang out at home in it too). Flexibility in how/where you can wear your clothing items is huge in stretching your wardrobe budget!
I know I haven’t personally posted anything but WIWS for a long time, and I’m going to try to get back into posting with some fun outfit posts along with little snapshots of my daily life like this. If you all have any outfit-type requests or questions related to that, please ask! Have a good week!
This post is linked up with IFB featuring prints in your wardrobe. There are some more posts to check out there (including people cool enough to print-mix hehe) and you can link up your own print outfit as well!