Thirty days ago, I started out on a journey to become more aware of how I use digital devices. I was catching myself mindlessly scrolling through social media feeds, or glossing over blog posts and not spending the time to really read the content that was before me. We’re all guilty of this, and as technology continues to advance, there are some startling statistics about how we are all consuming digital media and using our smart phones.
Research estimates that the average user checks their smartphone approximately 150 times per day. Guilty … I was doing this so often at work, tapping the home button on my iPhone to see who had messaged me or what alerts had popped up, which was causing me to lose focus on what I was working on. But what’s even more troubling is how our dependence on these devices is impacting other aspects of our lives.
A study by the National Institute of Mental Health found a strong and significant association between social media use and depression, low self-esteem and increased anxiety. What’s more, as our tech habits deny our brains important downtime, our ability for deep-thinking and maintained focus is reducing. At the start of 2017, this is exactly how I was feeling … distracted, unfocused, uninspired and quite down. I wasn’t sure why I was feeling this way, so I decided to take a break from my blog, for one month while pursuing a digital detox. It was my hope that a 30 day break would allow me to realign and find inspiration again, while helping me to make conscious and intentional boundaries about how I use technology.
I am the type of person that seems to stick to something much more when I have a group of people participating with me. So, I tapped my friends and asked if anyone would want to partake in a digital detox, and to my surprise, four of my fabulous friends were willing to try!* Each day during the month of February, we all underwent a small challenge relating to our digital devices. From little things like turning our phones off for one hour, or eating dinner in a different room than our phones, to the larger challenges like turning off all emails for an entire day, or not using Google Maps and asking for directions instead. There were some beautiful challenges along the way as well, like writing out birthday cards for friends rather than sending digital cards, or buying a new book (the physical kind) instead of downloading a digital copy. For a full list of daily challenges, check out the Time To Log Off youtube page.
While we all had different experiences during the digital detox, my lovely friends and I were all thankful that we participated at the end of the 30 days. As we pulled away from our devices, many of us realized that our smartphones have become essential components of our lives, but that we can find a balance in how we use them throughout the day.
“What I’m finding is that, although I always think of my devices as the devil, they’re actually my friend … I do need to be more mindful of the time I spend scrolling aimlessly on social media, but overall, these challenges are actually showing me that I’m mostly responsible about the use of my devices. Specifically with my phone, I love my daycare app … I can check in on my girls, see pictures of what they’re doing, and get updates on food/bottles/etc. This is productive and the use of technology makes it far easier and allows me to use my time more efficiently.” - Kristen
“I intentionally didn’t find my phone while feeding my son today and he was more than thrilled with the nonstop eye contact. We’ve enacted a rule of no phones at the dinner table so I’m happy to stop being so distracted by this device I’ve grown so attached to the last 16 years.” - Joanna
“I expected to find at least some exercises hard, to feel torn being away from my phone, to feel some level of FOMO and to also experience the well-earned bliss of total engagement for my suffering, to be more alive and alert from having escaped the throes of this devious, attention seeking device … and that isn't quite how it went. I was continually reminded and astonished by how much functionality my phone provides in my life. It is quite the little multitasking machine and I am grateful that in a few little inches of space I have the ability to take notes, photos, reference q's....order pizza. It's absence made me more mindful of how much I take it for granted. I also realized that I have a bit of a built-in luddite juxtaposition. I enjoy physical things just as much as digital and they are an everyday part of my life. I also found that being away from my phone didn't make me feel as anxious as I thought it would.” -Christine
I loved that each day had a small challenge, and that this wasn’t a total purge of my digital devices from my life. Like my friends, I found that after starting the challenge and reflecting on how I use my phone, I wasn’t as addicted as I thought I was … in that when a challenge called for turning my phone off for a period of time, or eliminating notifications, or turning off email I not only survived, but I felt fine while doing that task. And this feeling has stuck with me.
When I venture out to dinner with friends now, I make a conscious effort to keep my phone in my bag, so that my friends have my full attention. Today, I don’t look at my social media several times throughout the day, but instead, I dedicate a period of time when I’m home and relaxed to look at my various pages. This is helping me focus on the content in my feed, rather than scrolling and double tapping in an effort to ‘keep up’. I feel like I’ve hit refresh with my phone and how I use this device throughout my day, and I’m feeling more inspired and less down than before the detox. It is my hope that these new habits will stick with me, and I can continue to maintain the balance between my digital use and and time without my devices.
*Sending a special thank you to Christine, Kristen, Ginna and Joanna … my four fabulous friends who were willing to take part in the 30 day detox with me, keep me encouraged along the way, and give their feedback when the detox was over. Love you all.
A year ago, I started Six Foot Style and recently took some time to reflect on the last year, how I’m feeling and where I see SFS going in the year ahead. After a lot of thought and consideration, I have decided to take the month of February off from the blog.
I’ll be honest here, and completely candid with you guys … on both sides of the spectrum. This is a longer post, so stick with me. I've added some funny candid photos mixed in from my last year of blogging for entertainment value!
THE FUN STUFF
It’s been a great year. I’ve met some wonderful people, connected with other fabulous bloggers, had the opportunity to discover and work with so many amazing companies. And perhaps most important, I have been able to share my sense of style with a unique community of supportive and receptive people.
I can’t tell you how much each comment, like, repost, direct message, everything means to me. That’s what has made this year, and the blogging experience in general, worth it for me. Making meaningful connections with truly inspiring and incredible people.
THE SHITTY STUFF (AND A HEAVY DOSE OF TRUTH)
Blogging is a lot of work with often little reward. I don’t have a paid team behind me taking photos, editing, updating my website, creating and sending weekly emails, posting daily updates on social media pages, etc. … my team is me and my husband.
It’s a huge time commitment. If you’re familiar with my blog, you know that I have a full-time job and lots of obligations that keep me busy during the week. So, Six Foot Style is a weekend activity that I squeeze in between a seemingly endless list of to-do’s. This leaves little room for error, and has led to some tense moments between my husband and me over the last year. When photo shoots don’t work out as planned, or something comes up and I’m frantically trying to meet commitments I’ve arranged with a company, I become a stressed out maniac. Not fun for anyone.
There’s also a lot of work that goes on behind the scenes. When I partner with a company for a blog post or review, there are usually dozens of emails back and forth with product requests, shipment information, returns for alternate sizing, and so forth. And I’ll be real here … I don’t have a flood of emails sitting in my inbox from designers and companies that are dying for me to wear their clothing. Most of my partnerships over the last year have come-to-be as a result of my outreach to a particular company. Which takes work to successfully pitch and convince a brand that I am worthy of wearing their clothing and writing about their brand.
You’ve all probably seen Instagram fashionistas with tens of thousands of followers, but please know that there’s usually a team of people behind these women serving as the face of their brand. And a lot of women have been able to successfully make blogging their full-time job, spending 40+ hours a week. That just isn’t the case for me.
Musing on that same theme, here’s a news flash … I’m not a model. I wish that I woke up looking like Gigi Hadid, but the reality is that it takes time for me to do my hair and makeup before each photo shoot. And my prep before a photo shoot is not as extensive as some other bloggers I know. I am not putting in hair extensions, applying fake eyelashes, or anything like that. How you see me in my photos is actually what I look like in real life. Anyway, since I haven’t ever modeled before, when the camera starts flashing, it takes me quite a while to hit a comfortable niche and actually strike a moderately reasonable pose. Sensing a trend here … more time.
I make zero money from blogging. Here’s a little nugget of truth about blogging … brands want to partner with influencers who have lots of followers. And LOTS of bloggers pay to play this game. There are tons of companies that, for a minimal investment will like, comment, basically be a robot for your Instagram page in order to grow your following. I personally know bloggers who have paid for followers. I refuse to do this, it feels weird to me. It doesn’t bother me that others are, but it’s just not for me. So every single one of my followers is earned and that takes consistent posting of relevant material and lots of prayers that everyone keeps coming back week after week and showing love on my pages.
I’ve thought about joining Reward Style which you all know (or should get to know). You’ve probably clicked on links to products from blog posts and watched your web browser quickly go to rstyle.com then seamlessly forward to a product page. That blogger gets paid if you purchase that product. And rightfully so, they’ve influenced your purchase, and should be rewarded for that. However for me, I just never set out to make money off of my blog. I wanted to create a place for women to find inspiration and ideas for upping their workwear game. It’s my hope that Six Foot Style has become this place.
Don’t get me wrong, there are times when I wish that I was making some money … just enough to pay for someone to do my hair and makeup before each photo shoot. To pay a photographer so my husband isn’t forced outside in the dead of winter to snap photos during his precious weekend time. But maybe in 2017 right?
There are a ton of fashion bloggers out there. Lately I’ve been feeling defeated + deflated and find myself thinking I can’t provide something that a million other women aren’t already doing on Instagram. There’s lots of tall bloggers, loads of work wear bloggers, and a seemingly endless number of fashion bloggers. While I know that none of them are me, and my aesthetic and style is unique to truly only me, it feels overwhelming at times. And competitive. I see myself comparing my blog to others, and I become disappointed when I’m not as successful as others (I’m a former college athlete so competitiveness courses my veins). I can’t figure out how to not feel like that.
So, with all of that being said, I have decided to take a month off from blogging. I am a bit burned out, and need to step away from Six Foot Style for a hot minute. I am not sure what the future holds for the blog … but I’ll be sure to keep y’all updated. During the month, I'll also be doing a digital detox which I've posted about on the Tall Guides website.
Thanks for reading this post (I didn’t mean for it to be so sad), I just wanted everyone to know where I’m really at. One of my New Year’s resolutions was to be more honest and open up more … lift the “perfection” mask and image that I find myself always putting on. So this is real. This is me.
Before you scroll any lower in this blog post, I want to say one thing … after starting my blog, NEVER did I think that I would conduct a photo shoot with underwear. That’s a big fat N E V E R. I am certainly not 100% on board with how my body looks (see my Instagram stories/rants about how much I loathe working out). And my friends read my blog (thanks guys), my husband’s family sees my Instagram posts, so being in my underwear isn’t something that I was ever envisioning for Six Foot Style.
So with that little nugget of information in mind, know that I was reluctant to photograph and write about underwear, but after recently trying out White Rabbit’s line of bras and panties, I have decided to push aside my fears and trepidations in the sake of spreading the amazing-ness that White Rabbit is embarking upon to create comfortable everyday intimates that empower busy, on-the-go women for everyday life. Comfortable intimates that just work.
Let’s get down to the basics. Under your power suits, your best sheath dresses, your work outfits that give you confidence, poise and bad-assness what are you wearing? Bras with straps that dig into your shoulders? Underwear that rides up throughout the day? Ill-fitting intimates? Talk about a deal breaker.
Heck, we as women are out here trying to conquer the world, run our families, and then some. We shouldn’t be worrying about or even thinking about our underwear. It’s time to get lingerie smart ... meet White Rabbit. Founded on the principles that women everywhere should have nice looking, functional and comfortable undergarments for whatever their day brings, this NY-based company is revolutionizng the underwear industry by creating quality bras and panties that maximize comfort, maintain breathability and endure your longest days.
I have been wearing The Leroy over the course of two weeks now, and have only positive things to say about this boyshort panty. First, this tiny piece of fabric is one of the softest pieces of material I’ve ever felt (can I get a hallelujah) … and sidebar, can we start making other clothing with this stuff? Besides feeling heavenly, these panties are built with moisture-wicking and antimicrobial properties so wear them to the office, the gym, a late night drink with your man, you name it. They won’t show through your clothing and they’re breathable enough that you won’t even notice you’re wearing them.
When I tried on The Minetta bra, you should have seen me. I was running around the apartment telling my husband, “Feel this fabric”, “Stretch these bra straps, see how they’re not digging into my shoulder and leaving a mark”. While I don’t think he really understood how AH-MAZING this is, I’m sure women everywhere can appreciate the luxuriously soft and breathable bamboo fabric, the mesh-lined cups that give you solid support without a little less coverage, and the delicate details that create a feminine and luxe feel. As far as tech specs go, this baby has a micro-fiber, triple hook and eye closure for a better adjustment and fit, so you’ll feel great and never have to worry about bra lines being exposed through your most delicate blouses and tops.
If you needed any other reason to try White Rabbit, here’s three:
Panties - The Leroy thanks to White Rabbit (here)
Bra - The Minetta thanks to White Rabbit (here)
Blouse - Silk Charmeuse Faux Wrap thanks to WORTH NY (reviewed here, buy here)
Sunnies - Purple Rain thanks to Solo-Solis (reviewed here, buy here)
Necklace - from Banana Republic (similar here)
Watch - Santa Monica from MVMT (here)
Ring - Old from Kir Jewelry (similar here)
Last week marked the official start of winter, but let’s be real it’s been chilly here in New York for a little while now. Naturally, I have been reaching more and more from a large bin full of hats, scarves, and mittens in my apartment (yes, you read that correctly, mittens).
Since moving to New York, I have purchased countless pairs of fingered gloves only to end up donating them after frustratingly wearing them throughout the winter. Why? Because most companies make gloves in one size. So the 5’1” woman, who likely has shorter fingers than I do, will be donning the same pair of gloves as me, someone a full foot taller than her.
Fingered gloves leave me feeling uncomfortable, and often with webbed fingers. For gloves to reach the tip of my fingers, precious length is lost around my wrist resulting in the dreaded tall person’s exposed wrist while fighting the bitter cold. Not fun.
So I just gave up on fingered gloves altogether and started wearing mittens. No more webbed fingers, and I found several pairs with additional fabric to fold either up or down your wrist. And this has been sufficing.
But there’s nothing like an elegant pair of leather gloves. Not to mention, I do feel a bit childish and ridiculous when I inevitably need to be outside with colleagues or clients and I’m putting on mittens. It’s hard to take someone seriously who can’t even hold a pen while outside in colder weather. And mittens don’t exactly scream, “Take me seriously, I’m a seasoned professional who will get the job done”.
So when I was approached by TallFingers, a company specializing in men’s and women’s leather gloves for taller-fingered individuals, I was certainly intrigued. I have been wearing The Clarets gloves for several weeks now, and I couldn’t be happier to have finally found a pair of professional, polished leather gloves that I can wear to work.
Lined with Thinsulate, these gorgeous wine-colored gloves are both warm and functional. And I adore the burnt-orange exposed stitching and piping along the tulip-shaped wrist. These small details add an element of personality to these chic leather gloves.
They fit like a glove (I couldn’t resist, c’mon), and have held up nicely as I’m starting to break the leather in a bit. I recently wore them after a snow storm (and even packed several snowballs), and my fingers remained dry and warm the entire time we were outside.
If you or someone you love has longer-fingers (the start of this sentence sounds a bit like a PSA but I assure it’s not … or maybe it should be ha), I would highly recommend visiting the TallFingers website and ordering a pair. Don’t suffer through another winter wearing ill-fitting gloves, or torturing yourself with freezing fingers anymore.
Gloves - The Clarets thanks to TallFingers (here)
Scarf - Chunky Knit thanks to Long Tall Sally (here)
Turtleneck - Old from Long Tall Sally (similar here)
Jeans - Skinny Shaper thanks to Long Tall Sally (here)
As the year inches closer to an end, I have been starting to think about New Year’s Eve and what to wear that’s fabulous yet practical for the inevitable cold that chills New York each year as the ball drops and everyone counts down.
I started searching for a pair of closed-toe shoes that would shine bright. Something sparkly + festive, yet chic + sophisticated. And I found them!
Meet the smoking slipper that shines! Let’s be real here, wearing anything open toed on NYE while living in a colder climate is not a fun experience. Believe me, I’ve tried it. Keep your lace up pumps in the closet, put down your glittery strappy sandals, and get yourself a pair of closed toe shoes that are comfortable.
These beautiful Lettice Flats from Lonia Shoes are my personal favorite to ring in the new year while dancing the night away. They run true to size, have a slight heel, and shine beautifully with layers of glitter that produce a lavishly festive sparkle.
Sale Alert: From now until midnight on December 12th use code GETREADY to receive 25% off your purchase at Lonia!
I’m a sucker for menswear inspired pieces lately, so I also adore how the Lettice is inspired by the gentleman’s dress shoe in its shape, but maintains a feminine feel and utter beauty.
This is how you wear glitter this holiday season, the cool girl way.
Shoes - Lettice Sparkle Pointed Flats thanks to Lonia Shoes (here)
Pants - Jackson Fit Slim Ankle from Banana Republic Factory (here)
Oxford - Old from Banana Republic Factory
Sweater - Old from Ann Taylor
Bag - Le Pliage from Longchamp (here)
Hat - Old from Topshop (similar here)
Coat - Lisbet from MARGE (here)
Gloves - The Clarets thanks to Tall Fingers (here)
Yes, you read that right. Ladies … you can wear pajamas to work and still look incredibly chic, put together and on top of your game. Impossible? Not at all, check it out.
Bammies, the work wear line founded by two fabulous Miami entrepreneurs, Rosario Chozas and Julia Ford-Carther, just released their second collection, and it’s a game changer. Aiming to elevate comfort for all women in the workplace, Bammies is a core collection of comfortable yet chic staple pieces to get you through those incredibly long days.
Season 02 has a beautiful mix of every work wear essential, designed to help women feel comfortable in their attire, and ultimately confident in their own skin. This season features not only a wide-leg pant in two colors, but a sophisticated trouser, chic jumpsuit, and sexy gaucho pant worthy of slaying at any happy hour. There’s also a ¾ sleeve dolman-inspired blouse, a tank, and a smart blazer rounding out the collection. But there were two pieces that I instantly fell in love with in Season 02 …
First up, the crisp white, and incredibly soft, Rose Top. All summer I was on the hunt for a newer take on a traditional cotton t-shirt. I was looking for something a bit more modern, and a lot less casual.
The Rose Top is made from men’s suit-shirt poplin and is finished with a boxy-yet-feminine-feeling cut. It feels very European and swanky to me (clearly, as I wore it constantly on our recent trip to Italy). It’s a knockout piece that should be in every woman’s closet.
Sale Alert! This beautiful blouse is currently on sale, so grab yours now! Or, head over to my Instagram page where I've partnered with the Bammies team to give away one Rose Top!
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My other favorite? The kimono-inspired, and machine washable, Connell Dress. With beautifully draped sleeves and an A-line wrap style, this elegant and chic dress is made for in-office presentations, cocktail hours after work, and hustling around on the weekends.
It’s flexible, yet functional. Yes that’s right ladies, a wrap dress that actually stays put. I have been hard-pressed to find one, and I often avoid wrap dresses for this very reason (it’s not a good look to be constantly adjusting your dress during the work day). This one fastens with two interior snap buttons along the cinched elasticized waist, and one discrete snap button along the opposite waist line.
The Connell feels very regal and elegant. Pleating along the back of the dress create a lovely shape, and the lightweight material drapes well from top to bottom. An elasticized waist hits at just the right spot to accentuate the smallest part of the female torso, and can be played up with belts or a black ribbon! Meet your new favorite LBD.
Cheers to getting comfy like a boss. Thank you to the beautiful and bright team at Bammies for giving working women everywhere a comfortable and chic work week. XX
Top - Rose thanks to Bammies (here)
Pants - Martin Fit Classic Suit Trouser from Banana Republic Factory (here)
Earrings - Dazzle from Lia Sophia (here)
Watch - Rose Gold/Grey Leather from The Horse (here)
Bag - Borrowed from a friend, but it's Kate Spade (similar here)
Dress - Connell thanks to Bammies (here)
Shoes - Deluxe Scallop Edge Court thanks to Long Tall Sally (here)
Necklace - Old from a local shop in Fort Collins, CO
As the holiday season draws near, so does the magical time of year for annual office parties, company get-togethers, and lunches/dinners/drinks with vendors or clients. It’s a time to mingle with colleagues, meet new faces at your firm, and have the inevitable awkward conversation with that strange gent from accounting (why do they always work in accounting?). Fortunately, this doesn’t have to be a time of increased holiday stress! It is incredibly easy to make the most of this festive time of year by following a few simple do’s and don’ts. Here are my top tips for making a fabulous splash at your holiday office festivities.
My firm's annual holiday party is traditionally in a business-formal setting. So, this year I'll be wearing this stunning floral jaquard dress from Long Tall Sally, coupled with a pair of black suede, scalloped edged pumps.
To add some holiday sparkle, in a classy and tasteful way, I'll be throwing on this glittery foiled boucle jacket, also from Long Tall Sally. The jacket is fully lined for the colder temps we've been having in New York, while looking unique yet professional as an open front blazer.
Dress - Jacquard Floral thanks to Long Tall Sally (here)
Jacket - Foiled Boucle thanks to Long Tall Sally (here)
Shoes - Deluxe Scallop Edge Court thanks to Long Tall Sally (here)
Necklace - Old from J.Crew Factory (similar here)
Alright guys, Black Friday is over, Small Business Saturday has ended, and Cyber Monday is coming to a close. You have probably done quite a bit of shopping in the last few days, and your wallet might be in a state of shock. Wouldn’t it be amazing to treat yourself for all of your hard work the past few days? Heck, you’ve worked hard this entire year, it’s time for a reward! Wouldn’t it be better if you could get yourself some new things without having to whip out your credit card again?
From now until December 9th, head over to the Long Tall Sally website and start browsing. See something you love? Click the white heart next to the item to add to your wish list. One lucky tall girl will win the items on her wish list (up to $1,500 value)! Imagine starting off the new year with an entirely new wardrobe!
Click here for all of the official rules and regs!
NEED SOME INSPO?
Need some ideas? Check out this Pinterest Board with my favorite LTS workwear pieces! If you’re planning on interviewing for a new job in the next year, entering the work force for the first time (or first time in a while), or looking to step up your workwear game, definitely take a peek!
For weekend wear, this has to be my current favorite look from the LTS winter collection.
One of my favorite things to do this time of year (before it becomes unbearably cold in NY) is to bundle up, escape the city and get outside! I recently wore this look on a trail walk and then to a local cafe for hot chocolate afterwards.
I adore the chunky knit beanie for its warmth and adorable pom pom! And the matching scarf with fringe trim detailing and thick woven cable-knit fabric is perfect for wrapping up in.
To coordinate with these wintery accessories, I added my favorite Shaper Skinny Jeans and a equestrian-inspired Riding Jacket, both from Long Tall Sally. I’ve had these jeans for a few months now, and I am happy to report that they have held their shape and haven’t faded despite my constant wear. And this blazer is made with a wool blend (hello warmth) and finished with a touch of silk inside (cheers to comfort).
The Hattie Suede Tie Boot is the most functional yet chic weekend boot I have seen this fall. The wrapping creates a beautiful textured edge, and the boots are comfortable enough for an extended trail hike through the woods.
Beanie - Chunky Knit thanks to Long Tall Sally (here)
Scarf - Chunky Knit thanks to Long Tall Sally (here)
Jeans - Skinny Shaper thanks to Long Tall Sally (here)
Shoes - Hattie Suede Tie Boot thanks to Long Tall Sally (here)
Blazer - Premium Check Riding Jacket thanks to Long Tall Sally (here)
Chances are if you commute to work, spend a large portion of your day standing, or value your comfort during jam-packed work days (that are often followed by even longer nights), your closet already houses several pairs of go-to flats.
While I love a good flat for the office as much as the next working woman, I continuously face difficulty sourcing flat shoes that are polished enough for my work day, yet chic enough to incorporate current footwear trends, while also emulating my personal style aesthetic. For whatever reason, I feel that if I’m not wearing a pump, my footwear needs to have a little something “extra” to bring the chic-factor up a notch. Frumpy, boring flats = no bueno. Plus, there’s the challenge of finding footwear in my size (which is 11 … tall ladies I’m sure many of you can relate #TheStruggleIsReal).
However, I recently connected with the wonderful team at Lonia Shoes, and have to share two of my favorite fall flats in their current collection. Haven’t heard of Lonia? Think stylish/modern/current selection of shoes available in sizes 10 to 15. Tall ladies rejoice.
One of this season’s hottest trends has deep roots in fashion history … the modern loafer. I see more and more women embracing the menswear aesthetic, especially around the office. And footwear is no exception.
These Clover Loafers from Lonia are incredibly comfortable, totally chic, and a must-have for the fall/winter season. The monochromatic feel gives these shoes major versatility, so wear them with any and everything for work and the weekend. And I adore the elegant, small block heel finished in gold detailing!
I recently paired these fashionable loafers with gray socks, a black turtleneck sweater and tweed jumper for the office. Alternatively, by adding a blazer, elbow patches, or oversized watch you're creating a fresh take on the menswear trend. For a more casual look, I’ve added cuffed skinny jeans and a chambray top.
These gorgeous Ethnic Print Flats are another one of my favorites from Lonia’s current collection. The neutral canvas base of these shoes truly accentuates the tribal-inspired, navy design on these delightful d’orsay flats.
Finished with a golden cap toe and bright yellow piping along the sole of the shoe, these beauties are best paired with neutral, solid colored clothing.
For work, I style these with cropped black trousers, a maroon blouse, black blazer and a neck tie. And for the weekend, I paired these subtle pointed toe flats with a dark-rinsed skinny jean, white sweater and faux fur vest.
SALE ALERT! Use the links below to head over to the Lonia website … these are currently on sale for a fantastic price!
Thank you to Lonia Shoes for partnering with me on this post!
Look One Shoes - Clover thanks to Lonia Shoes (here)
Look Two Shoes - Ethnic Print Flat thanks to Lonia Shoes (here)
The Little Black Dress (or LBD) is a staple in every woman’s wardrobe, and if you’re like me, there are a few styles of this dress on rotation in your closet. They’re perfect for weddings, work, big meetings, days when you can’t decide what to wear … you get it, versatility is the LBD’s middle name.
With the impending cold weather, I took to my closet this week and started mixing and matching to determine how I could extend the life of my sleeveless and shorter-sleeved little black dresses through the winter months. Initially, I thought this was going to be a challenge, but eventually realized it’s quite possible to carry your favorite LBDs into spring.
The key here is layers. By adding extra layers to your favorite little black dress, you’ll stay warm throughout the winter, and have the ability to dress up or down, depending on where you’re headed.
This gorgeous, figure-hugging LBD from TallGirls.co.uk is one of my favorite looks for summer, so I’ve paired it with a soft, long-sleeved turtleneck, also from TallGirls.co.uk to add dimension, color and shape to the outfit.
Both pieces have plenty of stretch in them to move with you throughout the long work day. And this style can be easily dressed up with patent leather shoes and patterned tights, or worn with suede ankle boots, as I did recently for work.
Add a plum lip color, statement earrings and a wool hat, this classic look transforms into a modern + chic style.
One of my closest friends says that you “need to acquire accessories to accessorize”, and she couldn’t be more right with this look. Alone, a classic LBD can carry your outfit, but once you incorporate a few layers, try to add statement accessories to create proportions and tie the look together.
This elegant black turtleneck dress from TallGirls.co.uk is already well-suited for fall with short sleeves and a beautiful woven texture that mimics a sweater dress. However for winter, I’ll be adding a crisp white oxford underneath, opaque tights, and a statement necklace/earrings for the work week.
How do you wear your LBDs during the wintertime?
Look One Dress - Midi Vest Dress thanks to Tallgirls.co.uk (here)
Look One Top - Jersey Polo Neck thanks to Tallgirls.co.uk (here)
Look One Shoes - Low Pointed Ankle Boot thanks to Tallgirls.co.uk (here)
Look One Hat - Navy Hat from Massimo Dutti (here)
Look One Bag - From a local shop in Italy (similar here)
Look Two Dress - Turtle Neck Dress thanks to Tallgirls.co.uk (here)
Look Two Oxford - Old from Gap (similar here)
Look Two Necklace - Mudd Gold Tone Seed Bead Long Necklace from Kohls (here)
Look Two Key Charm - Faux Fur Pom Pom Key Charm from Michael Kors (here)
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