Not looking matronly in a turtleneck

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Target top (similar), LOFT curvy skinny jeans, J.Crew bracelet and flats, Gorjana rings

I’m not much of a turtleneck girl. I typically opt for the shirt + scarf combo so as not to look like my grandmother. Plus, when you have a big chest, turtlenecks do nothing to help minimize in that area. However, after a particularly frigid day in Pittsburgh I scooped up this cheetah/leopard print piece at Target in a moment of panic. Aside from keeping me warm, it has become one of my favorite pieces for cold weather temperatures. And as long as it’s styled properly, i’ve found I can avoid looking too matronly.

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Step 1: I always pair this top with something bright. Be it a purple pencil skirt or red skinnies like I have here, bright colored bottoms make the print look bold and intentional.

Step 2: Make sure the bottom has a tight fit. Loose fitting bottoms plus a high neckline will give off too conservative of a vibe. Slightly fitted bottoms make the look appear modern and young.

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Step 3: Wear your hair down! The first time I wore this top it was a day 2 hair day and I wore my hair in a bun. I swear people were making fun of my outfit and saying I looked like Betty Crocker. Hair tight and up just gives this too much of a “buttoned up” vibe.

Step 4: Finally, pile on the jewelry. Lots of gold baubles or bracelets pull in another modern trend, keeping the outfit young.

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Are you a fan of turtlenecks? How do you style them to keep it young and fresh?

Quick alteration tip: fixing a drooping skirt

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Andrew Marc leather jacket, Ann Taylor top, GAP skirt (similar), Target belt and scarf (old), SPANX tights, J.Crew boots

Unlike some, I like to keep my clothing for years. Through life stages, experiences, and many moves, my clothing stays with me as long as it is in working condition. However, part of this habit comes some headaches, like this skirt for instance. I have had this Gap skirt for nearly 5 years and have altered it many times to my fit fluctuating weight. Darts have been put in the back, length taken off the bottom, and yet still it does not fit me perfectly. To be able to keep this piece, I have found simple ways to “alter” it, making it wearable for weekend.

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As I mentioned above, crudely sewn darts were put in the back of the skirt a few years back to accommodate a weight loss. I have (thankfully!) maintained that weight loss and have even lost a few more pounds, making it droop once again. To solve this problem I use a simple skinny belt, some layering tips, and a blouse-y top to camouflage the ill fit.

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Aside from simply belting the skirt into place, I also almost always wear high waisted SPANX underneath, and layer a tank and a shirt underneath to add extra width in the waist. A blouse-y top and jacket make this acceptable for a casual weekend outfit.

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I have also considered using a bit of fashion tape under the belt to keep it in place on the skirt. Have any of you tried this tip?

Sunset colors

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J.Crew top (similar) and boots, H&M skirt (similar), SPANX tights, LV Handbag, Vintage scarf, T+J Designs earrings

Sometimes I want nothing more than to throw on every comfortable piece of clothing in my closet and call it a day. That is sort of what happened here. Cotton tee, featherweight skirt, comfy boots and a scarf were perfect for a sleepy Sunday spent watching football. Plus, I felt slightly more put together than if I had worn a t-shirt and jeans. True fashion blogger I am…ha, ha.

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Still so in love with this handbag. I wear it nearly every day and it goes with everything. Plus, i’m packing it for the first time this week for a work trip to Pittsburgh. Let’s see how she travels!

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Details in black and burgundy

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Stitch Fix top, Oia Jules earrings, Levi’s Supreme Curve jeans, Madewell flats

A quick post from an outfit I wore out last weekend. I was in love with the details of this look: a breezy top, girly jewels, and stunning (yet comfortable) flats.

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This top was a fun piece in my most recent “fix.” If you haven’t heard of Stitch Fix, you really need to check them out. It is a monthly subscription service where the stylists pick out 5 pieces of clothing or accessories to send you in your box every month, and if you love the clothing then you keep it, otherwise you send the merchandise back. All you pay is a $20 fee every month which goes towards your purchase of any of the items. It’s actually a ton of fun and I really loved all of the pieces in my first fix. For an invitation to the service, click here.

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