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Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Midi-Winter Blues (& a giveaway)

Admission - I don't have a "seasonal" wardrobe. All of my clothes hang in my closet year-round. My 975 sq. foot apartment doesn't afford me the luxury of any storage space to pack away out of season styles, so my tank tops & down coats live together in harmony 365 days a year.
{ What I Wore: UO plaid top // Oasap midi skirt // J.Crew belt }
{ Get the Look }
plaid shirt {$19.90} + pleated midi skirt {$35.00, exact one} + brown belt {$4.80} + riding boots {$39.80}
For me this is a good thing, because it makes me be more intentional about my purchases to make sure they fit into my "year-round" wardrobe style (**granted, I live in the South, & Winters here are typically mild, so mate it is easier for me). 

Tank tops have to be layerable & skirts have to be flexible enough for humid Summer days & chilly Winter nights (see how I wore this skirt in the Summer here)

My best skirt outfit maximization: thick tights & knee high boots. By minimizing the amount of skin exposed, your favorite warm weather skirts will be your cold weather saviors (I know I'm not the only one little worn down by the sweater + skinny jeans Winter routine with months to go until Spring rears her dainty head)
** my favorite Winter tights are the Spanx Reversible Tights (brown on one side, black on the other... genius!)
And guess what is WAY better than Winter-time skirts? 
A SUPER GROUP GIVEAWAY hosted by the fabulous Because Shanna Said So.
You want to get in on this, 14 glorious prizes (a $200+ value!) - WINNER TAKES ALL! 
(I am throwing in a Bauble Bar necklace, others have generously offered up giftcards galore, & wonderful ad space to grow your blog!)
(Yep, I'm officially jealous that I can't enter myself!)

47 comments:

  1. I have a year round wardrobe as well.  I love reinventing pieces so they can be used throughout each season.  I couldn't agree with you more about the boot socks and tights!

    Your outfit is SO cute!  Everything flows together so beautifully and I love the mix of textures and colors.

    http://shannonhearts.blogspot.com/

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  2. Boardwalks & BoulevardsJanuary 15, 2013 at 1:45 AM

    I love that you incorporated a sunny yellow skirt with the wintery plaid button up! And the contrast looks fantastic!









    - Kaitlyn

    Boardwalks & Boulevards

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  3. LOVE this look! That midi skirt is gorgeous on you, and looks great with the plaid :)

    Annie
    The Other Side of Gray

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  4. I keep some of my more summer stuff in a different closet then rotate them out. But most stuff stays in my closet year round too.  And reversible tights?! How have I never heard of these?!?!?

    -AJ
    FitTravelerAJ.blogspot.com

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  5. Such a great year-round use of a skirt - I always love the perfect fancy/casual mix of an outfit like this. I had been thinking it was time to dig out a skirt and give my jeans a rest for a day before I get super bored with them... and now I'm definitely inspired! (Also I have those awesome reversible tights too. Genius indeed.) 

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  6. That skirt is adorable, and looks great with the plaid!

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  7. Reversible tights?! Who knew they made such a thing?! You have just saved my life!!

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  8. Reversible tights are an awesome idea! Love the plaid.

    bisous
    Suzanne

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  9. I don't have a seasonal wardrobe either... it's fun to mix in off season pieces from time to time. You look great, love that top/skirt combo!

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  10. I also do the year round wardrobe. I find that it helps me realize what I have vs. what I need... although I guess a good clean out of my closet could do the same thing! I love your plaid top!
    Jnn

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  11. I love pairing plaids with fancier skirts–it's the perfect combo!

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  12. I usually keep all my clothes out year round as well. I love having access to everything! Your pleated skirt is so gorgeous!

    -Sharon
    The Tiny Heart 
    JCrew Giveaway!

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  13. my closet is the same way.
    and i just love love love everything about this outfit.
    the skirt, the flannel, love it all.
    however since its like 10 degrees here all the time im all about bundling up in lots of layers. i miss not having winters hahaha.

    K

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  14. cute outfit! and i never heard of reversible tights before - i must check this out!
    -- jackiejade.blogspot.com

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  15. So beautiful outfit! :D

    http://www.bloglovin.com/blog/3663625/sofies-closet

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  16. This MAY be one of my favorite outfits from you! LOVE this. :)

    Sara

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  17. AHHH this is so exciting!!!
    lovebrit

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  18. Same here Jess! I always try to think about how I can incorporate my clothes year round. I LOVE this outfit too! Gorgeous styling and the yellow plus the green/blue plaid is just perfect!

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  19.  Lovely outfit and an awesome giveaway! How fun

    xo
    Haylee
    http://www.dolledupdaily.com

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  20. I must have done something REALLY good to deserve winning such a sweet giveaway!!!!

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  21. Caitie SchlissermanJanuary 15, 2013 at 12:43 PM

    love that skirt! 

    xxxLady à la Mode

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  22. A winner will be chosen next week. Thanks for entering!
    xx

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  23. I too don't have seasonal wardrobe, everything is in there for me to wear anytime.:) You look great, I really like the skirt.;)

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  24. I also keep my clothes out all year around. I'm in love with your skirt

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  25. Love love love your style! So happy to have come across your blog from Shanna's :)

    xo Shane

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  26. Yay for Southern winters= except for this BS going on right now!!

    This outfit is so beyond awesome- I am pinning it RIGHT NOW!

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  27. Sooo, I wore almost an identical outfit today. SO WEIRD! I feel like I'm trapped in the Twilight Zone. 

    I love love love your blog, so it makes me smile that I feel like I did something right when I got dressed this morning! 

    -Danielle 
    http://littlebitofwowe.blogspot.com

    P.S. If you're now curious about being an unintentional twin with me today, the exact post is: http://littlebitofwowe.blogspot.com/2013/01/lumberjack-in-skirt.html

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  28. Agnieszka Guerrero OlesinskaJanuary 15, 2013 at 8:41 PM

    Cool giveaway! Is it international? Really impressive blog, love your style. If you want check mine and we could follow each other:-)
    Kisses
    Aga

    GIVEAWAY with MSDRESSY!!! Win $80 voucher!!!
    GIVEAWAY with Choies!!!50 WINNERS!!!
    www.agasuitcase.com 

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  29. You and your blog are beautiful! Happy to be following along now! Would love if you stopped by mine!

    michaelandwhitneyweekes.blogspot.com

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  30. This is one of my favorite looks!!  I love the mix of colors and textures.  Great job!

    --Krista
    www.junkindiggingettinlost.com

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  31. Cute outfit! Loving those boots :)

    Stopping by via Shanna's blog. I'm your newest follower!

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  32. Blah I have the same thing too, I try to separate them as best as I can but that's it LOL. One day soon I'll have that dream walk in wardrobe with sooo much space I won't know what to do with it all!

    SDMxx
    www.daringcoco.com

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  33. love your skirt, it is really perfect!:) 
    xx Kate 


















    The Style
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  34. I am the same way, I do not have a seasonal wardrobe... just one collection of clothes that I remix a bunch of ways...it's more fun like that! I love this skirt on you, and it looks great paired with those boots :) Adorable as always!

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  35. I just love the combination of yellow and plaid - its feminine meets rustic, love it!

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  36. I am 110% obsessed with this outfit- it looks so amazing together! and that's how my closet used to be until it started making my eye twitch. there were just too many options that way haha! So i shoved them all into storage bins that i kept on the bottom of my closet. But i live mixing seasonal clothes and you did it aaaamazingly here- i'm you newest follower!

    xoMarlen
    http://messagesonanapkin.blogspot.com/

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  37. Completely, ditto! I have barely no storage space so I definitely try and make things work year-round...with tights and layering, you can make nearly anything work! Love the pleats on this skirt, looking good Jessica!

    perfectly priya

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  38. love this outfit! you look adorable!


    happymedley.blogspot.com

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  39. love this...i love that plaid shirt!!

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  40. I love the plaid top with that skirt! The colors are gorgeous together. Even living in colder climates all my life, I've never had a seasonal wardrobe. I just wear more layers in the winter, really :)

    <3 Josephinewww.champagnestar.com

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  41. Rocking the mustard girl! So fresh! I could so design a room around this outfit! YUM.
    xoxo Nike O.www.eighthundredsqft.com

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  42. Such a cute look! Loving that skirt and how you added the belt!

    xx
    Giovanna



    HeyLoveBlog.com
    MayBooks
    Giveaway!

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  43. I love your pleated skirt, great combination. Would love to know what you think of my latest post, maybe you'd like to follow each other?



    http://monstermagpie.blogspot.com/


    https://www.facebook.com/magicmagpie666


     

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  44. I don't have any storage space in my apartment - so while my closet is cramped, I get to see everything all at once! I usually buy H&M opaque tights (random! but the best cheap-pair I can find) but I think I might give the Spanx a try. The shapewear label tends to freak me out a bit!

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  45. Knee high boots should be always in style for a woman. With skirts or pants, this kind of boots are one of the most feminine accessories a woman can wear. the high heels are mandatory i think, but is enough with a little bit of height.

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