red + black

I’ve been trying to find a work-appropriate combination of red + black for the past few days, in an attempt to “dress for the season,” but I keep coming up short. This was an attempt last week that ended up alright, but it’s not my favorite.

Truthfully, I kind of want to order this dress in red. I recently bought it in black, but now I’m kind of wishing I had gotten something more festive. How cute would this be with a little sparkle and some black accents? Not at all work-appropriate, but holiday-ish for sure. In the meantime, I’ll keep trying this color combination with what’s already in my closet…

black peplum tee: Ann Taylor, similar, similar // red ankle pants: Loft, similar, similar // black mule booties: dv by Dolce Vita, similar, similar // gold tassel necklace: Forever 21, similar, similar

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the same but different

I’ve been blogging long enough now that I sometimes draw outfit inspiration from myself. Case in point: I wore an outfit very similar to this about two years ago, right after my son was born.

I remembered that outfit recently and decided to re-create it with newer items in my wardrobe. I traded out the wool skirt (which has since been donated–it wasn’t very practical for our mild winters) for a suede skirt in the same color; I also switched out the booties for some comfy mules. The end result was an outfit in which I felt comfortable and relatively put together. Unfortunately, campus was pretty deserted due to the holiday, so no one got to see my outfit…guess I’ll just have to wear it again next week!

striped boatneck tee: Merona, similar, similar // faux suede skirt: Sanctuary, similar, similar // black mule booties: dv by Dolce Vita, similar, similar // gold locket necklace: J.Crew, similar, similar // sunglasses: Warby Parker Banks, similar, similar