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Recently, I’ve seen a lot of street style photos gravitating towards all black looks. While it’s a natural fit for NYC, it also makes fall layering much easier when you stick with one easy neutral. However, all black dressing has never come easily for me. While I do often mix black in with other neutrals, I much prefer a dose of color, metallic, or print thanks to the positive effect it tends to have on my mood. With this in mind, I came across this gorgeous runway image on Pinterest, and love the mix of textures and silhouettes. Winter white always reminds me of my mom since she would often break out a winter white sweater or pants during the holidays. A mix of nubby knits or a cozy eyelash sweater feels perfect for winter (maybe it’s the snow similarity?) An added bonus? You don’t have to worry about the “shades of” effect. While a mix of faded black can appear a bit lazy or worn out, a mix of white and ivory adds to the luxe layered look.

A few favorite picks:
– A white coat subtly elevates an everyday outfit. I love the fuzzy texture of this one.
– I am a recent convert to the puffy vest crowd. Mine is a vibrant red, but this white quilted version would be great for layering.
– A slim white pencil skirt would be fun work wardrobe addition, plus I love a good zipper detail.
This sweater has luxurious eyelash texture with a pretty beaded shoulder.

The sweater and pencil skirt paired with the coat and nude pumps would be a beautiful alternative to an standard all black cocktail look, don’t you think?

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Annnnd it’s November! This gorgeous time of year also ushers in the amped up social schedule of holiday happy hours, work parties, and friendly get-togethers. It helps to have a handful of outfits pre-approved so you can scoot out of the office without a pit-stop at home. Miroslava is a street style star for a reason, and this outfit works on so many levels. Weeknight dinners are the perfect way to break up a work week and I like to add the same balance of relaxation and cozy style in the occasion’s outfit. A conservatively layered top works at the office and with the tricky weather, while heeled boots easily carry you into the evening. Before the temperatures hit zero, a hefty cardigan can double as a coat, especially when layered over a warm turtleneck. I have trouble with skirts in the winter. Dark tights can seem dull, but short hemlines and high heels can veer into tricky territory. The multiple layers on top keep this look securely in the safe zone, and the mix of textures offer plenty of versatility.

This look plays with multiple patterns and textures; however, I prefer for the cardigan to anchor the color scheme. The dressed up faux fur collar of this one is an added bonus.

A graphic yet neutral print on the mini skirt makes it easy to mix. Look for a sleek tailored shape to balance top layers.

I adore my over the knee boots and wear them all season long. Look for a simple design with quality materials that will last several years.

A well fitting black turtleneck works as a great layering piece. Make sure it’s long enough to tuck in without adding bulk.

While I would love Miroslava’s exact bag…this one offers a similar shape with a pretty animal print inlay.

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Oooph Monday, you do love to sneak up on a girl don’t you? For those mornings where the last thing you feel like doing is climbing out of bed, let alone washing your hair, this is a look to keep on repeat. I think everyone raised an eyebrow when culottes made a comeback (grade school gym class anyone?) but this season’s version is more wide leg capris than bunched up bermuda short. Now grab a sweater with equal parts tailored silhouette and snuggle factor plus a double espresso. Wayfarers may not make the cut in Monday’s status meeting, but they’ll steal you a few more minutes in bed before you swipe on some concealer at your desk. Here’s to a great week!

– Culottes can easily toe the line between terribly unflattering and calf skimming chic. I vote for a pair that hits mid shin or lower and a gradually flared silhouette instead of a full length wide leg. This Elizabeth and James pair may be my favorite, but the above black staples are stylish and far more budget friendly.
– While I love this lady’s exaggerated sleeve length, I would tidy up the structure for the office. This slim turtleneck has the length I love with a tight knit and loose neck.
– The punchy color of this bag will wake up any morning, and the clean lines are definitely commute worthy.
These pumps are obviously not an exact match, but I actually like them more. This is not an animal print you often see, but I supersized black and white motif feels fun and neutral (a tough pairing!)
Sunglasses because it’s Monday, enough said!