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How to style a spring skirt in the winter

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Wearing: Kendra Scott earrings / Laura Mercier lipstick / Banana Republic sweater (on sale!!) / long sleeve tee-on sale! (layered under sweater)  / Givenchy handbag / Topshop pleated skirt (I’m wearing petite) / Christian Louboutin nail polish / Bottega Veneta booties / socks hidden in booties

Wondering how to style a spring skirt in the winter months? This is something I find myself doing often. I love spring and summer clothing, so I tend to purchase more clothing during the warm weather seasons then I do during the winter. My two weaknesses during the winter are coats, and jackets! So I find myself reaching for spring or summer items in my closet, and restyling them for the cold winter weather.

I will say this, the San Francisco Bay Area is more mild in the winter months compared to other parts of the country. That being said, our temperatures do go down into the 30’s and 40’s sometimes, so I need to strategically style spring and summer clothing for the winter.

This outfit I have featured in this post I wore to church a couple of weeks ago, and then out to lunch with my family. It is a spring skirt, winter sweater, fall booties, and accessories which transcend seasons. In order to stay warm in the high 40 degree weather, I layered a long sleeve tee underneath the sweater, and I am wearing ankle socks, you cannot see, inside my booties. It worked like a charm!

If temperatures were cooler than they were that day, this outfit could easily be worn with knee or thigh-high boots, thicker socks, and a coat. I think a navy coat such as this one on sale, would be fabulous! Also, if you top it off with this beanie, it would look NYFW, street-style ready. Love!

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XOXO

Cathy

walking from winter into spring


eShakti denim jumper

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Wearing: Kendra Scott earrings / Chanel spring lipstick / Gap turtleneck / denim jumper c/o eShakti (sold out, visit eShakti.com for more options) / faux shearling jacket (on major sale!!) / JW Anderson handbag / Kendra Scott ring / Kendra Scott nail polish / Gucci spring slides

Jumpers were a huge trend on the runways of New York Fashion Week. In addition to being a hot runway trend, fashion insiders were already wearing the trend on the streets of New York Fashion Week in September. This my friends, is a trend you cannot ignore.

When eShakti approached me to test out one of their custom fit dresses, I jumped at the chance. They have this fabulous denim jumper as part of their dress collection; and it is ideal for transitioning from winter into spring. Not to mention, it is a denim jumper which combines two hot spring trends; denim and jumpers. Love that!

There is something about a jumper which reminds me of my childhood. I went to Catholic school for a few years and we had to wear jumpers. In addition to my school uniform, jumpers were a popular fashion trend in the 1980’s, and well into the early 1990’s when jumpers transformed from thick strapped dresses over blouses into spaghetti strapped dresses over tee shirts. But there is something more grown-up about the trend this time around.

This time, the jumper trend does not have rules. You can wear anything underneath any sized strappy dress and it is “street style” approved. I love this denim jumper by eShakti since it combines the denim trend, the jumper trend, and a custom fit which is fabulous for shorter gals like me.

When you order from eShakti, they ask you where you want the dress to hit you on your leg, how tall you are, and for any modifications. For this denim jumper, the length could be maxi, midi, or mini. I chose above the knee. They also ask how tall you are, so this helps ensure the hemline hits in the right place. Works like a charm!

I wasn’t thinking about what I planned to wear underneath this jumper when I ordered it. When worn over a turtleneck, as in this post, the dress is a bit snug. Worn alone, which I plan to do in warmer months, it fits perfectly. If you plan to layer a form fitting jumper, or any jumper for that matter, order one size up to leave room for what you plan to wear underneath.

This isn’t the first time I have ordered from eShakti. I have a fun pink skirt from them I ordered a few years ago. The quality is quite good for the pricing. The fabric holds up after being washed, and the stitching stays in place. I am pleased with how well their clothing is made.

My denim jumper is sold out, but there are plenty more jumpers, including denim jumpers, in stock from eShakti. For more customizable clothing options, visit eShakti.com.

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XOXO

Cathy

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Spring stripes on a winter day

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Wearing: Kendra Scott earrings / Chanel spring lipstick / Striped reversible poncho (on major sale!!) / Gap long sleeve tee in white (on sale!) / Kendra Scott ring / nail polish c/o Essie No More Film / Gap jeans (on major sale!!) / Mansur Gavriel bag (color sold out but mini patent pink version here) / booties (old, also love this pair)

Stripes, stripes, and more stripes! Stripes were the dominant pattern on the spring 2017 runways in New York last September. So it is no surprise that stripes are already everywhere. I happen to be a huge fan of stripes, so this is a trend I am riding until the bitter end!

This poncho has turned out to be a fabulous purchase. Not only does it have spring-like, nautical stripes, it is reversible! I didn’t realize it was reversible until I got it home and read the tag. The inside is a medium grey hue, which is perfect to pair with skinny black jeans, and heels, for a winter night out. Can’t wait to wear it!

Here in the San Francisco Bay Area, we have winter days which offer moderate temperatures around 50 or 60. On a moderate day, a poncho over a long sleeve tee is perfect to stay warm and cozy. This poncho is ideal for moderate weather, as well as integrating spring 2017 trends into my cold weather wardrobe. Love that!

I wore this outfit over winter break when we took the kids to the Tech Museum in downtown San Jose. If you have never been, it is a must-see! It is a fun place to visit whether you are a kid or an adult. There is also an IMAX theater there which we have yet to visit. Future family outing 🙂

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XOXO

Cathy

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