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The Perfect Winter White Cardigan

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This oversized, winter white cardigan is the perfect addition for any wardrobe. It has a casual, bulky feel but the color, yarn-like texture and cool pockets make it look way more fashion-forward.

This has been my go to for so many occasions! It can be paired with absolutely everything from boyfriend jeans and a colorful scarf to a sexy dress.

Living in the Midwest, it is harder to sport dresses or skin-baring apparel during winter months.  I just want to wear a parka and not take it off for four months. The hubby would NOT appreciate that.

So… for a night on the town, I think it okay to show some skin. I actually wore the above outfit to a New Year’s Eve cocktail party.

My advice!? Keep it seasonally appropriate with winter-inspired layering pieces that add warmth and the textures that remind you of the season – fur, leather, suede, wool, etc. Booties (extra points for OTK styles) or close-toed options are the best way to go!

Without the sweater, this dress would leave me feeling way too exposed. As spring approaches, I’ll wear the dress like a top over leather leggings and pair with fun cage heels. A denim jacket thrown over the top will keep it fun and laid back.

Dress: Spotlight Dress from STYLESTALKER (Purchased at Aimee Boutique)
Cardigan: J.O.A.  On Sale Now! (Purchased at Aimee Boutique)
Shoes: Banana Republic
Bag: Rebecca Minkoff
Sunglasses: Quay Australia (Purchased at Aimee Boutique)

Note: Aimee Boutique will ship any items if you don’t live local.  Just follow their Instagram account for new styles arriving weekly. ; )

All photos by Andrea Altman Photograhy

Your Guide to NYE Party Looks

We’re only a few days out from the big night. What will you be wearing?

Whether you head to the fanciest steak joint with your loved one, gather with old friends for food and laughter or paint the town red with your girls, this is the perfect night to show a bit more skin or wear something flashier. Think silk, sequins, leather and lace! Below are a few styles that work great for ringing in the New Year.

1) Sport a cape top with silky shorts and suede heels. The blouse provides a little more breathing room for a night of overindulgence and the sleeves add proportion to bare legs in winter months.

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Shirt: Olivaceous (purchased at Aimee boutique). Similar dress in black – ON SALE.
Shorts: BCBGeneration (No longer available). Similar here – ON SALE.
Shoes: B Brian Atwood (No longer available).  Try this great, affordable style.

2) Try a flirty romper with a feminine bag and strappy heels.  I love that this romper covers a bit more skin than most on the market. Again, play off proportions and show some leg but keep arms and chest covered. Or vice versa. You could also do a longer pant jumpsuit with a strapless top!  The open back and flouncy short bottom on this one offers subtle sex appeal without going over-the-top. See links below for a variety of jumpsuit/romper options.

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Romper: The Fifth Label (purchased at Aimee boutique). Similar here. See other styles here.
Bag: Rebecca Minkoff
Shoes: Stuart Weitzman

Shades: Quay Australia (purchased at Aimee boutique)

3) Wear Sequins.  Hanging with friends at home? Dress the jacket down with flare jeans, pumps and a fun graphic tee. Or dress it up with a silk cami and black pants for a night on the town.

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Sequin Jacket: MinkPink (purchased at Aimee boutique).
Pants: Rag & Bone. Similar here.
Shoes: Stuart Weitzman
Clutch: Marc by Marc Jacobs (No longer available). Similar here.

4) You can NEVER go wrong with a LBD.  This one by Amanda Uprichard comes in a faded black and features a beautiful high neckline which is very of-the-moment. I’ll keep it simple and pair with fun earrings or a gold cuff and black heels for a “classic, can’t fail”  look. Top with a leather jacket for extra oomph and added warmth when bar hopping.

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Dress: Amanda Uprichard (purchased at Aimee boutique). See other Amanda Uprichard styles here.
Shoes: Stuart Weitzman

Moto Jacket: Banana Republic

Get Out of that Wardrobe Rut

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Ever get stuck in a wardrobe rut and feel like you’re wearing the same exact pieces the very same ways? I have been guilty of this but wanted to challenge myself – and my readers – to find a piece of clothing and make it work at least three different ways in the coming month.

This ruffle dress (which I’ve featured before) is very versatile. In this post, I’ve tried to showcase a few different styles and offered additional thoughts on how you can pull different pieces together from your wardrobe to create some super fun looks. Here I played off some of the same accessories  – my shoes and bag – but you don’t have to.

Look at the list below for some outfit inspiration and then try it out at home. Please share your pics and ideas on the Facebook page. I look forward to seeing what you put together.

  • A Day at the Office: Pair with feminine heels, oversized shades, a boyfriend blazer and ladylike crossbody.
  • Quirky and Fun: Mix prints and go unexpected with a camo jacket and pumps. Suede booties would look great, too! Style points for pairing blush and shades of green together.
  • Make it a Skirt: By pairing with feminine heels and topping with a black cashmere sweater, you create another look that is fantastic for the office. Consider a leather oversized clutch vs the crossbody.
  • Warm Weather Day:  Wear the dress alone and throw on strappy nude sandals. I love the idea of pairing it with an oversized tote for an afternoon of shopping or running errands with the kids.  Cooler nights? Layer a fitted denim jacket on top and reach for a casual tote (style not shown).
  • Make it a Tunic: Layer a trench dress (like the green one I’ve featured in a previous post) over the pink. Put on skinny jeans, booties and fun accessories like an arm full of leather wrap bracelets or gold bangles (style not shown).