Friday, March 11, 2016

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Happy Friday everyone! So excited for this weekend - it's supposed to be nice out!

Today's post is about bringing little elements of fancy into our everyday and involves...sequins! Sequins are usually associated with dressier or party contexts so we don't see too much of them in daytime style. I say if you like sequins - and this goes for anything dressy - there's no reason you shouldn't wear them in your day to day. After all fashion is first and foremost about making yourself happy.

SKIRT: FOREVER21. Another one in an unusual pattern HERE or this vibrant floral one HERE| SWEATER: H&M (similar HERE)| SHOES: SOLE SOCIETY | BAG: OLD | SUNGLASSES: OLD | GOLD STUD EARRINGS: TIFFANY

This sequined pencil skirt is a fun addition to a wardrobe that skews on the conservative side. The blues and golds in it are so pretty and sparkly. I styled it here just to wear out and about town but I wouldn't hesitate to wear it to work either with some minor outfit changes. Pair it with a simple white T or a button-down plus structured blazer and pumps, and you have an easy and un-boring work outfit.

I always try to figure out as many ways to wear something as I possibly can because I'm all about cost per wear. If you're not familiar with "cost per wear" it's just a way to justify spending ridiculously large sums of money on our clothing. Haha, I'm just kidding. What it really is a measure of return on your investment based on how often you get use out of something you buy. It's calculated by dividing the cost of an article of clothing by the number of times you wear it. So for example, if you buy a dress for $100 and only wear it once your cost per wear will be $100. If you wear that dress 10 times then your CPW is only $10 (100/10 = 10). So there you have it - it does make sense to spend a lot of money on certain pieces you know you'll get a lot of wear out of.

I don't know if this post was the most intuitive place to dive into CPW because you're typically only thinking about that for high-ticket items and this skirt was under $25 but since I'm big on getting maximum utilization from my clothes, I thought I'd mention CPW sooner than later.

Anyway, a floral sequin skirt is a great addition to your spring wardrobe and there are so many cute options out there. I've linked a few sequin skirts that I like below so check them out.

If you're on the fence about whether sequins would look strange for everyday wear, here are my 3 simple styling tips to pull off this fun daytime look:

1. Choose a top in a style that's usually associated with daytime or work contexts. A chunky knit, turtleneck, white button-down or white T-shirt would all be good choices for this look. Contrasting textures is a good idea for this look too.

2. Pick a conservative or menswear cut - for example a scoop neck like I wore here, a turtleneck or a blazer. This counterbalances the girly/glitzy element of the sequins.

3. Keep the rest of your outfit relatively toned-down with neutral colors. You want the skirt to be the star of the show after all.

In my case, I made the skirt daytime-ready by pairing it with this simple neutral knit. The neutral color compliments the gold and light blue (one of Pantone's 2016 colors of the year) accents in the skirt and also grounds the whole look. Since the sequins are already a statement I wanted to keep the bottom muted. I went with black but this would also look great with wine colored tights and shoes. I wore tights because it's still cold and added some strappy pumps for a little texture instead of a plain black pump.

A little bit on the sweater: it's a nice mid-weight cotton so it's perfect as we transition from winter to spring. The sizing is super petite-friendly. Shoulders, arms and length are all perfect on me. This would be so cute paired white jeans and a navy bandanna scarf as the weather warms up.

Let me know if you get your sequin on and please share with me if you do, either by uploading a picture in the comments section, or tagging @petitestylestudio on Instagram. Have a great weekend and see you next week!

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