This piece by Parker is everything I've ever wanted in a (leather) skirt. It's a variation on your typical black leather skirt with its uber-pleats, and works with just about anything. I love it thrown on carelessly with this thick sweater and boots or tucked in with a silk blouse and an oversized vest on top. Leather anything is always a good investment, but the skirt especially can be worn from season to season, with knits and tights in the winter, ballet flats and blouses in the spring, sandals and semi-sheer loose tanks in the summer, and blazers in the fall. As you can tell from the previous sentence, the leather skirt can be dressed both up and down, which also makes it the perfect piece for travel. Are you sold?
This cognac-hued leather skirt by Vince works perfectly with all shades of grey. Here I have it with a charcoal, loose-fitted, open-knitted (rhymes) sweater (also Vince). Because the skirt is subtly pleated and only slightly A-lined, layering the chunky knit over it looks just right. The skirt would also look wonderful with a form-fitted thin turtleneck knit tucked in with a vest on top and thick tights with boots. Wonderful fall ensembles for your every day life.
Oxfords: Cynthia Vincent
Double points for mixing textures! The cranberry velvet mini skirt (Theory) combined with the 3-D cable-knit sweater (also Theory) and wool hat (Armani) achieves this. Some opaque tights with wedges would be killer.
My style icons will forever be my grandmothers, and they were the first to inspire the tweedy, Chanel-esque jacket. This sweater is a more modern spin on that blazer, but equally as elegant with it's black and white frayed tweed effect, boxy silhouette, dainty pockets, and gleaming buttons.
Cardigan: Alice + Olivia
Trick title: all equipment is the right equipment. They took an idea so simple as the silk blouse and brought it to another level of menswear-inspired-cool. Each blouse varies, whether its in pattern, color, or fabric, which only makes it harder to not buy every single one of them. I love this striped black and cream sheer one: it's lovely alone all-year-round, dressed up and down, and layered up with a vest (with Jamison shown), leather jacket, or chunky knit.
Leggings or dressed-up denim.
Moto boots or sky-high heels.
Blouse: The Addison Story
Bright shoes, like accessories, are a wonderful way to brighten up a basic cocktail dress as a substitute for black pumps. These babies are just as match-worthy as their standard opponents, but with an eye-catching factor. I wouldn't pair a cherry-red shoe with a cherry-red dress or a purple shoe with an already brightly-patterned ensemble, but as far as brightening up the basics go, there are no comparisons. The possibilities are endless with so many textures (suede, patent, leather) and shades, you can't go wrong!
From left: Gucci, Jimmy Choo, Prada.