red + black // two ways

Black and red is a color combo I tend to avoid. It reminds me of the Hot Topic days of long ago, and I couldn't hang even then. So how do I rock black and red? With a polka dot pencil skirt, of course! This skirt is one of my favorites, but probably not for the reasons you think. It's no secret that I love polka dots, but this skirt has the most phenomenal lining. What? A beautifully lined pencil skirt? And from Forever 21?! Yes, ma'am.

The top in the first outfit is the Gap blouse I snagged from Plato's Closet for $8. I was going to pair my yellow cardigan with this outfit, but I remembered throwing a blue cardigan in my pile to be swapped. I'm so glad I did because the blue is the perfect boldness to hold its ground against the bright red and loud dots. I wore this outfit to an early Austin Leading Ladies power hour. I love when strangers tell me my outfit is cute. It builds my confidence and makes it easier for me to speak up. More about that and the ALL meeting later this week! Overall, I was really happy with this outfit. I was not, however, happy with the weird lighting and giant gusts of wind all day. How the heck do you ladies take photos every day?? Even when I make time for it, the weather just brings me down.

For outfit two, I actually thought of the chucks + cat shirt outfit back when I bought the chucks, but I haven't been able to figure out wear to wear it. The skirt is much too dressy for either of my current jobs and the shoes are too casual for networking events. So I wore it to the Domain (fancy schmancy shopping center in Austin). Where everyone stared at me like a crazy person. Like, is this outfit that bad? Is it the cat shirt? The chucks with a skirt? I thought it was fun, but fash-uny.

How do you wear black and red without looking like a literal vampire?

look one
skirt // Forever 21 (oddly shorter version?)
blouse // Plato's Closet (originally Gap)
cardi // swapped (originally Gap)
shoes // Lulu's (same)

look two
skirt // Forever 21 (oddly shorter version?)
tee // Forever 21 (oooold)
pearls & jacket // Nordy Rack
chucks // thrifted


  1. I love this pencil skirt! I want one too!
    nothing but a pigeon

  2. cat shirt, i need that cat shirt.


  3. That pencil skirt is amazing. I'm digging the kitty shirt!Love both the outfits

    I love red skinnies with black.

  4. Uhhhhm, I want that skirt. And that cat shirt.
    I really like the tee & pencil skirt combo, but I always feel too dadgum fancy in pencil I hardly ever wear mine (boo). I've been on a red/black kick (obvious from my last two posts, haha) and I kind of just embrace it, rather than think of myself as a vampire ;)

    It also reminds me a bit of a high school from Waco, and I always liked their letterman jackets as a kid, ha! You're gorgeous though, and I really love love both of these outfits chica.

    kristina in retroworter

  5. I love black and red together, and that pencil skirt is fabulous! And I don't know why you were getting crazy looks, I love the 2nd outfit! Maybe they weren't crazy looks, but admiring I'm-going-to-study-that-outfit-so-I-can-recreate-it-later looks.

  6. I'm convinced that we have many of the almost exact items hanging in our closets. I have a polkadot skirt like that! I love the way you styled it with the red and blue.. you succeeded in not looking patriotic haha. And girl, you look super happy in these pictures, I love it! Also, I don't know if I told you already.. I may have.. but I saw my button under sisters and it made my heart smile :)


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