building blocks

skirt: thrifted (originally Talbots/similar) // top: Old Navy (old) // shoes: Steve Madden // scarf: vintage // bag: Forever 21 (similar)

 After a year and a half of documenting outfits on this blog, you'd think I'd recognize a trend in my own outfit building. It wasn't until the lovely receptionist at my doctor commented on my go-to formula that I realized it: I'm addicted to color-blocking. I think I didn't notice it because I'm not very attracted to pieces that have color-blocking on them, but it's a great way to build interesting and cute outfits. The only prints I really wear are stripes and floral, which I usually just pair together or color-block around them. 

How did I not realize how often I do this? Evidence here, here, here, here, here, here...and pretty much everywhere else on my blog.

Anyway, I LOVED this outfit! I put it together to sell things at Buffalo Exchange because I read that they buy more if they like your style. I thrifted this skirt when I was in Houston a couple of weekends ago and have been so excited to wear it. It's from Talbots and is actually petite, which I was worried about because sometimes pleating on petite skirts fits me awkwardly across the hips. I'm already planning another outfit with it using a tomato red color on top.

How would you style this skirt?

PS. #proudbloggermoment when I got that spinning picture on the first try, all by myself!


  1. Oh my god, I love these photos so much! Your outfit is ADORABLE, and you are too (obviously!). I'm the same way with color-blocking. I pretty much never wear color-blocked pieces, but end up putting together outfits with it all the time!

    Ladyface Blog

  2. WERK IT. You know how much I love colorblocking, and this outfit looks fab on you. I've been looking for some midi skirts to wear once the weather chills out a bit, and this one is perfect! I would probably wear with with a basic boat neck top (in a contrasting color of course) with tons of pretty necklaces and and some fun printed shoes!

  3. LOVE this look! That skirt is a dream (even better that it's thrifted). I'd wear it with a white boatneck 3/4-length sleeve shirt (or striped), a gray t, a moss green cardigan (my fave)... the possibilities are endless!
    Fifth Freedom Fashion

  4. Today I wore a blue striped shirt, red cardigan, and yellow wellies and totally thought of you because you love primary colors together. It's not a usual look for me, but it pulled together really nicely. I would've photographed it, by it's horribly dreary outside so boo.


  5. I really love that skirt. The mustard color is perfect from fall. I'd probably pair it with a bit of an edgier top and some booties to balance out its feminine shape! :)

  6. Uhm, you're pretty. And so is this outfit.


  7. You also do a lot of primary colors which I LOVE! I always forget about how much I love them until you post an outfit with red, blue and yellow!

  8. Nicole, you are such a cutie! I'm always stupidly afraid to color block (hence all the neutral outfits...), but I really need to just get over it and give it a try one of these days! I love that you embrace it, and look fabulous all the time!!


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