staples and a statement | j.crew factory ikat skirt

When I was putting together my favorite outfits of 2015 post, I had an a-ha moment about my approach to style and shopping. Everything I purchase falls into one of two categories: staple or statement. I've learned over the years that having a whole closet of statement pieces makes it pretty tough to get dressed every day, and a whole closet of staple pieces can be pretty boring.

When friends ask me to shop with them or take a look at their closet to help put together outfits, I really to try show them how to highlight those super special statement pieces with the staples they already own (or should be stocking up on!).

I wanted to try a thing here where I give a little styling advice using staple items you might own (or have on your wishlist) to make outfits around a really fabulous statement piece.

I guess before we get started, I should define the difference between the two. For me, anyway, a staple item is something you can wear with almost anything else in your closet. It doesn't have to be plain or neutral necessarily, but it's something you wear again and again. Staple pieces are workhoses that help to make outfits from the rest of your clothes. A statement piece, on the other hand, is something that stands out as being special, while also being typically less versatile. Therefore, by pairing the right staples with your statement, you can make a really killer outfit!

This week I was inspired to share an outfit for work and one for play using this J.Crew Factory ikat skirt. Y'all know I'm a sucker for a fun skirt, but I also know they can be a little intimidating for someone just trying to define their personal style or get a grasp on how all the clothes in their closet fit together. I'm hoping this series can be helpful and inspire outfits you love to wear and feel yourself in!

First up, the work look:

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Statement Piece: J.Crew Factory ikat skirt

Staple Pieces:
1. White Button Down: J.Crew Favorite Shirt
2. Neutral Flats: J.Crew Factory Suede Amelia Flats
3. Matching Bag: Old Navy Reversible Faux-Leather Tote
4. Delicate Pendant Necklace: Forever 21 Charm Necklace

I can't say that this outfit would be appropriate for all work settings, of course, but there are things here that you can hopefully take into your own office-facing wardrobe! A lot of people would claim that a sharp white button down is a necessity in any woman's closet. I actually don't own one(!!!), and haven't since I was on the speech and debate team in high school. But, it's on my wishlist to add one this year because I finally have enough relevant items in my closet for it to make sense. For me, a white button down is the super-chic and dressed up sister of the chambray shirt; highly versatile, easy to wear, and a quick way to look pulled together.

When paired with a bright printed skirt and a few neutral accessories, you'll come across as smart and stylish. One of the reasons for that is that none of these pieces compete with each other. The shirt reads as professional and respectable, which gives you room to have a little fun with the skirt. Pale nude flats and tote keep everything toned down, letting the skirt do the talking instead of being a walking conversation through your office. Speaking of your office, be ready for the compliments to roll in! (P.S. If you've been around here for a minute, you may notice that this is basically a copy of this outfit I wore over the summer. It's a formula that works!)

Next up, an outfit for weekend brunch, shopping, and low-key festivities:
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Statement Piece: J.Crew Factory ikat skirt

Staple Pieces:
1. Denim Jacket: Gap 1969 Heritage Denim Jacket
2. Grey Tee: Hanes V-Neck Pocket Tee
3. Neutral Ankle Booties: Sam Edelman Petty Booties
4. Long Pendant Necklace: Ann Taylor Braided Tassel Pendant

If we're being honest, I wish I were wearing this outfit right now. A denim jacket and a grey tee are total workhorses in my closet, both being worn at least twice a week. Luckily for you, they're perfect for dressing down a pretty skirt for when you want to look cute, but not like you tried too hard. 

My taupe booties are 100% my most worn pair of shoes, so if you're thinking of investing in a pair of boots this season, make them this shade. They're quiet and stylish, making them a great punctuation to a cute and casual outfit. I also think that having one long necklace in your collection makes styling anything easier, and this tassel necklace will go with just about anything.

Do you have an approach that you take to shopping and style? Do you have any of these staple items in your own closet?

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