Monday, July 27, 2015

Work Wear Staple: The Midi Skirt

I always get a lot of emails and messages from you ladies seeking styling advice.  In the past I haven't made time to provide styling suggestions to you guys via my blog posts.  I'm usually more focused on making sure I keep up with providing outfit posts twice a week, three times a week if possible.

I also know that many of you may be new to my blog and probably don't have time to go through five years of outfit posts.  So I decided to start re-introducing some of my favorite outfits in a way that would be helpful to all of you. First up, a blog series of work wear staples that I am sure that many of you already own.

This weeks staple is probably my absolute favorite: The Midi Skirt.  I love everything about a full, below-the knee midi skirt.  The lady like elegance and femininity of a midi skirt absolutely makes me happy.  After purchasing my first midi skirt I actually held on to it for several weeks before wearing it.  I had convinced myself I was too short to pull of a full skirt that fell below my knees. I was wrong!   Sometimes even I over think things to the point where I talk myself out of something I love before even giving it a try. 

Once I over came my concerns about wearing midi skirts I became a repeat offender.  So much so that I was able to put together several outfits to go along with my midi skirt style tips.  I hope you guys find this post helpful and leave any questions below in the comments.

Experiment with Colors and Prints
Colorful printed midi skirts are my favorite and striped skirts would be a close second.  I love to experiment with prints and color at work. However, I don't let my love for color get out of hand.  My objective is to always present myself professionally but just not in the same ole boring blazer and slacks.

Try a Retro Look

I never thought I would be able to pull off wearing a crop top at work but my high-waist midi skirt made it possible. The second outfit was conceptualized after seeing Amber Rose in this outfit.  Can you ever go wrong with retro?  Well, yes you could but both of these skirts worked perfectly to provide that 1950s/1960s vibe I was going for.  Retro outfits should be fun and feel organic.  Try to wear pieces you already own to create a throw back look.

Add a Belt
Belts are my go to finishing accessory.  Belts add a little something extra to my work outfits and always pull everything together.  I probably own over seventy-five belts so it's no surprise that I would recommend you guys to throw one on with your midi skirt for that additional pop of color, or just because you want to be snatched!

Pay Attention to Proportions
Midi skirts are usually flowy with lots of material.  Maintaining the perfect balance and proportions for your body is essential for a polished look.  Stay away from over-sized tops. If you decide to wear a blazer make sure it's fitted and doesn't fall below to far below your waist.  Cropped blazers are your best bet.  It also doesn't hurt to have several variations of fitted t-shirts.

Keep it Simple
Lastly, just keep it simple.  In most cases the skirt is going to be the center of attention and you just have to select a few key pieces to create the perfect outfit.  My go-to formula: statement necklace, t-shirt, stand out skirt and super cute shoes.  Most of my midi skirt outfits start out this way and I usually expand from there.

There you have it several of my favorite midi skirt work wear outfits.  I hope this post was helpful and provided several styling options for one of my favorite work wear staples.  For even more inspiration check out my Mad About Midi's pinterest board. 

Do you have a midi skirt style tip? Which outfit was your favorite?

Monday, July 20, 2015

Weekend Wear: Matching Midi Set

| Crop top - F21 | Skirt - F21 | Purse - Rebecca Minkoff | Shoes - Ralph Lauren | 

Yep, another cropped top and midi skirt.  I honestly don't see this trend going anywhere anytime soon.  Anyone can pull this off depending on how you style the outfit, check out my other cropped top/skirt outfits here, here, here and here.  Kim of Naturally Fashionable also did a great post on selecting a crop top for your body type. 

Understandably this trend isn't for everyone however fashion should be fun and without limitations.  Don't over think it. 

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Target Style

| Dress - Target via eBay | Shoes - Vince Camuto | Purse - Target |

I gave up on Target designer collaborations after my Phillp Lim for Target experience, you can read about it here.  However, prior to being trampled trying to get my hands on a few purses I had always kicked myself for missing out on the Prabal Gurung and Jason Wu for Target collections.  I loved the colorful prints of Parabal Gurung designs and the simplicity of the Jason Wu pieces. 

Two years later it seemed like a good idea to try and find a few pieces from the collections I missed out on.  This dress along with the Jason Wu navy poplin dress were the only pieces I really wanted to get my hands on.  After a quick eBay search I was able to find both dresses for less then $25, score! 

I normally hate how trumpet skirts/dresses look on me but I purposely bought this dress too big so I could have it altered for the perfect fit.  I ended up wearing this dress to my cousins graduation and it was a hit. I didn't feel overdressed or too casual.

P.S. Thank you so much for the kind words about my blog and how much you've appreciated my little contribution to the blogosphere. You guys made me feel a little bit better about stepping away from blogging.  It's nice to be appreciated.  As a blog reader I know what it's like when your favorite blogger just disappears.  You guys don't deserve that, so when the time comes I'll be sure to end things properly. 


Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Summer Maxi Dress

| Dress - H&M (purchased last year) | Belt - Etsy | Purse - Just Fab | 

I'm back! This was definitely an unplanned break but to be honest I haven't really had the desire to blog.  I am really starting to feel like it might be time to retire Curves and Confidence.  I started this blog five years ago when I was going through a major life change and I needed something to focus on and bring me out of my shell.  Five years later my love for blogging hasn't changed but the process isn't as organic as it use to be.  I'm focusing on other things in my life and blogging isn't really a priority to me like it once was.  I have been going back and forth about this over the past month and I really don't know what I want to do just yet.

While I was away from my blog I did take a couple of short weekend trips.  A few weeks ago I went to NC to attend my cousins high school graduation.  I had so much fun! I come from a huge family, my grand-parents had ten kids, that's a lot of aunts, uncles and cousins.  I was only in NC for the weekend and decided to pack light (yea I never pack light).  I reached way back in my closet to pull out this dress that I purchased from HM last year and never wore.  This maxi dress is everything I love about summer dresses: colorful, long, flowing and light weight.  Long and flowing dress are beautiful but I swear I step on this dress five-hundred and fifty times every time I wear it!

My cousin Jade decided to make a vlog of our weekend for her YouTube channel JadeAshley94. If you have time check out my weekend spent with my family in Wilmington, NC.  We are a crazy bunch but who's family isn't, lol.

Thursday, June 4, 2015

The Hunt

| T Shirt - Target | Skirt - H&M | Sandals - Vince Camuto |

Not only am I clothing hoarder I am also a clothing stalker.  I let this skirt slip away from me last year when it debuted at H&M.  I was being cheap and it sold out.  A little over six months later after checking eBay over and over I finally found it, new with tags!  Nothing more satisfying then hunting down a good piece you let get away.