Don't Be Boring :: lace + high-low

Friday, September 19, 2014

Black and white is classic and unarguably chic. The combination exudes power and class but that doesn't mean it has to be stuffy or dull. Choose luxe jewelry, statement pieces, and bright accessories to personalize your favorite neutral items. 
This skirt is one of those pieces that I wish I could wear every day. I find the cut very flattering and it looks great with a wide variety of tops. I also love the way it dances in the wind - I can't help but twirl! 
I've recently discovered a new appreciation for neutral-colored clothing. Whereas I used to think black and white items were boring, I now see them as some of the most valuable players in my wardrobe. Not only do I get tons of use out of them but no matter what a black skirt or a white top is paired with you'll always look put-together. That was my inspiration for this look. I combined neutral items with eye-catching jewelry and made it all pop with bold sandals.
Instead of wearing a cami underneath this semi-sheer, lace top I went with a black bandeau to create more of a dramatic and modern look. Crop tops are huge right now but if you're not completely comfortable with baring your mid-drift, then try layering one under a lace top for a coy approach to a fresh trend. 
Photos by Dan Harper 
[top: Zara, bandeau: Mary Catherine's Boutique, skirt: Forever21, sandals: Miz Mooz, necklace: Francesca's, earrings: Anthropologie, black & gold bracelets: Ann Taylor, gold bracelet: Marc Jacobs]

Gap's latest ads are telling the people of the world to "dress normal." This campaign is a strange one to me because who wants to look like everyone else? To me, and I think to a lot of you, fashion is about individualism and standing out. So guys, please don't dress "normal." Be your loud, crazy, and creative selves and please, for the love of fashion, do NOT dress boring! Even a simple black and beige outfit can be made original and fierce - all you need is your own personal touch (and of course some killer shoes). 

SHOP:: 


44 comments:

  1. Gorgeous sweetheart! Have a nice weekend x

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  2. Great idea to add a bandeau underneath the crop, cute look Kathleen. Rachel xo https://garaytreasures.wordpress.com/2014/09/18/a-little-blue/

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  3. That top is a beauty. I love the pop of burgundy with the rest of the outfit being neutral. You look beautiful!

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  4. Beautiful! I LOVE this outfit, totally up my alley! Best, CD. ican'taffordmylifestyle

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  5. You look beautiful, Kat! I also loved the location you picked for your photos!

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  7. Great insights and commentary here, Kathleen. I really like your high-low/mullet skirt and those sandals. Very nice hairstyle and face also.

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  8. I adore black and white, big fan of minimalist style outfits over here! I agree that you can make the most simple outfit look amazing with some killer shoes. :)) Great look with the lace top!

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  9. Hey girl!!! Long time, no visit. ^_^ Those flats = super cute! We should totally connect on Instagram- I just got one!! :D

    xo,
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  10. The whole attire is really original and exclusive, I love the way you've styled those pieces! Besides, those snapshots are so lovely) You look absolutely beautiful there, it's a pleasure to see your charming smile)
    Have a fabulous weekend!

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  11. I agree that black and white together is so chic. And you look lovely here. That skirt is gorgeous!

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  12. Marvelous and chic black and white look. Love the lace top and skirt. B & will never bore me. I haven't seen those Gap ads (we don't have Gap here anymore) but I totally agree with you. I love fashion and it would be awful if everyone would look "normal". That "normcore" trend is so overrated. Have a happy Saturday pretty!!

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  13. I love your top

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  14. Very cute outfit.
    You have gorgeous hair.

    XO

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  15. Oh yes neutrals certainly have their place. And that is not only great looking but it looks super comfy. And I LOVE were you had this photo shoot. Super cool!

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  16. I agree, simple is always chic and classic. Love your neutrals.

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  17. loving the black and white. the lace and the high and low combo works so well. its chic yet sophisticated. great job!

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  18. I love your outfit, you look really chic :)

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  19. Lovely outfit.
    Love the pretty lace top.
    Your hair is so pretty♥

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  20. You look so stylish!! Amazing outfit dear! kisses

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  21. You are so beautiful Kat, i love your lace top!!!
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  22. Such a gorgeous look. Chic but classy. You mix and match everything really well.

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  23. This is such a pretty outfit, i love the pop of color from your shoes too. The lace is so pretty. I agree with you on the Gap campaign, everyone is different. why dress the same. Have a fun Sunday doll.

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  24. Great look Kat!

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  25. Your lace top is so pretty, love that you paired it with red shoes!

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  26. you look wonderful!
    happy monday sweety!

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  27. love your smile!

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  28. Love your sense of fashion!
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  29. Great post! I love your sandals!

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  30. You look gorgeous!! I love the lace top and the bold lip. Also, such a great spot to take photos!

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  31. Beautiful Kat! Love this look, specially the top, it matches perfectly with the flowers :)

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  32. This piece of outfit is so unique and pretty (: you totally make it look great! x

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  34. You look just beautiful! Love the lace top!

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  35. You look very charming Kathleen! Love your lace top so much :)

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  36. You look so beautiful with curly hair. I like the earring too. Perfect outfit.

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  37. You look so pretty in lace! I too like to wear a black bandeau for contrast, great choice!

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