All About That Lace :: lace midi + off-the-shoulder

Friday, July 24, 2015

When it comes to modern elegance, seek a combination infused with traditional sophistication and peppered with grace. Today's elegance presents itself in classic pieces that have a very 'now' feel to them. By combining these unique yet forever elements you can create a look that's both simple and elaborate. 
Pearl earrings are classic and have clearly stood the test of time. Think about it, you own a pair, your mother owns a pair, and your grandmother owns a pair. But when it comes to modern elegance, express some creativity by choosing a pair of double-back pearl earrings. Today's spin on the classic stud is timeless and adventurous - not to mention super pretty. 
As I sit here thinking about elegance and what that means in 2015, I can't help but picture intricate, white detailing. It seems that this year (and the past few) have been all about that lace. This skirt is a prime example of what elegant modernity looks like - polished and fresh. 
A simple black top? Ageless. An off-the-shoulder black top? Stylishly current and subtly bold. Bonus - no necklace needed when you're showing off this much collarbone!  
In my last post I talked about creating a look, and how your makeup, hair, and accessories all help complete whatever vibe you're going for. This outfit definitely had "bun" written all over it. I made my hairstyle voluminous because I like the glamorous look, and well, that's the only way I know how to make a bun :)  
Isn't this lace to-die-for? I matched my skirt with nude pumps to not distract from this statement piece. 
Modern trend alert: mixing gold and silver. Don't be afraid people! 
I love this look because it's simple yet still makes an impact. 
Photos by Virginia Kluiters
[top: Ann Taylor (old but similar here), skirt: Ann Taylor, pumps: Vince Camuto (similar here), earrings: Ann Taylor, cream bangle: Kate Spade, amethyst bangle: David Yurman, gold bracelet: vintage (similar here), heart bracelet: Tiffany & Co.

I have exciting NYC news for you all! This week my two roommates and I signed the lease for a beautiful Upper Eastside apartment in Manhattan *swoon*. I am officially a New York City resident! We move in August 3rd and in case you couldn't already tell, I'm pretty darn excited. 

We got a good deal on the apartment, it's in a lively neighborhood, and there's enough space in the apartment for three of us to comfortably live (aka we're not living in a closet - yay)! And now I can see for myself if being an Upper Eastsider is as glamorous as Gossip Girl has made it sound ;)   

But I have to be honest, these pictures are deceiving. The place I'm standing in front of is not my new home. In fact these photos were taken a week ago, which is before we even knew our apartment existed. But stay tuned for real pics of our new place!   


  1. Lovely dress

  2. Great Look! This skirt is wonderful! :)

  3. So CHIC!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Obsessed with your lace skirt!!!!!!!
    Happy friday!
    Kisses, Paola.


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  4. Amazing look kiss

  5. So pretty! Black and white always seems to create such a chic, timeless look! x

  6. What a pretty midi! And I love it paired with your off the shoulder top.

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

  7. adorable outfit, sweety!!! so elegance n chic!!!))) happy friday, hunny!!!)))) xoxo

  8. Love your skirt !

  9. you look lovely!!

  10. This is definitely sophisticated, Kat, and so timeless, too! The pearl earrings (double back studs are so cool!) are gorgeous, and you can never go wrong with a monochromatic palette! The lace adds such an interesting texture to the entire outfit; I'm in love!

    Congrats on the new lease; it's my dream to move to NYC one day! Have fun!

    May | THE MAYDEN

  11. This skirt is fabulous! I love how the lace is sheer half way down.

  12. Breakfast at Tiffany's, you look amazing<3

  13. This is definitely elegant!

  14. this skirt is perfection! You are absolutely stunning! <3 <3

    Kiss Me Darling

  15. I love the B&W look! This lace midi skirt is beautiful... so elegant but chic!

    Abby of Life in the Fash Lane

  16. Such a classy look, dear!

  17. great dress awsom style shoes and cute model

  18. love your lace skirt! It is so beautifully girly!

  19. beautiful skirt!
    Kisses from Miami,

  20. This skirt is beautful, and so is your face!!<3
    Love the outfit:)

  21. This lace is so diff and pretty! U look fab!

  22. That is one fabulous white lace skirt! It looks great with your off the shoulder top and the pearl earrings are superb!

    House of Illusions

  23. You look so classy and sophisticated in this black and white outfit Kat! The off shoulders top looks so gorgeous on you and is so, so flattering! And, of course, I am a big fan of lace ( especially in white), therefore, I most certainly adore your skirt!
    Beautiful outfit and styling! And congrats on the new appartment! :)

  24. Such an incredible mix of modern and classic! I love it, you look beautiful!


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  26. You are so classy! Great look!

  27. Ah what a wonderful elegant look, so Audrey Hepburn. You are really looking sophisticated these days. Love this : )

    Allie of ALLIENYC

  28. wow what an elegant look! you look absolutely stunning! the skirt is so beautiful :D

  29. I LOVE your style!! I just found you today and I've been stalking your instagram haha and I got around to checking out your blog. Your skirt is TO DIE FOR!!!! I love it!

  30. You look beautiful and elegant, loving the skirt! <3

  31. You look like a princess!! Beautiful

  32. I always love reading how you are adapting the NYC lifestyle,you must be so happy to get a new place
    you look stunning,love that skirt

  33. You look classic and modern at the same time! So pretty!