Spice It Up :: feathered skirt + burgundy bow tie blouse

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

date night look
Spicing up your life is never a bad thing, right? From taking a new route to work to trying an unfamiliar brunch spot on the weekend, mixing it up can entail a wide range of nuances, big or small. One of MY favorite ways to instigate and embrace change? My wardrobe - duh! 
NYC Street Style
Let's start with this skirt: I loved this sassy little number when I laid eyes on it, but honestly, I wasn't quite sure I could pull it off. A piece like this is a tad out of my comfort zone (at least it WAS...not anymore), but I decided to go for it anyway in an effort to - you guessed it - spice up my style! Now I'm so glad I have it in my arsenal as it's a WAY fiercer option that just a regular plain black skirt. Adding this one piece to my closet really turned out to be the perfect way to incorporate some pizazz into my fashion choices, and my life ;)
Banana Republic Skirt
And I mean...who can resist that epic twirl action? LOVE!
black fringe skirt
Another way to add some new flavor to the pot is to swap your everyday basics for something a bit more colorful and unique. I opted for a bow tie blouse in a bold shade rather than my go-to white button-up for this look. One little change can really make a difference in your personal style! 
Beauty hair
I love the romantic vibe of this look. It's a killer date night ensemble, no? But it's not a same-old, same-old date night outfit either, which is why I'm so drawn to it. It has a whimsical flair and airs on the side of daring - not caution.
New York Fashion
Date night fashion
No simple black pumps for me today! I'm rocking some pointed-toe, ankle-strap kicks for this look, baby! You know the mantra by now, I'm SPICING things up! But seriously, how perfect are these heels? Snag your own pair here
New York Street Style
No looks is complete without a complimentary bag, and for this outfit, I can't think of a better piece to carry than a sleek, black leather clutch. Its geometric structure balances out the unruliness of my feathered skirt - kind of brilliant! 
Black leather clutch
burgundy blouse
In yet another effort to add some seasoning to the mix, I went with cluster statement earrings. They totally fit right in with the romantic feel of this look while completely blowing simple diamond/pearl studs out of the water.
Statement Earrings
I could have swiped on a bold lip to REALLY spice things up here, but in this case I wanted my blouse to stand out and be the only pop of color. I kept my eyeshadow pretty minimal as well, as I layered shades of brown to create a neutral smokey eye. 
Bow tie blouse
Kathleen Harper
[blouse: Ann Taylor (I also like this one) // skirt: Banana Republic // heels: Sam Edelman // clutch: Hobo (similar here) // earrings: gift (I also like this pair) // gold knot bracelet: Kate Spade // ball cuff: Ted Baker // gold link bracelet: Stella & Dot // amethyst bangle: David Yurman // heart tag bracelet: Tiffany & Co.

Style experimentation is super fun - it's one of the reasons I decided to become a fashion blogger. Figuring out fresh ways to style tired things is not only a challenge but it's also an exercise in creativity and self exploration. And while I'm not necessarily doing that with THIS outfit, I did have a lot of fun spicing up my wardrobe by adding an unexpected piece - this wild, feathery skirt - to my collection. 

See, I like to test myself and see how I can style select pieces that may at first intimidate me. It's all a part of embracing transformation and throwing that extra dose of excitement into your life! See? Fashion can be pretty powerful. 
Kat's Fashion Fix


  1. This is so chic and loveee the skirt, I wish I can wear something like that. You look gorgeous too xo


  2. You look beautiful and elegant! Im so in love with this feathered skirt!


  3. I love that skirt!!

  4. I am in love with this entire outfit! I am a sucker for a bow blouse and to pair it with a feather skirt is the perfect addition. Beautiful, girl!


  5. Gorgeous pictures, you look lovely! I really like your blog, let me know if you would like to follow each other! x


  6. What a unique, beautiful skirt!


  7. so chic! love this skirt, such a great piece to have in your collection! And the chic burgundy top is classic!


  8. that fur skirt is soooo lovely <3

    Anyway, I'm following you now on GFC. Would you mind to follow me back? ;)
    Take care,
    Rizuna from 100% Nerd

  9. Love the skirt, it's perfect <3

  10. You are very stylish, Cathleen! I followed your blog and will be happy if you do the same, so we could stay in touch. :)

    Have a wonderful day!
    xx Veronica
    welcome to Mango Juice

  11. My what a chic and fresh look. I think that skirt is perfect with the top. I hope you have a lovely Thursday Kathleen.
    Rachel xo

  12. The dress is AMAZING! You always look so fab!! x


  13. You can totally pull off a skirt like that! Way to go stepping out of your comfort zone! You rocked this look!


  14. The skirt give a nice touch, chic and elegance, love it how do you mix!


  15. Beautiful skirt! You are so pretty! Gorgeous earrings!!
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  16. Gorgeous look as always! Great style!


  17. You look so pretty! Love this combo <3


  18. I love your fringe skirt! So lovely.

    By the way, I'm hosting a weekly favorites blogger link up on my blog today. I'd love for you to come share your favorite post of the week!

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  19. You're so elegant and your skirt is everything!
    Happy Friday doll!
    Kisses, Paola.


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  20. stunning,you look fantastic,so fabulous
    I love that skirt

  21. This is such a cute skirt! I love the fluffy texture of it!

    Stephanie ● Sartorial Diner

  22. Loved that last statement. I can assure you that coming out of your -fashionable- comfort zone was totally worth it! That skirt is gorgeous and you look so confident wearing it! Thanks for encouraging us to spice up our wardrobes from time to time, dear! I should do it myself more often!


  23. You look great :)
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  24. I LOVE THE SKIRT SOO SOO SOO MUCH! The whole look is great.

    Life is just Rosie

  25. This is my favourite colour right now, I'm seeing so much of it come into the shops recently for our Autumn coming up. The textured skirt is perfect with it. Totally stunning outfit.

  26. Beautiful outfit, I love this look!

    Camille xo


  27. Hahaha of course your wardrobe is the best way to try something new, though not always the cheapest. Such a fun skirt, I have a skirt in white similar to this with little shiny panels on them. It is so fun to wear.

    Allie of

  28. Absolutely agree the best way to embrace change is starting with your wardrobe! Love this skirt! I am a huge fan of anything that is different and this is so much better than a basic black skirt! Who wouldn't love the fun movement! I do love that blouse too! The sweet bow tie at the top is the best! So glad you went out of your comfort zone and tried something new, as it was a fabulous choice!


  29. I love the texture of your beautiful skirt...its so fun! Also the bow and colour of toyr top is simply marvelous!

  30. Beautiful look, dear!


  31. Well, again , no words, perfect outfit!
    Maybe I am crazy, but i am realy jelous in the animal who gave its skin to be your stunning shoes!!