Shifting Into Spring :: green leather skirt + striped crop sweater

Monday, April 4, 2016

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Even though the calendar says it's spring, I'm afraid Mother Nature hasn't completely gotten the memo. Here in New York we've gone from 70 degree days to 39 degree days - all in one week. So yes, dealing with these fickle temps is frustrating to say the least. But with the right wardrobe choices, those temps can easily be mastered! Here's how to effortlessly transition into spring...even if the weather is anything BUT cooperative. 
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Leather is certainly not just for fall and winter. In a fresh emerald green, this luxe material is incredibly appropriate for warmer, sunnier days. Wear this beauty sans tights for an updated, wear-now vibe. Afraid your bare legs might get chilly at night? Leather is a pro at shielding the wind due to it's durable, thick, material - it's got you covered, literally!
leather skirt spring fall
leather pencil skirt
A cropped sweater is a happy medium between t-shirt and tunic for those in-between days where it's not hot yet not cold. Pick a piece in a bold, basic print to create major impact against a solid colored bottom. This striped version from Ann Taylor is my absolute favorite - it pairs perfectly with all my high-waisted skirts. 
green leather skirt with crop top
bold black and white sweater
 Try layering your jewelry to give older pieces a new look. Here I combined a black, beaded necklace with a plain, silver chain. I love how mixing these two styles mimics the stripes on my sweater. Layering is a sure-fire way to freshen up ANY outfit. 
black and white stripped sweater
layered beaded necklaces
Similar to my necklaces, my earrings emulate the black & white stripes on my top. These John Hardy studs are so spectacular though, they look amazing no matter WHAT I'm wearing! 
john hardy earrings
spring street style
Silver piles of arm candy always look chic and polished. Throw in a leather cuff to add texture and dimension to your daily collection. 
metallic watch
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 When Chelsea boots are too casual and pumps are too stiff, I turn to my heeled, calf-hair booties to add edge and sophistication to my look. I love the two-tone texture these boots boast, it definitely gives them an extra special something! 
black calf hair booties
nyc spring fashion
One of my favorite lipsticks ever is one that I actually picked up in a drugstore. It's the shade I'm wearing here - Iced Amethyst by Revlon. Its shimmery, berry hue is beyond flattering and I love how it stays fresh all day. I teamed this rich lip with matte brown eyeshadow for an effortless daytime look. 
spring beauty tutorial
eyeshadow tutorial
striped crop sweater
Photos by Dan Harper
[skirt: Ann Taylor (I also like this one) // sweater: Ann Taylor (similar here) // booties: Ann Taylor (I also like this pair) // black beaded necklace: Ann Taylor (I also like this one) // silver necklace: fine jewelry (I also like this one) // earrings: John Hardy (similar here) // watch: Marc Jacobs // silver spike bracelet: Stella & Dot // amethyst bangle: David Yurman // black leather cuff: Michael Dawkins (I also like this one) // lipstick: Revlon in Iced Amethyst // eyeshadow: Naked 2 palette

This is such a great look for work OR play, which is why I love it so much! The leather skirt gives this outfit a major edge, which even makes it perfect for happy hour. And while I'd love to be rocking floral dresses and metallic sandals right now, it's unfortunately not warm enough for that kind of attire yet. But I find an outfit like this to be a happy compromise of cold AND warm weather pieces. Early spring problems = officially solved! 
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  1. Fantastic outfit!! You look awesome in green leather!!

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  2. Looks so gorgeous! Love your skirt and sweater soo much!
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  3. I really love this look on you, you look gorgeous.

  4. totally chic look!!! xoxo <3

  5. Oh this skirt is such a winner! Love that deep green colour, and the bold striped shirt is a great touch

  6. Love the stripes, and the skirt is totally perfect. Gorgeous with the booties!


  7. This skirt and sweater look perfect together!

  8. You are always so beautiful, I love this look!!!
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  9. I know it is crazy isn't it? But yes a leather skirt is good for this fickle time of year. And love that watch.

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  10. It needs to warm up already and stay warm lol! Even with cooler temps you've managed to put some Spring into your step with that gorgeous emerald green skirt! Looking chic as always Kat! Hope you are doing well girl! Thank you always for the love and support! <3

  11. It's so true that the weather this time of year changes day to day. It's supposed to be 84 here tomorrow and then it's supposed to rain this weekend. Crazy! But a skirt and sweater combo is perfect for mixing the two seasons :)

  12. This green leather skirt is such a statement piece! Love the stripes too!

  13. love the shade of green! so lush!

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  14. What a fantastic skirt! You can style it so many ways. Love that you paired it with black & white. xo, Pam

  15. You look so stunning my dear !! love the skirt :)

  16. Such a cool leather piece! I love the color and those stripes.

    Amy Ann
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  17. Very stylish Kat, great outfit, love those boots!