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How To Wear Bright Colors in the Fall

Today is a big day for the blog.  Six years ago, I hit publish on my first blog post and started on the most amazing adventure. Y’all it does not feel like it has been 6 years at all.   I’ve enjoyed putting together all the fabulous fashion and beauty posts over the years.  I can’t wait to continue to grow and evolve Lady in Violet, and I thank you for stopping by every week to see what’s going on over here.  I’ve been brainstorming and working on some exciting new posts, goals, and ideas for the future of the blog.  I can’t wait to see what adventures the next six years hold!

Now let’s get to the topic we all love to discuss – fashion! When fall hits, I know I start grabbing for my darker and jewel toned colors.  Just because we are in the heart of fall does not mean you can’t still style those bright summer colors.  I’m sharing five different ways to style a bright color in the fall season.  I styled all of these with my bright blue sweater, but these would work for all of your summer brights.

HOW TO WEAR BRIGHT COLORS IN FALL

WITH DARK BLUE JEANS & BOOTIES

Dark blue jeans are my go to must have jean for fall.  It works well with all the colors.  It provides the dark contrast needed for bright colors to ease them into fall.

fall outfit | bright blue cropped sweater | light tan booties | Petite Fashion Blog Lady in Violet

blue sweater | jeans | booties | layered necklace

WITH BLACK JEANS & BROWN BOOTS

Another staple providing great contrast to bright colors is a pair of black jeans.  Brown leather boots are another great pairing to help compliment the bright color.

fall outfits | blue sweater | black jeans | brown boots | Houston Fashion Blog Lady in Violet

blue sweater | black jeans | similar boots | layered necklace

WITH WHITE JEANS & TAN BOOTS

Just because it’s fall doesn’t mean you can’t pull out those white jeans.  White pants are the perfect way to make those bright colors really pop.  For shoes, look for a light colored boot or bootie to simulate a winter white type look.

winter outfits | neon blue sweater | white jeans | suede boots | Everyday Fashion Blog Lady in Violet

sweater | white jeans | similar boots | layered necklace

WITH A PLAID SKIRT

Plaid skirts are perfect for pairing with bright colors.  You can find a dark or neutral plaid like this black and white skirt to add contrast or opt for a plaid skirt that also has your bright color in the plaid.  When doing a color match, I prefer the matching color to be a minor color in the plaid print.

work outfit | blue chunky knit sweater | plaid skirt | black booties | Texas Fashion Blogger Lady in Violet

sweater | similar skirt |similar booties | necklace

WITH GRAY JEANS & BLACK BOOTS

Gray jeans are a fun neutral color jean to have in your denim arsenal.  The cool color of this sweater and cool tone of the gray work to compliment each other perfectly.

winter outfits | gray jeans | black suede boots | Popular US Fashion Blogs Lady in Violet

sweater | similar gray jeans | suede boots | necklace

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Seven Ways to Style a Swing Dress for Fall

Hello Hello! It’s been a busy few days over on the home front.  Over the weekend, we drove out to my mom’s to pick up our temporary kitchen table.  We haven’t really found the one yet, and my sister offered to let us borrow the one she didn’t need anymore.  I’m really excited one to finally have a kitchen table, but also that the pressure to find the perfect table is relaxed a little.  Since we now have something, we can spend a little more time searching for the perfect one.

I also ordered a small table for our entry way.  I really wanted a navy table for the space which turned out is really hard to find.  A few months ago, I found the perfect one at Target but it was sold out.  I’ve been stalking it since and it came back in stock this week!!  Every time we cross an item off the list, I feel like our place is transforming even more into our perfect little home.  I will have to do a home post soon to share some of what we’ve done and purchased.

Alright now that all the exciting home news is out of the way, let’s talk fashion! I love a swing dress. The flowy style make them so comfy and perfect for days spent more at home.  You can also easily transform them into multiple styles with a few style swaps.  This burgundy swing dress is also a sweater dress so it adds a little bit of warmth.  I also love that it came with a matching slip, since I find most sweater dresses need something underneath.

SEVEN WAYS TO STYLE A SWING DRESS FOR FALL

WITH BOOTIES

Simple, easy, and perfect for warm fall days.

fall outfit | sweater dress | booties | Petite Fashion Blogger Lady in Violet

swing dress |booties | c/o necklace | bracelet | earrings

WITH A DENIM JACKET AND OVER THE KNEE BOOTS

A denim jacket is a staple in my closet for fall and spring.  It’s the perfect layering piece for a causal outfit.  With the shorter length of this dress, my OTK boots were the perfect pairing.

fall outfit | denim jacket | over the knee boots | Houston Fashion Blog Lady in Violet

dress | similar jacket |similar boots | similar necklace | earrings | bracelet

WITH A BLAZER AND HEELS

Work day ready with the quick addition of a fitted blazer and snakeskin heels.  Since this dress is crewneck and one solid color, I also added a long necklace to add a little something to the overall look.

work outfit | black blazer | snakeskin heels | Texas Fashion Blog Lady in Violet

sweater dress | similar blazer | heels | necklace | earrings

WITH A LEATHER JACKET & TALL BOOTS

For a dressy but still kinda casual look, a leather jacket and boots are perfect.  This outfit would be perfect for Thanksgiving dinner!

fall outfit | burgundy swing dress | light brown leather jacket | Affordable Fashion Blog Lady in Violet

dress | c/o leather jacket | black boots | similar necklace | earrings

WITH A CARDIGAN & BOOTIES

I think swing dresses are so comfy, so adding a long and cozy cardigan is just what this casual outfit needs.  Opt for a contrasting color option.

fall outfits | maroon swing dress | beige drapey long cardigan | Petite Fashion Blogger Lady in Violet

dress | similar cardigan | booties | similar necklace

WITH A CROPPED SWEATER & BOOTS

Turn your dress into a skirt by layering a cropped chunky sweater over it.  It’s the quickest way to completely change the look of your dress.

fall outfit ideas | ivory chunky sweater | maroon sweater dress | boots | Southern Fashion Blog Lady in Violet

dress | similar sweater | similar boots | similar necklace | earrings

WITH A SWEATER VEST & BOOTIES

Another warm weather and work friendly look.  A sweater vest or even a more structured long vest paired with peep toe dress booties.

fall outfit | gray sweater vest | brown peeptoe heels | Popular US Fashion Blog Lady in violet

dress | similar sweater vest | peep toe booties | similar necklace | earrings

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Six Ways to Wear a Military Jacket

I’ve tried on so many military style jackets over the years, but I never pulled the trigger on any of them.  I was worried I wouldn’t wear it enough.  So when I found this gorgeous lace trimmed one, I sat down and made a list of all the ways I could wear it.  Below are just six of the ways that I thought of all perfect for the fall season from date night, casual fall outfits, and holiday dinners.  I styled it with heels and boots and booties, with plaids and solid neutrals and pops of color. Whether you’ve been thinking of picking up on of these or already have on hanging in your closet, I hope you found some new outfit ideas!

SIX WAYS TO WEAR A MILITARY JACKET

WITH PLAID AND BOOTS

This is probably my favorite of the six.  I chose a plaid that was complimentary to the jacket color, all being darker fall colors.

fall outfits | military jacket | plaid top | brown boots | Houston Fashion Blog Lady in Violet

jacket | similar plaid | black jeans | similar boots | layered necklace

WITH A CAMI AND HEELS

An easy way to create a dressy casual look add simple solid cami and heels.  I chose to my floral print heels to add pop of color and print to the look.  This outfit would be perfect for date night, dinner with friends, or casual Friday at the ofice.

fall outfit | gray military style jacket | black cami | floral heels | Petite Fashion Blog Lady in Violet

military jacket |similar cami | jeans | purple heels

WITH A POP OF COLOR AND BOOTIES

I pulled a few different colors to pair with this jacket, but this dark dusty rose is my top choice.  I love how the two earth tones work together.  Other colors I tried – yellow and purple.

casual fall outfit | lace trip jacket | distressed jeans | Texas Fashion Blog Lady in Violet

jacket | tank top | distressed jeans | booties | similar necklace

WITH A FITTED TANK TOP AND HEELS

One of the popular ways to style this jacket is with a fitted tank top and jeans.  I added a pop of print with my snakeskin heels.

fall outfit ideas | military style jacket | black jeans | Southern Style Blog Lady in Violet

jacket | white tank top | black jeans | snakeskin heels | similar necklace

WITH A FITTED DRESS AND BOOTS

Date night ready! This jacket is the perfect light layer with my fitted dress.  The feminine lace details on the jacket really add to the overall look too.

date night outfit | fitted black dress | suede boots | Popular US FAshion Blog Lady in Violet

jacket | black dress | black boots | similar necklace

WITH A SWING DRESS AND BOOTIES

The structured shape of the jacket and the flowy swing of the dress work really well together.  You know what they say opposites attract!

layered fall outfit | jacket over swing dress | light brown booties | Affordable Fashion Blog Lady in Violet

jacket | sweater dress | booties | similar necklace

Which look is your favorite?  Let me know in the comments!

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Six Ways to Wear a Light Blue Top

For the longest time, I would not buy many blue tops.  I wore mostly blue jeans and worried it was to color matching.  Fast forward to me embracing new jean colors and types of bottoms, and now I love a good blue top.  This light blue is a current favorite shade.  I think it has more of an earthtone feel than a royal blue or baby blue, but all of these outfits would work with those colors.

Details on this top – It’s a crop style.  The sides are more where the crop length is, and the front and back are longer which I really like! The arm holes are a little wider, so I wear a white bandeau bra underneath it so my bra will not show.  You could probably also do a low cut cami and tuck it in.

SIX WAYS TO WEAR A LIGHT BLUE TOP

FOR FALL

WITH BLACK JEANS & BOOTS

Black jeans and brown tall boots are my go to for fall outfits and blue tops.

fall outfits | blue flowy top | brown boots | Houston Fashion Blog Lady in Violet

blue top | black jeans | similar boots | earrings | c/o necklace

WITH GRAY JEANS & BROWN HEELS

The blue and gray shades work really well together! I always think brown when I think blue, and my brown heels were the perfect pop of color.

fall outfit | gray jeans | brown heels | Petite Fashion Blog Lady in Violet

blue top | gray jeans | brown heels | earrings | necklace

WITH BLUE JEANS & BOOTIES

Find a blue shade that provides a slight contrast to your blue top.  For a more royal blue, you may try a dark or light wash jean to provide the right amount of contrast.  I went with the same brown shade in my booties as above, but light tan ones would work too.

casual outfit | blue crop top | brown booties | Texas Fashion Blog Lady in Violet

blue crop top | jeans | similar booties | earrings

FOR SPRING & SUMMER

WITH WHITE JEANS & FLATS

White jeans works with any color and really helps make the color pop! To keep my look more casual, I opted for a light tan pair of flats.  Block heel sandals would work well to dress this outfit up a bit.

spring outfits | light blue short sleeve top | white skinny jeans | Petite Fashion Blogger Lady in Violet

blue top | white jeans | flats | earrings | stone bangles

WITH DENIM SKIRT & MULES

To play off my favorite way to wear this color for fall, I pulled similar colors to create a spring and summer look.  I went with faded black denim for a lighter summer feel, and my brown mules for my warm weather shoe.

summer outfit | black jean skirt | brown mules | Affordable Fashion Blog Lady in Violet

blue short sleeve top | similar jean skirt | brown mules | earrings | stone bangles

WITH WHITE SHORTS & WEDGE SANDALS

For a dressy casual white outfit, pair this blue with white cotton shorts and brown wedges.

summer outfits | white cotton shorts | light blue top | Southern Style Blog Lady in Violet

light blue top | similar shorts | similar wedges | stone bangles | earrings

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