Monthly Archives: February 2020

Zebra Print Top

spring outfit | zebra print top | dark blue skinny jeans | Affordable Fashion Blog Lady in Violet

casual outfit | zebra print top | double o buckle belt | Trendy Fashion Blog Lady in Violet

casual outfit | gold buckle black belt | tan crossbody bag | Petite Fashion Blog Lady in Violet

trendy spring outfit | zebra printed top | o buckle black belt | Casual Fashion Blog Lady in Violet

spring outfit idea | puff sleeve animal print top | dark blue denim| Southern Style Blog lady in Violet

I’ve already added a few new items to my closet for Spring, and almost all of them are prints.  In the past, I have gravitated to more solids with a few prints sprinkled in.  I can already tell this year is going to be different as I add animal and floral prints more into the mix.  I’ve always been a fan of beautiful spring floral prints.  Animal prints has been a slow add to my closet with a pair of shoes and like one top in probably the past year.

So far for spring though, I have already added 3 pieces! While leopard print may be the most popular animal print, I’ve leaned a little more to the zebra print.  I love stripes, and I’m sure that is a big part of why I am so drawn to this print.  It’s like an abstract striped top.  This top is the classic black and white look of this print.  I do love the color varieties like pink and gray that I’ve seen in other pieces.

For the spring season, I wanted to add a few nice casual tops to my wardrobe that had lots of versatility.  I had a few life changes from last spring with a new job that has a more casual style to a new relationship that means less first date dresses and outfits and more casual hanging out clothes.  I still want pieces for grabbing brunch or happy hour with my girlfriends.  So basically work to happy hour/brunch to casual date night.

Animal prints are really great to hit all of these marks.  This zebra print top is a nicer material for work, and the puff sleeve detail makes it fun for a night with friends.   It’s also casual enough for grabbing a quick bite to eat before settling in for movie night.  You can easily dress up this top with a pencil skirt, black jeans and heels, or pair it with a colorful straight leg slack.  I think blue and green would be really pretty with this print.

Stay tuned this spring for more animal print, some really pretty florals, and of course I still will be styling some great solid basics perfect for every closet.

Photography By LA Photography

casual spring outfit | animal printed blouse | light brown small purse | Texas Style Blog Lady in Violet

casual fashion | puff sleeve zebra print top | black amazon belt | Top Fashion Blogs for cute outfits Lady in Violet

casual outfit | light brown small crossbody handbag | zebra printed tee | Popular Fashion Blog Lady in Violet

spring fashion trends | zebra printed top | gold buckle belt | Top Fashion Blog Lady in Violet

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Chic Ivory Sweater

winter outfit | ivory sweater | flared dark blue jeans | Affordable Fashion Blog Lady in Violet

casual winter outfit | ivory boatneck sweater | tan crossbody purse | Petite Fashion Blogger Lady in Violet

casual outfit | tan brown crossbody bag | dark blue denim | Houston Fashion Blog Lady in Violet

winter outfit | ivory batwing sweater | tortoise earrings | Casual Fashion Blog Lady in Violet

casual winter outfit | light beige sweater | dark wash bootcut jeans | Budget Friendly Fashion Blog Lady in Violet

Well ladies, you are looking at my last winter outfit inspiration post of the season.  Later this week, I am officially moving us into spring, and I’m ready for it!  We had a mild winter which I always find so style confusing.  It’s winter so I want to pull out my sweaters, coats, and boots, but sometimes it’s warm enough for a short sleeve tee and jeans.  I really gravitated towards lighter sweaters this season including this super chic ivory sweater.

It’s a lightweight knit so great for the transitional times of the season or when it’s not quite making it to the normal cold winter weather.  I love all the details in this sweater like the boatneck neckline, texture detailing on the front, and batwing sleeves.  It easily dresses up any outfit.  You can wear this to work with pencil skirt, evening out with a light colored pleated midi skirt, or create a business casual look with jeans and heels.  If you are a fan of winter neutrals, this ivory sweater would be so good with a pair of white jeans and nude colored boots or heels.

We usually get one last cold front towards the end of February. Hopefully, I will get a chance to wear this sweater out a few more times.  The high today is expected to be 80 though, so Houston we may be officially hitting Spring!  I already started putting together some fun Spring looks to share with ya’ll, and just a warning – prints are in our future this season.  So get ready for it! I can’t wait to kick off the Spring season this week!

Photography By LA Photography

winter outfit idea | off white sweater | light brown crossbody bag | Popular Fashion Blog Lady in Violet

casual winter outfit | ivory sweater | petite fashion and texas style blog Lady in Violet

fall outfit | affordable bootcut jeans | tan suede heels | Top Fashion Blog for cute outfits Lady in Violet

dressy casual winter outfit | ivory cropped sweater | dark wash jeans for petites | Southern Chic Style Blog Lady in Violet

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How to Dress Down a Velvet Blazer

winter outfit | teal green velvet blazer | dark blue skinny jeans | Affordable Fashion Blog Lady in Violet

fall outfit | green velvet blazer with white tshirt | Houston Fashion Blogger Lady in Violet

casual outfit | leopard print flats | dark wash skinny jeans | Petite Fashion Blog Lady in Violet

how to dress down a velvet blazer with a white tee | Casual Fashion Blog Lady in Violet

casual fall outfit | dark green velvet blazer | leather backpack purse | Everyday Fashion Blog Lady in Violet

I tend to be the friend who dresses a little extra. When a gathering call for something casual, I’m probably going to find a way to and in something extra, fancy, a good statement maker.  I love finding pieces that I can dress up or down.  One of my favorite pieces to dress down is a blazer.  The graphic tee and blazer trend caught on in the past few years, and I love it.  I think this trend is popular for the more traditional material stye for blazers.  So today, I’m sharing some of the ways I dress down those special fabrics with how to dress down a velvet blazer.  These tips could also work for materials like sequins, tweed, and jacquard.

First, let’s talk about this teal green velvet blazer.  It was an amazing sale find!!  Every January, local boutiques in Houston gather at a convention center for one big epic sale.  A local sorority alum group organizes it and a portion of proceeds benefit a charity. A girlfriend and I have made it a tradition of going because you can score some amazing deals like this jacket.  It retails for close to $400, and I got it for $75.  The color is gorgeous, it fits like a glove, and I can’t walk away from a great velvet blazer that’s under $100. (FYI – I didn’t find it online for that amazing price, but I did find it on sale!)

Normally pieces like this one are on the pricier side which is why I like to find many ways to style them.  This jacket is going to be great to pair with dresses, suits, and jumpsuits for events and holiday parties, but I wanted to make this jacket work for more than just parties.  So how do I dress down a velvet blazer into a chic and effortless outfit…

  1. Pair with a solid t-shirt in a complimentary color.  Black and white or ivory are easy choices for this combo.  If you like to color mix, you can try mixing in another color.  For this teal, I think lighter pastel colors would work beautifully.  For the more adventurous style gals, you can also pair a graphic tee underneath your blazer.
  2. Add simple jewelry pieces.  The jacket is going to be the statement maker on a casual outfit, so keep your jewelry minimal and simple.  I opted for my classic gold stud earrings and a short necklace.
  3. Opt for blue jeans.  Black and white jeans can sometimes make a look appear a little dressier, so opt for more casual blue colors or distressed jeans.
  4. Pair with a casual flat.  My normal route for dressy casual looks is to add in a heel.  This jacket has a very dressy look.  So to keep this look more weekend casual, I opted for a pair of flats to keep my look from being too dressy casual.  You could opt for a neutral flat or sneaker.  I thought the leopard print complimented the color and style of the jacket, so I decided to add it in.   The fun print also helps add to the dressed down feel of the look.

These few simple styling tips can have you looking fabulous and casual for brunch with your gal pals in no time.  If you try out this look and share on Instagram, I would love if you could tag me (@karenkocich) in your story or post so I can check it out.  I love seeing how you take the looks I share and use them to inspire your wardrobe and outfits.

Photography By: LA Photography

casual winter outfit | teal green velvet blazer | leopard print flats | Texas Fashion Blog Lady in Violet

casual outfit | tips for dressing down a blazer | Personal Style Blog Lady in Violet

casual fall outfit | teal velvet blazer | leopard print flats | Budget Friendly Fashion Blog Lady in Violet

casual winter outfit | velvet blazer and tshirt combo | Popular Fashion Blog Lady in Violet

winter outfit | teal green velvet blazer with gold buttons | leopard print flat shoes | Top Outfit Blog Lady in Violet

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How to Dress Down a Velvet Blazer | Fashion Blogger Lady in Violet

How to Wear a Sweater and Mini Skirt

winter outfit | bright blue sweater | plaid mini skirt | Affordable Fashion Blog Lady in Violet

winter outfit | neon blue sweater | black plaid mini skirt | Houston Fashion Blogger Lady in Violet

winter fashion | black suede boots | plaid mini skirt | Budget Friendly Fashion Blog Lady in Violet

casual winter outfit | bright blue sweater | silver pendant long necklace | Everyday Fashion Blog lady in Violet

casual outfit | black tall boots | leather backpack purse | Texas Fashion Blog Lady in Violet

Boxy sweaters and mini skirts are such a fun outfit combo for fall and winter.  It’s great for date night or grabbing dinner with friends.  I will even wear different versions of this look to work.  If you are looking to give this combo a try this season, I wanted to share a few of my top tips on how to wear a sweater and mini skirt combo.

  •  Choose a boxy cropped or shorter sweater.  I look for sweaters that will come 1-2 inches past the waist of the sweater.  If your sweater is too long, it will hide your skirt and make it look extra mini.  A boxy or slightly oversized fit will also help balance out the look of a more fitted mini skirt.
  • Add a small front tuck to your sweater. I think a front tuck can help show off the skirt a little more and give a little definition to the waist line. For us petite gals, it also helps add a little length to our look.  I usually tuck the front in right at my belly button and then fold the sides under.  One of my sides come undone in this pic from the wind, and I didn’t realize it until after we finished shooting the outfit.
  • Add the right accessories.  With the sweater and mini skirt combo, I like to add in prints and textures with my skirt and sweater.  Plaid is a great print to pair with knits during colder weather.  A long pendant necklace is the perfect accessory over a solid color sweater, and tall boots will complete the look and help keeps your legs warm.

Now as for this outfit, the blue sweater was inspired by the pantone color of the year, classic blue.  Whenever the pantone color hits, I love scrolling through new releases to see how this color is incorporated.  My sweater comes in a few color options, but the bright neon blue was the perfect color to wear now and into spring.  This sweater is thick, but lightweight. It’s going to be perfect to wear with shorts or white jeans on cool Spring evenings.

I’m always checking out Chicwish’s new skirt options.  It’s one of my favorite places for trendy and cute skirts.   I could not resist this cute plaid one when I saw it.  For colder days, I can pair it with sweaters.  For warmer fall and winter days, this will pair perfectly with a fitted black tee or turtleneck similar to this previous outfit.  It’s a mini design and the lining on the inside is a pair of shorts.  I didn’t realize this until I went to put them on.  It’s kind of a nice feature to have for a short skirt.

My weekend was pretty busy, but also super relaxing.  I enjoyed a nice dinner with some of my boyfriend’s friends and family on Friday.  The weather was perfect for enjoying a glass of wine outside.  I had a pretty chill Saturday night and finally watched Taylor Swift’s new documentary on Netflix. I’m a big fan of her music, and it was pretty cool seeing an inside peek at her life.  On Sunday, my bff and I went out to brunch for a little catch up session.  We went to this yummy restaurant that I love, and she had not been to yet. Overall, it was good recharge for the week ahead.  I hope your weekend went well, and you have a fabulous week ahead!

Photography By: LA Photography

winter outfit | blue cropped sweater | black white plaid wrap skirt | Petite Fashion Blog Lady in Violet

winter style | blue boxy sweater | plaid mini skirt | Southern Style Blog Lady in Violet

fall outfit | black plaid skirt | suede slouchy boots | Casual Fashion Blog Lady in Violet

winter outfit | neon blue sweater | black mini skirt | Womens Outfit Blog Lady in Violet

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