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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

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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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Five Ways to Wear Denim Joggers

These denim joggers may be one of my favorite pairs of pants to come out of my current work from home situation.  Honestly, I probably never would have tried them otherwise.  While working from home, I still try to get dressed most days.  I think it helps with my productivity mindset a little.  I absolutely have days where I stay in loungewear all day because I also love being comfy cozy while at home.

The thing that intrigued me about these jean joggers was that they may fit both of my needs of feeling dressed for the day but also still comfy.  After testing them out for a few weeks, I really think these might be the perfect work from home pants.  They have a loose and comfy fit, but they are not super baggy.  I like that I can push them up to create a cropped look or leave them full length if I’m a little cold.  I’ve mostly them cropped because that was my favorite look plus it’s still a bit warm.  These stay up cropped perfectly.  The sides have a zipper that you can unzip slightly to fit around your calf muscle.

FIVE WAYS TO WEAR DENIM JOGGERS

FOR FALL

WITH A SWEATER

When I put this outfit together, it totally gave me Carrie Bradsaw vibes.  I always loved that her outfits featured items that you wouldn’t think to put together but totally worked and looked fabulous.  A sweater was not something I originally thought about when I tried on these denim joggers.  They have a loose and baggier fit which instantly makes me think of all the fitted top pairings. But that is why the shoes of this outfit are oh so important. I tried on a few different pairs, but this peeptoe dress booties completed this look.  It gives it that little bit casual, little bit trendy, and little bit dressy that I love.

fall outfit | denim joggers | brown sweater | Petite Fashion Blogger Lady in Violet

similar sweater | denim joggers | peep toe heels | similar necklace | earrings

WITH A PLAID TOP

A plaid top is the perfect casual pairing with my jean joggers.  Since the top has a looser fit instead of tucking it in, I opted to tie at the waist.  By doing this it helps bring in the waist line a bit and balance the two looser proportions on top and bottom.

fall outfit | denim jogger pants | plaid top | Houston Fashion Blogger Lady in Violet

similar plaid top | jogger pants | brown mules | c/o necklace | earrings

FOR SPRING & SUMMER

DATE NIGHT OUTFIT

Now we move into the more fitted top options.  A bodysuit is a perfect pairing with denim joggers.  I went with this pink drapey one and tossed on my floral heels to show that you can totally dress up these comfy jeans for a night out on the town!

date night outfit | pink body suit | jean joggers | Texas Fashion Blogger Lady in Violet

bodysuit (old)- similar color  | similar style | jean joggers | floral heels | c/o short necklace | similar long necklace | earrings

WITH A TANK TOP & WEDGES

Another summer or spring option would be a fitted tank top.  I styled two outfit options for this one.  First up with a scoop neck tank top and espadrille wedges for a fun daytime look, perfect for brunch or an afternoon with friends.

summer outfit | denim joggers | black espadrille wedges | Affordable Fashion Blog Lady in Violet

black tank top | denim joggers | espadrille wedges | c/o necklace | stone bangles

WITH A TANK TOP & FLATS

Another outfit option is to pair with a higher neck tank top and flats.  I wore this one evening when we had a couple over for dinner.  Of the two tanks, this high neck one is my favorite with this denim joggers.  I think the two styles compliment each other well.  For shoes, I opted for a neutral flat to help with my petite height illusion.

summer outfit | denim joggers | rose pink tank top | Petite Fashion Blogger Lady in Violet

pink tank top | denim joggers | flats | layered necklace

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