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Valentine’s Outfit for Work and Date Night

Houston Fashion Blogger Lady in Violet styles a Valentine's day outfit for work and date night.

Lady in Violet a Houston Style Blogger shows how to wear a statement necklace to work with a baublebar bib necklace.

Lady in Violet, a Houston Fashion Blogger wears a winter office outfit including a pink midi skirt and black crewneck sweater.

Houston Fashion Blogger styles a Valentine's Date night outfit idea featuring a sweater and pink skirt.

Karen Rock, a Houston Fashion Blogger styles a date night outfit for Valentine's Day featuring a midi skirt and black sweater.

Lady in Violet, a Houston fashion blogger wears a Chicwish midi skirt with a J Crew sweater and Gigi New York clutch.

Lady in Violet, a Houston style blogger wears a winter date night outfit idea featuring a pink midi skirt and sweater. Perfect for Valentine's Day!

Lady in Violet, a Houston fashion blogger styles a Valentine's Date night outfit idea including a black sweater and statement necklace with a pink skirt.

Lady in Violet, a Houston Style blogger shares what shoes to wear with midi skirts if petite.

Houston fashion blogger wears a valentine's day date night outfit including a midi skirt paired with a sweater.

Hello February!  How about we kick off this month with this gorgeous Valentine’s Day outfit for work and date night.  Valentine’s Day falls on a Tuesday this year, pretty much right smack in the middle of the work week.  For us office-goers, the easiest date night solution is to plan an outfit that works for both day and night.

I purchased this skirt over a year ago, and it’s still available.  It’s a classic silhouette, and the thick material means lots of winter rotation!  I love the full shape and midi length, perfect length for the office.  The color though that is what makes me feel all the Valentine’s day vibes.  It’s just the most gorgeous shade of dark pink.  I paired this skirt with my classic black crewneck sweater to keep this look office friendly, but I added a glam statement necklace to make this look work for date night too.

I also added a great pair of nude heels that are both office and date friendly.  For all my short girls, nude heels are the perfect pairing for midi skirts because they give an optical illusion of long legs!  Trade out your office tote for this classic black clutch, and you will be on your way to that romantic date night.

Now just don’t forget to make those dinner reservations!  If you are looking for a few gift ideas, check my last post for idea for her and him.  Ya’ll have a great rest of the week, and thanks for swinging by today!

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How to Wear Over the Knee Boots When You’re Short

Houston Fashion Blogger Lady in Violet styles a winter outfit idea featuring a purple sweater, white jeans, and over the knee boots. Click through for outfit details.

Houston Fashion Blogger Karen Rock styles a casual winter outfit including a turtleneck sweater with white skinny jeans and otk boots. Click through for outfit details.

Houston Style Blogger Lady in Violet shows how to wear over the knee boots when you're short. Click through for outfit details.

Houston Fashion Blogger wears a casual winter outfit including a purple fitted sweater with white jeans and taupe over the knee boots. Click through for outfit details.

Petite Fashion Bloggers shares how to wear over the knee boots when you're short.

Houston Fashion Blogger styles winter outfits featuring over the knee boots, lightweight sweaters, and skinny jeans. Click through for outfit details.

Houston Blogger wears a casual brunch outfit featuring a purple sweater with white jeans and taupe otk boots. Click through for outfit details.

Houston Fashion Blogger wears a winter outfit idea featuring a lightweight sweater, white skinny jeans and over the knee boots. Click through for outfit details.

When the over the knee boots trend first started, my original thought was I’m 5’3 those boots will swallow my legs.  This thought however didn’t stop me from pinning all the outfits with them.  I decided to buy an affordable pair and give the trend a go.  I found this pair on clearance over a year ago, and the brand no longer ships to the US.  A similar pair that does ship here is linked, but I couldn’t find one with the under $100 price tag like my pair.  Since I purchased mine, I have learned what works and doesn’t work for my petite frame.  I wanted to share a little bit about what I learned on how to wear over the knee boots when you’re short.

For starters, aim for the top of the boot to come no more than about 2-3 inches above your knee.  Some item descriptions will list shaft height which is the length from bottom of your foot to the top of the boot. Since I do lots of online shopping, I will pull out a measuring tape before purchasing most boots to ensure the shaft will not be too high.

For my outfit, I leave my tunics in the closet and opt for something that falls just below my waist.  I want to have a good amount of jean showing to create that illusion that my legs are a little longer.  I find fitted tops work best to keep proportions in check.  If you do want an oversized top, I would make sure the length is still on the shorter side or even a high/low hemline.

Over the knee boots look adorable with dresses in early Spring.   For my petite friends, make sure a little skin shows between the boots and the bottom of the dress.  I think 2-3 inches is a good amount, but be sure this doesn’t make the dress too short.  You don’t want a light breeze to catch you off guard.  Dresses with the high low hemline work perfect for us short girls to make sure we still get enough coverage in the back while still having a little skin show in the front.

I chose a taupe color over black because I thought the neutral color choice would work better for creating an elongated look.   Now that I have owned and styled this pair a bit, I feel a darker pair like black would still work with these same tips.

If you have been thinking about giving this trend a go, keep your eyes on the sales.  When sandals and wedges hit the stores soon, many OTK boots will start to get marked down.  It will be a great time to buy without spending $200+ for a really nice pair of boots.  Ya’ll have a good weekend and thanks for stopping by!

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How to Create a Layered Outfit

Houston Fashion Blogger Lady in Violet styles a winter outfit idea featuring a plaid blouse layered under a black sweater with skinny jeans. Click through for outfit details.

Houston Style Blogger shares how to create a layered outfit for winter weather. Ciick through for outfit details.

Houston Fashion Blogger wears a buffalo plaid top with a black sweater and skinny jeans. Click through for outfit details.

Houston fashion blogger Lady in Violet shares tips to create a layered outfit with a plaid shirt and sweater. Click through for outfit details.

Houston Fashion Blogger wears a weekend casual outfit with jeans, heels, and a sweater. Click through for details.

Houston Fashion Blogger Lady in Violet styles a winter weekend outfit idea including a jcrew sweater and old navy plaid shirt.

Houston Fashion Blogger styles outfit ideas with skinny jeans for women in winter. Click through for more info.

Houston Fashion Blogger Lady in Violet styles a winter outfit idea for casual Friday at the office featuring a black sweater with a red plaid shirt. Click through for outfit details.

This time of year I tend to get a bit bored with my closet.  I’m somewhat patiently awaiting the arrival of spring dresses and sandals in stores and trying to pull a few different outfits out of my closet to get me through the few cold days we have left.  Some days putting an outfit together is all about looking in my closet and putting new items together.

I wanted to share an easy winter outfit idea featuring items that you may already have in your closet.  Winter is the perfect time to add on the layers.  This look comes together with three closet basics – a plaid shirt, solid color sweater, and skinny jeans.  Adding a layer to peek out underneath your sweater is such an easy way to create a new outfit out of some of your basic sweaters.    With a button up blouse, I like to roll the sleeves back to allow the cuff detail for a little added bonus to the look.

If you don’t have a plaid to pair with it, you can also use solid color tops or another fun print like florals.  Another idea is to reverse the look and pair a long solid color top underneath a printed sweater.  The layering possibilities can be endless, and it is all waiting for you in your closet.  When trying to pick what to pair together, look for similar colors or color schemes.  This look was easy red and black plaid with a black sweater.   If I had say a green and navy plaid, I might pair with a beige sweater.  A light blue and white might pair with dark blue sweater.

You can also play with your color mixing and try combos like burgundy and mustard yellow or dark pink partnered with navy.  It’s all about playing around and finding a color combination you love.  Toss on your favorite pair of jeans and heels, and you are ready to go.  I hope this helps inspire a few more outfit ideas for you this winter.  Thanks for stopping by today!

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Winter Layers in Navy & Gray

Houston Fashion Blogger styles a winter layered outfit featuring a navy sweater, white tunic, and gray jeans. Click through for outfit details.

Houston Style Blogger shares a winter outfit idea featuring a layered sweater and white tunic paired with a Julie Vos necklace. Click through for outfit information.

Houston Fashion Blogger Lady in Violet carries a cute floral iphone case while styling a winter outfit idea for weekends. Click through for outfit details.

Houston Fashion Blogger Lady in Violet styles a winter outfit idea featuring a navy sweater with gray skinny jeans. Click through for outfit details.

Houston Fashion Blogger Lady in Violet wears a cable knit navy sweater in an outfit for cold weather. Click through for outfit details.

Houston Fashion Blogger wears a winter layered outfit idea featuring a navy sweater over a white tunic and gray jeans. Click through for outfit details.
Houston Style Blogger, Lady in Violet wears a casual winter outfit featuring a navy sweater over a white tunic and gray skinny jeans. Click through for outfit details.

Houston Fashion Blogger Karen Rock shares what to wear with gray skinny jeans for women. Click through for more.

Houston Blogger Lady in Violet styles a layered winter outfit idea featuring a navy sweater and long white blouse. Click through for outfit information.

Houston Fashion Blogger styles a winter outfit idea for weekends featuring gray jeans, a navy sweater and nude heels. Click through for outfit details.

We made it to Friday ya’ll!! Seriously shortest weeks always feel so much longer! I have a long to do list to conquer this weekend, and I booked myself for TWO spin classes because I am a crazy person. 🙂 I just have to get through this work day first though.

When I originally purchased this white tunic, a winter layered outfit like this one was exactly what I had in mind.  I really wanted a long top for that perfect layered effect, and I needed it to be long enough to pair with a variety of sweaters.  Because this top is so long and I am so short, I paired it with my skinny jeans and a pair of heels.  It helps to keep everything in proportion and doesn’t let the look swallow my shape or size.  Also, can we talk about this navy and gray color combo!?!?!  Every time I find a new color to match with my gray jeans, I think why did I wait so long!  I’m sure it will not be long before I am ordering a second pair, maybe a shade or two lighter for spring and summer.

Ya’ll have a great weekend! Thanks for stopping by, and I will see you back here on Monday.

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