Dressed for: The Cool

Already Pretty outfit featuring black button-front shirt, striped full skirt, Kork-Ease Alva boots, Foley + Corinna Mid-city Tote, rhinestone bracelet

Button-front shirt, Old Navy (no longer available) – similar
Skirt, Neiman Marcus (no longer available) – similar look
Boots, Kork-Ease Alva via eBay
Bag, hand-me-down Foley + Corinna Mid-City Tote
Rhinestone bracelet, J.Crew (no longer available) – similar
Earrings, Infrared Studio

I wore this on a day when it was supposed to be unseasonably cool. And it was. But it was still warm enough to make close-fitting tall boots feel like overkill. Something looser would’ve worked better.

This skirt was a recent sale pick, and I couldn’t resist buying it myself. As any of you who also nabbed it likely discovered, it is both short and surprisingly lightweight. It’s comfy and it’s cute, but it’s a bit more casual than I’d expected.

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  • Sal, your button front shirts always fit perfectly–do you just have the patience to try on tons to find the few brands/stores that work for you, or do you get them tailored?

    • Sal

      Thanks, Keisha! I am careful to avoid button-front shirts that don’t fit to my body, but I do also know which brands work for my figure. I think this is my only Old Navy one and it is OLD – you’ll notice it’s pretty short, and nearly all the button-fronts on sale now are really, really long in the torso. I have good luck with Banana Republic and Express mainly. The latter is the brand that I thrift most often for button-fronts.

      • Aging fashionista

        I have found BR buttondowns sometimes to be very tight in the bust and I am not very busty. Just FYI if you are going to buy online.

        • Sal

          Thanks for letting us know.

  • Eleanorjane

    Love that bag!

  • shebolt

    I avoid boots until at least October. I avoid closed shoes until September. I actually put my boots and shoes away for the summer. It got a little cooler here in NJ, finally, and I put on a pair of Converse All Stars. My poor feet were screaming for air!

    But in the winter, I love my boots and wear them as much as possible.

  • Kellie

    I am SO going to recreate that look!

  • Gah, I love striped skirts. This one is so great.

  • Elaine

    Isn’t it too hot for black boots?

    • Sal

      As I mentioned in this post, it was a cool day. It’s even cooler now. Also black footwear can work in hot weather!

  • Kate

    Wow, that skirt looks great! Horizontal stripes AND fullness… would not be good on me.

  • lindsay

    I wore tall black boots, a black and white striped shirt and grey sweater today (in MPLS). There must have been an unofficial dress code. My legs weren’t too warm, but I was in air conditioning most of the time.

  • oh god, I want to be somewhere where I can wear boots. It’s so freakin’ hot here. This look is FAB.

  • Anna

    Gorgeous! The bag makes for the perfect pop. I have lots of black in my closet and think I can perk it up using this combo as inspiration.

  • Dee

    I really like that bag too, and I am in need of a nice big tote bag for work. However, I went to that site and WOW that bag is pricey…($400 or so). I know you said it was a hand me down to you (nice friend!), but I am not sure I can spend that much. I have been having real trouble finding a tote that is big enough for all my stuff that I need/want to carry back and forth to work, that also zips accross the top. Most totes, or large bags, just snap, if that. I tried one like that and really don’t feel comfortable. The tote I have now is black micofiber and works great but I would love a leather one, in a fun color. I will have to keep looking.

    • Sal

      Dee, this same style of bag can be bought on eBay used for as little as $100 sometimes, which is a good price for a high-quality leather handbag!

  • Margo

    Cute skirt. Do you ever slick your hair back? I’d love to see your forehead.