Sunday, April 22, 2018

2 ways to style a denim skirt

Hi everyone!  As I've mentioned before, I love to find multiple ways to wear a single item of clothing.    One of my favorite items to wear all year round is a denim skirt.  You can easily wear one with sandals in the spring and boots in the fall and look perfectly appropriate for any season.  I bought this denim skirt recently that has a modern twist with some distressing, an unfinished hem and a slit in the front.  It has just the right amount of stretch, a flattering fit and I find that it runs true to size.  I wanted to share 2 different ways to style the skirt:  one dressy look and one that is very casual.

For the first look, I paired the skirt with this cold shoulder ruffle top.  It has a dressier feel with the rayon material and open shoulders.  The top comes in tons of colors, and the denim skirt would look great with any color as well as neutrals like black or white.  I added some black wedge sandals and a leopard belt, because any time I can include some leopard print in my outfit, I will!  You could also easily add more color by switching out the black wedges for a colorful sandal.

One way to easily dress up the denim skirt is with accessories.  I chose a gold layered necklace along with some gold bracelets and earrings.  I finished off the look with a black and white clutch.  The black top would also look great with a brightly colored statement necklace and earrings.  Have fun with your accessories and try out different pieces together to find a look you like best.

You can also go super casual with a denim skirt for an everyday look. Here I wore a graphic tee with the skirt and knotted it on the side.  If you aren't into graphic tees, you could also wear a striped or solid color tee for a similar casual vibe.  I wore some fun tassel earrings to add a little whimsy and color to my outfit.  I paired it with some pink sneakers for a super comfy and casual look.

These are just two ideas about how to style a denim skirt, but the possibilities are endless.  If you don't already own one, I would encourage you to find a denim skirt that you like and I can promise you that it will be well worn all year long.  In addition to the skirt I featured in the post, I found a few others I really like here, here & here.

Thank you so much for reading Smart Southern Style and please comment below or send me an email if there are any topics you would like me to cover in future posts.

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Casual Spring Tees & Boyfriend Jeans

Happy Spring, friends!  Sorry I haven't shared a new blog post in a while.  We have been out of town for a few cheer competitions for my daughters and also enjoyed a short mountain getaway over Spring Break.  My full time job has also been more time consuming than usual lately.  Anyhow, my apologies for being quiet around here and I will try to do better about posting more regularly.  I do add my Instagram outfits to the "Shop Instagram" tab of the blog daily, so be sure to check there if you aren't on Instagram.

One of my favorite outfits to wear all spring long is a cute tee and some comfy jeans.  It is an easy look to throw on and you can still look put together while being casual and comfortable.   I recently visited Scout & Molly's SouthPark here in Charlotte which is located at Specialty Shops on the Park.  They have so many cute new spring items, from really casual to dressy and everything in between.

Lemonade tee, boyfriend jeans, white fringe earrings and druzy ring 
can all by found at Scout & Molly's SouthPark  

If you will remember, I worked with Scout and Molly's a month ago when I featured their clothes on a local TV show.  (See those looks and view the TV segment in this post.). On that TV segment, one of the models wore these Black Orchid distressed boyfriend jeans.  I fell in love with them when I saw them a month ago and was thrilled that they were in stock in my size when I stopped back in the store.  These jeans have more of a relaxed boyfriend fit, just the right amount of distressing and the perfect slightly cropped length.  They are more of an investment piece, but with as much as my jeans get worn, denim is one of the few items I will splurge on.  I have no doubt these jeans will be in heavy rotation for years to come.

The first tee I chose to pair with the jeans is this dressier lemonade tee by South Parade.  When life gives you lemons, make lemonade, right?!?  I love a good graphic tee and I think the sequins on this one make it fun and unique.  Because the tee is fancier than your average t-shirt, I dressed up the accessories that I wore with it.  I found these great white fringe earrings in the store by designer Shani Amara.  I chose this druzy ring, also by Shani Amara, because I love a good statement ring and the neutral color of this one will go with everything.  I added some black espadrilles and cute clutch to finish off this dressy casual look.

Striped tee, boyfriend jeans, blue leather earrings and druzy ring 
can all by found at Scout & Molly's SouthPark  

I also found a great everyday basic tee to wear with my boyfriend jeans.  I love a good striped tee, and this red and white one by Alternative is really soft and comfy.  I wanted to add a little more color to my outfit, and found these great turquoise leather earrings by Julie Player at the store.  I love blue and red paired together and thought the pop of color from the earrings would be a great addition to this casual outfit.  I'm wearing the same druzy ring by Shani Amara that I wore with the lemonade tee, because I really think it goes with everything.  I added some casual sneakers and a straw bag to complete the look.

I know that many Smart Southern Style readers do not live in Charlotte, so you aren't able to shop at Scout & Molly's.  I didn't want to leave you all out, so I've linked the items from these looks on the "Shop Instagram" tab of my blog.   However, if you are in the Charlotte area and are looking for some new spring clothes or accessories including these looks, be sure to check out Scout & Molly's SouthPark.  They are located right across from SouthPark Mall at Specialty Shops at the Park.  You can reach them by phone at 980-237-8424 and find them on Instagram here.  They carry unique brands and accessories that you can't find most places, which I love.  The team there is so helpful and it was a pleasure working with them.

Thank you to Scout & Molly's SouthPark for sponsoring this post.  All ideas, opinions and photographs are my own. 

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