PLAID-THE PERFECT FALL ESSENTIAL

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Everybody, man or woman, should at least own ONE plaid shirt. It's perfect for fall, and you can always throw a puffer vest over when colder weather strikes. I particularly love this red and black plaid dress from Cotton On because it's a versatile piece. You can wear it as a dress (the length is perfect!), knot it, or wear over skinny jeans or leggings. Considering Fall is a season of transition, for me in particular, I find myself in transition of covering my shoulders and not yet my feet! Temperatures in Texas are still reaching the 90s!! Which is why I think this outfit is perfect to address the in-between temperatures :)

I chose this plaid piece as a "throw-on" over my Brooklyn NYC muscle tee and soft shorts from Apricot Lane. I wanted to create a casual look with feminine vibes while mixing up prints with this leopard Coach cross-body bag. It seems like a mouthful of an outfit, but I truly enjoy dressing up a simple tee by keeping the bottom half of the outfit with feminine pieces (soft shorts, classic 3 inch heel).

Does this outfit inspire you? Shop the look below! 

Fashion Classic 36 Plaid Dress

Beach Lunch Lounge Plaid Shirt Dress

A.N.A Sash-Tie Soft Shorts

Basic Grey Muscle Tee

StyleStalker Tee- New York

Mix Shuz Sally Chunky Heel

Sydney Love Crossbody Bag

XOXO Vanessa

P.S. recognize this outfit? I totally wore it in NYC! :-D Track back to find it in my previous post here !

Photo Credit: VuMan Photography

THE PERFECT PLEATED MAXI SKIRT

I LOVE the maxi skirt! I love even more the pleated maxi skirt. It's fresh, light and you can easily dress it up or dress it down. Pleated skirts come in short and long lengths. You can wear a pleated skirt in the fall and winter by dressing it up with a cardigan, sweater, hoodies, tights, boots...honestly.. you can dress a pleaded skirt with just about anything! We will worry about fall LATER... and still enjoy all that is left for Summer! This is my favorite way to dress a pleated midi skirt for the season.

I decided to tuck in my racerback tank top because I wanted to identify my waist. You can technically wear a tank untucked, however keep in mind that you may lose your shape. Wearing a tank tucked in with a pleaded skirt can work with any body type.

I kept my sandals VERY simple as I want to keep this look laid back and comfortable. The black criss-cross straps on the sandals, also match the elastic band the pleated maxi skirt provides.

I really enjoy accessorizing! I added my this leopard print cross body to add a bit more personality to this look. Without this print bag, the outfit would look too simple. My advice? Always add something that is eye catching to a simple look.