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how to style a maxi skirt for the weekend

maxi skirt on the weekend



Two words: easy and stylish. That’s why I love wearing maxi skirts on the weekend – maximum style for minimum effort!

I have several featuring different types of wild prints in bold colors, but a black and white striped one will of course go with everything.

Add a pretty top (plus a bit of denim if you need a second layer) and an amazing bag, and you’ll be the best dressed wherever you go, even if it’s just to run errands.


Check out the regina tote for a bag that is pretty and stylish enough to make an impact, but big and versatile enough to carry all weekend long.



stripes go with everything

how to wear prints to the office



Wearing prints is a fantastic way to elevate your outfit and stand out in a crowd, because most people are afraid of them. But where to start, if your closet is full of solid colors?

Give black and white stripes a try. It is a painless way to ease in to wearing prints, because stripes go with everything! A black and white striped anything is just like wearing that same thing in solid black or solid white, only much more interesting.

That visual interest goes a long way in making you look unique, and in turn making you feel confident and happy.

The wool dress above could be paired with pretty much any blazer to create a great outfit to wear to the office. But a striped blazer automatically creates a more stylish outfit, with literally no effort on your part. Best of all: that same blazer can also be worn with all your other solid colored dresses and blouses!

closeup of regina tote bag from Holland Cox

The stripes also easily compliment the mandala-style design on the regina tote. Don’t think wearing an interesting jacket means you have to carry a plain bag. There’s never a good reason to carry a plain bag! 🙂

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Click here to read the next part in the series, pairing stripes with color blocking!




the denim dress formula for the office

the denim dress formula for the office


The denim dress formula works for practically any occasion! All you need is a denim dress, an awesome bag, and any shoes. For a professional look, you can follow the same guidelines as styling a miniskirt for the office.

Just like wearing a miniskirt to work, clean lines are a must when you choose denim for the office, and this sheath dress from J Crew is a perfect example!

I styled it with the regina tote and a pair of killer red heels, because I think red and black is the ultimate in power color combinations.

Are you afraid of wearing denim to the office? It can be done! Check out the denim dress formula tag, and my Pinterest board all about high style denim for some styling ideas and inspiration.

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how to wear a miniskirt to the office

It’s been a while since I’ve had an office job, but I still remember the near-daily angst of what to wear to work.

Then there was the guilt when you bought something that wasn’t work appropriate. You were being impractical. Shame!

What if I told you that you could still wear your fun clothes to the office? It’s all about the styling!

This post is all about how to wear miniskirts to the office. Whether you are fresh out of college or on your 20th anniversary in the workforce, you can absolutely wear a cute little skirt to work without looking inappropriate or feeling silly. Check it out:


choose clean lines

how to wear a miniskirt to the office


Regardless of how casual or formal your workplace is, you always want to look professional. Miniskirts are already so cute, wearing one with frills or pleats or other fussy details can make you look too cute, even in a very casual office environment. A skirt with clean lines like a pencil or A-line shape is easy to wear and looks professional.

I styled this outfit with the regina tote bag, because it’s mandala-style design is pretty but not cutesy, which is perfect for the sophisticated look you’d want at the office.

You want to look like a boss, not a cheerleader!


choose tailored details

miniskirts at the office


There’s a reason suit jackets almost always have notched collars or folded lapels – tailored details like that effortlessly make a garment more formal and more serious.

This same little skirt paired with a plain sweater would be instantly unworthy of the C-suite, because it would lack the tailored details that signal “I am someone to be taken seriously.”

Elegant, high-impact accessories like white jade jewelry and the gloria tote further lend themselves to your serious look.


choose rich textures

how to wear a miniskirt to work


Tweed is a traditional choice for business wear, because it has a long history of being quite serious and formal. It’s pretty impossible to look silly in tweed. But it’s also incredibly interesting and fun to wear: it comes in so many colors and patterns!

The anjelica tote is made of high-relief denim quilting and red ultrasuede, the kind of rich textures that coordinate perfectly with a tweedy skirt and jacket. Together, they’ll definitely help you look more CEO than schoolgirl.


choose to express yourself

how to wear miniskirts at the office


There’s no reason you can’t be office-appropriate and still feel confident and happy! Don’t think you have to cramp your personal style to look professional.

This is an outfit that I would personally wear to the office, because I love that color green, and I love bold floral prints. I also love mixing florals with strong graphics, like the wavy chevron on the cassandra tote.

(Despite the more flamboyant designs, this outfit still totally works for the office: the clean lines, the embroidery on the skirt and stitching on the bag, and the pleats and cuffs on the the top hit all the points I mentioned above.)

What are the hallmarks of your personal style? What colors and patterns make you happy when you wear them? What kind of garments and accessories make you feel confident when you put them on?

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how to look awesome, effortlessly.

Fashion is supposed to be fun, remember? Getting dressed shouldn’t be a stressful thing. You shouldn’t be worried about “doing it wrong.”

I’ve styled a few outfits using the regina tote bag to illustrate three different strategies you can use to put together fun outfits that make you feel happy and confident every time.

Check them out and let me know what you think!


strategy #1: start with a print

how to wear shorts



Wearing a print automatically makes any outfit more interesting! Since most people are afraid of them, you’ll always stand out (in a good way!), and people will be impressed with your confidence and style.

Instead of wondering how to make a print fit into your plain, solid outfits you already wear, what about starting with a print and building your look around it?

Let’s say you find the cute little tank top shown above, and you’re drawn to it because of the colors. But you have no idea what to do with it.

Here’s the thing, though: you were drawn to it because you like the colors. That means you probably already own something that coordinates (remember it doesn’t have to match exactly)! Put that thing on (in this case, a cute pair of shorts) and then grab your favorite bag and you’re good to go!

Yes, it is that simple!


strategy #2: the denim dress formula

the denim dress formula: weekend casual



This is exactly what it sounds like, a fool-proof formula: Find a denim dress you like. Get an awesome bag. Wear it with literally any shoes. BAM instant awesome outfit!

With the relaxed fit of this particular dress and the sandals, this is a casual weekend look.

The formula works because denim dresses come in so many shapes, sizes, styles, and colors that there is one out there for pretty much any occasion. With an awesome bag and your favorite shoes, you are guaranteed to stand out from the crowd of plain black, ratty jeans, and boring t-shirts!


strategy #3: let your bag be the star

the regina tote and black and red



When you have a truly awesome and eye-catching accessory, there’s no reason you can’t make it the star of the show. In this case, the regina tote bag is interesting enough to make this outfit bold and bright all by herself!

Jeans plus all-black accessories make this outfit totally effortless to put together. I couldn’t resist picking a top with some interest and red jeans, but this outfit would absolutely still work with regular ol’ blue jeans and a plain top. That’s the power of an awesome bag!


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