Shopping My Closet
December 14, 2017

How to: tips for buying & styling over the knee (OTK) boots

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How to pick over the knee (OTK) boots | see the picks (all budgets) on www.shoppingmycloset.com

Over-the-knee boots are a necessity during the fall and winter seasons. It adds a second skin to keep you warm but also is a fashionable way to do so! If you’re looking to pick up a pair (or two) of over-the-knee boots, here are some tips for what to consider before purchasing and things to look for to make the look flattering and functional:
(1) Materials make a difference – are you looking for natural or synthetic? Keep in mind if you’re looking for something long lasting that leather/suede will be the better option (if your budge allows)

(2) What color should you get? If you’re looking to get more wear out of your boots, opt for a neutral color (beige, black, or grey). These colors pair well with just about any other color and gives you versatility in outfits to pair it with.

(3) Determine an optimal heel height – are you planning on wearing the boots for multiple occasions? Will lots of walking be involved? That will help determine which heel high will be best suited for your lifestyle

(4) How much time are you willing to spend to take the boots on and off? Stiffer materials may take a bit of wrangling to put the boot on and off versus something more forgiving. If you’re investing in leather-derived boots, know the quality you’re getting

(5) Choose boots that hug the leg if you’re looking to create a silhouette of longer, leaner legs. Try to avoid boots that have excess material towards the top as this can create bulkier looking legs

(6) Securing the boots – tie versus elastic? How will the boots hold upright? It’s a matter of personal preference. If you want an elastic back, aim for slightly snug feeling as it will stretch with wear over time (and might become too loose). A tie back will give you flexibility to adjust the diameter whether you’re wearing the boots bare skin or over a lined pair of skinny jeans. Before purchasing, make sure you sit, stand, and walk in the boots to test out if the shaft will be secure or if you’ll end up pulling up your boots all day!

(7) Height matters. Proportion is key – petite ladies will want to opt for a shaft that hits just above the knee.

(8) Aim for a certain look. Are you looking to wear over-the-knee boots to the office? Pair it with a knee length pencil skirt for a sophisticated feel. Looking for a casual feel? Pair with leggings or skinny jeans and an oversized top as a way to play with proportions. A night on the town? Create a slightly provocative look by pairing with a hemline that skirts the top of the boots by a hair or go all out with a mini skirt.


SHOP THE LOOK:

ONE {only $44 & 3 colors}

TWO {2 colors}

THREE {over $90 off & 4 colors}

FOUR {love the metallic accent}

FIVE

SIX {50% off (only $74) & 4 colors}

SEVEN {50% off!}

EIGHT {50% off & 6 colors}

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August 2, 2017

Dressing up a striped dress // Style Me Wednesday

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Navy sleeveless coat | striped dress | pink heels | www.shoppingmycloset.com

Navy sleeveless coat | striped dress | pink heels | www.shoppingmycloset.com

Navy sleeveless coat | striped dress | pink heels | www.shoppingmycloset.com

Navy sleeveless coat | striped dress | pink heels | www.shoppingmycloset.com

Navy sleeveless coat | striped dress | pink heels | www.shoppingmycloset.com

Navy sleeveless coat | striped dress | pink heels | www.shoppingmycloset.com

Navy sleeveless coat | striped dress | pink heels | www.shoppingmycloset.com

The different ways to style a striped dress are endless. This particular dress won me over during my recent try on session. The stripe combination, thicker fabric, perfect length, and price point made it a no-brainer. Opting for a slightly dressier look, I paired it with this sleeveless vest and contrasting heels. I can easily plan this dress for other occasions – pairing with a chambray top or worn as a tunic with some leggings. How would you style this dress?


SHOP THE LOOK:

Navy sleeveless coat / vest – Equipment {orig $588 and on sale for almost 90% off!} (similar here & here {shorter length})

Striped dress – Old Navy {under $20} (similar here & here)

Pink heels – Marc Fisher (similar here {this season’s} & here {flats})

Shopping My Closet

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July 27, 2017

On sale: nude / beige shoe staples

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Shoe staples on sale | see all the picks at www.shoppingmycloset.com

Sale season is upon us. With the looming end of summer and start of fall, there’s a lot that’s up for grabs for great prices. A nude-colored shoe is a must have in my closet because it goes with everything. And, I’ve found a variety of them for all under $100. I’m loving the gold accent on this pair and also, the perforation on these booties. Black, grey and brown boots are complete in my closet but I need a nude pair – I’m eyeing this pair. Which pair(s) are you buying?

Lace up heels / sandals: 1 {45% off} // 2 {under $50 and 3 colors} // 3 {40% off} // 4 {40% off and 2 colors}

Boots: 5 {$80 off and 3 colors} // 6 {$80 off and 4 colors} // 7 {3 colors} // 8 {50% off}

Heels: 9 {$27 off} // 10 {33% off and 3 colors} // 11 {50% off} // 12 {50% off and under $40}

Booties: 13 {40% off} // 14 {$68 off} // 15 {30% off} // 16 {30% off}

Casual: 17 {40% off and 3 colors} // 18 {33% off} // 19 {50% off, under $50, and 3 colors} // 20 {25% off}

Mule flats: 21 {$108 off} // 22 {$84 off and 3 colors} // 23 {33% off and 3 colors} // 24 {35% off and 3 colors}

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July 5, 2017

Pretty pastels :: pink crossover top & lace shorts // Style Me Wednesday

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Pink back crossover blouse | lace shorts | pink heels | www.shoppingmycloset.com  @theory #theory @joie_clothing #joie @marcfisher #marcfisher

Pink back crossover blouse | lace shorts | pink heels | www.shoppingmycloset.com  @theory #theory @joie_clothing #joie @marcfisher #marcfisher

Pink back crossover blouse | lace shorts | pink heels | www.shoppingmycloset.com  @theory #theory @joie_clothing #joie @marcfisher #marcfisher

Pink back crossover blouse | lace shorts | pink heels | www.shoppingmycloset.com  @theory #theory @joie_clothing #joie @marcfisher #marcfisher

I hope everyone enjoyed their 4th yesterday! I definitely can get used to having a holiday right in the middle of the work week – can we petition for that every week?

I’ve been veering towards the lighter pastels lately. I love how unassuming the front of this blouse looks but love the surprise crossover detail on the back. With the summer weather, it pairs perfectly with these lace shorts. A very feminine look achieved with the pink and lace details. This top can be easily worn for a more dressy look with pencil skirt or white trousers. If you’re looking for a more conservative look, try slipping this blouse over a white blouse for a fun and unique look. The pairing possibilities are endless!


SHOP THE LOOK:

Pink crossover back blouse – Theory (similar here & here)

Lace overlay shorts &nndash; Joie (similar here {70% off} & here)

Pink ankle strap heel – Marc Fisher (similar here & here)

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Welcome to the weekly Style Me Wednesday fashion link-up! The Style Me Wednesday fashion blog link-up goes live every Wednesday and is meant to be a venue for you to showcase what you’re wearing or a favorite look. It’s the perfect opportunity to discover new bloggers (and friends!) and styles.

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September 7, 2016

Pink & stripes // Style Me Wednesday

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Pink blazer | stripe dress | pink ankle strap heels | www.shoppingmycloset.com @target #target @joie #joie @marcfisher #marcfisher

Pink blazer | stripe dress | pink ankle strap heels | www.shoppingmycloset.com @target #target @joie #joie @marcfisher #marcfisher

Pink blazer | stripe dress | pink ankle strap heels | www.shoppingmycloset.com @target #target @joie #joie @marcfisher #marcfisher

Pink blazer | stripe dress | pink ankle strap heels | www.shoppingmycloset.com @target #target @joie #joie @marcfisher #marcfisher

Pink blazer | stripe dress | pink ankle strap heels | www.shoppingmycloset.com @target #target @joie #joie @marcfisher #marcfisher

When I am looking to make a look more put together or feel a little it more formal, a blazer is an instant go-to item. It’s easy to throw on as a layering piece and depending on the cut and structure of the blazer, can make an outfit something that’s a little bit dressy for a date night or gives you that professional feel for the workplace. This particular outfit is representative of something I’d wear going out to a night dinner with friends. For a corporate environment, I would swap the pink blazer for a black one (such as this one) and the shoes for a sleek patent pump.


SHOP THE LOOK:

Pink blazer – Merona (similar style here & here)

Stripe dress (similar style here {70% off!} & here)

Pink ankle strap pump (similar style here {run! 70% off} & here)

Shopping My Closet

Welcome to the weekly Style Me Wednesday fashion link-up! The Style Me Wednesday fashion blog link-up goes live every Wednesday and is meant to be a venue for you to showcase what you’re wearing or a favorite look. It’s the perfect opportunity to discover new bloggers (and friends!) and styles.

Simply follow the steps below to join Style Me Wednesday fashion link up!

STYLE ME WEDNESDAY LINK-UP GUIDELINES
1. Follow your host, Shopping My Closet, on Bloglovin’, Instagram, and Facebook

2. Link up using the widget below to your specific blog post (i.e today’s post), not your blog’s homepage

3. Grab a button to share on your blog post about Shopping My Closet’s blog link up


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