This is my first time featuring a “Guest Post” on Kieroyal, so we know this guest poster must be special! I have handed over the “Fashion Friday” post to my dear friend Sydney Paige. Although Sydney and I only attended 9th grade together, we’ve always shared a very similar outlook on life and also on fashion. And reconnecting with Sydney over Instagram reminded just how fun and fashionable she is! Sydney embodies what I hope to bring you with Kieroyal each week so I just had to get her take on some great late fall/ early winter styles! I hope you enjoy as much as I did!
One Can Never Be Overdressed (Or Overeducated)
By Sydney Paige
Dressing well & putting together chic outfits has always been a hobby of mine. No matter how much I have on my plate, and no matter what the occasion, I make it a point to assemble an outfit I am proud to wear. Between graduate school and starting my career as a Speech Pathologist, I have finally understood what it means to be “perpetually busy.” There is little to no room to get dolled up, and on most days, my outfits consist of business casual pieces that I can wear to crawl around on the ground with toddlers, or workout clothes for my post-work stress relief. So when I do have the opportunity to put together a night/weekend look, I opt to “go big.” In the autumn and winter, it can be a struggle, but I am here to say it is oh so doable & always 100% worth it! So don’t be afraid to play up your look as it gets a bit chilly, ladies- it’s time to pull out your skirts & dresses to reveal a more feminine side. Because, well, we can. And if we don’t, who will?
This season I have picked up a few items- some basics, others statement pieces- that work well dressed up or dressed down- but still sophisticated & ready for almost any occasion. Of course, I had to showcase my favorite piece first- a camel colored wool pleated skirt from J. Crew. I couldn’t pass up this simply stunning ‘basic’ that goes well with everything- and I mean literally, everything.
Here is the skirt paired with a jeweled flannel from Loft & ankle boots for a more rustic & refined look: And here it is paired with a white & black polka dotted button up from J. Crew with pointy toe pumps for my soon-to-be-worn Thanksgiving dinner look (notice, hardly pumps- Syd doesn’t fair too well in heels): This time around I paired the look with a statement pearl necklace (which I wear entirely too often) and my new Michael Kors tortoise shell & rose gold watch ( I am never seen without a watch).
These 2 items are key to most of my ensembles, but it’s important to accessorize with what you feel most comfortable & confident in. For me, statement necklaces, watches, scarves & large post earrings almost always fit the bill- find what suits you & dresses up your outfit to your liking!
The next piece is a standard LBD, something every girl MUST have in store for the winter. Why, might you ask? You can do pretty much ANYTHING with it. Pair it with a warm scarf & riding boots for a casual Sunday morning for coffee in Rittenhouse, or throw on pumps & standout jewelry for a night out in Old City (most of the time I would choose either a necklace or earrings, but this look is so simple that I gave both a thumbs up). Too cold, you say? Adding tights to either of these looks is a-okay & looks just as swell. There’s so many options with the LBD, don’t be afraid to be bold & experiment!The next piece I picked out this year was just screaming my name- a mustard yellow floral printed pencil skirt from the Loft. If anything is yellow, I must have it. Hence why after I tried it on one day at King of Prussia and opted not to get it after much contemplation, I was there the next day to pick it up because I was losing sleep over my inner battle (not a joke).
Like, come on. It’s perfect ‘Saturday brunch at The Dandelion’ attire. Paired with a navy ruffle shirt & J. Crew necklace, it’s just the cutest business takes on the weekend look. Do not be afraid of the pencil skirt, ladies. It is your friend. This last piece I just simply adore. It’s a polka dot chambray shirtdress purchased from the Loft. Paired with lace up boots & cozy patterned socks, it’s a perfect outfit for running errands in Suburban Square on the weekend-comfy and yet still looking sophisticated. I stayed minimal with jewelry for this looked & opted for a red lip instead as my ‘accessory.’ Don’t be afraid to pull out the lipstick this season- it’s one of the greatest accessories that can pull an entire look together.
So there are just a few of my outfits I am excited to wear this season! My advice is to go through your closet, find the item you have been meaning to wear but haven’t found the right occasion, play around with accessories that you love & just go with it! I know how easy it can be to pull out the leggings & a cardigan this time of year, and I am just as guilty of doing this certain days; however, we have been fortunate enough to have had some nice autumn days this year, and I still see some in our future- so let’s make them last & enjoy playing dress up as we girls love to do! As Oscar Wilde once said- “You can never be overdressed or overeducated.” Let’s show the world just how passionate we are to dress well and present ourselves in a confident & uniquely beautiful way.