When I bought this skirt and this top I had full intentions of wearing them together. Let’s be honest, florals and stripes are a blogger’s dream come true. But I just never got around to wearing it, it always felt like it needed something else. Ah, but it needed layers, that is what it needed. Enter cropped sweater and tights into the equation and this outfit came together quicker than my breakfast this morning. Which was a lovely bowl of  Grape Nuts, if you cared. You don’t, but you read my post up to this point so you kind of have to care now.

My point is not that I eat a lot of fiber in the mornings, but it’s that as much as I hate cold weather, it forces me to get creative and to layer. Which, in my experience, layers mean a better outfit, always. But fiber in the morning is smart, too. It helps you sneak it in early for the rest of the day. Two lessons for you today; you are just so so lucky.


Sweater: Bloom

Shirt: Madewell

Skirt: Madewell

Tote: Madewell

Coat: old J.Crew Factory

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105 Responses

  1. Hahah Love it!! I'm obsessed with the sweater and collared shirt combo – and love the blue coat that's like fun wrapping to a fun outfit 🙂

  2. Love the stripes and floral! I recently got a floral skirt and striped shirt which I am dying to wear together! And I do think the cropped sweater brings the whole outfit together 🙂 

  3. The only thing I am not 100% sure of is those tights. I love colored tights but somehow I felt this one was in the way of everything else. The pattern mixing and color is perfect to a T. 🙂

  4. I'm such a fan of mixing prints! I think the two patterns work especially well here because you can see the stripe through the sheer of the shirt! Totally marries the look together. Well done.


  5. fiber is always good 🙂 
    layering is even better!  great job with the pretty color combination!!


  6. Today, J.Crew Factory sent me an e-mail about the art of layering. Today, you posted about layering. You really are made of awesome sauce. I love your coat and tights! And the stripes. Okay, if it were socially appropriate (and not ridiculously hot) for me to wear every bright color and set of stripes that I own all at one time, then I'd probably do it. Shamelessly. 


  7. So cute!! I need a skirt just like that! And the color of that coat is perfect on you – what a great factory find. 🙂

  8. I love the blouse and tights! You have a way of fantastically putting together an outfit. 

  9. This is one of the many reasons why I read your blog – because I never in a million years would have been able to put something like this together on my own. It looks fantastic.

  10. I love your pearls of wisdom Kendi. This outfit is great inspiration. You are the Layering Queen!


  11. Love love that coat. You are beautiful, and are making me want to stop at Madewell on the way home from school. ha

  12. ZOMG. Where did your snow go?! Speaking of cold, have you Texans ever heard of plugging your car in when it gets SUPER cold (aka: the block heater)? Where I come from, (north dakota) we get so cold, we have to plug our cars in (if outside) to keep them warm. Where I went to college (which is by the border of Canada), I remember a winter where I had my car plugged in – and it STILL DIDN'T START. It was so cold, the emblem on my car fell off (glue dried up in the cold). Worst of all? Our campus refused to close, even though no one but the university president could make it there (he lived on campus, so, of course. har, har.) Oh, winter is just lovely 🙂 We dress in so many layers (to trek across campus) that it took me 15 minutes just to get all my layers off to sit down in class! HA! Oh, I miss university 🙂 Take care, Kendi! 

  13. This is just darling. I adore all these colors and patterns together, they just work!! Pretty 🙂

    XOX Jenna @ Demure in Diamonds {dot} com

  14. Nooooo, that sweater is sold out! I'm loving the subtle metallic sheen!


  15. yes, florals + stripes definitely equal bloggers dream come true! love it!

    xo julesinflats.com

  16. I never in a million years would have thought to put all these pieces together…but you look amazing! Love those tights. Love.

  17. I love your layering skills! I've been wanting to try my hand at my own but its not been cold enough here!

    xo Ashleyluckylittlebird.blogspot.com

  18. Quite the love-letter to Madewell! Love that shop, even if it's out of my price range. And I must say, I love that tote!

    xoxowww.prettylittlefawn.blogspot.comPS: Stop by my blog if you like thrifting, vintage dresses, flower crowns, Moonrise Kingdom, DIYs, and adventures! I just did a post on my latest nautical sailor dress!

  19. hahaha thanks for the lessons kendi!!
    i need major lessons on layering. im not so good :/
    mostly because im scared of the outcome!! and also because layering just makes me bulkier as the layers add up hahaha

    The DayLee Journal


  20. Great lesson today! Haha!

    Layers do make for a great outfit—and this is a great outfit! I love the sheen on your cropped sweater!

  21. I love the top and skirt. I think I'd really love to see it with flat brown leather gladiator sandals in summer with a braided belt and some sunnies 😉

  22. Love all the layering in this outfit!!! That floral blouse is A+!!


  23. Well this outfit is just the coolest. I would never think to pair these pieces together and they look totally awesome. I love the layering! And I seriously want that blouse in my closet NOW. So cute.

    xo inventedromance.blogspot.ca

  24. Love the outfit, especially the coat.  Your posts always make me laugh; if only my writing could be that witty.

  25. a whole bowl of grape nuts?! See, I would layer the cereal too, i have grape nuts as a topping on a bowl of allbran 🙂

    Love the colour of that jumper, it's a great shade of grey.

    Katie x

  26. i LLLLLLOOOOOVVVVVEEE that blue coat. love it. all of mine are plain boring black. i need something like this.

  27. I love this pattern mixing. The sheerness of the blouse is just perfect on top of the skirt. Kudos to you for putting together something to unique!

  28. I never would have put all of that together, but I love the way it turned out! And you are right, you needed the addition of the sweater and tights!

  29. Now see…this is an outfit I would not have the wits to put together but which looks brilliant and makes me proud that I read your blog and know you in a very indirect and in-no-way-personal way. 🙂

  30. Not to be crude, but your smart ads are right on point today. The mention of Grape Nuts = Home Depot toilet advertisement in the sidebar. Well done.

    Oh, and the layering is perfect, too.

  31. Love this outfit, especially all the color!  Also, every time you carry this bag I get closer and closer to caving in and buying one for myself.

  32. This is one of my favorite outfits of yours, ever! I will be honest though, every time I see Madewell written on your photos a little part of me dies… Call me cheap, but it's just so dang expensive! I'm now on a hunt to find a less expensive version of this outfit!

  33. really wishing i had the courage to pull of red tights.. maybe sometime soon!

    xx kellyhttp://www.goldandspikes.blogspot.com

  34. Hahaha. This post made me smile.

    And your outfit is ROCKIN' as usual. Serious inspiration up in here. Also. Fiber in the mornings. Forever and ever amen.


  35. You always find the perfect mix of color, print and wit in your posts!  H&M has similar skirt(different colors and stripes as well) for under$7.  I love Madewell, but this is a great option for ladies who love to shop more than their bank account allows(like me:))!

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