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Hi, I'm Whitney! I am a middle of the pack runner who discovered the fun of triathlons in 2009. Join me in my adventures in life and training. I run with the Rush Running team and enjoy the fun that comes with such a supportive group of friends who understand what running means to me. I'm newly discovering road biking and the fun that it entails.

Monday, October 15, 2012

Fall Fashion - It's all about the skirts!

I'm participating in Blogtoberfest sponsored by Arkansas Women Bloggers.  For the next week, I will be blogging on topics that the AWB team suggests as a way to expand beyond just writing workout recaps!

First up is Fall Fashion and Decorating.  I wanted to share with you a couple recent fashion purchases...One thing that I am excited about this fall is skirts.  Skirts are great for transitional weather when the temp can swing 20-30 degrees from when I leave for work in the morning and come home.  Over the last few months, I was really sad to see a lot of my skirts get too big as I lost some weight and getting ready in the mornings has been tough lately.  It's a great problem to have but I had to fix it and buy some new skirts. 

One thing that I love about skirts is that they show off the legs that I work so hard to have through all my exercise and running.  While on vacation last week I took a free afternoon to visit the outlet mall in Orlando.  I wasn't looking for new skirts specifically because my true reason to go to the outlets was to visit the Lululemon outlet.  Sadly nothing at Lulu was cute enough on me to warrant the higher prices.  I was excited that everything I tried on fit but either the fit wasn't flattering or the color wasn't ideal and I just couldn't warrant paying so much for something that I didn't love.  While Lulu was a big bust I did have some great shopping luck at a few other stores and at the end of the day there was a definite trend to my purchases...skirts and cardigans.

First up was Ann Taylor.  I have always loved the classic pieces that Ann Taylor offers.  My style sense is more traditional than trendy but I do try to incorporate trends via accessories like fun jewelry.

I saw this skirt immediately as I walked into the store and was drawn to it.  The print is a classic houndstooth and is bold which I thought would pair well with a black sweater.  I wore the skirt today...my first day back to work after vacation and I felt great in it.  As it gets colder it will look cute with some opaque black tights too. 

Another store where I had great luck was Banana Republic where I picked up some new cardigans...a solid orange, a brown with thin orange stripe, and a deep burgundy.  How can you not love a cardigan!

My final stop was Ann Taylor Loft where I combined my previous luck with both a new skirt and a new cardigan! 

The skirt is a little shorter than the other pencil skirt so it is something that I will definitely wear with tights.  The cardigan is a nice soft brown color that I think will be fun to wear with the bold blue skirt.  The skirt will look great with black or brown but I think I could easily combine it with a bold color like the orange sweater I bought at Banana Republic too. 

For me, the best fashion is what I feel comfortable in.  I think it is important to know your style and know your body type and work to incorporate trends in a way that you are comfortable with.  For example, I'm incorporating bold colors and prints in pieces that are simple and classic.  I'm going to pair the more trendy type colors with basic colors to stay close to my comfort zone and add jewelry to take things up a notch when I'm feeling more bold.  I'll continue to add one or two pieces like this into my wardrobe and will definitely make sure to move outdated items and items that no longer fit into the donation pile!

Leave a comment with the fashion trends that you are excited about!


  1. Great photo shot of the skirt! I just started wearing skirt last year and I love them!

  2. Very cute! I have been wearing more skirts too. They are so comfortable. I love that skirt!

  3. Nice Whit, thanks for the advice!