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My style is something that I have a hard time “defining” because as you know I really like trying new things and enjoy mixing different styles together. However, I’ve had moments lately where I’ve held back on some bold purchases/styling for the sake of practicality … and the result has actually been pretty pleasing! My roommate and one of my best friends Melanie (who you guys virtually met a week or so ago) is a first grade teacher and has the unique challenge of finding something stylish but also classroom friendly everyday. I’ve mentioned before, but her style is pretty clearly defined – simple, preppy, feminine chic with rarely a print or bold color outside of pink or poppy and you’ll find her closet is full of Kate Spade, Tory Burch, Lilly Pullitzer, and J.Crew (but she does it better than almost anyone I know). I come home from work some days and am amazed at how she can take things I’ve seen her wear on the weekends and make it teacher friendly.

She also has the world’s most insane collection of cardigans… ever. I’d like to see if anyone could top her, honestly I would. We counted last year and she has over 60… six-ty. Take that in for a moment. She did in fact clean the tower of cardigans this weekend though and is donating a lot of them, but that’s beside the point. As I was getting ready for work recently and knowing we were finally getting a sunny day out, I felt inspired by Melanie to come up with something a little less edgy than some of my recent looks.  I decided to color block an ASOS skater dress (in petite) that is going to be the perfect breezy summer “bop around the city” dress. I’m looking forward to styling it without a cardigan & with espadrilles or sandals when it really warms up!

I’m Spring cleaning in a new way this year because the weather has me confused on what to pull out and put away. Do I store these coats or not? Is it time to do my annual boot/sandal swap? It’s a very confusing time for my closet. However, I have cleaned out two bags worth of clothes so far that I’m going to be selling (and through Poshmark!) or donating  before summer really hits. My rule of thumb is if I haven’t worn it in at least 2 years and don’t see myself being able to pair it with anything I really love currently, it’s gotta go. I used to have a separation anxiety problem before I moved here and as my friend Blair (who’s moving!) is finding out, a good cleanse and purge of your things is really refreshing! Have you done your Spring cleaning yet? What are your closet cleaning rules?

SHOP THE LOOK

ASOS petite skater dress  •  Zara cardigan (similar)  •  DVF wedge sandals (summer Net-A-Porter sale find 2 seasons ago, similar)  •  Leather obi belt (c/o Peruvian Connection)  •  Bauble Bar plumed gem necklace  •  Urban Outfitters tortoise sunglasses (similar)

Photos by Blair Culwell, The Fox & She

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4 Comments

  • Reply Joules

    The shape of that dress is perfect. And I love how you paired the green necklace with it.

    Style by Joules

    April 22, 2014 at 12:38 pm
    • Reply cpetric

      Thank you Joules! I love a good skater dress :)

      April 23, 2014 at 11:42 am
  • Reply Liz

    Hi Christine – I just found your blog and love it! I love how you mix high and low price points into absolutely adorable outfits. Loving reading your blog :)

    xx,
    Liz
    http://www.thewestvillagevoyager.com/

    April 22, 2014 at 10:28 am
    • Reply cpetric

      Thank you Liz! I’m so glad you found me :) I love your blog name and will be checking it out for NYC inspiration!

      April 23, 2014 at 11:43 am

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