fierce florals.

Skirt The Rules Blog; NYC fashion blogger; style blog; fall outfit photo;  Le Tote mirrored floral dress worn as top; Kirna Zabete x Target leather a-line skirt; BaubleBar black geometric statement necklace; J.Crew Factory Vero neon yellow clutch; L.A.M.B. black cut out heels

I never really plan my outfits in advance (which is maybe why I’m perpetually running late), but I like to start my day off feeling like a blank canvas.  Some days — like today — my outfit ideas start off soft and feminine and end up more forward and fierce.  Case in point: a fun floral dress that was completely transformed by a little leather and a pop of neon.  Take a little time to experiment with your wardrobe and I’m sure you’ll be pleasantly surprised with all the possibilities!

Skirt The Rules Blog; NYC fashion blogger; style blog; fall outfit photo;  Le Tote mirrored floral dress worn as top; Kirna Zabete x Target leather a-line skirt; BaubleBar black geometric statement necklace; J.Crew Factory Vero neon yellow clutch; L.A.M.B. black cut out heelsSkirt The Rules Blog; NYC fashion blogger; style blog; fall outfit photo;  Le Tote mirrored floral dress worn as top; Kirna Zabete x Target leather a-line skirt; BaubleBar black geometric statement necklace; J.Crew Factory Vero neon yellow clutch; L.A.M.B. black cut out heelsSkirt The Rules Blog; NYC fashion blogger; style blog; fall outfit photo;  Le Tote mirrored floral dress worn as top; Kirna Zabete x Target leather a-line skirt; BaubleBar black geometric statement necklace; J.Crew Factory Vero neon yellow clutch; L.A.M.B. black cut out heelsSkirt The Rules Blog; NYC fashion blogger; style blog; fall outfit photo;  Le Tote mirrored floral dress worn as top; Kirna Zabete x Target leather a-line skirt; BaubleBar black geometric statement necklace; J.Crew Factory Vero neon yellow clutch; L.A.M.B. black cut out heelsSkirt The Rules Blog; NYC fashion blogger; style blog; fall outfit photo;  Le Tote mirrored floral dress worn as top; Kirna Zabete x Target leather a-line skirt; BaubleBar black geometric statement necklace; J.Crew Factory Vero neon yellow clutch; L.A.M.B. black cut out heels

WEAR
Dress Worn as Top: Le Tote (c/o)
Skirt: Kirna Zabete x Target (similar)
Necklace: BaubleBar
Clutch: J.Crew Factory (on sale!)
Bracelets: Lucky Magazine (c/o)
Shoes: L.A.M.B.

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Tracy Davis

fall essentials: moody florals.

Skirt The Rules Blog; NYC fashion blogger; style blog; how to wear florals for fall; Kate Spade Flutter Floral iPhone 5 case; Hobo Zara Vintage floral clutch; Juicy Couture metallic floral blazer; J.Crew Etta stud heel floral pumps; Collective Concepts floral baseball t-shirt; Topshop Dark Flower Mini-Dress

Last weekend, I stored away most of my bright summer pieces while pondering how I could continue to incorporate my favorite prints through the rest of the year.  While my fall outfits will likely involve faux leather or leopard, floral prints will still stake a claim in this season’s wardrobe.  The difference: I’m reaching for moodier florals in darker colors and edgier details.  Check out a few of my favorite fall florals and let me know what you think of these transitional pieces.

SHOP
1. TopShop Dark Flower Mini Dress
2. Hobo Zara Vintage Clutch
3. Juicy Couture Metallic Floral Blazer
4. J.Crew Etta Stud Heel Pump
5. Collective Concepts Floral Baseball Top
6. Kate Spade Flutter Floral iPhone 5 Case

last hurrah.

Skirt The Rules Blog; NYC fashion blogger; style blog; fall outfit photo; how to wear a summer dress for fall; Gap military utility jacket; coral floral summer dress; J.Crew cognac brown belt; Gigi Saddle Taylor Tote; Sam Edelman Sophia black and brown wedge; C. Wonder leopard calf hair skinny cuff

I can’t believe I’m admitting this, but I’m starting to switch my wardrobe from summer to fall.  The first things to go into hibernation: bright pastels and overtly spring-ish floral prints.

Skirt The Rules Blog; NYC fashion blogger; style blog; fall outfit photo; how to wear a summer dress for fall; Gap military utility jacket; coral floral summer dress; J.Crew cognac brown belt; Gigi Saddle Taylor Tote; Sam Edelman Sophia black and brown wedge; C. Wonder leopard calf hair skinny cuff

While I was saying farewell to a few of my seasonal faves, I found this coral dress that I hadn’t worn since last June.  I couldn’t bear the thought of waiting another year to wear it again, so I mixed it in with a few of my fall staples for one last floral hurrah.

Skirt The Rules Blog; NYC fashion blogger; style blog; fall outfit photo; how to wear a summer dress for fall; Gap military utility jacket; coral floral summer dress; J.Crew cognac brown belt; Gigi Saddle Taylor Tote; Sam Edelman Sophia black and brown wedge; C. Wonder leopard calf hair skinny cuff

Wanna give your summer frock a little bit more longevity?  There’s nothing a military jacket, tortoise/leopard jewelry, and one amazing cognac tote bag can’t fix!

Skirt The Rules Blog; NYC fashion blogger; style blog; fall outfit photo; how to wear a summer dress for fall; Gap military utility jacket; coral floral summer dress; J.Crew cognac brown belt; Gigi Saddle Taylor Tote; Sam Edelman Sophia black and brown wedge; C. Wonder leopard calf hair skinny cuffSkirt The Rules Blog; NYC fashion blogger; style blog; fall outfit photo; how to wear a summer dress for fall; Gap military utility jacket; coral floral summer dress; J.Crew cognac brown belt; Gigi Saddle Taylor Tote; Sam Edelman Sophia black and brown wedge; C. Wonder leopard calf hair skinny cuffSkirt The Rules Blog; NYC fashion blogger; style blog; fall outfit photo; how to wear a summer dress for fall; Gap military utility jacket; coral floral summer dress; J.Crew cognac brown belt; Gigi Saddle Taylor Tote; Sam Edelman Sophia black and brown wedge; C. Wonder leopard calf hair skinny cuff

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Jacket: Gap (similar here and here)
Dress: Full Tilt (similar)
Necklace: C. Wonder (similar here and here)
Bracelet: C. Wonder (similar)
Belt: J.Crew
Bag: Gigi New York (c/o)
Shoes: Sam Edelman (on sale!)

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James Colvin