Reindeer Sweater & Denim Skirt Outfit

Good Saturday morning! I finally have a skirt outfit for you! Don’t faint. Ha! I’m not a big skirt fan, but I picked up this denim skirt at Nordstrom back in the summer, and I pull it out occasionally.

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Oh, and hey. The 1980s called and they want their sweater back!!! I cannot quite believe these styles are back in vogue, but sure enough, the stores are full of these whimsical throwback animal sweaters. I ordered this reindeer sweater from LOFT.

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I’m actually not sure if I like this outfit or not, to be completely honest with you. The proportions work and all, but I do feel a little outdated with the overall look. I think the key to styling these sweaters is to pair them with something a little more ironic. Maybe I’d like it better with my black skinny jeans and black booties or even suede pumps for a casual holiday party. Or I could go the other direction and dress it down with my favorite distressed bluejeans.

Instead I wore a denim skirt, brown tights, and cognac-colored riding boots (my color is discontinued, but these are close and also 25% off!) I finished off the look with my burgundy suede bucket bag.

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Paul said I look like a schoolteacher in this outfit, which is kind of funny because I WAS a third grade school teacher for a few years. (Not that there is anything wrong with dressing like a teacher. The teachers at my daughter’s elementary school are adorable and dress quite trendy, but this definitely reminds me of something I might have worn back in the day.)

I loved this skirt when I got it, but unfortunately it’s a little large on me now. There are a few left, but not many. It’s hard to find a denim skirt these days that isn’t a mini-skirt, but I’ll try to round some up and link them at the bottom, in case you’re in the market for one. It really is a great year-round wardrobe essential.

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Whenever I post tights with a skirt or dress, I get asked two questions:

  1. What tights do you recommend? I love and adore Spanx Tights. I discovered them a few years ago, and it’s all I wear.
  2. Doesn’t your skirt stick to your tights when you walk? Yes, and it drives me batty. I really need to invest in a good old-fashioned half slip, and I recommend you do the same if you plan to wear tights and dresses/skirts this winter.

This sweater is whimsical and cute (and also $25 off at the moment!) I think it will be fun to throw on for the holidays — I think I’ll try it next with my distressed jeans to counter balance the cutesy in the top. For size reference, I’m wearing the small.

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What do you think? How would you style this sweater? Or would you wear it at all?

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reindeer sweater // denim skirt (another options here and here) // riding boots (another cute style; less expensive) // brown tights // burgundy suede bucket bag // similar earrings // assorted Alex and Ani bangles

UPDATE: After I published this post, I decided to try the sweater with my distressed jeans. I don’t know why it didn’t occur to me to style it with them before. Take a look. I think it’s super cute. I also love the burgundy suede flats with it.

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What’s everyone up to this weekend? Last night I went out for drinks and apps with a girlfriend. It was fun to get a change of scenery. I wanted to set up the Christmas tree today, but I promised Becca I wouldn’t do it without her, and she has plans today, so I am hoping to do that tomorrow afternoon. It’s fun when your kids get big enough to help with the holiday decorating.

Otherwise we don’t have a whole lot on the agenda, which is nice. I definitely need to shoot a few looks this morning because the weather is going to take a turn for the worse tomorrow, and it will be kind of crappy all the way through the holiday weekend — cold, windy, rainy, maybe even some sleet and snow! Crazy, considering the mild fall we’ve had. I can’t complain, though. It’s been absolutely gorgeous for the most part, and that definitely makes my job easier.

I chatted with Cyndi on the phone yesterday, and we were commiserating about the shorter days and the challenge of getting outfit pictures taken with the weather that’s on its way. We discussed a lot of other things too, and it was fun to talk in person since we communicate so often through email and blog comments.

My job has many perks, but the best by far is the friends I’ve made that I never would have met if I hadn’t impulsively started this blog one afternoon over ten years ago. I was bored and wanted a new project. If I had only known what I was getting into. Ha! Seriously, though, I’m so grateful that God placed her in my life.

Speaking of Cyndi, be sure to click on over to see the winter outfit she’s styling today, and have a great rest of the weekend!

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