Tag Archives: classic




Dress: White Plum (last year) similar, similar / Heels: Nine West via Style Encore nearly exact here / Purse: Guess, secondhand / Bracelets: The Limited / Watch: Fossil, old similar

Even though I have closets full of bright and colorful summer wear, sometimes it feels good to simplify and pull out a classic black and white look.  Whether it’s in the form of a dress or simple black pants and a white blouse, in bold black and white stripes or a dainty pattern, it’s a combination that always looks polished and will never, ever go out of style.

The great thing about black and white is that you can leave it pure or choose any colorful accessory, a belt, a clutch, or simply a bright nail polish to add your own creative mark.

I opted for red peep-toes and earrings and rosy lips, and I sang Kellie Pickler’s “Red High Heels” in my head all day.  How’s that for classic?

See some of my favorite black and white dresses and red accessories below!

The Fashion Canvas

Keeping It Classy







Striped Sweater: Old Navy, 2 years ago, similar styles here, here, and here / Yellow Tanktop: Maurices, 2 years ago / Shorts: Old Navy, 2+ years ago, similar in 3 1/2″, 5″, 5″ plus, 7″ / Wedge Heels: Guess via DSW, new similar, similar, similar / Purse, 1 year ago similar, similar

You know that woman that looks classy no matter where you see her or what time of year it is?  Ne’er a hair out of place, and her clothes are always perfectly coordinated.  Some of these women I know personally, but some I may see in a shopping mall or in an airport, and I just know that she always looks that pulled together.  These women always make me say to myself, ” I want to be like her when I grow up!”

Today, I’m embracing summer in a more “grown-up” look; neutral colors of crisp white and sunny yellow, classic shapes and lines, and simple jewelry and heels.  I’m definitely not ready to give up my cut-offs and flip-flops just yet, but I have been wrestling with the”Am I too old for this?” dilemma, especially when it comes to my work apparel, and thinking about classing it up a little….Have you ever been there?

P.S. If you’re looking for 4th of July style steals and missed the last post, click here for fun ideas all less than $20!

Lovely Lace






Showing off my favorite accessory:)

Dress (belt included): Sisters, new-bought last fall but first time worn / Wedge Heels: K-Mart, last year very similar, similar

In this post, I jokingly said I had a lace dress I was saving to wear to the next royal wedding;)  I decided my invitation was taking too long, so I wore it for an even bigger celebration, Easter Sunday!

  Not only is this a beautiful church dress, but I could also see myself wearing it to the Kentucky Derby with a wide-brimmed hat…Unfortunately, I won’t be able to make it this year (actually, I’ve never been) because I will be in Jamaica(!), but it will also be perfect for graduations and weddings.

This dress is one of those classic pieces that, if well taken care of, can be worn again and again for years to come, and it’s lovely lace overlay and oh-so-ladylike belt means you can keep the accessories to a minimum.   Here are some great options I found (all under $50) ranging from classic black and nude to vibrant green.  Would you invest in any of these lace dresses for your summer celebrations?

Dorothy Perkins / ChicNova / Torrid (Plus)

 Bon-Ton / House of FraserForever 21 +

Dillard’s / Love 21 / ChicNova

Dillard’s / Dorothy PerkinsJCPenney (Plus)







Sweater: Old Navy, this winter / Striped Tee: Old Navy, this winter / Belt: Old Navy, this winter / Skirt: Gap, old / Boots: JC Penney, old /

This skirt has been in the giveaway box I don’t now how many times, but somehow it is still in my closet.  I really like it, but it could use some alterations.  It’s a little big around the waist, and I think it would be even cuter and look a little more modern if it were a couple inches shorter.

Regardless, I can’t bring myself to get rid of it.  With the dark tweed material, it’s just a great winter skirt, and when worn with the right thing, makes me feel very sophisticated.

I brightened it up today with the pink cardigan (see how else I’ve worn it here) and pulled it together with the dark brown by adding a leopard print belt.


Simple gold jewelry kept this outfit from being too busy and gave it just the classy finishing touch I was looking for.

What’s in your closet that you can’t bring yourself to get rid of?  When is the last time you wore it?

Suit Up!



There is just something about a suit.  I love them.  They are timeless (this one is 5+ years old) and so versatile; they can be dressed up or down, worn in all seasons, with heels or boots, and mixed and matched.  I can put one on and immediately feel polished and professional.


Suit: old / Necklace: Gift / Blouse: JCPenney similar / Sweater: Old Navy similar / Boots: Maurices similar

Here are some suit options that I would love to have in my closet.  For the sake of practicality, I usually lean towards a pantsuit because I rarely wear skirts in the winter and know pants would get the most wear.  Plus, I know that navy, black pinstripes, and gray are never going to go out of style.  However, I have spring fever so badly, and these bright colors and warmer weather options are calling my name too!

To view online, go here and here.