Friday, January 8, 2016

Classic Black, White & Red

Hello Lovelies! I hope you all had a fabulous time celebrating with family and friends during the holidays making special memories and that you are rested, rejuvenated and enjoying the start of 2016!! I wish for you all to experience the most beautiful, healthy, joyful, prosperous and memorable year yet! May you achieve all your dreams that you set out to conquer. I also wanted to take a moment to thank you all so much for your continued love, support and kind comments. I've met so many wonderful ladies while blogging and it means the world to me that you take time to read new posts and share your thoughts too. I appreciate you!!

My first week of  the new year has been filled with unexpected little twists and turns. My husband flew overseas to Thailand somewhat last minute nearly 2 weeks ago so I've been busy entertaining and caring for our little one but now she's back in school so I've been able to focus on work again. My plans to post on Monday were trumped by dealing with noisy squirrels in our attic (which have been keeping me up at night and waking me at 5am for weeks), followed by me breaking my favorite camera lens after an unfortunate tripod accident on an usually windy day. Thankfully, I was able to finally get it together today just in time for our Fashion Friday post-hooray for small miracles and a new lens that is on its way!


I'm excited to begin something new here on the blog! This year is all about overcoming fears and taking more chances. For quite some time I've contemplated sharing outfit posts with you all to show you what I personally wear to various events and on a day-to-day basis. I've received numerous requests over the nearly 7 years that I've been blogging for more fashion-related posts as well as a ton of e-mails asking my advice on specific style-related dilemmas as it pertains to special events such as weddings, graduations or first dates, day-to-day wardrobe, casual yet polished weekend style inspiration, office attire and even how to dress classy as a new mom. This year I shared a couple of my own looks from some recent celebratory occasions such as a patriotic look for my U.S. Citizenship Ceremony and also Lily's Baby Dedication. I'll be honest, I've battled with myself a bit because there are so many young, stylish fashion bloggers sharing their own looks that I thought with my lack of photography skills (or a photographer right now, unless you count the self-timer setting + a tripod) and a rather modest wardrobe budget where I don't wear a new outfit every day, who is going to want to look at my outfits? If I'm honest with myself, I guess I felt a bit intimidated by the caliber of other, much younger fashion bloggers and I wasn't ready to put myself out there for all to see, however after thinking about it recently, I do know that there are many other women like myself who don't have a massive budget nor are looking to spend all of their money (or time) shopping, instead they're looking to work the closet they already own and build upon it by adding new and relevant accessories and clothing.

My goal here at The Classy Woman has always been to encourage and inspire women to become the best possible version of themselves and to work towards and build a life they'll love and be proud of. I may not be 22 anymore, I don't have closet shelves lined with pairs of Louboutins, 50 shades of lipstick (though nail polish is kind of my weakness), nor do I spend all of my disposable income on designer handbags and expensive sunglasses, but what I do have to offer is a wardrobe of classic style built upon staple pieces that I've curated over the past 15 years, because I've chosen to invest in timeless pieces instead of focusing on every passing trend. Having said that, I always enjoy and try to incorporate of-the-moment pieces with new textures, colors, shapes and details into my growing wardrobe to keep things fresh, fun and provide lot of options. If you're looking for this kind of classic style and outfit inspiration, I hope you'll stick around and join me for another post next week! (that's the one where my camera took a tumble-eek!) :)

Coat: old (similar here, here and here  |  Blouse: old (similar here, here, here)  
Skirt: old (similar here , here)  |  Boots: last year Hilfiger (similar here, here, herehere)  
Clutch: local boutique (similar herehere and this one is cute)   
 Earrings  |  Bracelet  |  Scarf: old (similar herehere and here ($13!)  
   Tights: (similar here and here)  |  Lips color: all heart  |  Nails color: kiss the cook


In today's post I'm sharing what I wore earlier this week to a few client meetings. The weather has been a bit crazy here in Florida with temps in the high 80's one day and then dropping off into the 40's overnight which often follows with wind and rain, so I kept that in mind as I got dressed beginning with footwear. I love riding boots for a multiplicity of reasons, but one thing they really help with is keeping my feet warm and dry during the unpredictable fall and winter months. Riding boots can be worn so many different ways and classic black is my favorite because it can be worn with anything from pantyhose and tights to thick leggings or denim. I always look for special details on the side or back such as the gold detail here to add a little personality.

Since the weather has been gloomy much of the week, I couldn't resist pulling out my red coat (which I've owned for over a decade already) to brighten up the day! It's the perfect weight to keep me warm and can be dressed up or down. Instead of a typical handbag or tote, I opted to pull out a clutch instead with accents of black and gray to play on the color scheme I already had going on. Your favorite clutches don't need to be reserved for fancy nights out or evenings only. I love this neutral look, it's less bulky and adds a sleekness to the overall outfit which can truly take it from day to night. As it was chilly that day, I wore thick opaque tights and paired them with a heavier weight black skirt. Please note that I typically wear skirts at or just above the knee, especially for work. This one happens to be slightly shorter as I'm tall, so the tights provide great coverage.

This dot blouse that I purchased a few years ago is still one of my favorites because it isn't too loud, making it a great option to wear to the office and it's very versatile. I often wear it with red denim skinny jeans. Because of the pop of color and patterns, I kept my jewelry simple opting for pearl stud earrings along with a pearl bracelet. I couldn't resist adding a splash of color to my nails too so that once the coat came off, I still had a little color. I originally started off with a black & ivory houndstooth scarf and at the time these photos were taken, it had warmed up to the point that I didn't need it and had forgotten it in the car. You can see a snap that I shared on instagram before heading out the door, below. *Please note I'll always link to my exact items whenever possible, for older/previous season or sold out items, I'll provide similar selections at varying price points.

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I hope you have a wonderful weekend. Thanks for stopping by!



  1. While I enjoy a lot of the young bloggers out there, I too don't have the budget for designer handbags and new outfits every day. I love the inspiration they provide but I also appreciate that you have a realistic approach to fashion. Classic staples and the occasional "of the moment" item mixed in with our day to day wardrobe to create timeless looks.

    1. Hi Lynn!

      Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to share your thoughts. I hope you're having a great weekend so far!

      Warmly, Karla

  2. So love your red coat! Don't worry about the other bloggers by the way. There's nothing better than a classy outfit! It's timeless. :) Thank you for sharing. Wishing you a fantastic year ahead!

    1. Thank you so much, Camille! I appreciate your encouraging words and well wishes. While I know we all have something unique to bring to the table, sometimes we can get inside our own head too much. ;) I have always gravitated towards a more classic and often preppy look, but no matter how much I experiment with various trends, I always come back to classic style as my preference. I love knowing that I'm investing in pieces I can wear for years to come. Have a wonderful week!


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