Fashion

Crop Top x Midi Skirt

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If you know me, you know that I love to shop and I mean, life is too short not to do what you love, right?! It’s been a favorite hobby of mine for as long as I can remember and there were definitely some tell-tale signs over the years (like in third grade when I would gladly spend my lunch money to buy a milk pen or heart-shaped erasers at the school store rather than food because, priorities). Retail therapy has benefited my life in many ways (I wrote a whole post about it here) but as I’ve gotten older, my priorities have gotten bigger and unfortunately, adulting doesn’t include the option of heels over meals.

As I’ve mentioned in the past, I firmly believe that style is an evolution and is fine-tuned with time (thank goodness, otherwise I’d still be rocking low-rise jeans, tube tops, and a wide belt to cinch the waist circa 2006). The only way we can cultivate a wardrobe that represents our own personal style is by building it with key pieces and accumulating items we love (Olivia Palermo, Blake Lively, and Kate Middleton did not build their closets overnight!). However, as a style blogger, there is a certain pressure to incorporate new items in each and every outfit post, regardless of whether it’s practical or not, because most people like the instant gratification of being able to shop the exact items an influencer is wearing. Because of this, I have found myself not sharing all of the clothing I’ve accumulated over the years and love, simply because they’re older. It is not real life for me to wear something new every day and I don’t want to give off the false impression that it is (unless we hit lotto tomorrow because then…shopping err’day). Don’t get me wrong, I, too, like the ability to peek inside the closets and shopping carts of some of my favorite bloggers to see what they’re buying but I can’t keep up with that for every post (remember, medical bills meals over heels) and frankly, I don’t want to.

On Classic & Gray, I want to wear the items I own and love and are true to my style, regardless of whether they’re current or not…so that’s exactly what I’m going to do. Obviously, I’ll continue to throw in something new when I can (because again, girlfriend loves to shop) but you’ll be seeing a lot of more what’s really in my closet; new, old, recycled…nothing is off-limits. As always, I will do my best to link exact pieces when I can and similar options for items that are older (on Insta, follow along with liketoknow.it). I want to inspire you to wear the items in your own closet and if you want to re-create a look, not necessarily feel the need to go out and spend a ton of money to do so. After all, tailoring a look to your own style is the fun part!

Speaking of older pieces… how pretty is this skirt?! I love midi skirts. I think there is something so feminine and timeless about them and they make me feel like I’m in the Sound of Music which is always

#goals. This olive-colored one is a Nordstrom Rack find from a couple years ago. I had actually never worn it before and despite the whole “if you don’t wear it in a year, toss it” rule, I couldn’t part with it. It just hung in my closet, patiently waiting for the right top.

Cue this cute crop top I snagged for super cheap during the Nordie’s Half-Yearly sale. Crop top’s are a huge trend right now and although I swear I’m still 22 in my mind, felt that I was past the age where it was appropriate to have a little midriff showing (okay, now that made me sound 67.) When paired with a high-waisted bottom, this striped top doesn’t show much skin and has a cute split-back detail that doesn’t affect what type of bra you can wear (praise hands emoji). Did I mention it is under $23?! Sold.

How do you like to mix and match items in your own closet to keep your wardrobe feeling current? I’d love to hear some tips and tricks below!

Classic and Gray Post Signature

Crop Top [Lush]  Midi Skirt [Vince Camuto, similar here and here]  Mules [Coach, c/o]  Bag [Henri Bendel]  Sunnies [Ditto c/o, use code: classicandgray for one month free!]  Belt [Michael Kors, save or splurge]  Watch [Michele, case and band]

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4 Comments

  • Reply
    janna doan
    June 9, 2016 at 3:42 am

    michele–hells yes. first to comment. GO ME!! haha. yep, gonna treat myself to an ice cream cone for that. first, thank goodness you finally released this bc GIRL, i need it. top, skirt, bag, shoes, belt, WATCH, oh sunnies too.. i need it all. if you ever decide you don’t want it you know where to find me, i will gladly lighten your load. i totally agree on all this trendy stuff, it’s fun to try out, don’t get me wrong. but i know all trends are not for me. i’m more into the classic pieces with a little trend in the mix. second, this is classicandgray.com so you can only post about what makes you feel the most comfortable!! so let’s start with that MIDI skirt, you already know anything midi is my jam and that color on you is PERFECT, you need to wear more olive. and the crop top,and total praise hands for not having to wear a strapless. don’t get me started on that bag. i am still debating which one i want!! lastly, love you! xoxo,

    janna | http://www.jannadoan.com

    • Reply
      Michele
      June 15, 2016 at 8:37 pm

      Girlfriend, it’s a good thing that you don’t live close because I can tell that you’d be a bad influence on my wallet! I try to buy items on sale when I can and couldn’t pass up the “trendy” top during the anni sale (even though $22 can buy a couple ice cream cones). Your fashion philosophy is exactly like mine which is why I’m obsessed with everything you wear (don’t get me started again on the blue suede sandals!). I love midi skirts, especially now that I don’t go in the sun any longer, because they cover up my pale legs 🙂 I also just snapped you a little surprise so I can’t wait for you to check that out! Maybe an HB is in your near future 🙂 love you! xo

  • Reply
    Krista Williams
    June 14, 2016 at 8:22 pm

    Love this! I feel just like you – a lot of my posts are actually old clothes that I am trying to restyle – HA.

    You can’t always wear just new stuff – it’s wasteful!

    Love this look on ya babe – hope you’re well!
    xoxo
    Krista
    http://www.hundredblog.com

    • Reply
      Michele
      June 15, 2016 at 7:56 pm

      Thanks babe! I don’t think it’s realistic to expect anyone to be able to afford new clothes all the time, bloggers included! I love that you always keep it real and thanks for showing support 🙂 xox Michele

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