August 29, 2012

outfit post | campus lace

The teacher man and I live just 45 minutes from our alma mater, but don’t get back to the college town too often now that we’re settled into our home outside of Kansas City.

However, one thing that keeps Lawrence, Kansas, at top of mind (besides basketball!) is our favorite little local restaurant. We follow its snarky updates on Facebook and, I have to tell you, they work at both cracking us up and enticing us to indulge our inner carnivores.

We made it out back to the old stomping grounds on Sunday for brunch and a little post-bacon, sausage and ham stroll through campus on a rainy-then-sunny afternoon.

@kimberlyloc burgundy lace top + black & white printed skirt

{Gold Sequin Hat//Charming Charlie; Burgundy Lace Top//H&M; Nude Tank//Old Navy; Gold Locket Necklace//Donna’s Dress Shop, Kansas City, Missouri; Black & White Printed Skirt//H&M (old); Sequined Oxfords//Von Maur. Photo by the Teacher Man}

@kimberlyloc burgundy lace top + black & white printed skirt

{The wind picked up a bit during our stroll, and while it felt good, it made my a-bit-too-big hat want to fly away! Photo by the Teacher Man}

I picked up this burgundy lace top at H&M on Saturday. I usually shun cropped tops, but I thought this piece would be fun to pair with a higher-waisted skirt or pants to avoid the bare-midriff look and pull together a more casual (loose fit!) lace top look.

And, it was perfect for leaving some wiggle room for my brunch. :)

@kimberlyloc burgundy lace top + black & white printed skirt

{Nail Polish//China Glaze, “Blue Year’s Eve.” Photo by the Teacher Man}

@kimberlyloc burgundy lace top + black & white printed skirt

{Leather Cutout Bracelet with Rhinestones//Francesca’s (similar); Braided Gold Bracelet//Saks Off Fifth, Kansas City, Kansas (similar); Rose Gold Rings//H&M; Interlocking Ring//Forever 21; Gold Wing Bracelet//Donna’s Dress Shop, Kansas City, Missouri; Nail Polish//China Glaze, “Blue Year’s Eve” (similar) Photo by the Teacher Man}

This look is my first attempt at transitioning from summer to fall. I’ve incorporated the big it color of the new season, but in a lightweight, sexy material that is easy breezy for these last few dog days of August. I’ll wear this top again with chocolate brown high-waisted pants, skirts and tights and even layer it over a tight, one-color sweater for added dimension.

How are you handling the summer-to-fall wardrobe transition? Tell me your style secrets in the comments section!

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