A Little Fringe

Trench Coat: Burberry | Sweater: J. Crew | Skirt: Nordstrom (no longer available) similar here | Tights: Express | Boots: Target (no longer available) similar here and here | Bag: Rebecca Minkoff (no longer available) similar here | Rings: Kate Spade and J. Crew (no longer available) similar here and Stella & Dot | Watch: Michael Kors | Earrings: J. Crew (no longer available) similar here and here and here | Lips: YSL in 201 Pure

On Sunday I had the privilege of attending the Colorado Avalanche Charity Brunch with the family. It's hosted by the "Av's Better Halves" (wives and girlfriends) and benefits disabled and underprivileged children in the area. It was a lot of fun as you were able to meet the players and their wives. The players and coaching staff actually served the buffet brunch! My husband, being the hockey fanatic that he is, had a blast and so did the kiddos. 
I wasn't exactly sure what the dress code was, especially in Colorado where casual is King, so I opted for a good in-between option. I decided against a dress (all of mine that were warm enough were too formal) and went with a skirt and sweater. Lately I have been inspired by all of the fringe and monochromatic looks that were on the runway during NYFW. This fun fringe skirt had been hanging in my closet since fall and it's moment had come. I chose a black turtleneck sweater to dress the skirt down, black tights to keep my leggies warm, and pointy toed booties to add a bit of modern edge. I also decided to wear all of the same color because I thought the outfit would look too jumbled with all of the texture going on with the skirt and boots. Figuring out how to pair simplicity with texture and detail is a valuable thing to learn.
Cool lilac accessories added just the right touch to the black and my trench coat went over the all-black ensemble perfectly to keep me extra warm (it's been quite cold). 
I am really looking forward to the "fringe" trend this year. It is such a fun, playful spin on dresses and skirts. 

Part of the brunch included a "fashion show" put on by some of the children that are aided by the brunch. The kids were wearing clothes from Dillard's (they they got to keep) and were escorted down the runway by the players. It was very sweet seeing the kids, many of them with serious disabilities, having such a good time. Definitely the best fashion show I've been to yet.

Here are a few pics from the brunch. Yes, I know the lighting is terrible and you can barely see, but they are just too cute not to share.

~What runway trend are you most excited about?~