The photo above is my most “liked” photo in my blog Instagram account (ever, so far…), and it’s a photo that features an outfit that feels uniquely me. I love buffalo check and wear it once a week (sometimes, like this week, three times a week…). Black skinny pants are a wardrobe staple for me, of course, and I already talked to you about my love for the sweater duster/cardigan in THIS POST. Since this look was for work, I layered some gold necklaces for a dressier vibe and added my favorite fringe booties in gray to finish the look. (Shop these boots, on sale for $19.99, HERE.)
|Sometimes when I’m not sure about an outfit yet, I will snap a mirror pic.
Then a certain firefighter wanted to be in it, too.
I know we are all ready to buy spring clothes, but do consider adding some ankle boots and a sweater duster to your wardrobe. Living in the Midwest, we know all too well how winter stays around longer than we desire, but when springtime comes, ankle boots (which are on sale now) pair so well with dresses, skirts, and shorts. And the sweater duster…a lightweight one in a neutral shade, like the gray one I’m wearing, will work well with your spring pastels. I found my Mossimo sweater duster in store, and I’ve linked some dusters from Target (all are 25 percent off in a Presidents’ Day sale) HERE.
LOOK 2: GRAPHIC TEE AND TANK
I don’t think it’s a surprise to any reader of this blog that I don’t wear much color. I love taupe, gray, and black. If I’m feeling risky, I go for navy. But following some style challenges on Instagram has really helped me to examine my closet, find pieces I seldomly wear, and pair them with some of my favorites.
This look may be my favorite look from last week. I love print mixing, I love leather, and I love pink. And since I loved my black and white striped LuLaRoe Irma tunic (featured in my Mommy and me Valentine’s post, linked HERE) so much, I bought two more. Here is one I know I’m going to get a ton of wear out of, even into the spring because it is short-sleeved.
If you are intrigued by print mixing, start with stripes as your base. Find like colors in your prints. For example, my tunic has black stripes, and my Aztec scarf (purchased last summer from Old Navy) is primarily black. I grounded the look by adding a neutral (black) but in a fun texture (faux leather) to give the outfit some interest.
LOOK 4: A VALENTINE’S DAY DINNER (and my new leather jacket)
|Here’s somewhat of a close-up.
I will try to get better pictures next time around.
My sister told me that she really liked the leather jacket on me but didn’t think leather jackets were her thing. I do agree that leather jackets make some feel too edgy, but I do think they are made on an “edginess” scale in that some have little to no edgy details. Some others are full-on biker mama. I think the texture alone of a leather jacket would work to complete so many outfits in your closet, so I highly recommend one as a wardrobe staple. Keep in mind that for some, gray, cognac, or taupe may work a little better than black because black can be harsh. But black is my soulmate color, so that’s what I went with because it works for me.
And a final note…you know how some women often dismiss compliments about their hair? (“Oh, I seriously did not do much to my hair this morning, but thanks…”) Or how some bloggers say, “Try this super simple hairstyle!” that in reality looks super intricate and causes sheer frustration/meltdown status in the bathroom when you try to recreate?
So…the half topknot, as seen in the last look…may I just say that it is not an easy style? I can’t decide if it’s because I’m not used to fixing my hair this way or if it’s the style that’s difficult. But I don’t want you to leave this post and think that I just threw my hair up in a matter of minutes. For the record, it was hard. OK, now you can go.
See you soon! We are one step closer to spring!