Sometimes the best outfits come together accidentally. By chance this tweed jacket and striped sweater were hanging next to each other in my closet. I was just beginning to think that I had nothing to wear when I spotted them. A pair of distressed denim, lilac studded boots, and a vintage purse later, the rest is history. This is the perfect combination of pulled together and comfortable for a rainy afternoon spent at the museum. I knew that I probably did too much outfit planning in my head, but now I know I’m doing it subconsciously as well.
A poncho is not an easy piece of clothing to wear without looking like you’re going to a costume party. But I like a challenge, especially a fashion challenge. And I believe in the transformative powers of a belt. Pre-belt I looked like I was wearing a tent (take a look in the photo below). After the simple addition of a plain black belt though, my waist was defined and an outfit was made! Whether I use it for a coat, a blanket, or Halloween, this poncho is a keeper.
A statement coat is a wonderful addition to any wardrobe. It’s the chic finishing touch that adds a bit of whimsy to your ensemble. I prefer to let the topper be the focal point of my look and pair it with basics. It really transforms a monotone outfit and kicks it up a notch. Your statement coat doesn’t have to be patterned, a jacket in an unexpected color is incredibly refreshing, but everyone knows I love a good leopard print!
“Welcome home Jil Sander,” is what I said to this dress after I scooped it up from a thrift store for $35 dollars and got it into my closet. I all but screamed when I first laid eyes on it, and then again in the dressing room when I realized it fit! I vowed to take care of it and give it a good life with me. Oh the things we would do and see together! I couldn’t wait to get to the register and get out of the store for fear this was a cruel joke, but luck was on my side that day. I also managed to pick up the sweater from LOFT and the Talbots camel coat. It was a great day!
Yes, this is a true story.
Max suggested that I title this blog entry ‘late bloomer’ because “it would be funny.” I appreciate his interest in the blog, but declined for a number of reasons including the fact that I’ve had these floral pieces in my closet for close to two years now. I think that would make me an early bloomer. I jumped on the first flower pants bandwagon I saw, and haven’t looked back. At the very least I could be considered a perennial because I take them out every spring and summer, and retire them in the fall through winter. And that’s pretty much all I know about gardening.
Whenever I talk about my white leather jacket, I feel the need to defend it for some reason by saying “I know it doesn’t sound cool, but, trust me, it is.” I find it surprisingly versatile and perfect for chilly spring weather when my black leather jacket is just too wintery. I’ve been through a lot with this jacket, and let me just say that leather is expensive to get dry cleaned, but I think it’s worth it! So now everyone can decide for themselves what they think, but be nice!
When you are struggling with what to wear in the morning, revert back to whatever you feel most comfortable in. For some it may be head to toe black, but for me it’s always skinny jeans, heels, and a statement top with a relaxed fit. This combo makes me feel confident and pulled together even on those ‘off” days. It’s important to find what works for you to best understand your signature style.
P.S. Boston we love you! Our thoughts and prayers are with all of the victims and their families who were directly affected by Monday’s horrific events.
Diana, Max, and Duchess