I’ve been asked a few times to do a post on outerwear- and now that it has turned really cold in Seattle, I figured it’s time!
The important thing about outerwear for me is that since I live in a cold, wet climate- I need a coat that will not only keep me warm, but also keep me dry. This Greta coat from North Face is my favorite!
Look for a coat that fits well- and doesn’t look enormous on you! One with a belt is a great idea- because it emphasizes your waist- reducing bulk. I also like having my butt covered- so the length is important! And lastly, a hood is a must!
It’s cute to pair your coat with something sleek and skinny underneath- and a cute pair of boots always finishes off your look!
I scoured Pinterest and found some really cute examples of coats- see below!
That being said- if you live in a climate that is just really cold- a cute wool peacoat would be adorable!
It’s nice to have an outfit in your closet that is your old standby, something that is tried and true and will look great no matter what.
It’s perfect for those days when you look in your closet and think “I have nothing to wear”!
Believe me, this happens to me all the time!
And when it does- I simply reach for one of my many striped shirts- add a pair of dark denim jeans and then throw on a cute blazer (rolling up the sleeves- of course). Finally, I add a statement necklace (or scarf) to finish the look.
It’s a simple, classic look that works for almost any occasion. In my opinion, sometimes it’s ok to be safe!
Sorry for the late post- I ran out the door early this morning and didn’t have time to write!
Instead of showing you my outfit for the day- I decided to show my outfit for tonight!
I’m going out tonight to a CCFA fundraiser- (supporting one of my good friends who has Crohn’s disease). The theme is Casino Night, so I wanted a fun outfit- similar to something I would wear in Vegas.
The invitation said ‘smart dress’, which really could mean anything. Some people might opt for dress pants and a cotton top- like the one you see on the right.
The problem is- the dress pants are boring (perfect for the office, but boring for a night out), and the cotton long sleeve shirt is too plain. All in all, I’d say the outfit on the right is too safe.
Instead- I opted for skinny black pants, a silky top with a modern print and pointy toed black heels. It’s basically the same outfit as on the right (black pants, off white top) yet the sleek pants and silk top make it much more dressy- and the pattern adds interest.
Now I look modern, appropriate and ready for a fun night out!
I’ve always loved the look of outfits that are made up of pieces all in one color family. It’s a good trick to making me look taller (by keeping the colors similar you create one long vertical line).
Today’s outfit is a good example of that.
I’ve chosen off white cords and a cable knit turtleneck in the same beige/ tan tone.
The thing is though- you don’t want your outfit to be too plain- as seen on the right. You must have something of interest in your look- maybe it’s a pattern (like the cable knit of the turtleneck on the left), or a cool necklace, or maybe a scarf. You need something that breaks up the solid look and gives the eye a focal point.
This scarf is a great example- the red draws your eye in and the background is the same color as my sweater. The scarf has enough bulk to stand on it’s own (I HATE skinny, wimpy scarves!).
As a little extra- I decided to try a third look! Here I kept the plain t shirt (less bulky under the jacket) and then added my dark denim jacket.
Some of you may know that I work part time- and on days when I am meeting with clients I like to dress more professional.
To me, this is the hardest outfit to put together- and I’ll admit, I stood in my closet this morning and tried on lots of different looks.
At first I chose plain black pants and a white button down shirt- but personally, I think that looks a bit like a waiter’s uniform.
I then opted for a black shirt with a cream Chanel inspired blazer over it- this jacket is a classic piece- and in my opinion- a must have piece for every gal’s wardrobe! It works great professionally, but is also cute paired with jeans- as seen here.
To add a little spunk, I chose my leopard flats. It’s a fun mix of patterns- and since I’ll be on my feet all day, flats are perfect.
It’s a pretty typical outfit for me. I like sticking to neutral colors and classic looks- it makes me feel comfortable and that’s important!
Pants: Nordstrom (Vince Camuto), Blazer: White House, Black Market (old), Shoes: Target, Necklace: Gift