One of the things I love about the cooler weather is that you can dress in layers. This outfit is a good example of that. It started off with a pair of bootleg jeans and a plain v neck sweater… but that alone is just too boring.
So, I added a layer. I added a purple tank under the sweater, and added a necklace on top.
But that wasn’t enough so then I added this cool jacket over that- and voila- a layered and interesting outfit.
I’ve had lots of readers ask me about bootleg jeans- so here they are! They honestly aren’t my favorite style- but for work they can be a nice substitute for trousers. Notice I wore them with a heel, which is a must with bootleg!
Although I don’t wear this style often, I do love my bootleg jeans. They are a great alternative to my skinny jeans- plus they make my legs look really long (just be sure to pair them with heels)!
Today I decided to pair my jeans with a cute new blazer I just picked up.
I was super excited when I found this one on the clearance rack at Kohl’s for $12. It’s got everything I would want- it’s a soft jersey cotton, has stripes and also has a peplum- which is very on trend right now.
To keep the look light and ‘springy’ I’ve paired it with this bright tank and open toed sandals. It’s a lot better than the look on the right- yet achieves the same effect of layering- jeans, shirt, sweater (or blazer).
Don’t be surprised if this becomes a weekly feature.
One thing I like about doing these type of posts is that it shows how versatile your wardrobe can be.
Hopefully it reminds people that by investing in a few good pieces you will able to create more outfits than having a closet full of random things.
Today’s look is based on my favorite dress. I can’t tell you how much I love this dress- and part of the reason is because it is so warm! The long sleeves make all the difference in the world! The cotton is super soft, super stretchy, so it glides over my curves and is not restrictive at all!
In my first look- on the right- the dress is worn plain, paired with these brown boots. In my opinion, this is a little too dull for me. The dress needs a focal point, and the boots are off. Maybe they are too short? Not sure what is wrong exactly.
On the left I have added leggings (to make me even warmer), a black belt and a cute raspberry scarf. My open toe espadrilles finish the look.
For my next look, I’ve removed the scarf and added this cute jersey cotton blazer.
My mom and I are leaving the kids with Grandpa today and heading out for some retail therapy. I’ve decided to dress in something easy to shop in, like jeans a tank and a jacket.
However, the outfit on the right just doesn’t quite work. While it is easy and comfy, there’s nothing stylish about it. Why not go for something more polished and fashionable?
On the left I am wearing my cropped jeans, a loose tank and a blue blazer. I’ve added this cute necklace (yes, I wore it the other day- I have a feeling you’ll be seeing this one a lot) and cute flats to finish off the outfit.
I’m still comfy- yet the overall look is so much cuter!
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Jeans: Old Navy, Jacket: Land’s End, Tank: Express, Necklace: Stella and Dot, Shoes: Nordstrom
Another week under my belt, and can I say TGIF?! It’s been a LONG week! I don’t know about you- but my kiddos have been driving me nuts, is that bad?! I think I’m ready for my vacation!
If you’ve been reading this for a while, you may have noticed that I seem to really like the classic, preppy look!
On the right I’m showing one example, but it doesn’t quite work. Although this jacket is cute- the collar is a little too large, and the cotton fabric (it’s like sweat shirt material) wrinkles so easily that it looks messy.
On the left I’m showing an improved version. Even though there was nothing wrong with the plain blue shirt from the right- to add a little interest and pattern, I’ve decided to go with this cute checked shirt. I’m wearing it under my blue blazer, which looks more polished.
I also have on my new favorite skinny jeans- Skinny Skinny by Madewell. These are incredibly comfy and they were around $100, which I think is reasonable (think price per wear- I wear my skinnys at least twice a week). They have so much stretch in them and the cotton is so soft, it is honestly like wearing sweat pants! Heaven!
I’ve finished the whole look off with my brown boots. Now, is it too soon for Happy Hour?!
Shirt: Land’s End (Sears), Blazer: Land’s End (Sears), Jeans: Madewell, Boots: DSW
Ok seriously- now I am really aging myself. Does anyone even remember the song by Linda Ronstadt, Blue Bayou? Probably not…
Good- it has nothing to do with this post except that I am wearing blue from head to toe.
I read somewhere that dressing in all one color is a great slimming technique- but since I felt a little plain I decided to add this cute blazer, which I also wore here.
On the right you see my original look- shirt is untucked, wrinkled and looks messy! The Uggs don’t help either!
On the left I have tucked in the shirt, added a belt and necklace and switched the Uggs for some cute boots. Then, to really polish the whole look off, I threw on this cute jacket. It is cotton and so very comfy! Almost like a fancy sweatshirt! Oh yeah…
If you don’t want to wear the blazer, I think the all blue is ok with the belt and boots… see below (I actually got inspired for this outfit by a Kindle ad I saw on TV! Have you seen it?)
I’m showing what I call a ‘Jennifer Aniston inspired’ look today. As some of you might know, I’ve always been a huge fan of her style!
Don’t laugh, but often when I’m shopping I think, ‘would Jennifer Aniston wear this?’. If not, I will put it back. I know, make fun all you want!
Seriously though- it’s a good idea to have a vision of what your style is- especially when you go shopping. It’s so easy to get distracted by everything in the store- and make a mistake and buy something you would never really wear (black booties anyone?).
In this outfit Jennifer has the perfect mix of casual- cuffed faded jeans, and classy- the blazer with the gold buttons.
In my interpretation, I’ve opted for flats instead of tennis shoes, and my blazer is black and doesn’t have buttons. I’m also missing the belt and I’ve added a necklace… but those are minor details. The goal isn’t for me to dress up like Jennifer, it’s for me to see something that works and make it my own.
Here is what this outfit would have looked like before:
Again, here is the after:
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Blazer: Nordstrom, Jeans: Gap, Shoes: Target, Sweater: Ann Taylor Loft