For this week, I set myself the challenge of building outfits from my closet inspired by ones I’ve pinned, and then adding a little something “extra”.
Inspired by a fairly classic but disheveled look, I put together a base of skinny black pants, a blue button down, and a camel-colored sweater, then added leg warmers and calf-high boots, a printed scarf tied shawl-style, and a stacked/beaded bracelet. With my forest green corduroy swing coat and oxblood leather handbag, it was a terrific outfit.
I had intended to build a skirt outfit on Tuesday, but the cold and the fact that my purple shoes and sweater vest are packed somewhere made for an on the fly readjustment in the morning. Based on another simple outfit, I swapped the pencil skirt for pinstripe trousers, added an all over patterned button down, and topped that with a short-sleeved cashmere sweater and a denim jacket. It’s been more than a bit chilly so I added a woven cowl and a pair of crocheted fingerless gloves, with gray loafers.
Unfortunately I didn’t get a photo snapped.
My pinspiration on Wednesday came directly from Caitlin at GTR. Her beige sweater and olive pants tugged at my memory of a beautiful, hand-painted belt I bought in Budapest. I rarely wear belts outside of waistband loops, so this belted sweater look is outside my comfort zone. I like it – moreso after I figured out how to loop the belt backwards through the buckle to keep it in place.
The whole outfit consists of khakis, a long-sleeved white tee, the Allende sweater from Elizabeth & Clarke, leather walking shoes, the Hungarian belt, and teapot earrings made by my Nana. And the coral-colored socks from lands end, because they always make me smile.
I despise logo t-shirts. With a fiery passion that should be reserved for far more important things, but there it is. I am incredibly offended by the idea that a human being should be a walking advertisement, and the more respect I have for the organization whose logo is on the shirt, the more ragey I get when required to wear one.
Thursday, I worked late at a phenomenal event for Covenant House, which I loved, but had to wear a custom printed t-shirt in order to do so. I thought it might be helpful to build an outfit around the shirt so I wouldn’t dread changing into it at 5 – a logo tee with jeans and a blazer. I was so, so wrong – took the tops off after three minutes and replaced them with a simple navy and white jersey stripe and a knit wrap with sleeves and a tie-able, drape-able front. The hated tee went on in between the other layers at the last possible second.
This photo was taken at 1:30 in the morning when I arrived home, the striped tee just peeks out from under the screen-printed one on the right side.
After the super-late Thursday and a full weekend, I don’t recall what I wore on Friday. Instead, I give you a Sunday outfit: jeans, striped tee, navy blazer, ankle boots, and silver earrings – what I wore for my first sweater-knitting class yesterday morning.