This week I came full circle on my outfits, starting and ending the week on nearly the exact same look. I didn’t even realize it until I looked back on my pictures.
Now that I’ve been documenting my daily looks for a bit I’ve noticed a pattern or trend in how I dress each week. For example, on Monday, I just want to be cozy and comfortable. But, by Wednesday, I am ready to shake things up with a little bit more of an adventurous look. On the weekends, if I’m headed somewhere fun, I usually grab my leather jacket. Does anyone else do this?
Last week I received this beautiful rust colored duster as a gift from my friends at Vetta. Out of the package, I loved it on, the fit and color were perfect. But I felt a little perplexed about when I’d wear it because it felt a bit on the dressy side. Thankfully my smart friend Paige suggested I do a 7 day style challenge with it. I ended up going for 5 days, and I got some great ideas on how to wear it.
If you haven’t heard of Vetta yet, they’re worth checking out. They launched a little over a year ago – Cara and Vanessa founded the brand after being disheartened by the dark side of the apparel industry. Vetta now offers three capsule collections that are created to mix and match to maximize your wardrobe, and in the chicest way possible. Vetta is committed to environmentally friendly fabrics and responsible factories and they manufacture all their pieces from a family run factory in NYC.
(This was before I started my style challenge!) I’ve wanted a leather motorcycle jacket for the last handful of years, and now that I finally own one, I have mixed feelings about it! I don’t love it as much as I expected. But I read somewhere that a leather jacket truly gets good after a year of use. I am hoping this is the case for me! In the meanwhile I’m considering painting the silver snaps black.
The other day a reader asked me if I was still wearing my Jamie + the Jones tops, and yes, I still am, but not as much as I hoped. I still like this Blank Canvas top quite a bit, but I find it hard to layer under items because of the large, kimono-style sleeves. If I were to buy another top from them, I would probably go for the Staple Basic Tee style. Last spring and summer, when it warmed up, I wore this Blank Canvas top a lot and I hope to do the same this year. On a side note, the ladies at J+J are launching another round of beautiful new colors. If you need some fresh hues in your wardrobe, like bright red or inky blue, it’s worth a look.
First day of styling this duster, and I love it! This particular style works really well for me because it’s fitted in the shoulders. I love some of the slouchier, linen dusters on the market, but I always end up looking like a football player when I wear oversized jackets. I have been pleasantly surprised by how much I feel both feminine and edgy in this duster. I styled it super simple for this look, with a cream top and white sneaks. I had been craving warm-toned colors this spring, and this piece has filled that desire nicely.
I took a quick break from my duster styling challenge to share this new release from Everlane with you! Last week they launched a pretty substantial collection of linen items ranging from tanks to dresses. They kindly offered to let me share some of my picks with you and I chose this top from the collection. I really like the shape of the square poplin top I bought last spring, so this was an easy selection for me. However this new linen version really takes the cake. Now I get why everyone is obsessed with linen. This shirt is so soft. It’s thick and structured, yet silky and buttery at the same time. Pajama status for sure.
On these clogs: I really like the versatility of this slip on style, but in terms of quality, this brand is sort of, you-get-what-you-pay-for, and I do not recommend them. Some day I’d like to upgrade them. But, for now I’m going to try to wear them into the ground a bit.
This picture kind of makes me giggle because, on its own this dress looks super casual and chill with my tennis shoes, but under the trench it looks sort of daring and sexy. It’s the dress I wore extensively during my Winter 10×10, and I am pretty excited to bust it out during the warmer season. It’s the same silky fabric as my HDH Wide Leg Jumper, and I realized the other day I can take my belt from the jumper and wear it with this dress if I need to spice it up for any dressy occasions I might have this summer.
The duster is a fun topper to this dress, but it definitely borders on more fancy than I usually prefer. I like the duster best over casual pieces, but I’ll keep this combo in mind on those rare occasions when I do dress up!
Another day, another dress + duster combo. I love the way this black-chambray-rust color palette looks. It’s been really fun to have a warm tone to complement all the cool tones in my closet. I like the duster with this dress much better than with the black dress. It felt a little serious with the black dress. Can you tell I like to keep my styling casual? Not only is my lifestyle pretty casual, but Portland is also a pretty laid-back city.
Yes! I love this! Probably my favorite from the week! I always feel so pulled together in this striped shirt and, then, when I topped it with the duster, it was a beautiful match.
And here we are, back to the beginning, even though we’re at the end, with a combo that just works. Black, olive, and the softest little gray tee ever.