Outfits STYLE // Spring

7 Days of Outfits: Full Circle

May 9, 2017

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.


Clyde Workpant, Reformation x Veda Leather Jacket

Jacket, Reformation | Blank Canvas top, Jamie + the Jones | Clyde Work Pants, Elizabeth Suzann | Pons, c/o Avarcas Canada (USA site) | Necklace, c/o Loop Jewelry | Bucket Bag, Baggu

(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.


Vetta Duster

Duster, c/o Vetta | Cream shell, c/o Tradlands | Levi’s (similar) | Cons, thrifted (responsibly made option) | Bucket Bag, Baggu

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.


Everlane Linen CollectionEverlane Linen Collection

Linen Collarless Square Shirt (6 in Dark Indigo), c/o Everlane | Black jeans, Paige Denim (similar) | Cardigan, c/o Grana (currently sold out) | clogs, Lotta from Stockholm | bag, old from West Elm

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.


Vetta Duster

Duster, c/o Vetta | Basic Shift Dress, Hackwith Design House | Cons, thrifted (responsibly made option) | Bucket Bag, Baggu

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!


Vetta Duster

Duster, c/o Vetta | Dress, Everlane (sold out) | Sandals, Birkenstock | Bucket Bag, Baggu | Sunglasses, Ray-Ban

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.


Duster, c/o Vetta | Shirt, Tradlands (sold out, similar in silk) | Levis, vingtage | clogs, Lotta from Stockholm (not recommended) | Bucket Bag, Baggu

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.


Clyde Workpant, Reformation x Veda Leather Jacket

Jacket, Reformation | Striped u-neck, Everlane | Clyde Work Pants, Elizabeth Suzann | Cons, thrifted (responsibly made option) | Bucket Bag, Baggu

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.

Do you notice weekly ‘trends’ in how you get dressed? Also, I’d love to get your take on dusters! Do you wear them? If so, how do you style yours?

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  • Mel May 9, 2017 at 6:38 am

    I love Sunday, Monday and Friday! I also love that duster – the color is amazing! And I really dig how it makes jeans and a Tee look so cool. I am also curious about J+J. I have and love the blank canvas top and wear it weekly (I rarely need a jacket in Miami). I’m thinking of a T-Top for “winter”. Do you have one? Do you wear it? Thanks :)

    • Andrea May 10, 2017 at 11:05 pm

      Hi Mel, I like your pics, those are some of my favs too. I do have a T Top, the black one, and I really like it! I actually like the style/fit of it better than my Blank Canvas Tee. I haven’t worn it a lot lately, and I think it’s because I would like to wear it with darker wash jeans, and currently I don’t have a pair I want to wear. Hopefully I’ll wear more of my T Top in the fall!

  • Jenn Bollenbacher May 9, 2017 at 8:15 am

    I love the duster! I recently acquired one as well (in a dusty gray / lilac color) and chose to style it exactly the same way you first did: jeans, a white top, & converse :) That striped shirt look is my favorite!

    • Andrea May 10, 2017 at 11:06 pm

      Your duster sounds super cute. It’s so hard to go wrong with a white top and converse, right?!

  • Chloe | Conscious by Chloe May 9, 2017 at 8:31 am

    Wow, I love how you styled these pieces, I especially love your Tuesday and Friday looks. Grey, Blue and Black + Rust, Blue and… Stripes! Just the perfect combos!
    Congrats on taking the time to take all these daily pictures for us, I love that you take them in different places/rooms every time. It makes it all more interesting + gives us an idea of your daily life (kinda).

    • Andrea May 10, 2017 at 11:08 pm

      Thanks for the kind words Chloe, and for noting that I take the pics in different places! I definitely get desperate for locations sometimes, but I like mixing it up because like you said, it makes things more interesting!

      As for my daily life, I often go back and forth on how much I think I should share, that’s a hard one!

  • Jodie May 9, 2017 at 9:20 am

    Another great weekly style newsletter Andrea!
    The duster is a pretty color on you. For me personally they’re a little too long and dressy. I just wouldn’t get enough use out of it.
    I have a few pretty set uniforms and now that I am pregnant they’ve been whittled down to basically two.
    1. A dress with jean jacket or cardigan layered over it.
    2. Skinny jeans and a tunic t-shirt.
    It’s been so cold lately that I’ve had to layer cardigans, light scarves too.

    Your posts make me miss all my Everlane clothes SO much! Obviously I can only still wear my tunic short sleeve sweatshirt, city anorak, and accessories (bags and shoes).
    Oh well, only 4 more months, not a big deal.

    Looking forward to next week!
    Take care! Xo!

    • Andrea May 11, 2017 at 5:28 pm

      Hi Jodie, thanks for the support! :) I love hearing how dialed in you have your style, makes it seem like getting dressed must be easy! I remember how much I missed my clothes by the end of my pregnancies. It’s like getting a whole new wardrobe again without having to spend a dime! Except on bras ;) ;)

  • Breanna Marie May 9, 2017 at 9:29 am

    I love this duster! It’s such a beautiful hue; almost a neutral pink?


    • Andrea May 11, 2017 at 5:29 pm

      It’s kind of like a dusty pink with a hint of orange?? It’s unique for sure. But it is really understated at the same time.

  • Paige Marchi May 9, 2017 at 1:47 pm

    I LOVE the duster on you – especially with the chambray and the striped top. And I definitely have dress ‘themes’ – minimal effort on Monday, dressier on Wednesday (since I don’t walk at lunch that day), super casual by Friday.

    • Andrea May 11, 2017 at 5:29 pm

      Thanks girl! I really like the duster too. And of course our dress themes would be very similar! Always twinning! :)

  • Beth May 9, 2017 at 2:42 pm

    I love Sundays outfit! I recently acquired a J+J blank canvas and T-top (thanks Poshmark!), and am very, very thrilled. I love them, but I’m having a hard time making them work with any layer on top. Any tips for wearing jackets/cardigans over and not fiddling with them all day?

    • Hilary May 10, 2017 at 4:04 pm

      Beth, I have two Blank Canvas tops and wore them all Canadian winter despite their layering unfriendliness. There’s certainly no wearing a fitted cardigan over top, and I don’t think something like a bomber jacket would work well either. A few ways I made it work:
      1) Layer under, not over — I wear a lot of fitted tanks and camis underneath. I find a non-cotton (silk or poly) tank + loose raw silk is actually a very warm combo and it doesn’t bother me that my arms are bare.
      2) All the scarves, usually ones I could unroll and wrap around my arms if I did need a little more warmth.
      3) Kimono-style layers! I love the loose-fitting top and so I’ve started collecting layers that work over top, like Only Child’s Madelyn Coat. Obviously this is a longer term, more expensive option, but once I identified that I loved that style of top I started to make sure any new layers I got suited that style.

      • Beth May 11, 2017 at 7:42 am

        Ahhhh! Wonderful. This is all super helpful. Thanks a lot!

    • Andrea May 11, 2017 at 5:38 pm

      I love Hilary’s advice! I have had the same struggle too, therefore I haven’t worn my blank canvas top as much as I’d hoped. I tried layering underneath it, but didn’t love the look on me. It would probably work better with a colored top. Ive had more luck layering over my T Top, I have a nice cocoon cardigan (with big armholes) and that layers over the T Top really well. Really, any oversized cardigan could work.

  • Lo May 9, 2017 at 3:53 pm

    Such a pretty duster! It looks like that rust color will be very on-trend this summer.

    • Andrea May 11, 2017 at 5:40 pm

      Ha! Never my goal, but good to know ;)

  • Brita May 9, 2017 at 4:54 pm

    Just chiming in to say I really love this series! I’ve also loved those Clyde Work Pants since I first saw them, and now that I see how often and differently you wear them, it’s really helped me estimate cost-per-wear of adding them that to my closet.

    • Andrea May 11, 2017 at 5:41 pm

      Ah, thanks for weighing in Brita, I’m so glad you’ve found this helpful. I do really wear them quite a bit, they are such a good-looking pant! And such a nice departure from jeans or black pants. Good luck on your decision making. Also, I sized down.

  • Kaci May 9, 2017 at 7:02 pm

    Fun to see you style the duster! I have a duster on my sewing list for #2017makenine but I’m leaning more toward a long breezy kimono type of thing for the exact reason you mention, I go for more casual looks. Totally just my opinion…but I think Wednesday and Thursday should trade shoes…if it were me!

    • Andrea May 11, 2017 at 5:55 pm

      Kaci, you are spot on about the shoes, good call! That would have made a huge difference in both looks.

  • Vivianna May 9, 2017 at 11:13 pm

    I think your leather jacket is super cool :) and you look super cool in it too! You should totally paint the snaps black. I love the blank canvas top, but feel your struggle with layering! I don’t have a J+J piece yet but fantasize about the blank canvas top in blush.

    You are rocking that duster! It looks soooo cute with a dress! And also soooo cute with pants and a top! Still loving that color, such a beautiful deep red/rust. My favorite outfit is the one with the chambray dress. I like how the light blue and rust look together.

    I audibly yelped when I saw you got that collarless linen button up from Everlane! I am absolutely in love with it!!!! I am considering ordering it in black. You look excellent in it :) So cool to see you featuring things that have piqued my interest lately.

    • Andrea May 11, 2017 at 5:57 pm

      What a fun coincidence! I am really impressed with that top. I think it would be beautiful in white as well. That chambray dress is one of my summer time favorites! I wish Everlane would bring it back!

  • Judy May 10, 2017 at 6:24 am

    Best week ever……love, love all the looks!

    • Andrea May 11, 2017 at 6:00 pm

      Thank you so much Judy!! You know how to make a girl blush!

  • Kaytee May 10, 2017 at 7:55 am

    Are the Lottas super comfortable? I want to order some!

    • Andrea May 11, 2017 at 6:01 pm

      Yes, the Lottas are super comfortable. They are wider than other clogs I’ve tried. I just wish they used better wood. It seems more porous than other clogs i’ve tried. If you buy them, I would recommend sealing them with a varnish from the hardware store (similar to what No.6 does with their clogs).

  • Rachel May 10, 2017 at 9:48 am

    Hi Andrea,

    I am curious about the quality of the Moheda clog that you wear. I just ordered the Moheda Betty pair from Lotta, but I saw that you said the quality of your Lotta clog was poor. Would you recommend the Moheda Betty clog that you have?

    • Andrea May 11, 2017 at 6:03 pm

      The Moheda Betty is definitely a better quality clog! Mine are still in great shape, and the darker wood doesn’t really show dirt. The overall craftsmanship is better than the Lotta brand. I still like my Betty’s quite a bit, but they are feeling too narrow for my old lady feet this year, so I might sell them. :( I hope yours work out for you!

  • Anne M May 11, 2017 at 8:06 am

    I wear my duster (light-weight cotton twill) with pants, although I have a long denim skirt (longer than the duster) that would probably work well, too. I have a very casual duster (no buttons or extra layers), so I tend to wear it with more casual looks. I especially like it with summery, loose crinkle cotton layers since it is just enough for evenings and/or air conditioning.

    • Andrea May 11, 2017 at 6:05 pm

      Yes, I was thinking a duster would be great for summer evenings/AC. Also, I might just take my black button off!

  • Carly May 11, 2017 at 5:00 pm

    I LOVE the duster! I just checked out Vetta as well and they have some really great pieces. They also do a really great job of showing you all the styling options in their images.
    You should check out ARC Apparel as well, arcapparel.ca, they’re a new company that is curating responsible fashion!

    • Andrea May 11, 2017 at 6:06 pm

      I agree, it’s really fun to see all their pieces in action. I am excited to follow along with them and see what comes next!

  • Tania May 14, 2017 at 6:51 pm

    I have a duster that is a floral rayon navy kimono jacket but with narrow buttoned cuffs at the end of the sleeves. It was on a sales rack and an XL. I’m 5’1″ but bought it and had it altered to fit me. I wear it over black jersey dresses or over cutoffs and tanks (I live in Hawaii). Your Wens look was my favorite. You look casual and comfy but pulled together and chic. Love that dress and some of the other pieces by that line. You always do this to me btw lol, I always end up buying more things after binge reading your blog posts. Only Child, Jamie + Jones pieces all occupy my closet now.

    • Andrea May 14, 2017 at 8:57 pm

      Ah!! I don’t mean to make you buy more! But I love sharing options with people so they know what’s out there. Your duster sounds super cute. Which is your favorite piece by Only Child?