This week I lived in heavy sweaters, because the mid-winter temps have been nippy. I also got reacquainted with my skinny jeans, and I’m not mad about it. However I did start the week with a flop and some buyer’s remorse, which never feels good. More on that below.
Here’s a look at what I wore…
Cashmere Cardigan (M/L) Cuyana | Ribbed Top, First Rite, via Garmentory | Jeans, Vintage Levi’s (501) (very similar) | Clog Boots, No.6 (similar) | Petra Backpack, c/o Everlane (currently on sale!) | Half Moon Pendant, c/o Claus | Coin Necklace, Nashelle
I have been working hard since the start of the year to be extremely mindful of new purchases. I took most of the month of January off from buying anything, but then in February I fell off the mindful wagon and impulse-bought this shirt with some Garmentory credits. The neckline is too high, and the color is not good on me. And, unfortunately it’s not returnable. This shirt reminds me tenfold why impulse shopping is rarely a good idea. I have so much to say on this topic, and a few related things, that I am working on a dedicated blog post. If all goes well, I’ll publish tomorrow! For now, I’m debating whether to sell this top or staple it to the front of my closet as a reminder for the future.
Style Notes: Overall, I like the colors and the individual players in this outfit, just not feeling the shirt.
Style Score: 7.5
Alpaca Cardigan, Zady (sold out) | Tee (M), c/o Bridge & Burn | White, Modern BF Jeans (28), Everlane | High Top Cons, thrifted (LOVE this USA made option) | Petra Backpack, c/o Everlane (currently on sale!)
I am thrilled to finally be the proud owner of white pants. They are such a fresh change from all the dark pants I own. As per the discussion in the comments last week, I’ll embrace the distressed look as they may get scuffed or dirty spots with time. (It’s part of the charm, right?) I decided to take this pair to the tailor to have them taken in at the waist, so they will fit properly. (I first tried these pants in a size 27, and didn’t like the way they fit my legs. They were too skinny-jean ish. Several months later, I bought these in a 28 and I like the fit on the leg, but the waist is rather large.) Hoping this trip to the tailor will make them fit as well as Lee’s do.
A quick note: Everlane is releasing a few new denim styles including a raw hem kick flare later this month, and eventually straight leg jeans. If you’re looking for well-fitting white denim, I suggest waiting to see if one of these styles comes in white.
Style Notes: I am a big fan of the monochromatic look going on here. These pants have brought new life to these dark items. The backpack and kicks make this outfit feel a little bit sporty and fun, two things that helped me feel upbeat on a tired day.
Style Score: 9.5 – I’d love to see this look with a belt!
I enjoyed wearing this outfit, it’s a ‘look pulled together’ but ‘feel ultra comfy’ ensemble. The sweater is super soft. (I washed it in my front loader, which made it even softer, but it shrank a little and it’s ultra pilly now. I don’t recommend that approach!) My pants have an elastic waist, and I am forever rocking my spirit animal shoes.
Style Notes: Does this qualify as monochromatic? I think so. It’s pretty clear to me that I love outfits with simple (but not boring) color palettes, and this look certainly qualifies. I normally full or front-tuck my tops with these pants, but I wanted easy, and just wore the sweater as it naturally fell, and I think it looks great!
Style Score: 9
I’ve had a renewed love for this sweater over the last week in the face of some chilly temps. It’s an elegant, timeless piece that definitely sparks joy when I wear it. It feels a little more ‘one of a kind’ and therefore cherished, compared to some of the other mass-produced sweaters I own.
Side note: I believe The Garment is holding a virtual pop-up with L’envers, starting tomorrow! Check their site to see about a possible discount with this sweater maker!
Style Notes: I love combining tan and black, it always makes me happy. I wanted to add a finishing piece so I opted for this multi-colored clay necklace that I bought in the fall after being inspired by Dacy’s signature necklace.
Style Score: 10
Skinny jeans two days in a row?! Who am I? I hung on to these jeans after reviewing them because I didn’t want to have FOMO about skinny jeans, and I’m so glad I did. I’ve been less in love with my other dark wash jeans by Rag & Bone (they don’t work well for me as a stand alone item), and have been opting for these instead. I love that they are fitted and feminine, but I appreciate that they are still thick denim that has way more structure than a jegging-style jean.
Style Notes: I dusted off this cognac bag, an old favorite of mine, to play into the warm pumpkin-y tones of the sweater and I like how the two shades look together. I would use this purse more, but it barely fits my essentials: wallet, sunglasses, phone, little pouch with lipsticks. I’ve had it so long that I can’t decide whether to keep or purge. This sweater is all-encompassing when I wear it, so I have to be in the mood, and on this day I was, and it felt like a warm hug. It’s a great conversation starter too, people are always commenting on it.
Style Score: 10
Claude Cardigan (S/M), L’envers | Shirt, c/o Power of My People (no longer available) | Jeans, Vintage Levi’s (501) (very similar) | Isa Boot, c/o Nisolo | Bag, Vintage Dooney & Bourke (same bag, lighter color)
The sweater weather continues, and on Saturday I added a thick button-up top for warmth. The funny thing about pre-spring is that I often get the impulse to stop wearing heavy jackets before the weather cooperates, and I’m left chilled to the bone. Even though spring is near(ish), right now I am trying to maintain a winter mentality when getting dressed!
Style Notes: A lighter-toned color palette without my usual drop of black, but I like how it came together. I struggled to keep this shirt tucked in throughout the day and eventually just left it un-tucked. It tucks well into high-waisted pants, but not mid. Because of that I probably wouldn’t repeat this outfit.
Style Score: 8
Cardiff Work Jacket in Camel, OS Regular, c/o Only Child | Waffle Knit Sweater, c/o Everlane, sold out, (very similar) | Black Denim, c/o Everlane | Boots, Loeffler Randall, no longer available (similar option) | Bag, Thrifted Madewell (better option) | Necklace: Pursuits of Happiness
Sunday was so cold, I piled my cocoon coat on top of this just to feel comfortable. The color of this jacket is hard to convey in photos, it seems like it ‘pops’ more on screen than it does in real life. It’s pumpkin-y, but it’s also very chestnut-y in its coloring, I wish you could see it for yourself.
Style Notes: It feels like there is a lot going on in this outfit, but I still like it. For me, the necklace pulls together all the pieces nicely.
Style Score: 9
KEY LESSONS: Don’t make impulsive purchases. Odds are they won’t pan out. And if they do, is the habit worth all the other times when they don’t pan out? + Heavy knits will keep you warm on these cold, wintery days.