Outfits STYLE // Winter

The Good Stuff

March 14, 2017

If Friday’s outfit was all about the ‘shoulds’ then this look is all about the ‘goods.’ As in so good I can’t get enough. THIS I would grab ten times over if I were packing for a trip. THIS outfit puts a skip and a hop in my step. It even makes my shoulders relax like I am permanently drinking a latte. THIS outfit screams me to the world.

I absolutely loved all the discussion (in the comments) about ‘shoulds’ – I am very thankful so many smart women read this blog and weigh in. No woman is an island, right? Nor should any woman be an island when it comes to her wardrobe.

Based on what you guys shared, I had a few ‘a ha’ moments and key takeaways. As Lindsey noted, the big difference between capsules and uniforms is variety/remixing verses repeated looks, respectively. That idea made me think maybe I was trying too hard to make my uniform have variety, when a uniform by definition is uniform and repetitious!

I also realized I’m just not a skirt person at all. I actually only own three skirts. One, I’ve had since high school. Realizing that was sort of a relief. Now, I know not to include them when I’m shopping because the likelihood of me getting value out of that purchase is low. (Not to be confused by dresses, which I love.)

After reading Monica’s comment I had the revelation that just as I’m judicious about shopping and what I add to my closet, I need to equally as judicious about what I eliminate. She pointed out that sometimes restyling an item makes her re-fall in love with it, and I think that’s a great point. I suppose it all goes back to reminding us why slow fashion truly is a beneficial notion.


As I mentioned in the first paragraph, everything here I love! Perhaps that’s why you feel like you’ve seen this outfit before.

CHAMBRAY SHIRT  |  This one is a few seasons old from J.Crew, and has moved in and out of being a staple of mine. (Currently: in.) I’ve found three great ethically made options: 1 – men’s lightweight denim shirt from Everlane, 2 – washed indigo denim shirt from Tradlands, 3 – linen/chambray blend from Tradlands. Note: I realize the latter brand is a bit of an investment but, if you can swing it, it’s worth the price. I recently bought a shirt from Tradlands for the spring, and I love the combination of masculine meets feminine fit. It’s structured, but still hugs in all the right places, like the upper arms, and not too broad nor too narrow at the waist. I also like the extra buttons, which allow me the ability to wear it with a few different necklines. They’re all made in the USA, and you can usually snag a promo code for your first order.

SWEATER  |  My alpaca sweater from Zady has turned all kinds of nubby from use, but I still love it. It’s crazy soft and very warm. Conforms nicely to what I’m wearing. Try this similar version from Amour Vert.

VINTAGE DENIM  |  Favs! Love these jeans. If you’re local, I found a new store with vintage denim, the Yo! Store. For more ideas on spotting your own vintage denim see my tips.

CLOGS  |  (In Sienna leather.) I still love these and want to do a little dance every time I put them on. Gift for review from Bryr Studio.

BAG  |  Trusty little leather bucket bag, made in the USA.

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  • Marion March 14, 2017 at 7:55 am

    I don’t comment often, but I love this outfit!! I look forward to hearing how you like the Tradlands shirt – I’ve been hinting to my hubby about that linen/chambray one for my birthday.

    • Andrea March 14, 2017 at 9:35 pm

      So far I really like it! I decided to wear it 7 days in a row to really get a feel for it and how to style it. (I’ll share that in a blog post soon.) Right now I’m on day 3 and I like it a little more each day! It’s a classic piece, and very, very well tailored! It’s been fun to wear over and over again. I hope it works out for you to get that linen/chambray one! It looks gorgeous.

  • Stacy March 14, 2017 at 8:33 am

    So with you on the skirts! I’ve tried a couple in the last year or so, and I think I’m realizing that as much as I love dresses, skirts are just not my thing. For some reason I always feel like they look wrong on me. Glad to know I’m not the only one! Love your denim on denim look here.

    • Andrea March 14, 2017 at 9:35 pm

      I think skirts involve too many variables! I’m glad I’m not alone too. Thanks for stopping by Stacy. xo

  • Evy March 14, 2017 at 8:58 am

    Link for the bucket bag goes to the Tradlands website. Love this outfit!

    • Andrea March 14, 2017 at 9:35 pm

      Thanks for letting me know Evy!

  • Chloe | Conscious by Chloe March 14, 2017 at 11:11 am

    I’m working at my computer, still in my PJs and am going to tun to take a shower and replicate your outfit. I love everything about it!

    • Andrea March 14, 2017 at 9:36 pm

      Ha! Love it Chloe! It’s so fun to feel inspired, even better to realize you already have what you need to replicate it. Score!

  • MICHELLE March 14, 2017 at 2:40 pm

    This outfit really works! Those jeans are just right.

    • Andrea March 14, 2017 at 9:36 pm

      Thanks Michelle, I have been wearing them sooo much! So glad I found them. :) Stay warm!!!

  • Jenine March 14, 2017 at 5:45 pm

    I definitely agree about skirts. They never sit quite right on me and I never know what to pair them with. I’ve finally stopped buying them after having too many sit in my closet unworn. Dresses, on the other hand, I love!
    I love the Bryr clogs but they’re a little bit out of my price range. I’m curious if you have any experience with Lotta from Stockholm’s shoes. From what I can tell they seem to be an ethical company and I’m considering buying clogs or sandals from them. Thanks!

    • Andrea March 14, 2017 at 9:13 pm

      Hi Jenine! I have one pair from Lotta, and I am not impressed by the quality of wood they use. It is softer and gets dirty way easier. I also had to re-glue the front part of my sole on. That being said, some other folks seem to love them. If you’re not ready to splurge on Bryr, you could always try Moheda (I have some of those, they are nice quality) or Sandgren’s (really nice quality!). Good luck!

      • Jenine March 14, 2017 at 9:58 pm

        Thank you for the recommendations! It’s nice to get an idea of what a product is like when you can’t see it beforehand. I’ll definitely check out the other brands that you’ve mentioned!

  • Jane March 15, 2017 at 12:21 am

    I love this outfit so much, it definitely is very you! You’ve inspired me to try wearing my chambray top with a lighter/medium wash denim which I haven’t tried yet.

    • Andrea March 20, 2017 at 10:59 am

      GO for is Jane! Most relaxed look ever. Thanks for the feedback and saying this outfit is very ‘me.’ :)

  • Monica March 15, 2017 at 2:01 am

    those clogs… oh those clogs… I’m off to San Francisco for a family holiday in the Summer and I’ve already told everyone that I MUST pop in the Bryr studio and try some for size. Living in England is a bit or a risk ordering the wrong pair. Same as yours but in black. They’ve been in my dream list forever.

    (Love the jeans!)

    • Andrea March 20, 2017 at 10:59 am

      Yay!! I hope you get a pair. I think trying them on in person would be immensely helpful! Enjoy your time in SF this summer.

  • Stephanie March 15, 2017 at 6:12 am

    Hi. I have discovered your blog recently and I really enjoy it. I have downsized after an international move and I am rebuilding my wardrobe to fit my new lifestyle, new closet size… I have enjoyed particularly your post on how to find vintage Levi’s. Thanks for sharing your tips.
    Lovely outfit, by the way. Seems really comfy and suits you very well.

    • Andrea March 20, 2017 at 11:01 am

      Hi Stephanie, so glad to have you! Wow, an international move sounds fun and exotic. Good luck in your hunt for Levi’s, and hope to see you around here often!

  • Emily Mahi'ai March 15, 2017 at 12:29 pm

    I’ve had to realize I’m not a skirt girl either. I do own three that get enough wear to keep, though I might sell one of them.
    I’m also a fan of Tradlands!! Their shirts fit like no other button-ups I’ve tried.

    • Andrea March 20, 2017 at 11:01 am

      No joke! The no-boob gap thing is so true. I really like my shirt from there.

  • Lauren Greenwalt March 15, 2017 at 1:11 pm

    Love the denim on denim!

    • Andrea March 20, 2017 at 11:02 am

      Thanks Lauren! It’s super chill, right? ;)