Hello! I hope your week is off to a great start. This latest installment of outfits includes both new and rarely worn combos. It was a fun week. This is about the time of year I start to get a little bored with my all-jeans, all-the-time outfits and crave change. It was fun to push myself a little and step outside of my usual uniform. We’ve been fortunate enough to have some milder weather recently, with temperatures in the 40’s and less rainfall than normal. It’s a lot easier to have fun with clothing when it’s not freezing out!
No outfit pic for this day! We had a gloriously relaxed New Year’s Day, and went hiking. My outfit was semi-athletic, and very functional. I wore an old flannel, leggings, and cross-trainers. Very glamourous.
I purchased this sweater for the spring (when it became available after being sold out for a very long time) and got so excited to wear it that I sort of forced it into an outfit. I love the sweater (more coming up in a later post!) but I am not in love with this busy look. In retrospect lower shoes or a shorter sweater would have been a better fit.
Style Score: 6.5
This is the second time I have worn this combo, and I really like it. The wool-blend tights keep me super warm, and it’s fun to wear something other than pants in the wintertime.
One feature that really drew me to these clogs is the v-shape in the front at the top of the boot. It is hard for me to wear a boot that puts a vertical line through my ankles, and the ‘v’ is much more flattering on my shape. If you have skinny ankles, don’t take them for granted!
Style Notes: I really like the subtle black/stripes/olive palette and the overall shape of the outfit.
Style Score: 9
Body Con Dress, Aritiza, sold out, (similar in stripe and turtleneck) | Cons, Thrifted (ethical version) | Tote, c/o Cuyana | Sweater, old from Nordstrom Rack | Fan Necklace, c/o Loop Jewelry, (use code SEASONS10 to save 10%!)
Back in November I decided to buy a wool coat from Aritzia. It’s not somewhere typically on my ‘ethical’ shopping list, but I decided to branch out in the name of finding a jacket. It turns out the jacket I bought wasn’t a good fit, and I found myself with some store credit. I got this dress and an oatmeal ‘sweater coat.’ Both are really nice quality, and hopefully I will wear them for a long time. While I was in the store, I struck up a conversation with the store manager and asked her what she knew about the company’s ethics when it came to the factories and suppliers they worked with. Her answers pleasantly surprised me. She basically told me that they were a pretty small company on the back end and really value manufacturing standards, to the point of ending relationships with suppliers if need be. Of course I wanted to know more, so I’ve reached out to the company (even CC’ing that manager) but I haven’t heard anything back yet. Sometimes the answers are hard to track down. Aritzia has beautiful stuff, but I’ll likely abstain from shopping there until I know more.
I thoroughly enjoyed wearing this outfit, but it was very hard to photograph. I think I took more than 100 shots. A body-con look is highly out of my comfort zone, but the ease of this thick, warm, ribbed fabric really appealed to me. It’s ‘one piece and done,’ even in the wintertime. This dress would be great with a leather jacket, or even a chambray shirt tied around the waist. And it would look fabulous with dressier clogs.
Style Notes: Trying new silhouettes can be really fun. In effort to make it less ‘body-con’ I paired it with a cocoon sweater. I felt surprisingly confident and very comfortable (it feels like pajamas!).
Style Score: 9.5
I sprang for soft and cozy this Friday. These jeans are very soft and stretchy, unlike all my other pairs, and sometimes, I just need to be coddled by my clothes.
Style Notes: This look is quite basic, almost too basic for my taste. But sometimes I have days where I don’t want to give a second thought to my clothing. A look like this fits the bill nicely.
Style Score: 8.5
For some reasons Saturdays are one of the hardest days for me to dress for. To save me from myself, I quickly opted for my favorite repeat outfit (as shared on Instagram the same day). And very quickly my ‘what-to-wear’ problem vanished!
But let’s address the item you really want to talk about – this coat. After going around in circles for a bit about what kind of wool coat I wanted, and even swearing not to buy one this season, I sprang for this cocoon style coat from Everlane.
My first criteria in a wool coat was something that looked sharp but didn’t seem too fancy for everyday/school pickups/playground/grocery store. I kept trying to make fitted wool coats fit that mold, but they always felt too dressy. Later, I realized a second criteria I had was finding a coat that could easily and comfortably layer over sweaters. Whenever I wore my beloved T Sweater, the jacket situation was always tricky, same with a few other sweaters in my rotation. The cocoon style of this jacket makes it very easy to wear over even the biggest of sweaters. The last criteria I had was that I wanted a lay-down collar versus a stand up collar. I previously tried a standup collar coat, and it felt less versatile, and it poked into my hair too much.
Initially I had ruled out this coat after trying it in a size down, in camel, back in October. The shape was odd, I was trying to force it to be more fitted, and the sleeves were too short. After I came around to embracing the oversized, cocoon shape, I realized how well it could fit into my relaxed lifestyle. I gave the coat a try again, in my true size, and in a cooler-toned neutral. I’ve only worn it a few times, but I am very happy with it! And, look at that perfect sleeve length!
Style Notes: LOVE x100! I think I’ll wear this every Saturday, barring rain or snow! And, it feels good to pull off a warm, non-black outfit in the middle of winter.
Style Score: 10
Today I wanted to dive into warm clothing, and that is pretty much what I did. Not only was I cozy and comfortable, I felt like me. Even later in the day when I was embodying a tired mom at the grocery store with a greasy ponytail, I still felt like me. It is truly a great feeling to be at home in your clothing.
Style Score: 9
KEY LESSONS: Don’t be afraid to experiment, even if it doesn’t pay off every time.