We’re officially one week into January and resolutions are still in play, the new season of The Bachelor has started (and I already despise all the girls) and I’m back with a new look post to start the year off stylish.
The start of a very long winter typically makes sweatpants and bulky sweater even more appealing than usual. I’m trying my best to make sure I try to shy away from my tendencies and embrace dressy looks and try new options the season. This look is a great example of that. I’ve already welcomed turtlenecks with open arms, but now it’s about how to pull in other pieces like blazers to dress them up.
This navy velvet blazer is a such a show stopper in this winter look. Against my white turtleneck from Uniqlo is great for a day at work when you’re feeling a little fancy and even better for night out in the winter. Instead of going for the standard khakis or black pants, I went for a cobalt blue color, to add an extra pop. A pair of printed pants would be another way to add texture to the look!
I love this look because it’s just an easy way to elevate a rather easy winter ensemble. Anytime you add color, texture, or pattern, especially with basic pieces, it’s a win. Here’s to hoping our outfits and resolutions remain in tact as we get through the first month of the new year!
Happy June everyone! Before I get started on today’s post, I wanted to extend another thank you to everyone who read my Pride post that I kicked off this month with last week. Being vulnerable regarding something so personal is not easy, but the texts and other messages I received were so kind and sweet. I plan to share more pieces like that going forward!
Back to today’s look, I’m leaving it up to Levi’s. A denim jacket is essentially necessary these days. Mine’s been snagged from Urban Outfitters on sale about 5 years ago, and it’s served me well since. The wash has always served me well and it paired perfectly with shades of sky blue for an easy spring to summer look.
This jacket isn’t exactly the newest piece in my closet, but denim jackets only improve with age. Adding something custom like a patch, or pin is a really fun way to give it new life. I took that sentiment a little further by having mine embroidered. A local pop-up shop was doing custom embroidery and I decided to get a cheeky phrase “Fuck Off” put on the back collar. It’s easily rideable but a fun way to show off my, at times, feisty personality and really claim this jacket as my own.
The top is a light polk dot print from Club Monaco. A Club Monaco sale is honestly my secret weapon. The quality of the clothes is better than the average, but so are the prices, so just wait out and pounce when the sale is right! 😉 I picked up that shirt during their mid season sale months ago. To mix and match patterns, I slipped on my favorite striped van-like shoes from Brooks Brothers, a pair I grabbed in the fall. A similar pair is linked here. Pattern play is actually one of my favorite trends, especially in the summer, since it’s all about having fun and trying different colors. The khakis help break up the whole look.
I’m loving all the possibilities that this nicer weather is giving me in terms of my wardrobe. It’s warm enough for lighter fabrics, but cool enough to layer! Looking forward to sharing more summer looks this month!
10 days till Christmas people, count ’em! As I’m sure most of us are, I’ve been busy planning for the holiday season, so I haven’t been able to sit down and get to posting until now. More holiday updates to come next week!
Between the shopping, wrapping, tree-decorating and all things holiday, I’ve been trying my best to step up my daily style game. More layers are meaning more reasons to look good. Every year, I try to find that one holiday sweater that will perfectly tie me over from Thanksgiving to Christmas and then into New Years. Some years it’s more traditional, others it’s more of the “ugly sweater” variety, but this year it’s pretty simple.
Upon outlet shopping this baby blue sweater at J.Crew was begging to come home with me. I feel like this kind of powdery tone is usually better suited on blondes and never seemed to work for me. With my darker hair this time around, I felt like the color would pop.
I’m loving the combination with my camel coat and any pair of jeans. This icy blue seater would work perfectly with just about everything. I’m a huge fans of keeping it in the blue family with navy dress pants, or if you’re more adventuresome, trying it with white jeans.
Rotating your new favorite sweater into your winter wardrobe is a great way to get excited for the holidays. Here’s to my last weekend in Chicago before heading to the East Coast next week. I’m really looking forward to the holidays, aren’t we all?
Sweater: J Crew Factory Coat: Ralph Lauren Jeans: Levi’s Belt: La Matera Boots: Frye
See you next week,
Photography: Callie Craig