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Day job: a world language teacher Hobbies: style, fashion,gardening, food, travel and music.

How to style a jean jacket

Not your Grandmother’s Grandmother.

As you may know, I’m a teacher. There are several teachers in our family. My husband’s older sister is a retired teacher. She’s never had kids of her own but she’s had hundreds of her kids over the years that still remember her when they happen to cross paths. I’m somewhat similar. I have a stepdaughter and stepson. My stepson is married with a 16 month old daughter and another child due this summer. So, that means…seven plus five carry the two…oh my…I’m a GRANDMOTHER! It’s really the best deal around. I get to have the fun of spoiling an adorable baby without ever learning how to change a diaper! It seems that in my family, having children skipped a generation! When I tell other people that I’ve got a granddaughter they can’t believe it. I have to agree that when I look in the mirror, I don’t see your typical Grandmother type. And believe me, I’m not complaining!

How to style a jean jacket
How to style a jean jacket

In every woman’s closet there are several items that are true must haves. These are go-to pieces that can save the day in an emergency and let you be ready for any occasion. In my closet three of these items are a denim jacket, button down plaid shirt and the leather skinnies. I’ve said before that I consider leather skinnies to be oh so useful that I call them my Swiss Army Knife item in my closet. They help you dress up, dress down, heck, even dress sideways if you need to. Of course there are other can’t do without basics but these three can really become building blocks for a lot of different looks, styles and moods.

leopard booties street style
leopard booties street style

Speaking of moods, today mine is to create a layered outfit. I started with what else; the on trend leather skinnies of course. This time I paired them with a summery silk dress with a short train flowing behind. I covered the dress with an oversized plaid button down shirt. That’s item 2 from my list of must haves. I hope you’re taking notes, there will be a quiz! The plaid shirt adds interesting layers and a bit of color to the mostly black outfit. It also takes the dressiness down a notch which is a good thing. After all, even a Grandmother likes to have fun! And fun is never in doubt when you add some leopard and leather heels to the mix. I topped everything off with a fitted jean jacket. The key word here is fitted as the jacket helps to create the figure I want but maybe don’t have! I also believe that if a little leopard is good then a little more is better so I’m using my leopard bag. This bag is almost as useful as the skinnies so let’s call it the Swiss Army Spoon maybe. Grandmothers still like to be feminine so I finished up with a jeweled knit hat and some bright red nail polish and lipstick. And now I’ve got to go. This Grandmother’s going clubbing!

short Jean jacket
short Jean jacket
Plaid shirt street style
Plaid shirt street style
black leather skinny
black leather skinny
leopard bag street style
leopard bag street style

Knit hat, Leather Skinnies & Booties @Nordstrom Rack
Denim Jacket @White House/Black Market
Leopard Purse @Express
Cheers!

How to style a lips print outfit

Pucker up!
Yay. Monday. But I really can’t complain. We had another nice weekend. There’s a couple more empty wine bottles for the recycle bin. After all, I always like to do my part for the environment! We took another batch of photos on Saturday. You’re seeing some of them today! It was c-c-cold but sunny so we had to make the best of it. My husband is my photographer so got to get frostbite along with me. It seems that misery really does love company! He’s a bit older than I am. I don’t want to say how old but his first camera was black and white! Well, maybe not quite that bad. Anyway, we have our new Sony α6000 now for a few weeks and are really loving it. Like most technology we’re probably using about 10% of it’s capability but learning more every time! So maybe there’s hope for us yet!

Red lips print sweater
Red lips print sweater

I like to keep up with current trends so subscribe to a few fashion magazines. One of my go to mags is People Style Watch. In the Style Guide section in the current issue they’re featuring clothing with a lip pattern. It just so happens that I have a piece highlighting that very design. Actually I probably have something in my closet for almost any category topic but that’s a story for another day! Anyway, with ready inspiration in mind it seemed an easy call to go with that theme in today’s post. It’s very true in fashion as in many things that what was once old will one day be new again. I’ve actually had my black sweater with the big sequined red lips for quite a while. It makes an appearance several times a year and seems especially appropriate around Valentines Day. I think it’s a fun piece and has always been an attention getter. And now to find out it brings me back to being on trend it seems like it was definitely the right decision way back then.

Black sweater with red lips prints
Black sweater with red lips prints

When I create an outfit I always try to find a color on the key piece that becomes the foundation. The rest of the look will either stay with the same family or go with the opposite side of the color chart for contrast. Here of course that meant red. Those big red lips are really in your face if you’ll pardon the pun, so that was my base. I went with a red wine colored floral hem chiffon skirt to add a bit of depth and texture. Keeping it all in the family I echoed the skirt with similar color heels. The other color on the sweater and the rest of the outfit is basic but never boring black. If you’ve read any of my previous posts you know that simply won’t do. I always need that kiss of pop color. Here, I used a never fail leopard print purse to add that so important 3rd color. For me I always believe a well balanced outfit should draw from 3 colors. After all everyone knows that if you sit on a stool with only 2 legs you’ll end up on the ground!

Wine skirt
Wine skirt
How to style a lips print outfit
How to style a lips print outfit
Leopard bag
Leopard bag
lips print outfit street style
lips print outfit street style

Lip Sweater & Wine Skirt @Forever 21
Leopard Bad from @Express
Heels @DSW
Inspiration @People Style Watch
Cheers!

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