This has been a looong week. The end of the first full week of 2015 couldn’t come soon enough! I think all the online banking and autopay setups mean I can go weeks or even months before accidently writing 2014 on a check! I have to say, so far, so good, with the New Year though. This winter has had a later than usual start for Michigan. Especially when compared to other parts of the country or a year ago. We had a record winter for snowfall and low temperatures last year. This was a record I could really have done without breaking! I know we will still get our share but usually by this time we’ve already had to shovel and scrape a small mountain range next to the driveway!
Today is TGIF! And with it comes an easy Friday look. I know a lot of people go with casual Friday but I still like to keep my casual cool. For me this tan sweater dress fills that hole perfectly. A sweater dress is always a good choice if you’re at all unsure what to wear. It’s very forgiving for those of us not blessed with a perfect body shape. It’s a good idea to choose a slightly loose fit to help hide any extra tummy bulge you may have put on with those Christmas cookies!
Choosing a piece featuring a simple silhouette is always best but simple doesn’t need to be boring. The shiny gold zipper accents at the hem of my dress add a modern metallic feeling. There’s no need to complicate this outfit so make sure to KISS (Keep It Simple Silly!) and tell by finishing with tights and high suede or leather boots. Wrapping up with my wine colored oversized shawl and matching wool hat keeps me toasty warm and ready to go. Oh wait! Not quite yet. I’ve added this bright blue quilted purse to add cozy color to a yucky Michigan winter day. Cross body bags are a good choice as they keep your hands free to hold that low fat hazelnut macchiato! And the real surprise of this outfit? I assembled the whole hat to boot look for double digit dollars! Score!
Hat, shawl & bag @Forever 21
Sweater Dress @Target
Boots @Burlington Coat Factory
What’s with all these labels and categories? Are you Liberal or Conservative? City or country? Pro-gress or Con-gress? A dog person or cat person? At least on that last one I can say I like both, but have neither! We watched my father-in-law’s ancient kitty for a while when Dad was having some medical issues and I definitely got attached to the old guy. The cat that is but I like Dad too! And when I was in China visiting with my family this summer I spent some time with my nephew’s unbelievably adorable Mini-Schnauzer puppy Wanan. Every time I see a cute little ball of fur I get the urge. But then my neatness gene kicks back in and I look around my mostly clean house and think “maybe not!” At least not yet. We like to travel and its nice being able to do so at the drop of a hat; a stylish and classic wool hat of course! Anyway, I think for now, I’ll get my fauna fix via my wardrobe!
You may have noticed but if not I’ll say again that animal patterns are my favorite prints. They are classic and classy; trendy and timeless. But I also love a classic stripe pattern! What to do? Which do I choose? Well whenever I have a difficult choice between two favorites the easy way out is to go with both! So I started with a cool black and white horizontal striped long sleeved pullover. Then I covered it with a warm fuzzy leopard print sweater. It’s closed with a single button to help give me some desirable shapeliness.
Layering out I went back to black and white with a fun furry faux fur vest to add warmth and balance to the two underlying prints. A slimming, shapely black front split midi-skirt helps create a clean and interesting look. I love this combination for a tough but still feminine vibe. I’ve found that you can instantly dial up most outfits a notch or two simply by topping off with a coordinated hat. Oversized paparazzi evading shades are a must add as well. I wanted to keep this outfit less busy than it sounds so chose a purse living in the same color family. But I’m always drawn to a bit of a hard edge feeling so made sure the purse featured metal accent edges and studs.
Hat @Saks 5th Avenue
Fur Vest @Neiman Marcus
Striped and Leopard print tops @New York & Co
Skirt & @Calvin Klein Booties @Nordstrom Rack
Studded Purse @TJ Maxx