How to create a tough chic winter outfit

Too cool to be cold!

Well that was fun. That first full workweek of the New Year is always such a struggle to get through. Of course it didn’t help that Michigan is currently locked in a deepfreeze of weather! I’m a blogger in real life but my paying hobby is teaching. I felt like I hit the lottery on Thursday because the school I teach at was one of only a handful that didn’t close due to the -20°F wind chill! Lucky me! After sitting in a frigid windy parking lot all day my trusty ride made some definitely not normal noises when I started driving home. At least it gets to live in our garage at night. I feel so sorry for our neighbor these winter mornings as I look out my window to see her scraping ice and clearing snow off her car. Her husband has some boy’s toys that take priority in their garage so her little car sits outside year round. Poor girl!

Black leather skinny pants street style
Black leather skinny pants street style

It seems my beloved readers respond pretty strongly when I show a look with a bit of attitude; and why not? I always love a tough and chic outfit. I think today’s selection gets right in your face, but in way that your face doesn’t mind! To create this kind of moody outfit, starting with a menswear style coat is always a good choice. I’m flaunting a hounds tooth pattern overcoat featuring flap pockets and a skinny lapel with black piping. Cool doesn’t mean complicated so I kept things clean and simple. But that doesn’t mean boring either. As they say, “the devil is in the details” and the key here is to make sure those details add to the total package.

hounds tooth coat street style
hounds tooth coat street style

I stayed with a mostly black and white palette by going with a solid white sweater. The top has added interest and sophistication with its irregular “V” shaped hem; a definite victory. To cover my legs I’m wearing some unbelievably useful and smooth black leather pants. I think of these pants as the Swiss Army Knife of my wardrobe as they are pretty much universal in their ability to be matched with different colors, styles, fabrics, moods and patterns of tops and coats. The black and white theme is a traditional go to combination but it really screams for a splash of flash. This came with my never fail leopard print on my purse and booties to break the strong contrast and add an even more modern feel. To really top things off my oversize black wool hat keeps the whole outfit unified and adds just that right touch of elegance.

leopard heel booties street style
leopard heel booties street style
Black felt hat
Black felt hat
leopard clutch street style
leopard clutch street style
tough chic street style
tough chic street style
leopard heel booties street style
leopard heel booties street style
White sweater street style
White sweater street style

Hat @Saks 5th Avenue
Coat & Leopard Clutch Purse@Express
Leather Skinnies & Leopard Booties @Nordstrom Rack
Cheers!

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Fashionable Friday

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!

brown sweater dress street style
brown sweater dress street style

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!

wine shawl street style
wine shawl street style

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!

wine felt hat street style
wine felt hat street style
black suede boots street style
black suede boots street style
blue quilted velvet cross body bag street style
blue quilted velvet cross body bag street style

Hat, shawl & bag @Forever 21
Sweater Dress @Target
Boots @Burlington Coat Factory

Cheers!

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