Monday, October 20, 2014

Fall Floral & All-Season Animal

In between the rains, we've been blessed with some really gorgeous days here in Oregon.  I took the opportunity on one of those days to go bootless.  Choosing instead my favorite animal print flats:

Dress & Belt: vintage, thrifted  Shoes: Nine West


These  flats are some of my very favorite shoes and really, if it didn't rain like the dickens here all fall and winter, they would be all-season shoes for me.


This time around, I paired them with a dark, fall-appropriate floral dress:





All of my dark floral dresses are thrifted, and this one is no exception.  They are one of the easiest items to find in secondhand stores and a great way to wear floral through autumn and winter.


I especially love the mix of bright pink and black on this dress:



It's fall-appropriate without being gloomy.  And it's the perfect fit with the leopard flats.


Honestly, even if you're "not really into" animal print, I recommend a pair of animal print shoes.  They're fun, they're exceeding versatile and I promise that they won't lead to head-to-toe leopard velour.  Unless, of course, you want them to.

Happy Monday, All!

Gracey


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Friday, October 17, 2014

Loose Layers & Mixed Media

I was recently lucky enough to be offered a piece from the MarketPlace: Handwork of India Fall line and I was thrilled as they are one of my favorite companies to work with.  They are a wonderful company doing wonderful things and their clothes are both unique and well made.

As always, it was a struggle to decide which fabulous piece to choose, but I finally landed on the Indu top:

Indu Top in Charcoal

Why this top?  Well, I love the colors. And I also love the patterns.  But, my main reason was the fact that it's a mixed media top, combining woven panels with cozy tee shirt material and embroidery.  I love combining different textures in an outfit to add interest, but sometimes I'm too lazy to make the effort.

And that's why the Indura top is perfect for me.  I can be lazy and still be interesting.  Yay, me!


This top has a boxy, oversize fit that stymied me a bit at first because boxy on me looks, well, boxy.  But then I had the idea to layer it over another oversize piece and, as un-figure-flattering as that sounds, I really liked it:


Top: c/o MarketPlace: Handwork of India  Shirt: Gap  Jeans: Old Navy  Boots: Born (similar)


Because the top is a little short on my giant self, I think the loose layers actually work better than the Indu top on it's own would.  Or, maybe I just really love layers.  That could be it, but I'd swear this works:




So much so, that I plan on wearing iterations of this layered look throughout the fall.  So, I'm not saying you have to get on board, but the train is certainly leaving the station.

And I'll be wearing this as I drive it:




Happy Friday, All!  And a huge thank you to MarketPlace: Handwork of India!

Gracey

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

A Little Going

The jewels on this sweatshirt do not match this skirt:


Top: LOFT  Skirt: thrifted vintage  Shoes: Old Navy (similar, similar)



But, the jewels on this sweatshirt go with this skirt:

LOFT Jeweled Sweatshirt


Why do they go?  Because the color of the jewels and the color of the skirt are in the same color family; that sort of burgundy/wine/claret color family.  They may not match, but being in the same family tricks the eye into thinking they match.  Or, close enough for government work.


Especially from far away:


See?


This trick is why you don't have to worry over much about whether or not what you're wearing matches.  The eye doesn't require a perfect match; it just requires a little going.


Happy Wednesday, All!

Gracey



Monday, October 13, 2014

A Lot of Culottes

Just as Jessica Day rocks a lot of polka dots, I rock a lot of culottes:


Top: LOFT  Belt & Culottes: vintage, thrifted  Shoes: Madden Girl



These are my current favorites:




If I had my way, I'd wear culottes every day.  Every day, People.  It's that serious.  In fact, I had to be talked out of some blue satin culottes the other day.  And, to be honest, I'm not sure I have been talked out of them.  It's not that I need blue satin culottes, there probably isn't anyone that needs blue satin culottes, it's just that I love them.


And I love these:




I found them  at Goodwill the other day and practically begged them to fit over my hips.  Happily, they complied and we've been together ever since.  It's basically a match made in heaven.  They treat me right by fitting, having pockets and making all my culotte dreams come true.  And I treat them right by pairing them with stripes and lace up wedges:




Perfection.  Outfits like this are the exact reason I rock a lot of culottes.


Happy Monday, All!


Gracey

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Thursday, October 9, 2014

Five for Fall - Animals

As much as I complained about summer taking it's sweet time getting here, when it got here, it was hot, hot, hot and now I'm ready for fall.  I'm ready to get back to wearing my beloved scarves.  I'm ready to get back to wearing layers.  And I'm ready to get back to fall fashion.

Here is the first of the five trends I'm excited for this fall...

Animals

I have to admit that I was not always a big proponent of clothing with animals on them.  Animal print, sure, but a print of animals?  Not so much.  To my tastes, clothes with animals on them can look a bit twee.  Case in point:




Personally, pieces like those just aren't my style and are the reason I'm generally so lukewarm on this trend.  Happily, haters of twee have options.  Animals can be found on all sorts of pieces at all sorts of price points, and range from the ridiculously twee to sophisticated pieces that add a touch of whimsy, not a touch of Pampers.

Here are some of my favorites and while some of them are darned cute, none of them are cutesy:






And, while you generally see animals on intarsia sweaters, scarves are a great way to try the trend as well:





Whatever your taste in this trend, there are a few things you can do to keep from looking juvenile, unless of course that's your thing, then I totally support you.  No judgement here.  But, if it's not your thing and you are a giant who knows you're too tall to be twee, here are some tips to keep your animal-inclusive outfits from heading into twee territory:


  1. Don't do baby animals.  A tiger is cool, a baby tiger is cutesy.
  2. Limit the color.  I know, I know, this, coming from me.  But, that rooster sweater?  That's an amazing sweater with a leather skirt or jeans.  With matching burgundy cords, it's a Geranimals-for-Grown-Ups outfit.
  3. If you wear it with a mini, which is totally cute, please don't do knee socks and Mary Janes and pigtails.


What about you, Reader Friends?  Are you fans of the animal trend?  How do you like to wear it?

Happy Thursday, All!

Gracey