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1.27.2014

The Elements

Sweater:  J.Crew (old, similar hereliking this owl sweater for only $15!), Top:  J.Crew, Skirt:  Topshop (sold out, great option here), Coat:  Forever 21 (old, similar here), Shoes:  Zara (similar here), Bag:  3.1 Phillip Lim, Sunnies:  Ray-Ban, Tights:  Hue 

While the weather elements are still working against us East Coast fashionistas, today I decided to deconstruct the elements of picking the perfect outfit.

The daily dilemma -- what to wear to work -- is one that we all face. Some, who are much more organized than I, may find themselves faced with this quandary only once a week. I prefer to live on the edge, assembling an ensemble each and every morning, and scrambling to slip on my stilettos as I run out the door.

So where do I begin? I first refer to the weather app on my iPhone. If  rain or heavy snow is predicted, I can immediately rule out all things suede and most pieces that are predominately leather. On dry days, I immediately reach for the aforementioned items as I know their usage is limited.

Once I have assessed the weather restrictions, I seek out a piece I haven't worn in a while and build my outfit around that. For the outfit in the pictures above, I started with my French Hen sweater. 

Next, I try to remember back to the last time I wore this sweater as I try to change up the outfit as much as possible. 

Then comes my favorite part -- the color scheme. I like to do 'matchy-matchy' without looking too 'matchy-matchy'. Clearly, I chose cobalt as my accent color and the plaid paired so perfectly that I just couldn't resist. 

I kept the rest of the look neutral and chose a grunge glam quilted leather skirt to offset the preppiness of the plaid and graphic sweater. Topping the look off with a classic military coat and my cobalt satchel, I was ready to face the day.

Work, eat, sleep, repeat.

Happy Monday!

18 comments:

  1. Great look! LOVE that bag!

    The Style Storm
    <3, Christina

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    1. Thank you Christina. I'm so obsessed with this bag, all of my other bags are getting jealous!

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  2. This is a super cute way to brave the elements! Love it!

    Amy


    Fashion and Beauty Finds

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    1. Thank you Amy! It's all about layers, layers and more layers these days :)

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  3. You look cute, I love the plaid shirt, I have it as well and love the colors. Glad I'm not the only one who braves heels in the winter. I'm sure people think i'm a big dummy, but I don't care.
    Rosalyn
    www.just2fancy.com

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    1. This made me laugh. And I totally agree ~ I would be super depressed through the winter months if I didn't wear heels. But I'll admit, I usually carry them to work and change when I get there - I'm waaaaay to clumsy to be walking around on the icy ground in stilettos!

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  4. Such a cute sweater and look.

    Hope you had a great weekend.
    Love,
    Sofia

    stylishlyinlove.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you so much Sofia :)

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  5. Gorgeous outfit! Love that skirt! SO pretty!

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    1. Thank you Iris. This skirt is definitely one of my favorite purchases of the season. I have gotten sooooo much use out of it!

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  6. That graphic sweater is adorable and I love it over that plaid shirt! Cobalt blue has recently become one of my favorite wardrobe colors, it looks great on everyone!

    www.loveandclothing.com

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    1. I totally agree with you about cobalt ~ awesome accent color and looks great on everyone! Thanks for your sweet comment :)

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  7. This is absolutely adorable! I like how cutsy the bird is, but the look doesn't feel overly sweet.

    -- Alex at Brainy Girls Beauty

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    1. Thank you Alexandra ~ that's exactly what I was going for when I paired the cutesy graphic sweater and plaid with the edgy faux leather skirt and pointed pumps!

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  8. love love love this bag!!!

    xoxo…beth

    www.fashiondotnow.com

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    1. Thank you Beth ~ scored it on super after Christmas sale!

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