Outfits Lately

This winter has seemed interminable, with only a few spring-like respites from the cold. But now that it’s consistently warm (i.e., above freezing), I have been making greater use of my wardrobe. Here are some outfits from the last month:

Zara Textured Weave Dress in Green (from 2021; Style code: 4661/325) • Ann Taylor Mila Leather Pumps (reviewed here)

I bought the Textured Weave Dress (pictured above) during Zara’s ongoing winter sale (stock is mostly depleted by now, but you can still find the style on the secondary market). The concept is flawless (vibrant color, jewel buttons, square neckline, tweed texture), but the fit is… far from ideal on my body, though I think I can DIY my way to a reasonable fit.

More tweed dresses on my radar:

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One piece that I came very close to donating last summer was this navy peacoat from J. Crew; it’s a long-time wardrobe workhorse, but has been relegated to the back of the closet in recent years. With the prep revival, however, I plan to keep it around a few seasons longer. I like how easily it pulls together a humdrum outfit of turtleneck sweaters and skinny pants.

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 Ann Taylor Tweed Pocket Jacket (past season) • Ann Taylor Puff Sleeve Cable Sweater (size XXSP) • Zara Plaid Mini Skirt in Intense Red (past season; reference: 0/4437/292/601/01) • Stuart Weitzman 5050 Over the Knee Boot

I wore iterations of this outfit–cable-knit sweater with plaid skirt–frequently this winter. I just can’t get enough of the textural contrast. (The Puff Sleeve Cable Sweater seen above is now on super sale online.)

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J. Crew Pavé Flower Y Necklace || Club Monaco Kaytee Sleeveless Sweater Dress (size XXS; also here and here) • J. Crew Sophie Open-Front Sweater-Blazer (size XXXS) • Miu Miu Pumps (past season; similar here)

I own this Club Monaco sweater dress in two colorways and really enjoy its comfort and versatility. It requires very little styling and is a go-to when I can’t decide what to wear. See the dress in black on me here.

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Silk Maison Box-Cut Ample Wool Cardi Dress in Voila (size XS) • Senreve Midi Maestra in Pebbled Leather (Noir/Gold; reviewed here) • Aquatalia Palmer Wedge Booties (past season; find on secondary market here)

A new favorite: Silk Maison’s Wool Cardi Dress. The oversized fit, ribbed knit, contrasting buttons, and patch pocket details make this a one-and-done piece.

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Amazon Essentials Heavy-Weight Long-Sleeve Full-Zip Hooded Puffer Coat (size XS) • Zara Striped Knit Sweater • Zara Faux Leather Skort (past season) • Stuart Weitzman 5050 Over the Knee Boot

This hip-length Hooded Puffer Coat from Amazon Essentials doesn’t look like much, but is warm, is reasonably priced, and comes in an array of colors. I’d suggest pairing it with printed or textured pieces, as the jacket itself is woefully plain.

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LOFT Pocket Poncho Sweater in Dusty Peach (size XS) • Zara Skirt with Gold Buttons (past season; reference: 0/1639/188/401/01) • Via Spiga Adrinna Mid-Calf Boot

LOFT’s Pocket Poncho Sweater is made from a cotton-blend (55% Cotton, 22% Polyester, 19% Acrylic, 4% Spandex) that is unexpectedly soft and the right weight for spring. While it runs large to size, the blousy fit works well with fitted bottoms.

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What are some pieces that you look forward to wearing this spring?

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