Buffalo Check (+ Clutch on Chain)

I’ve worn denim on denim with a print before and consider it a fairly reliable formula for casual wear. While everything about the combination is slightly trendy, denim is a great equalizer.

Zara Coat with Gathered Shoulder and Metallic Buttons | Zara Checked Sweatshirt (similar) | H&M Denim Shirt | Forever 21 Classic Midsize  Faux Leather Clutch with Zara Chain Belt | Gap 1969 Sexy Boyfriend Jeans | Zara Court Shoes (similar)

And in my ongoing effort to strap-ify wallets and clutches that are limited in versatility (remember when I added a chain to my wallet?), I’ve decided to add chains to inexpensive clutches (this process exploits shoddy workmanship) I’ve picked up in the last year. This method seems to work well and utilizes excess lobster clasps from my last project.

I’ll let these pictures illustrate the process; if they are unclear, leave a comment below and I’ll expound further (or add additional pictures where they are appropriate).

For Gap Inc. fans, use code MARCH for discounts at Gap divisions: 35% off at the Gap and Banana Republic, 30% off at Old Navy, and 20% at Piperlime. Cardholders get 40% off at the Gap and Banana Republic and 35% off at Old Navy.

My picks: Basketweave Fluted Skirt, Short Trench, Bronze Floral Jacquard Full Skirt, Wrap-Front Jersey Tops, Seamed Fit-and-Flare Dress, Fit & Flare Jersey Dresses, and Floral Shirtdress.

Happy shopping!

A Uniform (and My Closet Must-Haves)

I rescued these pictures from blogging limbo in an attempt to stem a lousy habit of hoarding drafts of potential posts. I mean to include a review of the Louis Vuitton Mon Monogram Neverfull (don’t click at work or in class; link leads to LV’s website where there is sound) with the post but decided to postpone that discussion for a later date.

For all my carping about conspicuous logos being tacky, the unassailable truth is that…yes, I am also kind of a stickler for certain brands despite my vehement insistence of the opposite. I’ll save my existential quandary for another day but have to admit that I am kind of enjoying this bag aside from its oppressive ubiquity.

Zipia Crossover Tuxedo Style Shirt | Burberry London Westland Trench (similar here and  here) | Gap 1969 Legging Jeans (this year’s version) | Louis Vuitton Mon Monogram Neverfull MM Tote | Via Spiga Bethany Knee-High Boot in Chestnut Leather

So I practically lived in this outfit (or some variation of it) for a few weeks in late fall; while it’s not the most innovative of outfits, I always felt modish (enough) in it.

Once in a while I would get requests from recent graduates or those looking to build (or rebuild) their wardrobes for a list of fashion items I consider “essentials.” And I guess this outfit is what my essentials boil down to: a light-colored trench, a blouse with a fun twist, medium-washed denim, comfortable boots, and a roomy tote in a versatile color or print. Everything worn here can be worn very differently outside of it.

I guess that’s the definition of a classic.

For those of you battling Nika today, happy snow day!

Everlane Rounded Collar Silk Blouse

Strangely, or I suppose it’s just seasonable, whenever I wear this ensemble
to lunch, a snow storm would descend upon an otherwise
forecast-to-be-dry day. Sure, it’d be cold (maybe it’s punishment for my
dressing so inappropriately for the weather) but there would be no
other indications of precipitation.

But I am really tired of the snow so this ensemble will not be repeated for another year.

c/o Everlane Rounded Collar Silk Blouse (available in 14 colors) | Ann Taylor Modern Classic Pearl & Chain Necklace | Burberry London Westland Trench | Satin Skirt, a gift from SewPetiteGal | J. Crew Cashmere-lined Leather Gloves (this year’s version here) | Ann Taylor Tweed Clutch | Kate Spade New York Licorice Metallic Leather Pumps

And I am really excited to share this Everlane silk blouse with rounded collar with you all. It is by far the best white blouse I own (and I own many) and is no worse off, quality-wise, than pricier Equipment blouses (will write a post comparing the two).

The rounded collar, of which I am an impassioned fan, is an equitable compromise between a traditional pointed collar and the more youthful peter pan collar. 

blouse in white is semi-sheer but with flesh-toned undergarments,
sheerness is a nonissue (it’s probably difficult to gauge opaqueness from these pictures; I was wearing tan thermals under the blouse).

For those of you similar to me in size, the blouse in XS fit me without glaring fit issues (sleeves can stand to be shortened slightly) and
should transition work and weekend wear well.

This blouse is available with pointed collars (11 colors) and banded collars (14 colors) as well, if those styles suit you better.

And this outfit is not possible without my favorite blog friends: the reviews of trusty Jean (necklace and shoes) and Cee (clutch and blouse) and the generosity of S (while this is the skirt’s first blog feature, it has been worn repeatedly to pretty much any occasion that calls for a touch of sheen).

Linchpin Accessory

I casually touched on the idea of a linchpin accessory in my last outfit post and wanted to elaborate on this concept which I feel has improved many of my outfits in the last year. While belts are not a panacea for all outfit ills, they, along with jewelry, gloves, handbags, coats, and scarves, can elementally transform otherwise humdrum outfits.

For those of you who have a substantial vault of basics, linchpin accessories ought to be next on your acquisition list. And they need not be eccentric or esoteric; a healthy dose of the unexpected will suffice.

Burberry London Westland Trench | Zara Scarf Print Blouse | Hermes Reversible Belt | The Cambridge Satchel Company 13″ Satchel | J. Crew Classic Mini in Felted Wool Lauren Ralph Lauren Bryce Boots

And, in many instances, a linchpin accessory isn’t necessarily extraordinary on its own; when it works it complements by creating a visual diversion or illusion. And context does matter. A black bag is perhaps more jarring against the backdrop of a colorful ensemble relative to one with a fairly tonal composition.

The predictable can be boring and I often struggle to break the mold because the predictable is also the most comforting. For me, fun accessories help to reduce some of that dreaded monotony. 

And on that note, let’s segue into some sale news (happens to be one I am rather excited about).

Theory’s online warehouse sale has begun and I had a lot of fun browsing it; the discount hovers around the 70-80% off range which is stellar because Theory prices can be prohibitive at retail.

Here are my picks: Theyskens Theory Drisse Fuminous Dress, Theory Ress NC Arbiter Shirt, Jitane Jacket in Foh, Theyskens Theory Dasta Fruma Dress, and Theory Janya Edgewood Skirt.

Kate Spade Bow Tie Scarf

My bow spree continues with the purchase of this Kate Spade Bow Tie Scarf, the third style and fourth item in this print that I now own. It is inexplicable why I am so drawn to this pattern and couldn’t resist adding more of it to my collection but the damage has been done and luckily, this purchase has proven useful.

Playful accents liven up more mundane ensembles so I happily make this recommendation. The only conceivable drawback I want to note is that it’s difficult to tell that the pattern on the scarf is of bows when it’s worn.

A similar scarf in infinity form can be found here, here, here, and here.

Zara Double-breasted Wool Coat (last worn here) | Lauren Ralph Lauren Cable-Knit Cotton Crewneck Sweater | Kate Spade New York Bow Tie Party Scarf | Gap 1969 Legging Jeans | J. Crew Cashmere-lined Leather Gloves | The Cambridge Satchel Company 13″ Satchel | Lauren Ralph Lauren Bryce Boots

And I want to quickly share two great sales:

Until midnight, take 70% off select sale items at LOFT, no code needed. My picks: Tipped Four Pocket Open Cardigan, 3/4 Sleeve Cable Sweater, Colorblocked Cable Sweater, and Lurex V-Neck Cable Sweater.

And Zara further discounted its sale merchandise. Consider these: Cotton Crossover Parka and Studio Duffle Coat. Both styles are still available in all sizes. A few other styles that are interesting include the Studio Jacket with Golden Button, Tuxedo Collar Blazer, Double Breasted Jacket with Zips, Checked Duffle Coat, Short Double Breasted Overcoat, Blazer with Gathered Shoulders, Quilted Crossover Jacket, Checked Studio Cape, Checked Coat, and Short Coat with Pockets.

Happy Shopping!

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