Pussy-Bow Top + Houndstooth Midi Skirt

Growing up, I was the kid that copied Avril Lavigne’s skater boy look; the tie with tank top look. Yes, I did that and yes, I got all the stares and not in a good way. Now, I don’t have any regrets but I must say, I am glad I outgrew that. I still like to wear ties and I love to rock an andrognyous outfit from time to time but I most definitely will not be doing  the neck tie and tank top look. I’ve since discovered pussy-bow tops and love the aspect of being able to wear a “tie” without the hassle of having to wear it with a specific shirt. I like to consider pussy-bow tops the more feminine version of the neck tie and collared shirt.

Outfit Details

Ann Taylor and the Loft are probably at the top of my list of favorite stores to shop at. I can always find a versatile piece that I will keep for years to come. This polka dot pussy-bow blouse is one of those key pieces that I purchased from the Loft a few years back. I’ve worn this top a hundred different ways already and I hope to be able to feature those different outfits here. I love to mix patterns and one of my favorite prints to mix is polka dots with basically anything. I decided to mix this polka dot blouse with this beautiful wool houndstooth midi skirt that I purchased at my local thrift store. Considering I am only 5’4 I have to be very careful with midi skirts so that they don’t shrink my already small frame. Instead of wearing ankle strap heels I decided to wear my black Steve Madden pointed heels and a pair of fishnet socks just to spruce this look a little more. The addition of the socks was a little bit daring but I like how the socks pulled this look together.

Side note: Finding a similar affordable version  of the skirt and top online was a bit more difficult than I thought it would be.

Skirt: Vintage Talbots, purchased at Value Village (thrift store) $5.00 / Top: The Loft $25.00 / Shoes: Steve Madden, $35.00 (clearance) / Socks: Urban Outfitters, $5.00 (On Sale) / Bag: Vintage No brand, $5.00 / Outfit total: $75.00


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MaxMara 101801 Icon Wool Coat, similar here

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The Loft Pussy Bow Blouse, similar here and here

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Vintage Tallbots Houndstooth Wool Skirt, similar here and I really like this one

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Out From Under Fishnet Pearl Sock, available here on sale NOW

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Vintage Eel Leather Bag, here

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Oversized Wool Coat & Chunky Knit Sweater

On of the things on my to-do list for my Thanksgiving trip back home, was to hit up some thrift stores. Since time went by so quickly, I ended up going to just one store but that trip was definitely worth it. When you think of Miami the last thing that comes to mind is coats or winter coats for that matter. However, I have found my best winter coats in Miami and that has a lot to do with people from the North moving down south and realizing they really don’t need coats. That is why one of the first things I did when I walked into the store was head over to the coats section. While several of the coats were either too large or too damaged, I found THE ICONIC MaxMara wool coat just hanging there waiting for me! You can just imagine the excitement on my face when I realized that I found a $3K+ coat for only $8.00, score! The coat is in near perfect condition, all it needed was a fresh dry clean and it was ready to go. I will say though that sadly, the belt was missing but that can easily be fixed.

Outfit Details

This coat evokes comfort, so I decided to wear it for the first time with a chunky knit sweater, that was also purchased at Goodwill. The coat has the prefect amount of room  for layering or for wearing those really big chunky sweaters. It is extremely warm and I can see myself wearing it for those really cold winter days. Since this was a casual look, I wore a pair of light blue jeans, a pair of black booties and one of my favorite Gap purchases, this beautiful lambskin hobo bag. To complete this look, I accessorized with my favorite accessory of them all, my dog, Sir Teddy.

Coat: MaxMara, purchased at Goodwill: $8.00 / Jeans: Gap, $7.99 / Shoes: Gap, $50.00 / Handbag: Gap, $100.00 / Dog: priceless 🙂 / Outfit total: $166.00


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MaxMara 101801 Icon Coat, available here OR for a more budget friendly option, here

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J. Crew Chunky Cable Knit Sweater, similar here

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Gap Chunky Heel Booties, similar here

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Sir Teddy

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Gap Lambskin Hobo Bag, similar here

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