One of the toughest things about moving to a new city is finding services you normally already have a personal relationship with. For example, it took me MONTHS to find a dry cleaners I loved. I am currently on the toughest search yet, finding a new general practitioner AND a trusted shoe cleaner. My husband pointed out to me that these boots might need a cleaning. I rolled my eyes when he said it because he’s right but I don’t want start the task of finding a trusted shoe cleaner and I don’t want to be away from these boots for too long because they are on my winter rotation!
This has been one of my go-to sweaters this season and for good reason. It has the perfect amount of fabric, warmth, versatility and the neck has so much fabric I don’t have to use a scarf. I love how I have been able to dress it up and down without it looking like just another sweater. This time, I wore it with a pair of brand new leggings I purchased at Ann Taylor and these are going be a favorite. They have the right amount of elasticity which makes them perfect for the buffet, LOL. One of my favorite tricks to make me appear taller is by wearing leggings and black OTK boots. This combination instantly elongates my frame making my appear 5’10 – not really but it definitely gives the illusion of longer legs. I kept warm by wearing my MaxMara 101801 Icon black wool cashmere coat, my vintage quilted purse, velvet houndstooth gloves and crochet beanie.
Sweater: H&M Chunky Sweater, purchased at Goodwill: $4.00 / Leggings: Ann Taylor $25.00 / OTK Boots: Steve Madden / Coat: MaxMara 101801 Icon Wool Cashmere Coat, purchased at Goodwill: $8.00 / Clutch: Vintage No Brand, purchased at GW: $2.00 / Gloves: Cejon / Outfit total: $38.00
Cejon Houndstooth Velvet Gloves, available here
H&M Chunky Turtleneck Sweater, similar here
Vintage Quilted Clutch, similar here and Ann Taylor Scuba Leggings, available here
Crochet Beanie NO brand, similar here
MaxMara 101801 Icon Wool Cashmere Coat, similar here
This is actually my second outfit of the week that has been fully thrifted, with the exception of the jeans. So that means, this was a super cheap look!
In case you live somewhere sunny or don’t watch the news, then you know the northeast is getting pounded with cold air and snow. Luckily Charlotte has been spared from snow but not from that bitter cold air; so that means, layers. This is an actual representation of what my outfits look like on the weekends. Layers on top of layers, walking around with half of my closet and weighing an additional 10 lbs. I have a very low cold weather tolerance so when I have to run errands on the weekend, I pile on the layers.
When I layer on clothes, I usually start with very fitting clothes and finish my look with loose or oversized items. I started with a cream turtleneck sweater that is very fitting and a pair of skinny jeans. I then layered on this Piazza Sempione short peacoat I scored at Goodwill for $4.00 , a scarf, warm socks, over-the-knee boots and my oversized wool coat. I normally don’t like to layer this much and usually just stick to sweaters and long overcoats but it was too cold. I did want to mention that the boots for this outfit are actually one of my favorite winter pieces you might be seeing these more on the blog. I purchased these at Goodwill for a mere $4.99, BNWT and they are super warm. T H A N K Y O U D O N O R!
Turtleneck: Talbots, purchased at Goodwill: $4.00 / Jeans: Gap / Peacoat: Piazza Sempione, purchased at Goodwill: $5.00 / Coat: No Brand; Oversized Brown Wool Coat, purchased at Goodwill: $8.00 / Shoes: Steve Madden, purchased at Goodwill: $5.00 / Scarf: No Brand, purchased at Goodwill: $2.00/ Outfit total: $24.00
Vintage No Brand Brown Oversized Coat, similar here
No Brand Scarf, similar here
Steve Madden Bukle Over the Knee Boots, similar here
Piazza Sempione Peacoat, similar here
Is this the military jacket? Is it the officer’s jacket? Or the band jacket? Or captain’s jacket? I’ve seen this jacket called so many things that I don’t know what to call it but I’ll stick with band jacket since that is what came to mind, second to military jacket. These jackets have been everywhere and for good reason. They have such an edgy feel to them and they will make anyone feel like a bad ass. I was actually fortunate enough to have found this (BNWT) one this weekend during my usual Goodwill “run”. This is actually a good thing because I was convincing myself into purchasing the Gap’s cropped band jacket. However, there was no way I was going to pay full retail for it; thank goodness for a little bit of luck and Goodwill.
So automatically when I think of military/officer/band jacket I think of pairing it with boots. I didn’t want any ordinary boots because I’m no ordinary girl (flips hair lol) so I pulled out the OTK lace up boots from the artillery. Of course, I didn’t want this outfit to look like I actually belonged to a band or an army so I wore it with a pair of dark blue skinny jeans and my floppy fedora hat for an extra bit of flare. I did wear my fishnet socks with these boots because I wanted toe coverage (lacking a pedicure), a matching gray lip and my black Furla satchel to complete this look.
Side Note: My husband said I looked like The Undertaker lol!
Blazer: The Loft, purchased at Goodwill: $4.00 / Jeans: H&M $12.00 / Boots: Urban Original $30.00 / Bag: Furla, purchased on postmark: $60.00 / Hat: No Brand, Wool Floppy Fedora Hat: $2.00 / Outfit total: $108.00
Urban Original Over the Knee Lace Up Boots, available here
Wool Floppy Hat, similar here
Out from under Wide Fishnet Crew Sock, available here
The Loft Band Jacket, similar available here
Furla Satchel, similar here
I must admit this look was inspired by Chrissy Teigen’s sweater dress from a couple of days ago. I had been meaning to wear an oversized sweater and a pair of OTKs but I have been lazy. I finally found the inspiration when I came across this sweater at Goodwill. I must admit, the Goodwill back home is way more expensive than the Goodwills here in Charlotte. I was a little apprehensive about buying this sweater because of the price but in the end I bought it because I loved the color and the warmth of it so much. I kept this look super simple by adding a pair of sunnies and a bold lip.
Sweater: Vintage, purchased at Goodwill: $8.00 / OTK: Steve Madden ( these are about 5 years old) Outfit total: $8.00
Urban Outfitters Sunnies, similar here
Vintage Oversized Sweater Dress, similar here
Steve Madden Suede Over the Knee Boots , similar here