Red Plaid Coat + Velvet Booties + Sweater Dress

My once a year blow out is here! I usually get a blow out once a year because I like to minimize hair damage. After my blow out, I was finally able to see the highlights I got a few months ago and I must say they look really nice. I’m a natural brunette but I haven’t rocked my natural hair color in a really long time. I let me natural hair color grow in along with my “whitelights” (I’ve been graying since the 4th grade) because I have not been able to decide on a new hair color. I’ve been debating whether I should go back to the honey brown or if I should try something different. For now, I’ll continue to rock this look until I can decide what I want next.

Outfit Details

So I got hooked to the Mindy Project show, mostly because of the fashion on the show; I loved every outfit on the show. To see her most iconic looks, check this blog out; The Mindy Project Style. Anyway, ever since I saw her wear a beautiful Oscar de la Renta Tweed suit; see here, I knew I either wanted a suit like that our at least a plaid coat. I settled for the coat when I saw this one on sale at Ann Taylor. I typically allow myself seasonal splurges and this was definitely one of them. I saw the coat on Christmas Eve and it was at 50% off (original price $269.00) but I decided to wait until there was a price drop and boy did that pay off. The day after Christmas, I happened to go back to the mall and I was able to snag it at $80.00! This was definitely an investment piece as it is absolutely warm and plaid is ALWAYS on trend.

Of course, once I got the coat home, I couldn’t wait to wear it, so here’s my first of many outfits with this coat. I purchased this speckle sweater dress last year BNWT at Goodwill and it’s one of my favorite sweater dresses. It fits my figure nicely and it sits right above the knees which makes it perfect for work. It’s a crew neck dress and the neck sits a bit too low/far from the neck so I wore a peter pan collar blouse underneath in order to cover my chest more. The dress is navy blue so I wore my velvet booties in order to make the dress and coat pop. I accessorized with a peter pan necklace, a faux-fur, faux-leather clutch and a bold purple lip.

Dress: Marc New York Andrew Marc, purchased at Goodwill, $5.00 / Coat: Ann Taylor $80.00 / Boots: Shoedazzle / Clutch: Gap










Plaid Flannel Neck Coat, available here


Marc New York by Andrew Marc similar, here


Shoedazzle Velvet Booties, similar here



Gap Faux Fur Charm Clutch, similar here and Fownes Cashmere lined Leather Gloves, similar here



Plaid Blazer & Velvet Booties = Winter Uniform

Outfit Details

So I thought finding a colorful plaid blazer online was going to be super easy because you know, it’s the holiday season and all, but nope. All the blazers online right now are usually grey/black/brown/taupe but not the super cliché “Christmas-y” blazer that I was looking for. Thank God for Goodwill because that is exactly where I got mine from. I must admit though, Forever 21 came through with the colorful options but they only had one I actually liked. However, I did find a very similar one here. This is my go-to casual Friday looks when I am feeling super lazy. There is something to be said about blazers and denims to make anyone look put together on casual Fridays. Winter has finally arrived in Charlotte so instead of wearing heels, I wore a cashmere top, I opted for the velvet booties, gloves (yes, it’s like 20-something degrees out there) and a purple handbag. I also wore my MaxMara Icon 10108 coat not featured here (but featured here) because it was that cold.

Jeans: Gap, purchased at Goodwill: $5.00 /  Top: Banana Republic Cashmere Sweater, purchased at Goodwill, $4.00 / Blazer: Talbots, purchased at Goodwill: $4.00 / Booties: Shoedazzle / Purse: Kirna Zabête x Target / Gloves: Fownes Black Leather Gloves, purchased at Goodwill BNWT: $2.00 / Outfit total: $15.00




Talbots Balzer, similar here




Shoedazzle Velvet Booties, similar here




Kirna Zabête x Target purse, similar here and  Fownes Leather Gloves, available here 



Banana Republic Cashmere Sweater, similar here