Dressed for: Variations on a Theme

Already Pretty outfit featuring striped top, mustard skirt, maroon scarf, BCBG Doris boots, Fossil Maddox satchel

Striped top, thrifted – similar
Skirt, Anthropologie Field Skirt (no longer available) – similar
Scarf, Local Motionsimilar
Bag, Fossil Maddox Small Workbag (no longer available) – similar
Boots, BCBGeneration Doris (no longer available) – similar
Bracelets, Target
Earrings, thrifted – more love knot earrings

The past two months have been absolutely packed. Travel, speaking engagements, clients, classes, book signings, conferences … a never-ending stream of activity that has left me more than a little tired. And, apparently inattentive because it wasn’t until we’d snapped photos of THIS outfit …

Striped top, thrifted – similar
Skirt, Anthropologie Field Skirt (no longer available) – similar
Scarf, stole it from my mom – similar
Tights, Sunhee Moonsimilar
Boots – Frye Vera Slouch
Watch, Nixon Time Teller
Bracelets, Target and various
Earrings, Patina – similar

… that I realized I’d worn a striped top, scarf, brown boots, and mustard skirt twice in the same week. I don’t care a whit about repeating outfits, but this was completely unintentional. My brain was spinning so fast I didn’t even realize I was creating variations on a theme!

Details from outfit one:

Details from outfit two:

 Must’ve just been a good week for stripes, scarves, and skirts.

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  • Anne

    Hey, when something works stick with it right? I sometimes chew myself out about getting into ruts or uniforms, but when you get something right proportion wise, it make sense to do variations on the same theme.

    It appears that my envy of that skirt did not fade over the summer.

  • Wonderful outfits.

    Great minds must think alike because I’m wearing an almost identical red scarf and it’s tied the same way yours is. 🙂

  • Variations on a theme sounds good to me! When the theme works for you, and flatters like this, it makes all good sense to play it again : >

  • Love these looks, especially the first one. You are a master at color combinations, and you really know how to rock a short, flirty skirt with boots. I envy your boot collection. Granted, I live in San Diego and not Minnesota, but I wish I could sneak into your closet and steal a few pairs (you probably don’t wear a size 9-9.5, though…).

    The fall colors in your photos look beautiful, too. We don’t really get fall colors, here, but we CAN wear tank tops in January from time to time. Trade-offs…

  • Anna

    Years ago I read some style advice that went “Learn to repeat your clothes.” So, Sally, you did it without having to learn!

  • Those are both fabulous outfits, Sal. I love the reds and mustard together (why yes, I do like condiments, why do you ask?).

  • Jenni

    digging those cognac boots!

  • Jean

    I think outfit 2 is especially wonderful. It may be the tights and the skinny stripes that do it for me. Boots and fall colors are all good in any case.

  • CC

    Love both outfits. So glad you posted them both. 🙂 Such pretty scarves deserve to stand out. 🙂

  • I’m definitely digging that skirt on you.

  • *definitely* a good week for stripes, scarves and skirts – these outfits are awesome!

  • I love how the stripes kind of peek through that sheer scarf! It’s a subtle detail but looks very cool.

  • linnet

    Love both outfits! If something works, why not repeat it! or variations of it, even better. Sal, would you mind very much explaining how you’ve tied the red scarf in the first photo? I love the bulky look of it and I’d like to replicate it…but I can’t figure out the loops!

  • That is altogether hilarious, wonderful, and fantastic-looking to be sure!

  • I absolutely love that skirt – one of my favorite colors and I own far too many pieces in that color :).