Dressed for: My Favorite Cheat

Already Pretty outfit featuring knit moto jacket, Diane Von Furstenberg scarf, burgundy sweater, skinny black jeans, Rebecca Minkoff Logan Crossbody

Scarf – Diane Von Furstenberg via eBaysimilar colors
Jacket – via Twice – similar
Sweater – thrifted – similar
Jeans – Zuma courtesy Karen Kane
Booties – Steve Madden Winola (mine from last year, but these are exactly the same)
Bag – Rebecca Minkoff Logan (no longer available) – similar shape
Earrings – gift – similar

Just a few more snowy outfits … hang in there. Of course, by the time I use them all up it might have snowed again.

My favorite and most-used outfit-building cheat is to grab a multi-colored scarf and pull out a few colors from its pattern. Here, that just meant burgundy and black, but the scarf unifies those two beautifully and adds a bit more color overall. This is a great practice for color pairing inspiration, too: Look at an existing pattern to see colors that a professional designer has grouped, and then re-create the grouping with your own garments!

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Dressed for: Pattern and Texture

Already Pretty outfit featuring coated denim jacket, houndstooth scarf, olive green tee, dark wash jeans, black ankle boots

Scarf – thrifted – similar
Jacket – Silver
Tee – thrifted – similar (olive color)
Jeans – H&M (not sure these are the same ones) – similar
Booties – Steve Madden (mine from last year, but these are exactly the same)
Bag – Corset (no longer available) – similar

I’m a big fan of coated denim. Certain finishes look extremely leather-like, and others add texture like the subtle reptile print on this jacket. I’ve been loving solids lately, but enjoyed this pop of busy print atop the black-on-black pattern. Stealth print mixing.

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Dressed for: Bending

Already Pretty outfit featuring knit moto, blue oversized t shirt, Prairie Underground Denim Girdle, Born boots

Jacket – thrifted – similar
Tee – Serendipity Road (no longer available) – similar color
Jeans – Prairie Underground Denim Girdle courtesy Shop Adorn
Boots – Born Loreza
Earrings – Corsetsimilar

Last week, I had two marvelous clients, both of whom owned loads and loads of jewel-toned clothing. And I talked about gray as an alternative neutral to black, and how it would let the jewel tones really shine instead of sucking the life out of them. And then I wore this: Black and jewel tones. Because the outfit just fell together so nicely, and because style “rules” are made to be bent and broken. Though I totally deserve an earful from my clients for my colorful hypocrisy.

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