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: Denim in Disguise

Already Pretty outfit featuring denim moto jacket, chartreuse tunic, burgundy ponte pants, Frye Vera Slouch boots, long pendant necklace

Jacket – Jag Jeans
Tunic – courtesy Gudrun Sjödén (no longer available) – similar color
Ponte pants – Macy’s (no longer available) – similar (burgundy)
Boots – Frye Vera Slouch
Bag – Stick Dog Leather
Necklace – Kali Butterfly
Earrings – Corset – similar

Denim jackets are surprisingly contentious. I’ve always maintained that a basic blue denim jacket is a classic piece that most women can use and wear, but just before the double-denim trend exploded all over us, many disagreed with me. This jacket is a meet-in-the-middle option: Denim material, but biker shape. A possible alternative for those who flash back to the big-shoulder 80s whenever they see a Levi’s trucker!

Are you a lover of classic denim jackets? Hope to never wear one again? Indifferent? Would you wear denim jackets that don’t look like denim jackets?

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Dressed for: Jacket Over Sweater

Already Pretty outfit featuring brown scuba jacket, tan Woolovers turtleneck sweater, distressed leather messenger bag, ankle boots

Jacket – Nordstrom Racksimilar look
Sweater – courtesy Woolovers (wooded color)
Pants – Zuma courtesy Karen Kane (sold out in this color) – similar
Ankle boots – Clarks (no longer available) – similar
Earrings – Piperlime (no longer available) – similar look
Bag – Leather in Motion

We’ve entered the brutally cold, seemingly endless days of late winter, and I’m having to get creative with my layering. Honestly, on the -30 degree windchill days – of which we’ve had many so far – I’m wearing a variation of this or this. Exclusively. Nothing beats Icelandic wool. But on days when it’s a balmy -10 or above, I’ve been layering sweaters under my jackets. This Woolovers turtleneck is a favorite due to that nice high, snug collar. I love the look of cowls, but man, they are useless in a high wind. All the coldness just slinks its way down your body starting at your collarbone.

I know many of you are coping with awful cold and ridiculous winter storms. Care to share any layering tips?

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