Dressed for: Non-Frenchness

Already Pretty outfit featuring denim jacket, graphic tee, Prairie Undeground Moto pants, ankle boots, J.W. Hulme tote

Denim jacket – Kut from the Kloth (no longer available) – similar
Tee – self-designed through Zazzle
Pants – Prairie Underground Supermoto courtesy Shop Adorn
Boots – Clarks (no longer available) – similar
Earrings – courtesy Lockhart Wrks
Bag – J.W. Hulme

I love the look of white graphic tees with black writing. They’re kinda everywhere right now, and seem incredibly versatile. However, most of the ones I found that didn’t say something that irritated or offended me said something in French or referenced Paris. I don’t speak French and Paris ranks low on my list of dream destinations, so wearing a “bon jour” tee seemed disingenuous.

I turned to Zazzle to make my own, and although I’m satisfied with how they turned out eventually, I strongly recommend choosing a different vendor if you’re interested in trying this yourself. The first batch they sent were ALL on styles of tees I’d never asked for, the second set included some wrong sizes, and the third wasn’t right either but was close enough and I just settled. I’ve used Cafepress in the past and it’s worked MUCH better.

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Dressed for: The Last of Snow

Or so I hope. It feels like spring is truly here, so today’s post is a multi-outfit smorgasbord meant to get any remaining snowy-weather ensembles out of the queue!

P.S. If it snows again before November, I will probably cry bitter, bitter tears. And I know I won’t be the only Minnesotan to do so.

Already Pretty outfit featuring utility jacket, David Bowie tee shirt, distressed jeans, Clarks ankle boots, J.W. Hulme tote bag

Jacket – thrifted via Twicesimilar
Tee – from David Bowie Is at the MCA – more Bowie shirts
Jeans – Gap Factory
Boots – Clarks (no longer available) – similar
Earrings – White Sands Glass
Bag – J.W. Hulme

(First seen on Instagram, where I declared it my Dean Winchester look.) I bought this graphic tee after seeing the David Bowie Is exhibit at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago. I have seen three museum retrospectives that have left me totally speechless: Keith Haring at the Whitney (which actually made me cry), Alexander McQueen at the Met, and David Bowie at the MCA. I hope they decide to tour it around a bit more – it closed a couple of months ago – because it is comprehensive, educational, impressive, gorgeous, multi-faceted, and fantastically entertaining. Seeing it moved Bowie out of the “amazing” category and into “genius” in my opinion.

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Already Pretty outfit featuring Boden coatigan, gray jeans, abstract print scarf, distressed leather messenger bag, Steve Madden ankle boots

Scarf – Nordstrom (no longer available) – similar
Cardigan – Boden
Tee – thrifted – similar
Jeans – H&M Conscious
Boots – Steve Madden Winola (almost sold out) – similar
Bag – Leather in Motion

Oh so very blown-out, that background, but it certainly makes the outfit pop. I’ve been trying to expand my scarf-tying horizons a bit, and here did my geometric scarf up in the Double Loop. A nice option to take some volume out and keep ends from dangling down.

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Already Pretty outfit featuring Desigual scarf, black tunic, skinny jeans, Steve Madden ankle boots

Scarf – Desigual (no longer available) – more Desigual scarves
Tunic – thrifted via Twice – similar
Jeans – H&M Conscious
Boots – Timberland Earthkeepers Stratham Heights
Bracelet – Karin Jacobson

This tunic really is one of my favorite Twice finds. (Seen again here.) It’s lightweight enough to be worn all year, but was fun to do with skinnies and tall boots, a combo that used to be my go-to but hasn’t been in high rotation this winter.

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Walkies!

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After a rainy weekend, my pups were very happy to get out for a nice long walk once it let up. I don’t mind walking in the rain, but they hate it. They hate wearing raincoats even more.

Not me. I fell in love with this Sandro jacket when we were visiting London in 2013, and have never regretted the purchase. It’s perfect for our Southern California climate. It’s lightweight enough to wear even into late spring, but now in “winter” (such as we get in LA) I’ll layer sweaters underneath for warmth. The charcoal grey NYDJ jeans were one of my best 2014 purchases. They are comfortable, versatile and a nice break from blue denim. Plus, they don’t show the dog hair as much. ;-p

Earrings: Argento Vivo, no longer available, similar
Scarf: Eileen Fisher
Jacket: Sandro, no longer available, similar.
Sweater: J.Crew
Jeans: NYDJ
Bracelet: French Kande
Boots: Aquatalia by Marvin K, similar

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These boots may be suede, but they are actually weatherproof. I’ve stepped in big puddles while wearing them (not intentionally) and my feet stayed dry. They’re supremely comfortable too.

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Remember that old show business saying, “never work with children or animals?” These two are scene-stealers for sure, but it’s not often I get them to sit this still for the camera!

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Already Pretty contributor Une Femme is fifty-seven, married to the same wonderful monsieur since 1995, the mother of a special-needs teenager and two hooligan dogs, a full-time administrative professional, a coffee-holic, Paris-obsessed, native Californian, and a petite and curvy femme d’un certain age. She believes that personal style is an essential form of self-expression, and started her blog, une femme d’un certain âge, in 2007 hoping to start a conversation about style for women over 50.

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