Dressed for: Theories

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Sweater – Gap
Pants – Gap
Boots – Clarks (no longer available) – similar
Bag – Corsetsimilar color
Necklace – Dpartment 29/Altered Ever After
Earrings – Lockhart Wrks

Pretty sure I bought both this sweater and these pants long before Christmas, so I’m slightly stunned to see they’re both still available. Both are comfy, casual favorites in my closet. Though I’ll admit that something about the pants makes them a little less easy to style and wear than these. Could be that moto-inspired knee patches are certainly interesting, but a little incongruous on a pair of fancy sweatpants. Just a theory.

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Dressed for: Things That Almost Work

Already Pretty outfit featuring sweater dress, jeggings, Maison Martin Margiela work mocs, bucket bag

Sweater tunic – COS (no longer available) – similar
Jeggings – courtesy Karen Kane
Shoes – Maison Martin Margiela via eBaymore MMM shoessimilar look
Necklace – Lucky Brand (no longer available) – more Lucky Brand necklaces
Earrings – The Wellington Boot – similar look
Bag – Madewell via Shopbop

So. You met these Maison Martin Margiela shoes in my recent post on shoe alterations. They are so fabulous and well-made and really are wearable works of art. But after sitting in my closet for several months unworn, being worn with this outfit, and turning out to be too darned high for my now-used-to-flats-and-low-heels feet, I have found them a new home. Tough to style + uncomfortable means they just aren’t for me. Not anymore. Still glad I went through the experience of having a pair of shoes dyed, though, since I learned a lot about leather processing and what’s truly possible.

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Also filed under Things That Almost Work? This bag. Shortly after declaring that bucket bags weren’t for me, I saw Megan carrying this beat on her blog and was intrigued. Most buckets are too small, but this one was roomy enough and had BOTH a crossbody strap and handle for easy maneuvering. Bought it, loved it, and within two uses the shoulder strap came apart. It was two strips glued together with zero stitching. I contacted Shopbop with photos and they responded to my email within 10 minutes, no lie. We agreed that I’d have the strap repaired and Shopbop would reimburse me for the cost. So the folks at George’s stitched it up for me … after informing me that the bag body was leather, but the strap was faux. HUH. Shopbop PayPal’ed me the money within an hour of receiving images of my receipts. Lesson here: Shopbop has spectacular customer service, but Madewell bags might be a little sketchy. Post-repair, I love mine but will think twice about buying from the brand again.

Already Pretty outfit featuring sweater dress, jeggings, Maison Martin Margiela work mocs, bucket bag

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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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