Dressed for: Leaving My Comfort Zone

Already Pretty outfit featuring Gudrun Sjödén striped dress, black leggings, black platform ankle boots, black necklaces, Rebecca Minkoff Logan Crossbody handbag

Dress – courtesy Gudrun Sjödén
Leggings – Yummie by Heather Thomson Rachel
Ankle boots – courtesy ECCO (no longer available) – similar
Necklaces – Target and Etsysimilar look
Bag – Rebecca Minkoff Logan (no longer available) – similar shape
Bracelet – via Ideelsimilar
Earrings – self-made with these

I’ve been a waist-highlighter for eons. And although this is probably the mildest version of a drop-waist dress ever created, it’s still outside my comfort zone. But when I saw it on the Gudrun site, I was just smitten and wanted to see if I could make it work. Belting looked wacky, but drawing the eye up with a big stack of necklaces created just the right amount of balance. I bet a scarf would have the same effect. Sometimes it pays to experiment!

Are you tinkering with anything that falls outside your sartorial comfort zone?

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Dressed for: Back and Forth

Already Pretty outfit featuring leather jacket, striped tunic, leggings, high top sneakers, Palladium shoes, Rebecca Minkoff Logan Crossbody handbag, long pendant necklace

Jacket – Wilson’s Leather (not available online) – similar
Tunic – Comfy courtesy LISSA the Shop
Leggings – Hue (no longer available) – similar look
Sneakers – Baggy courtesy Palladium
Bag – Rebecca Minkoff Logan (no longer available) – similar shape
Earrings – Betsey Johnson (no longer available) – similar look
Necklace – Kali Butterfly

Yep, more snow. It’s been coming down on and off for several days now, though I’m told it will be marvelously warm by next week. Spring in the Midwest, I tell ya. You can have snow on Thursday and 65 degrees and sun on Friday. So much back and forth.

This tunic hails from LISSA the Shop, a fantastic online boutique that focuses on comfortable, stylish clothes made by designers who insist on ethical manufacturing, fair trade practices, design using sustainable fabrics and coloring methods, and/or create their items here in the U.S. Just about every piece on the site is eye-catching and funky in the best possible way. I was familiar with Comfy already, but am excited to learn about some of Lissa’s other lines, including Raw Earth Wild Sky a brand that purposely leaves sleeves long and hems unfinished so you can customize lengths using just your scissors. BRILLIANT. I’ll have a coupon code for LISSA the Shop in my next newsletter, so if you’re not signed up already, now’s the time!

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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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