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: Oh So Retro

Already Pretty outfit featuring orange cardigan, polka dot dress, mustard leather Radley London handbag, nude pumps, Corso Como Del

Cardigan – Modcloth
Dress – Garnet Hill (no longer available) – this season’s versionsimilar thru 4X
Pumps – Corso Como Del
Bag – Radley London Clayton (no longer available) – similar shape
Necklace – Hilary Druxman
Earrings – The Mexican Shop – same stone

Anyone else feel like just about everything polka-dotted looks at least slightly retro? Even brand-new stuff in relatively contemporary shapes and cuts just makes me think 50s diners and Betty Boop when polka dots come into play. And not in a bad way – not at all! I love me some retro and repro as much as the next gal. Just strikes me as odd since plaids, stripes, and florals are easily as common but don’t feel as closely associated with a past era. Anyhoo, this cotton voile dress is a late summer favorite. Lightweight, comfy, and retro-cute.

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Dressed for: Two-Timing

Already Pretty outfit featuring navy tank, plaid skirt, yellow leather tote, Corso Como Del nude pumps, rhinestone statement necklace

Sweater shell – thrifted – similar
Necklace – gift – this is the one
Skirt – thrifted – similar shapesimilar colors
Tote – Elliott Lucca via eBaysimilar
Pumps – Corso Como Del
Earrings – thrifted – similar
Bracelet – thrifted – similar

This thrifted skirt has been a summer favorite for years. I just love the unexpectedly light, bright colors in that tartan and the swishy silk construction. I wore it twice in recent weeks, keeping the same jewelry in both outfits and swapping tops, bags, and shoes. This first was worn on a recent muggy day of meetings and writing at home. And that top is navy, I SWEAR, just like the navy in the skirt.

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Already Pretty outfit featuring yellow cable sweater, plaid skirt, Foley + Corinna Mid-City Tote, Ecco Royan, rhinestone statement necklace

Sweater – via Ideelisimilar
Necklace – gift – this is the one
Skirt – thrifted – similar shape – similar colors
Wedges – Royan courtesy ECCO
Earrings – thrifted – similar
Bracelet – thrifted – similar
Bag – gift – Foley + Corinna Mid-City

This version was worn for a day in the boutique, and I’m sad to say that the sweater bit the dust afterward. I’ve had it for several years and always forget that it starts out tight and after several hours of wearing begins to sag oddly. Especially in the sleeves, which were at least double in circumference by day’s end. So strange.

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