Daily Outfit: 10/26/11

Already Pretty outfit featuring houndstooth duster jacket, Athleta dress, Diesel Go-go boots, Banana Republic belt, Silvercocoon earrings

Houndstooth duster/dress, vintage – similar/cardigan
Dress, Athleta Organic Cotton Radiant Dress
Belt, Banana Republic (no longer available) – similar
Boots, Diesel Go-go (no longer available) – similar – more Diesel boots
Earrings, courtesy Silvercocoon

As you can probably guess, this “duster” is actually a vintage dress worn open. Buttoned up, it makes me look like a houndstooth-festooned milk jug. With legs. Worn open, it still needs a belted inner layer for definition, but it’s considerably more flattering. An eye-catching piece, to be sure, and for that I adore it. Something about oversized houndstooth just makes me happy.

Today I was amazed to find that matching my earrings to my boots created an interesting sense of cohesion within this outfit. I may have done the same thing in dozens of other outfits before, but the concept just clicked today.

Have you had any recent dressing-related revelations?

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  • Love. How wonderfully perfect for fall!

  • I am too lazy to wear earrings most of the time, but I love when a necklace just works perfectly… Love that your vintage dress is right on for the houndstooth trend right now!

    Marie @ Lemondrop ViNtAge I’m having a giveaway…

  • I love the dress-worn-as-duster. I think it’s brilliant, really and I’m glad you found a way to make the piece work for you.

  • I like this outfit A LOT. Did you get your hair cut again? It looks fab today.

    • Sal

      Thanks! I did, over the weekend.

  • Kookoo

    I’m always trying to create a long line, but end up emphasizing my troubling tummy when I over layer with a scarf or jacket. My mirror has caught the misstep more times than I’d like to admit. But your outfit shows a great way to layer and slim. Thanks for the inspiration.

  • Becky

    I resurrected two dresses by wearing one as a duster. One I loved, but being denim it was an eye catcher and felt redundant to wear it to often. The other was this shapeless thing with a pink floral pattern fit for grade school graduation. Yet grabbing a brown leather belt and wearing the denim over the pink, it really worked better than I thought, especially with brown tights and brown suede boots.

  • I don’t have a RECENT revelation, but quite a while ago when I learned you could layer a skirt over a dress and use the dress as a top, it was as if the heavens have opened me to a new world of possibility. I never looked at dresses the same way again.

  • MM

    Sally, this is so chic!

  • Yup, this outfit is pretty much awesome all the way around! To my inspiration folder it goes!!

  • Elizabeth

    Your hair looks great in these pictures. Did you change it?

  • Love that duster/dress, and also the gorgeous autumn foliage in the background. You look like you are in a fall fashion catalogue!

  • Jenny

    I love love this combo of houndstooth over the plain brown!

  • And the hair, OMG, too cute!!!

  • Olga

    Wow! That looks great – oh how I’d like to have a duster like that….

  • You look beautiful! Love the earrings-boots, looks great! xxx

  • I love your hair so, so much!!!!!!!!!!! Wow, check out those cheekbones! The houndstooth duster/dress is a real beauty on you and looks magical against the autumn leaves. Thank you so much for your good wishes Sal:)) xo

  • B

    Really like this combo. LOVE the fun jacket.

  • Love this outfit, the houndstood is so retro, but you give it such a modern and fresh vibe 🙂
    Recent revelations:
    Cognac sneakers worn with an all black ensemble and some nice gold metal earrings. My latest favourite combo.

  • T.

    Love the houndstooth jacket!

  • Anna

    I always avoid button-front dresses because they gap in front when I sit down. Next time I go thrifting I’ll specifically look for button-fronts with potential as dusters. I almost always wear a third layer anyway (jackets, loose unbuttoned shirts) and now can vary that look with longer lengths. Brilliant! Thanks, Sally.

  • To answer your questions, YES! From this post! I have a long duster-cardi and I’ve been struggling with styling it, as it doesn’t fasten nicely in the front. Now I know to try it over a dress with boots!

    Sometimes, you just need that visual cue, and everything clicks. Thanks, Sally!

  • Viola

    been reading for a year, never commented, but this outfit is so wonderful, I had to share. It’s my favorite yet!

  • You look lovely Sal! I love this combination!

  • You look great and your haircut is so lovely!
    I just ordered a houndstooth pencil skirt and can’t wait until it’s finally here.

  • I’m stealing you for my next houndstooth post!