Dressed for: An Unexpected Staple

Already Pretty outfit featuring knit moto jacket, aymmetric tunic leggings, fringe handbag, black ankle boots

Jacket – thrifted via Twicesimilar
Tunic – H&M – similar
Leggings – Hue (no longer available) – similar
Necklace – Kali Butterfly
Earrings – Lava 9similar
Boots – Steve Madden Winola (no longer available) – similar
Bag – Amazon/DIY (post here) – similar look

This little jacket has turned out to be one of my favorite and most versatile pieces, and it was a total impulse grab from Twice. It’s comfy, washable, goes with so many looks, and lightweight enough for summer wear but also (somehow) warm enough for colder temps. It actually makes me a bit aggravated when impulse buys become staples. I would like the things that I meticulously research for months on end to become staples. And they frequently do. But so does the occasional shot-in-the-dark purchase.

Does this happen to you, too? Any current wardrobe staples that were impulse buys initially?

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Dressed for: Almost Animal Print

Already Pretty outfit featuring polka dot shirt, moto pants, fringe booties, black pendant necklace

Top – H&M – similar
Pants – Prairie Underground courtesy Shop Adorn
Booties – Sam Edelman Louie
Bag – Rough & Tumble
Necklace – Lucky Brand (no longer available) – similar
Earrings – Patinaexact same
Bracelet – via Ideelsimilar

Before I switched up my style aesthetic, most of the prints and patterns in my wardrobe were pretty vibrant and often a little retro, which means that most of them have been handed down, sold, or donated over the past few months. But I realized I was missing the movement and interest added by prints, so I picked up this top which is both neutral and cut with a curved hem, one of my favorite design elements. It’s reminiscent of animal print, but nothing I’ve ever seen on an actual critter. So it’s interesting, flattering … and somewhat mysterious.

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Dressed for: Triple Trends

Already Pretty outfit featuring culottes, striped crop top, matte black pendant, leather wrap bracelet, bucket bag

Top – Kohl’s
Culottes – courtesy Karen Kane
Sandals – B.O.C. Malay
Necklace – Tomo Jewelry
Earrings – Lockhart Wrks
Bracelet – courtesy Novica (no longer available) – similar
Bag – Madewell via Shopbop

Culottes, crop top, bucket bag – three trends in one outfit. Total fluke, but somehow amusing to me.

Side note: I knew about and wore culottes when I was a little girl, but never saw the word spelled out, so I assumed it was something along the lines of “coolots.” Because that’s how it’s pronounced and that’s how my mom said it. Then a year or so ago this style of pant came around again, but this time I saw the word written and assumed the garment itself was some variant of what I scampered around in as a kid. I also assumed that the word describing this new variant was pronounced “cull-oats.” Because I speak English, a very small amount of Spanish, and Pig Latin, but no French. And yet my childhood coolots and my adulthood culottes are, in fact, the same thing. LIVE AND LEARN.

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