Baby, It’s Cold Outside

_RMJ1747I haven’t been blogging much recently because I just started a full-time job (that actually requires me to work from an office! Apparently they make pants that don’t have elastic waistbands?) I also start a permalance gig next week so things are about to get real busy. Hopefully I’ll still be able to keep up with the blog, though, because it’s really been a lot of fun to work on it. It’s also kind of how I got my current job, so there’s that.

I thought I would use this Wednesday to bring back a feature I run from time to time. This is a “What I Wore Wednesday” post. I don’t want this blog to be 100% personal style  (I really can’t see myself posting outfit pictures all that often because I just straight up don’t know how to pose) but this Wednesday happens to be a special one – my 26th birthday – so why not?

I really love this outfit because it’s such a great way to stay relatively warm without looking underdressed. I see so many girls just running around in sweats at this time of year – or they’ll wear jeans and snow boots for a night out or a nice dinner. It’s okay once in a while (I’ve certainly made better use of my snow boots this year than the past two years combine) but I also believe that looking nice isn’t so hard and people should make it work even in this awful weather.

The color scheme of this is just great for fall/winter and the entire look is elegant and sophisticated (if I do say so myself.) It is perfect for those days that aren’t chilly but not dangerously so.

The base piece of this whole thing is the Vince shirt. I loooove Vince tops – the fabrics they use are so beautiful and their silk shirts fall so well on the body. Everything Vince makes strikes me as a piece that’ll stay in wardrobe forever.  Unfortunately, because I’m petite, even their XS tends to be too big for me – I swim around in this particular shirt, but I still love it – and the fact that it’s too big makes it the perfect shirtdress!

I added tights for warmth and coverage (even with a dress layered underneath, this is little too short for bare legs) and I loved the way the navy popped against the black tights. The shoes I’m wearing here are my favorites – they’re Bruno Magli’s ‘Olinda’ booties in navy and brown stripes. They are perfect and different and they get tons of compliments every single time I wear them (seriously, without fail.) The bag is my trusty Alexander Wang Rocco Duffel, the ring is the YSL Arty Ring, and the hat is from Janie and Jack (yup, the children’s store. It’s literally made for a five year old and fits me perfectly. Told you I’m petite!)

I snagged both the shirt(dress) and the hat at the Fashion Outlets of Chicago. If you’re anywhere near them, do yourself a favor and stop in. These outlets are so much better than most outlet malls.

I would wear this exact outfit anytime I need to look polished during the colder months. It would be great for a nice dinner – but I sort of see it more of a daytime outfit even without the hat. Unfortunately I’ve had to stash my Magli booties for a few months (because they’re way too pretty to get all nasty in this weather) but maybe I’ll brave it and wear them tonight. After all, you only turn 26 once, right?


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PS: Please notice my new logo – I just had it made by a super talented designer (who happens to be an alum of my alma matter too) – more on her coming soon!
Photos by James Atkins







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