Neutrals week: gray/black/white
Worn to: work
Cardigan: Old Navy
Skirt: Forever 21
Boots: Cole Haan “Air Whitley” (via Nordstrom)
Earrings, scarf, purse: gifts
Watch: Timex (via Target)
Coat: Calvin Klein (via Wilson’s Leather)
Neutrals challenge day three!
Behind the outfit:
Today’s outfit started with the cardigan. Like my printed gray dress from Monday and printed flats from yesterday, this is another of my few printed neutral items and I knew right away that I wanted to wear it during this challenge. When planning the week’s outfits I thought it would be super fun to do a neutrals print mix outfit, and this leopard cardigan worked so well mixed with gingham last time I wore it, so I thought it would be fun to pair with houndstooth this time around. I’m really enjoying pairing the organic print with geometric prints, it’s a fun juxtaposition.
From there I decided that, since the cardigan is pretty slouchy, I’d wear my pencil skirt (I’m still really into wearing slouchy elements with my pencil skirt!). After getting it on, I thought it’d be fun to add a black camisole to make it look like I was actually wearing a sheathe dress; I really like the effect and, really, a sheathe would probably be a good addition to my wardrobe.
(Hmmm… OK I just remembered that I DO have a sheathe, but it needs altering. I should get on that, it’s an awesome dress. Black/white houndstooth, great slubby knit, and it has pockets! Pockets, on a sheathe I tell you!!)
I debated quite a while on whether to belt or not. In the end I decided to leave it unbelted, so then undid the bottom buttons on the cardigan to let more of the skirt show and play up the faux-sheathe thing. This outfit also made me realize that nearly every time I wear this cardigan I button it up, which then leads me to realize that I could probably use a leopard blouse.
Previously, I’ve been wearing my shorter slouchy boots with this skirt, so today I thought I’d try wearing taller boots with it (plus it frees up the shorter pair for tomorrow’s outfit). The sort-of-slouchy-sort-of-streamlined look of these boots fits perfectly with the vibe of the outfit. With the print mix, I wanted to keep accessories simple; since the outfit is pretty black heavy, I chose these silver earrings to add a little more lightness than my usual hoops do, and of course my black watch.