Posts tagged: camel riding jacket

02.28.2012 [tue]
Worn to: work, bonus Type Tuesday
Sweater: TargetJeans: Empyre (via Zumiez)Heels: Fioni (via Payless)Blazer: Trouvé (via Nordstrom)Scarf: Dress Barn Earrings, purse: giftsWatch: Timex (via Target)Coat: Worthington (via JCPenney) 
Thoughts:I’ve been thinking about how to revise this formula for spring/summer; simply swapping some of the black for white or gray may be enough, but obviously the tall boots component won’t work. I’ll have to experiment with it and post an updated outfit and formula once it warms up!
I also took some photos during the stages of this outfit, and have a fun post that breaks down how to build this type of outfit that I’ll get up later today.
Behind the outfit:Today I needed something that was smart and sharp looking (Type Tuesday gatherings are business, after all), but comfortable enough for sitting at a pub for a few hours. So I decided to use the black, leopard, and camel formula I first posted back in November, with the boots swapped for heels. This is because 1) it’s not quite as cold anymore, 2) they look dressier than my black boots, and 3) the charcoal color is a bit softer and picks up on the gray in the sweater. Also, I think the extra peeks of skin helped to lighten the look up a little, as do the gray stripes.
Have to say I love this outfit formula, even though I didn’t wear it as often as I expected to. I’m going to need to buy a lighter, breezier leopard scarf for when the weather warms up!

02.28.2012 [tue]

Worn to: work, bonus Type Tuesday

Sweater: Target
Jeans: Empyre (via Zumiez)
Heels: Fioni (via Payless)
Blazer: Trouvé (via Nordstrom)
Scarf: Dress Barn 
Earrings, purse: gifts
Watch: Timex (via Target)
Coat: Worthington (via JCPenney) 

Thoughts:
I’ve been thinking about how to revise this formula for spring/summer; simply swapping some of the black for white or gray may be enough, but obviously the tall boots component won’t work. I’ll have to experiment with it and post an updated outfit and formula once it warms up!

I also took some photos during the stages of this outfit, and have a fun post that breaks down how to build this type of outfit that I’ll get up later today.

Behind the outfit:
Today I needed something that was smart and sharp looking (Type Tuesday gatherings are business, after all), but comfortable enough for sitting at a pub for a few hours. So I decided to use the black, leopard, and camel formula I first posted back in November, with the boots swapped for heels. This is because 1) it’s not quite as cold anymore, 2) they look dressier than my black boots, and 3) the charcoal color is a bit softer and picks up on the gray in the sweater. Also, I think the extra peeks of skin helped to lighten the look up a little, as do the gray stripes.

Have to say I love this outfit formula, even though I didn’t wear it as often as I expected to. I’m going to need to buy a lighter, breezier leopard scarf for when the weather warms up!

WORDS: View comments 2/28/12 Filed under: #black and gray striped sweater  #black dark faced watch  #black skinny jeans  #black wool coat  #camel riding jacket  #charcoal wool pumps  #leopard scarf  #red slouchy hobo  #silver woven circle earrings 
01.07.2012 [sat]
Worn to: out for breakfast (The Vintage), shopping (LOFT, Target, Nordstrom Rack)
Sweater: GAPBlazer: Trouvé (via Nordstrom)Jeans: TargetBoots: Not Rated “Boystown” (via heels.com)Earrings: giftWatch: Anne Klein (gift)Coat: Worthington (via JCPenney)Scarf: Forever 21Purse: Nine West (thrifted) 
Thoughts:I had some clothing returns from the last 2 months that I’ve been putting off because of the holidays, which I finally got done today. So naturally I perused the racks! I haven’t gone clothes shopping for myself in a couple months, so it was pretty fun. I came away with a couple fab items which I will post soon (along with some older purchases).
And at breakfast today (our favorite breakfast haunt, The Vintage, where we ate for the Everett YLF meetup), the waitress commented that my husband and I “both always dress so cute!” and that she loved how our styles match (her words!). I was highly amused, but my husband was surprised as he doesn’t think our styles are remotely similar ^^
Behind the outfit:This is basically an outfit I wore in early December, plus a blazer. I like how the camel looks with the brown boots, and these pretty new earrings were an xmas gift from my sister’s boyfriend. Normally I don’t like to shop for clothes in tall boots because they’re a lot of work in the dressing room, but I didn’t intend to shop shop today, mostly just look and see what’s out right now.
I ended up leaving my wool coat in the car so I didn’t have to carry it around while shopping, which also worked well because the earrings kept snagging on the scarf.

01.07.2012 [sat]

Worn to: out for breakfast (The Vintage), shopping (LOFT, Target, Nordstrom Rack)

Sweater: GAP
Blazer: Trouvé (via Nordstrom)
Jeans: Target
Boots: Not Rated “Boystown” (via heels.com)
Earrings: gift
Watch: Anne Klein (gift)
Coat: Worthington (via JCPenney)
Scarf: Forever 21
Purse: Nine West (thrifted) 

Thoughts:
I had some clothing returns from the last 2 months that I’ve been putting off because of the holidays, which I finally got done today. So naturally I perused the racks! I haven’t gone clothes shopping for myself in a couple months, so it was pretty fun. I came away with a couple fab items which I will post soon (along with some older purchases).

And at breakfast today (our favorite breakfast haunt, The Vintage, where we ate for the Everett YLF meetup), the waitress commented that my husband and I “both always dress so cute!” and that she loved how our styles match (her words!). I was highly amused, but my husband was surprised as he doesn’t think our styles are remotely similar ^^

Behind the outfit:
This is basically an outfit I wore in early December, plus a blazer. I like how the camel looks with the brown boots, and these pretty new earrings were an xmas gift from my sister’s boyfriend. Normally I don’t like to shop for clothes in tall boots because they’re a lot of work in the dressing room, but I didn’t intend to shop shop today, mostly just look and see what’s out right now.

I ended up leaving my wool coat in the car so I didn’t have to carry it around while shopping, which also worked well because the earrings kept snagging on the scarf.

WORDS: View comments 1/7/12 Filed under: #black leather tote  #black wool coat  #brown tall wedged slouchy boots  #camel riding jacket  #cream with navy striped top boatneck sweater  #gold and silver watch  #gray skinny jeans  #rust zigzag scarf  #southwestern woven rust toned earrings 
 11.22.2011 [tue]
Worn to: furniture stores, Kenmore Camera, work, Diamond Knot for dinner
[[MORE]] Blouse: Calvin Klein (outlet)Blazer: Trouvé (via Nordstrom)Jeans, purse: thriftedBoots: Not Rated “Boystown” (via heels.com)Hoop earrings: GNW (via Fred Meyer)Necklace, shades: Forever 21Watch: Anne Klein (gift)
Thoughts:OK I know it’s not wardrobe related but I’m excited: Before work my husband and I stopped by the first two furniture shops we went to on Saturday and we found a great red couch, and after work went to the one store that had the perfect couch set but only one and bought the one *breath* So hooray we have our couches! One red, one charcoal, AND we got a fancy end table:

Obviously the room isn’t complete but it’s a good starting point. At the least we need to get a table and a light in the next day or two, but I’m hopeful we’ll find a rug too (need one that’s red and white/gray/black to tie the two couches together).
I also stopped by the camera shop to pick up my other camera; I’d broken the lens (back in September) and it was being repaired. So happy to finally have it back! Aaaand back to clothes ^^
Behind the outfit:This is one of my favorite outfits ever! I’ve been wanting to put together an outfit around this jean+boot pairing for a while now. Since those two elements are a bit rocker-y, I decided to keep the other elements more classic. I think red+camel is a great classic color combination, and keeping my recent wardrobe direction observations in mind I decided to wear my white button-up blouse which also nicely lightens up the rich colors. I also really like the camel with the brown, “going” without “matching”. I went with an over-the-top pearl necklace over a simpler strand, or even a pendant, because I like the classic-element(pearls)-in-non-classic-styling with this outfit.

image 11.22.2011 [tue]

Worn to: furniture stores, Kenmore Camera, work, Diamond Knot for dinner

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WORDS: View comments 11/22/11 Filed under: #brass and pearl multistrand bib necklace  #brown tall wedged slouchy boots  #camel riding jacket  #gold and silver watch  #metallic slouchy safari bag  #oversized aviator shades  #red skinny jeans  #silver hoops  #white button-up 
 11.10.2011 [thu]
Worn to: work, Brad & Cristin over for dinner/kegging/tv
[[MORE]] Blazer: Trouvé (via Nordstrom)Tee: TargetScarf: Dress BarnShorts: Hinge (via Nordstrom)Tights, shades: Forever 21Boots: Cole Haan “Air Whitley” (via Nordstrom)Hoop earrings: GNW (via Fred Meyer)Watch: Timex (via Target)Purse: gift 
Thoughts:I’ve been itching to try a variation on the black, camel, and leopard outfit formula from last week. This doesn’t quite follow the formula because I used charcoal and gray in place of some of the black; the overall look is softer because the contrast isn’t quite as sharp.
Textures are key to wearing any tonal outfit (especially black), and texture was the major thing I wanted to experiment with in this variation. The blazer and shorts are both wool, though different treatments; the tee is jersey; the tights are a soft knit; the boots have both leather and suede; and the scarf a fine knit with sparkly threads. I’m happy with the texture richness, but I do think these higher contrast stripes aren’t as striking as low contrast/solid black in this formula.
(And I enjoyed wearing these sweater tights so much that I ordered 2 pairs of ribbed sweater tights today, gray and black. Improving my hosiery wardrobe is one of my goals this winter!)

image 11.10.2011 [thu]

Worn to: work, Brad & Cristin over for dinner/kegging/tv

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WORDS: View comments 11/10/11 Filed under: #black dark faced watch  #black tall flat buckle boots  #camel riding jacket  #charcoal plaid wool shorts  #gray and black striped tee  #gray sweater tights  #leopard scarf  #oversized aviator shades  #red slouchy hobo  #silver hoops 
 11.03.2011 [thu]Formula for black column with camel and leopard: black base outfit (top, bottom, tall boots) + camel jacket + leopard scarf
Worn to: work, helping my sister study for programming midterm, brother-in-law’s 18th birthday dinner with in-laws at the Crab Cracker in downtown Seattle
[[MORE]] Sweater: GAPTrousers: GAP “Really Skinny Pants”Boots: Cole Haan “Air Whitley” (via Nordstrom)Blazer: Trouvé (via Nordstrom)Scarf: Dress BarnHoop earrings: GNW (via Fred Meyer)Necklace, ring: giftWatch: Anne Klein (gift)Purse: Nine West (thrifted) 
Thoughts: I totally loved this black, camel and leopard look posted last week, and of course couldn’t help but want to wear a copycat of it especially since I have the same blazer! I wanted to wear the outfit right away, but decided to save it for my brother-in-law’s birthday dinner with my in-laws. It was perfect for the occasion and I felt super fab all evening. In fact, it’s one of my favorite outfits ever! The non-scarf version only came out to play during dinner once food arrived; I didn’t feel like cracking open piles of crab and buttering all my seafood with the scarf on ;)
Behind the outfit:Today I thought it’d be fun to get really technical and share how you can adapt this great outfit to your style. I’d also like to take a second to mention that while I do think about all of this while dressing/looking at outfits I want to copy, most of it happens quickly and without me being consciously aware of it. In this case I did a straight copycat of Celia’s outfit, and when writing this post was able to articulate the full analysis of how this look can be adapted.
Looking at the overall outfit, it can be broken down to the following key elements: black base outfit (top, bottom, tall boots) + camel jacket + leopard scarf. The individual items can actually vary quite a bit and still achieve the vibe.
1) Black base outfit (top, bottom, tall boots)This is where there are the most options. The top and bottom can be pretty much anything, but I do think tall boots (in a style of your preference) are a must to ground the outfit with structure, along with the jacket. So a few options that would also work but are quite different from each other (I want to try ALL of these!):
black soft blouse+black skirt (pencil, a-line, full, etc.)
black button-up shirt+black wool shorts+black tights
black sequin tank+black jeans
black midi dress
black tee+black mini skirt+black tights
Another thing to note is that these don’t have to be solid black items. False-plain black will work, and prints will also work as long as the item feels black overall (if that makes sense); subtlety will go a long way here. A few examples: black with a pin-dot print, black with thin stripes, dark tweedy prints, black/gray houndstooth, black with a tonal metallic abstract overlay print, dark sequins.
2) Camel jacketI debated whether this could be “topper” (so, cardigan/vest/jacket) and finally decided that really, along with the tall boots, this element does need to be structured or the crisp integrity of the outfit is lost. It doesn’t have to be a riding jacket like this, it could be a blazer, biker/moto/scuba jacket, Chanel-esqe, etc. I personally like the riding style with tall flat boots for the equestrian flair it gives.
Regarding the “camel” color, definitely be sure to use a shade that suits you. The camel spectrum ranges from warm to cool, and even tan or beige tones could work here if those are better suited to you. I fall in between Deep Autumn and Deep Winter coloring so I personally look for more of a caramel than true camel.
3) Leopard scarfAny kind of large/long scarf will work (silk, knit, chunky, infinity, etc.) but the leopard print should have warm elements to play off the camel; otherwise either the scarf or the jacket are going to look out of place.
For my outfit, a few items were selected automatically: the blazer, boots and scarf are the only corresponding formula items in my wardrobe, and the pants were an easy choice because I wanted to be slightly dressier (otherwise I’d have worn my black jeans). The sweater was selected because I knew I was going to have to take the scarf off during dinner and a plain tee wouldn’t have looked as interesting (plus I liked the subtle stripes with the leopard print); but if I knew the scarf wouldn’t come off, I’d have worn a plain tee because I like the simplicity of that. And lastly I decided to use my black purse to keep within the color palette, though I did also consider wearing one of my two red purses; if I had a camel bag I’d have worn that.

image 11.03.2011 [thu]
Formula for black column with camel and leopard: black base outfit (top, bottom, tall boots) + camel jacket + leopard scarf

Worn to: work, helping my sister study for programming midterm, brother-in-law’s 18th birthday dinner with in-laws at the Crab Cracker in downtown Seattle

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WORDS: View comments 11/3/11 Filed under: #black leather tote  #black skinny ankle trousers  #black tall flat buckle boots  #black with silver stripes dolman sleeve sweater  #camel riding jacket  #gold and silver watch  #leopard scarf  #silver hoops  #silver key necklace  #skulls knuckle ring  #~formulas