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Sunday, October 24, 2010

There's got to be an outfit in there somewhere...

I spent some time looking up guides to fall wardrobe essentials today, and discovered they were all pretty much the same. Black blazer, grey cardigan, camel coat, shift dress, white blouse. Put a big check over each one, I've got them.

So I went to look up the fall trends; leopard print, faux fur, military inspired, menswear, capes... Cross them off the list, they are in my closet!

It stands to reason, that I could stop shopping right now, and get through to the spring just fine. And it seems clear that I need to spend more time shopping my closet. Because there are a lot of things in there, and so many of them haven't been worn much.

The monochrome trend is one I have been wanting to try. This navy skirt last seen on mothers day and this navy top last seen in February felt like a good place to start.

Shattered Glass SkirtHappy Mother's Day

My newly aquired silk scarf seemed like the perfect accent, in keeping with the navy theme, but adding a bit of pattern.
At this point, I would like to curse American Eagle, and the asshole who decided to sew a giant tag (including care instructions) directly into the hem of the scarf. When I put the scarf on, no matter how I tied it, the giant tag always ended up front and center. So I went to get the seam ripper to carefully remove it. But it was sewn into the hem. I didn't see an option other than cutting it off. And I was being so, so careful. But I cut the scarf. I am furious with American Eagle, because I really see this as more their fault than mine. It's a small cut. I put a drop of fabric glue on it so it wont get any worse and it's not noticeable. But that pretty much ruined my morning. Okay, rant over.

In the Navy

I was feeling a bit uncertain about the navy tights. Initially I was going to wear black, but I'm glad I stuck to the ideals of the monochrome look. The three slightly different shades next to one another actually work quite well.

In the Navy

And since the only navy shoes I own are eyelet flats, I decided to incorporate black into the look as well.

In the Navy

And finish with some antique looking accents.
With lots of texture and shine keep things from being stagnant.

In the Navy

What other looks can I shop my closet for this month?

In the Navy

The Rundown
Top Gap - Skirt Charlotte Russe - Tights Nine West - Scarf Aerie - Belt TJMaxx - Pumps Areosoles - Bag Taken for Granite - Ring The Cavernous Jewelry Box - Earrings TJMaxx

61 comments:

Lisa Lisa Lisa said...

I really, really like that scarf, no wonder you bought it! I have an American Eagle scarf with a similar problem: the tag is sewn in improperly and it shows no matter how I tie it. It is very frustrating.
I love the monocrom look! Maybe your next look should be mixing textures?

Dr. Da said...

oooh ooooh ooooh,I LOVE this look on you!

missvinylahoy said...

I love this look! It's one of those "duh" moments when you realize how good all this navy looks, but I've never bothered to try it. I may have to borrow this look... :)

And grr @ the tag. I have an AE scarf that has the tag in the hem, but I've never bothered to remove it. Sadly, I just don't care, LOL!

chichichic said...

very cute scarf! i love that green skirt too!

bisous!

justyna

Guyomar L. Pillai said...

I love monochrome; I just did one yesterday, completely unintentionally. All grey - I just worked with different textures; silk blouse, wool skirts, dotted tights, worn brogues...my black leather jacket was the only interruption. Usually I am not a fan of navy and black worn next to each (I hate the way I look wearing a navy skirt/dress over black tights), but it looks good in this pictorial.

Lexy @ Quirky Explosion said...

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Seriously!

you look
INCREDIBLE.

This trend is SO hard to pull off. Yet you TOTALLY rock it. Do try it again soon! And post it, of course!

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Closet Fashionista said...

Such a cute outfit!!
and that is sooo annoying about the tag!! UGH!!!
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Frances Joy said...

Wowowowow! You look GORGEOUS! Navy is such a fabulous neutral and you totally rocked it.

And I'm sorry about your scarf. I hate when they sew the tags in like that. Don't they realize that we're trying to WEAR these scarves? Boo.

Jodi said...

Very cute.. I love the monochrome look and those tights look really great! you did an awesome job with color combo of blue and silvery greys.. I love this outfit!!

AND I know what you mean about having all the essentials. I was out shopping today and made a promise to myself that there would be NO shopping for at least 2 months.. then I thought.. hmmm xmas is coming.. but at the end of the day more clothes is clearly not what makes life amazing. I mean, I buy more, but there are always more to buy... I think blogging doesnt help sometimes either cuz who wants to wear the exact same outfit again? Then what would you post on your blog? YES< its the blogs fault. I like that excuse... hah hah

FASHION ICE said...

the tights are awesome

Rad_in_Broolyn said...

Boo to American Eagle. But sounds like you fixed it as best you could.
You are really rockin' this monochromatic look. The scarf and shoes are the perfect touch.
I am looking forward to see your "shopping your closet" looks!

Andie said...

this is a FANTASTIC look on you! Color is great, and the combo is perfect.

and I LOVE that scarf. LOVE.

Sue said...

You take such lovely photos, very elegant. I love your navy outfit with the blue/white scarf. I agree with you, I don't know why they have to sew the label into the hem, it's so frustrating to try and remove it, more often than not, you do end up putting a small cut in the fabric.

Eli said...

dont let your brain trick you, this is a beautiful outfit!!

Chelsea Elizabeth. said...

your outfit is perfect on you. blue is an amazing color for you, you should definently wear it more often. :)

<3chelsea elizabeth

sofi moukidou said...

omg! maybe your best outfits! love the second and the third one!!! you look amazing!!!

Nemerae said...

That bag is so cute!!! and so is the scarf!
BTW, navy is one of my favourite colours for clothing :)
I also love the navy skirt with the coral top!
xx

Hanna said...

OMG you look so stunning! I love every piece of it!

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Marta said...

absolutely fab, fab, fab! <3

eek said...

Fabulous monochromatic look. Sorry to hear about your scarf drama - I never would have guessed it was from American Eagle - they surprise me sometimes!

Good luck with shopping your closet. I was doing good for a while with my closet, but fell off the wagon this month. :)

Jessica said...

What in the world is wrong with American Eagle?! That annoys me as much is it probably did you. Sometimes I feel like retailers just lose all common sense when it comes to how a person will actually use an item. Sigh.

On the upside, you look stunning and the scarf is beautiful!

I need to shop my closet. This weekend was especially difficult though. I tried taking some outfit photos and just kept feeling uninspired by everything in there. Uh oh.

Krystal said...

i like that monochrome look! and hey, i have all the basics too! good to know =)

Diana Mieczan said...

You always have such a great outfit...I am loving your scarfso much:) kisses,sweetie
Happy Monday

arnique said...

I am fascinated by the texture of both blouse and skirt.

Arianne from A + B in the Sea

arnique said...

I am fascinated by the texture of both blouse and skirt.

Arianne from A + B in the Sea

Chanelle said...

Usually I'm iffy about wearing one colour, but this works for you. Good on ya! x

Aynna banahna said...

I love this outfit! I should try monochrome, but I always feel like I should add more pizazz and contrast

Amber Blue Bird said...

Bummer about the tag on the scarf..I blame American as well. Love the look here and thanks for tip on Jose Gonzalez, really digging his sound

Melanie said...

Wow! Great look-- Love how you remixed both pieces. You are totally pulling off the monochromatic thing!

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daisymay aka Chantele said...

What a great idea to take all the trends and tick off items you have! I should do that! Although I wouldn't be able to tick off half of them worse luck, lol! These photos are great,

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Miss T said...

Gorgeous blue. Woww the assemble sure does looks expensive.
Hope you had a lovely weekend lady. :D

Elaine said...

I love this look!!! That skirt is fabulous and I love the adorable purse you paired it with.

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Ali said...

THIS IS SO AMAZING. I love all your blue! This is such a pretty shade of blue and you are so very pretty, Miss Lyddie!~~ <3 I love that scarf, too. Ahh! So lovely. :)

Kinsey said...

That outfit is so beautiful! You're so right, most of us could stop shopping today and make it through winter juuuust fine! I'm glad you shopped your closet and found a great outfit.

Kayraheart.fashion said...

Beautiful pictures!! Love ur scarf!

Marie McGrath (The Joy of Fashion) said...

I love this monochromatic look! You always manage to make everything look so chic!

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MarchMusings said...

You've done the monochrome look really well. And the clutch is a nice surprise.

E said...

The beautiful ruffled touches on this look are gorgeous! I love that scarf!

Shelley Ann said...

love the blue tights! i might need to pick up a pair to add to my closet!

Indie.Tea said...

The outfits are all adorable. I'm definitely a fan of navy.
I dont know why manufacturer's like to sew huge tags onto scarves - I always feel like they look defective! But that is one adorable scarf.

ching said...

very lovely shade of blue on you. :D

jamie-lee said...

I think you're pretty lucky if you already have all the basics and trends in your wardrobe! I wish I could say the same but I always manage to find something i wish I had but don't haha

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Marella said...

Nice blog! New follower! I hope you'll follow me back! Kiss

Emilie said...

Love the colors of your outfit!

Berlin said...

Such a lovely assemble! Just wonderful, especially those ruffles :D

Paper butterflies,
Berlin

Dina's Days said...

Ok, first of all I totally thought that skirt was super expensive and I can't believe it's CR. Second of all, this looks fantastic! And third, you did an great job shopping your own closet. I'm doing the same, I am challenging myself to wear every single top in my closet before buying a new one. I'm more than halfway done. It feels good!

Isabel said...

i hate tags on scarves...they are kinda ridiculous

The Backseat Stylers said...

Love the all navy look! LOL about your scarf troubles - I had the same problem with one of my scarves. Eventually I just ripped the tag off in frustration. ;oP

BenchesandChandeliers said...

i love the tonal look, espeially in neutrals.

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QueenDesi said...

what a great mix and match..
this new version of combination really rock than before..
those scarf really cute :)

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The Fancy Teacup said...

So glad you were able to find all of fall's trends right there in your closet! You pulled off the monochromatic look well! I love the intricate purse...and the beautiful scarf! So sad it got a little cut, that would be frustating!

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this free bird said...

You are so adorable in that navy ensemble. It seriously takes the cake!!

xoxo,
Carrie

Vicky K. said...

lovely clutch...

Vicky
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lollie said...

this look really works on you, ladylike and sexy at the same time (and id die for your curves!)

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x

heather yalin said...

You look wonderful!!! I love this scarf and your bag and all the texture. Rock it, girlfriend!

Fashion Meets Food said...

blue looks divine on you!!! You are absolutely gorgeous!

xo

Kristin said...

I am so enamored with your skirt. It's the perfect amount of pretty!

redumbrellachronicles said...

Adore that scarf. Stunning outfit.

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Lorena said...

You look wonderful in blue.
:)

Lorena said...

Oh I forgot to say that you should totally email them (AE) and give them a piece of your mind.

kelseychristiansonwilliams said...

oh, this totally works! love it!