Winter on the East Coast is never a joke. I, however, am one of those knuckleheads who actually care abouut what I look like when it gets cold out. (I mean, damn, it’s New York, not Antarctica.) The older I get, the better at layering I get, I think. (Chock it up to trial and error.) I really love this outfit because I get to show off layers with different textures and lengths, but keep everything cohesive with the color palette. Nothing is really off limits when it comes to mixing and matching pieces. It’s kind of like a fun sartorial puzzle that has your closet looking like a bomb hit it after you’ve come up with a strong fit. (Or maybe that’s just me?)
Going back through this blog there are pictures of me rocking the tropical shirt. (Oh hey, 2013.) Apparently after all this time some people still don’t know how to wear the short sleeve printed shirt without looking like an extra in The Brady Bunch Goes to Hawaii. (Nvm, that actually sounds amazing.) If you’re not on an island, you’ve got to do better. While you can wear one of these several ways, I decided to style it open with a white tee underneath to break up the print. It’s a little early in NYC to wear shorts so I teamed it with a straight leg pair of jeans (it’s not just all about the slim/skinny fits) and light colored shoes. As with everything,, accessorize according to your own taste. Obviously I’ve never met a wide brim hat I didn’t like and a little something something on my fingers.
One of my greatest weaknesses in life is indecisiveness. (If you work in HR who wants to hire me, I’m just kidding lol.) I really wanted a pair of green checked pants for the season and was pleasantly surprised when I found a pair at the fast fashion goldmine that is Forever 21. I was even more surprised that they offered a full suit option. Problem was that I hated the blazer. At said store there was another suit option in a more red hue but I knew I was never going to wear those pants by themselves. Easy solution: mix and match the suit options for this quasi festive look. I know that I’ll wear both of these pieces separately and I don’t mind the subtle peacocking the complementary tones dole out. I’m a huge fan of combining suit separates but pay special attention to your color and pattern matching. The last thing you want to look like is that your top and bottom halves got dressed in separate apartments.
I can’t be the only one who misses the days when my Christmas list was full of toys. Nowadays I’d sooner say “I want Lanvin, not diamonds.” This year I have a great list for the man in the North Pole. To see what I want to see underneath the tree tomorrow morning then keep reading. Continue Reading…