neglected blazers

The more time I spend as a PhD student, the more “relaxed” my personal dress code becomes. I still try not to wear jeans except on Fridays, but other than that, I feel pretty free to wear whatever I want, particularly now that I don’t even seen research participants anymore (I finished collecting data a few months ago). Anyway, one of the side effects of these increasingly casual outfits is that I rarely wear any of my blazers. I actually really like my blazer collection, so I’m trying to make a more concerted effort to wear them regularly.

First up is my camel blazer. Given my preference for brown + black these days, my color palette of choice on this day was obvious. Next time I think I’ll try layering a Christmas-y plaid shirt underneath 🙂

camel blazer: J.Crew Factory, exact, similar // polka dot shirt: J.Crew Factory, similar, similar // black ankle pants: Banana Republic Factory, exact, similar // black wedges: Jessica Simpson, exact, similar 

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buffalo plaid at last

Just about a year ago, I spotted this look and loved it but didn’t have the pieces to re-create it. I kind of forgot about it for a while (as is typical for the outfits I save on Pinterest) until this fall when J.Crew Factory featured this skirt a few months ago. I waited patiently for a good sale and bought it.

Obviously, for the first wear I had to re-create the aforementioned look. I was just wearing it to a casual dinner with family, so skipped the necklace and clutch. I really like the way it turned out! I have a few more ideas for how to wear this skirt, so be prepared to see it again in the future. How would you wear a buffalo plaid skirt?

black turtleneck tee: J.Crew Factory, exact, similar // buffalo plaid skirt: J.Crew Factory, exact, similar // cognac leather boots: Timberland, similar, similar // pearl stud earrings: gift, similar, similar // cognac leather strap watch: Wristology, exact, similar

the same but different

I’ve been blogging long enough now that I sometimes draw outfit inspiration from myself. Case in point: I wore an outfit very similar to this about two years ago, right after my son was born.

I remembered that outfit recently and decided to re-create it with newer items in my wardrobe. I traded out the wool skirt (which has since been donated–it wasn’t very practical for our mild winters) for a suede skirt in the same color; I also switched out the booties for some comfy mules. The end result was an outfit in which I felt comfortable and relatively put together. Unfortunately, campus was pretty deserted due to the holiday, so no one got to see my outfit…guess I’ll just have to wear it again next week!

striped boatneck tee: Merona, similar, similar // faux suede skirt: Sanctuary, similar, similar // black mule booties: dv by Dolce Vita, similar, similar // gold locket necklace: J.Crew, similar, similar // sunglasses: Warby Parker Banks, similar, similar

the leopard blanket scarf

As I mentioned in the budget post when I bought this scarf, I’ve been stalking it for YEARS. So you better believe that once the temperature dipped low enough to merit wearing a blanket scarf, I pulled it out pretty darn quick.

I love how this scarf looks with burgundy, but I’m second-guessing my decision to wear the ivory vest–it might have looked more cohesive to wear a black “completer piece.” Still, I was pretty comfy and cozy. I’m publishing this post on Thanksgiving Day here in the US, and this outfit would be perfectly appropriate for a casual Turkey Day gathering.

Speaking of…Happy Thanksgiving! I hope you get a chance to count your blessings with a side of pumpkin pie!

chambray shirt: J.Crew, exact, similar // burgundy skinny jeans: exact, similar // tan mule booties: Dolce Vita, exact, similar // ivory quilted vest: J.Crew Factory, exact, similar // leopard blanket scarf: BP, similar, similar