I love when readers send me questions/request post topics. Not only do I genuinely enjoy answering queries but your questions and comments help queue me into what you’re interested in/looking for when you visit Wore Out. It’s a win win.
So when Caroline asked for my suggestions on what to wear to an upcoming high school reunion I dove right in putting together three different outfits using the same black velvet blazer. Classic pieces in rich textures give each look a certain effortlessness that will carry you through catching up with old beaus and BFFs alike.
Velvet Power Suit1/2/3/4/5
Color Blocking Cool1/2/3/4/5/6
Chevrons and Angora1/2/3/4/5/6
Which outfit would make you feel reunion ready?
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Knit Hat: Downtown Threads, Velvet Blazer: Zara, Tank: Charlotte Ruse, Necklace: Dub’s Duds, Ring: Downtown Threads, Boyfriend Jeans: Levi’s, Boots: Old NavyBelieve it or not this outfit took me outside my comfort zone. I’ve been lusting after a pair of combat boots for almost a year now and a few weekends ago when Old Navy was having their killer sale I nabbed these boots for around $15. They’re velvet which gives them a softer look than traditional combat boots which I’m hoping will make them easier to work into my existing wardrobe.
I wasn’t exactly sure how to style my new boots so I opted for a monochromatic look (when in doubt wear black). Next time I’d style them with skinnier jeans or my skinny cargo pants. I think the rolled cuff and slightly baggy cut of the boyfriend jeans made me look a bit stout when paired with the boots.
We’re in the middle of an unseasonably warm spell (high 50’s, low 60’s) so I’ve been wearing lots of layers. Lately my go to outerwear piece has been my velvet blazer from Zara. It’s light enough to be worn under my peacoat but thick/warm enough to wear on its own. Under my blazer I have a long sleeve cardigan and a tank, which have been perfect for keeping me cool during hectic days and warm on my walk home from work.
How would you style these boots? What layering pieces do you rely on to get you through in-between weather?
Velvet Blazer: Zara, Sweater Dress: Old Navy (via Goodwill), Belt: Gap, Tights: Target, Boots: Battery Street JeansAs I was snapping these pictures Friday afternoon a freak snow squall rolled in. All of a sudden the sky went cloudy, the wind picked up and then snow/hail started flying. I couldn’t believe how cold it got; just look at how red my nose is!
I found these green suede boots at Battery Street Jeans almost three years ago and I don’t wear them nearly as often as I should. It was love at first sight when I saw these boots in the window. I usually wear a size 8.5 so when the girl working the register told me they were a size 7 I was heart broken. I tried them on anyway and I am so glad I did because they fit! They’re a little snug but not uncomfortably so and the longer I wear them the more they stretch/conform to my feet.
I added the belt in an attempt to break up this look and define my silhouette but in the end I’m not sure the belt did me any favors. Next time I think I would opt for a slimmer or more colorful belt.
What would you do differently to this outfit? How would you style these boots?
Sunglasses: Chinatown,Velvet Blazer: Zara, Sweater: H&M, Belt: Gap, Skirt: Downtown Threads, Booties: Nine West
Please excuse the messy hair and limited range of facial expressions. The wind coming off the lake was freezing this morning making it hard to stand still and play nice in front of the the camera. Burlington managed to get off snow free this weekend while some towns in Vermont and New England got a foot of snow or more!
The last time I wore this vintage wool maxi skirt (here) was with a similar outfit. When I find an outfit that I like/works for me I try to re-imagine it using different colors, fabrics and/or textures. It helps me see pieces in my closet differently and give me more options.
With my legs fully covered and my top half all bundled up I was plenty warm even with the cold air whipping off the lake. Not to mention that the shearling lined booties kept my toes, usually the coldest part of my body, warm and toasty. I love how the booties can be worn cuffed to show off the shearling or laced up for a more Victorian feel. Nothing’s better than an outfit or accessory that can pull double duty.
Did you get any snow this weekend? Do you recycle your outfit ideas?
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