Coat // similar Shirt // similar Sweater // similar Jeans // similar Boots (on sale) // similar Necklace // Sunglasses // Lips
You know what I didn’t realize? That I would be struggling to complete not one, but TWO wardrobe challenges this month. Not only am I doing the Black Out challenge, I’m also doing the Don’t Freeze to Death challenge. Let me tell you, doing both of them at once is not easy. When you have to wear 2-3 layers and slush-appropriate shoes every day, it’s pretty hard to not wear any black. Granted, the Black Out co-host Nicole and I agreed there should be 2 passes per week allowed for tights, shoes, and subtle patterns. But I already took both my passes this week on Tuesday…didn’t have time to take photos of that outfit, but I’ll re-create it some other time. Like in the spring.
This outfit was the biggest struggle of all. I nearly gave up and stayed home, but I had brunch plans, and nothing stands between me and French toast. I had an internal debate with myself over whether this sweater was cheating, because up close it’s very clearly black and white yarn all mixed together. Finally I realized this was a totally insane thing to be worrying about. It’s a gray sweater. And the Black Out challenge is not about eschewing all neutrals, it’s just about not dressing like you’re going to a funeral when the weather is already depressing enough.
But enough about me and my problems. Let’s talk about all the people who tried the Black Out challenge this week! I hope the rest of you will consider joining in for the last week…Don’t forget about that adorable fox necklace you could win!
- Nicole, VV Boutique Style (co-host and brains behind the challenge)
- Katie, Style on Target
- Erin, Loop Looks
- Joelle, Clothes But Not Quite
- Laura, Rock That Frock
- Lydia, Cotton to Couture
- Shannon, She Does Create (designer of the awesome foxy prize!)
- Kristen, Sunshine Speech & Language (non-style blogger)
- And our lovely non-blogging participants are Heather, Beth, Chantel, Kim, Chantal Y., Wendy, Adrienne, Stephanie, Denise, Angele, and Sara! Thanks for joining in, ladies.
^^I love the rose gold zipper detail on this skirt!
Question: What do you wear to a daytime wedding of people you barely know when there are scattered snow flurries and you’re in the middle of the Take One, Pass it On challenge?
Answer: Hell if I know. This? I went with this.
Skirt // similar Shirt // similar Coat // Shoes (on clearance) // similar Clutch* // similar Necklace // Bracelet // Lips “Crush”
*Clutch purchased with gift card provided courtesy of H&M.
Yesterday was nice and toasty, all the way up in the mid 20s! As you can see, I got a little braver than yesterday and went outside, but I didn’t get quite brave enough to take my coat all the way off.
There was supposed to be a chance for snow showers all day, so I prepared by wearing my rain boots with fleece socks. And of course there was not a single flake. I know they say you can’t control the weather, but in my experience you can. For example, if there’s a chance of snow, the best way to keep it from snowing is to wear footwear appropriate for snow. If I had worn suede flats, there would have been a blizzard I’m sure.
Top: H&M (similar)
Coat: J. Crew
Jeans: Ann Taylor
Necklace: J. Crew (other tortoiseshell link necklace here)
Hat: handmade gift (similar)
Bracelets: Forever 21, Stephan & Co.
Yes, I am well aware that pictures look prettier when you take them outside in natural light. But guess what? The wind chills yesterday were below zero and that’s just not happening. I bundled up the best I could so I could stay alive long enough until the heat in my car kicked in.
Let me give you a rundown of just how many articles of clothing I was wearing:
- Fleece-lined leggings
- Fuzzy socks
- Belt & bracelets (a girl’s gotta accessorize)
I kind of felt like Joey in that episode of Friends when he puts on all of Chandler’s clothes. You know what I’m talking about.
Coat: Kenneth Cole Reaction (similar)
Hat: handmade gift (similar)
Boots: Matisse (I love these that are on sale!)
Belt: Madewell (similar)
Bracelets: Forever 21
Hello, I’m Sarah’s new coat, and I will be writing today’s blog post. Sarah is busy packing for her trip to Florida (for which she will be leaving me behind, I might add).
I am a Majesty Peacoat from a magical place called J. Crew. As you can see, I am quite photogenic. I am made of beautiful Italian wool, and I have shiny gold buttons. I don’t mean to brag, but Sarah is so lucky she found me. I mean, how good am I making her look right now??
Sarah wore me for the first time on Saturday and already got a compliment thanks to my beauty and class. The only problem is, the compliment was: “cute jacket.”
“Cute jacket”?? Are you kidding me? Even Helen Keller could see that I am so much more than a “cute jacket.” If only I could have spoken, I would have set this girl straight, but since Sarah is much nicer than I, she just said, “Thank you! It’s new.”
Sarah told me I had to tell everyone where to get all the elements of her outfit, although for the life of me I can’t imagine how you could have eyes for anyone except yours truly. But just in case…
Coat: J. Crew
Sweater: J. Crew Factory
Scarf: Charming Charlie (similar)