I've been such a lazy blogger. So I've decided to participate in the November challenge from See Jane Write - "BlogLikeCrazy! It's a new post, every day for 30 days! So here is my first post for this month. I'm going to recap my favorite #OOTD (outfit of the day) looks that I usually share on Instagram and Twitter -- on the days that I actually get dressed!
I loved this look so much. I love the idea of mixing prints. Now, I'm no Solange Knowles and even though I love the look of mixed prints, I really don't feel that I have an organic knack for it. I know my limitations. So I kept my look simple with a McCall's 6964 striped tee and a New Look 6107 brocade skirt.
Leather and tweed are the epitome of Fall Fashion. How can one dress for fall without these two fabrics? I paired my version of the luxe sweatshirt (Vogue 8670) with (OOP) Vogue 1066 tweed pants. Can I tell you about these pants? This fabric has absolutely NO stretch! They're lined with China Silk. I only wore these pants maybe twice at the most since I made them back in 2008. They're so beautifully made, if I do say so myself, that I couldn't part with them even if I couldn't wear them. Well they currently fit perfectly and I've become reacquainted with them and we're about to make up for lost time! If you're into making tailored trousers with really well-made interiors, be sure to read the review I did for these pants. It's good tailoring porn!
I absolutely love separates. Dresses can look beautiful, but I never get bored with separates because the re-mixing possibilities are endless. Take this outfit for example: When I pulled these pieces from my closet, I was forcing myself to "brighten up". I tend to default to wearing lots of black. Black is easy and I don't have to give it a lot of thought since there's so much of it in my closet. I love these (OOP) Vogue 1143 emerald green pants. They're gabardine and seasonless. My top is this awesome silk blouse (Vogue 1387) that I wished I'd made in every color of silk crepe de chine that I could've gotten my hands on. I really love wearing it. And I topped off the look with what's probably now considere a classic, my (OOP) McCall's 5190 military-style jacket.
The weather had warmed up, but it was October and I still wanted to represent a fall look. So wore my McCall's 6885 leather-trimmed shirt dress (which is one of my favorites that'll probably wear out), unbelted with a pair of lace up boots.
This was one of my favorite looks for the month. I love a pulled together outfit and this Simplicity 2446 - cobalt blue blazer is one of my favorite jackets! Every wardrobe needs great white shirts. I need to make another one soon. But this white shirt is Butterick 5526. This pattern has been around a long time. I guess the company realizes that it's a classic and a great wardrobe staple. And to make sure that my look was jazzy and contemporary, I wore a pair of printed pants (Simplicity 1696).
And my final look for October is amazing Vogue 8921. I'm not much of a long printed dress kinda girl, but when I find a great print -- it's an epic moment! And that's how I felt when I discovered this ikat print. I hadn't worn a maxi dress for the entire spring or summer. Look, hot flashes are REAL! I just couldn't be swathed in head-to-toe fabric during hot weather. But now the weather is perfect. So why not add a fur vest to enhance the boho-chic look that I was going for!
This post wasn't just for the self-gratification of "look at how I dress". It's to drive home the point of something I'm extremely passionate about: Building a well-thought out wardrobe of well-sewn garments that stand the test of time.