Monday, March 31, 2014

Military Green

















jacket-Target(similar and super cute here), skinnies-Saks off Fifth(sort of similar here), tee-Madewell(similar here), shirt-Gap, boots-Landsend(more boots here), scarf-Thrifted, necklace/bracelets-Jewel Mint

A bit of a weekend warrior outfit here even though I was more of a weekend lay-about this past Saturday and Sunday. Which is kind of continuing into today as I can't think of any further copy for these pics.  Yep, wearing a hooded coat, cargoes, boots, and a scarf. And you may be able to tell it was really freaking windy. That is all... 

Friday, March 28, 2014

Leather-Accented Sweatshirt













coat-H&M(similar here), sweatshirt/scarf-Le Tote, "skirt"-Jcrew(similar here), necklace-Urban Outfitters(sort of similar here), rings-Jewel Mint, heels-Nine West(similar here

This "skirt" is actually a dress, in fact it was a bridesmaid dress from a few years ago, last seen here. I went the semi-casual route with the sweatshirt. However, this isn't humdrum with the leatherette accents on the sweatshirt and this statement necklace which goes to show that casual and comfortable doesn't mean you're not wearing an outfit. 

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Still Wearing the Overcoat









coat/necklace-Jcrew(similar here and here), dress-Tory Burch(similar here), belt-Urban Outfitters(similar here), boots-DSW, ring-Jewel Mint

I know it may sound cliche, but this winter just does not seem to want to let go. And I know this outfit is very similar in spirit to this look, but anymore these days for work I just want tights, boots, and a simple dress. This dress is kind of special for us here at Outfits Not Just Clothes, because it's the dress I wore in my VERY FIRST POST HERE!!! Two and half years later it still holds up as a classic piece that wears well and is quite flattering, which you can't see that well here with the coat but trust me. This dress has been a go-to for so many events when I needed to bring the grownup/professional lady realness. And because of the quality and silhouette I'm sure this garment will stay with me for many more years to come. It's the kind of piece you can grow since it's appropriate for both a 30 year-old to a 50 year-old and beyond!


Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Renting the Runway for An Alumni Event

I have an alumni dinner next Friday for my MFA program and if there's ever an occasion to dress to impress this is it! So, I've reserved a killer frock from Rent the Runway


My last RTR experience, from this post was also with an Elie Tahari number so I feel confident this dress will work and fit. 

I also considered this dress...


But felt it was a bit too glittering, short, revealing for the occasion. Plus which I don't have an appropriate event/venue during the rental time to get an additional wear out of it. The one above I can totally wear to work before the dinner and possibly restyle for the closing event the following night. 

Speaking of the closing event, it just so happens that Edna O'Brien will be giving a talk in commemoration of the 10th Anniversary of my graduate program at Carlow! If you're in Pittsburgh next weekend you can get more info and register to attend here!


Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Mules and Not Like in Donkeys

I like to keep up on the latest trends even if I don't follow or agree with them. I think personal style should be about an individual playing up their strengths and enjoying expressing themselves and their feelings. With that said, I feel more than comfortable in expressing my negative feelings toward the following spring shoe trend--Mules!


Yep, that's right Mules are back in vogue this spring and I for one am quite glad my Year of No Shopping has saved me from even thinking about attempting to try them out. Whenever I see a pair of mules I think about the '90's when clogs came back around and I was upset at my mother for not keeping more of her clothes and accessories from the 1970's.  This pair in particular is cringe-worthy:


I don't mean to be a hater (as the kids say) in fact there are some pairs of mules that have caught my eye. For example:


Now these are fierce and I highly appreciate a fierce and ferocious shoe. But, in the real world this is WAY out of my budget AND I would probably kill myself walking around in them.  And there's the rub for my disregard of this trend. Mules and clogs are UNCOMFORTABLE! Remember the Candies revival of the '90's? Well if you don't, I do and I bought a pair of those wood-soled clogs and they jacked my feet up beyond belief. After spending the summer trying to be on trend I spent the fall in men's combat boots. So, the lesson here is no matter how fierce, chic, of-the-moment, or all-the-rage a trend may be if it leads to a season of recovery best let it live in the pages of the fashion rags and on the runway. 

That is all, carry on...


Monday, March 24, 2014

The Tweed Tee














blazer/boots-Target(similar here and here), tee-Jcrew(similar here), pants-Saks off 5th(similar here), necklace-Jewel Mint

And here's my standard weekend uniform in yet another variation.  You may recall similar looks here and here. I'm a big proponent of "uniforms" in the sense that's it's a good idea to have go-to pieces/silhouettes/styles in your wardrobe when outfitting.  However, I think I may be on the edge of rut. I'm thinking it might be time to reinvent my uniform for spring...What say you? 

Also, I LOVE this tweed tee, it has amazing texture and wears so easily--two great characteristics for a weekend outfit.  

This Old Dress

cardi-Banana Republic(similar here ), dress- Le Tote , necklace-H&M(similarish here ), bracelet/ring-...