Dressed for: School Days

Already Pretty outfit featuring navy cardigan, mint shirt, statement necklace, silk skirt, ECCO wedges, navy blue handbag

Cardigan – thrifted – similar
Poplin shell – thrifted – similar
Skirt – courtesy Dalitika
Belt – from a pair of shorts – similar
Shoes – Royan courtesy ECCO
Necklace – gift – similar
Earrings – Bibelotsimilar
Bracelets – Bibelot and SageKandCosimilar look
Bag – eBay

I wore this to teach my community ed class a few weeks ago, which I always LOVE doing. My classes are typically small but lively and enthusiastic, hitting me with challenging questions and great ideas. I had just received this lovely silk skirt from Dalitika a few days before – check out her online thrift store if you haven’t yet! – and was eager to wear it. I love that the vibrant print showed me a color mix I never would’ve thought of on my own. read more

Dressed for: Living and Learning

Already Pretty outfit featuring green plaid dress, green suede platform pumps, leather clutch, rhinestone bib necklace

Dress – Byron Lars Beauty Mark (no longer available) – similar-ish – also cute
Heels – Seychelles (no longer available) – similar color
Necklace – gift – similar
Earrings – Bibelotsimilar
Clutch – Aldo, if I remember right (no longer available) – similar color/size

Oh, fancy-pantsy green plaid dress that I’ve had for years and loved for all of those years. You taught me a lot about yourself when I wore you to Flight of Fashion a few weeks back. You taught me that with a low enough neckline and a properly applied sticky-cup bra, I actually CAN achieve cleavage. You taught me that more dresses really should have sleeves. And, sadly, you taught me that you kinda need to be taken in at the shoulders and bodice a bit to fit properly now. And than you wrinkle immediately. As in I look at you and you get wrinkly. read more

Dressed for: The Jackpot

Already Pretty outfit featuring cognac leather jacket, high-low hem dress, brown suede boots, Foley + Corinna Mid-City Tote, chunky chain necklace

Jacket – eBaysimilar – budget
Dress – courtesy Karen Kane (no longer available) – similar shapesimilar colors
Tights – Spanx
Boots – Envy Footwear Katima (no longer available) – similar
Bag – Mid-City Tote courtesy Foley + Corinna
Necklace – Sash – similar
Earrings – Urban Outfitters (no longer available) – similar

Once, I had a cognac leather moto and it fit me really strangely. Since I’d spent some bucks on it, I kept it for several years before finally accepting that the long arms and odd shoulders were always going to bug me, and that tailoring was going to be costly and risky. So I put it on consignment. And then this fall happened and about a dozen outfits came to mind that would’ve looked perfect with a cognac leather jacket, so I began the search for a replacement. But it took me until very recently to find and nab this one on eBay. It’s from Victoria’s Secret originally (who knew?) and is just the color I wanted – that surprisingly hard to find ruddy reddy brown. Also love that it’s somewhere between a blazer and a jacket, so ideal for indoor wintry wear. Jackpot. read more