Dressed for: Heritage

Already Pretty outfit featuring J.Crew heart intarsia sweater, Coach duffle handbag, red tights, black full skirt, ECCO Sculptured 65 tall boots, red plaid scarf

Sweater – J.Crew via eBaysimilar
Skirt – Banana Republic (no longer available) – similar
Tights – Express (old but these are the same)
Boots – ECCO Sculptured 65
Scarf – bought at a tourist shop in Edinburgh – similar
Earrings – gift – similar
Bag – Coach Duffle

There are two pieces of personal heritage in this outfit, one more legit than the other.

My great grandmother’s maiden name was Stewart, so my mom and I always assumed we had some Scottish blood and I made sure to nab a few items in the Stewart tartan while in Scotland, including this gorgeous wool scarf. My grandma recently told us she doesn’t think that’s right … but Mom and I are sticking to our story. We like the idea of being somewhat Scottish.

Coach has been sending me coupons for years and never really tempted me, but I got a whopper in the mail a few weeks back and decided to wander in. I had some money from eBaying and consigning some of my stuff burning a hole in my pocket, and figured I’d see if anything caught my eye. I probably spent an hour with the truly fabulous ladies at the Southdale store hemming and hawing, and eventually settled on this classic Duffle. My mom – my questionably Scottish mom from earlier in this post – carried this very bag for the majority of my childhood. (Well, her version lacked the tassels.) And after doing my best to find a bag with silver hardware – my long-time preference for bags – I caved on this one, brass and all, because I knew it would make me think of my mom every time I saw it, much less carried it. And I was right.

Love you, Mom. Even if neither of us is legitimately Scottish.


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8 Responses to “Dressed for: Heritage”

  1. Mia

    Whether or not you’ve got any Scottish in you, the Stewart is an awfully nice tartan! Pairs beautifully with camel and cognac, for sure.

    A couple years ago I bought my mom an Armstrong-tartan scarf for Christmas because her mother was an Armstrong, and there seem to be several versions floating around the internet with varying saturations–took me a little bit to find the nicest, most flattering iteration, but I’m glad I did. The Armstrong is pretty watered-down in me, but we still gotta represent!

  2. Lisa

    Love the stories behind this outfit, as well as the combo of camel, plaid, and cognac leather! (And you know I can’t resist a good intarsia heart sweater.)

  3. A.B.

    Just FYI, the link for the sweater takes me to the earrings (earring link takes me to the earrings as well). I love the look!

  4. Xtine Hutch

    What a great combo! Really suits your coloring – love the plaid and the new bag.

  5. Ann

    I love this outfit and the gorgeous Coach bag is a beautiful pairing! The scarf and sweater are keepers plus this is fab with your red tights.

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