Dressed for: Old Reliable

Already Pretty outfit featuring striped skater dress, Desigual scarf, glitter leggings, Frye Vera Slouch, studded wrap bracelet

Scarf – Desigual (no longer available) – more Desigual
Tunic/dress – ASOS
Leggings – Hue (no longer available) – similar
Boots – Frye Vera Slouch
Studded wrap bracelet – Streets Ahead via Ideeli – similar
Earrings – art fair – similar

This is the outfit I reach for when it’s cold outside, I have 10 minutes to get dressed, and I want to look casual but pulled-together. I’ve worn it so many times that I had to replace the old striped Target tunic I’d been using for the past two years because the black stripes had started to fade into the white ones, giving the garment a gray and grungy cast. This new garment is called a dress, but it’s definitely more of a tunic on me! Paired with my metallic sheen leggings and foolproof printed scarf, it’s a longtime standby.

Do you have a go-to outfit for days when you have mere minutes to get dressed? How often do you find yourself wearing it?


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16 Responses to “Dressed for: Old Reliable”

  1. Aziraphale

    Yes! I’m wearing it today. I forgot to set my alarm. Mine consists of straight-leg jeans, a tailored white button-front shirt, a fine-guage merino sweater, and cute red Fluevog booties with a chunky 2.5″ heel. I now own four of these J. Crew merino “Tippi” sweaters — two navy, one silver and one camel — because they’re so darned useful. I never used to buy merino wool sweaters because they have to be dry cleaned, but then I discovered that if you wear a shirt underneath, they don’t get dirty. And as a bonus, the white collar poking out from under the sweater looks very smart.

    • Michelle

      Aziraphale….rather off topic but…..is there a reason why you have to dryclean your merino? I ask only because I have a wardrobe full of merino (a benefit of living Down Under) and it’s all machine washable….

  2. Monica

    My go-to winter outfit is jeans, a berry-colored tee, and a white fleece jacket with pretty berry embroidery.

    I do have a comment about your outfit, meant as a fashion novice question and not a criticism. Why are your boots brown instead of black? I have been seeing all-black or mostly black outfits with brown boots and it just looks odd to me. I thought this was a faux-pas?

  3. Erika A

    I really do like the look of the patterned scarf with the bold stripes on the dress. I didn’t like that style when I first saw it on people last fall, but it’s quite grown on me now and I’ve even experimented with it myself. 🙂

  4. Aubree

    I appreciate this post because I like knowing, find comfort even, that you wear the same outfit multiple times. I rarely if ever do, and not just because I am a blogger. I just like it.
    I teach school and don’t wear the same thing twice during the school year. I guess I have a lot of clothes, but really I just like to remix them and create new outfits. It’s just good for me to remember that it is ok to outfit repeat. I never judge others who do, and I don’t care if anyone judges me.

  5. Olivia

    It’s rare that getting dressed takes me longer than a few minutes. Maybe that is an advantage of not being very fashion conscientious, lol.

    Aubree, I’m amazed you have enough clothes that you can go without repeating an outfit all school year! I have about 8 pairs of long pants (same number of capris for summer) and I often repeat them during a week. I don’t usually repeat shirts because I think that is more noticeable and shirts are more likely to get dirty (I have small children). I have quite a number of tops, but tend to wear the same dozen or so over and over.

    When I lived in Spain for a semester I noticed my house mother and her daughter seemed to have very little clothing and frequently wore the same outfit, top and bottom, multiple times a week. It certainly wasn’t a fashion don’t, and I think that gave me the idea that repeating was okay. I don’t think most people notice I wear a pair of jeans more than once a week.

  6. Sam

    Love that outfit and I would totally wear it. Or about 93% of it.

    One things I find amusing about this site is that you and I have a very different style, but there are a lot of individual items that we would both wear. We are about the same size, but completely different shapes. So when I come to the site it always takes me a few moments to figure out what I like or do not and why. It makes me think.

    I find that I learn a lot about my style by seeing things that I like on others but knowing that I do not want to incorporate into my look (for example, I am anti-floral, but can appreciate it on someone else).

    That said, I always come back because you have excellent advice and give me ideas that I can apply to my shape and style.

    I’m rambling.

  7. Brenda

    I love that striped dress! Do you think it would work on a 5’1″ IT, or would the neck be too low in the front? I don’t have much cleavage to show but I don’t want to be hanging out for all to see. 🙂

    • Sally

      Hmm, a little hard to say, Brenda! It’s pretty low-cut but not scandalously so. On me, more of a concern is the width of the neckline. My bra straps show on either side. Sorry I can’t be more definite, but ASOS does free shipping and free returns so it’s a relatively low-risk proposition to order and see!

  8. b.


    I just realized that I haven’t seen you wear your Fleuvog Luna boots lately. Still got ’em? I really wanted a pair but couldn’t afford them, so last year I enjoyed living vicariously when you wore yours. 🙂

    • Sally

      I do have them, B, but they are SO TALL and hit my leg at a funny spot. I wore them over the winter a couple of times, but was never really happy with how they looked. Still hope to find more outfits for them, though.

      Fluevog still sells the style, and they do layaway!

  9. Bernie

    My Old Reliable is very similar to yours. 😉 Striped ecru and black top, panelled and asymmetric, black leggings, black flat knee high boots and a long black cardi. Dead chuffed that it’s so like that of a fave style blogger!

  10. Heidi/Frantic But Fabulous

    Totally on board with the idea of go-to outfits! Sometimes the easiest way to get dressed is to wear the thing you know will look great on you.

    I also call them “outfit uniforms” (which I totally stole from V of Grit and Glamour 🙂