Dressed for: Rugged and Refined

Already Pretty outfit featuring asymmetric blazer, navy corduroy skirt, John Fluevog Adriana Luna boots, brown tights

Blazer – thrifted – similar
Skirt – Anthropologie (no longer available) – similar
Tights – Express (no longer available in this color) – similar
Boots – John Fluevog Adriana Luna
Earrings – Glass Garden Beads

Hmmm, it occurs to me that, since I never wear this blazer unbuttoned it might actually be … a shirt. A very wooly, structured shirt. Probably not since someone else might opt to wear it open, but if we’re defining things by how they’re used and worn instead of how they’re intended to be used and worn, this is totally a shirt.

Although the blazer/shirt has a wonderfully refined shape, its tweedy material lends it an outdoorsy feel. So I threw my decidedly rugged Luna boots into the mix and loved the rugged yet refined result.


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16 Responses to “Dressed for: Rugged and Refined”

  1. Eleanorjane

    I like that look! Lovely colours on you and I like the mix of tweedy fabric and slightly distressed boots. And you look warm!

  2. AO

    Ooooh that is a lovely juxtaposition of elegant and tough! I love it!
    Where do you manage to pick up such lovely full skirts? Not the little scraps of fabric passed off by Express and other chains as a ‘skirt’ but something that swishes, flatters and yet looks like it’s made for an adult, not a little girl.( Yes I can see the ‘swish’ even through the still picture! So flirty and fun.) You look lovely Sally. Thank you for sharing your tastes and beauty on this blog with little style grasshoppers like myself.

  3. Laurel H

    Fabulous! I love how the military look of the jacket is echoed in the boots. And I’m making more mental notes about how to style brown: The navy skirt breaks it up so the brown tones aren’t side by side, and the tights contrast nicely with the texture of the boots.

    Your ability to smile in subzero temps never ceases to amaze me!

    Happy new year from bone-chilling Ottawa (where the windchill was -40C this morning).

  4. Chris


    Your wonderful jacket looks like it might be 100% wool. What is it really?


  5. Jenna

    I like that coat a lot — it definitely compliments your skin tone and fits you beautifully. Have you ever tried it with a pencil skirt? I think the curve of the buttons would compliment the clean lines so nicely!

  6. Molly

    I’m totally in love with this outfit! I wouldn’t have tried it myself because I tend to go out of my way to include bright colors and I rarely mix neutrals this way, but it is absolute perfection just the way it is. That unique coat needs to be the focal point, not a pop of color elsewhere. Thank you for challenging my habits when it comes to getting dressed in the morning and making me reconsider my personal style rules. An outfit made up of only “boring” neutral colors can still be visually interesting!

  7. Susan In Boston

    That jacket prompted me to either post something or contact you directly for the first time, within last year, I think. I love that curve and I’ve been thinking about knocking off the jacket and making a pencil skirt or a dress that would pick it up and extend it in the opposite direction. Still seems like a good idea đŸ˜‰

  8. jamie

    I do like the rugged look for winter. I recently went on a hiking trip and put pictures online, and my guy friend commented that I looked rugged. Maybe haggard would have been more appropriate đŸ™‚ Not sure I’d want to be that every day, but it’s nice to see a version of rugged that’s more feminine.

  9. Caitlin

    There is nothing about this outfit that I don’t absolutely love. It’s got just a hint of Steampunk going on. And those boots are to die for. Gorgeous!