A Passion for Plaid
The other day I found a pair of plaid shoes on sale at a local shoe mart. The size wasn’t quite right and my husband couldn’t understand why I would ever want a pair of fuzzy plaid pumps, so I put them aside. Part of me still longs for them though. You see I love plaid, really love it and can’t get enough of it, ever. Winter is the perfect time to indulge in this romantic textile, so even though I passed on the shoes I didn’t pass on this perfectly practical coat, found on sale last year. Maybe one day I’ll have the courage to buy some shoes to match.
This outfit is very carefully constructed around a styling principle I learned as a doll designer. When I want to combine a few unusual colors together on a doll I will create a print with those colors then add the print somewhere to the outfit. Voila! With the addition of the print all the colors will harmonize. In this case the plaid coat substitutes for the print. It’s woven from threads of black, grey, cream, light teal and burgundy. I wore a burgundy faux fur neck scarf, teal blouse, teal clutch, black jeans and grey boots and liked how the pieces looked together, however the outfit really came together with the addition of the coat. After years of designing for dolls I suppose I’ve started dressing like one myself.
Grey Boots with Red Zippers
To improve our websites and gain more followers bloggers are advised to focus on SEO, or “Search Engine Optimization”. People explore the web by typing in “key words” on Google and other search engines, but what do you do when people find your blog by typing in the phrase “grey boots with red zippers”? Last year I posted this outfit and included a photo of my grey boots. That photo is in the top 20 most viewed posts on this site. This is the sort of strange, random thing that really makes me scratch my head in wonder.
Here I am wearing the sought after boots once again. When I purchased them I thought they were a bit unusual but wearable. Unfortunately they’re just unusual. The don’t look good with skirts at all, in fact they only look good with these black jeans. I’ve tried them with other outfits but they just don’t look right. So buyers beware! They do, however, look pretty great with this combination of black, teal and burgundy.
Can’t Get Enough of the Clutch Trend
Ever since I started seeing photos of women in Manhattan and Paris toting around these very impractical little purses I’ve desperately wanted one myself. I was lucky enough to find my python clutch at the Goodwill early this fall, but I have searched for these little bags at retail with no success, until now. I wandered into a small, independent clothing store called Veronica M and found myself surrounded by the cutest collection of bags. This bright blue one caught my eye. The price was affordable. How could I say no? Here’s to small local shops selling trendy goods before the big chains jump on the bandwagon!
I’m rather on the fence about the clutch trend. On the one hand I find it very elegant, on the other it’s so incredibly impractical I wonder how long it will be in fashion. It took me a long time to warm to the really huge bag trend that was in style for so long, but I adored this small bag trend immediately. Theres something very ladylike about these little purses. Perhaps that’s why I like them.
- Faux Fur Scarf – a gift
- Coat – Tommy Hilfiger
- Blouse – Veronica M
- Jeans – Target
- Clutch – Veronica M
- Boots – Charles David
What are your thoughts on plaid? Do you like the clutch purse trend?
If you have a blog, are you surprised by the popularity of some of your posts?