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Dressing with Color, Texture, and Print

*This post is sponsored by Avenue. I was also gifted the clothing and accessories for this post. The theme and opinions are 100% my own.

Dressing with Color, Texture, and Print | Designing From My Closet

If there is one thing that I love to incorporate into rooms when designing, it is color, texture, and print.  These three elements combined create a magical moment that is so memorable.  One of my missions here on Designing From My Closet is to expand women’s visions of how they view themselves.  Encouraging new ways of dressing and stepping out of their normal is something I love to do.  Seeing ourselves in a new light, as beautiful and unique individuals who go out into the world to inspire others wherever we go.

Today I want to cover specifically what dressing with color, texture, and print means and how it makes such an impact using items I recently got from Avenue.  One dress gets two different looks by switching out layers and shoes.

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Statement Coat & Sweater Cardigan Lookbook

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I have been planning on doing this post for quite some time and the weather here in Southern California has not been cooperating with me to be able to wear cold-weather outfits so I hope I am not featuring this too late in the game.  Statement outerwear is something I always looked forward to when I lived in the Midwest.

Be it coats, sweaters, cardigans, or ponchos, I love having a variety of patternful and colorful options to choose from when there is a chill in the air.  While I know some of you are experiencing loads of snow, my footwear or under layers may not work, but I wanted this four outfit Lookbook I put together to give inspiration to you when putting looks together for the remainder of the winter.  All of these looks are inspired by interior design and I hope you enjoy.

T Shirt & Jeans

Inspiration

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Outfit

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This kimono shaped sweater cardigan is not from the plus size collection, but the shape allows me to wear it with ease.  The Aztec pattern and blue accent color is in direct coorilation with the pillow and wall color from the interior design inspiration.  By pairing this statement piece with a basic tee and jeans, it elevates them to ultra cool casual status.

Outfit Details

  • Jacquard Knit Aztec Cardigan: H&M
  • Mossimo Blue Tee: Target
  • Girlfriend Jean: Catherines
  • Dovetail Bib Necklace: Anthropologie via Poshmark
  • Marble Bar Ring: Charming Charlie
  • Fringe Handbag: Charming Charlie
  • Sam & Libby Nude Pointy Toe Flats: Target

Tunic & White Denim

Inspiration

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Outfit

Anthropologie Moth Sugar Pink Sweater Coat | Statement Coat & Sweater Cardigan Lookbook | Designing From My Closet | Plus & Inbetweenie Fashion BlogAnthropologie Moth Sugar Pink Sweater Coat | Statement Coat & Sweater Cardigan Lookbook | Designing From My Closet | Plus & Inbetweenie Fashion BlogAnthropologie Moth Sugar Pink Sweater Coat | Statement Coat & Sweater Cardigan Lookbook | Designing From My Closet | Plus & Inbetweenie Fashion Blog

This sweater coat is a dream come true for me.  It is the most I have ever paid for a single piece of clothing probably since my wedding gown.  I saved up for several months and got it on sale right at the last minute before it sold out.  I have no regrets spending what I did because I absolutely love it.  The vintage cane back chair in the inspiration picture is one I reupholstered myself in this beautiful blue and green Ikat fabric.  I love the sky blue pillow on it and how it takes life in fashion through the pullover sweater underneath the coat.  The long length of the sweater and crisp white jeans give this a winter wonderland feel.

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Floral Top & Gray Denim

Inspiration

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Outfit

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I wanted to do a little bit of pattern mixing with this coat so when I looked at this interior design inspiration, the floral artwork jumped out at me, especially because my coat resembles my pillows on the sofa.  My floral blouse peeks through just enough to give a lovely contrast against the linear abstract print of the coat.  A cinch belt gives this coat a little bit of shape as well.

Outfit Details

  • Open Front Patterned Coat: Old Navy (straight size & plus size)
  • Floral Blouse: Antilia Femme via Poshmark
  • Gray Skinny Jeans: Lane Bryant
  • Necklace: Kay Jewelers (Christmas gift from my hubby)
  • Cinch Belt: Target
  • Navy Wristlet: Micheal Kors
  • Wood Ring: Charming Charlie
  • Watch: Avenue
  • Navy Pointy Toe Flats: GAP

 

Sweater Dress & Booties

Inspiration

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Outfit

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When I painted this over scale pattern on my master bedroom wall, it made a bold statement as well as setting the tone for the entire space.  The same is the case with this patterned poncho.  By draping it over a simple sweater dress, it takes on an elegant vibe.  Some gold “hardware” in form of a modern pendant necklace and a colorful handbag, similar to how the green in the room pops, complete this look.

Outfit Details

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So there you have it, four ways to style a statement over piece from casual to dressy.  Do you have a favorite?  I love them all as they each have a unique flavor.  I selected a few more pieces that I would love to have myself, but I can’t buy them all, so I am sharing them with you!  Ok, so maybe I just got #4 from my mini collection below that you will be seeing soon styled on the blog (Update: See it on my post Aztec Print Coatigan Styled Two Ways).  Like my own personal collection, I pulled everything from coats to cardigans to ponchos in various styles, shapes, colors, and price ranges.

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I hope you all are having a wonderful winter season so far.  Thank you for following along with me and I appreciate all of you.

Today’s Postivity Note

Be the person that makes that makes others feel special.  Be known for your kindness and grace.

 Be Blessed!

Janeane

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How Interior Design Helped me with Fashion

From a very young age I was interested in decorating.  My bedroom was my playground for experimenting.  Then as a young married woman, I began making my house (apartment) a home.  It was not until I began interior design courses that I really honed in on the technical skills behind pulling a design together.  Now as an interior designer, I am frequently asked by friends and family to weigh in on decor choices they are making.  One piece of advice always comes out of my mouth: have a design plan before you make any purchases.

How Interior Design Helped me with Fashion

Having a vision and a distinct path on which to go can lead to a room you dreamed of and can also have you avoid making expensive mistakes.  When I came up with a design plan for my own living room it took me years to implement because of a limited budget.  I saved for each piece as I could and then made a confident purchase.  It could have easily gone off course if I had wavered, but I stuck to it and am beyond thrilled with the results.

How Interior Design Helped me with Fashion

I recently discovered that same philosophy applies to how I select fashion for myself.  It struck me so much when I was watching the most recent episode of Love, Lust, or Run when Stacy London said something like this to her guest:

Don’t buy pieces, buy outfits, have a vision for yourself of how you want to look.

Ever since I adapted my broad style aesthetic of Vintage Boho as well as my style philosophy of WWAD (What Would Anthropologie Do), I have found that the thoughts of “I have nothing to wear” are far and few between.  You know those moments when you are standing there, looking at all your clothes just hanging there and you like each piece individually, but none of them go together.  Ya, I’ve been there and I know you have too!  Hey, I have talked to so many women tell me one way or another that same version of story.

How Interior Design Helped me with Fashion

That scenario has now changed to: Wow, I can wear this top with practically every pant that I own!  What I have really noticed is how others are taking notice.  My husband is picking out things at stores saying “this look like you”.  I am getting comments on Instagram like “this is so your style”.

So why am I telling you all this?

I want you to have a fashion style plan of your own.  It does not mean that you have to look like you are wearing the same outfit every day of the week, it means that you have a signature that represents you and your personality.  I want you to be excited to shop your own closet and come up with loads of outfits that you love.  I want you to “design from your closet” too!

There are all kinds of style quizzes you can take and to be honest I love taking them, but that is not where I am headed today.  Take some time today, this evening, this weekend, whenever, just take some time and dedicate it to jotting down some notes to help you devise of plan.  I have no idea where you are coming from as far as fashion knowledge.  You may have an idea of what you like and then I have met some ladies that say to me “I don’t know what I like”, so to me I would say if you have not already, start on Pinterest.  Begin an board called My Style and pin outfits that you like to it.

Do this over a period of time at different moments you have and after a while you should start to see a pattern.  This is where the plan comes in.  You do not really need to come up with some fancy name for your signature style, what is important are the details and features of the outfits you have saved.  Look beyond the outfit and write down common colors, patterns or solids, silhouettes, shapes, necklines, hemlines, fabrics… Also, you can list more mood type of adjectives such as chic, streamlined, earthy…  And how you want to feel: strong, feminine…  Do you get where I am going?

How Interior Design Helped me with Fashion

Just so you know where I am coming from, here is my list for reference:

  • Vintage
  • Bohemian
  • Whimsical
  • Global Inspired
  • Edgy
  • Bold
  • Creative
  • Artistic
  • Sweet
  • Handcrafted Feel
  • Mixed Media
  • Mixed Patterns
  • Color
  • Embroidery
  • Lace
  • Crochet
  • Ikat
  • Florals
  • Tribal Prints
  • Watercolor
  • Polka Dots
  • Stripes
  • Leather
  • Texture
  • Trim
  • Fringe

This my friends, is your fashion plan.  When you have this list of details you start to gravitate towards pieces that truly are your style.  Those pieces now have a congruent thread that binds them together which in turn can equate to outfits for you.  This by no means is going to mean everything you have in your closet is going to go together, but it does mean your options are much greater.  (Did I just make a sentence with the word “mean” three times in it?, oh well.)

So there you have it, this is how I turned my knowledge from interior design and applied it to fashion.  In fact, this entire descriptor list of mine is pretty much identical to what I have in my own home, so that is a good place for you to get cues from too.  Go out there and create a vision for yourself.  By taking a bit of time, you will be surprised how much it will change the way you look at your closet.

Today’s Postivity Note

Your wings already exist, all you have to do is FLY.

Be Blessed!

Janeane

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Old Navy Sweater Coat

Several weeks ago I posted a Black Friday Wish List that included the Moth Sugar Pine Sweater Coat from Anthropologie.  It has been haunting me ever since I saw it in person.  The gorgeous long line coat infatuated me because of its shape, green and blue ikat pattern, and textured sweater textile.  When I asked my husband to check the price tag on it, he just looked back at me with a blank stare.  At the time it was over $400 and even now at its sale price of just over $200, I know it is not a piece that I can justify getting living in a warmer climate, not to mention, the XL size is already sold out (surprise, surprise).

Having a statement coat like this was still not out of the question as it does dip down into the 50’s and rarely the 40’s at night where I live, but I have to consider its wear time vs. how much it costs.  As I still had dreams of popping that sweater coat on, I discovered that Old Navy had an eye catching one when I was browsing their site on Cyber Monday.  I lamented the entire day and after doing the math with how much it would be with the 40% off discount they were offering, I could not resist. Old Navy Sweater Coat | Designing From My Closet | Plus & Inbetweenie Fashion BlogAfter patiently waiting, my Open-Front Patterned Coat arrived on my doorstep.  I very rarely purchase online, so I was a bit nervous about how this would fit.  This particular coat comes in petite, tall, and plus sizing, but after looking at several of my Old Navy pieces I already own, I decided on getting the straight size XL.  The sleeves are meant to be cropped, but on me they come perfectly to my wrist because of my petite frame.  I am sure if I had gotten the petite size, the sleeves would have rested where they were intended and I purposely ordered the regular size to get a little more length.Old Navy Sweater Coat | Designing From My Closet | Plus & Inbetweenie Fashion BlogThe features I enjoy about this coat are that it is unlined, has a little stretch, and has pockets.  The dropped shoulder give a relaxed feel and the overall navy and cream geometric pattern gives me that statement piece I was so desiring.  Having a lower price point, this coat has a much higher end look and feel to it.  And although it is not a direct match to my Anthro dream coat, it is comparable in style and feel.  It is also super soft to the touch.Old Navy Sweater Coat | Designing From My Closet | Plus & Inbetweenie Fashion BlogToday I am wearing an ivory crochet top I recently got on Poshmark and dark wash skinny jeans.  When I decide to go really neutral with my colors, I like to ramp up the texture and pattern value.  Well I would say that the coat covers the pattern arena, while the top, fringe handbag, and simple wood necklace fill in the texture slot.  For a bit of contrast to the navy, I slipped on my burgundy flats that have gotten a lot more use than I originally thought they would.Old Navy Sweater Coat | Designing From My Closet | Plus & Inbetweenie Fashion BlogOverall, I am ecstatic about this purchase and I feel like this is going to be an outerwear layer that I will have for many years.  I am always craving pieces that really speak to my soul and this one really has done that.  I said in my Lane Bryant Faux Leather Jacket post that I decided it was high time I revamped my outerwear collection and this one fits in perfectly with my plan.  I have one more jacket that I am waiting on that I will be showing soon and that will complete my cold weather layers for a while.Old Navy Sweater Coat | Designing From My Closet | Plus & Inbetweenie Fashion BlogAnother reason I think I love this coat so much is because it is reminiscent of some navy and cream pillows I have in my living room.  Hmm, this gives me some other color and print combinations that would work for an outfit…gray, ice blue, chartreuse, floral!Living Room J

Do you have a statement coat?  If so, what is it that makes it so special?

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Today’s Postivity Note

Be bold or italic, never regular.

Be Blessed!

Janeane

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Getting Ready for the Holidays: Creating a Vintage Christmas Look for your Home

Vintage ChristmasThis post has been something I have wanted to do for a very long time.  I have done several posts in the past collaborating with three of my friends when it comes to fashion and after getting to know Liz of With Wonder and Whimsy, Hailey of Discourse of a Divine Diva, and Nina of CurvyMod it has come apparent that each one of us have a specific lifestyle topic that we enjoy.

Since I am an interior designer, I love referencing home decor, Liz is a fabulous party hostess and loves to cook and bake, Hailey is my own personal guide to all things beauty and makeup so I pretty much have coined her as a beauty expert, and Nina has a knack for putting together some of the most fabulous outfits including using vintage ethnic pieces.

With all that being said, I proposed that we join forces and highlight our strengths to create a four part post called “Getting Ready for the Holidays”.  We all decided on a vintage retro theme so you can read all about creating a look for your home here on Designing From My Closet and then click on over to the other ladies blogs to give you a guides for recipes, beauty, and fashion.  So without further ado, here is how to get ready for the holidays by creating a vintage look for your home.

Chunky Knits


Homemade pieces are something that are always reminiscent of vintage style.  Knitting is something I picked up on a few years ago and I love the warmth and texture that it provides.  Think stockings, throws, and pillows.  I love these simple stockings from West Elm that come in neutral cream and gray.

Mercury Glass


First discovered in the early 19th century, this inexpensive substitute for silver is now an iconic medium for candlesticks and other home decor pieces.  I love how this mottled glass is like a worn mirror.  It is extremely popular in Christmas tree ornaments and will give a vintage glow to any home.  This collection from Restoration Hardware gives a variety of shapes and sizes that further emulate a vintage feel.

Glittery Paper Village


Making paper villages is something I remember doing during Christmas break in the 70s.  And glitter, don’t even get me started!  The more sparkle the better.  These kitschy miniatures are something that have been a staple in many homes during the holidays.  When I saw this set from West Elm it really took me back to all the cutting and gluing of paper.

Bottlebrush Trees

 Made popular in the 1950’s, bottlebrush trees are now having a resurgence.  I have a small baby blue bottlebrush tree with flocked tips that my grandmother gave me when I was a small child that I still proudly display every year.  What can I say, they just make me smile.  Nowadays there is a wide variety of sizes and colors available of these fun trees including this adorable collection from Anthropologie that I would love to have in my own home.

Bottlebrush Wreath


Much like its tree sister, the bottlebrush wreath loaded with brightly colored glass globes is a sure sign of having a vintage Christmas.  How fun would it be to hang this one from Home Decorators Collection over the mantle?!!

Snowglobes


Handmade snowglobes filled with inexpensive glittery finds to hang on the tree was another source of family craft time fun.  Taking a nod from the crafted ones, Anthropologie has a few ornaments that bring that vintage flair with owls and mini village scenes.

Gnomes

 Typically seen on the front lawn of a vintage home, gnomes are those little creatures that are so endearing.  Finding these adorable pine cone versions at World Market reminded me of what I used to hang on my tree as a little one.

Macrame


What could be more vintage than macrame?  I was lucky enough to find a vintage macrame tree to hang on the wall last year at an estate sale.  This one I spotted on Etsy is very similar to the one I own.  The funky pom poms give a cheerful mood.

Starbursts


Starburst mirrors took center stage in the 1950s and 1960s during the atomic space age.  They are now seen in home decor in many settings.  Putting them in holiday form, these spiky ornaments and tree topper from West Elm are spectacular.  Or try making these sparkly beauties on your own with some glitter and wooden skewers.

To complete your Get Ready for the Holidays journey, vintage style, hop on over to my friends blogs:

Today’s Postivity Note

Find the beauty in every day.

Be Blessed!

Janeane

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