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Skinny Jeans: My Fall Staple

Skinny Jeans: My Fall Staple | Designing From My Closet

When it comes to getting dressed this fall, I seem to be gravitating more and more to jeans.  And just because an outfit has jeans, it doesn’t mean it is not put together or appropriate for client meetings.  Today I wanted to show a simple combination of pieces I thrifted using some skinny jeans.  It is so easy and it can be adapted to what you may already have in your own closet.  I have also compiled a shopping list with links at the end with similar options to what I am wearing at the end of the post.



Anatomy of an Outfit: Olive & Coral with Jeans

Anatomy of an Outfit: Olive & Coral with Jeans | Designing From My Closet

Welcome to my first installment of “Anatomy of an Outfit” here on Designing From My Closet.  This blog has not been updated as much as I would have liked over this past year and I would like that to change.  Overthinking and over planning has led me to take too long on blog posts when I really need to simplify.  I really enjoy writing and showing imagery of outfits, so I have come up with a few ideas on how to get my point across without spending 8+ hours on one post.  The first is doing these “Anatomy of an Outfit” posts where I show one outfit step by step on how I put it together.  I hope that you enjoy them and get some useful information and inspiration from them!


Wearing a Cropped Top as a Modest Dresser

Wearing a Cropped Top as a Modest Dresser | Designing From My Closet

As a modest dresser, I have always enjoyed being able to take the latest trends and have them work for me in a unique way.  One of the biggest lessons I try to share with my clients is that clothing items are not stand alone pieces, it is how you style and wear them that make them truly an outfit.  Several women can wear the exact same piece and make it look uniquely theirs depending on what they pair it with.


Perfectly Layered with a Vest & Jacket + A Big Announcement

Perfectly Layered with a Vest & Jacket | Designing From My Closet

Layers are one of the biggest reasons why I love dressing for fall.  It adds so much variety and interest.  In today’s post I am sharing a fun way to layer that is a little out of the norm as well as keeping it from getting too hot and bulky.  My entire outfit is head to toe Avenue of pieces I have already featured on the blog, so it is a total style remix (which I love to do!)  I also have a big announcement about something that has been in the works for a while and I am so excited to share with you.


Native American Blanket Sweater

Part of my personal inspiration for my wardrobe has been pulling from my Native American heritage.  My mother’s parents are both from Oklahoma where I got my Choctaw and Cherokee roots.  I have to say that I do not feel like I received any of the physical characteristics from this part of my family, but I still have great reverence for this part of my culture.  I think even unconsciously, this part of my life has influenced my wardrobe.

Segwaying to a totally different subject (you will see where I am going in a little bit, hang in there!), one of my favorite things to do is to shop when my husband and I go to Las Vegas.  When I strolled by the H&M store in the Caesar’s Palace mall, there was a fantastic red sweater on one of the mannequins that resembled a Native American blanket.

I was a woman on a mission upon entering the store to find that sweater.  Luckily I found it and it has been a winter favorite for a couple of years now.

This was the way I styled it the first time I wore it to a family Christmas party in 2012.

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Red Blanket Sweater: H&M  |  Chambray Shirt: Walmart  |  White Tee: Anthropologie  |  Skinny Brown Braid Belt: H&M  |  Olive Skinny Pants: Lane Bryant  |  Brown Riding Boots: No Rest for Bridget  |  Turquoise Necklace: Gift from my sis

The red and gray cardigan sweater has metallic threads running through it too that make it a little festive.  Texture is a detail that I am always drawn to and this piece has a lot.  I honestly cannot believe I am layering three items, but it was actually cold enough here in Southern California to do so.  I love how my Native American inspired look turned out.

I have to admit, I really was questioning whether or not to post these pictures.  As I may have mentioned before, I rarely wear my hair up and am terrible at up-do’s.  Anyhow, I was really proud of myself for doing this side braid.  While I do not mind it being a little messy, I really do NOT like the way this looks.  The day I took these pics it had been raining.  There was a little break and I ran out, snapped the shots and as I just finishing, the skies opened up again.  I think the fact that I needed to dye my hair has something to do with me not liking the braid.  Yes, that dreaded “skunk patch” at my part.  Maybe it is because the pics are dark due to lighting too.

Regardless, here they are and here is my beautiful Native American blanket sweater!

Short-waisted style tips: Almost every rule I have seen says to stay away from belting above the waist.  I say “boo-sha”, experiment with what looks good on your body.  I really like the way this belt defines what little waist I have by placing it at the smallest part of my torso.

I hope you all have a wonderful 2015!  Happy New Year!  Me and my love are hangin’ out low key style, watching movies and being in each others arms to ring in 2015.

Have you ever picked out pieces that relate to your family heritage?  Ever have a bad hair day like me?

Today’s Postivity Note

Ride the energy of your own unique spirit. -Gabrielle Roth

Be Blessed!


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