(Get it? Get it? That joke has never been made before ever.)
Winter is the opportune time for wearing dark, dramatic shades. Normally I wear black and gray slacks and my gray cardigan entirely too often, so I tried to mix that up for today’s outfit.
Rather than follow the neutral-layering scheme I tend to fall back on, I chose some nice pants and a warm sweater with an interesting neckline. I added a glamorous necklace and bold earrings in hopes of pulling off a dramatic, monochrome winter look that doesn’t make me look like I want to go home and write emo poetry.
This outfit incorporates two of my investment pieces. I’ve had those boots since 2002 or so, and yes they probably cost around $100, but a) my parents bought them for me and b) to this day they remain my only pair of tall boots. The Ann Taylor pants are a little big (of course), but they have a gorgeous silver shine to them, and the acetate lining means they’re super warm. When I first spotted them in downtown Portland, I hemmed and hawed and texted my friends and waffled and tormented Kevin for like an hour before ultimately deciding not to get them. They cost $80, which is kind of a big deal. Of course, the minute we left Portland I began regretting not buying them. Luckily, the fashion gods heard my despair and bestowed upon me a $20-off sale a couple weeks later when we were in Olympia. Pants acquired! These are quality pants, and even though I have to wear my tallest of heels with them, I love them and I’m relieved that I added them to my wardrobe.
(By the way: who’s done with grad school applications? THIS GIRL. AW YEAH.)