2010-01-04

Outer Layer

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There is a certain mysterious allure of wearing a big winter coat. With so much coverage, no one can really tell what you are or aren't wearing underneath. For all anyone knows, I could just be wearing my sparkly tights and a Soulja Boy concert tee (Soulja Boy, really? That's the best I could come up with?)...

But I'm not, thanks for checking. I'm fully dressed and pretty proud of the fact that I managed to tuck a full-on lumber-jack shirt into this skirt...

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Shirt? Jacob, thrifted
Skirt? Joe Fresh
Belt? Roots, thrifted
Tights? Old Navy
Boots? Kenneth Cole, Winners
Purse? Tignanello, thrifted
Jacket? hand-me down!

This is one of my big-gun winter jackets. It's warm. I've talked about it before but I sometimes have a hard time spending a lot of money on things I need. If I want something, I'll get lost in the moment and buy it but if I need something, I do everything possible to delay a big purchase in order to keep spending on my wants. I realize that is poor judgement... Thankfully, I have a wonderful friend who upgraded to a similar jacket, but with a hood, and gave this functional beauty to me as a hand-me-down. Love her!
I never really had a lot of hand-me-downs, which is surprising, considering I am the 4th child in a large Dutch family. I only have brothers, so while I did get a lot of my clothes second hand, I didn't have to join the 'wear out the sweater until you can see your elbows' line-up. Oh ya... I did get hand-me-down sturdy leather shoes. I'm sure they were sensible and good quality and all, but I just wanted a pair of those patent Sunday shoes with bows on them that all my friends had. Maybe all my shoe buying these days is a direct consequence of years of Dutch clodhopper wearing...?

33 comments :

Taylor Sterling said...

I love the coat! I also adore the bag! Very pretty outfit!

Kyla said...

I LOVE this shirt with the skirt. So awesome!

Lemondrop Marie said...

Love the plaid shirt with that skirt and the boots are the bomb. I didn't get hand me down shoes and I still have a great passion for them that defies all reason, so maybe it's just in our DNA period. Happy Monday~
Marie @ Lemondrop ViNtAge

What Would a Nerd Wear said...

oh i love seeing someone else wearing a giant coat.
and that lumberjack shirt is to die for--paired with the sparkly tights it is so playful.

Dylana said...

Love the tights! I have a similar pair that I am posting today!

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Amy said...

I need some friends like yours... can you put some out on loan? :) Love that coat- it is just perfect on you (oh and I hear ya, I just bought a lovely red coat that I couldn't wear standing outside for more than 10 minutes, but a warm hooded coat- nope don't get that)!

xoxo
Amy

http://thebargainhunterextraordinaire.blogspot.com

anne charlotte said...

sparkle tights!! yay

Sal said...

Now THAT is a killer winter coat.

briannelee said...

I love everything! The colors of your outfit are great!

Linda said...

I'm still not over what you called me that one time I wore running shoes and my warm coat...rude!
btw Tignaneno is the same name as that turquoise bag I bought and used as a school bag...still love it.

Sidewalk Chalk said...

Love everything about this, especially the coat and the plaid shirt paired with a dressy skirt.
Sorry for the late response on this but yes, my black NYE dress does have very deep pockets -- super fun and practical! - JoAnn, Sidewalk Chalk

Ash said...

I like the coat! I need more nice coats. I only have a couple that I wear. I am so picky when it comes to jackets though... Great outfit UNDER the coat too by the way!

Ash
goldleafashley.blogspot.com

D said...

looks warm:) love the unexpected tights!

Fashion Therapist said...

It's so true...in such a large coat you could be wearing anything, but I love the outfit you've selected. Wearing a thick winter coat is like opening an unexpected present that is pleasantly surprising.

Penny said...

I love those sparkly tights! They're not over the top but have enough umph to make them stand out. I also know how you feel about coats...I have the same type aversion to pajamas.

Eyeliah said...

Yes, I see so many cuties in coats like these and wondering what they are wearing underneath (for my street style blog)..... I have such similar sparkly tights as yours, they are fun!

Clare said...

Yay for lumberjack shirts, yay for sparkly tights, yay for heavy jackets!! Great outfit, Yen! And thanks so much for the sweet comments on my blog. :)

E said...

I love all the buckles on your boots! And the sparkly tights - heaven!

scrapbook said...

love love the outer layer!!! xx

Leproust Vintage said...

ohhh I totally know what you mean about not wanting to buy something you need! I REALLY needed a warm and high quality sweater, but I could not bring myself to spend the money on one. I came across a pretty little (thin and 3/4 sleeve) cardigan and snatched it up! Why?!?! I am so glad someone else battles with that too! :) Oh, and your boots are amazing!

Thank you so much for all of your well wishes! You are so sweet!

The Village Idiot said...

LOVE THOSE GLOVES! WHERE ARE THEY FROM?
THAT FLANNEL IS AMAZING!!!

Christen said...

I blame my shopping habits on my parents too - we weren't allowed to spend frivolously growing up so now I overcompensate lol

And I love that you paired a lumberjack-ish shirt with sparkly tights! Fab!

Tieka, Selective Potential said...

For some reason, I'm not sure if I've ever commented on your blog before?! Correct me if I'm wrong.. but oh my gosh. You are one of the prettiest girls ever.. and I say girls are pretty a lot, but I mean, you are REALLY pretty. I added you to my bloglovin'! I can't wait to keep reading! Glad I finally clicked over here!

Dirty Hair Halo said...

Those boots and tights kick major, major ass.

www.SeekingDirtyHairHalo.blogspot.com

Sonya said...

Love this outfit!

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Brunette and Pink said...

Geez, I need a coat like yours! Love your outfit! BTW, I love your blog - I have nominated you for a Beautiful Blogger Award, xoxo

http://brunetteandpink.blogspot.com/2010/01/beautiful-blogger-award-for-brunette.html

Wear Necessities said...

I absolutely love this outfit, esp those sparkly tights! So fab! - Natalya of Wear Necessities

WM said...

GREAT OUTFIT GIRL!!! LOVE IT! NICE BLOG!
XOXO

WM
http://www.washmach.com/

Rebecca, The Clothes Horse said...

You look great; I think I like your bag especially. Sometimes I think I do turn heads when my dress/skirt is shorter than my coat. :)

Chelsea said...

those tights are so fun, and I love the lumberjack shirt!

Kansas Couture said...

Love how this look is both feminine and rugged! You look great.

piglet said...

Very cute! The tights totally make the look, I love them!

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