2010-03-16

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Trench? Mackage, Winners
Skinny jeans? Gap
Boots? ?, Winners
Plaid shirt? Ralph lauren, thrifted
Necklace? antique show
Wood handled clutch? Old Navy... but thrifted

I feel so bad for those poor housewives of Orange County and New York... they seem to think that their social standing will rise along with the size of their lips. The truth is, nothing says 'I'm a classy broad' like a perfect trench. My trench mitigates (is this the right way to use this word or am I pretending to be smart?) the fact that my nails are really chipped, that my jeans attract a lot of the cat hair and threads that are in abundance in our house right now and that my linen shirt is in constant need of a press. All those things fade to the background in the presence of a great trench coat...
Initially I was unsure of whether I should use the clutch with this outfit or not... looking back on the pictures I'm glad I grabbed it. It is really a great pop of colour and the bit of pattern mixing isn't bad either... I convinced myself that the navy and kelly green clutch was good fit because the purple (I wish you could see that better...) of my jeans was undoubtedly a result of mixing navy with a pinch of red. Hence navy is the common denominator... simple mathematics really....

ps. I feel like I just won an Easter colouring contest and took home the 10 lb. chocolate bunny and I don't have to share with any of my brothers!... I won the Capsule Challenge that The Small Fabric of my Life issued out! Yeah! I was bent on using my newly found capsule skills since I'm flying out to meet a friend tomorrow but I just learned I can take 144 lbs of luggage with me! Thanks WestJet!

44 comments :

caffeinerd said...

Congrats on the win!

Have to agree about the value of a great trench. And also have to admit to watching Housewives of Orange County/Atlanta (only while at the gym! I swear!). The amount of plastic surgery is definitely onnnne of the things that horrifies me every time. Scares me how very different their mentality toward...everything...is from mine.

Love the plaid and the necklace, the black skinnies with the brown boots. Looks great.

Julia said...

I want that clutch. In other news, you SHOULD have won, because you were clearly the best. I love these shots, and I agree with you that a trench is a gorgeous gorgeous thing. I've never had one; one of the downsides to being child-sized is the fact that no coats (but especially trenches) ever fit. Oh well. Once my sister got a little boy's trench that looked okay, the only problem being that children's clothes don't ever have room for the, uh, "feminine wiles," as ScarJo calls them. By that I mean the breasts.

Anyway, what am I talking about? You look divine!

Kiki said...

Lovely clutch. Lovely trench. They just make everything seem more pulled together don't they?

Nadine said...

So I'm all like, 'ooh, Irishy clutch!', but of course I'm a day ahead of you, and I've been wearing green ALL DAY (3 outfits: zumba class, civilian life, ballet class) but you are just being stylish! Not Irish. Even though you're Dutch. Anyway . .

LOVE that shirt! Every time it's a winner!

sharonlei said...

Congrats on your win!! :) and You look amazing in this outfit!!! LOVE everything about it!

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Kayla said...

I want that clutch... I'll trade you something!!! I also love your boots. They look warn in and amazing.

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Melanie said...

I love that trench! I need to find one just like that for springtime. The clutch is also very cute.

goldenmeans said...

I agree that the perfect trench makes you feel classy and sophisticated like no other wardrobe piece can! I just picked up my first trench the other day (a tier-bottomed one from Anthro) and I felt like a million bucks walking around in it :) And I'm glad you chose to carry the bag -- the bright color is the perfect complement to your outfit, and in general it is so pretty!

Liz said...

Fantastic outfit! I wish I could steal it, the clutch is just perfection. Congrats on the win!

Dylana said...

Gorgeous trench coat!

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Julia said...

i couldn't agree more. a trench is essential. and yesterday it was finally warm enough here for me to put away my wool coat and bust out the trench. i was so happy to get reacquainted with it after such a long winter.
p.s. i love the clutch!

Em-Jae said...

Your outfits are so creative and I am loving your blog -- I'm definitely following!

I love how spring inspires everyone to wear a splendid, tailored trenched -- it's like the sunshine comes out and everyone looks so chic!

I also love that necklace paired with that funky clutch. So cute. :)

Annachiara said...

You're woonderfull :D

Linda said...

Show em whos boss biatch!
HAve fun in the Winnie...

You owe me a Talize visit (by owe me I mean I owe you like 14 visits to the H dot).

Fell 4 Fashion said...

Congrats girl!!!!! So fun! I am totally in love with this clutch, I mean really....

briannelee said...

I love this whole outfit! The boots and clutch are perfect!

I think I still need to add a classic trench to my closet.

FashionTheorist said...

A nice crisp trench can indeed mitigate (and yes, you used that word properly!) or balance out a lot of raggedness in the rest of a look - in fact, I like them styled just like this, with a less-structured look underneath. Otherwise, it looks a little too buttoned-up. Remember, they're called "trench coats" because they were originally worn by soldiers in the trenches in World War I, conditions under which I can only image that sartorial standards, um, slipped a bit...

Congrats on your win and have a great trip!

Sal said...

You totally used mitigate correctly. And congrats on the big win! You deserve it - that was a truly inspiring capsule.

Celine said...

Congrats on winning! Agreed on the trench - I have yet to find one I really like. I have a cut red one, actually, but apparently I thought I could fit into a size 2 when I bought it. And that just isn't true. I initially thought the clutch was in honor of St Patty's Day :) I love it.

Celine

Anonymous said...

I like this outfit. The clutch and the pendant make it interesting. Where do you take these pics, though? The backgrounds looks very depressing

Fabulocity in Amish Country said...

I love your trench! Every time I see it... I want it! :) You look fab in this outfit, and I loveee that clutch! Congrats on winning the Capsule Challenge!

merly k said...

Thank GOD you won, because now you can fit me in your suitcase! You're such a peach yen.

I bought a few kimonos the other day at a vintage store dt.. I tried to convince my friends that I could wear the one long one as a spring/summer coat once I got it hemmed.. Judging from their stares first, doubled over laughter second, it looks like I also need to get myself a trench. dammit.

skapamusik said...

I dream of a perfect trench, but still haven't managed/dared to go out and find one. Even though I keep having vivid fantasies of how amazing I would look and how everything I own would go with it... Love yours!

closet365 said...

I love this. I think that bag is my favorite thing this week.

Congrats on winning the contest. Much deserved!

myedit said...

Anonymous- The pictures were taken by some Candy factory... I thought it would be deserted but people kept walking by. Awkward.
Others- I'm glad I used mitigated correctly.

La Historiadora de Moda said...

Please, please, please take a photo of your 144 lbs of luggage! :D

That trench is super classy!

Elaine said...

Wow, you look awesome! I love everything about this. Most especially the clutch against the neutrals.

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Fashion Therapist said...

Congrats on winning you did such a fantastic job with that challenge!

Catherine said...

I absolutely love every piece of this outfit, and especially how you put it all together! Awesome necklace...

Catherine

alamocitystyle said...

embarrassing confession: i just spent the last 25-30 minutes scrolling through all of your outfits on this blog. i'm officially obsessed. you're gorgeous, your wardrobe is gorgeous, your blog is gorgeous.. and now i'm addicted. just thought you should know. you've got great style, way to go.

natalia said...

Oh man, I have that clutch! I've literally never brought it out of the house because I lose stuff so often I'm scared to carry a bag that doesn't have a strap. The pattern's great, though!
I love that trench too. :D

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anna said...

oooh the bag! the bag!

and congratulations!!

futurelint said...

I agree - a good classic trench is key! I LOVE your necklace and the juxtaposition with the plaid shirt! The clutch is just the right pop of color too!

Kyla said...

This is an A+! Trenches are like the security blankets of style - they somehow make everything okay.

Christen said...

Your trench is beautiful and it definitely becomes the focus of this whole look. You are pretty damn beautiful too, lady!

Clare said...

That clutch totally pops against the rest of the outfit!

Work With What You've Got said...

I would NEVER have thought to pair that clutch with that outfit, but I am DUMB. You are smart.

princesspolitico said...

so I guess I’m behind the times because i’m just now seeing trenches pop up everywhere. not going to lie, I want yours in my closet… that collar is just divine!

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piglet said...

Amazing clutch, I just love it!

Polished Sense said...

Wow loving your blog btw, yes I'm a new founder :D I love your boots, plaid shirt, necklace and OH-MY your bag! Fabulocity :J


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Jessica

RETRO REVA said...

WOW ! i tried to find a post with fewer comments, to say thanks for the honest post on the blog biz - especially jealousy ! Soo many times I have wondered why my followers are so little and get down on my style sense, Age, and let the feelings consume me! I tried to "please" the "in" crowd of Blogdonia, and nearly hit the stars with excitement when a popular blogger liked and followed me! I have almost given up soo many times, but I have to remember the excited feeling I get when One of my beloved followers comments. It's a high! Thanks for your honesty! I was so afraid I was the only one! Duh!

Leproust Vintage said...

I love the neutral color trench paired with that fabulous clutch!

Nishant said...

Congrats on your win!! :) and You look amazing in this outfit!!! LOVE everything about it!
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