2013-10-31

Basic(ly)

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This blog is mostly about the icing; the fun stuff I find in the thrift store, at a vintage boutique or on the sale rack at Winners. But there are basics too, basics that often slide under the radar because no one notices a sweatshirt when there are sequins on the scene. Now that the weather is turning colder I have to pay attention to the basics again because I can not spend my days frolicking in a dress any longer. Getting dressed is a layers game. 
I know it is rather a basic basic but I have to say this Old Navy sweatshirt is pretty freaking good. It came off a good bolt of fabric because I have washed it many times and it has never shrunk and the seams haven't twisted at all. I have searched long and hard for a perfect grey sweatshirt and I never thought my search would end at this Old Navy version (that is now super on sale) ... But it did. And I just bought another because I know that next year I'm still going to like sweatshirts that are grey. I'm consistent like that.
The pants are ponte pants from Joe Fresh. I am nervous to be skating so close to legging territory but these have a real zipper and pockets! They are comfortable like leggings but they suck you in like a pair of spanx. Some say it's magic, others say it's just the ponte fabric. Either way, I dig them. I can't find the version I have with the front pocket zips online but these are the basic pair... I will probably get them too because they are so warm and comfy and tuck into boots. Win. Win. Win.
Finally, I wore these boots in my last outfit post. I have mentioned it before but my shoe game is not my strongest. And I am ok with this. I bought these black suede booties because they are quite comfortable, basic enough to go with about 83% of my closet and they have the dip by the ankle which makes them just a little sassier than a regular ankle boot. You should all breathe a sigh of relief because this booty purchase will ease my reliance on my oft-worn Aldo boots. 

And now is the fun part... adding layers of (crazy) stuff...

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*  And since I topped my outfit of with a grumpy cat of my own, maybe consider making a donation to a local animal shelter at this time of year? A charitable spirit is the most flattering layer of all;) 
Ladybird Animal Sanctuary is a great local place rescuing animals from high kill shelters in the area and I admire the work they do. I think charitable giving is a very personal decision and there are likely many factors that influence your choices but I just wanted to highlight this great local organization!

12 comments :

veronika girlandcloset said...

You're rocking this fabulous outfit Yen. Love starting off with a good basic outfit and then layering up from there! AND I'm still SO excited for your shop as is Martin... I showed him your insta, of course! Big hugs all the way from Vancouver!!!!

xo
By The Shore, a life + style blog

Naomi said...

Aw grumpy kitty! So precious~

xoxo

The Occasional Indulgence

Sara said...

I love this post! the step by step layering is great! More of these please? :) Also your haircut is looking mighty fine :)

laura said...

model good looks right thurrr!

amanda said...

How can one not love grey sweatshirts, I ask you?? (I originally typed 'sweatshorts' which um, NO). Related: I need those pants. Also reated 'skating close to legging territory' is my new favourite expression.

Leah said...

I love this outfit from the first to the last look! Those pants are so dang sexy on you!

Cristina Marie said...

I absolutely LOVE this outfit at every single stage. From completely basic all the way to glammed up fab! Where is the plaid shirt from?

Cristina Marie

theclassictee@gmail.com said...

Love the layering! xx

Kat asecondglance said...

Thanks to this post, I gave myself a google lesson on ponte. Will be keeping an eye out for this fabric blend in the future!

jentine said...

Cristina Maria- It's a thrift find from the boys departmant:)

Bianca @ Track Pants and a Tot said...

Thanks for sharing. I often fall into the rut of blah outfits in the fall & winter. Thanks for the inspiration!

BeautyStyleGrowth said...

Love how you built on this outfit.
I was like what else could she add? ;)
Nice
K at www.beautystyleandgrowth.blogspot.com