Old favorites

  Theory Lanai Tailor Blazer (white cotton twill version here) /  J.Crew Boyshirt / J Brand Lovestory (love these and these!) / Michael Kors Runway Watch MK5076 (Silver) /  LAUREN by Ralph Lauren Adena Pumps /  3.1 Phillip Lim Pashli Satchel / Topshop Rings

I’ve owned these J Brand Lovestory jeans since 2007 (I actually have two pairs), and in my mind, they are still not old. I’ve set aside my bootcut and now in heavy rotation are my skinnies, my boyfriend jeans, and these 70s’ style flares. I would love a similar style in a medium wash but I’ll have to add it to the bottom of my Spring wish list which is getting longer by the minute.

Color

It’s probably obvious by now that color doesn’t make up a huge part of my fall and winter wardrobe. But every now and then I feel prompted to liven it up with a little something. It doesn’t happen often, but it happens.

J.Crew Hacking Jacket in Double Serge Wool (Coral)(similar) / J.Crew Heart print blouse / Club Monaco Rachel Pant /  Loeffler Randall Matilde Boots / 3.1 Phillip Lim Pashli Satchel /  Michael Kors Runway MK5076 Watch /  Forever21 Rings

 
You may remember a while back when I purchased this J.Crew Hacking Jacket in Double Serge Wool. I can’t deny that it’s absolutely beautiful, but given my propensity to wear dark colors when the seasons change for the colder, it really doesn’t get a whole lot of wear. Plus, it is one heavy blazer.  As such, it causes me to sweat which can be particularly annoying at the office when I’m trying to be cool and collected and beads of sweat are dripping down the back of my neck, and unquestionably, my blouse underneath shows some indication that I just completed a 10K race. Furthermore, I always “pop the collar”, which I’m sure doesn’t help any.

Nevertheless, I do pull this jacket out on occasion and it never fails to induce several compliments by complete strangers. You’d think it would encourage me to wear it more often. But no, not really.

February

As with my usual casual winter outfits, more black:

 
And just in case anyone was wondering what this coat actually looks like closed and belted:
Aritzia Spencer Wool Coat (Black)(Reiss version here) / Rich & Skinny Legacy Coated Denim (similar here) / 3.1 Phillip Lim Pashli Satchel / Stuart Weitzman 50/50 Boots / Jacob Turtleneck (similar here or here).
 

It’s February (almost March!). Which means I’m pretty darn sick of winter and I need it to be OVER. This year in particular was a long and rough one. The cold started early, and we had some extremely, extremely cold days. When I lived in D.C., it was just a few more weeks of the cold before I could put away the heavy coats. In Toronto, I have to wait at least two weeks longer, which puts me in a despondent mood just thinking about it. The one thing that is keeping me going? The new influx of fashion for the new season.

For spring, I’ve already added a pair of boyfriend jeans, new casual sneakers, a little cross-body bag, and an oversized day clutch. I’m hoping to finally add a pair of white jeans and just a few tops to freshen up my wardrobe. We’ll see how that goes.I already have my eye on a white blazer that I probably don’t need, but I find myself starting at it multiple times a day online. Basically, the only way to kill an obsession like this is to buy it and then try to convince myself to return it afterwards.

I took a little inventory of what I have purchased over the last few months, and I was shocked to discover that everything I’ve purchased in the last five months is either black or some shade of white except for my new Club Monaco trench coat (tan with black leather sleeves) and a pair of blue jeans! It will be interesting to see how  my color palette will change as the temperatures warm up. Or will it? As I’ve had a little more money at my disposal as of late I’ve noticed that my style has shifted to something edgier and darker (more so than it was before). It’s not surprising. I always thought that if I had more money to “invest” into my wardrobe, my style would probably lean more in that direction. I’m certainly more thrilled with my current wardrobe now than I have ever been before and I’d have it no other way.

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