The Camel Coat

Ever since I laid eyes on this BR camel coat online, possibly as early as spring, I was obsessed with it. But when I finally got in my hands, I was on the fence. In fact, it went into the “return pile” three times before I decided I wanted to keep it. It is truly an boyfriend coat–boxy and oversized (which of course, I knew it was), but even more so that the similar grey version.  Even in my regular petite size, I felt like it was still a bit too overwhelming on my tiny frame.

Despite putting the coat in the return pile three time, I still wasn’t ready to give up on it. On the fourth try, I decided that I loved it. And it goes beautifully with my regular fall palette (i.e., grey, black, navy, and burgundy). Plus, despite how thin and light it is, it is surprisingly warmer than expected (also true for the gray sister version).

DRESSED ACCORDINGLY BLOG // Camel Coat + Grey Denim + Burgundy Sweater DRESSED ACCORDINGLY BLOG // Camel Coat + Grey Denim + Burgundy Sweater DRESSED ACCORDINGLY BLOG // Camel Coat + Grey Denim + Burgundy SweaterEquipment Sweater (similar cashmere sweater by AT) / Paige Verdugo Transcend Denim / LAUREN by RALPH LAUREN pumps / Banana Republic coat / Forever21 Rings

Oh and these grey jeans? They are everything. Paige has long been my favorite denim brand and these did not disappoint. They grey is the perfect shade–not too light and not too dark, and so soft without looking like I’m wearing leggings.  I sometimes come across a pair of Paige Verdugo that don’t quite fit my thin calves quite the way I wanted to, but these are perfect. They do require a bit of hemming, but I consider that to be a very minor alteration. I now have my eyes on the destructed version.

A lot of us are gearing up for the Black Friday/Cyber Monday sales. I am not going to list every sale I have come across because there are A LOT and I’m sure other bloggers have been reminding you, but these are the ones I personally have been watching:

Alexander Wang: Up to 40% off selected items plus free shipping on orders over $250.

AllSaints: 30% off sale styles with code CYBER.

Amazon Fashion: 30% off select clothing , shoes, accessories, jewelry, and watches, code 30BLACKFRI.

Ann Taylor: 50% off everything with code CELEBRATE.

Banana Republic: 50% off sweaters and 40% off everything else with code BRFRIDAY.

Bauble Bar: 30% purchase, with exclusions, code THX.

Club Monaco: 25% off purchase of $150, 30% off purchase of $250, 35% off purchase of $400.

J.Crew: 50% your purchase, plus free shipping with purchase $50+ with code: SHIPGIFTS.

Rag & Bone: 25% off and free 2-day shipping with code CYBER!

Shopbop: Spend $250+ and save 15%, Spend $500+ and save 20%, spend $1,000+ and save 25% , S’well and Stuart Weitzman style level exclusions, code GOBIG15.

Zara: 30% off everything staring 8pm EST, 11/26 (US and Canada).

And of course, Happy Thanksgiving to my American friends!

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Rough’n Tough + Veda Max Classic Jacket Review

Fall is my favorite season for fashion because I can easily get away with wearing these rough’n tough biker looks just about every day of the week….after the day job, of course.

DRESSED ACCORDINGLY BLOG // Veda Max Classic Leather Jacket + Cargo Pants + Chelsea Boots DRESSED ACCORDINGLY BLOG // Veda Max Classic Leather Jacket + Cargo Pants + Chelsea BootsVeda Max Classic Leather Jacket (comes in red, white and blue!) / Paige Cargo Denim (see similar) / Ann Taylor Gail Chelsea Boots / Madewell Bucket Bag / Jacob Turtleneck (old see tissue version by J.Crew)

I’ve this Veda Max Classic Jacket for approximately three years now and I still wear it regularly throughout the year whenever the weather warrants it. I don’t wear it closed very often (or at all), but was asked by a reader to do a review and show a picture of it zipped up and I thought it would be a great opportunity to play around with a look that has the jacket zipped all the way up (it can also be worn with the collar folded down). Plus, since I’ve had it for quite a while, I agreed that Im probably in a good position to talk about it.

The leather is just as soft and supple as when I first bought it, even more so as it has broken in. It does fit a bit tight across the shoulders, however. So, if you are wide/strong shouldered like I am, going up a size would not be a bad idea. It has stretched a little bit over the years, but not dramatically.

As you may have noticed, it is made of knit under the arms making for a very snug fit. Because of this, layering isn’t so easy. I generally layer over a thin shirt, but chunky sweaters? Don’t even think about it. Also, the knit has pilled a little bit over time, but nothing a pill-shaver cant’t fix.

As for how well the leather has worn over time, it does look worn in some places. Because it is such a tight fitting jacket and requires some pulling to get it on, there are certain areas of the jacket like behind the shoulder or under the arms where the leather appears to be peeling/drying a little bit. Proper care regular moisturizing (and not pulling too hard) could help delay or prevent this. I admit, I don’t moisturize as often as I should.

Would I buy this jacket again? Yes, but definitely on sale. I believe I purchased it for under $400, and I think it was worth that price. I do think it could have worn a bit better over time, but given how much I do actually wear it, it probably was just inevitable.

Do you have a favorite leather jacket? I’m always on the hunt! Check out All-Saints, which is having a 20% off sale everything except handbags with code: NOVEMBER. Jackets are great for petites!

And a quick mention of these chelsea boots from Ann Taylor. It is one of my most recent purchases that I could not resist. These boots in particular attracted me because the slightly pointy/almond shaped toe box. Most chelsea boots I’ve come across recently either have an round toe or a pointy-toe, so I was thrilled to find a hybrid and thought it was different enough to justify its purchase. Right now AT is having their F&F sale with code FRIENDS40. A great time to snag these booties for 40% off! They also come in brown! I took my regular boot size.

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Navy blue sweater

I recently picked up my first ever navy blue sweater and I have no idea what took me so long. I am obsessed. It somehow gives this “cool girl” look while not being black, or grey for that matter. And the best part, because it’s a neutral, it pretty much goes with everything.

Boyfriend Coat + Navy Blue Sweater + Destructed Denim + Moto Boots

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Boyfriend Coat + Navy Blue Sweater + Destructed Denim + Moto Boots Theory Tollie Cashmere Sweater / Zara Ripped Denim (love these by Paige)/ Rag & Bone Moto Boots / 3.1 Phillip Lim 31 Minute Medium Clutch / Banana Republic Gray Long Peacoat / Forever21 Rings / Club Monaco Striped T-shirt (love this)

This particular cashmere sweater is made by Theory. I picked it up at TJ Maxx on one of my recent trips back to D.C., but there may be a few available online. So far I am impressed with the quality of this sweater and if it continues to hold up the way it is, I will definitely be looking to pick up more cashmere by Theory in the future. For something similar at a lower price point, I suggest the J.Crew Relaxed Merino Wool Sweater which is currently on sale for an extra 25% off from $89.50 with code GOSHOPPING. I generally prefer merino wool over cotton and cashmere, though it can be itchy for us that are sensitive, it is least prone to pilling in my experience. I always swear a cotton layer underneath to provide a barrier between my skin and the sweater.

And because it is that time of year, we can’t forget the notable sales that are going on right now:

Sephora: This sale always breaks my bank. For Rouge members 20% early access ends tomorrow (November 9th). Use code ROUGE20. But we will be able to get the VIB discount again if we missed something starting on the 13th (until the 16th) with code VIB20.

Bloomingdale’s: Friends and Family Sale started today with 25% most items. Use code HOLIDAY. I picked up these oxfords and I can’t wait to see them.

Banana Republic: 50% off up to 5 regular price items for “Family and Friends”. It is actually a unique code found in your email. If you haven’t seen yours, I suggest searching your inbox. Plus 40% off sale items with code BRSALE, or BRCSALE for those of us in Canada. I finally picked up the sister to the coat I am wearing above.

LOFT: Although I’m generally not a huge LOFT fan, they do have a few items right now that have been leaning towards my tomboy-ish style. They are having an extra 60% off sale and some newer items are marked down by either 50% or down to $35. A few  things I picked up:

Nordstrom: Is having their fall clearance sale. I’m contemplating these jeans, since I never have enough denim.

Happy shopping! I know I will! 🙂

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