Casual Uniform

I hope all my American friends had an amazing Thanksgiving. While I didn’t have any turkey, I had a pretty intense weekend, that has started me on a life-changing journey, but more of this another day. It’s been quite a while since I had purchased a cardigan, but I came across this olive green open cardigan and it has suddenly become part of my casual uniform for fall. Throw it over a stripe tee and a pair of denim and I’m good to go.

Open cardigan + denim + striped tee + moto boots Open cardigan + denim + striped tee + moto boots Open cardigan + denim + striped tee + moto bootsRag + Bone Moto Boots (old) / Paige Vedugo (similar) / Community Vetus Sweater / Chloe Faye / Lululemon Beanie (old, see similar) / GAP Stripe Tee (similar) / Forever21 rings

I did my best to avoid some unnecessary purchases over Black Friday and Cyber Monday, but I have to admit, I saw some pretty great deals out there. I snagged a few shirts that I’ve had my eye on for a while, but that’s about it. Except for something completely unrelated to fashion–a new Kitchenaid stand mixer! The last few years I’ve owned a Cuisinart, which worked great, but I couldn’t resist such a great deal on a 6qt Pro. Any fellow Kitchenaid owners out there have any attachment recommendations? I’m ready to collect them all!

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Lampshading

As my fellow petites can probably relate, it can be incredibly difficult to find a sweater dress that doesn’t completely overwhelm my frame. Sweaterdresses that you see online are usually worn by models who are around 5’10. Meaning, what hits them at mid-thigh, probably hits me at mid-calf. Not a great look. I eventually gave up trying to find a true sweaterdress and started widening my search for a longer length sweater that might work as a dress. Even this turned out to be quite the challenge, but I finally came across a sweater that would allow me to do, what is called, “lampshading”.

Stuart Weitzman Alllegs Suede Boots + Sweaterdress + Olive CoatStuart Weitzman Alllegs Suede Boots + Sweaterdress + Olive Coat Stuart Weitzman Alllegs Suede Boots + Sweaterdress + Olive CoatZara Masculine Coat (Dark Khaki or a great alternative here) / The Group by Babaton Elmira Sweater (Camel) / Stuart Weitzman Alllegs (Black Suede) / Chloe Faye Medium Leather & Suede Bag (Black)

This sweater also looks great with pants. Ha.

I love the color of this particular sweater I found at Aritzia. While a little bit itchy for my wool-sensitive skin, it is not overly irritating over the right layer.

If this sweater is out of your price range, I found some other alternatives that look petite-friendly:

On a side note, I finally decided to make a blog-dedicated Instagram account (@cher_dressedaccordingly). I figured people might be getting tired of all my dog- and food-related posts. I’m really enjoying the new IG account, as I feel more comfortable using pictures that are more “free-style” poses. Of course, you are all still also welcome to follow my personal account (@ch3r_m). Hut if you would like to follow something a bit more style-oriented, my new account is probably a better bet.

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Relaxed Skinny

Had a little break from my denim obsession for a while, but when my office decided that denim was the new norm, I retreated back to the days when I was a student and started eyeing every pair of denim that I didn’t own. I have been looking for a pair of relaxed skinny denim for a while now, but couldn’t find one that was quite right. I finally settled on these AG The Beau slouchy jeans, which are the perfect shade of blue and just the right amount of fading. I think I probably could have gone down a size, if such was available, but despite the hip slippage, I still find myself reaching for these fairly often.

Camel Coat + Turtleneck + Relaxed Skinny + Suede Pumps Camel Coat + Turtleneck + Relaxed Skinny + Suede PumpsCamel Coat + Turtleneck + Relaxed Skinny + Suede Pumps

AG The Beau Slouchy Denim / Ann Taylor Mila Pumps (Black suede) / 3.1 Phillip Lim Pashli Satchel (Large) / Babaton Carmichael Coat / J.Crew Button Down Shirt / Jacob Turtleneck (similar) / Forever21 Rings

These suede pumps are from Ann Taylor and they are beauties. However, I do find the edges of these shoes to be quite a bit sharper around the heel and ankle opening than the leather version. I will need to put in some heel pads and rub the edges down to help soften them up, otherwise I foresee plenty of bandaids in my future. They also come in a gorgeous red and navy blue. Consider going down a half size if your feet are on the narrower side.

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