Dressing Outside the Box

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At the start of the new season I’m thinking of ways I can improve myself, my life and my wardrobe. There are multiple blog posts in there, but today I want to talk about wardrobe…and thinking outside the norm. Maybe not THE norm, but whatever is normal for you. Or in this case, me.

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I think it’s good to try new things and not get stuck in a certain look or style for too long. So today I’m really stretching myself. I’m layering sheer over black, plaid over lace, wearing a dress as a duster, oh I’m just stretching myself all over the place!

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I wore this plaid dress a couple weeks back in this post and at the time thought I should try wearing it next time in a different way. I’d originally thought it might be cute over faded skinny jeans and a white tee. And I first thought of wearing an oversized belted black longline blazer over this sheer lacy number today, but I liked the dark tartan plaid with the lace peeking out under the collar. It was giving me Wuthering Heights Romantic Scotland On the Moors vibes, so. I think Debbie at Fashion Fairy Dust would be proud. She’s the QUEEN of layering.

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And then purely coincidentally when I was moving stuff around on the bookcase while setting up the shoot area, I opened a little box and this antiqued medusa pendant was in it and that seemed to go with the theme…so things were just falling into place.

Ha, please ignore the big floofs of Caleb hair I now see on my left leg. This is real life.

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I probably wouldn’t wear this to work, but I could wear it to dinner with friends or to a museum on the weekend. It’s definitely outside my more conservative norm, but…like I said, it’s good to stretch yourself and think outside the box.

What do you think of my new look??

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What I’m Wearing:

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IS Imitation the Sincerest Form of Flattery??

So, a couple weeks back, Julia at When the Girls Rule posted a photo on her Instagram of this look…

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…and I commented that I liked it so much that I was going to steal it (and she said she was waiting to see it). And I did!

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I didn’t have a wine scarf or a gold bag…but I DID have a gold scarf, so I improvised there. But otherwise, I was able to pretty well replicate the look that I liked so much on her, with clothes from my own closet, with my own spin. I was inspired by her outfit.

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I think sometimes in fashion (and blogging…and photography…and really any creative endeavor) there is a fine line between inspiration and imitation. If I’d gone out and bought the same dress and bag and scarf and created an exact duplicate of her outfit, that’s imitation…and these days I don’t know that most people are all that flattered by that (imitation may not be the sincerest form of flattery) imitation. In fact, in most applications, direct imitation is a form of copyright infringement! It would be pretty hard to prove anyone guilty of that in retail fashion, I mean, all the stores sell all the same things, eventually you’re going to have some pretty similar outfits out there, purely coincidentally….but you get the point.

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While it’s nice to look to others for inspiration (and to copy someone for fun, as I did here), it’s best to use your own creativity–don’t just copy someone else’s look, create your own! Do you!!!

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This is a favorite easy-to-wear dress from Old Navy, in it’s second winter with me. It goes with a lot of other items in my closet. The black duster cardigan is also from Old Navy, but this current season and still available – it’s a fine knit, so very lightweight. With pockets!

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The scarf and crossbody bag are from TJ Maxx, last season. The over-the-knee boots are from Avenue, two winters ago. I’m really getting my money’s worth out of all these things!

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I wore my new Gorjana G Ring hoop earrings from Nordstrom. I have been coveting these exact earrings for a lonnng time – well over a year, maybe even two. I first saw them on Joanna Gaines on Fixer Upper and loved the movement the hoops had – you know how hoops are usually sort of still and fixed in place on your ear? Because these hoops are hanging on the S-hook thingie that goes through your ear, there’s a lot of movement and I really like that. I never ever buy myself nice jewelry but I’ve been watching these for a long time and they finally went on sale on Black Friday and I snatched those babies right up!

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I shot with a new photographer this day, I’m really happy with the pictures – what do you think?

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Also, I’m still doing Vlogmas every day on my YouTube channel. I realized today from trying to film “the interesting parts of my day,” that most days do not have interesting parts! Not this time of year, anyway. In spring summer fall I get out a lot more and it would be much more fun to watch. Today the big excitement was scraping ice off the windshield, Caleb making new friends at the park, and new packages in the mail. But…hey, I’m giving it a shot. Stick around, maybe something good will happen eventually!

Photography by Robert Mitchell Photography.

ANNND…I’m linking up with the #IWillWearWhatILike linkup on Not Dressed as Lamb. Definitely take a look at the other bloggers sharing things – you might might find a new favorite!

What I’m Wearing:

  • Old Navy striped dress, sold out. Comparable here and in straight size here
  • Old Navy black duster cardi, size 3x, here. Comparable in straight size here
  • Gold scarf, similar here
  • Black crossbody bag, no longer available. Similar here and here.
  • Black wide-calf boots, no longer available. Similar here.

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