Yes, Virginia, Denim DOES Go with Everything!

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I met up with some girlfriends Sunday for a late lunch (because we hadn’t eaten enough in the city the day before!) and since I didn’t actually wear green on Saturday, I figured I’d give a nod to St. Patrick’s Day and wear this green and navy plaid dress from Old Navy. I typically wear this dress under a black duster-length knit cardigan but that can look a little teacher/librarian-ish, which is fine for work, but…not so much for fun.

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So I added The Thing That Can Go Over ALL The Things, a denim jacket, and poof, it’s a look. The mustard gold scarf just brought in a pop of color. I would have preferred to wear white trainers but…I don’t own them yet, so I was back in my off-road flats.

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Seriously, what can a denim jacket NOT go over? Pink prom dress, check. Champagne silk slip dress, check. Tulle skirt, jeans with white tee, black leggings and trainers, check check check. Floral sundresses, checked suit trousers, leather mini skirt – I DEFY you to find an outfit that is not darling topped with a denim jacket.

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Yeah, I was a little overly optimistic with the bare legs as we’re not quite out of the winter woods yet (note snow on ground. newsflash: more snow tonight and tomorrow. maybe I should trade in my denim jacket for a snowsuit). But I’m a little weary of jeans all day every day for ever and ever and thought a dress would be nice. And reaching my feet to put on tights?? Out of the Question.

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Do you have one item in your wardrobe that you feel goes with everything else in your closet??

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What I Wore:

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The Best Laid Plans….

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…ha ha, I feel like I’ve written at least 3 posts with this title! I could also call it “The Joke’s On Me: What Happens When You Thought You Bought One Thing, But You Really Bought the Other Thing.”

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So, I was going to call this post “Springifying a Winter Dress.” Some time ago, even before the California trip, I went shopping for a springy scarf to take this wintery dress from drab to fab. I had a really lovely scarf in my cart…pale pinks and buttery yellows and robin’s egg blue…and just enough grey and black to tie in the grey dress and black cardigan (that I was going to style for this post). But at some point I picked up this other scarf and apparently bought IT and not the original one. I brought it home, never took it out of the bag, didn’t want to wear it til after I’d photographed it for the blog cuz, well, I’m a spiller. Sad but true. So imagine my surprise when this weekend I finally pulled it out of the blog to do the pictures…and it was not the lovely pastel scarf I’d thought I bought…but this neutral-toned one with…CACTI on it. No bluebirds of happiness, no pink blossoms. Cacti. I mean, it’s a very nice scarf. It feels delicious. It works very nicely with this other outfit. But nothing is being springified here today, folks.

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Sigh. I’ll have to springify another time.

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But this outfit can speak to Third Pieces and especially the value of pulling at least one printed item into the mix.

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The grey dress and taupe cardigan are fine together. But the pair on their own is a little bland. Add a third piece, a printed third piece, and now you’ve got yourself some interest. I like to tie in the two colors already present in the outfit and introduce one or two more – in this case, sort of an apricotty gold and few touches of a grey blue. These colors that aren’t already present in the base outfit bring in a little more interest, and the scarf (or sweater or bag or whatever) designer has already done the work for you of knowing what colors will work well together. Now you can play off that in other outfits. You know the scarf will also work with grey blue and that soft gold color so you can create other outfits using those colors.

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PS: Big earrings are fun when you have super short hair.

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Speaking of super short hair, it’s growing in like crazy! But it’s at a weird sort of “non-style” length, and I feel like you can get away with that less easily than you can with long hair. So I think I’m going to get it shaped a bit this week…probably take the sides and back down a bit while continuing to let the top and front grow. I really miss bangs. I also need to figure out what products to use for this new hair. AND….what do I do about my definitely brown eyebrows?? They’re very pale but they’re definitely a different tone than my hair. So…what to do?? I’m in uncharted territory.

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What I Wore:

  • Grey dress: Old Navy, old, similar here or here
  • Taupe cardigan, old, similar here or here
  • Silk scarf, similar here or here

Today I’m linking up with Catherine at http://www.notdressedaslamb.com for her #IWillWearWhatILike link-up party! Check out the other bloggers who link up there and  find some inspo or make a new friend!

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