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Camel & Plaid


coat: J.Crew // turtle neck: J.Crew Factory // skirt: J.Crew // socks: L.L.Bean // boots: Tory Burch (old, current season linked) // sweater blazer: J.Crew Factory // watch: Michael Kors (old, similar) // bracelet: Kendra Scott // pearls: vintage // bag: Camebridge Satchel Co

This outfit has been on repeat lately. I purchased a few things in the major sale J.Crew had about a month ago, including most of the pieces in my outfit today. I fell in love with this adorable ruffle skirt when it first came out last fall, and I'm so happy I finally scored it (in a size 6 Tall, no less - my size is never available!). As I expect with the J.Crew skirts, it fits beautifully and it's a really thick material that I know will last. The wool is also extremely soft (moreso than usual), which was a great surprise.

From J.Crew Factory, I picked up the camel colored turtleneck that I'm wearing here. I wanted a lightweight layering piece that's still warm enough to be worn alone, and this fit the bill. Camel is definitely making a resurgence in my closet; generally, I try to stay away from brown in an effort to avoid matching my eyes/hair to my clothing, but camel has just enough of a gold undertone to make it really wearable for us brunettes. It also pairs beautifully with colors and other neutrals.

I also went out on a limb and tried out something a bit different - this gray sweater blazer (read: a sweater cut like a blazer). When Crew brought this out last season, I could definitely tell that it was part of Jim Brett's (J.Crew's CEO) strategy to go back to the company's classic design roots. Sweater blazers have been around for a while, especially in Polo Ralph Lauren's older lines, but it's been a minute since I've seen them elsewhere. Naturally, I was intrigued. I wasn't sure if sweater blazers would look good on me, or if they would have a place in my wardrobe, but I decided to give this one a shot. Wow, I am so glad I did! I've barely taken it off; it's the perfect medium between the comfort of a cardigan and the formality of a blazer. I can definitely see myself purchasing one in another color; I'm already eyeing the beautiful navy that's currently available on the website. Definitely go for the Factory version rather than the one offered at J.Crew retail -- the Factory piece is half the price and the quality is great!

Finally, I purchased an investment piece: a new coat. I've been looking for a wool coat to replace an older one from Bean that I've had for years, but is now just a bit too short. I knew I would probably have to bite the bullet and spend a bit more on it, especially since I need a tall size (the sleeves never long enough) and the only store that carries extended sizes in coats is J.Crew. That being said, I was still not in the mood to drop over $300 - so I bided my time and monitored the style I wanted until finally, I caught it on a sale-on-sale. I chose the J.Crew Lodge Coat style, which I would describe as the Cocoon coat's more flattering older sister, as it is very similar but with a less-boxy cut and a fabulous lining that makes it extra warm. I'm so happy with it; it's one of the warmest coats I've ever owned and I know it will be a staple in my winter wardrobe for years and years to come.

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What have been staples in your winter wardrobe lately? If spring is around the corner for you (we've had a bout of unseasonably warm weather, but it's definitely still winter), what are you looking forward to wearin gin the new season?



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