Clothed with Grace: October 2013

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Building A Wardrobe: Cardigans

Yesterday I started my Building A Wardrobe Series by sharing with you Essential Blazers and Jackets, and for the second day of the series I'll be sharing with you my thoughts on cardigan essentials.  Cardigans are great for laying and can be worn both to dress an outfit up, as well as easily worn with a casual outfit as well.  Here are my tips for building essential cardigans into your wardrobe:

  • Must have colors include black, gray, and tan.  In my experience, it's worth it to by quality pieces, as you will probably wear these the most.  There are a lot of inexpensive options out there, say at Target or Old Navy, however, they inexpensive options don't seem to last or wear as well and pill much sooner.  I've been most happy with the quality of cardigans I've purchased from Loft, Banana Republic, The Limited, and J.Crew.
  • Consider the type of cardigan that fits your style best.  Traditional lengths will probably be the most versatile, but I love a good boyfriend cardigan and think they can be dressed up for worn casually depending on how you chose to style them. 
  • When purchasing, pay attention to how to wash the item, if it's dry clean only, it will limited how often you can wear the piece. I've used Dryel, and in-home dry cleaning product, for over a decade and have been happy with the results, however I still spend the money to get pieces professionally dry cleaned at least once a year and this definitely adds to the overall cost of owning a piece of clothing.
  • I've also included some additional options for you to consider purchasing.  These include purchasing a few cardigans in bright colors, as well as a leopard or other print option.  In my opinion you won't wear these as often, so purchasing a less expensive option, like this or this makes sense to me.
  • Regardless of what you chose to buy, wash these pieces inside out to help protect the them in the washer.
Here's a visual of my recommendations for cardigan purchases:

Building A Wardrobe

Today I'm wearing a bright cardigan, which is a fun addition to any outfit. It helps define my shape and pull the overall look together too.

I'm crazy about today's combo. I score this skirt for $4, new with tags, from thredUP (use this link to get $10 off your first order). I wasn't sure about a top, but tried the polka dots and love it.  I might freeze today with bare legs, but this just didn't look right with tights.  Hurry up, spring!

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Building A Wardrobe: Blazers and Jackets

I'm really excited to be starting a new series today that will focus on helping you to build a wardrobe full of pieces you'll not only love, but that will be timeless and versatile.  Today I'm starting with one of my favorite things: blazer and jackets.  The thing I love about them is there ability to be worn both for work wear as well was weekend wear.  They can be the perfect touch to finish off any look, so today I'm showing you pieces I feel are essential, as well as a few pieces to add once the essential pieces are in place.

On my list of essential blazers and jackets are a classic black and navy blazer, as well as a denim jacket. Here are some things to keep in mind when purchasing these pieces:

  •  When buying these pieces definitely pay attention to quality, as they pieces can be utilized frequently and worn for years to come.  I purchased my black blazer at H&M for a very fair price to replace one I used for nearly a decade from The Limited.  My navy blazer is probably my favorite piece in my wardrobe and although I found it on sale at Loft, it definitely would have been worth the full price. 
  •  Also, pay attention to how to wash it, if it's dry clean only I pass on the piece.  Look for one that can be washed normally, as this will help you to utilize it more.
  • The quality of a denim jacket, in my opinion, doesn't vary much from store to store, so buying an inexpensive option shouldn't impact how it wears much.
After you have these essential pieces in your wardrobe, then you can begin to add on additional options, like the ones I've listed below. The additional options I'm loving are a striped blazer, a mixed media moto jacket, and a bright blazer.  Unlike the pieces above which are truly wardrobe staples, these pieces can be the "show piece to any look," that is, the piece of clothing that takes your outfit from cute to perfection.  Right now I'm on the look out for a mixed media jacket.  I recently tried one on at TJ Maxx I loved, but it was dry clean only, so I passed.  These pieces should definitely be added over time, and when the price is right. 

Here's a visual of all the pieces I've listed above to help you out:

Building A Wardrobe: Blazers and Jackets

  LOFT black blazer / LOFT navy blazer  / Gap denim jacket  /LOFT stripe blazer / LOFT mixed media jacket / bright blazer

Today I'm wearing one of the additional options I've listed above, a bright colored blazer. Adding a blazer dresses up any look, and the bright color is such fun too!

This dress I scored from thredUP (use link for $10 off) has to be hands down one of my favorite pieces in my closet. I thought it would be fun to pair it with teal today for work.  I also adore that it has pockets in the front, it's such a fun touch!

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Sponsor Spotlight: Charming Lucy

I'm excited to have Susan from Charming Lucy stop by today to share some great ideas for Color Blocking.  Take it away, Susan!

Today I am guest posting with my friend Ginny over at My New Favorite Outfit. Her blog is one that I read daily. She has fabulous fashion tips for women on a budget. Her style is chic, comfortable, and easy to replicate. I am super envious of her thrifting ability, and I hope she offers a class to help those of us who need to shop with a purpose! Ginny is the master! Thanks for stopping by today and I hope you enjoy our lesson in color blocking(: Color blocked sweaters are one of my favorite trends this fall! They are popping up everywhere! They are super easy to style, come in gorgeous colors for fall and winter, and there are many affordable options. I have created a collaboration of a few of my favorite color blocked sweaters for fall. Old Navy and JC Penney offer some beautiful and affordable options this season! I even purchased a gray and orange color blocked sweater for my hubby, and he loved it!
Color Blocked Sweaters

I purchased a hot pink and navy sweater for Lucy from Abercrombie a few weeks ago. I love how she styled it with white denim and leopard flats. She made the lace headband to coordinate with her outfit.



 I also like the color blocking trend in tees this season, so you can layer them with sweaters and blazers. I paired my J Crew top with denim and a tortoise shell statement necklace.


  I loved this necklace so much, that I purchased an extra one for one of my lucky readers today! Simply use the Rafflecopter give away tool to enter. You must follow Charming Lucy and My New Favorite Outfit via Bloglovin. Then, leave us a comment and tell us how you would style this tortoise shell necklace if you are selected as the winner! The winner will be announced on Monday, November   Open to U.S. residents only. All entries will be verified.

 Have a blessed week and thank you for your continued support and encouragement!

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Monday, October 28, 2013

Chelsea and Ginny Take On: A Fall Bash

 Fall can be such a great time of the year, so Chelsea and I decided to take on a Fall Bash.  We had a one at my church this last weekend. It included a Trunk or Treat, inflatables, games, and fun fair type treats.  Grant had a blast and was pretty excited to get to wear his Spider-man costume.  I decided to wear this outfit, since it was cool outside, but honestly I've had this outfit in mind since last spring when I got this puffer vest from a clothing swap at church. I paired it with my stripe scarf and polka dot shirt for a fun monochromatic look.  I added my skinny jeans (cuffed, which is my new favorite trend) and my sparkle booties.  The vest was perfect for being outdoor on a cool evening and it was a great time together as a family.

Vest: Free Via Clothing Swap similar
Button Down: American Eagle $3 (thrifted with tags still on) similar
Scarf: Old Navy $3 (Plato's Closet) similar
Jeans: Old Navy $19 similar
Bracelets: Moxie , Renegade Stella and Dot
Boots: Wanted $29 (via eBay) similar / same in black

Most get-togethers, like a Fall Bash need treats for sure. Chelsea has come up with a round up of some amazing recipes to share today.  Make sure to stop by Whatcha Makin' Now to get the details to all of these great recipes!

Friday, October 25, 2013

What to Wear With Orange

For the last day of my series I'll be sharing my tips on how to wear orange. On the first day I shared with you how to wear wine, and on the second day I shared with you how to wear mustard, and of the three I think orange can be the trickiest to wear.  Here are my tips on what to wear it with:
  • Neutral tones are an awesome pairing for orange, though I think warm tones like tans and browns are best.  I would recommend steering clear of pairing orange and black, for fear of looking like you're dressed for Halloween.  
  • The second way to wear orange is with complimentary colors and you might be surprised at all the colors that work to pair it with. I love orange with different shades of blue, but it can also be great with army green and wine.
Today I chose to pair orange with a combination of neutral and complimentary colors. I love the neutral cardigan and navy skirt with this fun top and I think it's a perfect look for fall. Make sure to check out my collage at the end of the post for some additional ways to wear orange.

Here's a chart for you all to help you see what to pair orange with:

I've really enjoyed writing this series.  Would you all like to see it continue in the future?  If so, what colors would you like to see me focus on?  I'm started a new series next Wednesday that I think you guys will love, so stay tuned for that too!

Here are some more detailed pictures of today's outfit:

Cardigan: Loft $5 (thrifted) similar
Top: Arc and Co. $6 (via Plato's Closet) pretty option
Skirt: Loft $30  same
Belt: $1.5
Necklace: Stella and Dot same
Bracelets: Stella and Dot  Chimera, Moxie , Renegade 
Shoes: Fergalicious $15 similar

Here are some other ways to wear orange: 

Thursday, October 24, 2013

What to Wear With Mustard

Today is my second day of my mini-series focused on styling colors.  Yesterday I shared my tips for styling wine and today I'm focusing on another hot color for fall, mustard.  My boyfriend cardigan is quickly becoming one of my favorite things in my closet and I was excited to style it today for a nice casual look.  When it comes to styling mustard here are some tips for what colors to wear it with:
  • Wear mustard with another shade of yellow for a monochromatic look.
  • Although mustard is a warm color, it can easily be worn with both warm and cool neutrals.  Mustard and gray is an awesome color combo, but mustard with browns and blacks is also great.
  • Lastly, wear it with a complimentary color like navy or teal.  Today I chose to wear it with navy, which is one of my favorite color combos.  I added my skinny jeans, then cuffed them (I love this!) and added my booties.  This outfit is not only comfortable, but perfect for all your fall activities (Pumpkin Patch anyone?) 
Make sure to check out my collage at the end of the post for some additional ways to wear mustard and here's a chart to help you see what to wear with mustard:

Here are some more detailed pictures of my outfit for today:

Cardigan: Target $12 same / Target Coupons
Top: Loft $30 similar
Jeans: Old Navy $19 similar
Belt: $1.5
Necklace: Stella and Dot same
Bracelets: Stella and Dot  Chimera, Moxie , Renegade 
Booties: $29 (ebay) same on Amazon

Here are some other ways to wear mustard:

Look 1 / Look 2 / Look 3 / Look 4

Make sure to stop back tomorrow to see the third post in this color series. : )

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