Versatility Exercise - Looks 4 & 5

I'm actually writing this post only hours before I'm hoping to share it. I promise one day I will be more organized! With Thanksgiving only a few days away and having to pack an entire work week into only a couple of days, it makes things more hectic than usual. But I'm looking forward to time with family and friends and a little Christmas shopping while my mom is in the city :)

Now here are the last two looks in my exercise! Both are more on the street style side which is probably the most appropriate style for my every day. 

LOOK #4
Surprise Layers: I've mentioned this before but one of my favorite things about this coat are it's 3/4 sleeves so that the layer underneath shows. In this look I especially love the pop of olive underneath. Since my fall back outfits tend to be all black, I like to find ways to add a little color to break up the outfit. The cardigan under this coat is the perfect trick! Never underestimate the statement of a crop sleeve - even if it might be a little less practical in a frigid climate :) 

Fake Crop: I've found the fake jean crop very helpful with my taller shaft ankle boots. I first experimented with fake cropping my jeans when I tried to wear some of my taller shaft boots with my normal skinnies. It caused a horribly awkward bunch and tucking them in wasn't an option. So the only thing to do was fake crop. I've liked the look of crop jeans so much that I decided to try it even when it wasn't a necessary to avoid awkward bunching. I especially love it in this outfit because the crop ankle mirrors the crop sleeve in the jacket and makes the overall look feel more updated and modern. 

White Sneakers: I love looks with white sneakers. But honestly I don't wear them terribly often. Sometimes I think it makes my looks too sporty. But as I peruse Pinterest I am drawn to white sneaker looks. It's something that I'm going to continue to play around with. So even though I don't wear these as much as I would like I don't regret the purchase at all. First of all they are sustainably made and very comfortable. Also, if I have a ton of walking to do in the city they're my go to with a more athleisure look. Even though my goal is to build a wardrobe of pieces I love to wear and wear constantly I still enjoy having a couple of pieces that stretch my creativity and break my norm so my style doesn't become placid or boring. 

Overall Fit: Height - 5'5", Weight - 130lbs., Bra Size - 34C, Waist - 27", Hips - 39"
As I've mentioned before the Madelyn Coat by Only Child is one size fits all and I find it very cozy and not overbearing on my 5'5" frame. My high waist Joe's Jeans are a size 27 and the length was a little long on me but I had them hemmed - and then fake cropped, ha! They have a good balance of stretch and hold so there is no sagging in unwanted areas. My olive cardigan is from Madewell and I'm wearing a size small. The sleeves are a little long and I may have been able to get away with an x-small but I like that I can layer under it without feeling constricted. My white sneakers are from Veja which is a responsible and transparent sneaker company based in France. I'm a normal size 7 in shoes so I ordered the 38 in these and they fit perfectly!

outfit: madelyn coat by only child / dylan tank by only child / the graduate cardigan from madewell / joe's high waist jeans / veja esplar leather extra white / cuyana tote / beanie from urban outfitters

LOOK #5
Black & White Round 2: since once again black is the prominent color in this outfit the white acts as the break up color.

Elevated Simplicity: This outfit is made up of varying textures that help add interest to this otherwise basic outfit. The button up is actually a flannel shirt and the texture of it makes it appear softer than a normal cotton shirt. The Dylan tank is made up dead stock tencel & rayon which makes it sturdy and comfortable. Then the jeans are a dark bluish grey that almost look black at times but are much more interesting than solid black pants.

Key Accessories: I think the accessories really help make this outfit. The grey hat is a nice contrast to the white/cream flannel and overall black look. Then the shininess from the tote bag and shoes make the outfit a little more sharp and stand out nicely against the jeans. 

Overall Fit: Height - 5'5", Weight - 130lbs., Bra Size - 34C, Waist - 27", Hips - 39"
My flannel is a size small and since it is flannel I was a little worried about it shrinking so I'm happy I stuck with a small. I already spoke on the jeans above and dylan tank in past posts so that's all I really have on fit!

outfit: madewell oversized ex-boyfriend flannel / dylan tank by only child / joe's high waist jeans / everlane modern loafers / cuyana tote / beanie from zara

 

If any of you have done a similar challenge with a piece in your closet please let me know! Or if you have any other creativity hacks up your sleeves - yes the pun was intended. 

Cheers!
Allison