J. Crew leopard print perfect shirt with black moto vest and brown riding boots

SIA: Brown and Black

Casual Friday · Office Appropriate Outfits - Fall · Style Imitating Art

I took these outfit photos almost two weeks ago now but, as it turns out, they work well with this week’s Style Imitating Art challenge. My favorite thing about this challenge is that you have so much freedom to interpret the art. For example, this week Jen chose this painting by Bartolomé Esteban Murillo.

Two Women at a Window, c. 1655/1660, Bartolomé Esteban MurilloAnd then I realized that my outfit, with its mixture of brown and black, worked out pretty well!

J. Crew leopard print perfect shirt with black moto vest and brown riding boots

Shirt – J. Crew Factory via ebay (similar) | Vest – Target (similar) | Pants – Gap (similar) | Boots – DSW (similar

I know, I just said I don’t like leggings. So these aren’t leggings! They have a zip fly and belt loops and everything. But, they don’t have back pockets and with this shirt I admit that made me a bit self conscious. I think I spent a good part of the day pulling my shirt down to make sure it wasn’t riding too high on my behind.

However, this outfit was perfect for running errands after work. I rode a Divvy bike to the library to pick up the One Book, One Chicago choice The Amazing Adventure of Kavalier & Clay by Michael Chabon. Then I walked home from the library through Chicago’s Little Italy neighborhood which, to be honest, is one of my favorites.

And of course I stopped for some pictures.

Leopard button up with leggings and riding boots Also, I have to say that these boots are on the verge of being replaced by the Sam Edelman ones linked above. These boots have holes in the heels that I’m not sure can be fixed. I might take them to the cobbler just to see if they’re fixable but sometimes it might just be time to let go.  Sigh. These were my very first pair of riding boots and I think they’ve lasted me about 5 years. I got them for a steal on the DSW clearance rack and I was so excited that they fit my calves. So, maybe it is worth it to get them fixed? Thoughts?

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8 replies on “SIA: Brown and Black

  1. Alyssa

    I threw out a pair of riding boots this year. I had worn the heels through. I thought about taking them into get repaired but I only spent about $30-$40 on them originally so I didn’t really think they were worth it. Plus they had very little arch support and hurt my feet when I wore them all day without inserts. So I just bought a new pair. If you find something you love just as much as those boots then I say buy a new pair but if you still love the old pair, I would get them fixed!

    1. Erin @ Loop Looks Post author

      I think I spent around $100 on my original pair and I had a Shopbop gift card so the Sam Edelman ones won’t cost me anything out of pocket. I ordered them in two sizes to see which one fits best and I might still get my original ones fixed 🙂

  2. Melissa

    I actually have the Sam Edelman boots you linked to in the “whiskey” color. I think they’re pretty gorgeous in person and the leather is extremely soft. (They are also replacing my DSW-super-bargain riding boots that I have had for 3 seasons and the soles are literally separating from the boot and cracked down the center)

    I ordered in wide calf and regular calf to compare (my calves can go either way depending on the shoe) and the wide calf actually ended up being extremely generous—to the point where there were big “gaps” around my leg. YMMV obviously but just an FYI!

    1. Erin @ Loop Looks Post author

      I did end up ordering the Sam Edelman ones in my usual size and you’re right that the leather is super soft and the calf is generous! They felt a bit big in the foot, though, so I ordered them in a size down to try (turns out my other riding boots are also a size smaller than I normally wear. Interesting). They came last night but I haven’t had a chance to try them out yet.

  3. Bethany @ Accidental Intentions

    I think if you love them and haven’t “totaled” them, if you will, it’s probably worth trying to get them fixed, especially since you seem to have so much trouble finding boots that fit your calves. This isn’t a 100% fair comparison, probably, but my riding boots are my mom’s from when she was my age-ish, so they’re probably from the late 70s/early 80s. Obviously they’ve seen better days and went for a pretty long period where they weren’t worn at all, but clearly those things can survive the test of time and are something worth investing in (if it makes more sense to repair your current ones than replace them, that is).

    1. Erin @ Loop Looks Post author

      I just worry that a repair job wouldn’t last as long as a new pair. Or that the repair job would remove some of the “fun” of the wood heel on the original pair.

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