One of the reasons I love shopping at Moonfish is that half the time I walk in and Sarah, the owner, hands me something and says, “Go try this on.”
That’s what happened with this black turtleneck. Sure, from the front it looks like a simple black turtleneck (with thumbholes), but wait until you see the back.
Turtleneck – Sundays from Moonfish (similar) | Skirt – The Limited (similar)
I knew as soon as I tried it on I would be wearing it to the Hendrick’s Gin Turtleneck Club party. The dress code said you had to wear a turtleneck. It didn’t say anything about it needing to have a back.
I also knew that it would be the focal point for my outfit for this week’s Style Imitating Art challenge. I even went so far as to wear it casually to a friend’s house on Friday night and then recreate the outfit in front of my own Christmas tree. Since, you know, it was the tree that inspired this week’s choice.
It’s not too late to create your own outfit based on this week’s art choice. And, as you can see, you can take a rather liberal approach! Just snap a picture and send it to firstname.lastname@example.org before 7PM central time on Tuesday, December 5th. Then I’ll make sure to include it in the round-up on Wednesday.
Happy Monday! How was your weekend? Mine was full of adventure including a Game of Thrones themed party at a local bar, exploring an abandoned grain silo with a view of downtown, and working at one of the largest races in Chicago.
Vest – Le Tote (same) | Turtleneck – The Limited (similar) | Jeans – American Eagle Outfitters (same) | Shoes – Vince Camuto (similar) | Belt – Target (same)
I felt totally awesome and badass in this outfit and I can’t even explain why. The vest was slightly too big so I might request it again from Le Tote in a size smaller. But overall I really liked this outfit. Noting too fussy but it felt put together and comfortable. And, yes, I’m wearing open-toed shoes with a turtleneck. No, I can’t explain it.
What I can explain is my Game of Thrones party outfit!
I decided to go as one of the Sand Snakes…but only if I could find what I needed at Goodwill. I don’t historically have good luck at Goodwill but I decided to chance it. And I found everything I needed! I was in shock and super thrilled.
The dress was a J. Crew bridesmaid’s dress that I got for $7 and trimmed with brown duct tape and ribbon. The leggings were $6. The belt was $3 and the dog leash that I wore like a whip was $2. So, all of that for $18 plus the duct tape and ribbon at Michael’s Crafts and the boots I already owned. I didn’t win the costume contest but that’s okay. I had a great time putting my costume together!
That was Friday night. Saturday morning we got up early to go do some urban exploring. There are some abandoned grain silos in an industrial area of the city just southwest of downtown. They are apparently a haven for urban decay photographers so I joined my husband and some of his friends for an adventure.
My husband hasn’t finished processing all of his photos yet so I just grabbed the two that I’m in to give you a taste. I also took a few with my iPhone that you should be able to see here. I’m looking forward to going back on a warmer day (and with more advanced notice) to shoot some outfit photos here. There are so many cool backgrounds!
Because you guys might be tired of just seeing the stuff around my apartment.
Wednesday, though, I’ve got a new location for you! More photos from Carmel, Indiana!
What is “Then and Now”? My goal is to take an outfit that’s already been worn on the blog and show you how I’m wearing it now and talk about what I changed and why.
My bow tie print dress has been hanging in my closet since I wore it to my last day at work at my old job. I hadn’t worn it to my new job because it just felt too…over the top, I guess. But I decided recently that I didn’t care and was going to wear it anyway,
Dress – Comfort Me Boutique (same on eBay) | Turtleneck – The Limited (similar)| Tights – c/o Hanes (same) | Booties – Sam Edelman c/o Shopbop (same) | Necklace – c/o t+j designs (same)
I also figured this was a good chance to do another Then and Now installment. Here’s how I wore it the last time it was chilly outside.
Clearly I like to stick with a black and gold pallet, huh?
This time I left off the belt and wore ankle boots instead of heels. I also added more opaque tights. And, to be honest, I like the look of the cardigan and the heels (and the belt) much better.
I sort of felt like a little kid all day in my dress over my turtleneck. I’ve worn dresses over turtlenecks before (evidence) but it tended to be with more streamlined dresses. I think the belt and the cardigan help tone down the fullness of the skirt and the heels definitely do a better job of not cutting me off at the ankles. I still don’t like the look of ankle boots with dresses or skirts no matter how many times I try it!
So, what do you think? Do you prefer one outfit over the other? Why?
Jacket – J. Crew via ebay (similar) | Turtleneck – The Limited (similar) | Pants – Ann Taylor (similar) | Shoes – Bandolino (same)
First, before I get to the outfit, I want to ask you to take the Two Year Anniversary Reader Survey if you haven’t already. It would mean a lot to me! I have 25 responses so far and would love to hear more feedback.
Now, on to the outfit. I know I’ve discussed wearing navy and black together in the past. And even if you’re still not sure about it, I have to say this jacket would make you change your mind. Why? Not only did I get two compliments on it in less than 4 hours but it also has both black AND navy already in the fabric.
If that doesn’t tell you that navy and black are okay together than I don’t know what will. And if you want your own navy and blue jacket, you can still find this one on eBay.
Anyway, I tend to pair this jacket with navy or black when I wear it. I’m thinking I need to branch out soon!
Tonight I have a holiday dinner to attend as part of my role in a professional organization (the Association of Records Managers and Administrators, if you must know) and I was a little stuck on what to wear. I like to use the holidays as an excuse to wear all things sparkly but I thought I’d ask on Facebook and Instagram whether I should go with this sequined skirt or my black and green dress.
The overwhelming consensus was the sequin skirt. What I failed to take into account is that apparently Chicago decided to turn into Antarctica and it’s single digit temperatures out there! So, um, I’m a bit cold. Although, a guy in the elevator this morning said, “Look at you! You’re just gonna wear a metallic dress and not care that it’s winter!” So, there’s that.
Also, apologies for the florescent light office photos. It’s just too freaking cold to take photos outside right now!
Do you struggle with figuring out what to wear in the morning? Do you check the weather like 10 times trying to figure out if you should wear pants, tights, or a skirt? Are you stuck in a rut with your clothing? Yes, even I have these moments. Which is why when I read about The Style Up over on Thirties Two Cents I thought it was a pretty neat idea.
What is The Style Up? At its core it’s a free service that emails you a new outfit idea every night! For example, last night they emailed me this:
Photo from The Style Up website
And, as you can see, I took that as my inspiration when getting dressed this morning! Black pants, black turtleneck, camel blazer, patent leather shoes? I have all those in my closet. Why not wear them together?
The Style Up also takes your personal preferences in style and the weather conditions in your area into account. When you create an account you get to choose your “style profile”.
Images from The Style Up
Then you get to go wild in their image archive saying whether an outfit is “Love”, “It’s Okay” or “Dislike”. If you want, you can add your own feedback as well. This, combined with you entering your basic location via entering your zip code, gives The Style Up the information they need to start sending you outfit ideas. You can give your feedback on every outfit they send you and The Style Up will “learn” more about your style.
I’ve been using it for several weeks and I’ve gotten some good ideas for future outfits. Sometimes you do have to look at an outfit and ignore how it fits on the model (they use photos from online catalogs, mostly) and just go with the idea they write in the outfit suggestions they include with every photo.
The Style Up also has a few other features but the daily outfit idea email is my favorite. And, hello, it’s free! So why wouldn’t you try it out? What do you have to lose?
Note, I was NOT compensated for or asked to write this post. I just think The Style Up is pretty cool and wanted to share it with you.
P.S. It’s raining and gross outside. I hate taking pictures indoors. Also, I liked this pose even though I cut off my head in the picture. Which is why I’m including it anyway.
Last week I wore this lace dress as a skirt for the first time and wasn’t too sure how I felt about that outfit. But I didn’t give up! No! Lace is very on-trend right now (I even saw an adorable eyelet lace dress at Old Navy yesterday) and I really wanted this sleeveless dress to work for colder weather. So, taking your advice from last week to add some black on top to balance out the black on bottom and using this and this as inspiration, I topped my lace dress with my black turtleneck, my leopard belt, and my black mini-bubble necklace.
Yes, I know, it’s technically spring. But the weather in Chicago didn’t get the memo and it’s still freaking cold here. So a turtleneck is totally appropriate.
Although, to be honest, I’m not actually at work today! But if I was, this is what I’d be wearing. So what am I doing instead? I’m on my way to Cleveland, Ohio to visit my best friend from college! I’m sure much hijinks will ensue. Well, at least as many hijinks as you can get up to when you’re in your mid-30s and one of you has a kid.
Actually, I don’t have zoo photos for you. Sorry to disappoint! We ended up having to skedaddle out of the zoo to catch our bus and I felt awkward asking my coworker to hang around longer while I took photos of myself. He doesn’t know about this here blog.
Anyway! On to the outfit. You may be wondering what’s up with the random blue necklace. Well, I originally saw this combo of tan, black, and leopard with a blue purse and thought it was something I could recreate. I don’t own a blue purse so instead I went with blue jewelry. Sadly, the weather is not conducive to leopard print ballet flats today so brown riding boots it is.
You know what’s also not working today? My brain. It’s been one heck of a week at work and I’ve been getting up early to get in my training for the Illinois Marathon. This will be my fourth marathon but the training never gets easier. Which is why days like today I love that I’ve saved so many outfit ideas on Pinterest. Makes getting dressed so much easier.
Jacket – Express via MJRsales.com (similar)| Turtleneck – Old Navy (similar) | Skirt – The Limited (similar) | Boots – Cole Haan (similar) | Necklace – Gift
Tonight I’m planning on attending the House of Gemmes Holiday Soiree and wanted to wear something a little bit fun. So I decided to make sequins office-appropriate! Okay, maybe this wouldn’t fly in a more conservative office, but by pairing the sequined jacket with a simple turtleneck and a gray skirt it goes from night to day without looking too ridiculous.
Now, if I’ve paired this jacket with a black skirt and a more low-cut top then it would fall into the evening wear category. But just by toning down what it’s paired with you can extend the items in your wardrobe and make them work for multiple occasions.
I chose to wear simple jewelry for the same reason. Well, that and I received this necklace as a gift from my friend Kim on Tuesday night and haven’t wanted to take it off since.
P.S. It was cold and windy in my photo studio today.
P.P.S. I’m being featured on Franish today in her “Behind the Blog” series where you can learn a bit more about why I started blogging and other behind-the-scenes stuff!
But first, go check out my entry on Jessica’s post. I’ll wait. My entry is second from the bottom. One look you’ve seen before. The other is brand new and includes my faux leather skirt that has yet to be featured here!
Done? Now you see why I think a black turtleneck is a fall closet staple? It just goes with so many things.
For years I refused to wear turtlenecks because I felt like they were choking me. Maybe you feel the same. A black crewneck sweater can have the same role in your closet as a black turtleneck. Not a fan of black? Choose another neutral color like navy, camel or gray. With a scarf, a blazer or a statement necklace you can dress it up or down for any occasion.