slate school days

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One of my truly lovely friends bequeathed to me the slate Opening Ceremony shoes pictured here.  They easily have become my new love.  Seriously, it’s hard not to love something so unique and special such as a suede, knotted, slate colored bootie.  My heart is a’flutter.  Toss on my Sleeping on Snow sweater that I got on consignment for $16 and I am in slate heaven.  This outfit felt very back to school to me. While I’m no longer in school, I cannot resist this updated slate school days look.

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The detailing on the shoes and sweater show just how passionate designers can be in regards to details and elegance. Can you tell I’m swooning? *sigh.

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Top: H&M ($20)

Sweater: Sleeping on Snow at Anthropologie via consignment ($16 marked down from approx $200)

Skirt: H&M ($20 marked down from approx $50)

Shoes: Opening Ceremony (gift)

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Fashion Huntress tips:

1) I’m really loving the fall transition look of skirts and dresses with no tights/leggings, but still closed toed booties.  I used to shy away from closed toed booties without tights/leggings because I thought it looked odd. I was so wrong! It’s actually a great way to transition clothes.  I plan to winterize this look by adding the tights when it gets a little cooler out.  To break up the gray and slate, I’m thinking of wearing pale blue or pale pink tights that match the plaid button down pictured here. I know I’ve said it before, but some things really need to be tried on to see how it will end up looking once your whole ensemble is complete.  I like to surprise even myself by ditching tights, for example, and doing something a bit differently than I have in the past. 

2) I’ve said it once I will say it a million times, I think consignment can be a great way to find pieces that otherwise would be costly.  $200 sweater for $16? You just cannot argue with that and frankly, the prices of pieces generally do not go that low in standard retail stores.  Still on the fence about how to effectively shop consignment? Here are a couple of articles that I like:

http://www.womansday.com/style-beauty/fashion-style/how-to-be-stylish-for-pennies-104716

This article even cites stores broken down by state:

http://www.forbes.com/sites/deborahljacobs/2012/11/23/consignment-shop-treasures-where-to-go-and-what-to-buy/

Anyone else have a favorite store they go to? I’m sure other readers would love suggestions!

Well, lovely readers, I’m going to swoon more over slate; thank you for stopping by!

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28 thoughts on “slate school days

  1. I was just thinking back to school before I read that, hehe. I really love the waistband of that skirt with the tailored top tucked in. And I’m with ya, I’ve recently become a closed-toe bootie convert! I think it just took a little getting used to initially, but now I love the look.

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