wonderful wool

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Layers, readers. I can’t stop myself. It’s going to be four, five, or six straight months of layers. Despite only being November, it’s already getting to the point of not being able to have exposed skin outside in Chicago. So, I’m layering up in a cozy cocoon of warm wonderful wools and knits. I’m not going to hibernate, though, don’t worry. These cozy looks are too fun not to share. Stay warm (and cozy chic), readers!

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Top: Forever 21 ($20) similar here/here

Shrug: Ann Taylor via thrift ($4)

Skirt: J Jill via Savers ($5, retails for approx $80) similar here/here/here

Boots: Not Rated via DSW ($60 marked down from $75) here

Tights: Hue via Nordstrom Rack ($3 marked down from approx $15)

Necklace: Banana Republic ($7 marked down from $80)

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Fashion Huntress tips:

1) I find wool to be a little tough on the skin, personally. So, if I’m wearing wool, I’m wearing layers to avoid itching, etc. Maybe it’s just me, but I seem to have the same reaction to wool and mohair. I really love the warmth, however, so I find that layering with tights, leggings, and long sleeve tees helps to ensure that my wool actually gets worn. Additionally, for me, wool is a dry clean only situation. I don’t try and toss it through the machine (like I do with just about everything else). So, wearing layers with your wool helps to ensure that you won’t have to dry clean the item every single time you wear it. 

2) You all know, probably very well at this point, about my denim obsession. However, for many people, denim in the workplace is not an option due to dress codes. Denim tops can easily be substituted for a white button down, a navy button down, or a sheer dress shirt with a camisole underneath. I love the versatility of denim, but other solid color button downs are just as neutral. I love the button downs at Gap, H&M, and via resale/thrifting. If you want to go high end, just make sure to dry clean your high end/designer pieces. 

Btw, this month I’m teaming up with the #monthlymani girls for the Black Tie theme! Check out my themed nails below:

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The other #monthlymani girls to check out their fab looks:

Kristi from Alligator Toe

Justine from The Thrifty Girls Guide

Piniel from Pins-Place

Kate from Into the Stratosphere

Jacki and Lesli from Sistas from Cali

Erika from Erika’s Style Diary

Marlena from Here, Pretty Kitty

Anyone else have wool wearing tips? Loving nail art? Thanks so much for stopping by, readers! I appreciate it so much!

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47 thoughts on “wonderful wool

  1. In the land of the kiwi, we have a wool obsession. We wear it next to our skin all the time (if it’s next to skin, it needs to be fine wool, like merino. Icebreaker and Smartwool both make really excellent next-to-skin layers that aren’t itchy at all! Also, these are designed to go in the washing machine – I just make sure to use a wool specific detergent). I could go on and on for hours about wool and why it’s a miracle fiber – I’ll spare you. 😀 Maybe I should do a blog post about it?! 😀

    I ADORE the boots, by the way. Seriously, love them.

    -Rebecca
    Idealism never goes out of fashion

  2. oh, so cozy looking! love your skirt and boots.

    just like you, i also have a problem with wool (itchy on skin, etc.), but i love the warmth… and some of them can actually be washed in the ‘hand wash’ program/cycle in the laundry, so i’ve been doing it like that. 😀 another good thing about wool is that it’s naturally water & dirt resistant as well, so we don’t have to wash it that often.

  3. Cute skirt! I have trouble wearing wool too because of my eczema 😦 I usually have to layer when I’m wearing wool. I find that I can’t wear %100 wool items but can tolerant %10-20 blends. But I also use the wrist trick too….rub the item on the inside of your wrist and if it itches right away than I don’t buy it.

    xo, Jackie
    http://www.stylemydreams.wordpress.com

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