living in layers

I’m not entirely sure how to explain this outfit, except to say that I got slightly overzealous with my layering. I don’t know if it’s the snow, the cold, or the lack of sun, but I think I’m subconsciously trying to create a fashionable and cozy cocoon…
“The whistle dropped from the branch’s spindly fingers like a black cocoon, a pendulum of secret music; the wind pushed sound soundlessly around.” -Karen Russell

Navy blue shirt: J Crew ($2 marked down from $55)

Button down: Gap ($16 marked down from $45)
Ruffle cardigan: Kenneth Cole via Goodwill ($4, retails for $110)
Pants: Calvin Klein via Costco ($14, retail for $70)
Shoes: Laik Moda via Savers ($10, retail for approx $70)
Necklace: vintage via charity shop ($6)
Fashion Huntress tips:
1) In case you missed the last time I wore these pants, they are totally from Costco, readers. Costco doesn’t have dressing rooms, so you really need to do some guess work on their clothing. However, with pants that are basically leggings, the sizing is very forgiving, and you can probably ballpark your size fairly easily. Often times, I find that their clothing is so-so, but I try and never say never and always give it a walk through- you never know what you’ll find on any given hunt!
2)  I last wore this top and pants in two separate outfits, as seen below. Layering is really what makes winter dressing so much easier than summer dressing, in my opinion. As you can see in the outfit featured today, I piled on three shirts, and easily created a completely different outfit than the previous two outfits. Additionally, because the layers were all thin, I was definitely not too warm throughout the day. One easy way to create winter layers is to layer your thinner summers tops versus the traditional sweater layering. Layer away, readers!


Anyone else loving layers in this blizzard weather? Thanks so much for stopping by, readers! I appreciate it so very much!

20 replies to “living in layers

  1. Nothing wrong with an overzealous amount of layers, particularly given the blizzard and the 2* temps this morning! Dunno about you but I’m ready to dive back under the covers after the mere act of commuting this morning. love this look!

  2. Layers to the rescue! I love your button down top, it nice and colourful. Personally I think layers are the only way to keep warm. And I have to agree winter dressing is much more fun. I love that it forces you to be much more creative with layers.

    xo, Jackie

  3. I liked your description of layering as “building a cocoon” of sorts. That’s true!

    Also, I am a dunce at layering, and I like what you’ve done here. It’s very chic and doesn’t look heavy and awkward, like a person stuffed into a snowsuit. The layers still have lots of “movement” – if that makes sense?

  4. Living in SoCal, there’s no need for layering hehe 😉
    I love the layering here though. The ruffle cardi is gorgeous, It’s a great contrast to the plaid shirt.
    xoxo Natasha

  5. What a fun blog…. For me, Its like looking into a girlfriend’s closet for great ideas on what you want to wear. Thanks for writing and sharing!

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