Outfit 2 from the Holiday Capsule Wardrobe

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Black vintage coat with a red cashmere sweater tucked into the Talbots red floral jacquard skirt

Earlier this month I shared a holiday capsule wardrobe I made in partnership with Talbots.  Last week I shared one look from the capsule wardrobe; today is the second look!  I think this look would be perfect for a variety of holiday events, from a church service to a holiday party. This is a look that can easily be updated with flat shoes and/or tights for comfort. 

talbots floral jacquard skirt

Sweater | Belt | Skirt | Shoes | Coat | Bag | Ring | Earrings

talbots holiday capsule wardrobe talbots red floral jacquard skirt

Sweater: Cashmere Audrey Sweater c/o Talbots (LP) | Skirt: Floral Jacquard Full Skirt c/o Talbots (14P) | Belt: Silk Suede Belt c/o Talbots (L) | Shoes: c/o WHBM (old; similar) | Bag: c/o Talbots (old; similar) | Coat: Vintage (similar concept, plus size option) | Ring: Sceptre Pave Ring c/o REALM | Earrings: Domain Pave Portrait Hoop Earring c/o REALM

petite talbots skirt red floral

There are many sides to my personal style, and one is ladylike and feminine.  This look totally calls to that side of my style!  This skirt has volume without being stiff or adding bulk; it's lined which adds warmth while also adding a quality detail.  And hello pockets!  The waistband is black grosgrain ribbon so it looks lovely with an item tucked in sans belt, and also offers a smooth finish under fitted untucked tops. Choosing petite, the skirt was at a length I found better highlighted the curves of my legs.  

alison gary talbots audrey cashmere sweater

This is the third Audrey sweater I've owned from Talbots and I love the higher retro-inspired neck and bracelet-length sleeves.  My previous Audrey sweaters are Large Regular, for this one I went with petite so it would be shorter, looking more polished untucked and having less to tuck in.  Talbots makes true petites; this sweater isn't just shorter but has more narrow of armholes and is a more trim fit throughout.  It does make for a good layering piece while still being a flattering and not tight fit.

black suede clutch

For the holidays, accessories make your look.  This is a time when all the bling in your jewelry box is acceptable.  I love a dressy belt, it's such an easy way to glam up a look.  Slide through the belt loops of jeans, use to cinch a longer cardigan over trousers, replace the self-belt of a dress, or just add to the natural waist of any ensemble like this.  If in doubt with this belt, size down.  I was pleasantly surprised by how big the Large is; I think it would comfortably fit up to at least a 16. To really make the look festive, I added these sparkly portrait hoops from REALM and a pave cocktail ring also from REALM you've seen before in this post and this post

vintage lamb coat

Finally, this coat.  All my grandparents had passed before I was two.  My grandfather's cousin Ted, my first cousin twice removed, he and his wife Laura were sort of like replacement grandparents for us.  They had their own kids and grandkids, but we'd visit every summer and they had a major impact on my life.  Laura was a badass.  She always wore crisp white shirts with pastel-colored shorts, hose, and white sneakers.  She antiqued, and my mismatched dining chairs are inspired by their dining room.  When we visited we would always go yardsale-ing with Laura, she's who inspired my glass insulator collection.  When I was in college she gave me this Persian broadtail lamb coat she scored at an estate sale.  I won't wear new fur, but I regularly wear this super warm yet dressy coat every winter and think by doing so I am giving respect to the animals that were killed to create it. Thanks to its vintage silhouette, I've been able to rock this coat as a size 8 and a size 16, in the '90s and today.  Go through my archives and you can find several posts like this one from 2010 where I've worn this coat

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A woman with curly hair wearing a plaid blazer holds a green fur coat over her shoulder on a city street.

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  1. What a beautiful holiday outfit! And you look fabulous in it! How lovely that your step grandmother gave you your coat that lets you remember her and how much she thought if you!

  2. This skirt looks as pretty as I thought it would. I too had a Persian Lamb coat that I loved but it was damaged and unwearable. I miss it. And even more random…that bra looks great under that sweater!!

  3. Wow, great outfit. I esp love the coat (and its story).

    May I ask, are you wearing stockings? That’s always my dilemma. Black tights would ruin this outfit, but my legs are extremely pale in the winter and honestly not that attractive.

    1. Check out Hanes silk reflections. They have some pale nude colors for those of us with pasty white skin who want coverage & who also need the warmth of hose.

    2. I am not. The day we shot this it was relatively warm. I was thinking this would also be lovely with a black sweater and sheer black stockings! And thank you to Leu below for her hosiery suggestion!

  4. I love this outfit on you. You look so pretty. I am going to Talbots at Montgomery Mall today. Looking for a nice pair of trousers, and I remember you saying their jeans were great so I am going to check on them also. Wishing you and your family a Happy Thanksgiving.

  5. I know we’re supposed to notice the clothes. But what I noticed first is the pictures. Gorgeous light & that tree is a great backdrop/frame. Kudos to photographer Karl for his great work.

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