Thursday: Animal House

Cardigan: c/o Foxcroft
Tee: J. Crew via eBay (similar)
Skirt: Halogen (similar)
Bracelets: Ann Taylor (similar)
Shoes: MICHAEL Michael Kors
Trench: DKNY (similar)

Snakeskin AND leopard? At least I didn't wear a zebra-print blouse or my spotted Vince Camuto pumps, THEN this truly would be an Animal House!

So I have been wearing Foxcroft shirts for a long time and have always loved the high quality, opacity, and great fit for my curves, but I didn't realize they also carried sweaters! Foxcroft recently sent me this cardigan and I am in love. Like their shirts, they are cut generously for curves, and like their shirts, this sweater is very well made. With such a print, it jazzes up a simple cardigan, tank, and jeans look for the weekend and also dresses up nicely for the office!

With cold weather here in DC and many other places (and coming this way to other parts of the US), I want to try to share my outerwear as much as possible… even if I have my hands shoved so deep in the pockets it makes the jacket look weird.

While it's super easy to throw on your dirty black parka every day, having a coat wardrobe can really complete your look. I often buy coats off-season for great prices, and try to choose classic silhouettes so they will still be stylish the coming year. This trench from DKNY I purchased last fall and it is one of the best outerwear buys ever. Even though I can get away with regular sizes for most clothing, I prefer coats in petite so they curve at the right part of the lower back and sit well on the shoulders. Coats are worth being altered for a great fit, but resetting shoulders and the waist is costly and sometimes impossible. Better to go for tall or short or whatever you are, go up a size, and then alter than try to recreate the wrong size (or just wear it too small or too large!).

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18 Comments

  1. Aimee Morrison
    October 23, 2012 / 6:15 am

    I love this look! It is so fun, yet still utterly professional.

  2. versatilestylebytracey.com
    October 18, 2012 / 10:12 pm

    To die for !!!!

  3. CreativeAtelier
    October 18, 2012 / 6:21 pm

    I have been follow for a short period of time. I’m glad I found your blog. I love the snakeskin print!
    http://www.CreativeAtelier.net

  4. racheliacovou
    October 18, 2012 / 4:58 pm

    GORGEOUS – love this outfit! You look very confident in it – not that you don’t ever not look confident, you just look particularly sassy in this.

  5. karen
    October 18, 2012 / 2:08 pm

    Head to toe, couldn’t haven’t imagined this outfit being any better…and then you added that perfectly fitting black trench! 🙂

  6. Ginger
    October 18, 2012 / 1:33 pm

    I totally agree with you about a coat wardrobe.
    When I started commuting on public transit mine exploded. I’ve always thought a blog devoted to outerwear looks would be interesting. It’d be a great occasional topic.

  7. Bubu
    October 18, 2012 / 1:26 pm

    Very cute! I am learning so much about pattern and texture mixing from your posts — you are inspiring me to branch out!

  8. October 18, 2012 / 12:00 pm

    You look great! That skirt is dynamite on you.

  9. Jenny
    October 18, 2012 / 11:52 am

    I don’t have a coat wardrobe (just a light fall jacket and a wool coat for winter) but always look enviously at the adorable coats I see celebrities wearing, like Kate Middleton these days. Yours is terrific! Is it lined for warmth? (I live in Spokane, WA and always think about being cold…)

  10. Anamarie
    October 18, 2012 / 11:39 am

    Allie, I hope this doesn’t sound like a backhanded compliment, because I always think you look great. In my opinion, this is the most flattering outfit I have ever seen you wear! You look like you have lost 20 pounds. Lovely!

  11. N. L.
    October 18, 2012 / 11:20 am

    I so admire you for putting together such fab outfit. You look great.

  12. Crishana
    October 18, 2012 / 11:17 am

    Super cute! I love this look.

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