Monday, December 20, 2010

Layer Cake (See Jane Wear)


When I graduated college and got my first 'real' job, I was guilty of frequently philandering my paychecks on new dresses and tops.  Not to say that my love for shopping has waned (at all), but I've definitely become more aware of my shopping habits and try to make a conscious effort to purchase things that I'll wear more than once.  I have a handful of dresses in my closet from this time period (2007/2008) that sadly, have only been worn once or twice.  Blogging has definitely made me more aware of my outfit choices (in a good way) and has also made me look at my closet with a more critical eye.  I don't discount things in my closet as quickly as I used to and have becoming better at trying different items on together first before writing them off.

Take this Tibi dress that I uncovered deep in my closet, from years back.  My roommate had first purchased it in purple and I subsequently fell in love with it.  I had to have it--no questions asked; I think I ended up wearing it twice.  Because the weather was arctic this weekend, I couldn't just wear one of these dresses in question underneath a blazer--I needed additional layers for warmth.  I ended up wearing a plain black tee under the dress and topped it off with a blazer.  Don't worry, I wore another coat on top in addition to scarf and gloves when I was outside.

Tibi dress, Anthropologie blazer, HM tee (worn here), UO shoes (worn here)

35 comments

Katie said...

Love how you wore the dress!

this free bird said...

oh em gee girl. That print is gorgeous - no wonder you had to have it. Kudos to you for bringing it back layered!!

xo,
c

Caroline said...

I love it!!!! You look great! xo

Collette Osuna said...

Adorable dress...love the jacket rolled sleeves:)

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delia said...
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delia said...

It's so cute. Floral prints are great in the winter.

Hope you had a great weekend :)

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Closet Fashionista said...

LOVE the dress! Good thing you resurrected it :D
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Kate said...

So pretty! I love Tibi, they make the prettiest dresses! Love how you styled it, too!

Cara said...

cute shoes!

Chas said...

Pretty dress! I love how you layered it!

style'n said...

love this look! And can I please have a pair of those shoes??

PearlsAndGreenTea said...

I agree...blogging has made me go back to my closet and rediscover old things. Although I also recently went in and donated 3 huge trash bags full of clothes.

Living in Chicago, I know how freezing it was! I'm always amazed that you take these pictures outside w/o a coat on! You don't even look cold in your pics!

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Taylor said...

Artic is an under statement!!! Your look great, hopefully you were going somewhere warm and YUMMY!!!

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Kirstin@CrimsonRosella said...

I agree, I now get more wear out of all my clothes because I think about how each piece can be worn in many ways. Yay for blogging!

Lisa Fergus said...

What a great outfit! You look amazing!

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Miranda said...

I LOVE that dress!

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Alicia said...

I love the dress layered... and the colors work perfectly!

PS: My xmas party was so fun!! Ran out of time and didn't get to make your bark, but hopefully I will when I go home in a few days ;)

Annie said...

You look too cute!! I adore the whole outfit!

Nikki said...

That dress looks amazing on you!

xx
Nikki

Helena from BrooklynBlonde said...

you're so damn adorable! I love this!

Christina said...

I love that dress. Good job bringing out something old and making it new again!

Valerie said...

What a fabulous dress to find in the back of your closet! I've been doing the same thing lately and trying to get additional wears out of really old dresses. It's fun to experiment with things we already have! You look adorable and it's good to know that you can still wear dresses there in the winter (even if you need scarves, hats, gloves, and big overcoats).

xo
Valerie

TheChambrayCountess said...

Nice layering!
I love "shopping" out of the back of my closet- it's a fun challenge to see what you can create with what you already have :)

Josie said...

This dress is absolutely darling, doll! I love how you've layered it because, truth -- it has been SERIOUSLY chilly in the Midwest lately.
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Jessica said...

I love it, AJ! I need to go through my closet in the worst way. There is no telling what all is hiding in there!

Carrie said...

Great idea! I am going to revamp my work style at my new job in January (I don't see anyone at all at my current one so I do the bare mininum: no makeup, basic cardis and pants....BORING) and I need new stylish secrets! Keep 'em coming! :)

Erica said...

Great dress! I am loving those shoes too!

Anh said...

Such a cute print! And I love that lipstick color on you!

Amber Rose said...

I just fell in love with your blog and your oh-so-charming style. ;)

diana kang said...

super cute! xx

Lynzy said...

Absolutely in love with your tibi dress! I just saw that they were on sale on Gilt!

xo Lynzy

Meg said...

So lovely! Love the whole look!

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xx

Andee Layne said...

those shoes are fantastic!

Samara said...

This is a great outfit post!! Love the way you styled the dress, looks like you "winterized" it really well :)

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