Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Twinkling in Tweed

Like houndstooth, I have never really worn tweed before this month's Ahead of the Curve collective post. I wanted to really explore my options and push myself out of my comfort zone.  Since I'm very allergic to wool I did face somewhat limited options as tweed is often in wool or a wool blend.

This tweed jacket is actually part of a suit I ordered from eBay. Unlike my houndstooth suit I posted about yesterday I had less success with this one. Despite it being a size bigger than I normally wear the skirt was at least two sizes too small and the jacket is a little too big. I know straight sizes also have to deal with sizing inconsistencies but it seems so pervasive in plus sizes.
 
The green shirt is Jessica London from One Stop Plus, Torrid jeggings, and Payless wide calf boots.

The butterfly necklace is new to my collection, purchased from eBay.

Torrid lace trimmed tank and ponte knit pants, Croc shoes.
 
I'm really starting to love playing with colors and layers.

I know I'm late to the party but I'm really liking infinity scarfs, especially in bright accent colors.

This tweed Lane Bryant skirt was also bought off eBay and also runs small and has no stretch. 

The cropped denim jacket is from One Stop Plus and the shoes are by Klogs.
 
Tweed is really a full texture to play with.

Green sweater from Lane Bryant, Torrid tank, Klogs shoes, and The Sak bag.

I'm finding I really like adding vintage pins from my collection in a cluster, I think it makes them even that much more interesting.
 
When I first went looking for wool free tweed I came across the sweater by CJ Banks.  While it's not a true tweed it's certainly tweed inspired.

Torrid jeggings, Old Navy shirt, and Klogs shoes.

This sweater has a lot of fun colors I can play with in future wearings.
 
So maybe you don't want to commit to trying a new pattern or color in a big wardrobe piece?  Try a new scarf!
 
Lane Bryant faux suede skirt, George ribbed sweater.

Dockers tweed scarf.

Tweed clutch by Isabella's Journey.

Or maybe we just accent an outfit in tweed?

Faux snake skin leather skirt, Denim and Co. ivory twinset, and the belt came with another dress.

I took the tweed rosette from the Isabella's Journey clutch and pinned it inside of a knit flower made for me by a friend.
 
With this outfit I decided to see what would happen if I mixed up several different patterns and textures but all in the same tones.
 
Terry Lewis gold suede jacket, Calvin Klein striped top, Dockers tweed scarf, and Torrid ponte pants.

Croc animal print shoes, Isabella's Journey chenille tweed bag.

How fun is the handle detail on this Isabella's Journey bag?  Sticking with neutral color palette it really gives you a lot of leeway to play with patterns and textures.
 
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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Howling in Houndstooth

This month's Ahead of the Curve theme is tartan, tweed, and houndstooth.  Before this month I owned no clothing in any of those patterns.  One of the things I love most about being part of the Ahead of the Curve collective is the oppurtunity to challenge myself and my typical fashion ruts. Today's post is going to be all about houndstooth. Tomorrow I will have a tweed post and later this month I will be featuring tartan.

The Houndstooth Jacket


When I first won the eBay auction on this red houndstooth jacket I wasn't too excited and wasn't even sure I would wear it. When it arrived I was pleasantly surprised. I decided I was going to wear it three days in a row, style three different ways. The jacket is by Lane Bryant and I paid $16.25 for it via eBay.

The shirt is from Old Navy, the ponte pants and red belt are from Torrid, the shoes are from Klogs, and the bag is by Relic.
 

 The lace shirt is from Avenue, the jeggings are from Torrid, and the boots are from Payless.

This lace top is from Fashion Bug, the skirt is by SWAK (Sealed with a Kiss Designs), and the shoes are by Klogs.


I just wanted to give my vintage pins a special nod.  They were my mother's.  Since we went to the aquarium that day I thought the fish pin was a fun addition to my outfit.

The Houndstooh Coat

While the red houndstooth jacket was on it's way I also won an auction on this Lane Bryant houndstooth coat for $43 shipped.  I was more excited about this one, I loved the vintage feel of it.  I just crossed my fingers it would fit.

When the coat arrived I fell in love, not only with it but houndstooth as well. I'm sure this is going to be my go to coat this winter.
The dress is from Modcloth, the snood and bow were from eBay, and the shoes are by Klogs.


The best thing about this coat has to be the red lining. The top is by Serena Williams and the ponte skinnies are from Diane Gilman.

The Houndstooth Suit


This was another eBay auction and complete shot in the dark.  It is a size smaller than I would normally buy and it came from a smoker's home (thank you to honest eBay sellers).  I didn't have high hopes but I figured for $17.50 shipped it was a relatively small gamble. For those that are interested in buying resale clothing some borax and a sweater shaver really can work wonders sometimes.

After a good soak overnight in borax I was excited to mix it up with this suit.  I thought it would be fun to style it in a bunch of different ways, using only a few basic pieces to create a variety of styles.

The red tank is part of a Denim and Co. twinset.

The yellow sweater is from Ashley Stewart, the boots were from shoes.com.

The jacket is light weight, stretchy, and pretty easy to wear.

The blue ribbed sweater is from Lane Bryant, the lace trimmed tank and jeggings are from Torrid, and the headband is from Forever 21.

Same Diane Gilman ponte skinnies and Torrid lace trimmed tank.

The skirt from the suit is stretchy, light, a great length, and really easy to style.

The red cardigan is part of a twinset from Denim and Co., lace trimmed tank from Torrid, and houndstooth scarf from eBay.

 Peplum top from Torrid, Klog wedges.

Denim and Co. red sweater twinset.

Ashley Stewart yellow sweater, Terry Lewis leather jacket (that I got for $15 from the same seller I bought the houndstooth coat from).

The Ponte Knit Houndstooth Skirt


After I fell madly in love with houndstooth I couldn't stop myself from buying the ponte knit Lane Bryant skirt in a smaller houndstooth pattern.  I paid $15.70 shipped for it.

This skirt is really comfortable, easy to wear and style.

Cato denim jacket, Torrid tank, Dirty Laundry boots.

Green ribbed sweater by George.

Blue sweater from Lane Bryant, faux leather jacket from Modcloth.

The Westie Dress


Most people would call this a Scottie dress but those people don't own a Westie.  When I saw this dress on Modcloth there was no question I needed to have it in my life.


The fact that this dress had both houndstooth and plaid in it and I would could use it in this month's post was just a bonus.

This dress is a perfect match to my vintage Westie pin.

Here she is, my Diva Dog, Dorothy (yes, after the Wizard of Oz Dorothy).  She's a fourteen year old West Highland White.  She's pretty scruffy right now, she's due for a spa day.

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