Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Boots & Berets

Skirt (JC Penney); Hat (Nordstrom); Bag (Bodhi); Boots (Donald J. Pliner); Watch (Michael Kors); Madeira Citrine Necklace and Mandarin Garnet Ring (Aronstam Fine Jewelers); Shoe laces (The Tie Bar)
On a recent roadtrip to Lexington, Kentucky for the Fall meet at Keeneland (see my post about it here), I persuaded my travel companions to make a brief detour to Shepherdsville, Kentucky so that I could check out the Zappos outlet store.  I'd never been there before and it wasn't quite the "shoestravaganza" I expected, but I did find one spectacular pair of Donald J. Pliner boots at 70% off the original price.  

Olive green and dark grey is an unusual color combo, and the boots inspired me to remix some existing pieces that I'd not paired together before. I couldn't resist topping off the resulting outfit with an olive green wool hat picked up on clearance at Nordstrom several years ago.  I'm a big hat person, but I typically go for hats with brims so this one was a departure, even for me. 

I also switched out the laces on the boots from standard issue dark brown to deep orange.  I love the extra pop of color that echoes the subtle orange stripe in the glen plaid skirt and coordinates with the quilted leather safety pin clutch from Bodhi (one of my favorite bags ever - how can you not love a bag with a giant safety pin as a handle!)  The waxed cotton laces from The Tie Bar came in a set with other colors (red, light blue, teal, and purple), which has also given me additional plans for these boots.  Now, if only the olive bow on the hat was orange, too....


Fashion is what you buy; Style is what you do with it!


7 comments:

  1. Love the way you customized everything. I agree, style is what you do with it!

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    1. Thank you, Jean. I appreciate it!

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  2. I adore hats that go vertical, and you wear this beauty with stunning confidence. What a beautiful sense of color you have, as evidenced by this beautiful ensemble. I checked out the shoelaces at The Tie Bar. Thanks for the link and for sharing with Style Crone.

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    1. Thanks so much! My friend Crystal at Dressed Her Days Vintage introduced me to your blog and to Hat Attack. It's become one of my favorites - your zeal for a life well-lived is borne out by your exuberant fashion sense. Bravo!

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  3. Hello there! I nipped across from the Hat attack link (a fellow hat wearer!) as thought your hat was splendid!!! What an amazing set of items you have teamed together. The complete look is superb! I love that hat- it's so unusual, not a typical beret! Lovely to meet you!x

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    1. Hi Kezzie, Thanks for visiting! The skirt you're wearing in this month's Hat Attack is my favorite silhouette, and those shoes... Irregular Choice and Poetic License are my shoe passions, but alas, not so easy to find in the US (though I've still managed to amass quite a collection). Glad to know you!

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