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a series called Anatomy of Clothes, where I break down the layers of my
outfits and show you how I work it. If you missed No. 1, check it out here!
A variation of this look was donned for Thanksgiving, except it was a cable
knit over a plaid tunic dress with leggings (to make room for all the good
eats). Goes to show this look can be remixed many different ways. Here,
I’m channeling both Bonnie and Clyde.

Shall we begin?

Layer 1: Another summer dress, worn as a skirt look. Last time, I mixed
this gingham dress with a floral blouse in warm weather. For a winter edition,
checkers are paired with stripes and a wool sweater. Hats in general add a
touch of sass to my day and one of my favorite styles (that works for everyone)
is the beret. Check out the inspiration photo.

Layer 2 & 3: A cotton henley tee over the spaghetti strapped dress
adds warmth, but also creates a sleeker silhouette by flattening the bodice.
I love the little detail of it peeking out at the sleeves, revealing the layers.
You’ll probably notice that I often roll up my sleeves. What’s the point
of wearing bracelets if they can’t be seen, plus I like the laid back vibe.

When choosing a pattern to mix with a large checker, narrow, vertical stripes
work because the contrast in scale (large vs. small) doesn’t compete. It also
helps for blending to pick a tone within your color palette.

Layer 4: A  statement necklace is a must.
If I feel too matchy, adding pops of a brighter color that’s not in my general
palette is a simple trick. I accomplished this by wearing red and magenta.
Also, did you notice my shirt hem is uneven? I skipped a button-hole to make
one side of the shirt shorter.

These unexpected touches are what takes any outfit from average to unique.

Brrr, it’s sure is cold outside! The gray coat in the first photo has been one of
my faves lately for coziness. It’s a sweatshirt material (with warm fuzzies on
the inside). Playing with scale again, the subtle wider stripes of my coat don’t
compete with thin stripes and checker patterns.

Navy Gingham Dress – Thrifted

Brown Wool Sweater – Vintage, Thrifted
Wool Beret – Vintage, Thrifted
Gray Coat – Buffalo Exchange
Tights – Hue, Nordstrom Rack
Black Boots – Aldo
Jewelry – (necklace) Buffalo Exchange, rings stacked & bracelet (Thrifted)

Last seen wearing: Black Boots // Gingham Dress // Rope Necklace

 White Dress - Denim Safari Jacket - Suede Wedge Sandals - Braided NecklaceThree Ways to Style Polka Dotted Blouse and Black Vest - Look No. 3 - Casual30 for 30 - Laundry in Style - Pattern Mix - Checker Gingham Floral - Dress as Skirt