My style has evolved immensely over the years, but there are certain looks and pieces that I will always and instantly feel like "myself" in. I am uncontrollably drawn to pencil shapes, pearls, drapey blouses, tweed, and a little Chanel...and this outfit embodies it all. Looking back on my first few posts (here and here), I embraced these pieces and aspired to channel this look even when I was clueless about putting together outfits.
If asked today about my signature style, I can answer with confidence (after years of experimentation and cultivating my wardrobe) that it's comprised of:
- a combination of classic and feminine looks
- figure-defining but not revealing silhouettes
- a variety of soft textures; and
- a mix of splurge pieces and bargain finds
I've tried to "get more" out of my dresses before by wearing them as a top, but the bottom part just became too uncomfortable when layered under another skirt. Inspired by the combo at the bottom of this page, I did the reverse here with a very lightweight blouse...
It was much more comfortable than the other way around, and easier to keep in place (tied a knot in the front center and tucked it in, then folded the back of the blouse under a skinny waist belt).
Splurge: Chanel taupe flap Steal: Talbots outlet pearl necklace (a longtime fave for $11)
I am a bit obsessed with these cropped tweed jackets from Uniqueen (see full review here) but I do want to note a few things:
- This jacket definitely runs smaller than that of Western brands, however sizing appears to be slightly inconsistent. A "Small" is equivalent to an XXS-XS in American sizing or H&M 2-4. I heard from the owner that several ladies were disappointed that the jacket was too small, so I want to reiterate this. As for consistency...I tried on a total of three jackets - two fit me perfectly (except for sleeve length) and one was too big. I expressed my concerns to the owner and she has asked her factory to be very careful when hand-cutting the pieces, however I suspect there may still be some inconsistencies.
- I initially suggested simply pulling out the tinsel-like metallic trim. That worked well for me on my first jacket, but I yanked them out too hastily for this one and you may see that the edges of the jacket are now curved up. They won't flatten back down no matter how much I pull on or iron them. If you want to remove the sparkly trim, please, please do so carefully at your own risk.
- The "Cream Ivory" is not ivory - it is a stark white. I have gotten a lot of wear out of this with spring/summer colors, neutrals, as well as denim.
- Last but not least, there has been such a response from you guys for Uniqueen tweed jackets that I asked if they'd consider some reader giveaways. They agreed, so please stayed tuned for a chance to win one of your choice.
Readers - What do you consider to be your signature style?