Style and Styling

Copycat Style: November 2020

Jeans + Neutral Volume + Pop

Happy day, reader dear!

Wheeeee! It’s the middle of November. I know some people are dreading the upcoming holiday season, and others say “Bring it on! 2021 can’t get here soon enough!” Whichever camp you are in, I get it. I’m feeling both ways at the same time. How about you?

The middle of the month means it’s time for another installment of Copycat Style, the series in which I take looks I find (I’ll be honest: Usually on Pinterest) and adapt them to work for my style, my body and my wardrobe. If you like this post, please feel free to Pin it and share it with others on social media. Your shares are the best way for the blog to make new friends; she gets lonely hanging out on the interwebs all by herself. Thank you!

So let’s take a look at this months inspirations. At first glance, they might not seem to connect, especially the skirt look!

What elements bind all three?  Neutrals, Oversized Pieces, Layers, Relaxed Vibe, Structured Bags

What elements do I prefer from each? Neckerchief (Surprise!) Looooong shirt. Cropped trousers. The smaller structured bags of the middle and right. The blues and booties of the first pic. I LOVE the coat in the middle! Jeans, thank you.

What do I not want? The first look is just a bit too messy for my personal aesthetic and I’m not feeling the skirt, boot and poncho shirt look this month. I might need to revisit that soon…

What do I own to work with? Since I have no long hair to center part, flow or bun…

Let’s start at the top! I’ll wear my blush blouse. Blush is one of those strange colors that is and isn’t a neutral. I’m choosing it to behave like one today. (I might decide it’s a color tomorrow. I’m like that.) I want the open neckline to let my neckerchief show. I’m going for my beloved Levi’s, because the look wants jeans. They split the difference between the wide leg in the first inspo pic and the skinny in the second. We’ll see how they work! Shoes? Since I’m going for jeans, my options narrow to ankle boots/booties or pumps. Part of me wants to wear my snake booties the other the snake pumps. If this is my biggest problem for the day, I’m hugely blessed. To finish it off, I’ll throw on a big pair of sunglasses on top of my head and…

How did it turn out?

Now if I could just make the serious stylista face!

I LIKE it! I want to play around with this look some more… Next time, I might try skinnies, my blue suede slingbacks and a contrasting bag. This take is quite matchy with the dark green bag, pumps, and scarf. I felt like some matchy was needed with three other neutrals already in the outfit. (There’s a post about doing matchy without feeling matchy coming up in December.)

Disclaimer: The jacket is not part of my fall capsule wardrobe. The only coats/jackets I have for fall are short, and this look needed something longer to create the proportions. I found this one on eBay… WIN! I love the faux suede and mushroom color.

Watch the Volume!

The key here is to watch the volume. It’s easy to go all oversized and get lost under the layers… Especially now that the cooler weather is upon us. Pairing a loose top with a narrower bottom, or narrower top with a looser bottom creates a more balanced look. All volume just makes you (Unless you are 5’11” and model-thin.) and me look lumpy and bulky. Think–poorly wrapped parcel. I love the jacket over the shoulders look, but take a peek at the extra volume it creates…

So how about you? Are you impatient for 2021? The upcoming holiday season? Do any of the three inspo looks appeal to you? Which? Please share! Do YOU have any looks you are struggling to copycat? I’d love to hear that, too… And while you’re at it, schedule a Free Style Discovery call and we can chat about the look you want to copycat!

Stay safe and sound, sane and stylish!

4 Comments

  • Bettye L Rainwater

    Love this look so much! I actually like it better than any of the inspo pictures (though the middle is my choice of the three). I love the proportions here. I so struggle with that. Being big “around” ends up making tops so long that they cut my legs short (and they’re short enough on their own). So I can really appreciate good proportions when I see them!

    Mushroom is such a good color. I love the “non-colors” like that. The colors that are sort of in-between two other colors. Mushroom/taupe – is it grey? Is it brown? Guess what? It’s both! Blush! Is it pink? Is it nude? Guess what? It’s both! They go with twice the things of “straight” (? pure?) colors! Win win.

    As for the other question, I’m not really feeling impatient for anything (well, except for retirement, but that’s years away…and the weekend, ha ha…but I don’t think that’s what you were asking). I’m just sort of okay with where I/we are right now. That’s rare for me. But…yeah.

    Bettye
    https://fashionschlub.com

    • Liz K

      Thank you for visiting, Bettye! Proportion is KEY and especially important for those of us who aren’t those 5’11’ models. Alterations are the friend of anyone with a non-standard body… Which would be ANYONE who isn’t employed as a fit model. If an item isn’t worth altering for the right fit and proportions, it’s not worth buying! I think “okay with where you/we are right now” is an incredibly healthy place to be. Good on you!

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