Happy mid-October, reader dear!
You know what that means, don’t you? It’s Copycat Style time!
Copycat style is a little series that began in January of 2020 and took on a life of its own. I felt like my style was getting a little stale and some inspiration to try something new was in order. (Yes, it was part of a New Year’s resolution.)
I thought, Why not try some different looks from Pinterest (and elsewhere) and share how to take those ideas and make them work for my body shape, coloring, lifestyle and wardrobe. So that’s what happened!
There’s no outfit buying and returning going on. I’m not duplicating an outfit or a look. I’m taking looks and copying them from my own wardrobe, with my own hand (or my own take)–hence Copycat Style.
Periodically, I remind you that if you find anything inspirational or just plain practical here on Closet Play Image, or something that you think a friend would like, please share it on social media or save it to your Pinterest boards! It’s good for me and for the blog. Thank you!
Now that fall is really upon us (Here in the Northern Hemisphere., I’m super excited about adding an outer layer! That’s why this month’s looks feature a coat…
This month’s inspo?
What elements bind these looks?
Color, or the lack thereof. White, tan, and touches of black. A column of white. Open coat.
What elements do I prefer from each?
The open coat gives each of these a relaxed look. Buttoned up and belted would have a very different vibe! I LOVE the black details in Michelle Williams’ outfit, especially the touches of black at the neck, and bag. And those boots! But… If anyone is giving away a pair of the gorgeous Chanel slingbacks from the middle picture in a 6.5 M or 7N, I’d be more than happy to take them off your hands! I’ll take the loose hair with some movement. That will be a challenge. 😉
What do I not want?
The cigarette. That’s been gone from my life for a very long time! What else? Tan makes me look like something the cat sicked up (Not a pretty image, but oh, so accurate.), so I need a cool-undertoned topper. Although I love the white boots, I think I’ll go with something darker to tie in with the touches of black. I’m all about the harmony!
What do I own to work with?
The white tee is bog standard. I don’t actually have one in my fall capsule wardrobe, but there is always ready to hand. White jeans are a year ’round wardrobe staple for me. I might choose wide or narrow for a particular season. Because my coloring is light, I always make sure to have a light neutral column of color hanging in my closet.
The coat? That’s another story… Got a minute? I don’t own the Classic Trench that all the lists say is a Must-Have. I get that you-aren’t-the-boss-of-me attidude every time I read one. (Just a little Rebellious in there!) I have PLENTY of non-emotional reasons, as well: Tan trench is NOT good for my coloring. Double breasted just makes me look wide. As a petite, many trenches are just too darned long!
How did it turn out?
I started with the coat unbuttoned, for the relaxed vibe, but with its softer and less structured look, it looked floppy and sloppy. So a little buttoned it will be!
This outfit surprised me. I’m good with this. Even if it lacks color, the combination of three neutrals, patterns and textures still give it interest. And it confirmed that I need to have the sleeves of this coat shortened. (I’m also pondering sewing the side vents closed so that I can wear it as a dress…)
I think another round of this deserves my pink raincoat. Or my white booties… We’ll see!
Some of the Deets
For this look, I chose to use the Power of Three (OR Four if you include the boots!) to tie the outfit together. If you are wondering about the sunglasses you can read about why I’m wearing them, here! As for the chain bag and snake patterned booties, tying them together with the scarf softens their edge and creates a more ladylike vibe.
So How About You?
Do you like all neutral outfits? Is all neutrals your default? What color outerwear do you prefer? Would you like this better with the pink raincoat? Is this an outfit you could Copycat from your wardrobe? How do YOU feel about those Must-Have lists? Do tell… I love to hear from you, and saved some space on the interwebs just for you! XO