Or Outfit Breaker!
Happy day, reader dear!
It’s Monday as I write this and I am struggling… Normally, Monday is my favorite weekday. It’s a fresh start, 52 little New Year’s! It is often my most productive day of the week. Generally, I spend Monday doing admin tasks and working on blog and social media posts. (Glamourous sounding, isn’t it?) But today I’m in a funk. Shouldn’t be. The sky is a gorgeous blue and I just got done three blog posts worth of pictures. I should be jumping for joy. But no. Letting little stuff get to me. Some days are like that.
Let’s talk outerwear. (Yup, total lack of segue. Like I said. I’m struggling.) I see potentially amazing wardrobes sideswiped by lack of attention to outerwear. People spend good money on their indoor clothing and then throw on any old jacket as an afterthought. Or buy any old coat because they’ve spent the budget on the indoor wear… (I’m sure this isn’t you, dearest reader!)
The right outerwear can make your look. The wrong one can ruin your look! Think about it this way: Outerwear makes your first impression three seasons of the year. It pays to choose well! And choose here is the key word. Choosing signifies intention. It says I meant to do that! It’s worth spending on a great coat you love and wear for years!
Please Don’t Do THIS
The fleece that lives in the back seat of your car doesn’t signify intention or preparedness. I’m not saying you shouldn’t have one in the back seat for emergencies, like the sudden drop in temperature the weatherman totally missed, but that emergency jacket shouldn’t be your default. Your good coat deserves better treatment than to be left lying in a heap in your car. Would you leave the equivalent in money you spent to buy it in a heap back there?
Let’s take a little visual style journey… With plain old jeans, a white tee, and navy flats. Then we’ll dress them up with different coats and jackets to illustrate how outerwear changes the look. I purposely left off all the other bells and whistles (accessories) so that no one could accuse me of styling sleight of hand! (If you are interested in more Jeans + White Tee styling with the accessories, read this! Or this!)
Let’s start with the sweatshirt from the back of the car…
Now Let’s Get Intentional
First, let’s try the biker (or moto) jacket!
Next, substitute a trench.
Now, for something fancy…
And finally, a neutral tailored coat. Simple, plain and classic.
As you can see, different outerwear sends different messages, just like your underneath/indoor clothes do. And yes, our outerwear choice, just like the rest of our wardrobe is personality based. What kind of personality feels right for your outerwear?
How About You?
Do you live in a coat wearing climate? Or is your weather temperate year round? What coat do you usually grab-and-go? Do you choose it intentionally? Or is it your seasonal default? (There’s nothing wrong with your default if you chose that well!) Do you feel like your coat has personality? Or needs some? Do you change coats for occasion or mood? Do tell! I love to hear from you…