Friday, February 26, 2010

Blazing colors

I was inspired the other day by this image from Stockholm Streetstyle. It immediately made me think of my colorful scarf and black blazer.
Even though this was probably one of the coldest stormiest days all winter, I wore this very colorful scarf because I'm not giving up just yet. Although I don't know how many more winter storms I can take, we were allowed to leave early, so I'm not complaining.
H&M Blazer: Gift; J.Crew long sleeve white shirt: $20; Levi skinny jeans: $60; Avalon Consignment in Pittsburgh Booties: $12; H&M Purse: $10

And here is a little side braid inspired by Alexander Wang's runway models.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Colorful stripes

This outfit isn't that interesting other than the fact that I got this sweater at the Gap for $12. And that Malia Obama has the same sweater. Yes! But seriously I think it's a fun outfit for work.
Gap sweater: $12; American Apparel skirt: $32; Ann Taylor Loft Tights: $15

Thursday, February 18, 2010

J.Crew inspired outfit on the cheap

Sorry for the bad quality of this image, but I have had a period of separation from my camera and a camera phone is the best I could get. I really wanted to share this outfit because it was inspired by the J.Crew outfit above. I knew I wanted to recreate it, but I couldn't afford to buy all of the pieces from J.Crew. So I looked in my closet and put this together. Notice I am wearing Hunter Wellingtons. I was wearing high heels with this outfit in the office, but while getting dinner, I just left on my boots. I love these boots. And since we were trying a new burger and beer restaurant, I felt that my lack of formal shoe wear was acceptable. (We went to the new Michael Symon restaurant in Cleveland called, Bspot. It's delicious) I think the boots especially compliment a girly outfit like this one. (H&M Dress: $29; J.Crew striped shirt: $20; H&M Scarf: $15; Ann Taylor Loft Tights: $15; Hunter Wellington Boots: $115)

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Moto Magic

One way to blur the line between tough and sweet, is to splurge on the new moto-style sweatshirt jacket. When I say splurge, I mean spend $15 at Forever 21. I saw several today in all different colors, and I think it adds a little edge to any outfit. I'm probably not going to be riding a motorcycle anytime soon, but at least I look like I could hop on the back of a moped...or at the very least, a bicycle.


Boho Chic: You decide

One of my favorite outfits to wear on the weekend is a dress over jeans regardless of the weather. It's just comfortable and by adding a scarf and a long sweater it turns into a cute boho chic look.

When I submitted my outfit to Glamour I recieved a lot of constructive criticism. Some tips I will use in the future and some I probably won't, but it was really helpful to find out what people actually thought of what I was wearing. That's why I want you to choose which scarf/outfit combination you like best.

I personally like the top scarf because I think it matches the best. I like the cream scarf and the light blue scarf, but I wasn't sure how those scarves look with the whole outfit and how well they match.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Shop My Closet in the News

Shop My Closet is in the news. Today, I am one of Glamour's Best Dressed Readers. I am so honored. I would like to thank my family, friends, and my blogging buddy, Allison, for making this possible. Check it out here.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Military Chic

There is only one way to get me into military gear, and that's when it's chic. And, as a 27-year-old, there are only two ways to get me into a mini-dress - with a few cocktails, or with some kind of pants situation. Because the dress is form-fitting, I think it still has that masculine/feminine mix, even with the full-on outfit underneath.

Military Chic, We Salute You!

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Don Draper, you've met your match

I usually post fun outfits or something that falls into the category of a current trend, but today I wanted to share a more professional look. I really like this outfit because the pants resemble menswear. They have a trouser look to them. I like pairing them with this top because although it also resembles a mens shirt it has girly details like the slight poof on the shoulder and v-neck. I wore this sweater to keep warm as the snow fell all day outside. And I styled it with my briefcase purchased for 50 cents from a garage sale.

Friday, February 5, 2010

Secret Agent Man

I feel like a spy in this outfit, which is what the Charlie's Angel pose from Prom 2001 is for. It's a little Agent 99 from Get Smart. But I wore my red scarf for Wear Red Day for the American Heart Association and decided it would be fun to wear my purple shoes with the whole ensemble. I think it's okay to mix the two colors because the rest of the outfit is so basic. Even though I am not going anywhere special tonight and I will mostly just be printing out invitations for my sister's bridal shower, I still wanted to look good today. Sometimes it's nice to dress up for yourself when you have nothing else to do and it's a Friday night.

Wine-colored confidence

There isn't an outfit I don't like when I have incorporated my wine-colored boots. I don't know why, but I just love them. Even though this outfit is really simple, I think it looks a little snazzier with the boots and a nice pair of dangly earrings.
Franco Sarto Boots (Investment piece): $80; H&M sweater: $10; American Apparel pencil skirt: $32

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Striped shirt dress

I think this outfit materialized because I like to look dressed up for work, but I also want to be comfortable and warm. Soooo striped shirt dress with leggings and grandpa cardigan is born. And I just love those riding boots. They were an investment piece, but I wear them with everything. Completely worth it. Sweater: H&M ($15); Shirt dress: F21; Legginings: Target ($6); Belt: Banana Republic ($16); Boots: Franco Sarto ($80)

Monday, February 1, 2010

In Vests We Trust

I don't know why, but I got a lot of compliments on this outfit. I think it's because it has the illusion of menswear, but still hugs what my mama gave me (Thanks, Elaine!).

You can't see it in this picture, but the vest has a full-on black lace back — the equivalent of a mullet — which my coworkers so aptly pointed out means it's business in the front, party in the back.