3 Ways to Style: Plaid Shirts | Winter Lookbook

Approximately 2 minutes of plaid, plaid, and a bit more plaid to get you out of any potential plaid-styling rut.

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Pointless Sweater

I have a love of sweaters that runs so great that I don’t even have a need for them to be functional anymore. This sweater does nothing to keep me warm in this emerging winter cold and I decided to continue the trend of non-winter-functional pieces by layering it over top of this pastel, floral sleeveless button-down. I’m on this new kick of pulling my summer pieced into winter wear because I like a challenge (read: my wardrobe is not as expansive as I wish it was). Don’t limit your clothes to the season friends. Mix and match to your heart’s content. Live your dreams.

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Sweater Mountain Lake; Blouse: H&M; Skirt: Wall Flower; Tights: ?; Boots: Charlotte Russe

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Yeti Chic

I recently have been intensely perusing the web in search of a nice pair of camel colored suede ankle booties, which unfortunately has not resulted with a purchase of that item. In fact, it resulted in me purchasing this lovely sweater from Forever 21 that, despite being quite thin, is very warm and cozy. I have worn it twice since it came in the mail and both times I had to stop and think about how much like a yeti I felt. At first, I was afraid that this new more animalistic side of me may compromise the rest of my outfit, but when it comes to my yeti lifestyle, I have realized that I am a classy yeti. I groom my fur, wash it with luxury shampoo, and then sit back in my icy cave for a cup of tea and some Hulu. I am the classiest, fashion loving yeti on the mountain.

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Cardigan: Girl Scout; Sweater: Forever 21; Jeans: Jordache (Walmart); Shoes: Merona (Target); Necklace: Wetseal; Hat: Forever 21; Purse: Charlotte Russe
Cardigan: Girl Scout; Sweater: Forever 21; Jeans: Jordache (Walmart); Shoes: Merona (Target); Necklace: Wetseal; Hats: Forever 21

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New Sweater Feeling

For the first time I somewhat participated in Black Friday shopping! Unfortunately (or I guess it is actually quite fortunate), that participation was limited to my purchase of 1 item for my mother and not any of the products that I bought while I was home for Thanksgiving, including this sweater! Regardless, it’s warm and cozy and I got it from TJ Maxx so I can now officially call myself a budget savvy Maxxinista! I’m also completely there for the color combo and pattern as it is currently rocking my world. This being said, I am still on the sweater hunt; my next conquest: a good old fashioned holiday sweater!009 008

Sweater: American Eagle Outfitters (TJ Maxx); Skirt: ?; Tights: Forever 21; Boots: Charlotte Russe; Necklace: Etsy
Sweater: American Eagle Outfitters (TJ Maxx); Skirt: ?; Tights: Forever 21; Boots: Charlotte Russe; Necklace: Etsy

The Never Ending Battles

After spending all of last week being sick and disgusting, I am back and ready for action. The only thing fitting of my new found resilience and pride in my abilities to fight off illness is an outfit that’s just as battle ready. I wore these combat boots which I find very representative of the struggle I face every morning as I grapple with the fact that I have to put on real shoes. My jacket is just as meaningful as it accurately depicts my struggle to stay weather appropriate as the temperature changes from hot to cold at alarming rates, typically resulting in a runny nose on my part. I find that the sweater ties it together with the fun, bright stripes that contrast with its snuggly and warm nature just as I push to stay bold and enthusiastic despite my desire to be curled up in bed and surfing the web.

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jacket: Iris (Rainbow); Sweater: Newport News (Goodwill); Jeans: No Boundaries (Walmart); Boots: White Mountain (TJ Maxx); Necklace: Etsy; Bag: thrifted; Hat: Dollar Tree
jacket: Iris (Rainbow); Sweater: Newport News (Goodwill); Jeans: No Boundaries (Walmart); Boots: White Mountain (TJ Maxx); Necklace: Etsy; Bag: thrifted; Hat: Dollar Tree

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Mundane Mondays

I’ve had a really cool outfit planned for a while. It was Allison Argent inspired and I had already typed up the post for it, added all of the tags, and gotten myself emotionally hype for it when I found out that I had lost the dress I planned as the focal point of it, leading to a fashion slump that I’ve been slowly working my way out of. Today, though, I made the decision. I could not continue to go one living my sad, pathetic dress mourning life. Today, another new episode of  Teen Wolf comes on and I decided that it was my duty to take charge of that fact and to go out and make myself another outfit with my Argent-esque jacket because if there’s anything I learned from Allison Argent herself, it’s that I should never give up (and also that once you date a werewolf, it’s apparently incredibly difficult to go back to dating ordinary humans, but that’s a lesson for another day). While this outfit may not be as strong in it’s resemblance, it still touches a special place in my television loving heart, and that’s all I can really ask for.100_2371 100_2376

Coat: New Look (?); Jacket: Iris (Rainbow); Sweater: Faded Glory (Walmart); Jeans: Old Navy; Boots: Old Navy (Goodwill); Necklace: Etsy; Scarf: ? (Goodwill)
Coat: New Look (?); Jacket: Iris (Rainbow); Sweater: Faded Glory (Walmart); Jeans: Old Navy; Boots: Old Navy (Goodwill); Necklace: Etsy; Scarf: ? (Goodwill)

Leg Sweaters

Despite my never ending love for wearing skirts and dresses during the winter season, I am always quite reluctant to buy tights. Luckily, I got my senses together enough to get these ones and it’s a good thing that I did because they are ready to rumble. They fit like a glove, offer great mobility, and are so warm and cozy that it’s like wearing navy sweaters on my legs. My biggest regret is only picking up one pair.

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Shirt: Forever 21; Skirt: Wall Flower; Tights: Forever 21; Shoes: Converse (Goodwill); Necklaces: Etsy and the other is my mom’s

 

Starry Nights

This probably one of the most festive-type outfits I’ve put together and it’s not even Christmas yet (the pressure is now on for me to one up myself)! I’m not typically one for mixing various patterns-which tends to be quite boring, but I can’t trust myself to get it right-but I just couldn’t resist with this outfit. Black and white outfits are my favorite and with a splash of a bold color like red…well, you’d better believe if I had the wardrobe to support it I’d be wearing it every other day.

On another note, my family and I have finally gotten around to putting up our tree (we usually put it up the day after Thanksgiving but it’s been cold and we’ve been collectively lazy) and I’m honestly still in love with the bow from last year. Angels and stars are definitely the more traditional way to go, but there’s something about giant bows that make the tree a present in itself.100_2317

Sweater: Faded Glory (Walmart); Skirt: Wall Flower; Tights: ? (Walmart); Shoes: ? (Goodwill); Hat: Dollar Tree; Scarf: ? (Goodwill ); Necklace: Etsy
Sweater: Faded Glory (Walmart); Skirt: Wall Flower; Tights: ? (Walmart); Shoes: ? (Goodwill); Hat: Dollar Tree; Scarf: ? (Goodwill ); Necklace: Etsy

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a little miniature me hanging out in the back ground
a little miniature me hanging out in the back ground

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Well, Hello Again

I’ve finally conceded to the fact that I’m going to have to start taking photos inside while the weather outside is being all crazy. I’m currently living in my own winter wonderland but instead of being surrounded by snow, there’s ice everywhere. In the meantime I’ve just been hanging out at my house, drinking caramel hot cocoa and reacquainting myself with every sweater I’ve ever purchased. On the bright side, I have discovered a new found anime love in Attack on Titan (Shingeki no Kyojin) and am currently marathon watching every episode. If you haven’t seen it and you aren’t opposed to some onscreen violence (it gets kind of gore-y at times), I definitely recommend it. It’s great and better than I expected and I’m about to go watch some more episodes as soon as this is posted! 🙂

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Hat: Dollar Tree; Scarf: ? (Goodwill); Cardigan: Girl Scouts (Goodwill); Jeans: Jordache (Walmart); Boots: Old Navy (Goodwill); Necklace: my mom's
Hat: Dollar Tree; Scarf: ? (Goodwill); Cardigan: Girl Scouts (Goodwill); Jeans: Jordache (Walmart); Boots: Old Navy (Goodwill); Necklace: my mom’s
I had an intense present wrapping session.
I had an intense present wrapping session.

Bright Conventions

The nice thing about the color black is that it manages to effortlessly match nearly everything in my wardrobe while giving me a cover story for any “unconventional” outfit I may wear. This basically means I can be cuddly in my green sweater, throw on a floor length skirt, call myself polished and then have an answer for why I am dressed as such. So, when a classmate of mine asks why I’m “dressed up” I can promptly say that this is the only skirt I own that is dark enough to match my soul. Of course, that is a lie. I just like wearing sweaters with skirts and this skirt is lovely because it is both a maxi skirt and a mini skirt at the same time, but the made up answer garners much more interesting reactions.101 102

Sweater: Decoded; Skirt: ? (TJ Maxx); Shoes: L.E.I. (Walmart); Necklaces: Etsy; Belt: Goodwill; Purse: ? (thrifted)
Sweater: Decoded; Skirt: ? (TJ Maxx); Shoes: L.E.I. (Walmart); Necklaces: Etsy; Belt: Goodwill; Purse: ? (thrifted)