WIW 10.10 [ensemble: cardigan, jeans, & booties]

I was quite happy to see Angie's post this morning with an update on this ensemble with the newer cardigan shapes, especially since this is a formula I wear particularly often on the weekends once the weather turns cold. One of my goals for the season (currently unmet) is to update my few cardigans to the current silhouettes; over the past few years I've already passed on nearly all of my cardigans except the long BF styles, although some of the others have been moved solely to button-up sweater duty. Ideally I'd get one or two in the cocoon shape like the second in Angie's post on this ensemble. Today I pulled out a long gray cardigan that usually gets worn buttoned up as a tunic. Inspired by the middle example, but a lighter overall palette.

For the top, I pulled out a several-years-old previously-favorite graphic tee that hasn't been worn in a good long while; it's got some little silver glittery bits which, of course, the magpie in me loves. The white jeans and gray booties are straight from the ensemble post, swapping the black booties out for light gray to keep with the cardigan/boots tonal matching thing. I decided to tuck the side of the tee for some angular interest and optic leg length (though I think maybe I should've tucked the other side, the brand name is really bugging me!!); I also turned up just the insides of the jean hems, my "bootie semi-tuck" as Una called it ^^

The whole thing had a more boho vibe than expected, so I went with hair up to tone it down and chunky necklace to play it up. Because I've got more than enough statements in the outfit already, I kept the rest of the jewelry simple opting for a dainty silver spiked bracelet and small gold spike earrings. This also has me covered for metals: silver (bracelet, tee, jean/boot zipper), gold (necklace, earrings, boot metal mesh), and rose gold (watch). Finished the look off with my leo pony-fur clutch (that I can't seem to stop wearing), my most biggest sunnies (for an extra touch of glam), and a swipe of plum lip gloss (to add some autumnal moodiness).

  Newer: jeans, booties, clutch, earrings, bracelet
  Older: tee, cardigan, necklace, sunnies

Comments, critiques, thoughts and questions welcome.

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  • Jenava replied 6 years ago

    Aida, I love the explainations of the items you chose and why...I should start doing this; I think it make the post so much more interesting!

  • Thistle replied 6 years ago

    Fabulous interpretation of Angie's ensemble post. And I love the way the tee and cardi got to come out and play.

    I am with you on updating my cardis this year. I have donated most of my cardis and would love to bring some back into my closet. Hoping some of these more fluid shapes will be kind to a post baby body.

  • Angie replied 6 years ago

    Aida, you are awfully skilled at putting together a maximal outfit in the most minimal and polished way. That's your style statement over and over again. I love it. And this is yet another KAL. (Killer Aida Look). xo

  • jackiec replied 6 years ago

    Looks great. I like how the shape of your sunnies echoes your necklace. We are near-bootie twins today :) everything is fantastic as usual.

    Coming back after reading Angie's comment. Maximal in a minimal polished way. Wow. So true. Need to ponder that one. Yes.

  • replied 6 years ago

    Yeah, I agree - lots of stuff happening here, but in a good , clean way. How do you do this without looking like a crazy lady? And sure, Calvin Klein could take a hike but it all looks good still. These pastel-ish colours are really good on you .

  • Aida replied 6 years ago

    Thank you ladies!

    Thistle, I'm sure you'll find some new look cardis that work for you post baby. Coming up quick!

    Angie, OOOH. YES. You've articulated something I've been thinking on and unable to place exactly, thank you (and thank you very much for the sweet compliment about it). This also helped crystallize some style musings for the upcoming season. I will charge ahead as planned! And how fun to have my own acronym ^^

    Lisa, hah well I'm not always sure that I don't come across as a crazy lady; hubby sure thinks so, sometimes ;)

  • Joy replied 6 years ago

    I like the softness of the blended colors then the punch of color with your necklace and pattern with your bag. Really beautiful and masterful.

  • abc replied 6 years ago

    Your color and pattern mixing skills are so advanced. I wouldn't dream of putting that together yet somehow it all gels so well together.

    I was expecting dark fall colors but was surprised and delighted by the lighter color palette.

  • Karie replied 6 years ago

    Way to go, girlfriend! You did a fantastic job of putting your own spin on Angie's post, and of combining older and newer pieces.

  • Firecracker replied 6 years ago

    SO cute! I love the soft tones along with the colors in your necklace. The booties are awesome.

  • AJ replied 6 years ago

    Yes, the soft tones and subtle mix of prints is wonderfully styled, Aida! Another KAL for sure. :-)

  • Suz replied 6 years ago

    Super rendition. Those Loft jeans have been real winners for you. I really love the clutch as well. 

  • Windchime replied 6 years ago

    What abc said. You are brilliant in how you think through every detail of your outfits. Even plum lip gloss for autumn moodiness--wow! Okay, you (and Angie's blog post yesterday) have inspired me to create my own long cardigan look.

  • Neel replied 6 years ago

    I really love how you wear low contrast outfits and light colored shoes with dark hair so well. A technique that I have to learn because I love how it looks. Gorgeous as always!

  • bj1111 replied 6 years ago

    Aida...another stellar outfit and very restrained in a colorful way.  love your taste in booties.  any suggestions for something similar to what you have on --which is sadly no longer available.

  • kellygirl replied 6 years ago

    Aida, you are such an inspiration. I'm feeling myself wanting to dig out my cardigans. Love this on you!

  • Tanya replied 6 years ago

    Ooh, so pretty! Love the soft colors and print mixing. You are so good at that, a joy to see.

  • shevia replied 6 years ago

    Minimal Maximal! Elegant cacophony! KAL! 

  • thimblelina replied 6 years ago

    Yes, you make it look easy!

  • debbie jk replied 6 years ago

    Nice color palette

  • annabelle replied 6 years ago

    The closeup on you and plum lipgloss in #2 tells me you'd look gorgeous in faded teals and other green/blue hues.

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