Brooks Brothers

Joie Buella Plaid Shorts

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Joie Buella Plaid Shorts in Caviar/Storm - Snagged off Shopbop.com for $71.20 (Retail: $178)

Miu Miu Platform Bootie in Black - Worn before here with Alexander Wang leather leggings and Helmut Lang sweater

Brooks Brothers Non-Iron Fitted Stretch Shirt in White - Worn before here with Rag & Bone suede leggings and Alaia braided suede ankle boots

Alexander Wang Velvet Rib Cropped Turtleneck in Grey - Snagged off Shopbop.com for $320 (Retail: $575)

I was stalking this Alexander Wang cropped velvet turtleneck on Shopbop for quite some time, not wanting to pay the retail price of $575.  It finally got marked down, plus they had a code for an extra 20% off so I ended up getting a pretty good deal on something I really wanted.  Other shops like Opening Ceremony had this top as well, but only in black and I really wanted the grey color.  I love all the detailing in this top, especially the way the ribbing is done and how the sleeves are extra long and bell shaped.  I wanted to wear it alone with this cute high waisted full skirt I have, but it was too cold so layering was the only way. 

I layered it over my trusty Brooks Brothers shirt.  I have been getting more use out my button down shirts lately.  It seems like crop tops are popping up everywhere and they are the perfect thing to layer over my sensible shirts.  To mix even more texture into this outfit I added the wool shorts.  They have a plaid pattern with the tiniest hint of silver/gray which I thought looked cool mixed with the Alexander Wang top.  I think if you have some great pieces in your closet you can wear them in many different ways by simply playing with textures.  I just happened to see the shorts and the cropped turtleneck lying on my bed and I had a flash of inspiration.  That is usually how my outfits happen.  At first glance it seemed easier to pair the turtleneck with something black, but I like how this turned out. 

The Joie buella plaid shorts were another steal during Shopbop's holiday markdowns.  I have always had a thing for wool shorts and skirts, especially in plaid.  I like that Shopbop lets customers review clothing they bought, but sometimes I have the complete opposite experience as the reviewer.  For instance, a review for these shorts said that they were really short and you should size up.  I bought my normal size and I thought they were loose, but I liked them this way.  I also don't find them short at all, but maybe that is because I have some really short shorts in my wardrobe.  For shoes I wore some basic black ankle boots by Miu Miu.  I love how low these ankle boots are cut.  So many of my favorite boots cut off my legs and these don't.

xoxo

Jacqueline