June 24, 2015 · 10:38 pm
Some items in my closet have staying power. This Missoni for Target shirt is one such item. I’ve worn this with tights and booties and I’ve worn it with skinny jeans and boots. This time, I’ve chosen denim leggings (yeah, yeah–jeggings) and nude ballet flats.
Shift: Missoni for Target
Leggings: JC Penney
Necklace: Handmade by Dad
Yes, you read that right. My dad mad my turquoise necklace. Isn’t that sweet? He’s a fan of stones and gems so it made sense that he’d incorporate turquoise stones and silver beads into a neat piece.
The matching cardi was great for the office–it’s always chilly at my desk.
Stripes (zigzags) and flats are always in style, making this outfit have staying power. Next time I’ll pair it with my mustard jeans and pick up the yellow stripes in the top.
October 2, 2014 · 6:40 am
Here’s another #tbt (Throwback Thursday) post. It’s an outfit I just wore last week, but the picture was taken last fall. Sometimes my posts-to-pictures ratio gets out of whack and I find myself with a surplus. And since this I still a look I like, I’m sharing it today.
Leggings: Victoria’s Secret
Purse: Susan Nicole
I got this tunic when I was in New York last year. It’s by ecoSkin, a “green” clothing company from California that uses environmentally friendly fabrics and strives to be earth-conscious and minimize their carbon footprint. I’ve seen people wear this as a top, but I think they might have been shorter than me. For me, this is the perfect tunic, so I paired it with black leggings and tall boots.
My boots are half pleather and half neoprene (scuba material) so they have a nice, snug fit without being tight. I’m always on the lookout for great vegan shoes and boots–surprisingly, there are lots (just look into my shoes closet and you’ll see).
I won–yes won–this amazing Susan Nicole bag at last year’s Walk for Farm Animals. Of all the raffle items, this was my favorite and as luck would have it, I won! Susan Nicole makes an amazing line of vegan leather, eco-conscious handbags.
I do love the comfort of leggings and the look of boots, even though I’m not one of the people who can’t wait for fall. I mourn the end of summer each year. But fall is a good time to start plotting a winter getaway!
November 20, 2013 · 11:05 pm
You might notice that I don’t often wear a watch in my posts. I have occasionally, like I did with my khaki Timex. But I often figure that my phone has a clock, so why bother? Well, Timex reached out to me to see how I could add a watch to my outfits. When I like a style, I often pick several in different colors, and this watch was no exception.
It’s the same as my other Timex (with silver instead of bronze-tone metal). Now that I have two, I can swap bands and wear silver and khaki or black and bronze if I like. I also found straps in other colors on the Timex site. Now I can turn two faces into a bunch of watches! I chose this style the first time because of the large, simple face and because the band is non-leather.
Dress: Swapped (Tucker for Target)
Leggings: JC Penney
Belt: Ross Dress for Less
Bag: Alchemy Goods
Watch: Timex Weekender
Even though I might not always need the time on my wrist, a watch is a great fashion statement. I think you’ll see watches appearing more often in my posts. Do you wear watches?
And to wear with my watch? My fall floral dress of course! A few of you recommended skinny jeans for this dress, and I’ve done just that. They’re actually denim leggings (I hate the word jeggings). They’re perfect under a long tunic or short dress. No zipper or pockets means no lumps or bumps. My dress lies smooth.
I’ve been using this recycled innertube bag a lot lately. It’s deep enough to fit my laptop and the normal things I carry with me.
I’m joining The Pleated Poppy and Transatlantic Blonde for link-ups today. Check out what everyone else is wearing!
Filed under Ethical, Fashion, Product Reviews
Tagged as dress, fashion, leggings, style, thrifty fashion, Timex, upcycling, vegan, watch
January 5, 2013 · 6:01 pm
I’m a fan of checks, tartan and houndstooth. They’re all in the plaid family and plaid is so fun to wear! I found this coat on sale at Macy’s last year–complete with scarf!
Leggings: Kensie Girl
Purse: Crystalyn Kae
I like wearing it with bright pants–think red or yellow or fuchsia–but it goes well with anything. Today I wore it with black, but I let my red cowl neck peek out for a pop of color.
Do you like houndstooth? What do you wear it with?
June 19, 2012 · 11:09 pm
I’m waiting for summer weather to arrive in Seattle. It’s hit or miss until July, so the fall, winter, spring wardrobe I have gets lots of use. I guarantee this photo isn’t from the vaults. You can see the gorgeous flowers blooming so you know it’s not autumn.
Instead of waiting for summer, I added a bit of blonde to my hair. There’s not enough sun around to lighten my hair, so I got a bit of help from a bottle. Do you do anything to get “summer hair”?
February 15, 2012 · 3:50 pm
I grabbed this lovely kimono-styled top from my friend Lynn a few weeks ago because I loved the pattern and cut. It’s from Japan. I’m not sure what this type of garment is called. The craftmanship that went into this is unbelievable. It’s an amazing piece and I promised to take good care of it. I wasn’t sure how to style it, but I tried a few things and found a couple that work.
Tank: Old Navy
Leggings: Newport News
Belt: TJ Maxx
I changed things around for my second look. I loved how the belt I bought on eBay has the same colors as the top. Pattern mixing is tough for me and I love when it works.
Have you seen this type of top before? What is it called? How is it typically worn?
February 12, 2012 · 7:54 pm
So what does Jean of all Trades wear to run errands on the weekend? Here’s what I wore recently: A fun, comfortable jacket, soft, comfy leggings, and funky (okay, and comfortable too) boots.
Coat: Thrifted at Labels
Leggings: The Bay
Boots: Thrifted at Labels
It’s hard to wear this jacket. It’s a casual coat but I can’t pair it with jeans. That would be a denim overload! I usually wear it with skinny jeans in bold hues. Today I thought it would make a nice cover-up for the tights and T.
I’ve had these leggings since the 90s, when they were last fashionable. I was in college, and wore them with huge, oversize men’s shirts and 8-hole Dr Martens. Leggings were trendy in the 80s too, when I was in junior high. Back then I wore them with huge, oversize t-shirts and pointy flats.
I don’t have any tights from junior high, but I kept these ones from college because they’re warm and comfortable. Even when they weren’t “in style” I would wear them at home, to bed, or under jeans when it got cold outside.
If I’d known then how durable they would be, I’d have stocked up. From a cost-per-wear perspective, these have made me money!
December 29, 2011 · 7:46 am
I love this jacket! I bought it from an online eBay store. It came all the way from Hong Kong. I love the wide sleeves and red and black color combo. It’s got a faux leather skull appliqué but it also has floral fabric that lines the sleeves and floral detailing on the shoulder. It has balance.
I feel like I can take on the world when I wear this jacket. Today I paired it with my leggings with the faux leather panels and combat-styled boots. I’ve worn this only once before, but that’s going to change. I’ll throw this on more often and not save it for the “right occasion.” Besides, it’s fleece-lined so it’s warm and cosy. Perfect for a Seattle winter (and spring, summer and fall).
Cowl-neck top: Express
Pleather boots: G by Guess
Maybe it was the fog we had this morning but I think I could hunt and kill zombies in this jacket. And who knows? They might be out there.
November 12, 2011 · 7:14 am
This past summer I found a pair of Kensie leggings deeply discounted. I bought them, mainly because I loved the tough faux leather patches on the thighs. I wasn’t about to wear black leggings in the heat of summer so I stashed these away for a rainy day.
As you may know, Seattle has no shortage of rainy days. So for my pleather patch legging debut, I paired these with a long (always long with leggings, please!) gray sweater and black boots.
Sweater: Ross Dress for Less
Tank: Wet seal
Bag: Snap Design
I brightened up the look with a hot pink tank and sunny yellow tote. The tote is also faux leather, making it rain-proof and animal-friendly.
October 9, 2011 · 8:21 pm
I love fall! It’s such a great season for style. You can layer to match the temperature and add or remove layers as the thermometer dips and rises. Some of my favorite clothing items are fall clothes: tights, scarves, blazers. Fall textures are my favorite too: corduroy, denim, tweed. Ah, autumn.
Ursula, one of my colleagues, is showing how fun fall fashion can be. She’s wearing a great two-toned scarf (both practical and stylish) with a dark denim tunic and black ankle-length leggings. I could see this tunic doubling as a dress in summer. For fall, it’s a great transition piece: The scarf and leggings make it work for cooler weather.
In fall, it’s not cold enough to always warrant socks. Ursula shows how fall isn’t all about boots. Look how cute a slip-on loafer can be. Her bare ankles remind us that there’s still beautiful sunny days to be had. Of course the only beaches we’ll be visiting in the Pacific Northwest are papered on the walls (just like the mural in the background).
Whenever I talk to Ursula about her outfits, I usually find out that she’s wearing something thrifted. Today’s look is no exception. The scarf and tunic are from Buffalo Exchange in Ballard. Ursula is great at finding thrifty looks from Buffalo, Goodwill, Value Village, and any other place she finds.