Foolproof



This look is what I refer to as my Scottish uniform. I wear a combination of like-shaped pieces like this a few days out of every week.  Various bits of black stuff. Short over long. Pop of colour. Skinnies. Booties. All methods employed here are foolproof, and flatter just about every body type out there. It may not be pointing towards the future of fashion, but it is modern and effortless all the same. Sometimes, there is a certain security in wearing the thing that you know won't let you down.  This is easy. This works.  This has gotten me out of many a sartorial bind when travelling in colder climes, and therefore I feel that I owe this look a debt of gratitude. Especially this coat. This cropped pea coat goes everywhere with me. If you only buy one coat in your lifetime (yeah, right), make it a modern pea coat.








Coat: Guess cropped pea coat (old). Here is a cute one with a hood!
Sweater: Alexander Wang sleeveless mock neck knit (last season). Here is a similar one on sale
Jeans: Calvin Klein (gifted from Mom), but on sale here!
Sunglasses: H&M




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  1. These are fabulous proportions! Can't go wrong with a classic pea coat. I'm still on the lookout for mine.

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  2. Love the different lengths you have going up top; makes for very cool layering. And those jeans are fabulous.

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  3. Love the color of your jeans!

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  4. Great outfit.

    I am curious as to your opinion of Pringle. You live right in the heart of it!

    Growing up I loved it.......then it went old lady for at least 2 decades, and now it is back with a new life.

    What do you think of Pringle? The new look, and are they crazy expensive there as they are in the USA?

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    1. You know, I think about this from time to time. Yes, you are right, they did go very old lady for a while...and you can still find a lot of those offerings in stores around these parts. Though they have made a move towards a younger, high-end market, you don't see them pushing the advertising very hard. I have four Big British Fashion Magazines (Vogue, Elle, Marie Claire, and In Style) all sitting on my hotel room bed right now (yes, I'm an addict of the highest order) and I think you would be hard-pressed to find any Pringle campaigns in any of these rags. Though undoubtedly they are still trying to preserve their exclusiveness, I think that in order to properly re-brand, they need to have a little more presence with the people who they are targeting.....people with jobs and a little money to spend, but who want quality and dont want to look either like an old lady or a teenager. In other words, people like us. So they would do well to give us a better sense of their identity. And yes, they are ridiculously expensive, although the knitwear is superb. At least, what I remember of it. And if anyone from Pringle is reading this, I would happily work with you....for the small price of cashmere....tee hee.

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  5. Ha Ha!! I agree, their sweaters are timeless. My mother just gave me an old heather gray "twin set" from Pringle, circa 1980's. I swear I will "funk" it up with ratty jeans and many sets of chunky pearls....and it didn't cost me a cent, and it has lovely memories!
    Here's to Scottish cashmere!!!
    Regards,
    Joanne

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  6. If you only buy one coat in your lifetime (yeah, right)

    It is to laugh, to think of having only one coat at a time, much less in a lifetime. Oh the joy of a Wisconsin spring. Minus one at the bus stop this morning.

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    1. It's about that in Scotland right not too. Blowin' a hoolie, as they say here, and snowing. Not sticking, mind-you, but it doesn't have to be sticking in order for Britain to get itself worked-up into a winter snow lather. I predict canned gods flying off the shelves.

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    2. Oh my... typos. Canned GODS are flying off the shelves. It's the apocalypse.

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    3. Ha! I'd love to see what a canned god looks like! Perhaps something like those candles you get in the Mexican stores - the tall ones with saints painted on the side?

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    4. Indeed. I imagine that is what people are talking about when they use the phrase "opening a can of whoopass". Canned angry gods. Very marketable. Kind of like grenades, but with more guilt.

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  7. I love this silhouette and all of your little tricks. Great proportions and love the pop of color.
    Tara
    Penniless Socialite
    Plush Elephant Giveaway!

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    1. (blushing) Thanks LPC! You're not so bad yourself!

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  9. Ah, you look great, and I am envious as this used to be my fave outfit of choice - no more skinnier for me for a while, alas, and the high-heeled booties have been replaced with flat booties. :)

    BTW, I am THRILLED that you come to my area often, how very cool. I am going to email you so we can meet up!

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  10. Love that coat! Let me give you my address and you can just send it on...
    Seriously, I do a lot of short over long, too, and I don't care if it isn't fashion forward. I love the bright hue of the pants against the black. It cuts the severity and gives the look a little whimsy.

    Spashionista (Alicia)

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  11. I love how a pair of colored skinnies makes everything more fun. And I think a simple outfit, that is comfortable and effortless ALWAYS trumps a cutting edge and fashion forward look, that might look amazing but won't give you the same confidence as your beloved "uniform".

    Laura x
    http://novachecknerd.blogspot.com

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