Thursday, February 11, 2010

Modified Schoolteacher

Modified Schoolteacher

Modified Schoolteacher

Works Cited
chambray shirt: old navy
beloved grandpa sweater: urban outfitters
black dress: urban outfitters
belt: mommed
scarf: bought on streets in SF
argyle socks: target
boots: indigo

Today's outfit is proof that the difference between ordinary and interesting is in the smaller details. Last night, I thought that my chambray shirt layered under this black tank dress would be the makings of a terrific outfit, but when I put it on this morning, I looked like my third grade teacher, Mrs. Baxter. The outfit had no shape and no color, so thank goodness for some pretty extras, like my favorite sweater and belt. Wrapping the sweater asymmetrically to give it more shape and belting it tightly led me to this:

Modified Schoolteacher

And a bright scarf in a contrasting color added the pop that I needed to my normal grandmother color palette.

Modified Schoolteacher

And having a handsome boyfriend with a talent for photography and sincere compliments doesn't hurt either.

Modified Schoolteacher

48 comments:

Fell 4 Fashion said...

Love how you "folded" this cardi over! :)

polka dot said...

What a lovely idea (& name) for a blog! Your style is so.. normal. In a good way!

Found you thru Christi of thatssorad. Am adding you to my 'favourite self style blogs' roll asap.

Wicked Thrifty- Formerly The Thrifty Stylist said...

i've been seeing-- and LOVING! the larger belted cardigan lately. super cute.

Jen said...

i love how you belted this cardigan and wore it like a wrap. the denim shirt adds a nice touch as well. :)

caffeinerd said...

I'm donning a grey cardigan w/brown belt today, too...probably inspired by a past look of yours! The scarf looks great. And yay for having a handsome photographer at the ready. :)

Sabrina said...

you look great! I tried doing this to a cardi of mine that is alittle big, but it didn't turn out as good as yours. Will have to try again.

Sal said...

Belts are magical like that. Way to modernize and customize your look!

juliamarisa said...

its so strange how the combination of the simplest items can create the most interesting outfits. nice.

Lisa said...

I love this look on you. The belt really ties (ha ha) it all together. I can't ever layer right - I end up looking like Staypuff!

futurelint said...

Love the wrapped style cardigan with the belt - so chic! This is some genius layering!

La Historiadora de Moda said...

You get a gold star for layering! (Sorry I couldn't resist running with the elementary school metaphor.)

Chelsea said...

I hate when that happens... you have this AWESOME outfit planned out and then it looks kinda "eh" when you put it on. Way to rebound and make it even awesomer than you probably imagined! I love the contrasting colors in that gorgeous scarf, and the wrapped sweater and belt adds a lot of cozy fun :) I'm definitely going to steal this idea to work my chambray shirt into more outfits!

The Closet of Kim (ShopKim) said...

It's definitely the details that make it here! The belt and scarf are perfect touches.

Elaine said...

I love it! You totally don't look like a third grade teacher. I may have to try and copy this later on...

Kelly said...

I adore this. It looks great on you and you have such a cute shape

catherine_sr. said...

I love this! What a great way to wear a cardigan. I have an overload of cardigans in my wardrobe, so this is a styling tip I'll definitely try. I also love how you rolled up your sleeves for a bit of color.
the renegade bean

Lisa said...

i love how you wrapped your sweater asymmetrically! it really gives the outfit a nice quirk. i hate when i have an outfit planned in my head that i think will be PERFECT, but once it's on it just doesn't feel right. you really managed to turn it around, though!

Sonya said...

I really like all the layering. The way you made the cardigan asymmetrical really works and also gives a nice silhouette!

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Sidewalk Chalk said...

I love how this turned out. The chambray shirt is pretty, and I love the scarf and belt details. Well done!

- JoAnn, Sidewalk Chalk

Amy said...

I love how you folded your cardigan... I can never get mine to stay folded over when I try to do this. Any helpful hints... please? :)

Your scarf is beautiful too, btw!

xoxo
Amy

http://thebargainhunterextraordinaire.blogspot.com

Diana said...

This whole outfit is gorgeous! I especially like the way you secured your cardigan asymmetrically.

becca said...

thanks for the comment! I've ran across your blog a few times...so much inspiration from your outfits!

The Waves said...

I keep coming up with "great" outfits in my head all the time, and in reality they turn out to be all wrong! I love the way you belted the cardigan; the whole look is so effortless, yet cool!

Lisa said...

I love it! You have perfected the art of practicality and style!

Anita said...

i love it,and you look beauty..

Monique said...

Love the whole outfit, especially the boots!

Meet Virginia said...

Love it!! so so cute!

Morgan

MeetVirginiaandRoo.blogspot.com

Christen said...

Absolutely LOVE how you wrapped and belted your cardigan. You're right, it totally makes this look!

stealthnerd said...

Super cute outfit! I love that you wore the button down under the dress like that--makes me think I should pull out some of my tank dresses and get creative with them!

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E said...

I absolutely LOVE this look! The denim layered under the sweater with the skirt is genius!!!!

The Woollen Typist said...

The shirt looks good under the dress...plus, you look nothing like a school teacher...it's all pretty.

Also loving the amount of snow you have...would rather have the thick snow than drizzly rain!

:)

hillary said...

You look like a hip professor I would of killed to take a class from!

SB said...

yes -- it does take talent to recreate an outfit -- reinvention -- I admire people with this ability.

!Tb0n3! said...

I love this outfit! I have a scarf that looks almost identical to yours! And yeah, I never thought of bringing my dress to get it altered, I might have to do it if I want to save it. Thank you for your advice!

Clare said...

Oh, I just ADORE this outfit! And you're absolutely right; the details TOTALLY made the outfit.

Law Girl said...

I really like the way you wrapped the cardigan!

rachel said...

wow, I really like this outfit! I'm slowly building up ways to wear my denim shirt come Winter time...

LyddieGal said...

I love all the layers and the red and teal look so fabulous together.

overcaffeinated said...

I love the way you wrapped your sweater. This outfit is fantastic.. you have cold weather layering down!

megara said...

favorite so far. this looks great and i am loving this belt. you are so petite. that's also a beautiful scarf!! this is just working so great together.


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The Starving Stylist said...

You make nerds look hot. Love your style. I'm definitely following your blog :)



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Diya said...

SO CUTE!... and nerds unite!!


btw please take a couple secs to check out my blog... it's new and it would be much appreciated!

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Kyla said...

I love this! That scarf is the perfect finishing touch.

myedit said...

Oh boy... love this. Layers of perfection!
Your offer for drinks to excorcise highschool demons is accepted. Now I just gotta get to Illinois...

Django et Coco said...

Very adorable look! I agree that the sweater and belt does add the perfect touch to the outfit!


-Coco from Our Paper Moon

Girl from the North Country said...

oh I love this whole look!

Caylie said...

i love the scarf!

xx
cayliek.blogspot.com

Kendi Lea said...

ohhh I love how you wore the denim shirt here! i think we have the same one? i like how you styled it here, very j.crew. I also love the mix of neutrals, the scarf makes everything pop!

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