Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Shabby Chic

shabby chic

shabby chic

shabby chic
works cited: vest poached from my sister's closet (hand-me-up?); loft cords; j. crew shirt and sweater; steve madden boots; breda watch

My sister, a snappy dresser herself, seems a little too delighted to point out what she notices as my sartorial shortcomings. Normally she likes to tease me about my penchant for granny items or for wearing my red pants too often, but this week she's found a new target with these boots, which after a winter and a half of salted roads and frequent trips into the snow, look a little worse for the wear. I believe she may have applied the term "bedraggled" to them more than once. I prefer "shabby chic," but unfortunately cheaply-stained leather just doesn't age the way real, nice, expensive, out-of-my-budget leather does, so bedraggled I will have to stay at least until these boots take a restorative trip to the cobbler.

50 comments:

Rachel Wade said...

I love the pink vest with the outfit. I never thought that would all work together, but you make it work. So cute.

Rae Veda said...

Cute vest! I love puffy vests. They're so warm. xo, rv

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Kultur und Stil said...

well, does she have better boots?
If not, I'd not listen to her ;-) My winter boots are the same, well, somehow we must go out, go to university, work, coffee, lunch etc. - it's winter.
xxx Anita

Bridget said...

i'm all about the bedraggled look. (i have a liking for that word itself. it has a certain ring to it.) you look great! and i would much prefer cheap boots that will wear out rather than spending an arm and a leg.

modern Suburbanites said...

love the pink vest with this outfit! so cute!

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Ana Magdalena said...

lovely look! The pink vest looks great on you.

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Girlie Blogger said...

Sisters are always so observant. I like your boots. They are worn and comfy.

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Jeneric Generation said...

I have become such fan of bright colors with muted tones! It looks so fresh.

Sarah-Anne said...

oh those boots look fabulous no matter what your sis says ;) i've been on the hunt for a pair just like those!

Bad Taste Toast said...

This is simple but SO cute, I love how you combined these colours, I love the pink vets as an eyecatcher with the rustic shirt, jeans and boots!

Laura said...

Oh, sisters. I have the same pair of boots, and mine look similar. I wore them almost every day last winter, so any pair of shoes would be similarly worn.

Having never had a shoe repair, I'm wondering what a cobbler would be able to do? Have you taken yours in?

2ndhandknowledge said...

I love the pop of pink!

chillairandperfume said...

Adorable outfit! I am so glad puffer vests are making a comeback because I never did stop wearing mine. Haha.

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Teodora said...

"snappy"? I love that :)

Perfect, casual outfit.

Teodora
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Urban Nester said...

Wonderful layering! That pink vest really pops and brightens up these dreary months :]

xo.
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Kristina said...

Leather honey.

You can probably only get it online, but I swear by my bottle. It moisturizes leather - the color will be a bit darker, but the cracks and scuffs will fade considerably, and it's well worth it. My leather satchel looks new! And is so supple.

Gah, I sound like an ad. But, I rarely endorse products, and this one gets my full approval. Just make sure to put on a light thin coat!

megannielsen said...

ooohh no don't listen to her!! i love your boots!!!

Also, can i just say how rad the layering is in this outfit?? i love the shirt with cardi and pink vest. Such a great colour combo!!

girl in the poodle shoes said...

LOVE the vest, and I'm loving the pink and orange together
Girl in the Poodle Shoes

Anonymous said...

how funny that you misidentified the footwear, despite the boots being the center of your post

What Would a Nerd Wear said...

anon--eeps, you're right! fixed now...how spacey of me!

M said...

You look super comfy and cute! This picture looks very Berkeley :)

GingerR said...

I can't count the number of leather boots I've seen on bloggers that look scuffed up. You're right in style!

If you wanted to buck a trend you could get out the shoe polish and buff your buddies up a bit. That's within budget and will go a long way towards the kind of patina that costs a fortune.

Erin @ Currently Coveting said...

Nothing beats broken in boots, a little extra wear and tear is totally worth the comfort! Don't listen to that sister ;)

XO,
Erin
http://erinscurrentlycoveting.blogspot.com

wildchild said...

oh, your sister can shush. your boots look comfy and they're still cute. it's alright.

Court said...

Love the orange top and pink vest together! And, there's nothing better than a worn, loved, and comfy pair of boots!

Kenzie said...

My boots are the same way... and I can't part with them. You seem to be in good company! Also, can I just say how excited I get every time you wear that orange gingham shirt in a post? I don't even like orange, but that shirt just makes me giddy. =)

Susan Borland said...

oh whatever. If you're sister wants to pick on you, she can buy you new boots. But if you must, send them to the boot repair man! Mine fixed my boots for $8 and in a few hours.

Colleen said...

Your sister says bedraggled... I say well-worn and well-loved!

It's true, though, cheap leather just doesn't wear as well as good leather. I have a pair of leather boots where the leather actually separated from the fabric underneath and then ripped! I think my boots go beyond shabby chic into just plain shabby. Yours look great, though!

Annie said...

My SM Intyce boots look the same way...but I think I'll probably wear them until the day my feet make holes in the bottom :) Love the color combo in this outfit...looks great!

Annie
The Other Side of Gray

Jenn said...

I love the colors in this outfit and your grey pants! Well worn boots just mean you love them a lot. I hope you find a good cobbler :)

Sweet Laundry said...

Lol. I just swiped an entire outfit from my sister's closet today. I mean, isn't that what sisters are for?

Mrs. John Murphy said...

The boots are great. Wipe them down with white vinegar on a soft cloth (an old t shirt works well) then hit them with mink oil, swabbed up with another old cloth. You can get mink oil either on amazon or at a hardware store. It's like nine bucks for a giant tub. It will darken leather ever so slightly, so it is perfect for worn spots.

If you don't want the darker effect, use saddle soap on a wet cloth instead. Do the vinegar first, though- it really gets rid of old salt stains.

Love the outfit though, for real.

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Alison said...

Boots get old, but I think they're wearable until they fall off. :)

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Three Gener-ations said...

The boots look great...the worn,vintage, loved look is in (people pay good money for boots that already look worn)...so keep on keep'n on in your Shaby Chic boots! Oh, and I thought I recognized those pants...I have the same thing in another color...Love them :) Jennifer

Shevy said...

i have the same boots and i just polished them with brown shoe polish from target and they they look brand new once again!

Jaymi :) said...

I love your boots. I've wanted a pair of brown boots from Target for a couple months and haven't gotten them because I don't want to spend the $45. Do you know how many latte's I've had from Sbux??? Enough to probably buy 3 pairs!! ugh.

Sincerely Sammie said...

Aren't puffy vests the most cozy things to wear during cold weather? Love how you layered underneath.
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kelsey williams said...

i hear you on the boots. i was just looking at mine this morning and hoping people think they look rustic instead of bedraggled. ay!

threadsandbuttons said...

Haha! I WISH I could afford those Steve Madden boots. They're bootiful (yea, I just typed that...), and I would wear them until every single piece of them fell off my feet. Love that cute puffer vest on you :)

Allie (Wardrobe Oxygen) said...

I love the look of weathered, well-loved leather boots! However, one must maintain to keep favorites from falling apart. :) Let me know if you find a great cobbler, I am trying one out near UMCP, but would love one in the city!

susiemaeday said...

Cute color combination! Love it.

Paige (Final Clothes-Out) said...

How dare she. "Bedraggled" was probably just code for "I can't believe your boots are so awesome."

Shannon said...

Love the boots and the puffer vest.

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Anonymous said...

Your fashion sense is bland. Predicable. Typical. It looks cute upon first look but really it's cookie-cutter with no originality. You are literally lifting out of a J. Crew catalog.

Anonymous said...

Not to mention, just because you wear the same brown boots but switch the skirt or cover up with a red and not yellow cardigan doesn't make the outfit "different" or unique.

Kim said...

Wow, anonymous, are you that much of a catty little killjoy in real life? Because people like you, who won't even leave a fake name on a blog, are usually too chicken to talk like that to other people's faces. Grow up and stop sniping like a damn twelve-year-old. Tania, don't listen to them- you're beautiful and you dress the part. Come back soon!

PoorClarinetist said...

I love your style and your courage with how you dress! As a native Washingtonian myself, I know how easy it is to blend in with the crowd... but I love how you stand out! Keep it up! You inspire me to be more courageous with how I dress. :)

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