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Still wearing white…

A Closet Full of Clothes... Moto jeans and a button-down shirt

A Closet Full of Clothes - J.Crew Moto Pants and Cleo loafers

A Closet Full of Clothes - J.Crew Cleo loafers in metallic and soft cotton shirt

A Closet Full of Clothes

A Closet Full of Clothes... Club Monaco soft stripe tunic shirt

Shirt:  Club Monaco (Cdn link here)
Pants:  J.Crew (similar styles here here and here)
Shoes:  J.Crew Metallic Suede Cleo Loafer
Purse:  Pour la Victoire
Sunglasses:  Aldo
Necklace:  Gorjana
Bracelets:  Thrifted

Another casual running-errands look.  Despite looking light purple, this shirt is actually has blue and red narrow stripes.  Which was surprising when I opened my Club Monaco order (it photographed light purple on the CM website too – so I was expecting to receive a light purple shirt!).

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Weekend dress

Laura Wears... casual weekend style featuring J.Crew Draped Keyhole Dress and back-zip sandals

Laura Wears... white straw fedora, navy dress, beige sandals

Laura Wears ... J.Crew Draped Keyhole Dress and back-zip sandals

Laura Wears ... white straw fedora

Laura Wears... J.Crew navy dress and beige sandals

Laura Wears... J.Crew Draped Keyhole Dress and back-zip sandals

Happy Saturday!
I stalked this J.Crew dress online for quite awhile. When it finally came on sale, I quickly snatched it up.  Not only has it been in heavy rotation as part of my work wardrobe, but it can easily be worn for more casual pursuits.  It’s one of those great flexible pieces that can be dressed up or dressed down.  Definitely a worthwhile purchase. 
In an effort to simply my wardrobe, I have recently been on the lookout for items that can pull double-duty.  I would love to hear about your favorite high-rotation purchases 🙂

Dress:  J.Crew Collection Draped Keyhole Dress {take 40% off the sale price with code SHOPMORE – ends July 13}
Hat:  Pamoa
Sunglasses:  Aldo {Cdn link here}
Bracelets:  Jacob
Purse:  Banana Republic {an oldie but a goodie!}
Sandals:  J.Crew Back-Zip Sandals {take 40% off the sale price with code SHOPMORE – ends July 13}

Full-length Minnie

j.crew full length minnie cashmere cardigan

vintage wool coat scarf cashmere

thrifted wool coat

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Coat:  Vintage
Scarf:  Dynamite
Sweater:  J.Crew cashmere cardigan
Blouse:  found at Winners
Pants:  J.Crew Full-length Minnie in bi-stretch wool {really liking these pants!  I also bought them in burgundy during J.Crew’s last sale blowout 🙂 I already have a pair of the Minnie’s in twill, but they are not my favorite (because of the fabric).  The bi-stretch wool version is far better!}
Purse:  Vintage {similar here and here}
Shoes:  Pour la Victoire “Carmendy” {also here}

Is anyone else sick of winter?  I don’t normally complain about the seasons, but this winter is just dragging on and on…
I know I’ve said it before, but wearing color really helps my break out of my winter funk…even if only for a short while.  For today’s look, I took a chance on pairing dark olive pants {thanks Wikipedia for help classifying this color!} with my vintage teal coat.  And I have to say, I am quite happy with the result!

Turquoise and burgundy

vintage coat turquoise teal

j.crew minnie

turquoise team burgundy red

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Coat:  Vintage {last seen here – I have since removed the fur collar}
Blouse:  SheInside
Pants:  J.Crew Minnie {also here in wool}
Scarf: Club Monaco {similar here}
Bracelets:  Jacob, Amrita Singh
Purse:  Le Chateau  {similar here and here}
Boots:  Enzo Angiolini Karissa

I finally joined Instagram! If you want to follow my daily randomness, you can find me at laurawears_

Crisp mornings – jacquard pants and a wool coat

banana republic jacquard pants wool coat

fall outfit crop jacquard pants

Laura Wears

Laura Wears

Coat: so old!  {have been eyeing up this coat recently – too bad it’s waaaay outside my budget…}
Pants:  Banana Republic Jacquard Ankle Pants {sold out in the black/gold version I am wearing, but still available in the black-on-black jacquard – now 40% off!}
Purse:  Le Chateau {also 10+ years old}
Shoes:  Sam Edelman Portney

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Wedding Guest Attire 3

wedding guest attire lace neck dress

abs allen schwartz lace dress wedding guest

Dress:  ABS Allen Schwartz {with some fairly significant alterations by yours truly – more about that below)
Bracelets:  Amrita Singh bangles, J.Crew Factory
Sunglasses:  Armani Exchange
Purse:  Le Chateau
Shoes:  Sam Edelman ‘Portney’

I came across this dress on Hautelook & instantly fell in love with the lace neckline.  Unfortunately, the rest of the dress had some major fit problems – the seams didn’t sit flat, the chest was too bid, armholes too large, and length to short {but the shoulders and hips fit perfectly – weird}.  It took some serious seam ripping and re-sewing {plus the addition of a bottom segment} to get it into a wearable state.
I normally have a rule about how much time I will put into alterations.  I won’t alter cheap pieces {if they need altering, they get left at the store}, and I will only preform minor alterations on expensive items {because if I am forking out lots of $$$, it better be almost perfect!}.  Mid-range items are a grey area.  Had I been browsing in-store, this item would have been left on the rack due to the sheer number of fixes required, but since it was final sale from Hautelook {amazing deal, but no returns}, I fortunately had no choice but to spend the time on alterations…  And I am quite happy with the result!

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