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A Closet Full of Clothes - J.Crew Factory Wool Trouser Wide-leg Pant in Burgundy

A Closet Full of Clothes blog

A Closet Full of Clothes - Mexx draped cross front wrap top and J.Crew Factory burgundy work wear trouser

Top:  Mexx {similar 1 – 2 – 3 – 4}
Pants:  J.Crew Factory Wool Flannel Wide-leg Trouser {I love the unexpected color of these wool pants}
Shoes:  Rachel Roy Ronney {also here}
Purse:  Le Chateau {similar 123}
Necklace:  Gorjana
Bangles:  Thrifted
Midi/knuckle rings:  Ardene

What a week!  I meant to have these photos up by Wednesday, but here we are on Friday morning and I am just managing to now carve out a little blog time.  For better, or for worse, my week has been incredibly work-busy (as opposed to the more-fun vacation-busy!).

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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Silk bermudas

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Shirt:  Club Monaco Frieda Cotton and Mesh top
Shorts:  Club Monaco {sold out, but they have other similar styles still available – here and here.  As does J.Crew}
Bracelets:  Gorjana leather wrap; thrifted bangles; c/o INPINK infinity bracelet
Sunglasses:  Aldo {Cdn link here}
Purse:  Pour la Victoire Haven
Shoes:  SoftMoc {similar}

These silk bermuda shorts have quickly become my summer favorite.  I really like the flowy silk and the longer length.  Maybe I am getting old or maybe I am just too picky (or looking in the wrong place), but I’m really unimpressed with the shorts offerings this summer.  Everything seems too short.  And too tight.  Anything that doesn’t fit into the above category seems to be made of cotton.  Which inevitably wrinkles…quickly.  I think that’s why this Club Monaco pair is in such high rotation.  They are the polar opposite of everything I mentioned above.  And perhaps, in a way,  they are my own personal protest against the summer parade of daisy dukes and hot shorts.

Homemade teal shift dress

Laura Wears ... teal shift dress

Laura Wears ... Charles David Reverse Sandals

Laura Wears ... split neck green dress

Laura Wears ... turquoise homemade shift dress

I quickly took these photos last Saturday before attending a friend’s wedding.  It was the first time since early June that I had attempted heels and I was determined to make it work,  Unfortunately, even a minimal amount of walking proved too much & I reluctantly changed into flats after the ceremony.  Too much too soon…

Dress:  homemade ~2008 {I really love the neckline & have been planning to make a white cotton sundress with the same patten..just hasn’t happened yet}
Bracelet:  Lulu’s cuff {old!}; thrifted bangles; Gorjana gold leather wrap
Ring:  Amrita Singh
Shoes:  Charles David Reverse {also here and here}

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Another day, another pencil skirt

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Top:  Club Monaco {similar here and here and here}
Shirt:  J.Crew Pencil Skirt in Double Serge Wool
Sunglasses:  Armani Exchange
Necklace:  J.Crew Factory {similar here and here}
Bracelets:  c/o INPINK Infinity leather bracelet; thrifted bangles
Purse:  Erica Anenberg
Shoes:  Rachel Roy Ronney

Floral midi

Laura Wears... diy homemade floral midi skirt

floral midi skirt

how to wear a midi skirt

Laura Wears... flats and a midi skirt

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Laura Wears... wedding guest outfit midi skirt

Top:  J.Crew Drapey Crepe Tank
Skirt:  homemade {similar here}
Necklace:  c/o INPINK
Bracelets:  Amrita Singh gold bangle; thrifted gold twig bangles
Purse:  Ivanka Trump Travel Organizer {also here and here}
Shoes:  Rachel Roy Ronney {more colors here and here}

I am slowly trying to fill gaps in my closet – for example, I finally purchased a plain white button-down shirt last week {this one}.  These flats were bought in March as part of the same initiative.  A beige shoe is a nice neutral that can be paired with almost anything 🙂

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Lately…

Two quick snap shots from otherwise failed photoshoots…

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Coat:  Thrifted (I have been on the look-out for a nice tweed jacket for quite some time – similar here and here)
Shirt:  J.Crew Factory draped pocket tee
Pants:  J.Crew Factory Gigi pants (mini review – are exactly the same as the J.Crew Pixie pants with the exception of the zipper placement.  A much more cost effective option!)
Bangles:  Jacob {old}

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Jacket:  J.Crew Hacking blazer
Lace Shirt:  Moon apparel (similar here and here)
Pants:  Joe Fresh

Casual Camo

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Sweater:  Gap Cable Knit Pullover
Shirt:  Lauren Ralph Lauren, thrifted
Pants:  Gap  {blue here}
Bracelets:  Gorjana, c/o INPINK
Purse:  Pour la Victoire
Shoes:  Rockport Demisa {super comfy! These have the Adidas adiPRENE footbed}

I spent the weekend catching up on sewing projects, including finishing a DIY about how to make that tibi skirt {it’s actually REALLY simple}. I hope to have it posted this week or next 🙂

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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!

An unusual pairing: burgundy and cobalt

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burgundy blue aritzia gap skinny

thrifted wool coat

Coat:  Thrifted
Blouse:  Aritzia
Long Sleeve Tee:  Jacob
Pants:  Gap Legging Jeans
Scarf:  Zellers
Purse:  Le Chateau
Shoes:  Naturalizer {old – 2006/07-ish}

So happy January is almost over!  The unseasonably cold weather is making it hard to enjoy winter.  I will be much happier in March when the snow starts to melt and the temperatures begin to rise…
In the mean time, I have been making an effort to test drive unusual color pairings like burgundy and cobalt/royal blue.
Also see my teal + burgundy outfit here {one of my favorite winter looks to-date}.