One of my wardrobe goals for 2016 is to Lighten Up, both in color and attitude. Adding a few lighter neutrals to my wardrobe last year was a game-changer, and I love the mood lift they provide. I’ve also been wanting to add some lighthearted pieces to express my playful side. This Madewell faux fur jacket actually ticks both of those boxes. It’s on sale too, pretty deeply discounted (with an additional 30% off the sale price, came to $132). I would not have thought to order this from the website to try, as the image there makes it look bulkier and heavier than it actually is. It was a bit of luck that I spotted it during a visit to the store to return a couple of didn’t-work items, and am SO glad I tried it on. The “fur” is really soft too. I’m wearing an XS, just for reference, and I’ve rolled up the sleeves.
A cream-colored bag is also a nice way to lighten up an outfit of darker neutrals. Used to be we saved our light-colored bags for Spring and Summer, but those old rules no longer apply. This one’s from Brahmin (Duxbury Satchel in “Cava”) and I continue to be impressed with the quality of these bags! There’s also a removable shoulder strap. The Chinese Zodiac charm was purchased during our visit to Hong Kong in 2014, and includes the animals that are supposed to be most auspicious for my Rooster sign. The Michael Kors watch was purchased last year (love the blue face on this one, and I get compliments every time I wear it). Spiky bracelet from Stella and Dot.
Ok, so about the shoes: Love. At. First. Sight. Funky? You bet. Big honking logo? Well, yes. But it works as a design element. 😉 A bit outside of my usual wheelhouse? Perhaps. It didn’t matter. I was a goner the minute I saw these puppies and tried them on. They are extremely comfortable too. They work for both office and weekend outfits. I have to confess, I couldn’t decide between these and the gold ones, so kept both. You’ll be seeing them soon.
What are your wardrobe goals for the year? Do you mix lighter colored accessories with your darker neutrals?
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