1.14.2016

The Duster

Don't you just love it when you shop your closet and come up with an outfit you absolutely dig? Such is the case for the little number I put together for today's post - an outfit comprising of pieces I've had for some time, with the star of the show being an Operating Surgical Gown I purchased for a mere 10 bucks at Urban Outfitters (last worn in a post called Innovative). With a bit of creativity, I removed the coat's straps and tah dah. Yes, I'm diggin the duster. Each time I wear it, I feel ultra cool. I love to tell observers where I got it, and how it came to be. "How very clever," one woman stated. 

I often play around with my wardrobe. When I'm burned-out on shopping (yes, that happens), I like to spend time combing through what I already have. After I put together new combinations, I catalog them. Typically I don't have a particular occasion in mind for any given ensemble, but I often jot down notes next to the image, like...gallery opening, a day at the museum, lunch with friends, fashion week Los Angeles, date night - you get the idea. By doing this, it creates a steady stream of ideas and prevents me from making the ridiculous comment - I have nothing to wear. I hope you enjoy today's look, and I'll meet you in the comment section.


With today's look, I have combined items that can be easily restyled to create a wide variety of looks: a chambray swing top (last seen on the blog in The Game Changer), skinny moto pants; equestrian boots, hat and the duster. The outfit certainly evokes thoughts of the Southwest, however, once you toss in the duster, the look takes you further into the wild, wild west. In this outfit, I'm reminded of a gun-slinger who just road into town. I jump off my horse, and as I stroll over to the saloon, a weed tumbles by...the duster catches the wind.

Outfit Details - Duster: Urban Outfitters (Very similar White Duster by Sandra Weil on Runway 2 Street);  Ombre Chambray Swing Top: Anthropologie (Sold out. Super cute and on sale chambray peplum by Chinti and Parker at Net-a-porter); Skinny Moto Pants: Ann Taylor Loft (Past season but similar Essential Skinny Ankle Pants at Loft); Equestrian Boots by Ralph Lauren via TJ Maxx (Many options of equestrian boots at Nordstrom); Wide Brim Wool Hat: Forever 21 (Current Forever 21 Hats); Silver Stack Cuff from Mexico (Almost identical Stacked Sterling Silver Cuff at Amazon)

 
 


 
 
 


I hope you enjoyed The Duster as much as I enjoyed putting it together for you. How about you...do you enjoy shopping your closet? If so, tell me why. If not, tell me what keeps you from doing so. I look forward to reading your responses. By the way, if you're in need of your weekly dose of inspiration, head on over to Bloom. I have a new post for you {wink}

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24 comments:

  1. You look lovely in the color and style of the top Glenda!

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  2. Love it Glenda, looks so cool. That chambray top is a winner. xo

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    1. Thanks Elsie! I'm a sucker for a cute top.

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  3. First of all, I really like this look and remember "the duster!" (I continue to be envious of the weather, just saying...) I shop my closet all the time and do like (and will borrow) your idea of cataloging by event, taking notes. I do take notes about things that work together, but have never done it by event and I really do like that idea and feel it would be helpful. So, borrowing that one! One thing I do every week (have to be at work super early in the morning so deciding on outfits in the morning is not an option for me) is I have this notebook I haul out on Sunday afternoon and write down what I plan to wear each day of the week, down to accessories. This is not carved in stone, but rarely changes from what I wrote. And if I feel particularly great in something, I put a star by it. This way, when a day comes that I know in advance is going to be challenging and I need the confidence boost, I can put on that particular starred outfit and at least know I look nice and feel confident. This has been something I've done for years now. But shopping the closet, definitely! I'm not a clothes hoarder and prefer to have some very good quality basics that I can play around with, mostly changing out tops and jackets. My closet is not large by any stretch so it helps to keep me in line when shopping. Also, I am one of those who makes myself edit out something "old" when I bring in something "new." There are always "olds" that need to go to new homes!

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    1. Your idea is wonderful! I can understand selecting in advance, especially when you have a busy morning...one less thing to think about. Your approach sounds like how I plan travel wardrobing. I write out each outfit according to planned outfits. Of course, like you, it's not written in stone, but it makes for a nice blueprint. I utilize the "by event" cataloging because my life needs a variety of different looks. It's helpful and keeps me from over spending. Thanks for the input!

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  4. Love this outfit on you and the idea of a style catalog for our closet is magical. I do get burned out with shoping too but mostly because I only shop for warm seasonal clothing. Enjoy!

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  5. I remember this duster. I loved it then and I love it now. I really like what you've done with it. I grew up around cowboys and I always thought they looked so romantic in their long cattle coats. You've really captured that. Hmmmm....making notes of outfits. What a great idea. I usually just wing it and the results are not always what I had hoped. Once again some SWTT inspiration.

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    1. Yes, I agree, Connie. The sexy, unshaven cowboy, sitting down near an open fire - chowing down on a bowl of beans and pork; )

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  6. Glenda,
    Truly loving this look. I agree with the right word is innovative. The white duster is so fabulous with the denim peplum top . Somehow this outfit is a little bit flirtatious
    and that is quite a thing to do with the simple garment inspired by the medical profession ! Love the hat and the relaxed vibe !
    Xx, Elle

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    1. Wow, thanks Elle. I guess I did feel somewhat flirty in it. But then again, I always feel flirty in an outfit I like. It's a definite boost of confidence.

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  7. Glenda,
    You know how to work a great look Glenda! All pieces fit so perfectly!

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  8. I definitely love shopping my own closet. A white duster is a great addition to any wardrobe and I love the way you styled it. The peplum top is very flattering as well.

    http://foodfashionandflow.blogspot.com/

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    1. Thanks LV. I agree about the duster being a nice staple for the wardrobe. Anthropologie wins hands down for cute tops.

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  9. Yep, good look. Well styled. I actually hate going through my wardrobe. If I did and was able to put together outfits from that vast wardrobe I would have endless variety. But I hate all those clothes on the bed which all have to be put back in the cupboard. And often I come up with nothing as I just don't have the eye... You do however.
    Greetje

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    1. Greetje, you always look wonderfully styled. I think you're pulling my leg.

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  10. Love your look, The duster is such a stylish piece.

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  11. Just found your lovely blog via Jacket Society. Love this look you have created, especially with the gorgeous hat and boots!!

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    1. Aw yes, Jacket Society. I love her things. I'm a bit obsessed. Welcome, I'm glad you're here!

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  12. Love the whole look, such a cool vibe and you look great in that hat!
    Nora
    www.jacketesociety.com

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