… Leopard and Lillies. I am really into grey and plaid, so what’s not to love?
I first tried on my old, navy/cream/hunter/wine plaid flannel shirt with a dark grey tunic-style sweater. Not enough contrast, but I’ll try a light denim shirt under it another day.
I could have changed into the “madras” style plaid flannel shirt I bought myself while Christmas shopping, but it’s a thicker, newer (read: stiffer) flannel, and frankly, the whole point of this outfit is I wanted to capture that I’m in my jammies but presentable ambience, and changing “base layers” at that point would have defeated the feeling. So instead, I pulled out old faithful, my favorite sweater dress, tried the zipper in a couple of positions and opted for the totally unfitted, totally unzipped option.
I’d link for you, but sadly, I can’t find the Olivia and Grace dress anywhere online. (It’s over a year old; I clearly remember wearing it last Christmas season, and I think I bought it from one of those fashion clearinghouse/discount websites.) It seems the NBC shopping network MIGHT carry that line, but… And the flannel shirt is seriously at least 15 years old. It’s softly pilled, sloppy big, but did I mention I love plaid flannel?
Sorry for the awful self-portrait, but it shows you the plaid and the fun zipper! The angle also hides the soft lumps and bumps the too-big shirt makes around the shoulders. If you want a truly polished look, go for a truly fitted shirt underneath, as both the inspiration and my own outfit make the layers evident, but that’s the point of layering, right? I will also note that this isn’t a figure-hugging sweater dress to begin with.
I completed the relaxed look with navy tights and boots. (Warning: boots run small and narrow.)
Are you ever truly inspired by an outfit you see on another blog, in an ad or on the street? I’ve decided my TRUE style is preppy meets comfy. I still love shirt tails hanging out of a pullover, over a skirt or skinny pants, and I need clothes that don’t mind a wee JRT in the lap (or on the shoulder or…) and can handle basset snot and drool. Like an idiot, I bought a pair of black jeans last month, and I think I had them on 20 minutes (at a party) before the Knight said, “What on EARTH is that on the back of your thigh?!”
We decided I either sat in a food drip or Sissy slung a goober at me before I left the house. Hem. Anyone want a pair of black jeans, worn once, washed and goober-free (but still covered in dog hair)?
Note to self: Quit buying black pants, regardless of fabric. There are only so many lint rollers in the world.