Printed Sweater, Velvet Boots

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Photography: Oksana Berman

Wearing: Top- Michael Kors, Jeans-DL1961, Boots- Jessica Simpson,

Last weekend I visited my parents back in Minnesota, and while it’s still warm here in Washington D.C, in MN it’s definitely sweater weather. I brought my dog Jorge with me, which was of course loads of fun on the airplane (his little crate was so cramped, poor guy). But he was a trooper and he had the best weekend running around and playing ball in huge dog parks. My parents enjoyed having him there too :).

I wanted to stay warm and comfortable for all the outdoor activities, but still look stylish. I also didn’t want too many layers because even though the air was brisk, we stayed really active. And there’s nothing worse than having to carry your coat around everywhere. So I settled on this fuzzy Michael Kors sweater that my mom got me for my birthday last year. It’s so funky and definitely speaks for itself. The back is simple, just black, but the front is a white and blue leopard print panel that makes a statement. And I like making a statement with my clothes. Without going over the top, of course. This is why I love this sweater. The cut is very basic and extremely flattering, and the print is concentrated in just one area. I paired the sweater with my new dark wash skinny jeans. I’ve been on the hunt for a classic pair of jeans for some time now and am so glad I found these. They hug my body in all the right places and go with everything. Already, I’ve worn them for both work and play, and I plan on keeping these in rotation for quite a while.

Now while most people would aim to keep the shoes simple for this outfit because of the loudness of the sweater, I went with a different approach. I don’t think there is anything wrong with finishing off with some fun shoes, even if the rest of the look already has a lot of personality. The key here was to keep the style of the boot classic. These boots are a standard length with a chunky heel, pretty typical of fall boots, but the purple velvet just adds so much edge. I’m absolutely in love. And because the shoes and the sweater are in the same dark color family, they didn’t clash with one another. Instead they provided uniqueness from top to bottom, with some jeans in the middle to keep the whole outfit grounded.

I was so comfortable running around in this look. The heel on the boot totally didn’t bother me, and I encourage those who are scared of living life in heels to try a chunky one, as it adds more support and is great practice for the more advanced stages of heel wearing. Easy separates can always create a chic, effortless look, but when you add your own twist to show off some personality, that’s when the fashion really becomes yours to own.

-Masha

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