January 2014: Style Inspiration

January Style Inspiration

Good Morning!

It’s a balmy 15 degrees here in Cleveland, with temps dropping into single digits (and wind chill BELOW ZERO) by tomorrow.  Pretty sweet, huh?  We have been in prime hibernation mode and praying to the homeowner’s god that our furnace can survive this cold freeze.  At 12+ years old, you never know!

So, while cooped up in our humble abode, I’ve taken to “window shopping” online for some serious style inspiration.  I have to say, it is definitely hard to feel inspired when the world around you is a frozen tundra.  Thank goodness for the internet.  I’ve bypassed most of the Resort 2014 collections (I’m just NOT ready yet!) and instead, focused on transitional neutral-toned separates that can be:

1) Worn immediately

2) Transitioned into Spring

3) Stored away for next year

It’s also not too late to take advantage of the post-holiday clearance sales- there are tons of great multi-season staples hidden amongst the holiday sparkles and glitz.

Here are two “looks” that  peaked my interest :

LOOK#1:  Acne Fall/Winter 2014              LOOK#2:  3.1 Phillip Lim Fall/Winter 2014

 Acne Leather Moto                                                      31philliplimlook2

Notice the menswear inspired theme?  I love the boxy/loose cuts balanced with touches of fitted femininity.  A perfect yin and yang in my opinion.  I could also see many of those pieces incorporated into next season, next year, etc.  Timeless.  The best kind of purchases.

Now, I’ve done all of the hard work for you.  All it takes is a little mouse scroll and you’ll see (and shop) my “clearance rack” interpretations of the looks above!

Acne Look #1

Jackets (from top to bottom)ASOS leather jacket / La Marque leather jacket (33% off!)

Cashmere sweaters (from left to right): 8 turtleneck sweater / T By Alexander Wang crop top (currently on SALE!)/ CLOSED long sleeve turtleneck sweater (40% off!)

Wide-leg trousers (from left to right): Vanessa Bruno wool wide-leg pants / L’Agence high-waisted crepe trousers (70% off!)/ Elie Tahari drawstring ‘Emmy’ pants

Booties (from top to bottom)Topshop snake-print pointed ankle boots / Zara white leather ankle boot (a steal at $60!)

3.1 Phillip Lim Look #2

Pea Coats (from top to bottom): J Crew stadium cloth captain’s coat (currently on clearance w/ an EXTRA 40% off!) / Jones New York pea coat (50% off!)

Blouses (from left to right)H&M blue button down shirt / J.Crew blue ‘Keeper’ chambray shirt / HUGO stretch cotton blouse

Skirts (from left to right)Zara crossover skirt w/ side zip (ONLY $30!) /  Carven ‘Compact’ wool skirt (on sale 30% off w/ an additional 20% on top!) / Topshop quilted skirt (50% off!)

Over-The-Knee-Boots (from left to right)Stuart Weitzman ’50/50′ black over-the-knee boots / Corso Como ‘Swift’ boots

Stay warm.  Stay safe.  Stay inspired.