Thursday, February 14, 2013

Fooled


Happy Valentine's Day!  Despite the outfits you've seen here earlier this week, I actually spent the last few days in the snowy mountains.  Because of that, I don't have a Valentine's Day outfit to show you, but confession?  Even if I wasn't in the mountains I probably wouldn't have one for ya because I'm just not that festive.

Confession #2: in the Building a Remixable Wardrobe Series I talked about how I was in a jeans and cute top rut, and while I think I got out of it for a bit, I may have just replaced it with a rotation of colored denim and a cute top instead.  Ha, fooled us all!  Myself included.  There's a whole section of dresses and skirts in my closet that is crying from neglect this season when all it would take to ease their pain are some tights and a cardigan or sweater.  Well, in my "cold" weather tights and a cardigan work.  If you're in the -5 then let those dresses cry it out.

Since I'm naive to what it's like to dress in legitimately cold weather, roughly at what temperature do you guys stop wearing dresses and skirts?   (I mean, with tights, not bare legs.)  If you wear them year round, what's your secret?  



Get the Look:
Dress: Target (option #1option #2option #3)
Cardigan: H&M (option #1option #2
Booties: Target (option #1option #2)
Tights: We Love Colors (exact)

64 comments:

  1. I wear dresses and skirts year round even in really cold weather if needed for church. I just wear them less when it's really cold because I really can't stand tights.

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  2. I love the colored tights and dress combo. I haven't been brave enough to wear anything other than black or grey tights, but my time is comin'!
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  3. Hmmmm, well it was a high of 45 here yesterday (heatwave!!) so I doned my new leather skirt from the Limited, tights and heals. And a shirt...of course :) And coat. It was a nice change from jeans/dress pants!!! If it's under mid 30s, I stick with pants. It's cold!! And I get goosebumps faster than you can say "what was the point of shaving".

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  4. I wear dresses year round, normally the cold doesn't even phase me. But sometimes when it's 'too cold' I just add leggings or tights and high boots, and of course a big coat.

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  5. I wear dresses and tights almost every day to work and it's been in the low twenties in Michigan. Honestly, I just walk fast and wear boots (and change into cute shoes once I get to work or wherever I'm going). I don't like trying to keep my pant hems clean in the snow so it's just easier to wear tights and boots every day.

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  6. I'm in a dress today with bare legs... It was 36 degrees when I left home, but the high is supposed to be around 60. Since I am inside all day, I just did it, though I admit it's a little early in the season!

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  7. Audrey this outfit is absolutely adorable! I love the tights. A friend of mine wore the same merlot color this weekend with a black sleeveless shift and open toed cognac booties. It was divine! Love this so much. Hey, if you need any warm bodies for your case studies let me know!! :)

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  8. I'm with ya! Arizona girl. I don't understand the whole "dresses and tights all year round" bit. Blows my mind! I can barely handle the weather bellow 50 or 40. Brrrr.

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  9. you're so cute! :) i wear dresses and skirts all year but it doesn't get under 32 here. and i wear them with tights and tall socks!
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  10. My secret: fleece lined tights! They are the BEST. :-)

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  11. Stephanie RobinsonThursday, February 14, 2013

    Nope, I dress in tights and skirts/dresses all winter - Kansas City isn't THAT cold but the high during the winter is generally from 25-45 degrees. I think wearing boots (as opposed to heels) helps as does a longer coat since I have about a half a mile walk from my parking garage to my office (boo).

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  12. I live in the U.P of Michigan so it gets mighty cold up here (way down into the negative temps), but I where dresses and tights all through the year for church. There really isn't a secret other than wearing thick tights (hue is my favorite brand), thick skirts (tweeds, wool, lined), and trying to get from my car to wherever I need to go as fast as possible. :)

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  13. I'm in Ottawa (Canada), which can get pretty chilly (to put it mildly - we had a bout of -30C a couple of weeks ago). When it's REALLY EFFING COLD (like colder than -20C), skirts do not happen. I end up wearing either two pairs of pants, or long underwear under my pants. But when I'm working, I'll often still wear skirts, and just stick a pair of black yoga pants underneath them on my way to work. Let's face it....my parka goes down to my knees, my Sorels go up to my knees, so no even knows I'm wearing a dress outside. I just quickly strip off the yoga pants when I get to work, and change out of my Sorels into cute shoes. I do have dressy heeled boots as well, but I find that for bus commuting, they are not warm enough for 1/2 hour waits in -20/-30C. So yeah...fashion bedamned, I want to keep my toes.

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  14. It gets cold in Nebraska, but I've found a pair of sweater tights (from Kohl's) and my knee high boots are often warmer than a pair of pants. If it's really cold I'll wear the sweater tights or leggings AND knee high boot socks and my boots. Still warmer than pants and heels. About the only time I won't wear a skirt is if it's cold AND super windy! Often I'll put a long sleeved t-shirt under my dress too if I get tired of the cardigan look or just want to change it up a bit.

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  15. That is my secret too. I wear skirts and dresses year round here in Denver because with fleece or sweater tights, a slip and boots I'm warmer than if I was wear dress pants. My problem is that I work in an old house and the heat is really inconsistent inside so for part of the day I'm also wearing wrist warmers and a giant scarf and part of the day I'm toasty.

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  16. I live in Canada, and it can get pretty cold in the winter, but I love dresses & skirts. It has to be pretty cold for me to choose pants over skirts most of the time. If it's an extra cold day I wear 2 pairs of tights & my almost knee high winter boots until I get to the office, where I change into my nicer work shoes. It's amazing how much warmer 2 pairs of tights are instead of just one, especially if at least one pair is wool blend. And I discovered fleece lined tights this year. So cozy!!!

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  17. I'm in Cleveland, OH, and I do wear skirts/dresses year round. Just not on days when the temps are in the teens. However, I will agree with the comment that tights plus leather boots is often warmer than pants! Long (knee-length or lower) coats are also essential. :) Thank you sooo much for helping me rethink my wardrobe - working in a laboratory on my PhD has been a serious drain on my fashion awareness!

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  18. I live in Mississippi, so it's not super cold, but we still get down to the 20s and teens occasionally, and have plenty of days in the 30s. I did bust out some leg warmers on a particularly icy day last month, since I was a wearing a skirt and tights, and just took the warmers off once I was in the office. My decision to pick jeans over skirts this week has had more to do with mood; it's been gray and gloomy and skirts and tights always seem to take just a little more effort. But the sun is back today, and I'm already thinking about which skirts and dresses to wear this weekend.

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  19. I'm from the UK and I wear skirts with tights year round, even on the coldest days.

    When I spent a winter in Canada I usually wore pants/jeans over thermal leggings when it got really cold. That was partly laziness though. As others have said, I think even in really really cold weather layering up tights and leggings and boots and warm tops and coats with a skirt is as warm as pants. In Canada even if it's cold outside it's usually sweltering inside!

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  20. I live in Columbus, OH and wear skirts/dresses year round. I get the knit "sweater-tights" that are super warm. Throw on some Uggs for the walk to the office and then put on the cute shoes for the day. Like the Clevelander, a long coat is essential in the winter months here. I've never really thought jeans were warm anyway. :)

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  21. I live in Detroit and wear skirts and dresses all year round even though I take the bus to work every day. Fleece-lined tights or leggings, wool socks, a knee-length wool coat lined in Thinsulate, and knee-high leather boots are warm enough and are still professional enough that there's no need to change when I get to the office.



    Though if it's in the single digits, I wear long underwear under wool pants or jeans. And try not to leave my bed.

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  22. I make the call based more on how much snow is on the ground or expected to fall rather than on the temperature. As everyone else has said, tights and boots can make a dress plenty cozy, but if I'm going to have to wade through a lot of snow and clean off my car a couple of times, I opt for pants. When it's in the single digits, I wear a pair of nylons under my pants. It adds a lot of warmth without any bulk.

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  23. Oh wow! I'm a teacher, and for whatever reason(s), my classroom gets cold sometimes to the point where I feel like I need to wear gloves and a scarf too! Glad someone shares my love for those fleece lined tights. They are TRULY heaven-sent! :-)

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  24. Honestly, I am surprised at all the people who say they wear it all year long. I Live in Wisconsin and honestly dont think dresses and skirts are an option at a certain point - may be I am a wimp? But I don't have a car, my fiance and I share a car- so I often rely on walking and public transportation. So I would say 40s . In the 30's with thick knit tights. Once it gets below that its pants all the way!! And Sometimes even the pants require long johns inside like when it was -5 with a wind chill of -16..eek! What is more frustrating then not being able to wear to dresses or skirts, is having to wear true winter boots ( although I found a very cute pair 2 years ago for cheap that go with brown and black pants :)) and having to change at work or class when there is snow storms or there is a lot of ice on the ground. I am envious of the people who can wear leather or suede boots all winter- not an option here, they will get destroyed. It has to be the right temperature and correct dryness.

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  25. I totally agree, snow is a huge factor.

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  27. Double up on tights or wear fleece lined leggings under tights. It adds minimal bulk, looks just as cute, and is one million times warmer.

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  28. I'm up in northern Idaho and like to wear dresses and skirts to work all year long, especially when its wet and sloppy out, because then I don't have to worry about the bottoms of my pants getting soggy and gross. Tights and leggings with tall, thick socks and a pair of knee-high boots is my favorite way to stay warm. I'd wimp out without that combination. When there is a lot of snow on on the ground, I opt for a pair of snow boots and leave a cute pair of shoes in my office, that way I can stay warm on my way in and out of work, but I don't have to worry about remembering dressier shoes.

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  29. I don't know much about dressing for cold weather either, but I absolutely love this outfit! The color combo of blue and maroon is so cute and fresh!

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  30. I'm with Becky, I prefer to wear skirts in sloppy weather because nothing gets yucky that way. I wear SmartWool tights and woolen socks under my knee-high boots (which get swapped out for Muck boots in wet weather). But, if the windchill is well below zero I will make a concession and wear pants.

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  31. I live in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, and I love wearing dresses and skirts to work & church. I actually love the creativity with the various layers of winter clothes, including tights. I'm typically going from my home to my car, and my car to my destination, so I really don't spend much time outside in my outfit; like others, I switch to cute shoes once I get to work. I find that my good wool coat with Thinsulate from J.Crew has been my best winter investment besides snow boots! If I'm going to be outside longer, I wear skinny jeans with boots or leggings under my jeans for extra warmth. And wool socks!!

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  32. love those tights - they give the outfit that extra special something! xo

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  33. I wonder if it's not so much that I'm a wimp as I am lazy and want to be comfortable that I wind up wearing pants instead? Hmmm. time for some self reflection... I'm impressed with the previous commenter who lives in the U.P. If you can wear dresses, then what's my excuse?!

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  34. Don't worry - you're not alone! I live in upstate New York, and I walk to work. Like you, I have to go for the hard-core functional winter boots rather than cute ones. I look ready to tackle Everest, but my toes stay dry and warm. I keep a nice collection of shoes at work. I will wear tights when it's in the 30s. Any lower than that and if I choose to wear a skirt, I will throw on some fleece pants underneath for the outdoor walk. Not necessarily fashionable, but warmth is key! This time of year it's just a waiting game until spring.

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  35. Love this color combo! I just got a pair of tights in this color. I have to dress up for work and I used to only wear skirts in the summer. I only recently started wearing skirts and dresses in the winter because it really opens up my wardrobe. 20 degrees is about my limit but I have a long down coat that is super warm and I wear boots when I'm walking in to work so it keeps me pretty warm. Being a little chilly is worth the sacrifice for fashion though :)

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  36. I live in Wisconsin and wear dresses year-round. Tights and layering are key! Tall boots with warm socks also help. I bought leg warmers to wear with my riding boots, which are roomy in the leg but snug in the foot, and that helps a ton. If the dress is cotton (I have one in a great neutral color), I wear a poly-blend skirt as a slip to prevent the fabric from clinging to my tights.

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  37. I wear dresses year-round, but I typically take a break in the winter when the temperature hovers around freezing, and although it doesn't snow much here (Tacoma, Washington), I wouldn't wear a dress in it! My secret otherwise is wearing lots of layers (slip + dress + long-sleeved cardigan, and socks over tights + tall boots). I've even tried layering tights, but I prefer to just wear thick sweater tights. I've participated in Dressember before (wear a dress every day during December), but I really don't spend much time outside, so it worked for me.

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  38. If it is under 30 degrees and/or snowy, I don't do skirts or dresses. That may change now that I have to dress up again for my job, but I stick to pants and boots in cold weather.

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  39. I live in Ohio and wear skirts and dresses all year. My trick is fleece lined tights - they're the most amazing thing EVER! They're warmer than many pairs of pants that I own. In addition, talls boots, amazing coats, and a great set of gloves and you're all set of a midwest winter!

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  40. I work in Boulder & I wear dresses year round - with lots of tights & layering. I've actually found that I sometime like a skirt and tall boots better when there's some snow. No pant cuffs to drag & get all damp & crusty. That only works if the snow is less than 2 feet or so, though.

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  41. I'll wear tights until about 20º or just under, but only with layered tights or lined tights (the world's greatest invention) and knee high boots. I can do regular tights and heels (or other non-boots) until about 30º. In the spring here, you see people pulling out the bare legs and dresses as soon as we hit 50º since we're all so tired of wearing so many layers!

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  42. I wear dresses and skirts year round, which means in weather down to about -25 or -30C (that's about -13 to -22F). The secret to this is to invest in really good outerwear -- well-made pieces that are rated for the coldest temperatures in your area. It doesn't matter so much if your legs are cold as long as your feet, hands, torso, and head are toasty!


    If I'm wearing a short skirt, it'll be my winter parka, skirt, tights, ski socks, and then hiking or snow boots, depending on which is appropriate. I carry flats in my purse so that I can lose the socks and put them on when I get where I'm going.


    If it's windy, a long skirt is usually the better choice. It'll break the wind much better than a pair of pants would, and you'll get sort of a column of warmer air inside the skirt that moves around with you.

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  43. I'm in Chicago and put the dresses and skirts away if it's going to be below 20 degrees during either my morning or evening commute. Otherwise they're fair game!

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  44. I live in Kentucky so we probably have the same weather. I prefer to wear fleece lined tights instead of pants because they're warmer. Sometimes I layer sweater tights over them for extra toastiness!

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  45. I am totally with you! I live in Boston, and it can get down to 0 or -5 with the wind-chill in the winter. My secret is also tights & leggings with thick socks and boots! The combo of tight plus leggings blocks out almost all of the wind and with warm feet from the socks and boots, I never notice it.

    And to those who said they couldn't do it because they took public transportation, I do it all the time! I have a long commute on transit and sometimes I just walk the three miles and haven't worn pants to work all winter, so it can be done!

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  46. im not very fond of jeans/pants. so i tend to layer socks, tights and leggings during the colder season! :D

    love your color combo here!! :D

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  47. I have been trying to wear my dresses in the winter, its difficult for me. Anything below freezing is hard to wear a dress (even with tights!). However, I adore your dress (looks like confetti) and those burgundy tights!!


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  48. I love the color of those tights! especially paired with the darker colors and fun pattern! I'm in Chicago, and while in theory, I'm not anti-skirts in winter, I do most often find myself in pants. Although, sweater tights are actually warmer than most of my dress pants! Go figure!
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  49. HappinessatmidlifeThursday, February 14, 2013

    I live up the 5 Fwy from you so I can't really offer any advice on how to wear dresses in cold weather. I would say I to wear a scarf, a good coat & maybe gloves. You look adorable in your colored tights!


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  50. I live in Alaska. Yep. I stop wearing shorts with tennis shoes when it gets about 35 - sometime in September. However, skirts /dresses are hard in winter because of the ice. I have to wear shoes that I can wear with ice cleats. If its "summer" then I'm game for anything. My jackets get good wear though lol. Gotta love those -40F days.

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  51. Once the outdoor temperature dips enough that my house can no longer maintain about 75 degrees on its own (since I never set the thermostat that high, but oh, do I wish I could), my daily wear is all pants and blankets. I could use a break from my jeans rut, but I'll have to live vicariously through your adorableness for a while longer. Love the navy sweater and the burgundy tights with this dress! Perfect.

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  52. 40 degrees is the lowest I'll go for a dress/skirt with tights! Once it gets in the 30s, I'm ready for thick jeans and heavy sweaters.

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  53. I can't tell you how many times I ALMOST bought that dress!

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  54. I live in Manitoba, Canada, where it can get down to minus 30, and I wear dresses all winter! I wear them with tights (of course), riding boots, and a cardigan or blazer. If it's really cold I can add a scarf, and tall cozy socks that stick out from the top of my boots. The boots are sturdy and practical enough to wear outside, but are also polished enough that they work with the rest of the outfit! And of course I have a really warm parka :)

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  55. -5°C is not that cold ;) But also, there is not much difference being in tights at -5 as there is at -20. Let's be honest, you're not really outside much when it's -20 anyways. The only thing is you might wear warmer boots (and change into shoes at work, or not) and a winter coat/gloves/hat/scarf combo.
    The only thing is that when it's Really cold (like -25 or -30) then I just feel like being cozy, and I don't think tights and skirt are as cozy as jeans and a fleece can be ;) Otherwise, wearing skirts all year round is pretty easy.

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  56. I have been in a jeans and cute top run too. I have a ton of skirts and dresses and I used to wear them constantly, but I just haven't been drawn to them lately.... I just have not been feelin' the tights this year either.

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  57. Love these tights audrey! Hope you enjoyed the snow!

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  58. Glad to see another Ak girl! :)
    I wear my long underwear under my fleece tights/legging with extra socks and I can wear tights all year round. Maxi dresses actually work really well for those -50 to -60 below days because you can layer like crazy underneath with long underwear and jeans and then the long skirt helps keep all of the heat in. The real key is either having well insulated boots or wearing really warm sock inside your boots to keep those toes warm. (Lots of layers up top helps as well with a really warm coat.)

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  59. Love the dress! And the belt is such a cute touch and really looks fabulous!

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  60. I wear dresses and skirts year round, as well. They're my favorite thing to wear, and since I live in Minnesota, I have to make it work in the winter or I would be lost without my dresses and skirts :) I get through with a few strategies.
    1. TIGHTS. I recently got my first pair of fleece-lined leggings that I wear with dresses and boots on cold days. They're warmer than pants, to be honest, and I feel so much more put together in a dress than I do in pants.
    2. Boots. I wear boots with my dresses and skirts in the winter almost exclusively. They provide another barrier to the cold, and they're safe and comfortable for navigating around snow banks and ice patches. Sometimes I'll wear my winter boots to work and change into flats or wedges when I'm at work and don't need to be going outside.
    (2.5). Wearing knee high socks or boot socks with my boots and tights for even MORE protection from the cold.
    3. Scarves. I find that when my neck/chest are cold, my whole body is cold. I wear scarves when I wear dresses/skirts because it keeps the rest of my body nice and toasty!
    4. Great outerwear. A few years ago, I splurged on a down winter coat. I was hesitant about the price, but I've honestly never regretted it, because I've never been cold while wearing that darn coat (even in -40F!!). I also have some ridiculously warm mittens (gloves don't keep my hands as warm as mittens), a thick scarf, and a cute but weather-appropriate hat that I'll throw on for those super cold days.

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  61. Warm tights/leggings & knee-high boots!

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  62. I love this look! What stores do you shop for your belts? They all look fabulous!

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  63. Since following your blog, I've been on a rampage to fill the gaps in my closet and reinvent the items I currently own. I think you're a genius, love this site!

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