As it gets cooler and the mornings get darker, I find myself drawn to darker and thicker fabrics. Let’s call this look “Refined Grunge.”
When I think of grunge, I think dark colors and faded denim. Believe it or not, these jeans were once black. While some see faded black jeans as a negative, I love the semi-worn look, especially for an outfit like this. The slightly graying seams almost looks purposely done. And you don’t have to spend money on an expensive pair of jeans to get this look…..just wash your black jeans a few times!
Coco Note: I’m serious.
This blazer is another thrifted gem (winning.). It’s made out of a dark gray wool and features silver buttons and an asymmetrical cut in the front. It fits perfectly and the material is so thick that this blazer can be worn as a jacket on warmer Autumn days.
Under the blazer I’m wearing a houndstooth button-up that has two long sashes at the neckline that you can tie into a secretarial bow. (I think this is also called a pussy-bow top.) The bow adds to the dimension that the thick blazer and houndstooth print provide. Houndstooth is another classic print and one of my favorite prints for fall and winter— definitely a closet staple.
Coco Note: Y’all know I have a long-sleeved v-neck under this shirt, right? I like to rack up on round neck and v-neck long and short sleeved shirts and camis in all colors to wear underneath my tops year-round. You can use those to add warmth and color to your outfits.
Like I said, it’s definitely getting cooler. And what says cooler like suede? These suede booties are perfect for adding a little height (especially for all my fun-sized mamis out there, hey boo!) without being impractical. An ankle bootie is great for us less-than-average-height gals because it won’t cut off your legs. The almost-pointy toe also helps elongate the leg, and the tiny heel gives us an extra boost.
Coco Note: A short heel is a great, practical way to increase height and helps your posture and that booty!
Just because I’m trying this whole color thing out, I decided on a yellow leather purse. I went with silver for accessories, to play off the silver details of the purse and blazer. I threw on a gray Pashmina that’s lost some of it’s structure and has been washed a zillion times. For jewelry, instead of the same light silver, however, I chose to add some glam and go with dark silver and sparkle. I brought more of the grunge/rocker elements in with the cross ring and the studs and spikes on my bracelets.
I also chose to skip the contacts wear an older pair of glasses. This was mostly due to laziness this morning, but it definitely helped that these glasses have the same distressed look as my jeans. They also have some silver detail on the frames. And how- no seriously, HOW- could I do grunge/punk without a dark lip?! Hello!
Coco Note: Let’s just say this uncombed hair thing is for the look, okay?
As you can probably tell, the greatest part of this outfit is that it really didn’t take much prep or effort. The concept of this look definitely has a lot to do with “making it work.” We all have pieces in our closet that are old, torn or worn out. If you’re not quite ready to let go (I’m here for you), you can always find a way to make it work.
I hope this post inspired you to remix some of the older pieces in your wardrobe. What are some ways you remix clothes, jewelry or accessories?