Oh, this plaid duster. This comfy little number has been on may-jah repeat this fall for a few reasons: a) it’s basically like wearing a potato sack, b) it’s ideal for these warm October days, and c) it can be easily dressed up or down. For this look, I leaned towards the latter, pairing it with sleek black accessories, a merlot-hued hat, and fab jewelry (hence the luster to my duster). Can we talk about the BEST part of this chic potato sack? It’s only $25.
If you’re not into the whole mixing of higher end and lower end, I would just turn back now. This is a prime example of that; starring some cheapo brands like Target and Forever, and then some pricier pieces from Karen Walker, Daniel Wellington, and local fave Theodosia Jewelry. In my humble opinion, anyone with an AmEx and a copy of Vogue can dress like a top fashion blogger, but it’s the thoughtful combination of affordable and designer that impresses me. So when you’re drooling over the endless pics of Rockstuds and Celine bags on insta, just know that you, too, can achieve that look (as well as your neighbor, coworker, and homeless man down the street) with enough dolla dolla billz. However, when you can take a $3 thrift store find and pair it perfectly with $300 designer duds? That’s when you inspire me. *rant over*
Whoa sorry guys, I think I just blacked out. Who wrote that paragraph up there?? Moving on – can we talk about accessories for a min? THESE JEWELS THO. I don’t think “obsessed” even begins to cover it. Theodosia Jewelry is one of my absolute favorites in Charleston. It’s so unique, colorful, and the just the right amount of edgy. Since I’m really into pairing cobalt and cranberry for fall, this tassel necklace was a no-brainer with my hat. Then, partially to tie it all together and also because I just can’t get enough Theodosia, I layered one more necklace on top. Last but certainly not least, I finished it off with tiny black diamond skull studs and a snake ring that made me feel like a sexy witch. (Halloween, I see you.)
Smoldering eye makeup, nude lips, and dark nails ended this look with a bang. If I were going the other way with this duster and wanted to dress it down, I’d wear it unbuttoned with ripped skinnies, a tank or crop top, and round sunnies. Keep the hat and shoes but ditch a few accessories and glam makeup, and you’ve got yourself a chic but effortless shopping outfit.
Raise your hand if you like to mix and match expensive and affordable like I do! If so, comment your favorite ways to do this below. Thanks for reading ❤
Duster: Target | Mules: Target (similar here) | Hat: Forever 21 | Clutch: Forever 21 (similar) | Sunnies: Karen Walker c/o Ditto | Watch: Daniel Wellington | Skull Studs c/o Theodosia Jewelry | Necklaces c/o Theodosia Jewelry | Snake Ring c/o Theodosia Jewelry | Lips: Maybelline Color Sensational Creamy Matte Lip Color (Nude Embrace) | Nails: Essie (In The Lobby)
Photos by Smith Photos + Ink