Yesterday I had a fun and really busy social day, so used the opportunity to dress up a little for one of the events.

I was meeting a friend for chocolate brunch earlier in the day. The weather was chilly yet sunny, so I decide to be brave and wear a skirt, and was also itching to put my new TopShop Jolene pumps through paces. So the outfit was based on Angie's recent post of Ensemble: Top, Sweater Vest & Denim Skirt . I combined three very old pieces: Gap light denim shirt, dark Arden B denim skirt and Express houndstooth sweater vest. I love the skirt as it has a slight mermaid shape yet front and back slits make it easy to walk in. I added nude fake-fishnets for warmth. I kept the 70's theme with the mixed-media navy peacoat and floppy burgundy hat. I echoed the hat with a burgundy polka dot scarf and finished the outfit with a black&white cross body bag. I am happy to report that the shoes were perfectly comfy for 45 min of walking.

In the evening I went to a different friend's place for a board game night. They have an adorable puppy which means a lots of time playing on the floor, so I needed to change into something more relaxed. I put together a second winter version of the Ensemble: Neutral Spring Drape , this time in light neutrals. I combined Joie Tambrel asymmetric sweater in taupe cashmere with Habitual stone/taupe skinnies with embossed texture, and Helmut Lang asymmetric cream Villous sweatshirt with fun diagonal lines. I played with the big cuff on the skinnies as the colors were fairly low contrast. I added a cream beanie and scarf in light tones, taupe leather bag and my Converse Highness sneakers. I needed to throw a puffer on the top of everything, and chose my bone Uniqlo puffer bought earlier this fall to stay in the same color palette. I sized up on the puffer when I bought it so it is about a half a size too big, so that I can wear it over bulky layers like in this outfit. It works well for that purpose, yet I worry that it still looks too big. I'd be curious to hear your impressions on that.

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