Talk about two things I NEVER wear - coloured skinnies and a scarf! I bought these burgundy skinnies last week and after playing with them some on the weekend for outfit ideas, I'm busting them out today.

I decided to pair them with my grey Gap mesh sleeve sweater as I do love the combo of burgundy and grey. I added my black leather belt and a semi tuck. I know some do not care for a semi tuck with skinnies but I'm discovering that I really need a semi tuck for two reasons - with the belt lower than my natural waist, the semi tuck can visually elongate my torso which is very short. I also find that the semi tuck actually gives me a waist.

I had to choose my black Clarks shooties again for comfort and would have preferred my pointy toe black patent booties but that's life.

I've been toying with trying scarves as I do like the look on others and can see how they work to tie in colours. Since I wanted to find a way to repeat the burgundy in the top half of the outfit, I went digging through the scarf bin at my local Goodwill to see what I could find - a "test" scarf if you will. I found this dark red (not quite burgundy but close enough) scarf with a light grey and black abstract print (sort of a faux animal print) that fit the bill. One of my issues with scarves is the fuss factor - always adjusting, making sure the ends don't get caught in something, etc. So I went on Pinterest to look at different ways to tie scarves and found exactly what I was looking for. This makes the scarf almost more like a necklace, less bulky and less "flimsy". In fact, it actually gives the scarf structure - PERFECT!

Jewelry is my black/white oversized watch and silver wedding band and I chose my animal print oversized clutch for my handbag.

When I head out the door, I'll be wearing my berry coloured cashmere-blend knee length coat which amazingly, works perfectly with the scarf.

So this is a new look for me with new items - my happiness factor? SKY HIGH!!! What do you think - does it all work on me? As always, all comments/suggestions welcome.

Sweater: Gap
Skinnies: Attitude by Jay Manuel
Shooties: Clarks
Scarf: Goodwill
Clutch: XOXO
Coat: Anne Klein

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