Monday, January 13, 2014

School Days: High End to Low End in Tartan & Stripes

Today's outfit was inspired by the school uniforms worn back in my day. I had to wear one, and detested it because I felt like it stunted my creativity. Now I rock it my way, by choice. You know which ones I am referring to: 
That navy blazer and plaid skirt deal! 

I wholly embrace tartan, and have done so since it was called plain ole "plaid"! LOL! 
It seemed only logical that my tartan blazer should be mixed with stripes and bold color.

This outfit is a mix of so-called high end brands, and their more budget friendly counterparts. I am a thrifty gal myself, yet I prefer to shop a wide range of brands to sift out quality, well-made pieces. Sometimes I find them in Saks Fifth Avenue (on sale of course), and other times at local thrift shops. In my opinion, quality and durability out weigh 'trends'. The majority of the time, I buy classic pieces, that are intended to last many years. For the fun, less practical side of me, I also purchase pieces that are trendy and hip to stay current, and to add additional flair.

This is easy business attire, and was taken to evening chic status by adding a vintage clutch. 

Sunnies: Nordstrom
Blazer: Evan Picone, Vintage & thrifted (worn here)
Shirt: Finity, Saks Fifth Avenue
Tie: Yves Saint Laurent, thrifted
Pants: NYDJ (also seen here)
Baby Jane's: Nine West (another go here)
Handbag: Dooney & Bourke Milano Collection (seen all throughout the blog)
Clutch: Vintage, thrifted

Over to you, do you mix high and low end brands? Do you fancy tartan as much as I do?


  1. I love the Tartan trend- You look amazing in it. I love how you have styled the blazer.Thank you soo much for the comment on my blog. I really appreciate.

  2. I see your Plaid and raise you one Tartan. Boy oh boy you are rockin' the ole school uniform look with the red pants. I had to wear uniforms back in the day and I liked it then because it was easy to get ready for school. You look very Good here Ms. Joi.

    1. Thank you! Wouldn't be awesome if all school uniforms looked like this?! LOL

  3. Uhmm I can't choose which one is better the outfit or the scenery ? I guess i will go with the outfit. That blazer is just amazing.

    1. Aw thanks Ciaa! I'm so glad I didn't pass up this blazer =)


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