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May 27, 2014
Pieced Together


cargo vest, cargo jacket, anorak, prada sunglasses, tshirt style


cargo vest, cargo jacket, anorak, prada sunglasses, ponytail style

cargo vest, cargo jacket, anorak, bucket bag, olive green sandals


There are some mornings where I’m really less than inspired to be getting out of bed — read, Mondays or the first day after a long weekend. I am often the “let’s go get ’em” type of person but some mornings just come on so abruptly that I find myself staring blankly into my closet and running out of time before I have to head to work. I know you’ve had those moments too, so I am going to share my little secret on how I get dressed on those days when you really need to push through and are uninspired.

I’ll start with something that I really want to wear because it’s comfortable. In this case, I picked the skinny jeans that finally came back from my tailor that are a comfortable and easy fit. I had been looking for a good replacement pair for the ones I ended up getting rid of in my closet cleanse and was beyond thankful that the gals at Madewell sent me home with these after my event last month. A good fitting pair of jeans is just the best.

Then I’ll pick a current favorite from my closet to get me excited about my outfit, and if it’s a notch up from what you’d normally wear that’s a plus. I don’t typically wear heels on Mondays (mostly because I’m running late.. literally running) but decided that I needed that pick me up to get my mind right. I can’t even tell you what a good investment these heels are – comfortable, sexy, versatile and my favorite color as of late.

Next I assess based on color. The heels have an olive/moss green color and I wanted to tie that back in so I chose this t-shirt with stripes of a similar color to keep with the casual vibe and layered a utility vest over it. It’s a little embarrassing how often I wear my utility, leather moto or tailored vests over things. I am a vest junkie lately! I can’t stop, but I like that they add a different element to seemingly normal looks.

Last but not least, I chose something functional. It was a little cold that morning so I picked out a light jacket that didn’t necessarily match (I think that would’ve seriously overdone the olive green) but has a similar vibe and would be found in a corresponding color palette. There are a ton of jackets out there in military green like this, but not many in this shade which made it a home run for me (it also comes in khaki).

It’s not a science, but I’ve found it to be very helpful when I’m having styling block in the morning. Comfortable + current favorite + color coordinating + functional, for the win! What are your go-to’s for lazy mornings?


JACKET / Athleta anorak in flint (c/o)  •   VEST / Ecote utility vest (similar)  •  T-SHIRT / Madewell linen half court tee  •  JEANS / Madewell skinny skinny jeans (c/o)  •  BAG / Deux Lux bucket bag (similar here and here)  •  SANDALS / Dolce Vita ‘Niro’ sandals  •  SUNGLASSES / Prada cat eye sunglasses

Photos by Mary Graves Photography

Absolutely love this simple yet chic outfit. This color palette works so well together and easy on the eyes. And thanks for sharing your morning-outfit deciding-routine. I definitely am one to wake up super early only to be late because I can’t make up my mind on what to wear to work.

Cute look! I love the navy anorak.

Style by Joules

I totally know what you’re talking about! This look is great! Love the shoes!


Thanks Alecia! :) Cute romper in your recent post!

Love your style! I’ve been following you for a few months and you have become one of my favorite bloggers! Stay sweet and authentic. :)

Thank you so much! That means the world to me Morgan :)

Love this outfit…the layers are great and the sandals are killer! I often have the same problem with the blank closet stare. I usually start with one item and build the outfit from there.

I love that we’re on the same page.. sometimes you need to have a method to the madness when it’s one of those days :)

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