outfits style winter

preppy plaid + polka dots

cardigan: Banana Republic Outlet // shirt: thrifted // jeans & socks: Gap // booties: Charlotte Russe (similar) // watch: Anne Klein // necklace:  Bip & Bop
 Two of the first things I learned upon reading style blogs were the power of plaid and how to layer. Whether I’m dressing to the nines or I’m running late for a nine o’clock meeting, I can count on plaid to look classic and polished and even feel comfortable. If I had all the money in the world, I would buy every plaid top that J.Crew makes. Luckily, since I don’t, I can count on thrift stores to sell plaid in colors and sizes I’d never considered.
As for layering, this trick didn’t come so easily to me. Bloggers like Blair from Atlantic Pacific seem to wear ten layers of clothing every day–and that doesn’t even start to count the jewelry up her arm and around her neck. In a less heavy but more creative fashion, Elsie and Emma of A Beautiful Mess find ways to layer their dresses to really get the most wear for their money. I keep both of these methods of layering in mind when dressing myself, but it sometimes just turns out that I pile half of my closet on at once, which isn’t so cute. I haven’t perfected my layering mantra yet, but I’m definitely into pattern mixing, unexpected color pallets, and changing up the way a garment is worn (like rolling or buttoning) to make a new item in my closet.
So how do you think I did? I guess putting a cardigan over a button down isn’t exactly putting a man on the moon, but I liked how the rolled sleeves of the shirt looked with the cropped sleeves of the sweater and I liked the matching color scheme juxtaposing with different patterns. 
What is your layering mantra? Are you mad about plaid or hot for dots?
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