So I wore this cowl necklast week alone but wanted to try styling it with layers. I think I might have mentioned that in my Instagram Stories. And I’m so happy with how it turned out! I love that this flannel is super relaxed – the textures worked out perfectly together. This flannel also comes in 5 colors so you have tons of options depending on the color palette you want. If you’re in between sizes, size down – I ordered my regular size because I’m tall though and it wasn’t crazy baggy!
As y’all already know, this cowl neck sweater also comes in 8 colors so between that and the flannel, the color combinations are plentiful. It’s a very lightweight cozy sweater – almost like a thermal. It’s great for the slightly warmer days if you’re in a cold climate where you don’t needs tons of protection under your puffer coat. It’s also great for my west coast and southern girls all the time!
The rest of my outfit is a little deja vu – my high waist skinnies are back in action! These are just so versatile. Last week I talked about how finding the perfect denim is half the battle of styling ankle bootsand these jeans are perfect for that too. From pumps to booties to thick snow boots, they are my go to and are the most versatile pair I own. Just size down a size because they stretch!
I’ve styled a similar look before here but swapped out my white tunic for a dusty rose one. I’m mixing up the color combinations by bringing in beige pumps and it works really well with this beige work bag I always carry. For more inspo on how to style this sweater with a dress, check out this post!
Other than that I wanted to talk about these leggings again (both the moto ones and the plain ones)! I’m getting so many questions about them and I love it! Yes, they are legitimately the best leggings I’ve ever owned. And they are 100% worth it in my opinion. Here is why they work FOR ME. I carry all my weight in my hips and thighs so I love that they suck me in those areas. I personally, need that in order to feel comfortable wearing leggings out in public. It’s the same reason I swear by the Lululemon All the Right Places tights and those new Athleta leggingsI got last week. I like that “hugged” feeling and love that it makes my inner thighs smaller (I will always have inner thighs that touch in a bathing suit, I’ve just accepted that).
On the texture, it’s definitely not slick faux leather. I personally don’t like that look as I think it can look a little cheap if you aren’t careful with how you style it. Don’t get me wrong, it can be done right but I need pieces that are versatile and easy to style! It’s slightly crackled leather which is also why I feel like these are more versatile (and you can get away with wearing them to the office without everyone thinking you’re going on a date after work).
On other and cheaper leggings, they just don’t hold me in or flatter my very athletic, curvy legs. They also tend to bunch up a ton in awkward places like at the knee. Like these $19 leggings from Nordstrom – I put them on and immediately was like nope, these are doing me zero favors. If you need them for one or two events, they are an option but if you plan to wear them for a long time, invest in the Spanx ones (yes I know it’s weird to order leggings from Spanx).
If you’re looking for slick leather, these Commando leggings are another option however they definitely wrinkle up at the knee and aren’t tight at the ankle. I love that the Spanx ones are tight at the ankle because it looks classier for work. The seams on the Commando leggings are sewn in a way that typically aren’t made to hold you in and there’s no wide waistband at the top (which I need) so just know that going in. You can also see the seam at the waistline which is a pet peeve of mine!
On sizing, I’m usually a 4-6 in Lululemon and ordered a Small in the Spanx regular leggings and a Medium in the moto leggings. Even though they have the same fit, I’d wanted to see if I noticed a huge difference in the way the fabric fits. There wasn’t a ton but the medium had a little more room. Both of them work really well for me but I do love that the Small REALLY holds me in. If I wasn’t so self conscious about my hips and thighs, I would be fine with a Medium. The waist is really high on these so since my smallest part is my waist (almost disproportionately so), I didn’t run into issues with the small. That being said, both sizes worked so if you’re in doubt and want it to be a little easier to put them on, you can order a size up.
I hope that was helpful!! I know these leggings are more of an investment so I wanted to be detailed to help you make your decision. In terms of care, make sure to wash them inside out to keep the texture preserved! Even after the faux leather wears off, they still are great leggings (I still wear my pair that is 2 years old which I mistakenly washed right side out for a year until I realized this)! Here are all the ways I’ve worn leggings here on Visions of Vogue!
This past weekend I talked about a brand that most of you haven’t heard of since high school: Abercrombie. If you’re wondering why I talked about it, don’t judge me yet. On a whim, I had purchased this burgundy knit sweater – and a bunch of other (now) favorites from one of their massive online sales. Let me tell you, I was blown away!
Bring out the semi-preppy today! Y’all know by now that I like to throw a little button down and sweater together. It is so appropriate for the office and also serves to keep you warm on those really cold days.
I originally had this sweater in beige but bought the grey because it’s such a steal. I sized down to avoid an oversized fit. It’s still not tight by any means and it’s definitely a thicker sweater so it will keep you warm. That being said, I always am careful with what I style with chunky knits so I don’t end up looking frumpy or bigger than I am. Which just means I wear things like pencil skirts or skinny jeans with them! It’s all about balance!
I’ve gotten so many questions about where I go for white button downs lately! This one is by a brand called Frank and Eileen but they’re definitely more investment tops. My other go to for button downs is J.Crew Factory. I periodically check their website and basically buy whatever button downs are in stock that I like. They are almost always under $50 and you can style them for the weekend too. There isn’t always a great selection so I just check back every month or two for new options! Here are some current favorites!
These mules are arguable one of my favorite mules this year. I just can’t get enough of the color – it’s not a bold pink, definitely more subtle so if pink isn’t your thing usually but you’ve been wanting to try it, this is a great step in that direction. I also sized up a half size (I always do on mules). They come in 7 other colors too if pink is out of the question for you!
It’s been a burgundy end of the week over here! Going back to my uniform which is leggings, this burgundy cardigan, and a tunic. I feel like I’m consistently re-wearing this simple formula for the office during these months. I just change out my pumps and a few accessories! This cardigan already sold out once so I’m linking to a few alternatives in case it does again!
If you don’t own this $28 tunic already, buy it in every color that’s in stock! Trust me, you’re going to love it! I’ve heard so many success stories from you guys over on Instagram that you have purchased (and fell in love with) it too! It’s just so good for everything from wearing it with leggings to tucking it into business skirts. I will caution you that the v-neck in the front can be a little revealing at certain angles but not enough to deter me from wearing it to work! Especially under my favorite scarf!
I’ve also been walking to work in my Hunter Boots this week. The weather has been so unpredictable and a few days have brought some rain so this is my most logical option. They keep you relatively warm (with some cozy knits underneath) and the grip is great for snow or rain when the sidewalks are slippery.