Proportion is so important when putting an outfit together. I failed to understand this concept for years, and would often pair items together and end up with an outfit that was too over the top, too uncomfortable or not polished enough for everyday wear. But I suppose that is what your 20’s are for, right? That and to wear ridiculously uncomfortable shoes, live in tinier than ever apartments and keep empty refrigerators. Since the weather hasn’t dipped yet into the tights zone (once you put them on, you don’t take them off until May), I had to think twice about what I was going to pair with this quilted mini and over-the-knee boots combination. Opaque tights can drastically take down the sass factor with short skirts and boots, but it’s a fine line to walk when sporting a bare leg. A fine line for my conservative self, that is. So I figured a large over-sized cozy sweater would be the perfect partner. And though I know it goes against the blogger code of ethics (thou shalt always over-accessorize and add one more piece before leaving the house), I struggled with trying to add something to this sweater to give it a bit more excitement. I finally dug deep into my closet and pulled out this scarf that I’ve had for at least 10 years and felt it was perfect. I wore it almost every day when I first bought it, but over the years I have reached for it less and less. And then I was in the nail salon the other morning and a girl walked in with a blue one draped around the neck of her big chunky sweater. So I copied her. Sorry random stylish nail salon gal for jacking your style. But hey, at least I gave her credit, right?

Sweater – Tinley Road via Piperlime (on sale!) | Skirt – Topshop (similar here and here) | Scarf – Alexander McQueen | Boots – Stuart Weitzman (similar here and here) | Sunglasses – Stella McCartney

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