I'm still using one of those cheap, narrow floor mirrors everyone seems to get for college. And the plastic frame has fallen off. And it probably hasn't been cleaned in at least a year.
Needless to say, it's quite difficult to determine in it if I like an outfit I'm trying out for the first time!
So, when I was trying to find something to wear to a friend's house Saturday night, something that would be appropriate for the mid-60s cold snap we were having over the weekend, I reverted back to using my camera and remote timer. I really do think Cher from Clueless was onto something when she said she never relies on mirrors, and only takes polaroids of her outfits! Because taking photos of my outfit with the three belt options I was considering was way more helpful than looking in my dirty, narrow mirror.
This is the outfit I ended up wearing, perfect for the almost cool fall weather, with a pencil skirt, knee high boots and long sweater, but bare legs and arms, since it isn't quite fall yet.
Long Black Sweater: Target (purchased last year), Black Top: Target, Jean Pencil Skirt: Express, Belt: Anthropologie (newish, purchased on clearance for $19.95), Boots: Steve Madden Intyce (newish, purchased new on ebay for $89), Headband, Earrings and Bracelets: Probably Target
This was a really interesting exercise for me, since I've never done the belt-over-sweater thing before. It's a hard look to pull off when you have a big ribcage like I do, and I've always been worried the sweater would just be too bulky. But after trying a skinny, medium and thick belt, I think it worked best on me with a medium or skinny belt. So now I have a new look I can play around with more!
And since I went with this mixed material belt, I had to dig out some natural, wooden bead bracelets. I just couldn't bring myself to go out without something to tie in the natural braided material on the belt!
Also, I now know why people have raved about the Intyce boots for a while now--they are so comfy, and I think the low heel will be perfect now that I live somewhere where it snows. I don't think I would pay the $150 regular price (since I'm cheap, and have never spent that much on a single pair of shoes), but waiting and searching ebay, I'm happy with the $89 I paid because I see them getting a lot of use this fall and winter.
Now if only it would cool down some more so I could wear the gorgeous new coat I got a few weeks ago! But no, we're going back up to the mid-80s this week. Guess it will be a while until I need to break out the tights and scarves. :(
Have you embraced the belt-over-sweater look? Anyone already bought a new coat or boots for the fall/winter season?