The Look

Patty J

Lifestyle Blogger


"As far as personal style goes, for me it’s all about my mood. Some days, I go for a Vince tee, jeans, and blazer or overcoat. Other times, I want to be ‘seen’ and will add in a ginormous knit scarf or go with an A-line dress or skirt. One of the best parts about fall and winter is rolling out the black tights and bodysuits I’ve accumulated over the years to wear with skirts and dresses. I have yet to find something that’s matte and opaque enough for my taste. You can’t go wrong with a fitted black turtleneck, especially this time of year. 

I look for quality when it comes to buying a piece. In my pre-blog life, I worked for a well-known department store and it gave me the opportunity to take my love of shopping to a whole other level. I was exposed to some of the best-made shoes, bags, and sportswear. I still drool over labels like MaxMara. 

My vision has been on the decline since the fourth grade, but it’s only been the last few years that I’ve embraced statement glasses (and sunglasses, too) in a big way. The bigger the glasses the better. Not like Elton John from the ‘70s big, but more like Jenna Lyons, Demi Moore, or Linda Rodin. Also, a fantastic bag, necklace, or scarf are other fallbacks for zhushing up a simple outfit.

Not sure whether it’s a blessing or a curse, but I can shop anywhere, from thrift shops to department stores, online, and local boutiques. I dressed up when I worked in retail. It was a serious and sometimes competitive business. When I first launched the blog, I went in the opposite direction with mostly casual looks, kind of a rebellion against all that. These days, I’m back to dressing up more, but in a less stuffy way. 

Fall is all kinds of fun, especially when it comes to getting dressed! In addition to turtlenecks and tights, I’m also a super big fan of statement jackets and coats. A beautiful coat can really elevate something every day and turn it into a WOW! look."

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