October 29, 2011

outfit post | black and tan

What I’m going to miss the most about summer is the ability to effortlessly throw on a casual dress, shoes and accessories while I rush out the door on Monday mornings.

Luckily, fall hasn’t fully arrived in the Kansas City area (though it did go from a warm 82-degree-day to a much-cooler mid-50s within a day), so I am enjoying the last few opportunities to get ready in a snap — no extreme layering required (yet).

On Monday, I threw on a simple LBD and accessorized it with tons of special jewelry, funky cutout booties and a vintage short-sleeved trench. While it isn’t the most-complex outfit I’ve ever worn, it was yet another way to maximize a simple, inexpensive little black dress’s potential. I like the idea of dressing up even the most-basic clothing with meaningful pieces of jewelry and accessories that take you back to places you’ve been or people who have been important to you throughout the years.

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{Little Black Dress//Target; Tan Short-Sleeved Trench//Thrifted, Haight-Ashbury, San Francisco; Booties//Maude Boutique, Fayetteville, Arkansas}

I love this vintage trench. While in San Francisco one weekend, a dear friend of mine bought it for me on a day when we were walking around the Haight and I just wasn’t dressed appropriately for the windy weather. It cost all of $20 and has a funny , voluminous stitching on the back that gives even flat-bottomed women like me a bit of oomph.

While it’s not the most-practical piece to own (I can wear a short-sleeved trench in Kansas for about three weeks every year — then it’s either too hot or too cold), it’s a meaningful item that proudly hangs in my coat closet next to bulky jackets and winter coats.

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{Coral Bracelet//Gift from the Teacher Man, Salina, Kansas; Three Wooden Bracelets//Gift from my high school friend Rachael, San Francisco; Green Flower Bracelet//Bought at Vung Tau Beach, Vietnam, circa 2003}

All of the bracelets on my wrist are priceless. The coral bracelet is the first piece of jewelry the teacher man ever got for me, and I adore it. It’s one of my favorite colors and goes with everything. Whenever I get compliments on this piece while in his presence, he can’t help but smile and know that he did well. :)

I often wear the three wooden bracelets, sent to my by my friend Rachael while she was still living out west, because they’re wonderful neutral pieces that add a bit of dimension to a simple outfit. She sent these to me after I visited her for the first time in San Francisco a few years ago.

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{Orange and Brown Bracelet//Bought at Vung Tau Beach, Vietnam, circa 2003; Heart Brooch//Solemates Boutique, Van Buren, Arkansas; Shell Ring//Adorned Boutique, Lawrence, Kansas, via Bali}

My two little bracelets from Vietnam are priceless. I got them while visiting my mother’s side of the family for the first time nearly nine years ago. Our family went to Vung Tau beach and had a blast taking pictures, picking through handmade jewelry and of course, swimming in the ocean that summer. My mom bought these little bracelets for my cousins and me — they cost something like a quarter a piece, and my cousins were so giddy to have matching jewelry with their American relatives.

I have a handful of brooches from Solemates, but I usually reserve this autumn-colored one for this trench. I like the way it adds a bit of sparkle to the vintage piece and incorporates teal, green, yellow, orange and white into the color scheme — a perfect palette for fall.

How do you dress up basic clothing? What jewelry and accessories are your go-to pieces for a little extra outfit pizzazz? Tell me about it in the comments section!

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  • http://lepetitmondealyssa.blogspot.com Alyssa

    You look lovely!

    • http://kimberlyloc.com kimberlyloc

      @alyssa thank you! checking out your blog now :)

  • http://beancakes.wordpress.com/ kristina@beancakes ❤

    hi kim ~ i love your outfit post here!! so cool that you’re pumping gas ~ just like in a magazine editorial, love! and your funky accessories, they are so cool!! love the coral bracelet from your hubby ;) ;)
    xoxo ~ kristina

  • http://kimberlyloc.com kimberlyloc

    @kristina thank you! it was a fun, simple shoot :) xoxo

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