I wore this casual outfit out to lunch with my friends at Grimaldi's Pizzeria in downtown Denver. We exchanged Christmas presents and had lots of fun. After that I went to run a few errands with my boyfriend, which included going to Petco. I ran into this super cute and super huge Great Dane. He was white with black spots all over and I had to give him some love. I had left my jacket in the car since it warmed up. He left me some love in the form of a huge spot of slobber on my cashmere long sleeve top. I will always remember him this way I guess. His name was Parker. He was in for some dog training, but I have to admit I think the dog trainer was being awfully tough on him. If Parker ever needs some more loving he knows where to find me. Now on to my ensemble.
I am wearing an older leather jacket from A.L.C. I photographed it a couple times before and you can see the older posts here and here. As you can see, each time I wore it I paired it with black or stripes. I think oxblood or burgundy can look good with black, blue/white stripes, and gray colors. I probably never wear this jacket with a gray top because it already has this cool removable gray hoodie part on it. I have never removed the hood, but I often think about doing so. I guess I am just lazy and I sorta like the hood in a way. It gives the jacket a more casual feel. Even if I did remove the hood you can see it still has some gray trim that would be visible. I love that oxblood and gray color combination. Anyway, even though I have had this jacket for years I am still so in love with it. It has a silk lining and it is made in the USA. A.L.C. makes some pretty good leather jackets along with IRO. I found a similar burgundy leather jacket available for purchase here. The jacket even has the same buckles along the side and it is under $600. The only difference is that it is missing the hood.
I use this jacket mostly to spice up downtown urban all black looks. My go-to outfit when I am in a hurry is usually a pair of black skinny jeans and a black or white top of some sort. These Citizens of Humanity jeans are one of my all time favorite pairs of low-rise skinny jeans. They have enough stretch to make me feel comfortable all day long and after eating three pieces of margherita pizza. I also like that these jeans work just as well with a pair of Converse as they do with really sky high boots like the ones I am wearing in the photos. I just checked and I guess I have never photographed these jeans with Converse, but I can tell you I have worn the combination many times. I will try to remember to photograph them with sneakers next time. The reason they work well with sneakers too is because they aren't too long. You don't have to worry about bunched up fabric at the ankles. I am around 5'5 so you can get a good idea of the length of these jeans. You can see me wearing them in past photo shoots here, here, and here. In terms of sizing I do think the jeans run true to size. If you have more specific questions about the size of any item I am wearing you can always e-mail me at email@example.com.
I am a sucker for tissue thin cashmere long sleeve tops so when I ran into this one from R13 I knew I had to snag it. It is really high quality and made in Japan. It was part of some collaboration line and I got another top from the same line with the same type of cashmere a couple months back. You can see the gray turtleneck I snagged in an outfit post here with a burgundy leather skirt. It is tough to find this type of cashmere, but if you do find it consider yourself lucky and wrap yourself in it all day long.
On my feet are some crazy high shoes that are actually really comfortable, I swear. If you've been reading my blog for years then you know I am a sucker for this type of hiking sole or tread on boots. Alaia is known for making this type of hiking sole and lace-up look. He adds a really nice sky high heel to make the boots ultra sexy. I will tell you that when I wear these I tower over just about everybody. If I am wearing a simple outfit I will usually go for some really wild shoes and I guess that is what I did here. I snagged the Alaia boots on sale at The Outnet. Any day you can snag Alaia shoes on sale is a good day.