Ahhh can you smell it in the air??  It’s that awkward few days in between Christmas and New Years Eve where you don’t really know how to go about dressing and taking down the decorations…

Well I am here to tell you how to incorporate your favorite festive pieces into the next few  days before it’s too late to wear them (because let’s face it, no one wants to see your ugly Christmas sweater anymore.)

To me this button down just SCREAMS Christmas, so the idea of me wearing it in the new year seems highly unlikely.  The trick is to incorporate your older, edgier pieces back into the mix so that you don’t come off looking like a Christmas tree.  So I made it my mission to tone down the “Christmas” vibes the shirt’s giving off by pairing it with a black and brown combo.

Now, I know what your mom told you about black and brown together and let me tell you- the rumors aren’t true!!

When people talk about brown and black not working together, I think they are talking about darker, grayer hues of brown.  I am talking about rich caramel and orangey hues.  Ever since I could remember I’ve been wearing light brown belts on black pants and vice versa.

What I love about the pair is that it’s unexpected.  If you can rock a brown and black combo, no one will even remember that the pair had a bad rep.

*side note* Anyone notice the haircut??? This was the morning after I got it cut so I wasn’t quite sure how to style it yet.  It is a little more “edgy” than I usually ask for but I decided to switch it up a bit for the new year.

I’ve been trying to grow my hair out for YEARS but every time it starts to look a little awkward, I run and get it cut.  So if anyone has any tricks on how to get through the awkward phase, I am dying to know.

Okay, back to the outfit!

I got this jacket at a thrift store when I was a freshman in high school and what I really like about it is how different it is from my other leathers.  Usually I go for a more fitted motorcycle jacket, but this one is a more classic 50’s style.  It reminds me of James Dean in Rebel Without a Cause.

When I first bought the jacket I wanted it to have that vintage feel so I actually put it in the dryer.  I wouldn’t put a brand new jacket that I paid $$$ in the dryer but since I got it on the cheap, I figured why not?  It gave it this really cool distressed look with little rips.  I wouldn’t suggest putting it in the dryer for a whole hour though- wouldn’t want to go overboard! 😉

I got these All Saints boots a few years ago for Christmas and they have become a staple this winter.  Since they are two toned, there are so many different things you can do with them.  Their warn-in look works great for winter too because I don’t have to worry about snow or salt with them.

AKA: Great for Chicago 🙂



Shirt- J.CREW



Leather Jacket- VINTAGE

Bracelet- VINTAGE


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