“Fashion is what you buy, style is what you do with it”
As I mentioned in my previous post, ZARA is probably one of my favorite stores. Every season, I find at least one or two items that become closet staples. To say the least, this long caramel cape (color sold out) was probably one of my favorite purchases during the 2017 holiday season! I snagged it during the Black Friday sale at Zara. If you shop there regularly like I do, you know that Zara can be a bit pricey at times. Therefore, I try to make my purchases count the most during sale season! I would have to say that this chic caramel cape was worth every penny and I was able to purchase it at a fraction of the original cost. Anytime I don’t end up paying full price for an item, it’s a win for me!
Versatility is key
The cape was the perfect outerwear for a Houston winter (or lack thereof lol). If you’ve never been to Houston, let me tell you a little bit about the weather here. It can literally be 40 degrees in the morning (super cold for us) and 80s and sunny in the afternoon/evening of the same day! The weather here is so labile and we hardly ever have really cold days that require a heavy coat. Most of the time, we layer and wear light jackets and end up shedding all of our layers as the day goes on when it warms up. This cape is the perfect coat of sorts, if you live somewhere like Houston where the climate is tropical. Weather aside, this coat is still fashionable, chic, sexy, and screams effortless slay on the go. You can dress it down with flats or dress up with heels or colored booties. I love versatile pieces not only in terms of weather, but style as well. You can get a lot of wear out of them and if they’re timeless, you can even wear them for years to come!
In the photos, I decided to dress up the coat and wore it over the black swan top from ShopBellaRosa boutique (stay tuned for full pics of the top). It was love at first sight when I first laid eyes on it and I immediately began making plans. I loved how the ruffled sleeves on the top showed through the arm slits on the cape. Such a cute hint of pizzaz to compliment the look! Of course, I had to add some edge and wore one of my favorite pair of leopard booties from Steve Madden (old) and these trendy aviator-like sunglasses from Aldo. The final touch was this Vintage Gucci Boston bag from my great-aunt’s closet (thanks auntie!). The complete look was definitely giving me “Sex in the City” vibes for the photo-shoot. I was right here in Houston imagining that I was taking a casual stroll through New York City. If you don’t know already, I am definitely a Southern belle with big city dreams!
As you can see, I pieced together some of my closet staples for one look. I tend to do that sometimes, but only with pieces that absolutely compliment each other without doing too much. This look was simple, yet edgy and just enough to achieve the look I was going for! What are some of your staple pieces in your closet? What do they say about you? Any pieces you’re looking to add to your closet and achieve a certain look? Maybe I can help 🙂 Comment below, let’s talk fashion!