Classic Camel & Ivory

Hello and happy Friday! I know I’ve said this all week, but it feels like time’s flying, and I’m sure it will continue to feel that way until we get through the holidays.

Thanks to all who tuned into my Facebook Live yesterday! I was thrilled with the turnout and the participation, and it wasn’t too terribly scary, so I’m sure I’ll do another. Maybe I’ll make it a weekly thing… I think it’s best to do them on a schedule so people know what to expect.

Today is Day 5 of 25 Days of Winter Fashion, and this look is pretty typical for me, but I’m showing it with two different footwear/handbag options, and I’m also sharing my outerwear for a change! I keep meaning to to feature outerwear in these posts, but I usually forget.

I picked up this camel reefer coat during the Nordstrom Anniversary sale last year (as in 2016) and I’m happy they still carry it. A long camel coat is such a classic wardrobe piece for anyone living in a cold climate, and a great way to add polish to an outfit or level up a casual look. It also comes in handy for church or other dressy occasions.

I like that this one is long enough to cover most tunics and long cardigans but it’s not so long that it is awkward to move around in. The ones that come below the knee seem like a lot of coat to manage!

This scarf is super soft and cozy, but alas, the blue has sold out. I waited too long to photograph it! It does come in blush and grey, though, and both are in stock at the moment.

I actually like both of those colors just as much, but I chose blue for something different. At $30, it would make a great holiday gift for a girlfriend or your mom or daughter (if you have older girls.)

Under the coat, I’m wearing a wool/cashmere blend turtleneck in winter white with mid-wash skinny jeans. I picked up this turtleneck at Ann Taylor when they were running a 40% off sale a couple of weeks ago.

This is almost the perfect turtleneck. I love the length of the arms, the raglan sleeves, the ribbed foldover turtleneck that isn’t too tight or too loose, and the tall ribbed hem. Unfortunately it’s also a little bit scratchy — surprisingly, since it’s part cashmere — and the cut is rather boxy.

That said, it’s a gorgeous sweater and very good quality so do with that what you will. I can overlook the scratchy issue; I kind of get used to it after I have it on for a while.

So I styled this sweater and jeans with two different shoe/bag combinations. I personally love it with these camel booties and leopard clutch. They elevate the basic mom-on-the-go outfit into something you could wear out to lunch or to a casual event.

I hate that this picture is blurry, but I wanted to share it so you can see my nail polish. I love this CND Indigo Frock for winter.

Also, this leopard bag was a splurge during a 25% off Shopbop sale, but it was definitely one of my better purchases last year. It’s gorgeous and adds a touch of elegance to any outfit.

So these boots are spendy, but they’re deeply reduced at 6pm.com so there’s that. I love that funky heel and the tie detail. For a similar look for less, check out these Nine West booties. My booties have a pretty wide top so it’s easy to wear them over my skinny jeans without the jeans bunching up.

For a more casual option, loafers are becoming very popular right now, and they’re a nice alternative to ballet flats. While ballet flats are cute and fun, loafers are a bit more sophisticated and tailored looking, and I feel like they’re equally comfortable. The ones I’m wearing here are sold out, but this pair by Me Too comes highly recommended, and I’ve always had a good experience with that brand.

I swapped out the clutch for a cognac leather bag to keep this second look more casual, but either works. My bag is old, but I love this McGraw tote for a similar option, and Tory Burch started their big fall sale yesterday so it’s marked down significantly. My chain shoulder slouchy tote is also on sale in that baguette color.

I realize the overall cost of this outfit adds up to quite a bit, but they’re all quality basics that you can mix and match in a bunch of different ways. It’s also a look that should be easy to duplicate at any price point. Also, don’t forget this $30 scarf for gift ideas! It looks and feels much nicer than that.

Ann Taylor Wool Cashmere Turtleneck Sweater // LAUREN Ralph Lauren Welt Pocket Reefer // Topshop Super Soft Fringe Scarf // AG Legging Ankle Jeans (option) // similar loafers // Stuart Weitzman Grandiose Booties (similar for less) // Kendra Scott Rae Filigree Pendant // Clare V. Foldover Clutch (similar for less) // similar bag (similar for less) // faux pearl earrings // Maui Jim Coco Palms Sunglasses c/o // nails: CND Indigo Frock

Be sure to visit Cyndi and see the winter outfit she’s styling today.

And it’s Friday, so that means linkup day!

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30 Responses

  1. Such a beautiful look! I loved your description of the “almost perfect” turtleneck.  It made me laugh.  I find those issues with most sweaters.  

  2. I’m not one who wears much blue but the blue scarve looks great with the camel coat. I like it best with the flats and tote – preppy but sophisticated! 

  3. Jo-Lynn
    Thank you, thank you. I’m so excited because I️ just watched you FB Live and you answered some of my questions! You did such a great job, I️ really enjoyed it. You were funny and warm, totally honest and real, just like you always are on your blog. You answered the Nordstrom questions for me and it made perfect sense. Hopfully you will do it again soon and I’ll be able to watch it live. My luncheon took longer than expected due to some very bad traffic but I’ll definitely watch the next one. Thanks again and your a “natural” in front of the camera ????

  4. OMGoodness,!!!! That may just be my all-time favorite look ever!!!! That is beautiful on you!!! I MUST find that scarf in THAT color!!!!! I pretty much have all the other peices and a similar jacket!!!! Total fav!!!!!

  5. Jo-Lynne.,

    This look is fabulous! That coat along with the ivory sweater and camel colored accessories is so classic and appropriate anywhere!! I’m looking forward to your post tomorrow as we have 3 different Thanksgiving celebrations to attend over next weekend!


  6. I so enjoyed your Facebook live , I am glad you are going to do more . I think that coat is so pretty , I am going to have to get one . I really like it with the blue scarf and l really like the booties , you can never have enough booties and tall boots lol.
    Have a wonderful afternoon!!!

  7. You can’t go wrong with a camel coat in a classic cut. I love how it dresses up even the simplest outfit. I wear mine with jeans all the time and feel it ups the price, style and class of my simple outfit. I’ve never paired camel with a soft baby blue before but love it! It looks lovely on you, Jo-Lynne.
    Those booties are sweet! 
    So happy your Facebook talk went well. Will you share any tidbits picked up on your blog?

  8. This is such a classic outfit! I really love the blue with the ivory and camel. I recently got a similar coat from Old Navy and really like having a nice dress coat now. 

  9. You look effortlessly stylish! Did you ever hear of Cuddle Duds? They are in loungewear depts. at Marshalls, TJMaxx, and better dept stores. I call them “liners”. You can buy top or bottoms and they’re quite thin, to be worn under clothing for warmth or the occasional itchy sweater. You can also just wear them by themselves for lounging. They’re fitted so no bulk. Just FYI to help with the itch that some sweaters have.

    1. Hey Virginia, I have heard of Cuddle Duds. I used to have some. That’s a good idea. I am afraid I’d overheat wearing them around the house, but they’re great when you’re going to be outside.

  10. Do you have a favorite knee high or socks?  I live in a colder climate and like to wear socks with shoes when not wearing boots.  However, the narrower legged slacks tend to “stick” to my knee highs!  I like the lighter weight socks too.

    You have wonderful ideas, thank you!
    Happy Thanksgiving 

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