Happy Monday! It’s frigid cold here in Ohio, and this Southern girl is learning the value of warm clothing. But whether you live in a cold climate or your area is warmer, I hope you’ll enjoy today’s winter classics outfit. If nothing else, it’s a reminder of how a classic chambray shirt can change up an outfit and make it more casual but still polished.
I had a request from a loyal reader to share some more casual ways to wear wool trousers. So today I’m restyling my Donegal tweed trousers with a slightly more laid back vibe. In this recent post I wore these same wool blend trousers with a cashmere sweater and red suede pumps.
Talbots has marked these Donegal tweed trousers down from $129 to just $39.99, and they’re still available in most misses sizes. I’m wearing my usual size 8. Unfortunately they’re no longer available in their petite or plus sizes. But you can recreate this polished but casual look with any other wool or wool blend pants in your closet.
The real key to this look is the chambray shirt. I find that a chambray shirt is a must-have in my closet. It’s that shirt I reach for when I want to “button up,” but I still want to look more laid back. This is such a versatile piece. It adds polish to a pair of white jeans or khaki pants. But it creates a more casual look with these tweed pants. Plus, I just love the blend of denim and tweed.
The denim shirt I’m actually wearing is this one, and it’s marked way down. But it’s only available in one petite size. But Talbots’ newest chambray shirt looks just like this one and they’ll undoubtedly have it available for a sale price soon. I’m wearing a true to size medium.
If you’d like to see more ways to style this workhorse, you might want to check out my post, 13 Reasons You Need a Chambray Shirt in Your Closet. It’s an old post, and most of the links are out of date, so I’ll probably update it this spring. But for now you can at least see a lot of great ways to wear this versatile shirt.
I topped my wool blend pants and chambray shirt with a classic camel blazer. But another fun option would have been to wear a denim jacket if you’d like to go even more casual. In fact, maybe I’ll do that for another look with these pants. (I recently picked up this ultra soft and slightly fitted denim jacket for 40% off the regular price.)
I’m also finding this camel blazer to be very versatile. You may remember seeing me wear it in last week’s How I Really Dressed for My Day, where I paired it with jeans and a sweater. I purchased the blazer when it was 50% off, but unfortunately it’s not marked down at all right now.
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I think this winter classics outfit would appear even more casual if I’d worn different shoes. But the thing about pants is that you have to have them hemmed to the length that’s appropriate for the shoes you’ll wear them with. And I want to be able to wear my Donegal tweed trousers with heels for the most part. So I wore my brown suede Jayla boots. They’re no longer available in brown, and only available in black in a few sizes. But they are marked down significantly. These are very comfortable and versatile boots and fit true to size.
A few of the style choices I made with this outfit include tucking my shirt, belting my pants with a 1″ brown belt and wearing minimal jewelry. I reach for the Halogen teardrop earrings so often. I like that they’re big enough to have an impact, but they’re simple and very lightweight. They’re also available in brushed silver.
I would have loved to have styled these wool blend pants with white sneakers, honestly. But they’re too long for that. But I think I’m up for styling them with my black wedge sneakers for an even more casual look. Would you like to see that? I enjoy styling classic pieces like these pants multiple ways.
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Thanks so much for dropping in for today’s winter classics outfit. If you’d like to see more of my winter classics outfits, check out these:
- Winter Classics Outfit with a Column of Black
- Winter Classics Outfit with Red Accents
- Winter Classics Outfit with a Biker Jacket
- Winter Classics Outfit Built with Investment Pieces
- Winter Classics Outfit with Donegal Tweed Trousers and Red Suede Shoes
And if you have a request for a winter classics outfit with a particular winter closet classic staple, let me know. I’ll see what I can do!
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Blessed for My Day
The Bible assures me that love never fails. But honestly, sometimes it feels like love does indeed fail. Sometimes we feel like we’ve loved and forgiven and given grace and prayed and been kind and…still, nothing changes. The relationship stays hard. The circumstance feels difficult. The environment doesn’t get better.
I think that’s because we fail to remember that love must keep on loving. Love must endure. Real love stays the course, presses on. That’s not to say that love has to be soft, mind you. Pressing on in love doesn’t mean you have to put yourself in jeopardy or give in to abuse. That’s not real love anyhow. Sometimes love is tough as nails. I think it takes some biblical wisdom, godly counsel and prayer to navigate those tough situations with real love. But if you’re simply weary from loving and getting nowhere – not loving and getting hurt, mind you – then let me encourage you today to cling to the promise of God’s Word. Love never fails.
Love never fails; but if there are gifts of prophecy, they will be done away with; if there are tongues, they will cease; if there is knowledge, it will be done away with. ~ 1 Corinthians 13:8