WIW 3/13-14 RATE Kate Spade:Theory Lanai, leather sleeve T, silver pumps, jeans/leather pencil skirt

Another set of "edgier me" outfits from my shadow style. I basically wore the same outfit two days in a row, but changed out the bottom from ripped jeans to leather pencil skirt to make it work for both night and day. The first outfit was for a moms' night out with a bunch of moms from DD's class. We went to a local "dive bar" and all I could think was "Watch out! Here come the cougar moms! Rawr!" Hahaha.

The next day (let's pretend I was out all night and slept in my clothes..) I pulled on the leather pencil skirt for work. It has some cloth insets between the leather panels and the Theory Lanai blazer has leather panel insets in between the black cloth, so when I wore them together it looked like a "suit". Then when I took off the blazer, the leather sleeves on the T bookended the leather skirt. (I also bookended the silver pumps with the silver purse and silver bracelet). Fun to get away with wearing black leather at work. One patient in her 80's (who talks and acts just like Zsa Zsa Gabor) was petting my leather sleeves, saying, "Dahling, what a fabulous outfit. I love the leather sleeves and those amazing shoes." Got lots of comments about the shoes from patients and staff, both women and men! Also, how fun is it that my edgy/RATE outfits include Kate Spade? (See my earlier RATE Kate Spade outfit here).

Theory Lanai leather trim black blazer
Vince leather sleeve tee
Vigoss destroyed skinny jeans/Halogen black leather pencil skirt
Kate Spade Janice silver bow pumps
Alexis Bittar Miss Havisham necklace
Michael Kors silver studded satchel
White House Black Market hammered silver bracelet

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  • Deborah replied 5 years ago

    Both are 'fabulous darling' :) Seriously great looks. But you know I just cannot get past those shoes, they are sooooooo beautiful. We have a lot of leather in our stores for winter it appears to be very popular. Love the way the way the skirt and jacket make a very cool 'suit'.

  • Emily replied 5 years ago

    Both are gorgeous but I especially like the first.  And the shoes!  <3

  • Suz replied 5 years ago

    I am still so in love with that jacket that I'm not talking to you or Marcy. (Parsley). :) 

    You look fabulous. Fun switch up. Love the cuff and the pretty new shoes. 

  • kkards replied 5 years ago

    i can't decide which one of these looks i like better. love the kate spade shoes with the ripped jeans!

  • Diana replied 5 years ago

    I love both of these! I can't choose a favorite. I love the combo of refined and RATE in the first one, and the dark, edgy elegance of the second.

  • Kristin L replied 5 years ago

    Both outfits look wonderful! 

  • Day Vies replied 5 years ago

    I think the bag and shoes lift any outfit you may pair them with. It adds this glammy feminine element.

  • Susie replied 5 years ago

    I'm with the others; can't choose which I prefer! Love the silver shoes with the jeans!

  • Transcona Shannon replied 5 years ago

    These are both fantastic outfits Natalie and I love that you're having so much fun exploring this other side of fashion. The one thing I really noticed in both outfits is the absolutely spot on fit of everything. And those shoes are making me drool!

  • Mochi replied 5 years ago

    So cool, Natalie! The shoes in combo with all the RATE, it's pure genius. Love the bag too. I'm crushing on your shadow style persona!

  • replied 5 years ago

    Gracious, Natalie, you're looking fantastic! I can hardly stand it. I love the ripped jeans and those shoes! The jewelry is stellar too. I must admit the T-shirt didn't excite me until I saw it sans the jacket, and then *wow*. You must have really shook up that dive bar. But you are way too young to ever be mistaken for a cougar. :)

  • Runcarla replied 5 years ago

    Perfect juxtaposition of ladylike and RATE.

  • lyn* replied 5 years ago

    A tougher edge to those shoes and that beautiful blazer do accentuate your style, Natalie!

    It makes me regret not going to the Theory outlet!

  • Ingunn replied 5 years ago

    Gorgeous, Natalie! And so much fun to see you rock those pumps both for work and play. Now I'm inspired!

  • Angie replied 5 years ago

    Those shoes are sooooo killer on you I have to catch my breath. xo

  • unfrumped replied 5 years ago

    Total fabness. I cannot wear shoes like that, but you make it look effortless and are styling them perfectly. Still I can be inspired to try a dressier type of shoe I can wear.

  • Karie replied 5 years ago

    Your "shadow style" seems to be stepping out from the shadows more often, and I love it on you!

  • abc replied 5 years ago

    And once again you kill me with the shoes! Aaah! So fab.

  • LACeleste replied 5 years ago

    Wow Natalie!  Super style!  I love those shoes!!

  • Aubergine replied 5 years ago

    You do feminine RATE so well! I feel like I should be taking notes. Love how the shoes add so much.

  • catgirl replied 5 years ago

    Love this so much!  You are really knocking it out of the park!  KS is my shadow style, but I don't think I could do the bows.  Nevertheless, I think RATE Kate is a star!

  • Neel replied 5 years ago

    Those shoes are just stunning!! No wonder you got compliments on them. I would wear them to sleep if I owned them :D. Gorgeous outfits too!

  • Debbie replied 5 years ago

    Stunning, stunning shoes!

  • Laurie replied 5 years ago

    You look fantastic!!  And those shoes are to die for.  If I had them, I don't think I'd stop looking at them :)

  • rae replied 5 years ago

    Love all these! The metallic touches really bring the outfits to life - and staying out all night and re-using clothes sounds pretty UWP indeed!

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