Colorblock Boots, Two Coats and a Sexy Back

This outfit centers around one pair of ridiculously high-heeled boots and a surprisingly sexy top that I took from day to night with the change of my coat and my bag. The sass stayed the same all day long, of course!


I bought these boots at the Gilt Warehouse Sale back in the spring. At the time they seemed like the best idea I ever had! Schutz boots for under $80?! But I think I was overcome by a discount-shopping frenzy because they are extremely difficult to walk in for any distance greater than 5 feet. I’ll consider these car-to-party-to-car-again boots and will only wear them when walking is not required (it is not lost on me that this complete defeats the purpose of shoes). 

As for the coats, well, I usually change my clothes for night, so I thought it would be fun to change it up a bit and try keeping the outfit constant and changing the outerwear instead

The faux fur jacket is a slightly touchy subject. I love it on the hangar, but on, it makes me look VERY wide. I will only wear it with slim silhouettes and I’m considering getting a few minor alterations done to it to make it in some way slimming – perhaps a v-neck?

This is definitely one of the only times you’ll see me wearing horizontal stripes on the bottom. I do believe they make one look wider, but in this case, there is a vertical panel going down the center of the front and back of the skirt. I like to think it adds a slimming effect.

I got this top at Crossroads Trading Co. here in Chicago, and it adds the perfect amount of sexy when you see the open back – but from the front, it’s a nice little silk bubbled tunic that you can wear out or to work.

And when I do wear this outfit to work I ALWAYS put a black tank underneath and simply take it off when I’m heading out for the night.

Silk Top: Rachel Roy {similar} // Striped Jersey Pencil Skirt: LOFT {similar} // Color-blocked Boots {similar}: Schutz // Flared Military-style Coat: Miss Sixty {similar} // Faux Fur Jacket: Altuzarra for Target // Black Clutch {similar}: Banana Republic // Black Patent Bag {similar}: vintage // Tassel Necklace: E. Kammeyer (c/o) // ring: vintage // Lipstick: PLA Beauty (c/o)


  • Lucky for me, I already had this skirt in my closet! I thought it would be fun and playful to match the colors of the boots with the skirt and to have the color-blocking play off the stripes. It’s a little unexpected!
  • I chose this top for two reasons. First, it comes down over my widst parts so it limits any widening effect the stripes might’ve had on my bum. At the same time, there’s a pretty wide silhouette when you wear this top, so I try to wear pencil skirts or tighter pants with it to keep things slim everywhere else. In other words, they were mutually beneficial to each other. Second, and the best part about this top – the back cut outs. They mimic the stripes of the skirt and reveal just a little to raise an eyebrow without being over the top. 
  • The flared coat is one I often choose for daytime since it is feminine and stylish yet professional. I like that the gold buttons match my gold jewelry and the gold hardware on the patent handbag
  • The faux fur coat is definitely a night-time or a weekend choice – I love how playful it is. I paired it with a smaller clutch since it has a presence of it’s own!
  • As for jewelry, I kept it simple as I often do, but did decide on gold to match the hardware on the bags and coat as I mentioned above.
  • The dark lipstick was intended to match the dark burgundy of the skirt and boots!
  • Lastly, I put part of my hair up to add height and length to the line of the whole look – there were a lot of pieces of this outfit working against a slimming line so I thought a semi-updo would help with that. 


Happiest of Holidays, friends!