Your SEO optimized title page contents

What I Wore: Mad About Military

by Ashley on March 4, 2013

city chic military dress, chain earrings, old navy cardigan

Every once in awhile I find a hole in my closet.  Usually it’s something pretty fundamental, which is probably why I’m constantly asking, “Why don’t I have anything to wear?”  I keep a running “shopping list” of items needed to make my closet more whole and make dressing easier: pants in a certain style, cardigans in a particular color, or tights that need replaced. It helps me focus on my shopping and prevents too much impulse buying.


When I was getting dressed to see Equus, I realized I really needed some kind of leather/non-leather fitted jacket.  It really would have fit the styling of this outfit much better than my cardigan (but it was chilly and sometimes you have to make do with whatcha got, ya know?).

So a leather/leatherette coat has been added to my “shopping list,” and I love the detailing on styles like these: ASOS Structured Leather Jacket, ASOS Leather Look Quilted Biker Jacket, City Chic Vinyl Gladiator, Topshop Studded Faux Leather jacket, Buffalo Leather Jacket (which isn’t black, but is beautiful & you can seen on Allie here. She’s the whole reason I want this coat.).

raccoon ring, jewelmint web lace ring, city chic military dress

They’re all fitted and feminine, with beautiful “tough” details like the quilting, zippers, and studs. Fast jackets for fast girls on fast bikes with bad boys.

city chic military dress, chain earrings, old navy cardigan

Those details would have gone beautifully with this dress.  Some people may be over it, but I love the subtle high-low hem. The dark teal fabric is beautiful and drapes nicely, and I love the contrast from the “military” details with the lace yoke. With the slightly oversize dress style, I wish I’d gone down to an XS for a bit more fit in the bust.  Adding a thick, stretch belt made the fit a more deliberate.

As for Equus? It’s a beautiful, powerful, moving show.  The subject matter isn’t easy to digest, but it made a compelling case for the power of live theatre…

What I Wore:
City Chic Military Shirt Dress (c/o City Chic)
Old Navy Cardigan
City Chic Belt (purchased myself)
Irregular Choice Little Miss Oh Heels (sold out; other colors available)
Nina Ramone Chain Earrings (similar: vintage and handmade)
Jewelmint Web Lace Ring
Raccoon Ring (Christmas gift)


Alison March 11, 2013 at 12:17 pm

Girl you look AMAZING! I love that color on you and the high-low hem is done so well on this dress. FYI the Buffalo jacket runs a bit small, wish I went with the XL. And I have the ASOS quilted faux leather biker jacket and LOVE it. It looks very really, great fit and construction!

Ashe March 13, 2013 at 9:43 am

Thank you so much, Alison! And thank you for the tips on both the Buffalo jacket and the ASOS faux leather one… I bet you’re the reason I was eyeballing that one, too. I’m thinking I subconsciously remembered you had it and thinking it looked great!

Jamillah March 10, 2013 at 9:53 am

I adore this dress on you!!! The hemline and the sheer situation is great. I have the same holes in my wardrobe’s always basics, there’s probably a lesson there.

Ashe March 10, 2013 at 10:17 am

“it’s always basics, there’s probably a lesson there.”
Haha, yes! Maybe that basics aren’t fun and exciting to buy? Even if you get more fun and versatility from them in the long-run? I keep a running shopping list of basics, and it’s WAY longer than my “wishlist” of pretty pieces… yet what do I always buy?

More damned dresses.

Rachael @ Style Every Day March 5, 2013 at 12:26 pm

I have to admit I am so not over the high-low trend yet. This dress color is beautiful on you; makes me wish I could wear greens so well!

Ashe March 5, 2013 at 1:11 pm

The high-low trend is just so practical! You don’t have to worry about your skirt suddenly becoming shorter in the back… or at least that’s a problem I have!

And I bet we just need to find you the right shade of green! ;)

Slimming Style Secrets March 4, 2013 at 8:50 pm

Love the dress AND the high-low hem. There’s something fun and elegant about the military style coupled with the flirty hemline. Also, LOVE those earrings! They add attitude :-)

Whitney March 4, 2013 at 5:26 pm

Girl, LOVE your dress. I know what you mean about wanting a black leather jacket as a wardrobe staple. I was lusting after this one from All Saints forever but it’s obviously a little pricey. Fortunately, mom and dad agreed to get it for me as a Christmas present! I love it, and it’s perfect for a variety of climates (I wore it over the weekend in upper 30 degree weather w/ gloves and a scarf and was fine).

Ashe March 4, 2013 at 5:39 pm

WHIT. That jacket is BEAUTIFUL. I love how subtle the quilting is on it, and I know a great leather coat really can go a long way through various seasons…. (except our NOLA summers). I’m so happy momma and poppa B got it for you! (And I hope you bring it to visit so I can stroke it.)

And thank you re: the dress!

Gracey at Fashion for Giants March 4, 2013 at 5:08 pm

You look beautiful. I love the color of that dress on you and those shoes are perfection.

I have been looking for a leather jacket myself, but still haven’t found one that I quite love. I mean, I have, but it’s $1700 which is a bit steep. ;-)

Ashe March 4, 2013 at 5:38 pm

Thank you, Gracey! It’s funny how these shoes have become unintentional fall-backs. Any time I don’t know what shoe to wear, I go with these… and someone, they work!

And oof. $1700 is a helluva lot…. (which also makes me super curious to see it!)

Beth March 4, 2013 at 4:50 pm

Beautiful ensemble. I think a lot of people don’t pay attention to colors that complement when dressing–they’re more worried about being matchy-matchy. Love the teal of the dress next to your auburn hair and red lip. Just stunning.

Ashe March 4, 2013 at 5:37 pm

Thank you, Beth!

I love your comment on wearing colors to complement you. While I love matching, you won’t find me in colors that aren’t complementary to me at the time– if my hair is more red, I’ll switch up the shades in my wardrobe palette that I’ll wear. Not surprisingly, that’s been easiest now that I’m at my natural color! It goes really well with all the colors I love to wear.

But I am ALL over complementing shades, so your comment touched me to see someone noticed!

Previous post:

Next post: