Minimal Effort // hoodie + denim jacket

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper's denim jacket and leather pants outfit
On days when “effortless yet polished” is my #OutfitAesthetic, a good layer is key. Whether you throw a blazer on over a tee or pair a denim jacket with a hoodie, layers help keep your look dynamic and interesting without much effort. Plus, in Winter, those added layers are key to keeping warm. That’s what I call a win-win, and I am so here for it!
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper's personalized Levi's denim jacket
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper's 2019 winter outfit ideas
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper's customized Levi's denim jacket
This Levi’s Trucker jacket has quickly become a prized possession in my closet. Not only is it flattering and classic — with a twist — but I had it personalized, making it completely one-of-a-kind. When the new Levi’s flagship opened in Times Square late last year, I was invited to the grand opening. While there, I got to experience the store’s customization shop for myself, which I kind of fell in love with. I ended up getting a local artist’s photo of NYC taken from a bird’s eye view, screen printed on the back of my jacket, along with a Leo patch on the left arm. I also added a sparkle emoji pin to each collar. Since I already own a denim jacket (that’s pretty dope if I do say so myself), I wanted this one to bring something different to the table. So to make it ideal for layering, I got a men’s size small, which means even a thick sweatshirt like the one I’m wearing here, still fits underneath.
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper's Karl Lagerfeld leopard booties
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper's leopard boots outfit
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper's winter layers outfit
The epitome of casual, a hoodie can hold its own on the style spectrum when teamed with smart, eye-catching pieces. Here, I’m wearing a classic logo sweatshirt with (faux) leather leggings, leopard booties, and a trendy purse in a fresh hue. I got these leopard boots for Christmas, and I’ve been styling them like crazy with virtually everything. They work especially well here to really elevate my entire look. I love when just one pair of shoes can completely change your fashion game for the better.
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper's cute sweatshirt outfit idea
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper's Levi's street style
[Denim jacket (men's size, but I got a small): Levi's with custom personalization // sweatshirt: Levi's // leggings: Ann Taylor (similar pair here) // boots: Karl Lagerfeld // purse: Anthropologie (similar one here) // earrings: & Other Stories (I also like this pair) // watch: Fossil (I also like this one) // lip color: Kylie Cosmetics "Kristen" Lip Kit (similar shade by Kat Von D in "Berlin")]

I’m with you; sometimes getting dressed in the winter can feel like a chore. It’s cold out, it’s dreary, and your outfit will just be covered up by your coat anyway. That’s why this is my no-fuss, minimal-effort outfit formula when I just can’t be bothered. It’s simple: top (or sweater) + layer (jacket, blazer, vest, cardigan) + pants (let’s say no to jeans if you’re feeling like you need a creativity push) + statement booties. Extra credit for a bold lip and fun purse!
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper's screen printed denim jacket
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Spotted Comfort // Leopard Vest + Velvet Pants

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper's 2019 winter outfit idea
Winter is no longer taking it easy on us. For a while there I thought, “Hey, this whole winter thing isn’t as bad as I remember. I can totally do this!” Welp, she’s back with vengeance, people; and I. Am. Cold. The worst part? This isn’t even the worst part! ...As I type this, it’s actually 33 degrees and sunny outside (which, as sad as it is, is actually decent). In preparation for temps 20 degrees and under, I’m layering, hibernating, and taking advantage of fluffy, cozy textures — starting with fur (specifically leopard, because you know me).
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper's headband outfit
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper's 2019 fashion trends
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper's Rebecca Minkoff lavender purse
Vests may not specifically be “in” at this CURRENT moment, but I don’t think I could ever part with some of my favorites — including this fabulous leopard number. In fact, I’m sitting here right now wearing this tuxedo vest that I equally love. Vests are an amazing winter choice because they warm you up without overheating you, and they’re so fun to play with — oh the styling and layering opportunities! They can easily fit underneath my heavy down coat, and they instantly add dimension and polish to any outfit. Consider me a fan for life 👌
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper wearing a leopard vest from Jcrew
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper's leopard outfit idea for winter
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper showing how to wear leopard
Starting with a basic black palette, I decidedly made accessories the focal point of this look. Black is clean, sophisticated, and versatile (did I mention slimming?), and these bold, cheery extras are fun, colorful, and refreshing. There’s nothing like a pop of lavender, canary yellow, or crisp white (or hello, all THREE) to brighten up your wintery ensembles.
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper's leopard vest outfit idea
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper's winter outfit for work
[vest: J.Crew (I also like this one) // top: Ann Taylor // pants: J.Crew // boots: Ann Taylor // headband: Anthropologie // purse: Rebecca Minkoff // earrings: J.Crew (super similar pair here) // necklace: Uncommon James // lip color: Kylie Cosmetics Matte Liquid Lipstick in "Khlo$" (similar here in "Get It!")]

Keeping warm is pretty much the name of the game at this point, but, ahem, staying stylish is also a must :) For a more elevated look, rather than reaching for your fave hoodie or puffer vest, a fur vest or teddy jacket effortlessly provides that extra oomph your outfit may need. I’m also relying on supersoft textures more than ever, as the pants I’m wearing above are velvet and my sweater feels like a comfy light blanket. Let’s get through this god-forsaken season together, shall we?

// SHOP // 


Lavender Lady // purple coat + graphic tee

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper's winter sneaker outfit
In 2019, pastels will once again be a color story to know (may I remind you of Lady Gaga's gorge Golden Globes gown?). From mint to periwinkle to cotton candy, soft shades ruled the SS19 runways, and are now owning the street style game. I’m exploring the dreamy trend by pulling out my lavender cocoon coat — which I admittedly don’t wear nearly enough. While you’ll see it again on the blog this season, here, I’m rocking it with an athleisure flair.
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper's light purple coat
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper's winter outfit
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper showing how to wear Adidas sneakers
While mixing pastels is highly encouraged — I mean, more IS more, right? I decided to ground my lavender coat and purse with neutral shades. Enter: black and gray. Monochrome is another way to go when it comes to ice cream hues, but I love the stark contrast of such a soft color paired with stark darkness. But no matter how you style pastel colors, they never fail to feel like a breath of fresh fashion air.
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper's winter pastel outfit
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper's winter outfit ideas
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper wearing a purple and black pom beanie
Trust me, as a New Yorker, I have a major thing for wearing black. But it’s so invigorating to switch it up — especially in the outerwear department. In a sea of black, you’ll totally stand out in a dreamy hue. And if pastels seem intimidating, follow my lead and pair one light shade with all dark neutrals.
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper's purple coat outfit ideas
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper's cute action pic idea
[coat: Max & Riley, a boutique in Boston (similar one here) // top: Anthropologie (similar one here) // pants: J.Crew // shoes: Adidas // scarf: A.L.C. (similar one here) // hat: Ann Taylor (I also like this one) // purse: Rebecca Minkoff // necklace: vintage Tiffany & Co. // earrings: & Other Stories (I also like this pair) // watch: Fossil (I also like this one // eyeshadow: Urban Decay's Naked3 Palette // lip color: Kylie Cosmetics "Damn Gina" gloss

The first week of 2019 is already in the books, and I don’t know about you, but I am JUST starting to feel fully recovered from the holiday madness. Don’t get me wrong, my holidays were incredible — and they included some much-needed time at home with the fam — but I definitely didn’t get enough sleep, I definitely ate too much, and I for sure didn’t exercise nearly enough. But hey, what are the holidays for if not to hit pause on life? As a result, I’ve been easing myself into the new year, and so far so good! Here’s to my first of many 2019 looks 🥂

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