Style Bee - Black Friday Finds

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12.09.16

I hope everyone has had a good week! If not, well, at least it’s Friday right? I had a pretty good one as it turns out. Work was under control, I got a few more things organized for the wedding (thanks for all your input!), went to a fun little event at Kennedy Park (a super cute Guelph boutique) featuring the amazing work of ATTIC (who designed my engagement ring), plus lots of the goodies and gifts I picked up on Black Friday have started to arrive. So certainly no complaints here!

Since we’re on the topic of new goodies, you’ll probably notice that most of this outfit is indeed new. I decided to strike while the sales were hot and treated myself to a couple of gems that I’d been coveting for a while.

So what do you say we take a closer look?


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INITIAL THOUGHTS

A little quirky, check. A lot of black, check. A few fun details, check. Finding my true style stride, double check!

Lately, a good indication of a great outfit, for me, is when I feel 90% at ease and 10% eccentric. I’m trying to keep that in mind when I get dressed these days and not shy away from details or shapes that might be a little unexpected or even odd. I’m also trying to trust my instincts a little more and not always search for reason or purpose in every aspect of an outfit. Sometimes a fun scarf is just that!

Sure this look isn’t going to be for everyone, but that’s ok. Personal style isn’t about appealing to everyone it’s about what makes you feel like your best self at that moment. Once you nail that down you’ll care a whole lot less about what others think and that’s when it starts getting really fun.

I’m realizing that this sense of style irreverence comes with age and exerience just as self-awareness and self-respect seem to as well. I just keep coming back to the original Style Bee mantra, ‘The better we know ourselves, the better our choices will be.’ and can see how applicable this is to so many facets of life.

Anyone else find that too?


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STYLE + FIT DETAILS

So let’s talk a bit about this outfit and a few of the elements that make it work.

| FIT FINESSE | At first glance you might say that this look is a bit on the boxy side. Wide-leg pants, loose fitting crop top, heavy-weight fabrics, you see what I mean. But then there a couple hits of very fitted elements too. The sleeves on this bodysuit are snug and the waist and hips on the pants are also quite slim fitting. I think the contrast of these elements ends up creating a very flattering result that’s not overtly tight or loose and I’m liking the subtle balance that’s been struck.

Takeaway: Oversize done thoughtfully, need not mean shapeless.

| PALETTE REPEAT | This is not the first, second, third or even fourth time I’ve worn this colour palette this season. It’s safe to say it’s my go-to at this point because I just keep ending up in it! It works like this:

  1. A black base on top and bottom.
  2. A layer of denim to add a cool, casual vibe.
  3. Then adding a few hits of lighter neutrals (like my silk scarf, goatskin bag and brown boots) to soften the edges and keep it from feeling harsh.

If you haven’t already, I urge you to give it a try! It’s my failsafe Winter colour formula that you can see in action again here and here in recent posts and a light base version here.

Takeaway: Colour can be a uniform too. 

| CAREFUL QUIRK | I must apologize for the overuse of the word ‘quirk’ in today’s post but this look seems to have a healthy dose of it. Maybe I’m still getting used to seeing myself in my new glasses (more on the four-eyed life another day) or it’s the addition of the scarf but I’m loving the whimsical feel this outfit has in a way that’s still elegant and unfussy.

I’m also totally obsessed with the cut of this crop top (a Black Friday steal) and how the shoulders sit up ever so slightly. The square tonal stitching around the arms is another contemporary touch I love.

Ilana Kohn is the queen of cool quirkiness (that’s 4 if you’re counting!) and I love how the designer employs unexpected shapes and silhouettes to make her pieces stand out with the subtle sophistication of clean lines and sharp fabric choices.

Takeaway: Simplicity can make just as much of an impact as colour, shape or pattern.

Continued below >


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STYLE + FIT DETAILS CONTINUED

| KAMM PANT 2.0 | As you probably know, I’m obsessed with Jesse Kamm and her cult favourite Sailor Pant. I have this same pair in salt white and I’d been pining for a black pair. When I found them at 30% OFF via Frances May on Black Friday (thanks to a great tip from a reader!) I jumped at the opportunity and nabbed them.

Now I didn’t think it was possible but I love these even more than my first pair! I could be mistaken but I’m 99% sure they’ve changed the cotton canvas and the new one is SO GOOD. It’s 100% fine cotton canvas now whereas before it was listed as 100% Japanese cotton canvas and if there’s a difference I totally feel it. They’re still that sturdy slightly stiff cotton we know and love but feel a lot softer and the fit has been adjusted ever so slightly too. I ordered the size 4 (equivalent to a S) and they fit allllmost perfect but I still need the waist taken in slightly.

If you’ve been considering a pair of Kamm Pants all I can tell you is that they just keep getting better!

| BODYSUIT CENTRAL | I’ve been very slowly building up my bodysuit collection and the more I wear them the more I wonder why I have any other type of fitted top. This one is from American Apparel but I made some significant alterations. I had my tailor sew up the open back and I sewed in a few clasps at the bottom so it’s easy to get on a off. Now it’s the perfect base layer!

I’m constantly on the lookout for good quality, thong back bodysuits that are bra friendly and made responsibly, which seems to be a seriously tall order but at least I’ve got one for now!

If you have a good bodysuit source, hook a sister up!

Last item of note: I forgot to grab a shot of this look with a coat on but I’d toss either my black overcoat or my black cocoon coat on before heading out the door in this one.


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Now I’ll pass it back to you!
Have you noticed your style confidence improving with age?
Do you have any colour palettes you’ve been wearing a lot this season?
How do you like to balance your looks when there are oversize elements?



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  1. Mun says:

    Experiment away and enjoy the journey 🙂

  2. I don’t know how you manage to be so quirky + cool at the same time! Such a perfect outfit, and I love the style mantra.

  3. Johanne says:

    I love this look. And I think that your formula of 90% comfortable, 10% eccentric is what I strive for as well.
    My problem recently is that while my style confidence is growing, so is my urge to try new things, my boyfriend likes my style less and less… Anyways, I like the outfit, and your thoughtful posts about it

    • Thanks Johanne! Ah, it’s tough when the fella isn’t on board with an outfit you like but if you’re happy in it then nothing else should matter, right? Keep experimenting and having fun with your style! xo

  4. Tania S says:

    Gorgeous outfit, I love the denim on black. Yes, I definitely notice my desire to dress for myself and in my style as I get older. This is quite freeing!

  5. Eva says:

    First, I love this look. Somehow the bodysuit and the delicate jewelry make the black seem less heavy. Bravo!

    Second, do you mind me asking about your measurements? I’ve decided to save up for a pair of Kamm pants (in white) and would love advice on size. I’m 27 in the waist/38 in the hips and was leaning towards a small but wasn’t sure. Also if this posted twice, apologies!

    • Thanks Eva! My measurements are pretty much the exact same as yours and I went with a size 4 (S). The pants do relax a bit with wear so you miight need to get the waist taken in slightly. Hope that helps! xo

  6. Mary says:

    I’m so glad I found your blog (thanks to Caroline from Un-fancy)! I love how you write about style, about outfits as thoughtful compositions of elements. Even though my style is miles away from yours, I love your style and how spectacular simplicity can be. Each and every of your posts brings a new knowledge to me. Thank you, you’re doing a great job. I just had to write it:)
    And yes, I see it clearly that my style confidence is a lot greater than before. I’ve always been self-conscious and worried what other people may say, partly thanks to my past experiences (kids can be really cruel, expecially when somebody doesn’t fit the pattern), but as I get older I’m starting to really embrace my style. I don’t compare myself to others as I used to and it’s a great feeling. Though I see my style shifts a bit, I generally know what I like and how I want to present myself in clothes.

    • Welcome Mary! I’m so glad you found my blog too 🙂 Thanks for the kind words on my style and post format, that’s really nice to hear.

      So great that you’ve found your personal style confidence improving with age. Not comparing myself to others is a big part of it for me too, but it can be tricky to avoid in this social age. Keep embracing your style lady! xo

  7. Nancy says:

    Lee, I’m loving this look on you – especially the scarf and the glasses combo. I’m definitely feeling the quirky (five!) vibes that this outfit is giving off. Nordstrom Canada actually sells a brand called Olympia Theodora, which makes thong back bodysuits that are made in the USA. They don’t have too many styles, but they have some simple tank top bodysuits that might suit your taste. 🙂 Happy Friday and have a wonderful weekend!

  8. Eva says:

    I love how this outfit doesn’t seem too heavy due to the slimness of the bodysuit and the delicate jewelry.

    Do you mind if I ask what your measurements are for the Kamm pants? I’ve made a commitment to save up for a pair but am tempted to splurge right now as I have 15% off from needsupply. I’m 27 in the waist/38 in the hips and was leaning towards a small, but can’t quite tell if that’d be the ideal size. (I wear a 26 in Madewell jeans if that says anything at all).

  9. Hilary says:

    I’m *obsessed* with this look, Lee. One of my absolute favorites for sure. You’re giving very 70s + Annie-Hall-ish vibes (but with contemporary flair!), and it’s so awesome. Love your new frames, too – they really complete the look. Thanks for the fabulous style inspiration as always!

    • Ah thanks so much Hilary! It’s always a little nerve-racking to wear new frames but I’m really loving these now that I’m used to them. Appreciate the kinds words lady 🙂 xo

  10. Alex says:

    Lee,
    A few of your looks lately bring to mind a very chic French artiste vibe. I’m digging how fun and fresh they feel. On another note, I’m so sad I missed the sale on the Kamm pants. I’ve been holding out for a tobacco pair, but want to see if I can get them on sale.

    • Thanks so much Alex! I’ll take any style connotation with French artiste 🙂 I’ve literally already marked my calendar for next year’s Frances May sale but it was the best one I came across for sure. Keep an eye out for Boxing Day sales and once in awhile JK holds a sample sale! Tobacco is next on my Kamm pant list. The addiction is real! xo

  11. Jodie says:

    This is so you and soooo good! Love!
    Wear this color pattern weekly (yesterday!) and love a all black base.
    Have a great weekend!