Prints on a Hazy Autumn Day

by jennine on November 23, 2009

animal print

Printer’s Row in Chicago is one of my favorite neighborhoods to walk around. I love the history of the area, where all the catalogs from Sears and Montgomery Ward would be printed. I can’t help finding peace in the rustic brick buildings, quiet streets (aside from the construction), the industrial details here and there. It’s urban, but somehow deserted.  This afternoon I took a walk around the neighborhood, enjoying the hazy autumn day.

Today, I pulled out a cozy animal printed sweatshirt dress found at the Frankfurt flea market back in my vintage shop days, and paired it with opaque argyle tights. One of my common color combinations is black and brown, for it seems logical, brown softens the starkness of the black, but the contrast is low enough to where it just adds depth. I know these studded boots have made a lot of appearances lately, they’re on a rotation between brown boots and these black ones. Maybe it’s time to get new shoes, wear different ones, but really, is it necessary?


Vintage leather coat with fur collar • Animal print mini-dress second hand from flea market • Argyle tights : Charlotte Russe • Boots : Aldo • Bendy necklace via Imelda Matt • Sunglasses : Urban Outfitters • Chocolate leather gloves : Loehman’s

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1 Lala Lopez November 23, 2009 at 1:03 pm

The Fur Collared Jacket is Killer! Love the Look :)
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2 jennine November 23, 2009 at 3:50 pm

thanks love!


3 tanya November 23, 2009 at 1:04 pm

oooh imma liking your batwing sleeves! im all about the batwing sleeves these days. love em! almost all my sweaters, cardies and tees that i wear have batwing sleeves. im slightly addicted.
just wanted to ask if you were going to announce the winner of the necklush comp soon coz ive been hanging out for it :)


4 jennine November 23, 2009 at 1:11 pm

i’m going to announce tomorrow!
gotta love batwings !


5 Liv Lundelius November 23, 2009 at 1:10 pm

love it!
really good pictures, the bacgrounds are a really good match for the outfit:
and ooray for red lipstick!
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6 Susiii November 23, 2009 at 1:37 pm

love the color of your gloves!!!


7 jennine November 23, 2009 at 3:50 pm

thanks! they surprisingly go with everything!


8 ag November 23, 2009 at 1:44 pm

i had one rule for my outfits: never mix black and brown together, but your take makes me reconsider this rule once again :) Good look!
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9 jennine November 23, 2009 at 3:50 pm

hehe, well, once you start it’s hard to stop!


10 Noël November 23, 2009 at 2:02 pm

I love that dress! It’s amazing.
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11 Kwil November 23, 2009 at 2:03 pm

I am always pairing black and brown together. I love this look!
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12 Piper November 23, 2009 at 2:36 pm

I love accessories, so must say I love the argyle tights. And aren’t the bendy necklaces fun? Just got a few myself.
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13 jennine November 23, 2009 at 3:55 pm

there are so many uses for bendy necklaces it’s not even funny! i love them.


14 monikulus November 23, 2009 at 2:53 pm

“(…) but really, is it necessary?” … No its not!!! Doubt if a single person got bored with those, they are absolutely amazing… and they are great with every single outfit you pull on. I actually went to aldo to find a pair for myself, but obviously they are out of stock already…
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15 jennine November 23, 2009 at 3:52 pm

thanks love! it’s hard because, i really do wear these all the time! but really, it’s time to mix it up with the booties.


16 Fustany November 23, 2009 at 3:41 pm

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17 eyeliah November 23, 2009 at 5:38 pm

the tones of your outfit keep it so chic. how come now that you are back in the usa you do more outfit posts I wonder?? It makes me very happy!
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18 jennine November 23, 2009 at 6:58 pm

thanks my dear! it’s a little easier to do it here because of the variety of scenery… the old place in germany was ok, but i got sick of the trees! (sort of)


19 danielle November 23, 2009 at 6:03 pm

There’s no need to buy new shoes. Wear what you love to death. I have minimized my wardrobe down to staples and pieces I absolutely love.

If prints are mixed then who is to say brown and black cannot be as well?

You look chic and comfortable. That’s just my two cents.


20 jennine November 23, 2009 at 6:59 pm

it’s always good to take a look at your wardrobe and assess what you love and what to do without. i’m begining to do that more and more and it helps with figuring out what i actually love.


21 Chessa! November 23, 2009 at 6:54 pm

I think that the look is great! black and brown is a fave of mine too and I love your tights…
I don’t think that you can ever have too many boots! go for it!
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22 jennine November 23, 2009 at 7:01 pm

thanks love! it’s good to know there’s a fellow black and brown lover! :)
ah boots, they be easy to addict yourself to.


23 Miss Cavendish November 23, 2009 at 7:45 pm

Love neighbourhoods like this! And I’m a firm believer in wearing the shoes/boots you love-daily . . .
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24 jennine November 24, 2009 at 8:40 am

me too, it’s one of my favorite things about cities, is finding cool out of the beaten path neighborhoods.


25 The Clothes Horse November 23, 2009 at 9:48 pm

I really like each individual piece of this outfit and together it is so interesting. The boots are very cool, definitely deserving frequent wear.
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26 AlyssaBeth November 24, 2009 at 2:24 am

shoe variety is definitely a good thing, but unless the heels are falling off there’s no need to completely stop wearing them :) i wore my boots a week straight when I first bought them before realizing maybe I should change it up. But at the same time…if it’s a good thing, there’s no harm done. And if someone actually DOES care,I just call that snooty.
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27 jennine November 24, 2009 at 8:38 am

heh, and it’s usually a good thing when you find something you love to wear it till it falls apart right?


28 Ela November 24, 2009 at 5:43 am

I just love everything about this. And that last photo - you look so gorgeous! That vintage leather jacket is amazing! And the boots are from Aldo? Really? I do not remember those and I’ve been shopping at Aldo for um, 15 yrs, LOL. Not sure when it came to the US but it’s been in Canada forever. And I adore your sunnies.
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29 jennine November 24, 2009 at 8:39 am

oh, i don’t know when they were in the shops, early september? i literally ran in there and told the salesman what i wanted, and he suggested these… it was the fastest sale ever made.


30 Jillian November 24, 2009 at 6:53 am

that tunic looks really beautiful on you!!


31 Sally November 24, 2009 at 7:00 am

The subtle metallics in the sweatshirt print are such fun. And hey, if I had those boots, I’d wear them every day, too!
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32 WendyB November 24, 2009 at 8:08 am

The great outfits, the great photos…how do you do it?
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33 jennine November 24, 2009 at 8:39 am

you know how i do it! with a remote!


34 dreamsequins November 24, 2009 at 9:00 am

You don’t get much better than a vintage leather jacket. It looks so soft and perfectly broken in. Love you in your softly waved hair!
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35 Nickie Frye November 24, 2009 at 9:36 am

I love the top! I actually have a similar one in my shop right now, but it has all-over gold foil dots & batwings. Super cute with those tights. I totally forgot about Charlotte Russe. They always have such cute little strapless dresses. Not that I can wear them, but they are cute nonetheless. Anyway, cute outfit & I LOVE those boots. Rock them every day if you want, they’re fabulous. Have a great day! :)
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36 hanako66 November 24, 2009 at 3:20 pm

Such a great outfit…I love all of the layering and textures…perfect!
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37 Audi November 24, 2009 at 3:40 pm

Ooh, I love how you glammed up the argyle! Great look!
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38 EmilythePanda November 26, 2009 at 11:50 am

Love the argyle tights with the black boots combination.

Printer’s row is a really nice little neighborhood, I worked in an office on Dearborn and Van Buren for the past 2 years. I loved going to Hackney’s for dinner and a drink after work.
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39 Cliche Queen November 28, 2009 at 3:42 pm

Love this look!! and I love the boots (I definitely don’t think you need a change) it works perfectly with the outfit. I am looking for boots like that.


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