When my friend Jennifer, who is much more fashion forward than I, had a giveaway on her blog I jumped on it. Jennifer was exploring Wild Side fashion trends on the runway and how to incorporate them into your wardrobe, and I was lucky enough to win a purse inspired by the theme!
I was delighted to win the giveaway and I love reading Jennifer’s advice on how to spruce up your wardrobe. The problem is that I spend a lot of my time outside in the rain and snow, and when given the choice between fashion and comfort I will pick comfort every time. But all hope is not lost. Companies like Patagonia are starting to make outdoor wear that is both practical and fashionable, and even environmentally friendly. Unfortunately I can’t quite afford to concoct my entire wardrobe from their catalog, so I set out to fashion my wardrobe on the cheap.
One of my favorite pieces of outdoor gear are gaiters, which are basically tall spats that fit over the top of your boots and keep snow out of them when it gets really deep. I also love them for keeping the mud, which we have in abundance right now, off the bottom of my pants. Unfortunately my gaiters started wearing out and a few repairs were necessary. I was going to need that magical tool that can fix anything, but armed with my newly educated fashion sense I spent a little bit of extra money and fixed my gaiters with:
Yeah baby, leopard print duct tape.
Taking Jennifer’s advice I went straight to my closet to see what other wild side items I had. Like Jennifer, I have a penchant for buying clothes at thrift stores and this shirt is one of my all-star finds. This shirt is made out of warm flannel and it’s decked out with maps, bears, and (be still my heart) moose. I love this shirt because it is exactly what the Hawaiian shirt would look like if it was invented in New Hampshire.
This shirt totally has a wild side.
Another thing I’ve learned from Jennifer is that a huge part of styling has to do with how you assemble your outfits by combining different items and accessories. I found a coordinating pair of army-surplus waterproof pants in my closet and pieced together my ensemble.
Jennifer is probably crying because she’s so proud of me right now.