Old Faithful Coat – Mountain Khakis

by Jacquelyn Barnes
( April 16th, 2015 )

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Although spring is in the air and I want nothing more than to leave the house in a sundress and sandals, there is still a nip in the air. That’s why I’ve been getting so much use out of this Mountain Khakis Old Faithful coat in eggplant.

I would compare the warmth of this coat to a polar fleece. Consider it a stylish alternative. The fabric is a heavy knit with a fuzzy texture on the inside, so it feels a lot like a fleece, too. The wind will cut through it, though, much like a sweater, but that’s what I would expect from a knit coat. It’s been on many an evening walk with no chills.

I got a lot of compliments on this coat, particularly it’s length, just long enough to cover your bottom. It’s an attractive silhouette.

Pockets are an important feature in a coat, I think, and these pockets are designed particularly well for housing both your hands and your stuff. To the extent that I often find I don’t need a purse. The snap flap is not fake, you can keep a phone or wallet inside, still there is another secret pocket on the side, so you can slide your hand in that way, one layer to the outside of the vertical pocket. While the angle wasn’t ideal for my hands, it was much better than having to unbutton the top and shove my hands down into them when trying to keep my fingers toasty. I didn’t use the breast pockets for much, but visually they balance out the bottom ones.

I don’t know about you, but I often need to roll up my sleeves for a thing or two, which often requires taking off my coat. I’m glad that I can unbutton these cuffs and roll up my sleeves when it’s time to get my hands dirty. No need to compromise my warmth.

It’s nice to find a coat I would wear around campsite or out to dinner—even around the house for lounging. The Old Faithful coat strikes an impressive balance. But it’s just what I would expect from Mountain Khakis.
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I received this item for review purposes, but all opinions expressed are my own.

 

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Spice Up Your Travel Wardrobe – Try Mixing Patterns

by Jacquelyn Barnes
( April 6th, 2015 )

Looking to do something a little bolder with your travel wardrobe? Let’s try mixing patterns. Here are some principles to help you out.

Pair patterns with similar colors

Mixing Patterns flower dress

Having this flowered dress and Peruvian scarf was a happy coincidence. They happen to share all of the same colors. If I had patterned shoes with the same colors, or a sweater, then we could really go nuts with patterns!

Use solid colors to ground the outfit

Mixing Patterns anniversary outfit

I love this combination because the red dress is a perfect complement to the green in the coat, and both of those colors exist in the scarf. The huge block of color in the dress helps keep the outfit from becoming too complicated. Still the scarf and coat are related enough in color and different enough in pattern that it isn’t overwhelming even when I button up the coat.

Use different sizes of pattern

Mixing Patterns stripes on stripes

The smaller pattern will often read as a neutral in relationship to a larger pattern, so if you have similar patterns in different sizes, go for it.

Use stripes and polka dots as neutrals (leopard and floral prints can also work)

Mixing Patterns floral and stripe

A quick image search for mixing patterns in clothing will yield many nature print/leopard combinations and many floral/stripe combinations. It’s hardly a risk anymore, so if you’re new to pattern mixing, those pairings are a safe start.

Observe

If you want to sharpen your natural sense of what works, make a mental note when you notice a combination you find pleasing. Take a moment to ask yourself why you like it. When you see something that doesn’t work, take a moment to figure out why it doesn’t work. Soon you’ll be writing your own fashion tips.

Let someone else do the mixing

There are plenty of garments out there that contain more than one pattern. For example, this scarf I have is full of patterns. Pre-mixed.

Multi-patterned scarf

If you love it, it probably works

The key to mixing patterns successfully is confidence. If you wear it the right way (confidently) you can pull off just about anything. These rules are to help, but they aren’t limiting. Some of my favorite combinations were discovered just because the outfit felt right in that moment in spite of what some might call a color or pattern clash.

Have fun mixing it up!

 

Go in style,

Jacquelyn

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Royal Robbins Breeze Thru Tank Dress

by Jacquelyn Barnes
( April 3rd, 2015 )

Royal Robbins Tank Dress outfit

Summer is coming! I know because it’s almost warm enough to whip out this Royal Robbins Breeze Thru Tank Dress in rich raspberry and sip on margaritas poolside. Why wait, though? Just nab this dress and jet off to Hawaii. You know, if it’s in the budget.

This little number is simple, sporty, and high quality. I have been styling it for early spring (with tights, boots, and a canvas jacket), but this dress is definitely more of a beachy, wear-over-your-swimsuit kind of tank dress. Looking forward to it.

Tank Dress Seam

Looking at the photos online, I expected a lighter fabric, but it is a luxurious-feeling knit with a bit more weight to it than expected. It felt very nice against my skin and very breathable. It is seventy percent cotton and thirty percent linen. Here’s what it looks like held up to the light—so you can see what the pattern is actually like.

Tank Dress design backlit

Now you can see why they call it Breeze Thru Tank Dress. It doesn’t appear sheer when you’ve got it on, though, in my opinion.

Wearing Royal Robins Tank Dress

In the time I have had to wear it so far, the tank dress seems like it would easily hold up to several years of heavy wear, unlike your standard jersey knit summer tank dress. The knit also seems unlikely to pill and look aged, always a plus.

Although the dress is a solid color, the horizontal seams add style, giving a very simple garment a bit of a voice. Still, it can be worn with almost anything. I expect to wear this Breeze Thru Tank Dress to many a lakeside barbecue this summer. Where will you wear it?

Go in style,

Jacquelyn

I received this item for review purposes, but all opinions expressed are my own.

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