High Contrast

80_02_jbrand_skinny_leleather_pants_bananarepublic_adelia_blue_coat80_03_jbrand_skinny_leleather_pants_bananarepublic_adelia_toms_sweater_marissawebb_leather_sleeves_perlinaAfter seeing my blogging idol, Wendy Nguyen, pair leather sleeves with a jacket, I wanted to challenge myself to experiment with the same accessory. Instead of putting them over a jacket, however, I layered them over a sweater I blogged about last month. The added leather accents completely transform the knit, going from cozy to tough-girl!

80_04_jbrand_skinny_leleather_pants_bananarepublic_adelia_blue_coat_toms_sweater_marissawebb_leather_sleeves_perlinaTo continue the tough-girl vibe, I wore my new go-to leather pants (guys, they are NOT overrated; they are one of the most comfortable pants I own), and then added lighter colors and softer textures for a high contrast.

80_05_zara_blue_coat_toms_sweater_marissawebb_leather_sleevesI love how the leather sleeves look when they peak out from under the jacket sleeves!

80_06_banana_republic_adeliaOne day I’ll be able to afford Valentino, but until then, these are the perfect alternative. 🙂

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Thank you for reading!

Outfit details

Sweater: TOMS for Target
Jacket: Zara (similar here and here)
Pants: J Brand (more affordable option here)
Shoes: Banana Republic
Bag: Perlina (old)
– Leather sleeves by Marissa Webb
– Rings from Melinda Maria, Svelte Metals, Gorjana
– Necklace by Banana Republic (old, love this other style)
– Scarf by 14th & Union (old, love this style)

Photographer: Nicole Jeanne

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  • Reply Liz - Shopping My Closet

    Love your take on the look!

    Liz @

    January 12, 2015 at 9:09 am
  • Reply Jyotsna Shankar

    Love this outfit Christina! Such a stunning juxtaposition of fierce and feminine! xx

    January 12, 2015 at 10:20 am
  • Reply Color Me Courtney

    I’m loving this look! I’m OBSESSED with your coat, what a pretty color and silhouette!!

    XO Courtney

    January 12, 2015 at 1:29 pm
  • Reply Francesca

    Great coat!

    January 13, 2015 at 3:43 am
  • Reply heather

    love your jacket and that sweater!


    January 13, 2015 at 9:52 am

    I love how you styled the leather sleeves, Christina! It’s soft yet edgy at the same time. <3

    xo, Alina

    January 15, 2015 at 3:50 pm
  • Reply Sophie

    Love the leather sleeves with the sweater! What a great idea!

    January 15, 2015 at 5:25 pm
  • Reply Juliana

    Hi Christina! I enjoy your blog very much so I have nominated you for the Liebster Award:

    Hope you enjoy it and have a wonderful weekend!

    XOXO JuJu

    January 16, 2015 at 5:37 am
    • Reply Christina

      I’m honored, thank you!


      January 18, 2015 at 8:24 pm
  • Reply itsallaboutsonia

    you coat is so nice

    January 16, 2015 at 7:42 am
    • Reply Christina

      thank you! Zara has the best sales 🙂


      January 18, 2015 at 8:24 pm

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