Onyx and Pearl

Often when the sun shines it makes you envision warm places and chilled beverages. It may even trigger the urge of wanting to don pieces that you cannot wait to slip into for the season of flowery threads and open-toed soles.

But, then reality sets in and you hear the whistling of the wind or the crackling of branches as they sway side to side waving in rhythm with the wind. Instantly, the thought of breaking out my new sandal wedges just did not seem timely or suitable for such a cold day.

The only thing that I could think of after an extended glance through the window pane was to pack on the layers! So, to make a blah morning into a fashionably darker one, so to speak ... yes, this time black was the answer! I paired my ruffled dress that I made years prior (worn as a skirt) with a black and white lace tank and then added a cardigan.
How to Layer leather
This was an oldie, but goodie outfit some time ago amongst the data that survived.
I really love this oversize coat mostly because of the collar. In fact, I believe that's really the only reason I bought it, and because I did need a heavier coat, of course. The fun details: the collar can stand tall and dramatic without even falling, and that's always okay with me!
Style blogger outfit tips - Zara Coat
Vintage Ferragamo shoes
The goods:  Coat-Zara (Similar), Bow flats-Salvatore Ferragamo (Similar), Floral brooch-Ladyofashion handmade, Ruffle dress-Ladyofashion design (Similar), Leatherette Trousers-eBay, Lace tank-White House Black Market, Cardigan-Express, Costume pearls-thrifted, Patent leather croc-bag-Vintage, Rock ring-DIY.

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69 comments

  1. With the collar up, you look like a chic spy engaged in serious espionage!

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  2. AlexisGrace26 March, 2013

    You look seriously chic!! And dressed like that I wouldn't be missing the hot temps!

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  3. lovely outfit! those pearls is a nice touch :)

    xoxo
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  4. I hope that this outfit is keeping you warm because you look so Chanel chic!

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  5. Loving the layers Madison! Great coat and outfit! I think I switched my closet out to soon! HaHa It's chilly here and I live in the South. HaHa Glad these pics survived so we could see your beautiful outfit. Love your shoes to!

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  6. francesca romana capizzi26 March, 2013

    You look classy black and pearls!!!

    I like that coat!

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  7. You're so creative! I could never make anything to wear. I could design it in my head but it'd never come out right, lol! Love the dark theme!

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  8. I know, this weather is messed up, huh? Its sunny one day, windy and rainy the next here...ugh! Ah well, way to make a gloomy day super chic. Love the layers and your leather bottoms :)


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  9. Sam @ Frills & Thrills26 March, 2013

    Hi doll, this is my kind of style, love the sophistication of all black and the retro glamour of pearls with it. Thanks for taking the time to visit...I appreciate all your comments!

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  10. Beautiful. I love the layered look :)

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  11. We love your post, wonderful.
    We are always looking at all the news.
    Kisses Glorinha.
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  12. Amazing look, darling! Love those pants!


    xoxox,
    CC

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  13. You should be a fashion designer you know? i see you in that field... you paired your outfit so well, i always say you got your own style and i love that, you look simple, sweet and chic lurv it!!!

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  14. Sofiescloset26 March, 2013

    Beautiful outfit <3

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  15. Such a chic look my dear! Ah, that coat! What can I say, it's amazing and I would also buy it for that collar alone. Adore all the pretty layers and those flats are perfection :)

    Take care sweetie and have a great week,
    Daniella xox

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  16. Dainty Doll26 March, 2013

    Stunning doll, love black!! Layers are always great when it's cold. Have a wonderful day xx

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  17. Hi Madison! This is one of my fav look from you! I like how you layered it, the dress is so pretty and the colors suit you:) Have a good day, kisses! xo
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  18. You look like such a vixen! Loving that first photo. It seems I wear black most of the time. Definitely a favorite in my closet.

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  19. sartorialsidelines26 March, 2013

    You are seriously insanely creative and all those ruffle details are really cute - especially toughed up a bit with those great leatherette pants.



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  20. I do love that coat, Madison. Another fab outfit:)

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  21. Erika Sorocco26 March, 2013

    I LOVE the '20s vibe pearls lend to just about any look - so stunning. You look beautiful. And that coat...le sigh! :)

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  22. You look wonderful, rock and roll with a twist! I wish I could ditch the socks and tights but I'd lose my feet to frostbite! x

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  23. I love the ruffly dress/skirt, it's so cute. And I love it worn with the pants. The pearls add a special touch. You look beautiful!

    xo, Yi-chia
    Always Maylee

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  24. Gorgeous coat and love the leather pants. And the pearls are the right touch!
    The newest addition to my closet is a striped jersey dress that goes below the knee and has sublte ruching on the sides. Loved that little detail!

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  25. Thanks Kim, haha! And, yes, I am actually a former fashion designer. Glad you liked the outfit. Have a great day dear. xx/Madison

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  26. Thanks Jenmarie! I enjoy creating a few things every now and again. :) xx

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  27. ;-) Ha! Great comment ... uhhhh, compliment! Thanks!

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  28. Enjoy your day as well. Thanks for your comment Lilli. :-)

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  29. Thank you! I just love wearing ruffles! xo

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  30. I love this classic color combination. You look simply stunning!

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  31. I do the same thing when it's just too bright ;) I LOVE those pants!

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  32. mademoiselle mode26 March, 2013

    Lovely style ^^

    I love pearls

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  33. Another fab outfit!!!! nice coat!!!
    Have a good week, dear! and my g+ for you...

    Besos, desde España, Marcela♥

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  34. Rowena Rolala Loves26 March, 2013

    I love the dichotomy of pairing pearls with leather and you look amazing as always Madison!

    Rowena @ rolala loves

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  35. SACRAMENTO Amate26 March, 2013

    Beautiful black textile layerying, dear madison, and the pearls are the cherry on the pie.
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  36. I'm loving the leather trousers they look awesome on you!

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  37. The is taken me to the great gatsby moment, I love the mix of black and pearls!
    Great look doll!

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  38. love those pants! Xo Megan, www.TfDiaries.com

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  39. cute pants!
    xo
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  40. Thank you! Yeah, I thought the all black was a good enough excuse to bring out these trousers again. :)

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  41. The dress sounds like a winner, Jersey is one of my favourites, so easy and comfortable to wear! Thanks for sharing & commenting MJ.

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  42. The coat and the pearls make this outfit so chic! Love it.

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  43. I always love a dark, neutral coloured outfit, and this is definitely not an exception :) The tulle peeking out between your blouse and skinnies is such a fun and unexpected detail, I just love the effect it adds to your ensemble!
    xox,
    Cee

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  44. I'm with you! I was so tempted to put on sandals this morning until I realized wearing sandals when it's 50 degrees out is crazy and I'm in desperate need of a pedicure first. :)

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  45. I loved the pictures, but the second one is my favorite, where you can see the pearls really well - and I love pearls! Beautiful photos!XXXDenise

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  46. Thanks Denise! Hope you're doing well. xo/Madison

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  47. Thanks Row! xo I LOVE leather! :-)

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  48. :-) Yes, black definitely has its place. xx

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  49. :-) Thanks so much dear! xx

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  50. Thank you for your comment and visiting. :)

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  51. Omg! your coat is perfect!! love it!
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  52. Viktoriya Sener28 March, 2013

    What a beautiful look! Your leather pants are awesome!
    kisses)

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  53. the clothes paper28 March, 2013

    you are very chic!

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  54. xxoo Thank you my friend! :-)

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  55. :-) I'm still virtually dreaming of spring ... basically everyday! haha. Enjoy your week Marissa!

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  56. borka gamero29 March, 2013

    Great outfit! Love the details and color combination!
    Kisses from Miami,
    Borka
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  57. Great look!




    XX,
    Miranda

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  58. Coline Chavaroche29 March, 2013

    You are incredibly beautiful *_*

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    Coline ♡

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  59. Love your look here Madison! Very dramatic collar, but still so classic.
    xoxo
    Cyrillynn

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  60. You have the prettiest style! Great looking coat, too.

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  61. Thank you Cy! Happy Easter! :)

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  62. :-) Thank you. That's such a sweet comment.

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  63. you look gorgeous per usual. i've been looking for the right pair of leather trousers forever and ever and ever it seems. love these on you!

    thank you so much for your kind words on my friend. i am doing so much better, this week was his wake and with a proper cry and good bye i feel i might feel better about it all. love you dear, thank you for being such a wonderful friend.

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  64. Thanks J, you're so sweet.

    And, of course no worries, so glad that you are feeling much better, time and great friend are good healers! xxoo Miss ya! ((Hugs))

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