What They Don’t Know Won’t Hurt Them

November 26, 2012

Zara sweater, Walmart men’s plaid shirt, heels c/o Joe Fresh
bag c/o Mary Nichols, necklace c/o Poshlocket, jeans c/o Gap Canada
Want to know the story behind this plaid shirt? I was up at my cabin over Thanksgiving (Canadian Thanksgiving, so like a month ago) and my little brother decided it would be a great idea if we all piled into our canoe with a bunch of beer, some plaid, ripped shirts and some backwards caps. You know, “Hoser” it up as much as possible. We were going to the liquor store anyway (beer and wine are usually main features of our holiday trips) so we stopped by the small town’s Walmart as well, picked up $5 men’s shirts in sizes ranging from XL-XXXL and cruised around in our canoe looking as quintessentially Canadian as can be.
The funny thing is, I’ve ended up becoming obsessed with this piece-of-doodoo-shirt. Worn with a tank top, long-sleeve T and a sweater over top, it’s the perfect length to throw under all the chunky sweaters I always favour during the winter. That’s what’s perfect about layering: you can really get some good mileage out of pieces that may not be standout pieces on their own.
So my suggestion to cut costs over the holiday season? Trot on over to your favourite discount store, buy a huge men’s plaid shirt on sale, cut off the sleeves to remove bulk and wear that thing obsessively under your favourite sweaters. I mean, I love me some J.Crew and all, but if you want to do layered/preppy chic on a budget, this is a good area to save Benjamins on.
Hope you all had a great weekend – it was so sunny here and it completely cheered everyone up. Love love love the sun…is it that bad that I’m dying for the summer to come back already?

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  • Reply Cee November 26, 2012 at 2:37 pm

    This is too funny, pally – although I'm pretty sure at my height, that plaid shirt (which is a beauty, by the way; are you sure it really came from Wal-Mart?) would be more like an awkward length plaid dress. You wear it beautifully, though. I just love those Joe Fresh heels with, well, anything 🙂

  • Reply Girl and Closet November 26, 2012 at 2:53 pm

    Aw, haha, love the story behind your shirt!! And… you look absolutely beautiful, love. Adore this denim look so much! Hope you're having a great start to your day!! xo

  • Reply Amy November 26, 2012 at 2:54 pm

    haha love it and I love your roll playing in the canoe!

  • Reply Courtney Erin November 26, 2012 at 3:30 pm

    That's a pretty awesome shirt back story…and you're right, it's the perfect length. Also, I really love the Zara sweater layered over top.

    Courtney ~

  • Reply Leah November 26, 2012 at 3:32 pm

    Love this tip on how to be quintessentially Canadian! (and on a budget!)

  • Reply Mounette November 26, 2012 at 3:43 pm

    cool look, your sweater is very nice

  • Reply Naomi at The Occasional Indulgence November 26, 2012 at 4:04 pm

    Oh man that's a fabulous story! Your family sounds like a lot of fun 🙂

  • Reply Wren KW November 26, 2012 at 4:06 pm

    I love those shoes even more every single time you wear them. And I'm all over the men's wear. Especially layered up like that. Perfect winter outfit.

  • Reply KenzeLee November 26, 2012 at 4:11 pm

    Great advice!

    xo, Kenzie

  • Reply Caroline Susanto November 26, 2012 at 4:46 pm

    great tips! and you look so great in these outfits 🙂


  • Reply JennaStevie November 26, 2012 at 5:10 pm

    The story behind this plaid shirt makes me laugh a lot, and I love that you and your siblings do crazy things like that. I love this chunky knit sweater over the plaid top and with those jeans. Such a perfect combination

  • Reply Kimberly November 26, 2012 at 5:37 pm

    Laughing at this post – but seriously love the combination of the oversized knit + plaid shirt. Perfect fall look!

  • Reply claude November 26, 2012 at 5:57 pm

    No, I feel the same way!:)

    xx Claude

  • Reply Heidi November 26, 2012 at 6:22 pm

    Too funny! I love this idea and this look. -Heidi

  • Reply Manda November 26, 2012 at 6:40 pm

    Ha! Good idea 🙂
    That piece of doodoo shirt is definitely niiiice.

    Love From,
    Eat Cake

  • Reply Lisa November 26, 2012 at 7:12 pm

    I'm going to have to stick with J. Crew on this one as their Perfect Fit shirts are just the right length and boxiness on me (especially around the waist).

  • Reply Katie- Hems for Her November 26, 2012 at 7:46 pm

    Love it! I am going to go after work today and check it out!

  • Reply sweet harvest moon November 26, 2012 at 7:56 pm

    Zara has some amazing sweater! Love how you styled it!

  • Reply Samantha Manzella November 26, 2012 at 7:58 pm

    HAHA, that's such a brilliant story! I love when functional pieces come from the oddest of places…and when they have a great history to go with them, hehe. Chic and lovely, as always!

    <3 Samantha

  • Reply Haylie November 26, 2012 at 8:46 pm

    Gorgeous look! Those heels are amazing 🙂


  • Reply Tyne Swedish November 26, 2012 at 9:44 pm

    I often shop in the mens department due to I find there clothing options nicer and as I am 5'9" I find the sweaters and tops oversized but proper proportioned for me. I recently went to Target and attempted to get a few mens flannels that were $12 but my Jason swore they looked horrible on me…so that plan didn't really workout. Also that Zara sweater is to die for! Love it!!


  • Reply Petite Adventures November 26, 2012 at 9:52 pm

    Super cute – I love how you've repurposed something that was essentially a joke and made it so cute!

    Kate xo

  • Reply Erin November 26, 2012 at 10:02 pm

    This is awesome! A $5 men's shirt totally rocking your wardrobe. I love how you threw on those awesome heels with this cozy, menswearish outfit.


  • Reply Dear Girl Wallflower November 26, 2012 at 10:44 pm

    the combination of the outfit resulted to be nice!!

  • Reply pretty little things November 26, 2012 at 10:59 pm

    love this casual cool look! very festive for fall! xo

  • Reply Melissa November 27, 2012 at 4:50 am

    Hahaha amazing. I love when those random pieces can end up inspiring so many outfits. Especially when the looks are so perfectly Canadian.

    You look gorgeous.


  • Reply November 27, 2012 at 5:59 am

    i love the way you layered your outfit here!

  • Reply Well... November 27, 2012 at 8:12 am

    Okay…I'm totally copying this outfit one day. It's perfect! I love it, casual yet totally stylish. That pop of plaid under the sweater is just…..perfect 🙂

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  • Reply Izzy November 27, 2012 at 11:48 am

    these are such pretty photos! your outfit is so cute. really loving the tan and grey tones, plus the pops of red from your plaid shirt 🙂

  • Reply Faith November 27, 2012 at 8:12 pm

    such a great idea. obsessed with this outfit and your shoes!

  • Reply November 27, 2012 at 8:36 pm

    Oh my gosh, I love that story! Too funny! Such a genius style tip as well!

  • Reply JennyScribbles November 28, 2012 at 12:23 am

    I love wearing plaid! It's definitely one of the easiest looks to prep up of grunge down!


  • Reply Manonnn November 28, 2012 at 4:22 pm

    I love the story, and the outfit is stunning!!!

  • Reply Chioma December 10, 2012 at 5:54 pm

    what a fun story! i love layering and I thrift a lot of the pieces I wear underneath sweaters! you look so cute 🙂

    C's Evolution of Style

  • Reply Outside Looking In December 10, 2012 at 11:24 pm

    Great story and love the plaid shirt under that incredible sweater! I love the idea of cutting off the sleeves to get rid of bulk….stealing that one!

  • Reply Northern Style Exposure December 11, 2012 at 12:33 am

    Perfect layers! Love this look!

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