Skinny Cargos & Red Pumps (Inspiration Calendar: Wk 1, Look 2)

I am a little grouchy about today’s pictures.  I had a rough day in front of the camera. I just couldn’t get a good shot.  I think the cold was messing up my focus. My hands were like ice cubes and my camera only allows you to set the self timer for one picture at a time. ugh! I am gonna post these pictures anyway and stop whining about it…

The Inspiration
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Cheryl Cole’s look here is really nothing special to be honest, but it did catch my eye.  I bought a pair of skinny cargos many months ago and I have had the hardest time with them.  It’s mind boggling really, because those damn J Brand Houlihans (which are currently on sale for $120 at Nordstrom) have been spotted on every celebrity in every magazine and on a number of fashion bloggers, too.  Needless to say, there is no shortage of skinny cargo inspiration in the fashion world.  Still, for some reason I just couldn’t pull them off.  For some reason, this look spoke to me… Lol!  I loved that she rolled them up a little to expose the ankle and I loved the pairing with bright pumps. I even loved the raggedy distressed sweater she’s rocking with it. Not so sure about that hat, but if it was as cold where she is as it was when I was taking these pictures then I don’t blame her!

The Inspired

Sweatshirt: Walgreens ($3.99) | Plaid Shirt: Old & Random | Cargo Pants: Sanctuary, Nordstrom Rack ($29.99) | Shoes: Go Jane ($26.50, sold out in Red) | Necklace: Forever 21 | Bag: Thrifted
Instead of a lightweight baggy sweater, I opted for a heavier plain old school sweatshirt.  I cut the collar (as I do with all sweatshirts) to create a Flashdance off-the-shouder neckline.  I’ve noticed a lot of dolman sleeve sweatshirts on the market right now priced at $50 – $400! umm WHAT!? Well, call me crazy, but in my opinion buying an over-sized sweatshirt and hacking off the collar gives the same effect. I bought this men’s size small sweatshirt at Walgreen’s for $3.99 and I love it!  It was too cold for the sweater alone so I layered it over plaid button up shirt that I’ve had for years. I think I bought it 2006 or 2007.  I can’t say that I’ve worn in the last couple years but I’m glad I held on to it. I cuffed (rolling would be too bulky) my sweatshirt sleeves to expose the plaid sleeves and of course I’ve also got the plaid collar peaking out as well.  I think the plaid tied the look together and gave it some polish! (if only my collar would act right..Lol!)

Are you guys tired of seeing this necklace yet? Lol… I can’t help myself! It’s the accessory of the moment for me!  Anyway, as I mentioned before I’ve had these pants for a while and I had the hardest time making them work.  There was just something about the fit that I didn’t like. A couple weeks ago the fabulous Courtnee of Moments of Whimsy rocked a pair of gorgeous pink cords that she had a similar problem with.  She mentioned that it just occurred to her one day that she should roll the ankles and viola! they were a perfect fit.  She is actually the one who got me to thinking about rolling these pants.  When I saw the photo of Cheryl Cole, it sealed the deal.  I generally think that skinny jeans look a bit strange rolled or cuffed so I would never have tried it if it hadn’t been for Courtnee and Ms. Cole, but it works well with these twill pants.

So I have a hair update! I did my bantu knots again really late last night, but as you can see my hair looks TOTALLY different.  Even Fabrice asked “why did your hair come out like that?” Lol! Well, I took the knots out too early and my hair was still damp. Ugh! I assumed that letting them set overnight would be enough, but no, no, no! Oh well, you live and you learn.  I’ll try again in a few days!
p.s. Our fab affiliate has an awesome pair of Skinny Cargos for $39.99.  I actually like the look of them more than mine, but I don’t need to buy another pair of the same type of pants (boohoo!).  If you are in the market for an inexpensive pair of skinny cargos, I’d definitely give them a try!  Our friend Leslie at Fashion Du Jour picked up her skinny cargos from and she loves them. Oh, and you get 20% off with the promo code AHDEC20.
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8 Responses to “Skinny Cargos & Red Pumps (Inspiration Calendar: Wk 1, Look 2)”

  1. noguiltfashion says:

    Love this look. I think I like it even better than the inspiration. Those shoes are fabulous.
    My recent post Knee Highs Anonymous

    • Miss_Ife says:

      Thanks, girl! I am so glad I bought those shoes while I could during the black friday sale! They are definitely among my faves these days!

  2. GFS says:

    I have that Cheryl Cole pic in my inspiration folder! You beat me to it! I just bought me some jewel tone shoes yesterday (christmas gift) that I'm gonna use to pull this look off!

  3. Gretchen says:

    You pulled it off well! Love it! Love the shiny bag, too!

  4. fdiary says:

    Love the red shoes, don't you just love colored shoes, that's what I use for a pop of color in my outfit. That and handbags. This is a nice laid back, casual chic outfit. I like how you dressed it up a little with necklace.

  5. Sunny says:

    I love the ribbon on the back of the shoes!!!!! So cute!!!!!!!

    I'm happy you didn't do the hat thing like your inspiration did. I think her look would have been hotter minus the hat.


  6. T & J says:

    Those cargos are so gorg & really affordable!! We're skinny cargo OBSESSED <3

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