Fur Trimmed Denim Jacket & Floral Dress: Escaping The Box

Fur trimmed denim jacket, floral dress and otk boots.

The outfit that I’m wearing actually inspired the topic of today’s story…


…I am a very linear thinker; for me most things are very black and white. I’m not super creative at all. Over the years I have come to understand this about myself, and in the last few years have made it a goal to knock it off. It really takes constant awareness and effort because I think viewing things with a creative eye is something that one is born with. It can be an acquired skill, but not without a lot of work.

My husband for example, is insanely creative. He is the one that typically comes up with all of the color schemes, picture hanging arrangements and the placing of any sort of decorative pieces throughout our home. He can look at an object and come up with about 101 uses for it that the object was definitely not originally intended for. For example, just a few weeks ago he dug around in my jewelry box and found a wide bangle bracelet that I never ever wear, and repurposed it as a base for a hand-blown glass ball that we had no way to display. It is absolutely beautiful and you would never know that the base is actually a bangle bracelet.

See what I mean? To me, it was a bracelet; nothing more, nothing less. Without his outside of the box brain, the bracelet would still be languishing in my jewelry box and the beautiful glass ball would be sadly tucked away in a drawer somewhere. I’m the same way with my closet. I have to literally  make myself not view pieces as just what they they are. To my brain, work clothes are work clothes and thus I only wear them to work instead of mixing them into my everyday wardrobe. Scarves are simply something I wrap around my neck as opposed to maybe wrapping one around my waist as a belt.

I don’t make resolutions at the beginning of each new year, that just doesn’t seem to work for me. I do however set goals for myself throughout the year whenever the need arises. Thinking outside of the box is one of those areas where I still need to focus effort. Being able to look at things with a mind open to endless possibilities, in my opinion, is something that warrants the continued effort. Thinking in a linear manner like I do is just so confining. It feels like I’m trapped in said box. And that my lovelies, is simply unacceptable. Therefore, I will continue this year to train my brain to look at all of the possible options, both in my closet and in life. Because really, who wants to spend their life trapped in a box.


As I’ve said, I am a very linear thinker; thinking outside of the box is difficult for me in all areas, and clothing is no exception. Every day I have to make a concentrated effort to view things from a different perspective.

This outfit is the perfect example. Yes, the dress is pretty, but by itself it was lacking. My immediate instinct was to layer something over it, but there was nothing I tried that I loved. While staring into my closet, my blue tulle skirt caught my eye. Hmmm…that would look cute layered underneath, right? No, the in the box side of my brain said…that’s a skirt. Fortunately, the side of my brain that does make the effort to climb out of it’s box won the argument and voila…skirt layered under dress. It added an extra flouncy layer of fun that the dress needed, don’t you think?

For me though, the centerpiece of this outfit is the fur trimmed denim jacket. It’s from H&M and is unfortunately no longer available, although this one is similar. When it first appeared online back in August, I was obsessed. I was hesitant to order a coat online so over the next few months I checked a few H&M stores, but couldn’t find it. When I received a 40% off coupon in the mail, it was like a message from the universe…”You must get the fur trimmed denim jacket”. I’m not one to ignore messages from the universe, so I pulled the trigger and ordered it.

When it arrived, I was in love. It fit perfectly (I sized up so I could layer), it’s pile lined so it’s plenty warm (when the temperature is above negative numbers) and the fur collar is removable. I have worn it with pretty much everything since then and I think it was the perfect topper for this particular outfit.


Don’t be afraid to think outside of the box. As a matter of fact, make an effort to do so. Think outside of the box in all areas of life with wild abandon. It frees you, it gives you options that you wouldn’t have had otherwise. I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised with the results.


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Jacket: H&M (Similar);  Skirt: Similar;  Dress: Similar;  Boots: Charming Charlie

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  1. Katrina McAfee
    01.5.2018 / 11:33 am

    Don’t sell yourself short; your creativity shows in your fashion sense!!! Thank you for a great blog – Love your style!

  2. 01.5.2018 / 12:33 pm

    Now, knowing what a creative mind your husband has, and what an amazing wardrobe YOU have, I think I need to see a “My Husband Styled My Outfit” series from you 🙂


  3. 01.5.2018 / 2:33 pm

    I would have never guessed you were a linear thinker – your photos are so creative and different than what everyone else is doing! I think it’s because you mix things up so well, you take something flirty and feminine and add something super bad ass and edgy to make it your own. If this is you in the box then I cannot wait to see what happens when you start really thinking outside the box, wowza!!! I think it’s cool that your husband is so creative, I love the bangle bracelet story!
    Enjoy the weekend!
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  4. 01.5.2018 / 2:50 pm


    Love how you added the tulle skirt to your dress!
    I think you are very creative and also think outside the box when it comes to styling your clothes!

    Happy Friday friend!

  5. 01.5.2018 / 4:38 pm

    I’m exactly the same way, Debbie….although I do think we can grow in our creative thinking by exploring and being open to different ideas. Like the more I read more blogs, the more I start to think just like you did with this outfit (of course, it takes me seeing the same thing over and over before it sticks, but finally it becomes part of my thinking….)
    And I think I’m going to have to copy this—it’s brilliant, because I have a skirt like this!!!
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  6. 01.5.2018 / 8:16 pm

    Hi, Debbie
    The way you see things is a strength. Focusing on your strength can be good for your business…and you could embrace it in your blogging as well by pointing out to your readers things about style that make sense and clarify things for them. I think you already do this in your social observations. Instead of fighting your true self, I’d encourage you to work with it and play it up. I think Bettye is right on track with her insight: your husband can be a great creative partner for you!
    Best wishes for a happy and successful new year,
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  7. Janet
    01.6.2018 / 3:17 pm

    I can identify with your description of yourself but I must say it takes creativity to put this outfit together! It looks lovely and no, I never would have thought of it. It would be good for me to shake it up a bit.

  8. Lesley
    01.7.2018 / 3:04 am

    You have made me want a tulle skirt. I need one now. Thanks for the inspiration.

  9. 01.7.2018 / 9:31 am

    Debbie, perfect and fabulous in every way! I actually almost never wear my tulle skirts by themselves. They are usually layered under a dress or another skirt, so of course, I love that you have tried this layering trick. And the result is amazing! As is your fur trimmed denim jacket! Here’s to thinking outside of the box with wild abandon! That’s so my gig. Thanks so much for joining my Link Up On the Edge!
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  10. 01.7.2018 / 3:51 pm

    Oh wow Debbie, that dress looks amazing and how cool to think of putting a skirt underneath it to make it look so great. I have a tulle skirt just like yours and must see if I can make something I do not wear stand out this good too 🙂

    Thanks for sharing at Welcome To The Weekend Blog Hop, hope to see you tomorrow 🙂
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  11. 01.7.2018 / 10:28 pm

    love the look and the skirt is perfect underneath. I did the opposite over the Holiday. I had a great tulle skirt and no top to wear… fast forward and I remembered an old velvet dress I wore years ago. I wore it as a top with the skirt. Fun to twist the norm sometimes

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