Skull Scarf Dupe, Coat Dilemna & Polka Dots

Although the Alexander McQueen skull scarf has been around for a while – I’ve noticed a resurgence in skull-print clothes this season. ZARA has many items featuring skulls:

From ZARA’s current collection

And even my favorite place for denim – Garage – is selling adorable (and VERY affordable) skull-print scarves. I picked up the white version recently:

Garage Skull Scarf

It’s similar to the McQueen scarf, but there are differences in dimensions, print and material – so it isn’t an exact copy of the original.

Garage scarf on the left, McQueen scarf on the right

Here it is next to my Coral McQueen skull scarf (pink version here, mint version here). As it’s longer and thicker than the McQueen, it looks better wrapped around the neck rather than hanging loose. For around $12 – it’s a fun & affordable piece to own. (This McQueen pink petal multi-skull silk scarf has stolen my heart – but it’s much less affordable at $595!!)

While I have a LOT of scarves, I’m still on the hunt for a new winter coat. I picked up these 2 coats during Old Navy’s 50% off Outerwear Sale.

I don’t think I’ll keep the Grey Peacoat – it feels a bit shapeless and baggy, and the wool mix material isn’t that warm. I’m VERY undecided about the Faux Shearling Blue Coat – it’s so soft and warm BUT I’m worried it looks too little-girlish* – what do you think?

*(whispers) which is probably because it’s an XL coat from the Girl’s
section! I couldn’t help it – I love faux shearling and they didn’t have
any adult versions available… 

I received the Old Navy Boots I blogged about here – but I’ll be returning them. On the plus side, the base of the shoe is nicely shaped with an almond-toe and a comfortable wedge heel. BUT the pleather is softer and shinier than the material used in my other Old Navy boots (which are made of a pebbled pleather). I think this different material makes the boots look cheaper – especially because they collapse around the ankle – not a good look!

And now for some recent OOTDs:

Camel Polka-Dot – Was so pleased that Old Navy came out with another version of their polka dot sweaters (here’s the first version) – I like the larger dots on this one. I also ordered the GAP polka dot sweater in pink and camel to try out, but I prefer my Old Navy one more.

Camel and White Polka Dot Sweater by Old Navy
Old Navy Sweater, H&M Flower Pin, Garage Jeans, Old Navy Boots (mine are the 2011 version) & LV Speedy 25 Bag

Black, Brown & Leopard

GAP scarf, Smart Set Sweater, Garage Black Jeggings & Old Navy Boots (mine are the 2011 version)

What do you think of Garage’s skull scarf? Would you buy it or hold out for the McQueen version? Also – please let me know (honestly!) if you think the faux shearling coat looks too little-girlish – I can’t decide!


  1. Beautygirl24
    November 16, 2012 / 10:30 pm

    You are too cute Ella! I love the ON sweater on you! I really want one in navy with the white polka dots, so hopefully making another trip to the store soon ;)I do like both of the coats on you! I think they look comfortable, cute, and warm. However, if you are in doubt, I would return. That's my shopping motto these days.

    • Ella Pretty Blog
      November 16, 2012 / 10:37 pm

      The navy one is SO cute – and these new sweaters are slightly warmer than the earlier polka dot versions (which is probably more important for me than you since you have much lovelier weather).My husband loved the navy coat until I told him it was from the girls section LOL! Now he says it reminds him of Santa Claus's coat – but in blue! But it is unbelievably soft – it's like wearing a blanket…I may keep it just for casual wear 🙂

  2. Lindy May
    November 17, 2012 / 12:14 am

    I love the garage scarf and so affordable. Honestly, I'm ok with a owning a dupe when it's so affordable and cute. :)I think the blue coat is girlish, but soooo cute on you! Looks like your are ready to go outside and play with the kids.

    • Ella Pretty Blog
      November 17, 2012 / 3:47 am

      Thanks Lindy – I've tried the navy coat on for some more family members – and so far it gets the thumbs up 🙂

  3. Shadowy Lady
    November 17, 2012 / 5:23 pm

    i love the coat with shearing, i think it suits you 🙂 and need to visit garage for that scarf. Your blog is actually always dangerous for my pocket 😉

    • Ella Pretty Blog
      November 17, 2012 / 5:44 pm

      Glad you like the shearling coat 🙂 Too funny about my blog being dangerous LOL – I feel like there are TOO many great items out there this season – so much to love but I don't want my closet to start overflowing!!!

  4. Anonymous
    November 18, 2012 / 12:07 am

    LOVE the McQueen scarf dupe…I've bee wanting one also so I will have to check out Zara! Can't believe I havent seem the polka dot sweater back at ON, I have one of the first ones from the summer…now I might need that camel one <

    • Ella Pretty Blog
      November 19, 2012 / 6:36 am

      I didn't see the polka for sweater in store but its definitely online – I was so happy to find the ON one as I loved the look of large polka dots – but a lot of the other sweaters I liked were sold out!

  5. Megan Maddison
    November 19, 2012 / 3:50 pm

    I just was at Garage this weekend and saw that skull scarf there. I debated on getting it cause I thought it was adorable! I may have to go back and purchase it since seeing how cute it looks on you!

    • Ella Pretty Blog
      November 19, 2012 / 4:30 pm

      Thanks Megan – it is definitely a must-have purchase – the skulls are so on trend and you can't beat $12 🙂

  6. Mehreen
    November 21, 2012 / 1:50 pm

    That scull scarf is such a great find!!! i've always gone back and forth with the McQueen one…! you make everything look very expensive 🙂

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