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1 Formula – 3 Ways – JAN


Ready to start the week with a little outfit remixing? Great! Today, I’ve taken a stab at another 1 Formula – 3 Ways post because the first one went over well and I’ve found it to be a really useful exercise for remixing within my closet. Plus, it’s fun and you get to see three new outfits!

The concept is super simple. I start by identifying a silhouette that I really like. In this case, that happens to be:


Then I try to see if I can create the same silhouette again, two different ways, using other items in my closet. The result is usually three outfits I really like each created with pieces that are totally interchangeable, which means I can easily build a whole bunch more. It’s an easy way to pull together a full weeks’ worth of outfits without having to think too hard about which pieces work together.

So let’s take a look at the items I chose, the three looks I put together and a few styling tricks I used to make them work. 

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I’ll quickly note that these looks are not exactly weather appropriate for Ontario right now. BUT I’ll be showing how I wear them both IN + OUT on my Instagram stories this week, so be sure to have a look if you’re interested @leevosburgh.

Luckily, many of you aren’t forced to endure a seemingly endless winter (#selfpitycentral), so consider this me living vicariously through you!


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So this colour palette has me ALL heart eyes right now. It’s so earthy, comforting and natural. I love the mix of textures with boiled wool, cashmere, linen and leather all getting involved. This one sure feels like a modern-day nod to Katherine Hepburn’s masculine meets feminine style genius.

I’ve been dying to wear these pants again ever since they went on the top shelf for winter. Tragically they’re probably still a bit too light for our current temps but I might try them over tights with some socks and my Pistol boots.


STATEMENT SHAPES | This is definitely a case of letting simplicity be the statement. The unique shape of the coat and style of the trouser add lots of interest and just a little hint of rich colour in the bag tops it off nicely.

TUCKS + CUFFS | I chose to front tuck my sweater (as I did in all three looks!) and a simple cuff roll gives the pants a styled feel rather than a straight trouser look. I also like the wink of casual class that a relaxed fit pant like this adds to any outfit.

NAIL ART | A black nail might seem harsh but when paired with these soft layers and colours it adds a bit of a sophisticated, contemporary edge. Sometimes all you need is a bold nail colour to tie it all together.

NEW BOOTS | I added another pair of Mars boots to my repertoire this Winter and my love for this cult favourite has been completely reinvigorated. There just isn’t an outfit they don’t make better (at least as far as I can tell)! The shape has been adjusted ever so slightly so the top hits a touch higher on the ankle and the opening runs slimmer, which I love. You can see the subtle difference in my original pair in Look 2.

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SOURCES | COCOON COAT* (another option here) | OATMEAL CASHMERE CREW (Wearing size S)| LINEN TROUSER (Wearing size M, see them styled here too. ) | MARS BOOT (TTS but narrow) | VINTAGE BAG* | FRAMES

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I’m totally at ease in this outfit and I think that’s because it’s a classic look with a modern twist. I made a few adjustments to two items in this outfit and they’re way better for it! See what those were below.

For colder days I’ll simply add a pair of cozy socks, my pistol boots, a beanie and a wool coat. But you better believe this one will be on repeat as soon as the weather permits!


UN-BELT | This trench comes with a long waist belt and two wrist belts that are common details in a traditional trench coat. When I first bought it a couple of years ago, I wanted those extras but as my style has moved more towards minimal I felt they were a bit too much. So I took them off! I couldn’t believe what a difference that made and I’m so glad I didn’t give up on this one.

SNIP SNIP | You might recall the first two times I shared these pants on the blog (here and here), they had very frayed edges along the hem. As much as I liked that look, I decided to give them a trim for now (one short tumble in the dryer and they’ll start coming back). The edge is still raw for a relaxed vintage look but they’re much cleaner looking now.

CUFFS | I rolled the cuffs so the inner silk lining of the trench shows and the bottom of my sleeves peek out (you know how much I love that trick!).

SHOT OF WHISKEY | Just like a literal shot of whiskey warms things up, the colour of these boots works the same magic for an outfit. The black pair would have been OK too but just not quite as dynamic.

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Holy cozy central! I basically never want to take these wool pants or this cashmere crew off again until it’s spring. This version of the Clyde Pant was cold weather genius and I really hope Elizabeth Suzann bring them back again one day.

When I head outside I’ll add a pair of warm socks (or a pair of tights) and switch the denim duster for my black pea coat and a big grey scarf. Then I’m set for any work or casual meeting for sure!


FUR PROOF | These pants are pretty much like wearing camo for life with two tri-coloured pets. It’s awesome and I really need to remember to look for marled greys and flecked charcoal fabrics when I’m shopping for winter essentials. With all that static in the air, lint and fur is magnetically attracted to everything. But as far as I’m concerned, if you can’t see it, it’s not there 🙂

PROPER TOPPER | I could have opted for a wool beanie instead of this wide brim wool hat but it just feels so much more polished and sophisticated this way. It still adds a touch of warmth and helps give an otherwise relaxed and slouchy look a little bit of sharpness.

Additionally I was happy to see how well it worked with my new-ish frames. It doesn’t feel like there’s too much going on and sits very comfortably with the arms of my glasses. I honestly used to wear contacts every single time I wore a hat because the arms dug in otherwise. #foureyedproblems

CONTINUITY | You might remember a similar style note from this previous look but it’s applicable here too. When you want to add an element of continuity in your accessories without overdoing it, try repeating shapes. For example in this look I’ve got a half circle necklace, half circle bag and the pockets on my pants are also a similar curved shape. It’s something that no one would really notice but adds an element of ‘put-togetherness’ to a look.

BALANCING ACT | This look has a lot of black in it but it doesn’t feel heavy. You can achieve this by repeating black in several areas of the look, but always bordered by another colour. So in this case, the pattern works like this: tan hat, black trim, tan brim, black bag, blue coat, black top, grey pants, black boots. Plus a black nail polish really takes it to the next level.

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  1. Kate says:

    Hi Lee! I would love to know what you decided to do about your white Clyde pants that were on the chopping block recently. I am thinking about investing in a black pair soon, but I would appreciate your final review before I do.

    • Lee the Bee says:

      Hi Kate, Good question! I’m planning to keep them. I really love my grey pair so I think you’ll adore them in black. The new fabric she’s used is much softer than the cotton canvas I have in off-white and my sister in law has an olive green pair that she lives in. Hope that helps! xo

  2. Kat says:

    Love all these looks, especially #2!
    I really love what you did with the hems, they look really clean and modern that way. I honestly thought the longer stringy hems were a bit trendy. Loving the 3 ways post, I may try it with wider/cropped pants. I did the skinny pants version, but that’s almost too easy

    • Lee the Bee says:

      Thanks so much Kat!! I agree about the jeans, plus they still have a ‘raw’ hem so it’s the best of both worlds haha. Good call on the wide/cropped pant formula! That was my next style to try. Skinnies are a good way to ease into the idea 🙂 xo

  3. Kelly B says:

    This is a great idea! I’m definitely going to try something similar to jazz up my work day attire that is so hum drum in the winter. And I love what you did with the trench! I’m always catching the buttons on the cuff on things or resewing loose buttons.This might be a great option.

    • Lee the Bee says:

      Thanks Kelly! It’s totally applicable to work wear for sure. Let me know how it goes! Glad to hear it! I was worried some might consider it a bastardization but it works! haha I was always getting the wrist belts caught on door handles which is no fun. xo

  4. I love your style! I’m new to your blog, I found you through your last 10×10 style thingy (sorry I don’t remember the name exactly) and I looooooove you simple, wearable style.
    You have a new loyal follower/reader/stylecopycat!!!

  5. Noemi says:

    I really like this style on you but can’t imagine on myself. I’m way too short for these pants. My favourite winter formula is skinny jeans, knee high boots, simple top and a long cardigan. We have an unusually cold winter here in Central Europe and I can’t wait to ditch these warm clothes and finally wear something else. I literally wear the same two pairs of boots in the last 3 months, I really start to get bored with them.

    • Lee the Bee says:

      Thanks Noemi! You could try a relaxes style that’s perhaps a bit more streamlined like this pair. Then you get out of the ‘skinny’ genre but it’s not too baggy. Chances are if you’re not tempted to try it, there’s no need! I definitely hear you on being ready for some spring style options!! Stay cozy over there! xo

    • June says:

      Hi from Budapest, Noemi! We are really having a tough winter this year, eh? I am constantly struggling between the cute shoes and the practical shoes. Here’s hoping we get better weather soon! 🙂

    • Noemi says:

      LOL, what are the odds that you have two hungarian readers, both from Budapest, commenting on the same post? 🙂

  6. Rita says:

    I love your blog and style. Have read your blog like a book from the 1st post to the last. Thank you for what are you doing. You are the real inspiration.
    Here in Germany we are also waiting for spring:)

    • Lee the Bee says:

      Rita, you’re so kind! Thanks for the encouragement and the positive feedback. I so appreciate it! I’m cringing to think about some of those earlier posts but alas, they’re there! haha Stay cozy in Germany! xo

  7. Eva says:

    I’ve been drawn to looks like these ever since I bought Everlane’s flannel crop pants, although I usually wear them with pointy loafers.

    Quick question – do you wear socks with your booties? I’ve tried really short socks but they inevitably always fall down and haven’t been able to find the perfect black ankle length sock. I usually opt for something with a subtle pattern because I’ve tried no-socks and I ended up with blisters on the bottom of my feet. NOT WORTH IT.

    • Lee the Bee says:

      Hey Eva, I wear a sockette in my boots all the time. I’ve had the same issue with the super low profile ones but have had success with some that come up a little bit higher. Try something like these ( fyi they’re imported) next time and I’m sure you’ll find they’re better. Blister are definitely not worth it!

  8. Emily Mahi'ai says:

    Oy, those blacks Mars boots. *heart eyes* (Part of me really wants a pair but I also recognize that I already have like 3 pairs of black ankle boots…)
    Look 1 is my favorite, the color palette and shape is spot-on. ??????

    • Lee the Bee says:

      Thanks Emily! I know, I definitely didn’t ‘need’ them in black but the sale was too good to pass up and they’ve been on my forever wish list for a couple years. No regrets!! xo

  9. Tina says:

    Hi Lee,
    I like all three of them but # 3 has my heart. Maybe it’s the denim duster, maybe it’s the combination of the slouchy pants and the hat, whatever. I admire your ability of combining colors and shapes, repeating certain things but adding an edge. I also love the hat, though I found out that hats are not for me. Even though I look cool, I end up not wearing them.
    Have a good week xoxo

    • Lee the Bee says:

      Thanks so much Tina! I know hats are a tricky thing. I find I have to really be in the mood. My partner Dave is a hat guy so that helps to encourage me too. xo

  10. Jodie says:

    Happy Monday Lee!
    Love your one formula 3 ways series.
    I think look #1 is my favorite but I wear look #2 all the time (black jeans, gray sweater and tan booties).

    I was thinking about what you said about replacing monthly vibes (that I love) with something every month. Maybe it could be like a life lately series, or something similar? Good luck!


    • Lee the Bee says:

      Thanks so much Jodie! We’re on the same wavelength lady! I’m planning on that very title. Next post will be live tomorrow. Thanks for thinking about it! xo