Today I rode my bike again, so I had to plan my outfit last night. I am not entirely happy, but the outfit deserves to be posted purely for it’s lack of Black. My chosen neutral for the day was actually olive green cargo pants and a white tee from J.Jill’s Pure Jill line (which I adore), with a cardigan over it that has the olive in with a pink shade (Marshall’s). I finished the outfit by layering 2 gold neckaces.
Oh, and I got a haircut 🙂
I also brought a pullover sweater with me, but when I put it on and took the picture I wasn’t happy with the way it looked. It is described as pointelle, but is heavy, plastic-y, and doesn’t let a lot of air though. And since the sweater is itchy to start with, it might be going to Goodwill. (That’s the best way to not wear something again…)
Nothing fancy today; I have to hike across campus for a 1pm meeting, so comfort was the name of the game. This is the ONLY top I have that has even a little of the color of the shoes I ordered last week in it, and since those seemed very comfortable and like good candidates for today’s walk, this shirt won. Some shopping might be in order to give me more options!
Top: Tommy Hilfiger, couple of seasons old
SIDE NOTE ON THE TOP: The fabric on this top is lovely and soft, but I still waffle on the topic of anything that reads as horizontal stripes. This isn’t as flattering as I might like.
Pants: Coldwater Creek White Knit Jeans (similar)
Bracelet: Actually, it’s a necklace I’ve had for years…It’s uncomfortably tight on my neck, but doubled up it makes a nice, loose bracelet.
Glasses: (Progressive Bifocals *sigh*) Jessica McClintock JMC013 in Amethyst
One of the interesting things about posting my outfits every day has been that I am being far more demanding of my outfits than I had been in the past. By demanding, I mean they need to fit, look flattering, work for my lifestyle and be in decent condition. Taking pictures has resulted in my seeing things differently than before.
For example, the neckline on this top and the way the sleeves are attached make my shoulders look narrow, which is NOT an illusion that works on me. My shoulders need to look broader in order to compensate for the fact that hips are wider than my shoulders, so something that seems to be narrowing them is not good. This shirt may be headed to the goodwill soon (or at least the “wear around the house only” part of the closet…
Today I wore one of my favorite summer dresses. This Navy Seersucker Knit dress from Lands End has been a go-to all summer due to looking pulled together while feeling soft and light. (Of course, it’s no longer available on their site.
The cardigan is one I’ve worn on here before from OneStopPlus. The necklace is from a local artisan. (Jewelry is a great way to support local artists AND find unique pieces! It’s often less expensive than you would expect, as well.)
What is particularly great about the dress is the way the bodice is cut to emphasize curves. (When I originally saw the dress in plus, they also had it in straight sizes. The detailing on the bodice didn’t look right on the smaller body of the straight sized model.)
My only problem is that I was in between sizes when I bought it and wish I had chosen to go down a size rather than up. This 3X is fitting kind of loosely right now, and would look a bit better if it were more fitted up top. I might get it tailored before next summer.
To add some kick, I wore this outfit with the red version of these shoes. A girl can never have too many pairs of red shoes! The brown would also work.
I had lunch yesterday with a friend who told me I could pass for 30. I almost kissed him! I’m 46. I’ll take 30 any day of the week.
Today may look like a Tuesday on your calendar, but it is sort of a friday for me. Tomorrow I have to be up at *gaak* 4am to catch a 6am flight to Chicago for a 2 day project kick-off meeting. That means today is the last day in the office.
Pants: White Knit Jeans from Coldwater Creek (22) although I think mine are straight leg and not slim leg.
Bracelet stack in White and Gold from the cute little boutique across the street
Necklace by Cyd
I have to admit that I’m still getting used to working with the bracelets. I never wore them to work because I was always concerned about them hitting my wrists funny. (I work at a computer all day, so I worry about my wrists.) Still, these have been fine so far.
One of the reasons I am photographing my outfits is to FORCE myself to think more broadly and not wear the same dozen things over and over. Today, I went for a color combination that is somewhat out of my comfort zone.
This outfit consists of an Olive ankle-length knit maxi skirt from Coldwater Creek (no longer on their site) in a 2X, the Pintucked Batik Cotton Tank from J.Jill in eucalyptus in a 3X and a white short-sleeved cardigan available through either OneStopPlus or Roaman’s in their weirdly sized 1X. As a final touch, I added a string of cultured pearls interspersed with semi-precious stones such as amethyst and citrine that I have had forever (although this is similar).
This cardigan is one of those items that I find fascinating in that it looks different on me than on the model in the picture. In part it could be that I have it a size bigger than it needs to be (although I ordered my normal 1X from there). On the model it appears to have more of a curve to it, which disappears on me, and as you can see I am folding it over in the front because it otherwise overlaps oddly. Still, the fabric is nice and soft, and the cardigan is REALLY light-weight, making it perfect for an Arizona summer!
I wore this outfit with J-41 – Naples (Olive) – Footwear from Zappos, primarily because I need to walk about 4 blocks to lunch and needed something that wouldn’t wreck my feet. These are comfortable, supportive and the right colors (even if they don’t look quite right in the pictures. I blame that on the yellowish wall in my office.
Finally I am carrying my cheetah print Michael Kors tote this week in preparation for a trip on Wednesday-Friday. It goes with everything and will let me carry on what I need. Tonight or tomorrow I will have a post showing how I prep and pack for such a trim!
It’s Friday, and the first day of student move-in weekend, so Jeans were the order of the day.
Black jeans from Avenue Jeans from their old Denim Lite collection. Boot cut. (Skinny jeans are next on my “Trends that should end” hitlist.)
Red print top is from last fall, Lane Bryant. One thing to note is that there is a seem around the bottom that USED to contain a band of elastic. I removed it in order to fix the shape. If you’re not sure what I mean, check out this post.
The necklace was made by an artist friend of mine. You can see it more clearly in this picture:
The stone is actually a fossil, which is then wire-wrapped. You’ll see a lot of her jewelry over time, since one of the advantages of having an artisan friend is that you end up with a lot of their art!
Have a nice weekend!