Welcome to Dressed for My Day! You stopped in on a great day because we’re beginning a new style series today. I’m reprising last year’s popular Winter Classics style mini-series and deeming it our 2nd Annual Winter Classics DFMD Style Mini-Series. I know so many of my readers enjoyed this series last year, and it provided me a bit of a reprieve from showing so many new things. Plus, it challenged me to create new, modern, but classic outfits from my own closet.
Here’s how this works. Now through February I’ll be sharing a series of modern winter outfits that are very classic in composition, coloring and garment selection. I’ll be creating outfits strictly from the items in my closet as inspiration. Yes, I’ll still be sharing new fashions here and there for the next couple of months, but The Winter Classics posts will give you outfit inspiration for which you can just “shop your closet.”
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For today’s winter classics outfit I’m sharing what I wore on a recent Explore Ohio Friday when James and I visited a nearby town. When we moved here two and a half years ago from Arizona, we decided to set aside every second Friday to get out and explore the area. I generally refer to those days as Explore Ohio Fridays, but in truth we sometimes venture into nearby Kentucky and Indiana. And we sometimes bump them to Saturday or Thursday!
On this day we started with coffee at Kava Haus Coffee in Wilmington, Ohio. It’s located in an old house that actually used to be a crematorium. Now I guess it’s more of a cream-atorium. Ba dump bump! I don’t usually take my coffee sweet, but on this day I enjoyed one of their holiday specialties, the Nutty Russian. It was indeed a tad sweet for me, but quite delicious.
Then we took a drive through farm land to Waynesville, Ohio, where we dropped in at one antiques shop after another. There were also shops that sold hand-crafted furniture, candles, woven goods and candy. We just enjoyed walking around and exploring. Our agenda is usually very simple and we keep expectations low, savoring whatever the day brings rather than setting ourselves up for disappointment.
We stopped in at a local tavern for burgers around lunch time. And we snapped a few photos for today’s post. Then we took the scenic route home and stopped for another coffee (straight up this time!) in Goshen at Goshen Grind. Yeah, we’re all about the coffee! Especially on a cold dreary day like this one was.
I pulled classic but very comfortable pieces from my closet for my outfit Friday. Interestingly, I find that I wear jeans on these Explore Ohio Fridays less frequently than you might expect. I do wear them occasionally, but I find knit pants like these Talbots travel pants to be much more comfortable and easy to wear. I’m so disappointed to report that they seem to be sold out. They had them in every size when I checked a couple of days ago. Wowsa! They restocked once before; maybe they will again.
The beauty of the travel pants is that they really are perfect for travel, even a day trip. They’re comfortable, feature elastic in the back of the waistband, but also a smart zipper and hook fly, wipe off easy in case of a spill and go with absolutely everything. Anyhow! The gist of this blog post is supposed to be about how I put together a winter classics outfit from my closet, so let’s carry on.
In brief, I’m finding you just can’t beat black pants and a soft neutral colored sweater. I chose to wear my camel crewneck sweater with 3/4 sleeves, but you could achieve a similar look with a solid sweater in soft or medium grey, ivory or even a heathered green. Sure, you could certainly wear a “colored” sweater, but it wouldn’t really duplicate this look. The beauty of this outfit is that I kept the pants, sweater and quilted coat neutral, adding the color in the scarf alone.
I’ve discovered that it’s not a stretch at all for me to wear a cashmere scarf like this one even after removing my coat. Since moving to Ohio, I’m just colder in the winter. My mom even wore a similar scarf the entire time she was visiting in our home recently. I say all this to say that reserving the color for the scarf works for me, especially on a day outing like this one.
I completed the look with my black Chelsea boots (similar or more economical) and a black faux leather tote (love this bag!). Then I accessorized with classic gold hoops with a bit of filigree, a coordinating filigree bangle and a pendant necklace (similar option) that picks up the neutrals in my outfit. Before heading out the door I added my Nordgreen Philosopher watch with my gold band. (Use code KAYHRMS to receive 15% off your order; order by December 20 to receive by Christmas.)
I hope you enjoyed today’s post and that you’re looking forward to more in our Winter Classics Style Mini-Series. If you’d like to check out last year’s winter classics outfits as well as future posts (once they’re posted!), click HERE.
Also, I’d love to hear from you if you have a particular garment (that I have in my closet!) that you’d like to see styled in this series. For instance, last year a reader requested to see Donegal wool trousers styled a couple of ways. I obliged with this post and this one.
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Has God called you to something hard? Maybe you’re praying and weeping over a wayward child? Keep praying. Or maybe you’re continuing to parent a child with special needs. Press on. Some readers may endure daily chronic physical pain while other struggle to make ends meet. Some of us are weary from a relationship grown bitter and others are hurting from the loss of a relationship so sweet. Has God called you to something hard?
Sometimes we do indeed create our own hardship. But many other times God calls us to shine forth like lights in the darkness as we walk daily and obediently through the “nights” of this life. Here’s what you need to cling to today. You are favored. God will grace you with everything you need to carry on. And, two, the Lord is with you. You are not alone on this difficult path. Lean into Him and trust that He will use even this to His glory and your good.
In the sixth month of Elizabeth’s pregnancy, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. The angel went to her and said, “Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you.” ~ Luke 1:26-28