Happy Friday! As I often do on Fridays, I’m sharing my daily outfits for the past couple of weeks (give or take a few!). This is how I really dressed for my days recently.
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Before we get going on my recent real life outfits, I want to let you know that most everything I’m wearing is either from seasons past, sold out or available in limited sizes. For instance, the navy corduroy pants in my first outfit are only available (as I write this post) in a women’s plus size 14. So they’re in very random sizes. If you see pink letters, those are links to shop. Definitely click through if you’re interested and you may luck out. But I’m keeping the focus on sharing my outfits, how I put them together, where I wore them, etc.
I say all of that to say that I’m not able to take a lot of time to look for substitutes. I started doing that, but quickly realized that inventory is so picked over everywhere at this point in the season. And it just didn’t make sense for me to spend that kind of time finding items in one or two sizes.
Just for reference, I’m 5’8″ and weigh about 155. I generally wear a size 8 or medium in dresses, tops, jackets and pants (or 29 or 30 in jeans), so that’s what I’m wearing in these looks unless I tell you otherwise. That way you can assume everything I show you is true to size unless I alert you to sizing up or down. I wear a size 9.5 shoe and, again, I’ll just let you know if I sized up or down in a shoe, otherwise it’s true to size.
What I Wore Shopping and Out to Lunch with Abby
I remember we had messy winter weather the day I wore this first outfit. Abigail and Andrew were still here, and on this day we split into girls and guys and headed our separate ways for lunch. Abby and I went to a little taco place for a great lunch followed by some shopping at an outdoor mall. So I bundled up in a warm sweater (with this essential camisole underneath as usual) and jeans with my all weather boots.
I didn’t realize how much I liked this navy and dark green pairing until I looked back at these photos. (Taking a selfie photo of your daily outfits is actually a wonderful way to improve your own style quotient!) I kept the contrast in intensity low throughout, which always helps create a more cohesive outfit that is easy on the eyes. I talked about that in this video, in case you missed it.
What I Wore to Church
That Sunday I really wanted to wear a dress and boots, but the weather didn’t cooperate and I needed to wear something more weather appropriate. Here I wore an outfit with high contrast in intensity. I don’t often do that. But I think it works well here, especially when I added my plaid coat.
That plaid coat is still available, by the way, in a few sizes. I’ve had it for almost four years now and absolutely love wearing it. The moral of the story is don’t hesitate to invest in more colorful fashion coats. Of course, it was part of the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, so I got a good deal on it.
What I Wore to a Watch Party
That Monday evening we gathered with other Georgia Bulldog fans in Cincinnati to watch the University of Georgia play Alabama for the College Football Playoff National Championship. We won! Instead of wearing one of my Georgia sweatshirts or sweater, I decided to just wear red and black. I love these black travel pants, and I knew they would be more comfortable than jeans.
I wrote a blog post last year about wearing socks in the winter. It may not be for everyone, but I prefer to wear my socks as an accessory if they’re going to show. So I like to wear socks in a contrasting color, and wearing the same color as something up top is a great way to bookend your look. I love how my red socks and black patent leather loafers worked with this outfit.
Anniversary Dinner Out
I’m pretty sure we were shooting videos that Tuesday, so I don’t have an outfit to show for that day. And Wednesday I probably hung out in my workout clothes until it was time to go out to dinner. We were celebrating our anniversary at a very nice restaurant, and we’d decided to snap some photos beforehand. I wore my blue slip skirt and black cashmere cropped cardigan, as I shared in this recent post.
As I’ve mentioned several times lately, I haven’t worn a lot of skirts in quite a while. But they’re trending high this year, and I’ve decided it’s time to jump in. This particular slip skirt is sold out, but I’ve linked to a couple of other above. I’ll be styling this skirt and my new pleated skirt several ways throughout the year.
Out to Lunch with Friends
Thursdays I often meet up with a small group of friends for lunch. It’s really very casual, but I usually use this opportunity to put myself together a little more. I had such fun on this day wearing my straight leg jeans with this floral essential shirt. I think it comes together beautifully with this leather belt (and I’m not that small in the waist!), but you could also wear it untucked.
Wearing pretty blouses is another goal I have set for this year. I often forget about this style formula. But it’s just as comfortable and effortless as a sweater really. And it looks a little more elevated. It wasn’t quite as cold that day, so I just wore my leather blazer and called it a day!
Work from Home and Date Night
Friday I worked from home and then we met another couple for a little date night. At first I put on this green sweater and jeans, but I decided it looked a little masculine. Those jeans are really a size too big for me, so they end up looking a little mannish. But I added this pretty ruffle front blouse for a feminine touch. It still doesn’t look especially date night appropriate, in my opinion. But it was cold outside and we were running late and I just went with it. Ha!
What I Wore to Church and Lunch
I must have worked around the house and neglected to take a photo on Saturday. But Sunday I finally got to wear my pretty ultraviolet sweater dress and suede boots. It still actually started snowing while we were out to lunch after church. But I just had James pick me up at the curb. I haven’t yet sprayed these boots for protection (I’m not sure why not!), so I tried to keep them dry. Anyhow, I absolutely loved wearing this dress and boots Sunday. It’s beautiful, but also comfortable. I wore black tights and this slip underneath.
I’ve made the mistake of letting go of other solid colored sweater dresses in past years (like the green one in yesterday’s post). But this year I’m definitely keeping this one at season’s end. They just don’t go out of style, and they’re so smart with boots in the winter.
Work from Home Outfit
I’m not sure if I wore this Monday or Tuesday, and I don’t have a photo for the other. But here I’m wearing those black travel pants again. They’re just such a comfortable option, but also look classy. Here I just topped them with a knit turtleneck top and later my black cashmere cardigan.
I purchased those suede loafers recently at Talbots, meaning to wear them mostly this early spring. But I’m already enjoying them. They run slightly large, but I’m still wearing my usual size.
By the way, Talbots has their February line up on the website now (full price). I’ll be sharing my Talbots Favorites from this line later today. So check in!
Wearing Grey on Wednesday
Wednesday I published my YouTube video about Wearing Grey in Winter with Style Inspiration from Nature. So I decided it was a good day to wear my grey jeans.
I actually got out to visit a local art gallery and make a grocery store run that day. So I wanted to be really comfortable but also look pulled together. That’s why I opted for my retro sneakers, and I love how they kept this outfit youthful and fun but also contributed to the color combination I had decided on. I’m not sure you can tell from the photo above, but the sneakers have beige accents that almost exactly match my sweater. Just so fun!
Out to Lunch and Working from Home
Yesterday I got in a good workout and then headed to lunch with my friends. At my suggestion, we met at a restaurant quite a distance away from my home, so I ended up exploring that area a little, too. Then I headed home to crank out this post and do a little social media work.
I felt very comfortable and pulled together in my jeans and sweater, especially when I added this belt. I must have added it after I took the second set of photos below. But at least this way you can see how it works with and without the tuck and belt.
When I left the house I opted to add my wool plaid Veronica Beard dickey blazer. I zipped in my sweater dickey for a fun layered look. These blazers are extremely pricey for my budget, but they are such a great investment. So most every time I have the opportunity to give myself a little achievement bonus, I purchase one. I gave myself this one when I reached 100k subscribers at YouTube. But I’ve had the dickey ( similar ) for a couple of years.
I thought my lace-up boots worked really nicely with this “school girl” look. Plus they’re just comfortable and fun to wear.
You know, I’m all for putting together outfits that a figure flattering and slenderizing. But for me fun and wearable trump figure flattering and slenderizing. I like for my clothes to look good on me, but it’s even more important for them to bring me joy. That’s just how I roll. What about you? What’s important to you when you get dressed for your day? It’s different for all of us, you know. I’d love to hear from you today. Have a good one!
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Blessed for My Day
The biblical admonition to count our trials as joy is one of those that is easy to rattle off, but oh so hard to follow through on. I heard recently on my music app that “joy is an act of resistance.” I like that. Indeed, joy is not so much an emotion as it is a choice. We must stand up to the hard thing we are enduring, look it square in the face, wave a fist full of truth at it and call it what it is. It’s a test. And it’s one we absolutely will pass because we do not have to endure it alone.
As we walk through that hard season we learn that God is trustworthy, that He is always with us and that He is working on our behalf. We may not see it clearly until we look in the rearview mirror, several miles down the road from the hardest parts. But sure enough, we’ll see that God was there all along. Knowing this now…we can count any trial we face today as joy. Remember, it’s an act of resistance. Don’t cave to the pull of despair, but instead choose joy.
Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. ~ James 1:2-3