Welcome to Dressed for My Day! I’m getting us ready for cooler days with an elevated casual fall outfit comprised of jeans and a feminine blouse. Next week I’ll style this same long sleeve blouse for a dressier look, but let’s see how I created a look that is perfect for a fall date night or casual work day.
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Green is one of my signature colors, so I was immediately drawn to this alpine green clip dot blouse. In fact, my eyes are light green, so I love wearing this deep, cheerful color. But it comes in several other equally pigmented and beautiful colors, too. I really have to work to add color to my wardrobe because I’m prone to wear all neutrals.
The blouse is lined completely in the bodice and the sleeves are just slightly sheer. It’s made of 100% polyester so it shouldn’t wrinkle much, but I did need to steam it when I got it out of the package. With a split neck, you just slip this pretty blouse over your head; there is no other opening. I’m wearing a size medium very comfortably, so I’d say it runs true to size.
You certainly could wear this clip dot blouse untucked, but I chose to tuck it softly into my straight leg jeans and belt them. The blouse has a straight hem finish and hits just along the hips for a nice length on many frames.
My jeans are the straight leg jeans in shore wash from Talbots. I’m wearing my true to size 8 in the regular length (31″ inseam). But they were a little long for me, so I used my sewing shears to cut off about an inch and created a trending raw edge. When I’m wearing them, I think these jeans are my favorite. (I say, “when I’m wearing them” because I have others I think the same thing about!) That simply means they are extremely comfortable and, I think, quite flattering.
I love the way this alpine green and denim blue work together. And I also love how those two cool hues look with the deep cognac brown in my pebbled leather belt and nougat leather mules. By the way, I find this belt to run a bit small. I know I’ve gained a few pounds this summer, but my other medium belts are fitting fine. I struggled a bit to get this belt to fasten on the second hole. I think I would prefer the large, but it is a great belt otherwise.
If you’ve been around here long you know that I’ve gone the route of comfort-at-all-cost for my footwear. I’d rather have fewer pairs of shoes that I love wearing because they’re both functional and fantastic than a closet full that hurt my feet. So these Paul Green Cynthia mules (purchased with a wad of Nordy notes!) were an investment, but they are beautiful and oh so comfortable. But if you’re looking for some that are comparable but more economical, I can highly recommend this one by Linea Paolo if you’d like a bit of a heel or this Bocca Mule by Franco Sarto for a flatter option. Both brands produce great footwear.
Because the blouse presents with plenty of feminine details, I decided to keep my jewelry a little more classic and modern. Gorjana gifted me the gold Wilder necklace and the gold Parker bracelet so I could share them with you. I love shopping Gorjana for modern, understated jewelry that is great for layering. My split hoop earrings are by Kendra Scott and they’re currently 40% off at Nordstrom.
By the time we snapped these photos, we’d already shot about 8 other outfits (coming soon!). So some of my lipstick had come off at this point. But I am wearing the Estee Lauder Rebellious Rose that I mentioned in yesterday’s video and in this August Favorites post. It’s a great neutral shade that works well on most skin tones, and the formulation is very creamy and easy to apply.
And, finally, I’m carrying my Tory Burch McGraw leather hobo bag, but it’s no longer available in this moose brown. I don’t know anything about this brand, but this brown slouchy shoulder bag would swap in nicely here. And Talbots has this cognac brown satchel that is actually the same color as my belt.
I think this jeans and alpine green blouse duo creates a sharp, elevated casual fall outfit that’s perfect for lunch with a friend, a club meeting or even a date night. And really it’s just as easy to wear a pretty blouse like this as it is to wear a basic tee. I added a couple of other similar blouse options to the shopping widget below.
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Blessed for My Day
I’ve discovered that anxieties multiply when I’m living on my own terms, doing things my own way. I start off sure that I’m going the right direction, even if it’s in the opposite direction from God’s ways. But before long, when I depart from the path God is illuminating for me, I find myself in frightening territory. That’s when fear heightens and I start grasping at straws.
But if I determine to stay in the center of God’s will for my life, despite the discomfort that sometimes causes, I find that peace prevails. I know that I am not alone. God is going before me and He has my back. He takes the fear out of the uncertainty because He is my steady rock. So today if you find yourself drowning in fears, ask yourself if somewhere along the way you departed from following God. That may or may not be the case. But if you have indeed started doing things your way instead of God’s, a simple 180 can help to restore the peace you desire.
Teach me to do your will, for you are my God; may your good Spirit lead me on level ground. ~ Psalm 143:10