Happy Friday! I’m happy for the weekend, but I’m a little nervous, too. We’ll be seeing a couple more houses this weekend. And at this point I don’t know whether to be excited or discouraged. I’m trying to keep my hopes up while also being realistic. It’s a tough market! Alas, it will work out in the end. Enough of that! Let’s talk fashion. Here’s how I really dressed for the past seven days.
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.
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I want to focus more on styling tips and less on the products. So please assume everything I’m wearing is true to size and fits and feels great unless I tell you otherwise. After all these are the things I’m choosing to wear in real life.
I’m providing shopping widgets after each outfit, and a lot of what I’m showing you is still available. I’m also trying to include more economical options where that’s appropriate. But if I forget to do that, just ask.
Let’s get started!
How I Really Dressed for Errands Friday
Friday I got in a quick workout and then dressed to make some returns and do a little shopping. I got a bee in my bonnet about this time last week to add some color to my outfits. I felt like I was just wearing the same blacks and browns over and over. So I headed to the mall to see what I could find.
I knew I’d be wearing my coat most of the time anyhow, so I just wore this pretty bright pink and red Sankaty shep shirt from Vineyard Vines. It’s incredibly soft. In fact, you’re going to see that rather than color being the theme of the week (as I’d intended), soft was in fact the theme! Of course I wore a tank under the zip front shirt. And I paired it with my fleece lined joggers.
My fleece lined joggers actually have a faint camouflage design in them. In fact, they’re also available in a traditional green camo print. I did size up to a 10 in these joggers at the retailer’s suggestion. I just love the combination of black and bright pink/red here. This was a great outfit for getting out and about to run errands, but it also served me well when working at home.
How I Really Dressed for Saturday House Viewing
Saturday morning we had to be across town to view the house we didn’t get (grrr!) at 8:15. And it was freeeezing outside. But I was feeling bright and cheerful and still trying to incorporate more color into my outfits. I’d picked up this cotton sweater (remember what I suggested in this week’s video?) at J.Crew, and decided to wear it over a long sleeve layering t-shirt and jeans. I really prefer the length of this sweater to that of the pink one I have from Talbots.
While skinny jeans are not trending and we may be seeing less and less of them, they sure are unbeatable for tucking into boots. That’s why I don’t think we’ll be saying goodbye to them altogether. Here I’m wearing my Talbots jeggings in ocean blue rinse. They tuck nicely into my Sorel boots, which I needed because snow was on the ground. They’re back to 40% off by the way.
Oh, and my cotton cashmere fisherman crewneck sweater was 30% off last week (and I used my birthday discount), but as I’m typing this post it’s not on sale. Favorite it in the shopping widget below and you’ll get a sale notification. It’s also available in navy and ivory. Oh, and I love this navy and white stripe sweater, too. These cotton/cashmere sweaters are going to be great for spring.
How I Really Dressed for Church Sunday
Sunday morning was, of course, Valentine’s Day. I went to the more contemporary of our two services, so I elected to wear straight leg jeans, a vibrant red ruffle front blouse and my tortoiseshell blazer with suede boots (in almost the exact same color as my blazer).
I think brown and red is such a pretty combination. And the two colors work beautifully with denim, too. I added my leopard print belt (no longer available – option) to highlight the brown even more. And I added pretty sparkly earrings for another feminine touch.
How I Really Dressed for Sunday Afternoon
As is my weekly tradition (at least during this pandemic) I changed into loungewear for Sunday afternoon. Since it was Valentine’s Day I decided to stay with the red. I wore my pretty graphic tee from Chico’s (no longer available – my readers purchased almost 100!) with my black joggers from Talbots and my red cardigan. And yes, I actually did put on and wear my wedge sneakers all afternoon and into the evening. I pretty much wear shoes of some sort all the time.
How I Really Dressed for Monday Working from Home
This is the day that my plans to add more color to my outfits went to the wayside. After I got home from a brisk long walk in the snow, I just longed for my black cashmere turtleneck. Ha! You know, I just can’t stay away from my beloved neutrals too long. The beckon me. LOL!
So I slipped into my cashmere black turtleneck and my other Athleta lined pants. These Chelsea lined cargo pants are also available in black and Etruscan red. I love how these pants have a modern vibe and dress up so easily. I sized up to a 10 in these, too.
I continue to enjoy my Paul Green python print loafers. They wear like clouds on your feet. But they also add interest and a little light to an all neutrals outfit like this one. By the way, I notice I’m adding a necklace less and less often these days. Partly that’s because they just get in my way a little when working from home. But also I’m appreciating a more pared back approach to accessorizing these days.
How I Really Dressed for Tuesday Working from Home
It’s been a crazy cold week. I know it’s been abnormally cold in other parts of the country, too. So while I’d hoped to wear more jeans this week, I focused instead on staying warm. That’s why I again worn my Athleta dark brown pintuck pants. These pants are made in a winterized ponte knit fabric that is oh so warm and soft. Going with the brown and red theme again, I topped the brown pants with my red cashmere sweater.
And since I was just staying home but wanted to get “dressed for my day” and not just wear house slippers all day, I put on my black Paul Green loafers (more economical option) with red socks. I’m still preferring socks that match my top over socks that match my pants. I shared this concept of treating socks like an accessory rather than an undergarment in this post.
How I Really Dressed for Wednesday Teaching & Going to the Dentist
On Wednesdays I teach Bible studies via Zoom. And this week I had an afternoon dentist appointment, too. I determined to put on jeans, so I topped my L.L.Bean signature denim boyfriend jeans with a cashmere blend sweater I’d picked up from Everlane last year. This exact sweater is no longer available, but this one is very similar, minus the buttons.
I styled this simple outfit by wearing the sweater over a camisole, which I allowed to peek through a bit, and then tucking it only slightly in the front. (It’s a slightly cropped sweater.) Then I added a leather belt in a similar shade of brown to my brown captain boots. My boots are actually in Old English, by the way. Then I added dainty jewelry to balance the masculine vibe of the boots and boyfriend jeans. I really like how this look came together. And it felt polished and comfortable for my day.
How I Really Dressed for Thursday Working from Home
Finally yesterday I spent much of the day trying on jeans that I’ve ordered recently. I’ll probably provide a post next week with a try-on session of all of them. I think I have at least a dozen pair. I’m looking for the perfect straight leg cropped jeans and more relaxed leg jeans. But with all that trying on of jeans, I decided I wanted to wear something else rest of the day. So I opted for my ponte pants from J.Jill. Mine are a dark brown they no longer have. But they are still available in navy and black.
I topped the ponte pants with a camisole and this v-neck cashmere sweater. I think I’m wearing the same jewelry as I did the day before. And I completed this look with my Paul Green loafers. You can see my no-show sock there. Ha! But I think that’s because I’m pointing my foot. They do peek out a little at the edge, but I didn’t go anywhere. And I’d had them on from trying on jeans with sneakers.
So that’s a wrap! Let me know if you have questions about anything I’ve shown. And thank you so much for stopping in today. Let’s get dressed and make it a good day!
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Blessed for My Day
Public opinion is important to my job. Maybe the opinions of other people matters in your profession or life, too. If nothing else, we definitely want those who are closest to us to think highly of us, to appreciate our decisions and esteem our work. Yes, as self-confident as we may be, we still care what others think about us.
But when the opinions of others come at you like a swarm of hornets, causing you to feel like running rather than celebrating, it can be hard to stand your ground with both grace and grit. Do you find yourself feeling misunderstood at times? Or do you ever feel that other people have unfairly judged you or your work? Take courage. Your God is for you. Even at your lowest moments, He is standing in your corner. And if He is for you, that’s all that really matters.
What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? ~ Romans 8:31