Happy Friday! It’s time for another run down of my recent daily outfits. Because I skipped last week, I’m sharing a few extras this week. These are the outfits I’m really wearing, so you can know these are pieces I truly love and feel like myself in. I’ve been playing around a lot recently with the new roomier, more relaxed fit jeans. And I’m starting to like them. They’re quite comfortable, they feel modern and my eyes are adjusting to seeing them in the mirror. Let’s see how I really dressed the past couple of weeks!
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 House-Hunting on Friday
Well at least that day when we set out we thought we were just house-hunting. We ended up making a bid that evening that was accepted before we climbed into bed. So I guess this is really what I wore the first time I walked into my new home. Ha! We don’t close on it until mid April, by the way. But we’re excited to finally be moving on after renting for about 18 months.
It was still quite cold that day, but I was determined to start wearing more cheerful colors. As much as I love neutrals like grey and black, my soul had begun to crave the pretty colors of spring. So I combined this heathered indigo Italian Merino ribbed turtleneck sweater with the soft periwinkle blue cropped Alpaca cardigan. Notice I even added some colorful and dazzling earrings (similar) to brighten up this contemporary and cozy look even more.
I wore my Madewell balloon jeans (size 29) that I shared in this week’s YouTube video and finished off the look with my captain lace-up boots from Thursday. I carried my new oversized carryall from Everlane so I could have all the things with me. I was able to wear socks here because they really didn’t show. I’m pretty sure I wore dark brown ones, so they’d blend in with my boots if they did show at all.
You’ll notice in these photos that I’ve been keeping my jewelry a little more minimal but impactful lately. Necklaces are feeling a little fussy to me. That may just be a passing phase, but I’m enjoying wearing earrings with a punch instead.
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How I Really Dressed for Saturday at Home & Running Errands
Saturday was pretty low key, but I was loving the new blues and greens I’d picked up from Everlane, so I styled more of them. On this day I wore that same periwinkle cropped Alpaca cardigan, but this time with a super-soft mockneck tee in laurel green.
My signature colors are blue, green, red and pink. But right now my spring wardrobe is shaping up to be mostly blue and green. I’m just loving the combination of these two colors. Do you have a color pairing that you’re craving these days?
I’ve acquired several new pairs of these relaxed fit, high rise jeans recently, but I think these Way-High jeans from Everlane are probably my favorites. I especially like the ironed in and worn in crease in the front of the “distressed” wash, which is what I have. They are a true high rise jean in 98% organic cotton and 2% elastane, but I find them to be very comfortable, especially the more you wear them. I wear a size 30 in these.
How I Almost Dressed for Church
Sunday morning I got ready for church and put on those same Way-High jeans to wear to our more contemporary service. And I again put on the Italian Merino Ribbed Turtleneck (size medium), too. I played around with my jewelry the longest time, first putting on this silver long necklace, but then removing it. When I decided I’d wear my leather moto jacket (with all that hardware), I opted out of a necklace and instead just left on some silver and gold earrings (no longer available).
I really liked the way the outfit came together with my brown suede boots from Talbots. Really it’s a column of color, which is always slenderizing and so sharp in my estimation. Unfortunately I got sick right after I took these photos and never made it to church that morning. (It was just a quick passing little bug, but enough to keep me home that morning.)
How I Really Dressed for My Day Working from Home
Monday I decided to put on a pretty blouse. I’d ordered this floral print long sleeve blouse and it seemed like a good choice for a Monday. I like the dark grey background with the pretty blue flowers. And I thought it would work nicely with blue jeans, especially if I topped it with a black cardigan (no longer available, but options in the shopping widget) and then added a black belt and my black loafers.
My particular Paul Green black loafers seem to be gone, but I’ve linked to others in the shopping widget. Remember, Paul Green has the corner on the comfort market in my opinion. Wearing Paul Green shoes is like wearing clouds on your feet. Ha! And I’ve got a few options below that are marked down. They’re expensive, but so worth it if you need very soft shoes.
The jeans I’m wearing here are Madewell’s Perfect Vintage Raw Hem jeans, and I really like them, too. I’m wearing a size 29 very comfortably in these. I ordered a couple of dozen pairs of jeans to try and these and the Madewell balloon jeans are the only ones I ended up keeping from Nordstrom. I think they’re a nice mid-price option if you’re looking to try the new silhouette.
BUT, I also tried the Universal Threads vintage straight cropped jeans in the medium wash and I actually like them a lot. You’ll be seeing them on the blog next week. I did size up to a 10 in them because they have very little stretch in them. And of course they’re a lot less expensive.
Work From Home and Lunch With Friends
It looks like the next day I have an outfit photo for is that Thursday when I went to lunch with my friends. Still determined to be warm but also add some cheerful elements to my outfits, I wore my pretty orchid petal pink Shaker stitch sweater. And you’ll laugh, but since we were eating Mexican food I chose to wear my skinny jeans because they have plenty of stretch in them. Ha!
You absolutely can wear boots or booties with these more summery sweaters. I just think these taupe suede booties are perfect with this outfit. Of course, they’re from last year, but I’ll find some similar ones to include in the shopping widget.
Evidently, from looking at the photos on my phone, on Friday of that week I went back and wore the outfit above that I had attempted to wear to church on Sunday. I won’t show it again, of course. Let’s move on!
Saturday at Home
We had beautiful weather last Saturday, so I know I got out for a long walk. But after I returned home and showered I put on, yep, those Everlane Way-High jeans and my leopard print long sleeve tee. I topped the look with my red open front cardigan (no longer available in red) and finished off the outfit with my brown suede boots.
Pretty sweet outfit, huh? Yeah, I’m loving these jeans.
How I Really Dressed for Church on Sunday
Sunday it was raining and I needed to wear shoes that aren’t suede. Turns out I have a lot of suede shoes. Ha! When the weather is bad I tend to start an outfit by picking out my shoes first. Do you do that, too? So I decided to wear my grey snakeskin pumps. They’re probably twelve years old and from Banana Republic, but I’ll link to similar ones if I can find some.
I wore my favorite black pants (you know the ones!!!). And yippee! They’re 55% off right now. I find them to be true to size and they have them in regular and petite sizes. I topped my black pants with a mock neck tank from Banana Republic, something like this one, and my black Veronica Beard scuba jacket. I’ll have an alternative to the VB jacket below.
I loved the way this mostly black and grey outfit came together with final touches of silver jewelry. This time I did wear the Tegan Y necklace. And my earrings are from Brighton, similar to these. I get asked about what masks I wear, but I usually forget to include them in a photo. And of course, most of the time I don’t go anywhere to need one. But the one I wore Sunday is from Vera Bradley.
Monday Working from Home & Running Errands
Monday I worked on blog posts and did get out to the post office, grocery store and a few other similar stops. It was so sunny and bright, but still cold. So I topped these modern straight chinos from J.Crew with a cotton striped sweater from the same place. Use code GOSPRING to save 50% on the sweater and other spring picks. Remember, the same sweater also comes in white, red or navy. I shared it in the last How I Really Dressed for My Day post.
Loafers would have worked great here, too. But I liked how my white sneakers with navy trim bookended the look. I have less expensive sneakers that I also love in the shopping widget. I kept my jewelry simple for a clean cut everyday look.
How I Really Dressed for Editing Video
On Tuesdays I edit my YouTube videos, and it’s a long day at my desk. So I like to dress in something that’s comfortable but also functional to get out for a few quick walks. I set my Fitbit to remind me to get up and get in 250 steps every hour, but I also try to step outside for a few longer walks throughout the day. It was sunny, but still chilly. So I put on my navy Talbots fleece lined pants with this fun button collar rugby shirt from L.L.Bean.
When I stepped out for a walk, I put on my quilted vest (similar) and my puffer coat. I actually managed to get in several long walks this way. And – yay! – I even finished work that day before 5 p.m.
Teaching on Zoom & Running Errands
Wednesdays I teach a couple of Bible study classes on Zoom, so I try to wear something that looks pulled together – at least up top! I knew I also needed to head out the door to Target and a few other unavoidable stops that afternoon before shooting photos for next week. So I wore my blue super-soft mockneck ribbed top and the Everlane Way-High jeans in flax.
I had picked up this light mineral green modern barn jacket at J.Jill for my birthday and I thought it worked nicely with this combo. I’m wearing a small in the jacket and it’s still an oversized fit. But I think it’s going to be so fun for spring and even into summer and fall. You’ll be seeing it again next week.
By the way, those are not the shoes I wore with this outfit. Ha! I wore my Everlane modern loafers. But I’d forgotten to take a photo during the day, so that evening I redressed to snap one. When I did I absentmindedly put on the wrong loafers. And when I realized what I’d done it was too late. Well, I didn’t feel like taking the photo over again. Hahaha! I was tired!
Work from Home & Out to Lunch
And here are those blue distressed Way-High jeans again. Ha! Again I’m wearing the super-soft mockneck ribbed top in laurel green. And this time I’ve topped the look with the blue and white stripe big shirt from Gap. This is one of the shirts form this week’s YouTube video. Here I just wore it loose as a jacket.
I finished this look with my modern loafers and jewelry from Kohl’s. I’m wearing these silver disc drop earrings and this long hammered double ring pendant necklace. I felt like this outfit looked springy without looking ridiculously ahead of its time. The sun was shining, but we needed jackets.
Well, there ya go! Obviously I’ve got a lot of green and blue going on here. And you haven’t even seen all of it. I’ll be sharing some fun spring outfits on the blog next week. So stay tuned!
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Blessed for My Day
I need a little courage today. I have to have a yucky little procedure done at the doctor’s office and I’m not looking forward to it one bit. Fact is, I’m quite nervous about it. I don’t like pain. And I don’t feel very brave at all. I feel like cancelling. But I won’t. Don’t worry. That would just delay the inevitable.
But I can’t muster courage up from within. The only way I can face daunting situations is knowing that God is with me. God with me. Emmanuel. That alone will bring me peace and courage and comfort today. If you need a little of any of those, I invite you, too, to remember that God has promised to walk with you wherever you go.
Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go. ~ Joshua 1:9