Hello and welcome to my outfits of the week post. Each Friday I share how I really dressed for my days. While I absolutely love everything I share with you in fashion posts, these are the outfits I live in. I’ll probably wear yesterday’s modern spring outfit with jeans and my white blazer sometime soon to church. But since I work from a home office, I don’t have the opportunity to dress like that very often. I have a pretty casual lifestyle, but I do like to elevate those looks while keeping them comfortable and easy to wear.
I also got a lot of new things in during the last couple of days that I’m going to share with you, too. These are items I’ve ordered for upcoming posts, but I want to go ahead and share them in “raw form” while you can get some good deals on them, if you’re interested.
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.
How This Works
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.
How I Dressed for Friday
Friday this walnut brown fatigue blazer from Everlane came in and I just couldn’t wait to wear it. I had to hit the mall (as I often do on Fridays) to make some returns and pick up last minute items for the video shoot. So I wore the blazer with the coordinating fatigue barrel pants and a simple tee with my faux Birks. I liked the outfit so much I ended up including it in this week’s video, How to Create Great Outfits with Simple Separates.
I know that some of my readers do not like these pants at all. Ha! That’s absolutely fine with me. I take no offense. However, let’s understand that this silhouette is very on trend. And that doesn’t mean it’s a flash in the pan fad either. Pants and jeans are trending toward – that is moving toward – more relaxed fits, including this barrel style. You absolutely can still wear your skinnies. I’m sure I’ll wear mine some. But the more I wear these barrel styles, the more I like them.
I also find the barrel silhouette much more flattering than the full on wide-leg shape for me. At least these have some curve to them and taper back in toward the ankles, creating more of a streamlined look in the legs. You’ll see me wearing a wide leg cropped pant below, and I don’t like that outfit nearly as much as this one. I’ll point it out to you when we get there.
By the way, I really like these Sonoma Goods for Life sandals from Kohl’s for an alternative to the pricier Birkenstocks. They look so similar. However, I made the mistake of wearing them all day as I traipsed through the mall and other errands and they wore a blister on the top of my feet. I won’t do that again. So the moral of the story is you truly do get what you pay for. I’m happy with these for now. But if you’re considering Birkenstocks, not just for the style but also the acclaimed comfort, you might want to go ahead and spring for those.
Shop the Looks
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How I Really Dressed Saturday
Saturday we shot videos, which means I didn’t really get dressed for most of the day. I was simply trying on one thing after another much of the day. But I did wear the black fatigue barrel pants and aqua colored linen tank before and after the video session. I’m really hoping Chico’s comes out with these linen blend tanks again this summer. I think I have one in five different colors and I love recommending them. In fact, I did a whole video about wearing them last summer. Hahaha!
By the way, did you know that you can usually shop my video looks and many of my other outfits as well on my Shopstyle Page? And for those of you who like to pin my outfits in your Pinterest board, you can also pin them from there. I frequently link to that page in my daily emails, too. You can access all my looks through the top menu under SHOP, too.
What I Wore to Church Sunday Morning
Sunday morning I went to our more contemporary church service. We also had coffee and cookies outside between the services. It was a pretty day for it. I had enjoyed wearing my new baby blue pointy toe flats so much earlier in the week, so I built another outfit around them.
I showed these pretty ice blue flats in last week’s How I Really Dressed for My Day post, too. And in Monday’s post I shared how I frequently begin putting outfits together with the shoes. This is a case in point. I made sure I had just a touch of a similar blue somewhere else in my outfit, although I don’t know that that is really necessary.
My linen biker jacket is a new purchase from Nic+Zoe. It’s available at Nordstrom, but only in a large (I’m wearing a medium for reference). You’ll find it here at Nic+Zoe, but if you shop through THIS LINK you can get $20 off your first purchase. Oh, and look. Here’s the same jacket in a cotton and much less expensive. Man, I wish I had gotten that one. I think the cotton would drape so much more nicely.
My pink paisley shell is no longer available, but I’ve linked to similar options in the shopping widget below. By the way, I originally wanted to wear the shell untucked with the biker jacket. But it didn’t work as well as I’d thought it would. So I ended up tucking it softly.
What I wore Sunday Afternoon
Sunday afternoon I had to edit this week’s video because it had to be approved by the sponsor. So I put on something comfortable I could get to work in. Later we went over to our new house to finalize our paint colors before they started the job this week.
I tend to like to wear joggers or something similarly comfy on Sunday afternoons. But I topped it with a pretty striped tee and coordinating cardigan since I knew we were getting out and about a bit in the evening. I thought my blue tones Teva sandals added a cheerful splash of color at my feet.
How I Really Dressed Monday
Monday I worked from my home office and then I needed to head out in the rain to make a purchase. We had decided on some furniture over the weekend and the special deal was closing on Monday. So I went out to order the furniture. I’d enjoyed the fatigue barrel pants and jacket so much over the weekend, so I decided to switch it up a bit and wear it again.
This time I created a column of black with the walnut fatigue blazer with the black barrel pants and a black linen blend tank. I finished off the look with my animal print pumps (similar option – use code KAYHEELS for $40 off your first pair of Ally heels) and my black backpack (more economical option).
I kept the jacket on all day, but I wanted you to be able to see underneath, so I took this shot, too.
I’ll link to some similar tanks. I think this outfit is a great option for work in a more creative or modern setting.
These barrel pants work great with a variety of footwear. You could create the same look with leopard print flats or lower heels.
What I Wore Tuesday
Tuesday I lost my mojo. Ha! I think I need a vacation. I just felt really tired and unmotivated all day. I plugged along, but I don’t think I ever got out…other than for a long walk. But I did eventually get dressed for my day!
These Ralph Lauren cotton twill cargo pants (similar) had arrived in my The Lauren Look box, so I put them on with a linen blend sweater from J.Jill. My sweater is still in stock, by the way, and greatly reduced in price.
I don’t much care for bright or bubblegum pink with olive green, but I love this pale “mink pink” with the green pants. I wish I could find these cotton twill cargo pants somewhere for you, but I’m just not having any luck. Anyhow, I have found a few pairs that are similar to include in the shopping widget below.
How I Really Dressed for Wednesday
Wednesday I worked out, worked in my office and then we shot photos in the afternoon. I dressed comfortably for the work day in boyfriend jeans (no longer available but these are similar), a crewneck tee and a baby blue sweatshirt.
We continue to have quite cool temperatures here most days. So I’m really gravitating toward pretty sweatshirts as my third piece. I’d really rather put one of those on over a t-shirt than I would a cardigan or jacket. Jackets feel bulky when I’m working and cardigans can feel a little fussy when I’m working. So I like having some sweatshirts in pretty colors that I can pull on over a t-shirt. I like the shorter length of this one (available in lots of nice colors), but I also have one of these (from last year) in a longer length. It’s 30% off right now.
My necklace is from Kendra Scott and it’s one of their customized Alex pendants. Mine is in bronze veined magnesite, but there are many stones to choose from. Today at Kendra Scott you can buy one item and get another 25% off.
How I Really Dressed Thursday
I was in a big hurry as I darted out the door for lunch with friends on Thursday, so I didn’t have any time to play with this outfit. Once I got home I actually changed out of it. But I’d received these wide leg linen pants in my The Lauren Look box, so I decided to give them a whirl. I ended up just wearing them with a simple v-neck white tee and my denim jacket.
When I got home I decided that I really do not like these linen cropped pants on me. They’re quite comfortable and obviously in style. But I’m not liking the wide leg crop silhouette on me. I much prefer the more tapered balloon or barrel silhouette for a modern selection. The moral of the story is we all have to experiment a little to find the silhouettes that work best for our bodies.
And let me say a word about that while we’re on the topic. The fact of the matter is that wider, more relaxed fit silhouettes are very in style right now. And they’re not going away any day soon. In fact, I believe we’ll be seeing the relaxed fit pants and jeans for quite a while. We don’t have to or need to wear all the silhouettes, ladies. But we also need to be careful about poo-pooing them when others want to wear them.
It takes our eyes a while to adjust to new styles. My bet is that many of the women who are so negative about these relaxed fits are the same ones who initially scorned the skinny jeans. Let’s please be gracious and remember that fashions change and women do, too. Fashion is meant to be fun. It’s okay to explore and try new things. Please keep your comments positive and open-minded.
I am going to continue to try the more modern jeans and pants silhouettes, and I’m going to be sharing them here. The way I see it, that’s my job. Why follow a style blogger who just plays it safe all the time? I want my style to continue to evolve; I don’t want to get stuck. Yes, I’m still wearing and enjoying and sharing the straighter silhouettes, too. But please graciously give me the room to do my job and share things that push the envelop a little. Not everything I share is going to be any one person’s cup of tea consistently. I get that. But after a while it does start to hurt my feelings when comments start getting a little biting. Please keep your comments kind.
I’m not one to share all the clothes I order and try on. I actually order and return a lot of things without ever showing them here. But yesterday I got in a huge load of things that I actually love. And I wanted to share them with you now because many are on sale (at Talbots) or they’re from Nordstrom, where they’re having the Spend and Get Bonus Notes event. And many of the Nordstrom items are marked down, too.
I noticed my interior decorator wearing ankle length beige or fawn colored pants several times and they always looked so classy. So I ordered these Hampshire ankle pants from Talbots in the curvy fit. I love them. I’m wearing my true to size 8, but in the curvy fit. Of course, they do also come in a regular fit and in a number of other colors, too. I ordered the same pants in white, and they fit, but I like the look of these better.
I didn’t iron or steam the pants before trying them on, but I know these creases will come out nicely. They’re also available in petite lengths. Of course they’re 30% off at Talbots right now.
I’m wearing the Hampshire ankle pants with the cotton blend double v-neck sweater in watermelon. I’m wearing a medium, so it’s true to size. I decided to try the pants and sweater duo with my white linen blazer.
I think it’s a nice look. The white linen blazer runs true to size, too.
Next up, I’m wearing the black linen blend palazzo pants from Talbots. They also come in straw, white, sea opal and navy. These pants are dreamy.
Remember, mirror selfies rarely do anything justice. Which I suppose is why I hesitate to do a lot of try-on hauls here. I’m working on getting a new larger mirror and we’re painting my new office in a shade that should help with lighting. But right now I never really like the way these mirror selfies show up.
That said, these palazzo pants have a very nice drape and fit that is hard to see in these photos. They run true to size; I’m wearing an 8 regular. They come in petite, plus and petite plus sizes as well. They’re 30% off. Get one item for 40% off with code MOM.
I’m wearing the palazzo pants with a super pretty Vince Camuto Floral Soirée Sleeveless Top. I love, love, love this pretty shell. It’s 40% off and available in most sizes right now. It does run large; I’ve sized down to a small. Unfortunately it looks like they’re out of the smaller sizes, so if you’re smaller than me you may be out of luck. But this is a great top for wearing under a blazer or cardigan.
Next week I’ll be posting a denim shorts review. I’d ordered A LOT of denim shorts and a few came in yesterday. I wanted to go ahead and share these Caslon denim shorts because they’re from Nordstrom where they’re having their bonus note event.
The Caslon denim shorts do indeed fit large. I went ahead with the size 8 though because I don’t want my denim shorts tight at all. They are very comfortable and yes, a little roomy. And they may “grow” with wear. But at the price, they’re definitely worth a shot. I’ve learned that denim shorts can be just as pricey as full leg jeans, so the price on these Caslon denim shorts is appealing. The cuff is sewn into these shorts.
The only other pair to come in were these Madewell high waist mid length black shorts. I’m wearing my TTS 29 here.
Unlike the Caslon denim shorts, the Madewell high waist mid length black shorts do not have a sewn in cuff. But of course you can cuff them yourself. I really like the soft black color of these shorts. I think they will stretch a little with wear, too, but they’re 99% cotton, so they definitely won’t stretch as much. I’ve ordered the 30 to check out, too. But I have a feeling they may be a little big.
I’m not posing in the next photo. I want you to see how the shorts really fit. In my upcoming denim short review, I’ll be doing three photos in each pair of shorts: a head-on shot like this one, a rear view (Lord help!) and a more posed shot for a more flattering vantage point.
In the photo above I’ve cuffed the shorts the way I’d probably wear them (if I cuffed them at all). I’m wearing them with the cotton modal back detail tee in aqua splash from Talbots. It’s just like the pink tee I have. I’m wearing a medium, but it fits a bit large. I just want you to know that, but I’ll probably keep the medium anyhow.
The summer twill pull on shorts feature an elastic waist band and a removable tie string belt. I’d say they run true to size. I’m wearing a medium and I definitely wouldn’t want white shorts to fit any tighter than this. They’re available in other colors, too. They have a 6″ inseam.
And finally here are the summer twill pull-on shorts in Tencel.
Like the others, the summer twill pull-on shorts in Tencel fit true to size for a roomy fit. But you want these particular shorts to have a roomy fit, I think. I paired them with the pom pom trim tee in gardenia. I’m wearing a medium. So if you prefer a closer fit, size down. I’m also wearing the new Gia buckle sandals. I bought my last pair about three years ago and have decided it’s time to retire them. I probably wear these metallic sandals more than any other shoes during the summer. I wear a 9.5 usually, so I went with the 9. I think the 10 would have been a better length but they might have been to wide and loose. My old ones were 9s.
Well, that’s a wrap. Remember the Nordstrom Spend and Get Bonus Notes event and the 30% off (plus 40% off one item with code MOM) deal at Talbots. Let me know if you have questions about anything I’ve shared. Have a great Friday!
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Blessed for My Day
While I’m all for putting a little effort into our appearance, I think it’s so important to prioritize the inner woman. This week I focused our blog posts and video on putting together outfits. But we must also put in the effort to grow the fruit of the Spirit in our lives. Things like love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control are evidence of Christ in our lives. And while people generally size up their first impressions of us within seconds of meeting based on externals, what’s inside eventually surfaces to the top and says so much more about us.
This weekend I’m spending time thinking about the fruit that is bearing in my life. The fruit that shows up is only a reflection of what is truly inside. As I plant the seeds of God’s Word by meditating on it and water it with prayer, the exterior of my life will reflect His character more and more.
When they came, he looked on Eliab and thought, “Surely the Lord’s anointed is before him.” But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him. For the Lord sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.” ~ 1 Samuel 16:6-7