Happy Friday! It’s time for me to share my daily outfits. While I only show clothing I love on the blog, my real lifestyle is more casual than a lot of the looks I share. But the looks I’m showing you today are how I really dressed for my day.
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
Fridays I often get out and make returns and run other errands. By the way, a reader recently emailed me mentioning that I have said I make returns and could I share what I’ve returned and why. Let me clarify. I purchase a lot of merchandise to potentially share here on the blog or on my YouTube channel, but I only share the things I really like and that fit well. So I return a lot of things that you never see here. If I were to return things that I share here, I’d definitely let you know.
Anyhow, I wore my Madewell Balloon Jeans with my classic navy cotton merino polo under my camel Italian flannel blazer. It was still chilly, so I wanted to wear layers that kept me warm but also looking pulled together. This outfit felt comfortable but also looked sharp.
This little cotton merino polo has turned out to be such a great purchase. I purchased it last spring and it’s still available in the indigo and other colors. It fits true to size.
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How I Really Dressed Saturday
Saturday I was preparing for our photo shoot for this week’s Women’s White T-Shirt Review. So I ended up actually wearing one of the outfits that I shared in the Styling White T-Shirts post. I think of all the outfits I shared in that post, this is my favorite. I just love how a white tee works with a white linen blazer. And I especially like how this cinched white tee works without having to tuck it in.
By the way, if you want to try the new fuller leg jeans silhouette, these Madewell Balloon Jeans are good ones to work with for the summer. And a great way to try them is with a fairly fitted blazer that adds a little definition.
What I Wore Mother’s Day
I had really hoped to wear this white dress that I shared in this week’s YouTube video on Mother’s Day, but it was just too rainy and cold. So I’ll hopefully wear it when I visit my parents in Georgia instead. Sunday I wore my fawn colored Hampshire Ankle pants with a sleeveless pink button up shirt (no longer available) and white linen blazer.
I love the way these Hampshire Ankle pants in curvy fit work for me and look forward to styling them in additional ways. But I’ve always been a sucker for this soft beige with shades of pink. I finished the look off with my Bossy Beige Pumps from Ally. These pumps always feel just a touch snug on me when I first put them on, but within minutes they stretch so that they are absolutely the most comfortable heels I’ve ever worn. (If you’re interested, use code KAYHEELS for $40 off your first pair of heels with Ally or code KAYFLATS for 10% off your first pair of flats.)
Since it was Mother’s Day and I was feeling festive I added all the pearl jewelry. Ha! I’m really enjoying the fact that pearls are trending this spring.
What I wore Sunday afternoon
I had ducked into Talbots on Friday or Saturday, I forget which, and I’d picked up a couple more summer sweaters. I continue to be amazed at how long the cool temperatures last into the spring here in Ohio. And I just needed a couple more long sleeve options. But this open stitch cotton sweater and the next one I’m showing you will work great through the summer because they’re 100% cotton and quite versatile. I wore the open stitch cotton sweater over my white reversible tank and my denim shorts (mine are from last year).
I think this open stitch cotton sweater is such a sweet addition to a vacation wardrobe because it provides a little coverage on chilly mornings or evenings, especially at the coast or in the mountains. But it still looks like summer.
Talbots has a lot of their vacation ready items on sale right now. For instance, I love these floral crops. I won’t be buying them because I kept my similar floral crops from last year (featured in this post on how to wear floral pants without looking clownish), but somebody needs to get them. So fun for summer!
How I Really Dressed Monday
Ha! I wore Talbots on Monday, too. Of course, my closet is full of clothes from Talbots, honestly. So that’s no surprise. It started getting a little chilly again on Monday, so I wore my tie dye sweater (also in green) with my ankle jeans and classic field jacket in Tencel. I worked from home most of the day.
I like how my customized Alex Pendant in bronze veined teal magnesite adds a fun splash of color and light to this outfit. Kendra Scott has a wide variety of stones you can use to customize this pretty, adjustable pendant.
What I Wore Tuesday
Having worked on Wednesday’s video all day Monday, I got the but to wear white on Tuesday. So I topped my way high jeans with this lovely long eyelet tunic from J.Jill and a simple white tank. Right now at J.Jill you can get $50 off your purchase of $150 with code SEASIDE.
This long eyelet tunic is another great vacation wardrobe option because you can wear it over jeans, shorts, a tank dress or even your swimsuit. It’s lightweight and so pretty. I’m wearing a size small as I often size down to smalls at J.Jill.
What I Wore Wednesday
Here’s the other sweater I mentioned purchasing from Talbots recently. This open weave v-neck cotton sweater resonated with me because I still love wearing neutrals during the spring and summer. In fact, while I love wearing a burst of color occasionally, I still reach for neutrals most often. And this open weave v-neck cotton sweater can be so versatile, once again working great for that vacation wardrobe.
This time I wore the open weave v-neck cotton sweater over a nude colored layering camisole. I wore my straight leg high rise jeans from Talbots. Remember, these jeans runs a little long. I cut mine off for the right length and left a trending raw hem.
For context, I just worked from home on Wednesday, but also got out for lunch (by myself) at Panera and ran over to our new home to check out the paint.
How I Really Dressed for My Day Thursday
On Thursdays I frequently meet three friends for lunch. We’re a casual lunch bunch really. It was starting to feel much more like spring on Thursday, but I was in more of a neutrals mood. So I wore my black jeans (similar more in stock) and raw edge v-neck sweatshirt from Evereve. I’d purchased it when I had a rewards bonus and they’d run a flash sale. Score! This sweatshirt has such a luxurious hand and nice drape.
This simple all black outfit felt casual and comfortable but quite chic. Or at least that’s the way I looked in my mind. Ha!
So that’s a wrap. Thanks for joining me for today’s How I Really Dressed for My Day post. If you have questions about anything I shared, let me know. I always love hearing from you ladies. Some days I have more time to reply to comments than others. But I’ll always get around to answering your questions.
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Blessed for My Day
We have several options when life gets hard. And our responses both indicate our worldview and direct our path. We can respond out of fear. It’s natural to fear the unknown or the impending danger. But when we respond to life’s twists and turns out of fear we’re prone to make hasty decisions or to compromise our standards.
On the other hand, we can choose to respond to life’s hardships and surprises by trusting in God. We can see the fearful situation for what it is, but then turn to God for strength to face it. And that, dear friends, is a much wiser course of action. It both reflects our faith in God and charts a path of obedience, which always results in blessing.
And David was greatly distressed, for the people spoke of stoning him, because all the people were bitter in soul, each for his sons and daughters. But David strengthened himself in the Lord his God. ~ 1 Samuel 30:6