Woohoo! Let’s hear it for spring weather! In today’s daily outfit lineup you’ll see that it finally warmed up in Cincinnati, Ohio, and I got to start wearing lighter weight clothing. But you’ll also notice that I rushed things a little a day or two and ended up having to switch things out later on. Yeah, that’s a true sign that the seasons are changing: you wear three outfits a day instead of just one! Anyhow, let’s see How I Really Dressed for My Day this week.
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.
Because we had a long photo shoot Friday, I didn’t really ever wear any one thing. So we’ll skip on to Saturday.
How I Really Dressed Saturday for Our Son’s Visit
Saturday our son Daniel and his dog Cooper came for a visit. Our daughter-in-law, who is a pediatrician, had to work that day. But we enjoyed visiting and playing games with Daniel. I opted to wear a couple of the pieces I’d worn in the previous days video shoot for this week’s YouTube Video.
Side Note: Y’all! I bought a big ol’ mirror at HomeGoods Tuesday and it will go in my new office. We’ve painted the wall a light neutral tone and installed new light colored carpet. So I’ve got my fingers crossed that the lighting is going to be much improved for these mirror selfies soon. Hang with me!
A reader mentioned in the comment feed of yesterday’s post that she finds herself looking for “quieter clothing” these days. Hmm. That got me to thinking. While I still have days when I like to dress bold, I also have noticed that I often prefer quieter or more subdued clothing. Maybe that’s a potential post topic. Anyone?
Anyhow, that’s how I see this straight leg crops and striped textured cotton sweater combo. And when I think back to Saturday morning, that’s exactly what I was wanting to achieve. I wanted to look at rest, relaxed, even a bit quiet and understated.
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How I Dressed Sunday Morning for Church
Sunday we were scheduled to have coffee and cookies outside between services, and I was attending the first service, which is a little more traditional. So I wanted to look pulled together but not overly dressed up. I also wanted to keep the chill of the morning off.
I had just worn these fawn colored ankle pants the week before. So if I wore them again (and I wanted to!) then I needed to create a completely different look with them. Whereas before I’d worn my white blazer with the ankle pants, this time I opted for my pretty leopard print blouse and a simple black cardigan.
What I Wore Sunday Afternoon
That afternoon we just hung around the house and then needed to get out in the evening while the realtor showed our rental house. We just got something to drink and drove around Cincinnati. We do that pretty often, just looking around. We’re still quite in love with this city of ours and enjoy exploring it.
I liked the way these high waist mid length black denim shorts worked with my heathered sweatshirt. In the photo above I’m wearing my silver sandals with gold jewelry. Ha! I guess that’s okay, but I actually changed out my jewelry shortly after taking this photo.
What I Wore Monday to Work from Home
Here’s where things get a little funny. I woke up Monday morning and decided it was summer. Ha! The forecast for the week was filled with highs in the 80s, so I dressed accordingly.
I’ve been so anxious to wear this darling cotton canvas skirt, so I put it on with my new favorite cinched t-shirt and sneakers. And I absolutely love this easy, casual look. I’m going to be shooting a video tomorrow about how to wear colorful prints this summer and not look childish. This skirt will be featured.
I noticed that this cotton canvas skirt is already running low in inventory, but here’s another similar option in more size availability. I tried it on yesterday at Talbots and it fits the exact same, which is true to size.
Unfortunately this outfit was short lived. Ha! I was freezing! Even in my office, I was cold. So I had to change. But this combination will be on constant repeat this summer!
But I was also determined to still look colorful and pulled together for the day. So I put on my linen straight leg crop pants with an aqua cotton modal t-shirt. I love how this look came together, too. And yes, I absolutely did wear my braided double strap sandals while working from my home office. This gal likes dressing up for work occasionally, too, you know.
My daughter and I gave a pair of these linen straight leg crop pants to my mom for Mother’s Day. She told me again yesterday how much she loves them. By the way, my mom is petite, probably 5’4″, and the petites work well on her.
Of course you don’t have to belt these linen straight leg crop pants, but I do love that you have the option. And I think they look very professional belted…if that’s a good option for your frame.
But that outfit was short-lived, too. Ha! Yeah, my feet were cold. So I wanted to put on shoes other than sandals. That’s when I decided to default to my black fatigue barrel pants. I know this silhouette is not for everyone, but with my 5’8″ frame they work nicely. And these are hands-down some of the most comfortable pants I own, both because they’re soft and easy, but also lightweight and breathable.
Still wanting to look colorful and festive, I added my leopard print sneakers, which evidently are no longer available. But I’ve linked to Madewell, where I got them, for other similar options.
This is a fun, easy outfit that served me well the rest of the day as I edited this week’s video.
What I Wore Tuesday
Because my video was edited by the time I went to bed on Monday night, I was able to get out and play on Tuesday. Ha! Well, I didn’t play much. But I did get out a bit…to the mall, post office, etc. So I wore my walnut fatigue barrel pants and this short sleeve cotton linen blend sweater I’d received recently from Gap. I love this combination. Simple, toned down in color but still elevated in style.
At first I tried wearing some sandals with this outfit, but decided that since I’d be walking a good bit it would be smart to wear something with more padding. I absolutely love my Paul Green python print loafers for days like these. They are still my absolute most comfortable shoes. And I’m loving how they’re turning out to be a year round option (especially for the price!). I picked them up for 40% off in the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale last year, but they’re now 60% off at Nordstrom Rack. I get compliments every time I wear these shoes.
Tuesday evening I went over to our new house to clean. After having new carpet installed in the offices and guest bedroom and having the entire interior painted, it has gotten quite dusty and dirty. So I thoroughly swept and dusted the downstairs while James worked in the basement. I changed into my favorite boyfriend jeans (similar option), a simple tee and my sneakers (more economical option). Still fighting a chill in the air, I added this cardigan for the drive over and back.
What I Wore Wednesday
Wednesday I worked from home and got out to run just a couple of errands. It was starting to warm up nicely by this point. In fact, I remember being hot when I got out to run the errands. Yay!
I have this twist neck cotton blend top in black and liked it so much I ordered it in sea mist. Not only does the subtle twist at the neck add a little visual interest, but this cotton blend top is just really soft and lays beautifully. I wore it with my military straight pants for a pulled together but very casual vibe. Those pants are almost sold out, but you can accomplish the same look with any similar cropped pants.
Since I again got a little chilly, I added my white linen shirt (another option) as a topper. I purchased this linen shirt last year and thoroughly enjoyed having it to use this way. So classic and easy.
Again, you wouldn’t have to belt this look, but it works for me and my proportions. I know we talk a lot about belting/not belting here. But the bottom line is that if it works for your proportions and body shape, you really need to give it a try. Tucking in your shirt and adding a belt is one of the easiest and most effective ways to elevate your looks. And it just takes getting used to.
How I Really Dressed for My Day Thursday
Thursday morning I had a speaking engagement. Hopefully this was my last Zoom speaking engagement. I’d much rather talk to groups in person at an event. But I was invited to speak to the Cincinnati Christian Women’s Connection about style via Zoom, so I dressed appropriately. I wasn’t worried about my bottom half, but wanted to look feminine but professional up top.
I wore this ruffle trim sleeveless top in Marsala pink with my high rise straight leg jeans and topped the look with my white linen blazer. If I’d been speaking in person I would have worn more polished pants. I did, however, wear my braided double strap sandals simply because having them on made me feel more professional and “on my game.”
After the speaking engagement I changed into a version of the outfit I shared in yesterday’s post. But because my black barrel pants were in the laundry, I just kept on the high rise straight leg jeans. I like the way this combination worked, too. I wore this to go to a local shopping center to do a little shopping for the video shoot this Saturday.
At first I had on this chunky statement necklace seen below…
But, while I like the idea of the statement necklace, I didn’t like the way it drew a line across my neck. So I changed into my Kendra Scott double strand customized necklace (or similar here) for a more subtle effect.
Well that’s a wrap! I’m so excited that I’m getting to start wearing more summer-like clothing. In fact, we’re supposed to be in the high 80s for the next few days. So get ready for even more lighter weight looks.
Thanks for joining me for today’s daily outfit review. If you have questions about anything let me know. I don’t always respond to every comment, especially when they start to accumulate. But I do absolutely try to answer questions. And if you ever don’t hear a reply from me on those questions, ask again! I do sometimes miss them. Have a great Friday!
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Blessed for My Day
Have you ever felt like it would be easy to live a life that honored God…if it wasn’t for other people? Yeah, other people sometimes trip us in our efforts to live godly, unreproachable lives that reflect His character. Last Saturday as we stood on the driveway of our new home with our son and his dog Cooper, who was on a leash, another dog approached and began to attack Cooper. Of course, that sent us all into a frenzy. It was scary.
Neighbors who saw the frenzy but didn’t bother to figure out the source of all the fuss got angry with us. They thought we were yelling at a neighbor child for no reason. Of course that wasn’t true at all. We wouldn’t yell at a child. In the end the situation was settled and the real story came to light. But for a while there I worried that we had gotten off on the wrong foot with new neighbors. Yeah, living in harmony with people is just hard sometimes. Today let’s ask God to help us press through and do what it takes to live in harmony with those around us. And let’s prepare for the fact that sometimes it won’t be easy.
May the God of endurance and encouragement grant you to live in such harmony with one another, in accord with Christ Jesus, that together you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. ~ Romans 15:5-6