Happy Friday! I’m a little late with today’s post because yesterday was a jam-packed day. Not only did I get my hair trimmed and my nails done, but also I wrote yesterday’s post, we shot photos, we met up with some friends from church and we viewed a house at 8:30 last night. Yes, we’ve begun house-hunting. I’m so excited, but I think I’m a little anxious about it all, too. Anyhoo! Today I’m rounding up the mirror selfies from this past week and sharing how I really dressed for my 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.
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. I’ll be building shopping “looks” for each outfit, too. That way you can easily return to them through the link in the top menu of this website if you ever want to buy something that I’ve shown you. Just click on the SHOP link and then on the Shop My Looks link.
Let’s get started!
Friday: Work from Home and Meeting up with Friends
Friday I got in these beautiful wool blend pants from Talbots, tried them on and never took them off. I love them. The high waist and flared legs look both modern and retro-classic, if that makes sense. They remind me of pants from the ’40s, maybe with a real British touch. They’re lined and oh so comfortable, but a little dressy, too. And today these flare leg Donegal tweed pants are just $29.99. Wowsa!
These pants work great with heels on my 5’8″ frame, but they also worked with my black patent loafers, which have a 1 3/4″ heel. I wanted to create a decided sophisticated but casual look, so I opted to wear my black cashmere v-neck sweater and a little jewelry. And I did something I rarely do. I left my sweater untucked. Ha! (I also had a camisole on under the sweater.)
Saturday: Afternoon Outing with James
Saturday afternoon James and I finally managed to get in our monthly “2nd Friday” outing to explore Ohio. It was snowing all day, but not accumulating. James had planned a little hike (which turned out to be a somewhat pathetic little jaunt through a trail biking path, hahaha!), a stroll through nearby Milford, an early dinner out and a little house-hunting.
So I chose to wear navy fleece lined pants (from last year, not available this year) with a navy and white striped tee and a goldenrod sweatshirt. I thought this grouping looked fun, but it was also warm and comfortable. I never really know what James has planned until it unfolds, so I try to wear clothing that is comfortable, versatile and still pulled together enough to wear in a restaurant.
Honestly, I couldn’t wait to get back into these wool blend pants Sunday. Ha! This time I wore them with my wine colored ribbed turtleneck (no longer available in this color). I like the look created with the close-fitting turtleneck, tucked and belted.
Because it was quite cold and still spitting snow, I wore my Thursday captain boots with this classic look. But just today I finally received these Paul Green suede pumps, and I can’t wait to try them with these pants.
Monday: Work from Home, Walking
Monday I got in a workout, but then showered and changed clothes into something I could walk in later also. This Fitbit is constantly prodding me to get out the door for additional walks throughout my day. I desperately need that nudge. Anyhow I wore these leggings and button up shirt .
Tuesday: Work from Home Editing Video
Tuesdays are always a long day. And try as I do, I never seem to have time to get in a full cardio workout. So I always dress in something comfortable that I can also get out in to take frequent walks up and down my little street.
Because it was still really cold, I put on my Sorel boots so that I could dash out and back in and stay warm. Plus, these are just really comfortable. boots. They’re no longer on sale, but I’m linking to other options, too. I’m really enjoying this cozy cotton blend hooded sweater from J.Jill. I’m wearing a small. I’m wearing my black leggings from L.L.Bean. They’re extremely comfortable and fit well on my 5’8″ frame, not bagging in the crotch or pulling in the waist.
Wednesday: Teaching Bible Study via Zoom and Running Errands
Wednesday I wore myself out. I’m going to have to learn to pace myself a little better. I’m teaching twice on Wednesdays now, two hours at a time. Plus I still have to crank out a blog post. But this Wednesday I also got out to run errands in the afternoon. I was a little stir crazy and wanted to get out, but I think I over did it. Anyhow, I chose to wear these Venice heathered pintuck pants from Athleta. I had just gotten them in and couldn’t wait to give them a run.
You can add these Venice heathered pintuck pants to my list of “what to wear instead of jeans this winter.” When I first saw the Venice heathered pintuck pants in the store I didn’t even try them on. They just seemed heavy and a little strange. They feel like very thick felt, if that makes sense. But when I received a $50 gift card from Athleta, I decided to give them a whirl. And I’m so glad I did. I got compliments on these left and right that day. They wear like pants, but have a bit of a legging look with the thick fabric and pintuck down the front. They also have a generous number of pockets and zip pockets, since they’re part of Athleta’s travel pants line.
Plus the Venice heathered pintuck pants are very warm, but I never felt hot at all. You could easily wear these with sneakers, especially these wedge sneakers. But I dressed mine up by wearing my brown suede boots from Talbots (now 60% off). I topped the look with a soft baby blue sweater (I’m wearing a medium and wish I had gotten the small).
Thursday: Hair & Nail Appointment, Work from Home
For the first half of Thursday I wore my oatmeal colored v-neck cashmere sweater and these black camo fleece lined joggers. Of course, these joggers are so versatile you could easily wear them with most any color of top, whether it’s a sweater, sweatshirt or tee. Add these fleece lined joggers to my list of “what to wear instead of jeans this winter,” too. I did size up to a 10 in them, and I’m glad I did. I knew to do that because my daughter has these and she sized up, too.
I don’t know what happened with that photo. I apologize for the poor quality. But you can click through the links to see the pants better if you desire. By the way, the sun was out full yesterday, so I didn’t mind going without socks. And I just think socks would ruin this look. But I did try the fleece lined joggers on with my Blondo booties, and I could have worn sock with those.
Thursday Evening: Dinner Out
Okay, I hesitated to show this outfit because I was tempted to save it for next week’s How to Wear Socks Stylishly This Winter post. Ha! But in the end, I decided I couldn’t hold out on you. I have so much more to say on this topic, but for now I’ll give you a preview with this “socks included” outfit.
I love that this blog community pushes me a little bit. I’ve been thinking and thinking on how to wear socks stylishly in the winter. And I’ve come up with several great formulas that I’ll share next week. But one of them is using your socks to add a pop of color to your outfit. I’ll let you know now that I’m steering away from socks with designs on them. But I’m all for a pair of classy looking trouser socks in a pretty color. I’m suggesting that you think of your socks the same way you would another accessory, such as a belt or handbag.
Hmm. I could go on. But I’m going to wait until Monday to share my other tips. For now, let me know what you think of this look. It’s not going to hurt my feelings if you don’t like it because I absolutely love it. And as a 56-year-old woman living in Ohio, I’m secure in that opinion. Hahaha!
So for this outfit, I wore black jeans, a grey cashmere turtleneck sweater (similar), a black belt, my black patent leather loafers and true red crew socks. I got my Lauren by Ralph Lauren socks at Macy’s (in store), but they don’t have the red option on the website. However, these would work perfectly, too. And I also love the yellow option there.
I promise not to leave you hanging long. We’ll talk all things socks on Monday.
Now, I’m going to catch my breath a little. It’s been a whirlwind week. Thanks for reading. If you have any questions about anything, please let me know. I’ll watch the comments today.
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Blessed for My Day
Honestly, I’m anxious about a few things right now. But over and over the Bible warns me not to let my heart be anxious. Instead I’m instructed to lean into God, my provider. It also encourages me to seek what I need in Him, to ask Him for what I need. So today I’m trying to diligently do that.
Replacing our anxiety with calm assurance requires work, however. I’m trying to discipline myself to say something like this. “I feel anxious and concerned about finding a house. But the truth is Jesus invites me to seek, knock and ask, and assures me that I will find and receive what I need from the Father who cares for me. Therefore, I will pray about this rather than stew over it because I choose to believe the truth rather than my feelings.” If you’re anxious about anything I invite you to join me in disciplining yourself to state your feelings, profess the biblical truth and then choose to believe and act on the truth rather than your emotions.
“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened.” ~ Matthew 7:7-8