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How I Really Dressed for My Day – 12/11/20-12/17-20

December 18, 2020

Christmas is coming! Well, I guess it’s already Christmas as far as the season goes. I’m a big proponent of the 12 days of Christmas mindset. What about you? Today I’m sharing how I’ve really been dressing for my days recently. I was surprised that more of my looks don’t reflect the season. I’m going to have to fix that this next week!

How I Really Dressed 12_11_20

Sizing Information

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’m going to try to streamline these weekly posts a little. Plus 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’ll be building shopping “looks” for each outfit. 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!

Work from Home

I wore this first outfit simply to work from my home office on Friday. At this time of year I frequently gravitate toward jeans and sweaters, so this day was no exception.

Friday work from home outfit
dog embroidered flannel loafers // black wash jeans // camel cashmere turtleneck // earrings // necklace

I’ll admit I really built this outfit around these darling dog embroidered flannel loafers. (I frequently start outfits by selecting my shoes first. Do you do that, too?) They’re black, so they’re quite versatile, but I love how they pulled together a simple outfit of black wash jeans and a camel cashmere turtleneck while adding a festive touch.

I think the key to the above outfit is the gentle front tuck. It camouflages any tummy issues, but also creates the most pleasing proportions. A gentle tuck also makes your outfit look more polished and chic.

You can also shop this look HERE.

Saturday Outing

In yesterday’s post I shared all about this “ready for anything” outfit that I wore Saturday. James and I took a little daytrip to explore part of Ohio. And since the adventure included dining in a pub, hiking a gentle trail to view a waterfall and then sipping lattes in a darling coffee shop, I was glad I looked pulled together but my outfit was functional, too.

Ready for Anything Daytrip Outfit
See more details about this outfit and our daytrip HERE.

Get more details about this outfit and our daytrip in this post. You can also shop the look HERE.

Church on Sunday

I guess I was still in a black and camel kind of mood because I wore those colors again to church on Sunday. I do love me some chic neutrals!

What I wore to Church
black turtleneck cashmere sweater (similar with more sizes available) // Hampshire ankle pants from Talbots (curvy fit) // similar coat // cap toe slingback shoes // similar satchel bag // square stones bracelet // square stones earrings // similar black stud earrings // JOY pin no longer available

Surprisingly I reached for a different pair of black pants this Sunday. I usually wear my Nic+Zoe wonderstretch black pants, but I decided to shake things up a bit (aren’t I a wild thing?!?) and wear my black Hampshire ankle pants from Talbots. Actually, mine are in the curvy fit.

Knowing that most people would only see me with my coat on, I thought this would be a good day to create this outfit that I’ve seen dozens of times in some of my favorite collected Pinterest pins. I love, love, love a column of black surrounded by a camel coat. This very outfit is one of the main reasons I wanted this coat. And I was not disappointed.

Of course, the above photos are how I envisioned myself. Ha! The photo below is how people at church really encountered me.

What I Wore to Church
black turtleneck cashmere sweater (similar with more sizes available) // Hampshire ankle pants from Talbots (curvy fit) // similar coat // cap toe slingback shoes // similar satchel bag // square stones bracelet // square stones earrings // similar black stud earrings // JOY pin no longer available // face mask

Let’s talk jewelry just a minute. I intentionally chose not to wear a necklace that day whereas I probably normally would have. I didn’t want anything to interrupt the column of black at all. So I wore my jewelry on the borders of my outfit instead. I wore double earrings, a bracelet and a pin (no longer available) on my coat lapel. I thought these were all festive but elevated choices.

Oh, and I love how my cap toe shoes pulled this outfit together.

You can also shop this look HERE.

Monday work from home

Hi ho, hi ho, back to work we go! On Monday I got in an early morning workout and then hit the computer most of the day. We did get in an afternoon photo session that day, too. So I needed to put on makeup. That little impetus is often my saving grace when it comes to getting dressed for my day.

Work from Home Monday Outfit
medium to light wash jeans (more economical option) // ivory cableknit sweater // golden brown loafers (now 44% off – MOST comfortable shoes ever!) // earrings (or at Kendra Scott)

I loved the way this simple outfit pulled together. I’ve learned so much in just recent months about contrast in intensity and how it affects an outfit. Have you? If you missed that post, catch it HERE That little lesson has been a game changer for me.

Anyhow, the bottom line is that because I don’t have a lot of contrast in intensity in my coloring (hair, eyes, skin), it works best for me when my outfits also don’t have too much contrast in intensity. That’s why this outfit of medium to light wash jeans (wearing size 30) , ivory cableknit sweater and soft golden brown loafers looks effortlessly chic.

You can also shop the look HERE.

Tuesday glued to my desk chair!

Tuesday I was glued to my desk chair for 16 hours and never really got dressed. I did manage to get out for a walk, so it’s a good thing I was wearing this outfit. But I didn’t take a photo that day because, well, no one needed to see me that day!

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boundless performance pocket tights (fleece lined tights) // cozy pullover in spruce heather // Katahdin hiker socks in deep admiral blue // mountain pile fleece vest in natural // pom hat in charcoal // Blondo waterproof boots // earrings // similar water bottle

Yeah, that’s not what I looked like Tuesday! Ha!

This look can only be shopped through the links above or through this previous post. I wasn’t able to make a shopping widget or “look” for it.

Wednesday Work from Home

Wednesday I changed gears and mostly caught up on stuff outside of my office. I even managed to grab a little nap. But I did get dressed for my day. I just operate better that way. Plus it forced me to get my workout in early rather than putting it off…and putting it off and putting it off.

How I Really Dressed for My Day Wednesday
ponte knit pants in espresso // cashmere Audrey sweater in light rosewood heather // fringe python print loafers // necklace // stud earrings // bracelet

I love the combination of all the softness in this look. My espresso brown ponte knit pants play so nicely with the light rosewood heather sweater. And once again the fringe python print loafers really pull the look together. I think the theme for this week’s outfits is “shoes can pull a look together.” What do you think?

There will be no shoppable look for this outfit either. You’ll need to shop it only through the links above.

Thursday Work from Home/Out to Lunch with Friends/Light Show Date Night

I think from here on out through at least Christmas I’m going to be wearing holiday inspired looks. If not now, when? Especially since I was having my final lunch with my friends until after the holidays and going to a drive thru light show with James in the evening, I decided to wear my Christmas red Fair Isle sweater (this year’s version) and jeans (wearing size 30).

How I Dressed for Thursday
jeans (wearing size 30) // Christmas red Fair Isle sweater (this year’s version) // red turtleneck (another thinner option) // waterproof booties // stud earrings // red pop crossbody bag // similar bracelet

I’m learning to love the straight leg jeans trend. Now that I’ve found some that fit closer to the body, I’m really enjoying them. I think they create a very pleasing silhouette. These are my new AG Mari high waist ankle length slim fit straight leg jeans. Boy! That’s a mouthful. These jeans are price-EE. But I ordered about 8 pair of different similar jeans a while back and decided to take the plunge and keep these and send the others packing because they were by far the best fitting and most comfortable. I’ll get a much better price-per-wear if I purchase something I can enjoy wearing rather than something that is cheaper but doesn’t feel or look good on me. And since this silhouette is here to stay, I needed a good pair to wear.

You can also shop this look HERE.

That’s a Wrap!

Well that’s how I really dressed for my day this week. I hope you’re enjoying this weekly series. Did you like the way I formatted it this time? With more styling notes and less product notes? Or is it more helpful to share product notes? Let me know if you have an opinion.

Don’t forget you can come back to my blog and go straight to the Shop My Looks Page (under the SHOP category in my main menu) to shop most of these outfits. Also, if you’re a subscriber to my email, I often put a direct link to the Shop My Looks Page in those emails. Click through there and you can shop most of the outfits I show here on the blog…and sometimes looks I never even show here.

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Blessed for My Day

“But Mary treasured up all these things, pondering them in her heart.” That is definitely one of my favorite verses in the Christmas story as told by Luke. I bet many of you favor this short verse, too. Theologians tell us that Luke, a gentile physician who never spent time with Jesus personally, probably did spend time with Mary after Jesus’ ascension. It’s assumed that his narrative of the Savior’s birth is based on interviewing Jesus’ mother.

So I think it’s interesting that he included this poignant and heart-tugging statement in his historical account. I wonder if he saw Mary get a little misty-eyed as she recounted to him the events of the first Christmas. And I wonder if she looked at the doctor and told him, “I treasured up every moment of those amazing days. Some nights I couldn’t sleep after putting that holy babe, Emmanuel, to bed. I just stared at him and tried to comprehend what was happening.” Hmm…

It’s a beautiful thing to be still and quiet with our thoughts. Our worries? Not so much. But when we ponder the things that God is doing, that’s a place of mysterious and beautiful contemplation. I encourage you to spend some time this Christmas pondering what God is doing in you, around you and through you. He’s still at work you know.

But Mary treasured up all these things, pondering them in her heart.  ~ Luke 2:19

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xoxo, Kay
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18 thoughts on “How I Really Dressed for My Day – 12/11/20-12/17-20

  1. I enjoy the emphasis on the styling notes with less emphasis on products. Let’s face it there are only so many new items we need to buy. No matter how attractive an individual item is if you don’t know what flatters you will continue to make mistakes. Some bloggers focus on reviewing sweater after sweater etc and it can become tedious. Your blog is not like that and I look forward to reading your posts.

    1. Hi Jen. Thanks for sharing your thoughts. I think this is better, too. At least it’s better for me. And the shopping information is there should someone want to purchase something.

  2. Hi Kay!
    I am a new subscriber (learned about you from Beth Dual aids post) and wanted to say that I love your blog and YouTube videos! You are just delightful and I love your style and taste in fashion. You always look so pulled together and attractive.
    I just purchased a coat from Loft on sale (funnel neck–adorable!), and the black tipped and camel sling back shoes. I’m so looking forward to wearing them, and will think of you when I do!
    Thank you also for your spiritual comments! I am inspired and comforted by what you have to say.
    Wishing you a joyous holiday season!

  3. Another great post! It is good to see how you dress each day. Ido appreciate the style notes more as this makes the post much more streamlined and readable. I can always use the links for product information.
    Thanks for BFMD as well; it is uplifting as always.
    Have a wonderful weekend,

  4. Hi Kay,
    I’m really enjoying your blog (and love the new format!) and also the FB page. Your group of faithful followers there are so much fun to see also and how they put your thoughts and advice into action. I have to say I love the honesty about your Tuesday look on today’s blog! Some days I laugh about getting dressed just to go to the mailbox!
    Keep up the good work! And thank you for all the inspiration, encouragement and instruction!!

  5. What a sweet devotional today. I do ponder what God is doing in my life. I have been doing a study on Eather and wonder “at such a time as this” how God can use me to influence others to turn to our Heavenly Father. Blessings to you and your family.

  6. Hi Kay!
    I got misty eyed reading your commentary on St Luke and Blessed Mother Mary.
    You have definitely earned a place in my closet but more importantly in my heart.
    A Very Merry Christmas to you and yours!

  7. Just so you know, your pictures from Wednesday and Thursday were blank in my post, as was the picture taken at your church. This has happened before. I might be the only one, and this is not criticism, just intended to be helpful. I enjoy your posts and fashion.

    1. Hi Linda. No one else has said anything. Make sure you try to refresh the page. Sometimes it just takes longer for photos to load. But they’re loading on all my devices and whether I’m home or out and about. I’ve got a lot of data on my pages so it can take a bit for it all to load. Try not to scroll down on the page too fast too. That gives it more time to load accurately. Thanks for sharing.

  8. Yes, I do prefer this format, Kay! Thank you for explaining why you did not wear a necklace on Sunday because I was going to ask you about that. I usually start wearing what I consider to be Christmas colors around thanksgiving, but I don’t wear them every day since I don’t have that many tops. We are planning to get out either tonight or tomorrow night to go look at some lights in our general area. I hope you are having a fabulous day!

  9. I have a pair of black suede flats with animal print toes. They are very versatile. I’m with you on black column, camel coat. It just looks so classy. I try to move away from black near my face but sometimes it’s either showcase the body or the face. LOL. I like style tips best.
    BFMD is always so uplifting or teachable. I wonder if Jesus ever refused to take his medicine like my strong willed child. Come to think of it. He probably didn’t need it.
    Have a wonderful Christmas and be blessed.?

  10. I will spend time pondering what the Lord Jesus is doing in my life, around me and through me this weekend. Thank you for your thought provoking Blessing for the Day.

  11. If I was to invest in a faux fur coat, should I go leopard print or a solid color? Looking for something that will last more than one season. Thank you, love your blog.

    1. I think either will be a lasting investment since leopard really never goes out of vogue. So I think you should go with the one that feels more like you. I hope that doesn’t sound like I’m riding the fence. Ha! But I really think you can’t go wrong with either. I’d look more at cut and style. Pick a style you’ll get the most wear from.

  12. Cyndi, Buy the one you would use the most. Which one feels like you? Buy that one! If you need to later on you can always buy the other.