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How I Really Dressed for My Day Recently

October 21, 2022

Well it’s Friday and I am finally ready to show my daily outfits again. After taking a little time off for illness a couple of weeks ago, I just didn’t have much to show for a while. But this week I managed to get dressed for my days…whatever they held…and I snapped the photos to share with you. We’re having beautiful fall weather, so I was able to wear the sweaters and layers I’d been looking forward to styling. Let’s see how I really dressed for my for days recently.

How I Really Dressed for My Day Recently

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Before We Start

Before we go through my daily outfits for the past week, let me remind you that these are simply the clothes from my closet. If they’re available I’ll link to them. If I know of a substitute or more economical option I can share, I will. If I don’t list a sub for a sold out or expensive item, it simply means I don’t know of one. But if you’d like for me to look for a particular item, just let me know in the comments.

I am 5’8″ and weight about 155 on a good day. I have an hourglass shape and even proportions. I wear a size 8 or Medium in tops, bottoms and dresses usually and a size 29 or 30 in jeans. You can assume I’m wearing my usual size unless I tell you otherwise.

What I Wore to Bible Study Last Week

Last Thursday I wore my light camel Eileen Fisher corduroy pants and this pullover sweater to Bible study and then for the Instagram Live. I purchased both in the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale at about 40% off. The pants are only available now in plus sizes. But the sweater is available and up to 45% off, depending on which color is chosen. The sweater is lightweight and runs large; I sized down to a small. It’s a great sweater for warmer climates especially.

What I Wore to Bible Study Last Week
pants in plus sizes // sweater // layered necklace

I like how this light intensity outfit works together. I added my Paul Green gold and brown python print loafers (somewhat similar option). They’re several years old and no longer available that I know of. I added simple gold hoops and a layered necklace that is proving to be really versatile.

Friday at Home

Friday I wore my joggers and the Johnny collar top I featured in this week’s video for a casual day at home. Not only is this a comfortable outfit, but it feels smart and interesting. I had James snap photos for me a lot this week because my office has been a mess this week due to orders coming in left and right.

Friday at Home Outfit
Johnny collar top (economical option) // joggers // similar sneakers (more economical option) // necklace

We shot photos that evening and I changed back into this comfy outfit before we stopped to grab a bite to eat. And I felt perfectly well dressed enough for the casual place we went to. Oh, and I did manage to find a much more economical option for this Johnny collar top at Banana Republic. I’ve not tried it, so I’m not sure how it compares. But it is made of organic cotton and BR usually does pretty well with such tops.

What I Wore to Church on Sunday

Sunday was a beautiful fall day. I wore my lighter wash straight leg jeans from Talbots (marked down and another 30% off), a print sleeveless top (marked down 50%) and this super soft, easy cardigan (marked down). I cooked breakfast for our church family that morning, so I needed to keep my outfit really easy.

What I Wore to Church Sunday
straight leg jeans // top (now half price) // cardigan (marked down) // mules // shoulder bag no longer available // layered necklace

When I wear a print top like this one, I just try to wear other pieces that are in medium intensity or that seem to “work with” the top. I think this came together pretty nicely. This year we’re seeing a lot of collared cardigans and v-necks, as well as shorter styles.

Work from Home Monday

Monday morning we shot videos and then I plopped down at my desk for the rest of the day. I had to schedule a nail appointment on a Tuesday this week – something I never do – so I had to work ahead on Wednesday’s video. I kept on one of the outfits I shared in that video.

Monday Working from Home
Everyday Stretch straight leg pants // sweater // similar loafers (mine are old) // customized necklace // earrings

These Everyday Stretch straight leg pants are so comfortable and yet so sharp. They’re a nice thick cotton/spandex blend and look really polished, especially in the black. I think the navy and grey look a little more casual, but they’re still great pants. And they’re 30% off right now.

The sweater is nicely priced, very soft and comes in a few soft neutrals, too. And remember, shipping and return shipping is always free at Nordstrom.

Nail Appointment, Lunch and Work at Home

Tuesday I had that nail appointment. It turned very cold overnight. So I bundled up in this color block sweater from Ann Taylor. I got so many compliments on it. And of course it kept me warm for my morning out.

Sweater and Knit Crepe Pants
sweater // slim ankle knit pants // shoes no longer available // shoulder bag not available // bracelet

I just happened to have these brown slim ankle knit pants I’d purchased in the Nordstrom Anniversary sale that worked nicely with it. But I’ll definitely wear the sweater with jeans, too. In fact I hunted for my dark wash jeans that morning to wear with it and for some reason couldn’t lay my hands on them. Ha!

What I Wore Shopping

Wednesday I got out for some shopping. I wanted to pick up some things from Talbots’ new collection for yesterday’s Instagram Live (you can watch the replay HERE). But since I’d had a couple of days of wearing comfy clothes for working from home, I wanted to push myself to “up my game” a bit. I wore my dark wash straight leg jeans (same jeans in a slightly darker wash) from Talbots with an Audrey cashmere sweater from a previous year and my Veronica Beard Miller dickey jacket. I’d say my sweater is very similar to their current dark English toffee heather.

What I Wore Shopping
Audrey cashmere sweater // jeans // block heels (use code KAYHEELS for $40 off) // Veronica Beard Miller dickey jacket

I cut my jeans off for a raw edge last year…mainly because I wanted to wear them and didn’t feel like waiting to have them hemmed. Ha! But these jeans come quite long and they’re also available in long and of course petites. Oh, and they come in Plus Sizes, Curvy fit and Plus Size Curvy fit. I do think every woman needs a good pair of straight leg dark wash jeans. I wore my Ally croc embossed cognac block heels and added a belt…that just happened to match nicely.

I like to wear nice shoes that I can try on with outfits when I go shopping. And they have to be slip-ons if at all possible. My block heels felt comfortable all day for shopping. And I like to wear classic jeans so that if I’m just trying on a top or blouse, I already have on something basic to try the top with.

How I Dressed for Bible Study

Thursday morning was chilly as I headed out to my weekly Bible study group. I had noticed how nicely this raspberry pink cashmere sweater paired with grey jeans, so I opted for this duo. The sweater was marked down when I purchased it, but alas it’s back at regular price. They also have a v-neck sweater in the same color, but I tried it on and decided on the crewneck instead. The v-neck is boxier while the crewneck is more tapered.

Pink Cashmere Sweater with Grey Jeans
grey Mother Hustler jeans (sized up to 31) (Mother option with more availability) (more economical option and more below) // cashmere sweater // ivory mules (under $50! and in other colors, too) // earrings // similar necklace // coat // bag not available (similar from Coach)

I’m enjoying my grey jeans so much this fall. So I thought I’d go ahead and provide you with a shopping widget for lots of grey jeans options at good prices. I’ve got jeans from Old Navy, Gap, Talbots, Loft and Nordstrom in the widget below.

Be sure to check out yesterday’s Instagram Live for the outfits from Talbots that I shared there. Or if you prefer, you can see them and shop them here. And later today I’m posting a blog post with a try-on session of sweaters from Nordstrom. I have some great sweaters to show in a full range of prices, most of them very affordable.

Thanks so much for stopping in. I hope you have a great Friday!

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Blessed for My Day

Have you been through a difficult season relationally, physically or financially recently? Or maybe life has just been very busy. And even when we go through seasons of great joy and celebration, we can get to a point where we feel like we’ve been run over by a train. Whether we’re working off of “got to” or we’ve been running on adrenaline, these seasons of highs or lows can take a toll on our bodies, minds and spirits. The exhaustion may show up in aches and pains, weariness, illness or emotional and relational tensions.

Sister, do not neglect to rest during and after such seasons. The Lord knows you need to rest; He designed you that way. And while prayer and Bible reading and worship can help you regroup through and after such times, you do indeed need physical rest as well as times for recreation, too. And you need to eat! There’s nothing unspiritual about that. Yes, a good salad and some protein can do wonders. But treat yourself to something delicious and yummy, too. Take care of yourself, dear sister. This is the Lord’s design. And you may be amazed at how much rest and good food can help your body and your disposition.

And he asked that he might die, saying, “It is enough; now, O Lord, take away my life, for I am no better than my fathers.” And the angel of the Lord came again a second time and touched him and said, “Arise and eat, for the journey is too great for you.” And he arose and ate and drank, and went in the strength of that food forty days and forty nights to Horeb, the mount of God. ~ 1 Kings 19:4b, 7-8

xoxo, Kay
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10 thoughts on “How I Really Dressed for My Day Recently

  1. I really like what your work this week. I especially liked the joggers and the knit pants but I will wait for them to go on sale. I enjoyed your post yesterday, the Kohl’s dresses, I like to see you in colors rather than the camel and beiges. Have a blessed day.

    1. Hi Kay! I’ve learned so much from you and absolutely LOVE your classic style! I noticed you wear shoes without obvious socks on those cold days. How do you keep warm? I find I’m cold if my feet are cold, but I still want to have that classic look without adding bulky socks and shoes. Any tips on achieving your look and still stay warm?

      1. Generally when it gets really cold I almost exclusively wear boots and booties. But I’m not averse to wearing socks with clogs or loafers (not with ballet flats or similar shoes, but that’s just me). I suggest wearing socks in the same color as your pants if they won’t be showing other than when you sit, but I prefer contrasting socks in a solid color worn as an accessory if they will show when standing or walking. I have a couple of blog posts on this from previous years and I’ll do another one soon. 😉

  2. Kay, for some reason your photos loaded very slowly on my computer today. As they SLOWLY started to appear from the top, down, and your face became visible, I noticed for the first time where your daughter gets her lovely eyes. They may or may not be the same color, but in every other way, she has her Mama’s eyes!

  3. Kay, thank you for today’s Blessed for my Day! I’m sitting at my desk at school at 6:38 on a Friday evening still working on Drama team competition stuff and grad school work. And I am TIRED. Your devotional was exactly what I needed to remind me to reset myself this weekend. Headed home in a minute to do just that!

  4. I know you were dressed casual to cook breakfast for your church…….are you at the same church you moved to Ohio for your husband to pastor?