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How I Really Dressed for My Days Recently

April 21, 2023

I had so many different concepts in mind when I named my blog Dressed for My Day over 5 years ago. But one of the main thoughts behind the title is simply that some days it is indeed a challenge to get dressed for our day…beyond just throwing on some clothes. Can you relate? So these weekly outfit-of-the-day posts really help keep me accountable. And I appreciate you following along.

How I Really Dressed for My Day

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How This Works

Because we’re always onboarding new DFMD community, I think it may be a good idea to quickly review how these posts work. These are my real life outfits from my own closet. Because it’s the beginning of a season, many of these things are available, but some may not be. When I can locate one quickly I’ll share substitutes and/or more economical options. But if I don’t provide one and you’d like for me to, just ask.

I try to focus on how I styled things and why I wore what I wore rather than product details here. But if you need to know more about a piece, just ask in the comments. Let’s run through this week’s spring outfits.

How I Dressed for Friday

I realized some time last week that I had this cotton fisherman sweater from Quince in my closet and had not worn it yet. It seemed like a good day to wear it so I just put it on with my J.Crew blue jeans. But the outfit looked like it needed a little something to pull it together, so I wore my black Converse sneakers.

What I Wore Friday
cotton fisherman sweater // jeans // sneakers // coin necklace // earrings

I wore a mixture of gold and silver jewelry because I’m really liking that combination these day. And I especially like silver with dark grey.

What I Wore Out Saturday

I think I was in my workout clothes most of the day Saturday as I cleaned house and worked a little. But we went out to dinner at a local food truck (we’re fancy like that!), so I changed into my linen pants and top for the alfresco dining.

What I Wore Friday
linen lantern pants in cobblestone // similar sweater top // sandals // necklace // earrings

I love the color of those cobblestone linen pants. They work nicely with the linen sweater that I’ve had in my closet for a few years now.

What I Wore to Church Sunday

Some of you ladies have influenced me to start wearing a few more skirts. So I’ve been looking for some I can enjoy. I think it’s so hard to find skirts that really flatter because of the waistband. But I liked the way this one works at the waist so I grabbed it. Yeah, it costs a mint. But if I’m going to wear skirts I want to really like them. Otherwise I’ll never put them on.

What I Wore to Church Sunday
linen top // skirt // short necklace // coin necklace // earrings // gold sandals // watch (use code KAYHRMS for 15% off)

After I got home I realized that this outfit actually looked better with the shirt tucked in more tightly. But I didn’t take another picture. I’m sure you’ll see me wear it again here, and I think I’ll either wear this linen topped more tucked or I’ll wear a closer fitting top.

How I Dressed for My Day Monday

Monday I put on my Talbots Bristol pants in black and tee. At first I had on the blue one. But later I spilled something on it and ended up changing into the black and white stripe ballet neck tee before heading out for a bit.

What I Wore Monday
black trousers // belt // shoes (use code KAYFLATS for 10% off first flats at Ally) // blue ribbed tee (now only in black) // striped tee // similar necklace // earrings // pink shoulder bag

I really like how both of those outfits pulled together with a simple black belt and those tweed cap toe flats from Ally. Tres chic!

How I Dressed Tuesday

I guess I was still in the mood for black because I wore my black jeans on Tuesday. This time I topped the black with that bright pink linen top. Such a great color combination in my book.

How I Dressed Tuesday
pink linen top // black jeans // sandals // short necklace // coin necklace // earrings // bracelets (only in silver now) // belt // watch (use code KAYHRMS for 15% off)

I wore those Naturalizer sandals so much last year and now I remember why. They are amazingly comfortable. And while they may not be everybody’s cup of tea, I personally love the chunky look of them.

How I Dressed for My Day Wednesday

After two days of black bottoms, I switched to white on Wednesday. It was cool again so I topped my white Italian linen crops by Frank & Eileen with my blue and white striped sweatshirt. Those pants are from last year and they don’t seem to have them in white this year. But I can tell you they are very comfortable and so fun to wear.

How I Dressed for My Day Wednesday
white linen crops // sweatshirt // similar sneakers // earrings

Later that day I got this little cardigan in and tried it on. I ended up switching into the black linen lantern pants as I was going through things in my closet that would work with the little sweater. So I left this outfit on for dinner.

What I wore to Dinner
black linen lantern pants // white tank // cardigan // sandals // shoulder bag not available // short necklace // coin necklace // earrings // bracelets (only in silver now) // watch (use code KAYHRMS for 15% off)

What I Wore Thursday

And then Thursday I had an Afternoon Coffee with Kay on Instagram Live. I shared some favorite new finds, including the Julie Vos jewelry I’m wearing below. You can see all the pieces I got in here. I’m really impressed with the jewelry and you’ll be seeing a lot of it.

What I Wore Thursday
linen lantern pants in cobblestone // tank // linen shirt // similar sandals // necklace // earrings // bangle

Anyhow I guess I forgot I’d worn those cobblestone linen pants just a week ago, so I put them on with a pink ribbed tank and my favorite white linen button up shirt. Well, it’s my only white linen button up shirt. But I really love it.

That’s a wrap! Remember, you can shop the pieces I’m wearing through the links in the photo captions. I didn’t share many “more economical options” today because time just didn’t allow me to round them up. But I’m working on having my assistants create more of those Kay’s Looks for Less boards for you. Meanwhile, just let me know if you have a question about a particular item. Have a great weekend!

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Blessed for My Day

The final act, the last dance, the final few moments of the game, the last page. Why is it that in every other arena of life we look forward to the end, the conclusion, but in our own lives we sometimes view the finale with disdain? We are embarrassed as the signs of aging accumulate and our bodies become less energetic and mobile. And sometimes we even begin to feel like our days no longer matter, we no longer contribute anything of value.

But the truth is that God has great purpose for your final days and mine. These are days of great value because they show those behind us what we are really made of. More importantly, if we have walked with God, they testify to His faithfulness and goodness. I’m coming to realize that I do not have to push myself to do some great thing with each day in this stage. I simply need to be faithful to my God in all the little things as I live out each day by the grace He has given me, giving Him glory every opportunity I have.

I have become a marvel to many,
For You are my strong refuge.
My mouth is filled with Your praise
And with Your glory all day long.
Do not cast me away at the time of my old age;
Do not abandon me when my strength fails. ~ Psalm 71:7-9

xoxo, Kay
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21 thoughts on “How I Really Dressed for My Days Recently

  1. This “What I wore” post is always my favorite! I really like the skirt, I’m going to look for a more affordable one, though. And the first outfit with the converse – looked very cool 🙂

  2. I love every outfit Kay! The BFMD was awesome too! What size did you take in the EF cardi? I’ve been eyeing it but I don’t want to make sure I hit the target on the size.

    1. Thanks! I just got the wide leg undyed linen pants delivered today and I like how they styled them with the white tank top and that short cardigan on the EF website.

  3. I’m loving these outfits! They are all so flattering on you. I’m a big fan of Eileen Fisher and that little cardigan is calling me! I also have a Quince cotton sweater in blue and I love it! it’s pretty heavy and a great alternative to the more expensive Jennie Kayne., which I love also! I’m a big fan of M.Gemi shoes. Beautifully made, comfy and stylish. I just bought their kitten heels and was able to find a nice discount code online! Thanks Kay! Your blog is the one I most look forward to!

  4. Each one of your posts is an inspiration for me, Kay. Even though our styles are quite different, as are our body types and age (I’m 78, petite and curvy, brunette, and black is my uniform) I have found a number of new things to purchase because of your posts: black skinny jeans, hot pink windbreaker and baseball cap from Athleta, white and cobalt blue T-shirts from Chico’s, and most recently a white denim jacket from Chico’s. When I tried the white jacket on yesterday my husband said “It makes you look younger!” Ha! I said “Well, I try not to look like a little old lady.” Thanks for your sunny disposition and all of your posts. I can’t imagine how much work it is, but you make it all seem effortless.

    1. Thank you so much for sharing, Kathia. That’s very encouraging. I’m so glad you are finding inspiration here even though we are quite different. But it sounds like we have at least one style choice in common: I love black too!

  5. Dear Kay, I thenk you so very much for your word today!! I have been on dialysis for just shy of 28 years now. I needed to read your blessing of a devotional!!! Thank you!!!

    1. Oh my. Bless your heart. And thank you for sharing. I’m sure someone will be encouraged by your perseverance. I sure am. 🥰

  6. Great post, Kay. I’ve been pondering that beautiful skirt for a few weeks but now that you recommend it, I think I’ll try it. I’m not a skirt person, either, but my daughter is getting married this summer and I think it would be nice for a bridal shower. The reviews say it is too sheer…what are your thoughts on that?

    1. Hahaha! I have to laugh because I saw those reviews and thought why didn’t they try it with a slip? Have they not heard of slips? It’s one thing when pants are too sheer, but it’s easy enough to fix a sheer skirt with a slip. I wore my black knee length half slip with it and it worked beautifully. And honestly, I might would wear it without the slip except I saw those comments and thought maybe I just wasn’t seeing it as sheer as it is. In my home it doesn’t look that sheer. But maybe with the sun shining through it would. But a slip fixes that easily enough. It hangs BEAUTIFULLY. Such a lovely drape.

  7. I would like to see some more elevated outfits with the Nordstrom skirt, perhaps styled with a blazer or a cardigan? Thanks.

  8. Love the outfits and love your words in, blessed for my day. This is indeed a wonderful time of life. At 61 I still feel active and capable but I am kinder to myself when I need to slow down or take time to enjoy all the blessings the Lord has given me.

  9. Feeling increasingly weary and irrelevant, I read today’s post and was encouraged, refreshed.
    Your opening and closing comments were like gentle rain drops on my parched soul.

    Thank you so much for doing what you do, for demonstrating the how, as well as, the what of taking control of our day.

    1. Hi Elizabeth. I have days like that, too. I’m so glad the post encouraged and refreshed you. Bless you!