Well last we focused on denim here at Dressed for My Day, so this week we’ll turn our attention to other things to wear as we move towards fall. I know it’s still hot where you are. Trust me, it’s scorching here, too. That’s why I’m sharing a fun jeans alternative you can wear now, soon and later.
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You may have seen me style these relaxed fit tapered cargo pants in this previous post. I’m actually making a concerted effort to style pieces multiple times here at Dressed for My Day and on my YouTube channel. That’s helpful to me because I really don’t like buying so many clothes – even for “research.” And if you buy one of these items it will give you more styling ideas for them. So hopefully it’s a win/win practice.
Anyhow, here’s a photo from that blog post just to jog your memory. And you can visit that post for more details, of course.
So today I challenged myself to style the relaxed fit tapered cargo pants in three new ways that we can wear now, soon and later. These trending cargo pants also come in a great neutral khaki. They run a little large; I’m wearing my smaller size, a 29. (I waffle between 30 (10) and 29 (8) these days, so I simply went with my smaller size.) I’m so tempted to buy the khaki cargo pants, too. They are super comfortable and perfect for three seasons at least.
I usually put my linen away after Labor Day. There’s no rule that says you have to, by the way. It’s just personal preference. I like saving my linen as a special treat for summer. But this year I really may keep wearing linen a little longer. I just love it! So for this first outfit I wore the cargo pants with my white linen button-up shirt. My shirt is practically sold out, but if you’re in the market for one, I suggest this one (size down) or this one – both lovely!
Skinny belts are more on trend than wider ones this year. And I love the way this cognac belt paired with my cognac slides really pulls the outfit together. I also think adding cognac accessories helps take the outfit into early fall nicely.
A denim jacket is a staple in my closet year round, but especially in fall and summer. And it looks so spot on with this simple outfit. I’ve had my Levi’s original trucker denim jacket for over 30 years!
I love the classy vibe of that outfit. And I think pairing olive or utility green with black is another way to keep the look very classy as we move towards fall.
I wore a simple black ribbed tee (also in white & navy – size up) with the utility green cargo pants and completed the look with black accessories. Wearing a little more black in your outfit is always a great way to take it into fall. And really you can wear it now, soon and later.
I almost styled this outfit with a pair of black sandals, and you absolutely could. But I thought it might be a good time to pull out the black mules (also in cognac) I got in the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. Of course, these Linea Paolo mules cost about 40% less then. But I can also vouch that these lowered priced mules are really nice ones, too. Mules are such a great shoe for early fall.
I completed the look with a black shoulder bag, a black belt and black trimmed sunglasses.
This outfit would also look great with a denim jacket.
Next, I paired the utility green cargo pants with denim or chambray. This is another really nice pairing for early fall, but you can wear it now, soon and later.
This super soft and comfortable chambray shirt can be worn tucked in or left out. But since it’s slightly cropped in length, I think it works really nicely untucked with these full length cargo pants. I love the cinching on the front – so flattering. But here’s another option in chambray, too.
For this outfit I wore light colored accessories just to switch things up a bit. But I think it would work really nicely with the cognac shoes and bag, too. Or you could even rock sneakers with this casual outfit.
You could wear any of these outfits now , soon or later. You just want to adjust your footwear options and add a denim jacket if needed. And you could opt for a sweater or other top in these same colors for equally great looks later on. Which is your favorite color pairing?
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Have you ever tried to bargain with God? Most of us probably have at some point. Yesterday James’ sermon was on Judges 10 and the tragic story of Jephthah and his vow. Even though the Spirit of the Lord had come upon Jephthah and despite the fact that God had already assured him a victory, Jephthah decided he needed to bargain with God. What a foolish move that proved to be!
Not only did Jephthah’s thoughtless vow result in tragedy for his daughter, it was just plain foolish and unnecessary. The only explanation for such a foolish move is that Jephthah didn’t really know his God. He must not have known that God values life, that God does not delight in human sacrifice, that God is good and faithful and trustworthy, and that God does not work deals with people. Which makes me think, if I do not know my God I will not relate to Him properly either. Let’s make an effort this week to get to know our God even better so that we can trust Him all the more.
Then the Spirit of the Lord came on Jephthah. He crossed Gilead and Manasseh, passed through Mizpah of Gilead, and from there he advanced against the Ammonites. And Jephthah made a vow to the Lord: “If you give the Ammonites into my hands, whatever comes out of the door of my house to meet me when I return in triumph from the Ammonites will be the Lord’s, and I will sacrifice it as a burnt offering.” ~ Judges 11:29-31