UPDATED: I got so many requests for live pictures, I threw the outfit on and took some mirror selfies. You’ll find those at the bottom of today’s blog post. Enjoy!
Happy Monday morning! I’m kicking off a new style series here at Dressed for My Day. I’ll keep this one really simple, but hopefully it will be impactful all the same. I’m providing just one graphic with a favorite fall outfit formula. Today that outfit formula is modern jeans + a button-up shirt. And best of all? I’ve curated the look with higher end options and lower priced options. I look forward to hearing your thoughts on this new high/low post option.
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Wearing a slightly oversized button-up shirt is so on trend, but it’s a classic style, too. Pair a white one with your favorite wash of blue jeans and you’ve got a timeless, but oh so modern outfit formula for fall. I like to wear this outfit formula with mid wash jeans, but depending on the contrast in intensity between your physical features, you may prefer to pair your white button-down with lighter wash or darker wash jeans.
For today’s high/low outfits I opted for wide leg, full length, high waist blue jeans. I’ve tried both of these and love them. For the high look I’ve used the Sasha by Paige. I recently got these in and absolutely love them. I’ve ordered both the 31 and the 30, but the 31 arrived first. They fit, but are loose in the waist. So I suspect that the 30 should do nicely for me.
For the “low” outfit I used Chico’s trouser jeans in lotus indigo. My friend Shelly wore these in London and they looked amazing on her. I tried them on in the store recently and can attest that they feel so comfortable. I would need the 1.5 Chico’s size in those. The 1 fit, but they were a little snug across the hips.
For the “high” outfit I’m showing the Citizens of Humanity Kayla shirt. Of my several white button-ups, it is probably my favorite. I appreciate the lightweight but beautiful cotton fabric, the size of the sleeves, the placement of the buttons and the buttons on the sides of the sleeves that secure the “roll-up.” But that Gap button-up shirt is a classic, too. The fabric is a little more substantial, but still very soft and full. If you’d like a white button-up with a more interesting details, check out this eyelet ruffle option or this puffed sleeve option, both from Gap.
You can accessorize this simple, no-fail one+one formula with the leather or suede accessories of your choice. But it’s so on trend to coordinate your belt, shoe and handbag colors. And against a backdrop of denim and white, keeping them all one color will look so sharp
I’m crushing on cognac or saddle leather colored leather these days. So I created today’s high/low looks with this rich, traditional leather color. I doubt all the leather pieces match exactly. That’s okay. You just want it to look intentional and close.
At this time of year, I like wearing my full length jeans and a white button-up shirt with mules or clogs. They’re a great transitional shoe for moving into the cooler temperatures. And yes, you can wear them with socks later on if you’d like.
I completed the elevated casual look with classy gold hoop earrings a pretty lipstick and noteworthy sunglasses. Don’t forget; these little details are the ones people often notice first when they first see or meet you. That lipstick on the left, Estee Lauder’s Rebellious Rose, is what I switch to every fall. Estee Lauder says it’s a classic shade that works beautifully for most any skin color or tone, and I find that to be true.
By the way, not all of my higher end items are extremely expensive. And some of my “low outfit” items are a little higher than I had hoped. The cost of clothing, like everything else, has simply gone up. And while I did try to find truly low priced offerings to share, I also will not share items from brands I’m not familiar with. It’s more important to me that I be able to share with you items I truly believe you may enjoy, rather than things that may tear up or not look good right out of the bag.
Below I’m sharing some mirror selfies I took this morning with the outfit on. I can’t always do this if I don’t own them myself. But I just received the size 30 in the Paige jeans this morning, so I decided to share the outfit with you. The pictures aren’t the best, but they’re all I have for now. 😊
Let me know if you enjoyed this format…just for a change, not a daily thing of course. I thought I might do one of these a week for a while though if you like them. And if you do, let me know of other types of outfits you’d like to see me put together in high/low options. Have a great day!
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Blessed for My Day
Are you easily offended? I have to confess, if my buttons have been pushed enough at the time, I can get offended, sometimes at the least little thing that sits wrong with me. That’s a problem. When we walk around with a chip on our shoulder or feeling like a victim, we’re more prone to insist on having our own way, lash out at others, grow bitter and see things from a faulty perspective. We become self-focused and have a hard time empathizing with other people.
When John the Baptist was in prison, he sent some of his disciples to inquire of Jesus whether He was indeed the true Messiah. I think he wanted to know why he was in prison if Jesus was indeed the Messiah he had been proclaiming would come. Jesus sent back a message to John, encouraging him to look and see what God was doing. In other words, He encouraged John to look beyond himself and his circumstances to see what God was doing around him. I’ve learned that when I begin to feel offended or bitter that same prescription works well on my soul, too. Appreciating what God is doing around me helps me to see things differently and takes my focus off myself.
And He answered and said to them, “Go and report to John what you have seen and heard: the blind receive sight, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, and the deaf hear, the dead are raised up, the poor have the gospel preached to them. Blessed is he who does not take offense at Me.” ~ Luke 7:22-23