Hi everyone. I’m still on vacation in Portland, Oregon. But I’ve lined up a personal favorite post for you today. I’m sharing one top two ways.
This is a simple cap sleeve summer sweater that I literally hunted down at the beginning of the summer after buying the crop pants you’ll see later in this post. I felt like these wide leg pants would look best with a snug-to-the-body top. But it wasn’t easy to find.
But first let’s see this striking green top with a white skirt from my closet.
I know it feels a little risky to wear a sweater that fits snug to the body. But I think the secret is finding one that lays close to the skin without hugging the skin. Know what I mean? This boatneck cap sleeve sweater doesn’t feel tight at all, but it skims my body nicely.
I think the second tip for wearing a sweater like this one is simply to go for it. I’ve had to learn to accept that my body is not a chiseled, rock hard canvas. Maybe yours is. But mine’s not. I’ve got some lumps and rolls. So what? The truth is, clothes that fit still look better than clothes that appear to disguise. And when I learn to wear fitted clothes with confidence I look more beautiful than when I’m wearing something too large or tent like.
My white pencil skirt is a good example of why it’s smart to shop the end of the season sales, ladies. I know you are as tired of looking at the current summer inventory in your favorite shops as I am. But some of them are worth another glance, especially as they start marking the prices further and further down.
I bought this classic white skirt at Ann Taylor about five years ago or more for $10. I kid you not. And it was originally over $70. When you can find a classic on sale at the end of season…it’s always a good idea.
Of course my skirt is no longer available, but here and here are some nice alternatives. But my you could achieve the same look with any classic cut skirt. I happen to like the rows of buttons on the front and the exposed side zipper on this one.
My necklace is from J.Jill and my earrings are some pearl drops that I bought several years ago at Talbots.
When I hunt down a piece of clothing like I did this green cap sleeve summer sweater (which comes in a pretty cherry red also, by the way) I want to be able to wear it with more than one thing. So let me show you how the sweater works with those wide leg crop pants I mentioned, the ones I originally wanted the shirt for.
Same top, new look. This is a decidedly more casual look, but the close-fitting sweater keeps it chic and classy.
You know every season there are those one or two pieces that you just enjoy the stew out of. For me, this green sweater is one of those pieces. And that’s surprising to me because really it’s a simple top. But I think it’s classy, elegant, clean cut and, surprisingly comfortable. That’s a winner for me.
Hey, by the way. Isn’t my husband getting better and better at taking these photos? Let’s hear it for the man! I’m so proud of him. And thankful, too. This style blog has been a learning process for both of us. We are having a ball doing it together. So that’s a good thing! But I’m just amazed at the progress he’s made in photography, too. Thank you, sweetie, for supporting me in this venture. You’re the best!
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Blessed for My Day
Today may the Lord bless you with new perspective. That problem that has you confused? I pray for uncanny clarity to come from spending time in the presence of the God of this universe. The relationship struggle that is wearing on you? I pray that as you draw close to Jesus He will help you see the other person through His eyes. That bend in the road that requires a decision…soon? I pray that as you spend time reading God’s Holy Word He will provide clear direction so that you can walk this new path with integrity and confidence. May the Lord bless you with wisdom today.
For the Lord gives wisdom;
from his mouth come knowledge and understanding;
he stores up sound wisdom for the upright;
he is a shield to those who walk in integrity ~ Proverbs 2:6-7