Happy Friday! Now that we’re heading into spring, I’m starting to share my real life outfits again on Fridays. This is how I really Dressed for My Day this past week. And since the weather has been all over the place, I think you’ll get a little style inspiration for winter-into-spring outfits.
How This Works
Because we’re always onboarding new DFMD community and it’s been a while since I shared the how I really dressed for my day posts, 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.
My Vitals: I’m 5’8″ and weigh about 160 these days. I’m wearing some 8s and some 10s in most everything right now. My proportions are even and I’m an hourglass shape. So keep those things in mind as you review these outfits and consider how they might work for you or how you’d need to style them differently for your body.
What I Wore to Church Sunday
My husband pastors a small church and we are a very casual bunch. But I do like to dress up a little because it’s one of my rare opportunities to do so. This Sunday we celebrated two birthdays afterwards with a fun lunch, so I wanted to be comfortable and festive. I wore my black Bristol pants that I shared in this week’s video and Monday blog post with a simple blue ribbed t-shirt (sized up).
I’m loving the combination of this deeply pigmented blue and black for this transitional time. The color combo looks a little like winter and a little like spring to me. And it’s just a smart way to mix the pieces from those two wardrobes.
The Bristol pants are an elevated chino with a single pleat on each side of the front, just enough to look modern, but not so much as to add visual fullness to the tummy. I enjoy tucking my tee and belting my pants for a really smart, pulled together look. But you could leave the tee untucked, too.
My new grey tweed cap toe flats from Ally are a limited edition shoe. Like all of Ally’s shoes they are extremely comfortable and come in narrow, medium, wide and extra fits in a full range of sizes from 4 to 12. Use code KAYFLATS for 10% off your first pair of Ally flats. Use Ally’s fit guide to determine your best size.
A spring weight coat had been on my wardrobe wish list for a couple of years now, so I was thrilled when Talbots introduced this gingham topper. By the way, Talbots gifted me three pieces for this week’s blog post and YouTube video. But I purchased the rest on my own, and this gingham topper is definitely one of my favorite purchases from their spring collection. It’s the perfect weight to transition into spring, lined and so versatile. The outside fabric is a cotton and linen blend, so it’s really perfect for this time of year.
What I Wore on a Springlike Monday
Monday dawned bright and beautiful and warm. Since my Talbots sponsored blog post was publishing that day and I wanted to hop on Instagram stories and share more about the black Bristol pants, I wore them again. Plus, I just love the way these pants feel and move and look. I have a feeling I’ll be wearing them a lot this spring and summer!
I created a very French chic look by topping the black Bristol pants with my simple black and white striped ballet neck tee. This silky, stretchy 93% Nylon, 7% Spandex tee also comes in other color combinations. Again, to maintain my balanced proportions, I tucked the tee and belted the pants. I didn’t really go anywhere that day, but if I did I definitely would have carried my bright pink shoulder bag. Ooh, and I probably would have added my scarf, to.
What I Wore Out and About Tuesday
As is par for the course this time of year, the weather began to turn cooler again on Monday. I had to get out for an overdue nail appointment, so I decided to do a little shopping for an upcoming video concept, too. I felt very comfortable and pretty in my black pants and blue cotton sweater on this mild weather day. We reached the mid 50s I believe.
These are the J.Crew Kate straight leg black pants, by the way. They are in a nice four-season stretch fabric and available in navy, camel and grey, too. They are an ankle length pant and very slenderizing. They have a flat waistband with no belt loops.
I love wearing the same color top and jacket. It’s such a great way to pull an outfit together. The key is to wear a neutral of your choice on the bottom.
How I Dressed for Wednesday Working at Home and Going to the Dentist
It’s an exciting life I lead. Ha! I just worked from home on Wednesday, but I did get out for a dentist appointment. I also stopped by CVS to have a photo made for my passport renewal. Did I mention that I’m going to London in August??? I’m going with Shelly and Walkabout Tours.
Anyhow, it was decidedly cooler on Wednesday so I wore a cashmere sweater (more economical option) over my jeans. And I actually even wore a camisole underneath. But at this time of year, as I’m transitioning my wardrobe and outfits from winter to spring, I like to lean towards softer colored sweaters like this oatmeal fisherman sweater. In fact, I’ll undoubtedly keep it handy through the spring for those just-in-case days.
With a nice warm sweater and camisole underneath, I was able to bear the cold weather with simply my trench jacket (similar) instead of pulling out a winter coat. And my ivory colored Chelsea boots kept the outfit feeling fresh and springlike. You know, it wouldn’t seem so necessary to start looking like spring a little except our daffodils have bloomed and the woods behind our house are turning green. I just like to be in step with nature a little when it comes to getting dressed for my day!
By the way, check out that pretty tri-color satchel. That’s my new bag for spring. I’m so excited about this elevated handbag. I love a good, structured satchel because you absolutely can carry it with a casual outfit like this one, but it also works beautifully with dressier looks.
What I Wore After Shooting Videos
Thursday was all about the video shoot. I tell you, that is an exhausting day, especially when we shoot multiple videos or lots of outfits and makeup demonstrations. So I was absolutely beat afterwards. Thus today’s late blog post!
I put on this comfy Johnny collar top and my new favorite lounge pants. I say they’re my favorite today, but I actually have these pants in the cherry red, too, and I love them just as much. They’re a super soft and lightweight fleecy fabric and so perfect for a day or evening around the house. I wouldn’t wear them out, personally. But I love them for home. I also have this tank (maybe size down) that works nicely with both pair, and I can wear it alone or under a sweatshirt…just at home.
And that’s a wrap. I’m trying to get in the practice of taking these daily outfit photos, but I forgot to do so last Friday and Saturday. But I’m back on it today! Thanks so much for stopping in, and let me know if you have questions about anything I showed. A lot of what is available is also discounted today, by the way. Remember Talbots still has everything 25% off. And J.Crew has some good offers today, too. Oh! And that polo I loved from last year at J.Crew is back and it is the same. I received my blue and green polos yesterday and they worked beautifully. I expect them to go fast and they’re 34% off right now.
And! I ordered this linen dress, these linen trousers and coordinating linen vest from Banana Republic in their Friends & Family event this week and they are lovely. They fit me true to size and are just a beautiful linen fabric. I also ordered the linen Bermuda shorts, but I’m not crazy about them and I’m returning them. They’re just too full and overwhelm even my 5’8″ frame. I got the dress in black and the trousers and vest in natural. Just beautiful! I’ll try to put them on and create a try-on post for tomorrow. We’ll see! But everything is 40% off (full price items).
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Blessed for My Day
You’re having lunch or just a phone call with a friend. She asks how that “thing” turned out for you, the one that you had talked about before and she knew how much it concerned and weighed on you. You’re glad to report that “it” all turned out fine. You feel a wave of relief even sharing the good news with her now. But what happens next?
Do you go on to tell her about how you prayed to God for courage, wisdom, discernment, patience or whatever? Do you tell her about the Scripture passage He gave you that calmed your heart and gave you much needed perspective? Do you tell her that God was faithful to answer those prayers, but He also walked with you through each day and you felt His sweet presence then and now? Do you give God the glory, glory? Or do you just go on as though nothing miraculous happened? Do you miss the opportunity to build her faith or introduce her to yours? Oh, let’s be women who always shine the light where it belongs, on our good, good God.
…but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, but with gentleness and respect. ~ 1 Peter 3:15