If you ever wondered what my favorite item in my closet was- just look back over a few months worth of posts and you’ll probably notice I LOVE my white jeans and I LOVE stripes!
I just can’t help myself!! There is something so crisp about them, and as I said last Friday- the old rule of no white after labor day is no longer true.
In fact, Lloyd Boston*, author of Before You Put That On says: “Ladies, wear your creams and whites straight through the fall and winter. Those rules are gone.”
Today my before picture is one I’ve used before, sorry! I’m showing my white jeans with this collared long sleeve pink shirt. While I love the bright pink color- the long sleeves are covering up too much and the collar needs to go! I tend to repeat myself, but I really have a thing against collared shirts!
On the left I have replaced my golf shirt with this cute blue and white striped shirt from J Crew. I have rolled the sleeves to expose a little skin, and added this cute coral Stella and Dot necklace that my friend, Carrie gave me. I also added my leopard flats as a little unexpected pattern mixing.
Jeans: J Crew, Top: J Crew, Shoes: Target
To my local friends- yes, I wore this yesterday! Today I am working from home and wearing sweats… oh yes I am!
My typical ‘go to’ outfit for days when I’m not working is jeans and a shirt.
Before Everyday Mom Style I would have worn the outfit on the right.
It is just so easy to throw on a shirt, jeans and my Birkenstocks and call it good- however, there is nothing appealing about this outfit and the message that I am sending is ‘I take no time for myself’.
Is that the message you want to send?
Not me! I want to look somewhat pulled together, somewhat stylish, somewhat like I care!
Hence- the outfit on the left! This is as comfortable as the outfit on the right- but it is so much cuter. The blue and white striped tank is more interesting than a solid shirt, and the bright cardigan gives the outfit a pop of color. The cuffed jeans are casual- yet look a little more stylish than the ‘before’ pair . As for my shoes- anything is better than my Birkenstocks- and we all know how much I love my Puma ballet flats!
I wore this to dinner last night at our new local pizza place- and I only had time for 1 photo, sorry!
Every gal needs a LBD in her closet (in case you’re wondering- Little Black Dress) but for everyday use, I also think everyone needs a LBD- Little Blue Dress… or some alternative to the standard LBD. (I swear this dress is blue- the color looks a lot darker in the photo, to see the real color, click here).
I know I’ve said this before, but if you are comfortable wearing dresses- than do it!
Don’t be afraid of being over dressed- don’t worry if all you’re doing is running to the grocery store- wearing a dress is so comfy and so easy- you really can’t screw it up- because the outfit is done for you!
Just be careful with how you style it. For running errands, grocery shopping or volunteering in the classroom- keep it casual- wear flats instead of heels, and add something unexpected- like the cargo jacket seen here (scroll to the bottom of the page, and forgive me for the blurry pic!).
I love wearing a dress because I don’t have to worry about matching tops and bottoms- the whole outfit is 1 piece,
All I have to do is add accessories!
Today I have added a leopard belt and a Tiger Eye necklace. Nothing to exciting- but it adds a little something to an otherwise pretty plain outfit.
I love finding dresses at Marshalls, TJ Maxx and Nordstrom Rack. Go with an idea in mind of what you’re looking for- and be picky. There are a lot of duds out there- take your time, try it on and try to visualize at least 3 occasions where you would wear it.
And yes- I know I said I was getting rid of all ankle strap shoes (they make my legs look short), BUT- these are my orthopedic Naot shoes- and in this case I will sacrifice style for comfort. These shoes ROCK!!!
I bought these bright pink pants last year- and was a bit nervous about the color, they are so bright!
But it turns out, I love wearing them! Truth be told, I feel a bit like a barbie doll when I do.
They are just so pink- and so bright- and so attention seeking! With that in mind, I figured my top must be a bit subdued- which is why I chose my off white blazer.
I figured a blazer would help my outfit look a bit more professional- and the neutral color is a perfect balance for the bright pants.
Underneath the blazer, I opted for this cute black and white polka dot top- with a cute V neck.
Let me tell you about this top- I bought it at Target (God, I love Target) thinking it was a great piece- but as you can see on the right, paired with the black cropped pants and worn untucked-something didn’t feel right. Part of the problem is the cut- it is a very loose, flowy top- and with these pants the whole outfit is too baggy. A pair of skinny jeans or leggings and it might work.
As for the cropped pants– I say this over and over again- but ladies- please don’t wear cropped pants that end mid-calf. It makes your legs look short! Go for the ankle length- much more flattering!
Back to the ‘after’ picture. Just to add a bit more polish and complete the look, I added a black skinny belt, a statement necklace and a pair of black wedges.
This outfit would be appropriate for work or for a night out on the town (I wore it out to dinner with friends Saturday night).
For another crazy before picture- check out this one- where I had color overload!
When looking for a shirt dress, look for something with:
1. details from a man’s shirt (collar, pockets, button front, cuffed sleeves)
2. Looser fit, waist defined by belt
3. Usually in crisp fabric like cotton
Since I love seeing comparisons, today I’m showing some ‘before’ pictures that I pulled from Pinterest, just to show what in my opinionis not working!
Let’s take photo #1- this gorgeous gal looks like she forgot her pants! To me, this shirt is too loose- and it honestly looks like she borrowed it from her boyfriend and called it good. I do love her sandals though!
Photo #2- This gal also didn’t add a belt to define her waist, which makes this dress a little too shapeless. While I love purple, something about this color seems a little off to me. I also do not like these shoes with this dress. A heel or strappy sandal would have been better.
Photo #3- This gal looks dated. I’m all for vintage- but this pattern just looks frumpy- not modern at all- even her sandals look dated. I do like the cute cardigan and matching belt though…
Photo #4 (ME!) I like this dress because it is in classic black- I can easily add color by adding a cardigan, jewelry or even shoes. Basic black will always be in style! I also love the draping in the front, it is loose- but not too loose and is very comfy! I do notice that something is funky with my belt- I think it got twisted and truth be told- when looking at the photos- I don’t like my shoes much either! They seem a little dated. Time to go shopping! 🙂
No, this isn’t an Obama rally cry- I’m referring to wearing white jeans after labor day.
Old school style mavens will tell you that it’s against the ‘rules’. Well, I’m here to tell you that those are outdated rules and white looks gorgeous all year long.
One of my favorite ways to wear white is with other neutral colors. I just think there is something so classic about this look.
Today I’ve chosen a cream tank and layered this open weave sweater (in the same tone) over the top.
Take a look at my outfit on the left compared to the right.
I’m wearing the exact same sweater in both pictures (duh!), but on the left I’ve paired it with these cute cropped white jeans- as opposed to the bootcut pair on the right. I’ve then swapped out my dark, boring boots for these cute ballet flats in the same tone as my sweater.
By simply changing the cut of the jeans- and shoes- I have totally changed the entire look. To follow my rule of 3, I’ve added a necklace.
A quick note about this outfit: by pairing J Crew jeans & Tory Burch shoes I am able to throw in this Target sweater and yet still have my outfit look ‘expensive’!
Keep in mind, if you are nervous about wearing white- go for a creamy white, or even an off white.
It’s Fashion Friday, so I’m linking up with All Things Chic today! Be sure to check it out!
Below is my personal list of 10 Fall Trends- and let me warn you- it may not be the most fashionable list around town- but it is a realistic and practical shopping list for anyone who wants to update their closet -as opposed to buying an entire new wardrobe with each new season- (yeah right?!).
First on the list:
1. Boots that can be worn with socks. My feet are cold all fall/ winter and while I love my ballet flats- a great pair of comfy boots can be an everyday staple.
2. Desert booties to alternate on the days when I’m not wearing the boots above!
3. A perfect chambray shirt- can be worn as a jacket, over a t shirt, under a sweater, thrown over a tank, layered under a cardigan… so many options and it goes with EVERYTHING!
4. Colored denim- last year I bought a gorgeous pair of plum skinny jeans at Anthropologie- then I chickened out and returned them. This year I am much braver (plus I found a pair at Target- so it wasn’t much of an investment). I can’t wait to wear them!
5. A scarf- that can be worn with anything! I love how a scarf adds so much personality to an outfit. It makes a plain boring shirt have some personality, plus it keeps me warm! Keep in mind- buy a scarf that has some bulk. Nothing is worse than an anemic scarf! I love floral patterns, but sometimes a nice neutral one is fun too!
6. A slouchy sweater- throw this on with some black leggings, a pair of boots and you are set for the weekend. I love the effortless, casual- yet stylish look!
7. A striped shirt! Yes, big surprise, huh?! I am a serious stripe fanatic and can’t seem to get enough of them. That’s ok… stripes are a classic look and you can never have too many!
8. A cool leather jacket! Last year I bought one at Marshalls, and I think I made a mistake. I was so excited about the price, that I sacrificed fit-as seen here! Find one that fits like a glove- is comfy- and is real leather. Nothing worse than a pleather jacket!
9. A shirt dress- I love this look! Paired with tights, boots, maybe a scarf and a cool handbag and you can run errands, attend meetings, go to lunch and look cool the whole time!
10. A cable knit sweater- again, this one is a classic. It goes with anything- is comfy and warm- and will never go out of style.
In looking over this list- I realize I have really been quite boring- nothing to flashy, to trendy, to daring… oh well, let’s face it- my style is American Classic and I can’t change who I am! All I can say is: love it or leave it! If you love it- thanks~ please take a minute to write me a little comment! You have NO IDEA how much they mean to me! Seriously, every time I hear from a reader I am thrilled that someone has actually read my blog, liked what they saw and taken the time to write me! 🙂
If I forgot something- please let me know that too… I’ll happily update my list- or create another one in a few months!
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