It’s Fall, Y’all! We have been having the weirdest weather the last few days. Normally September is still warm and sunny for us in the PNW, but lately it’s felt a lot more like fall. We’ve had crazy rain, wind and overall dreary weather. Perfect for breaking out my flannel shirt!
In the before photo I paired this cute windowpane flannel shirt from Old Navy (old) with grey jeans and grey orthopedic shoes. I think this look is just blah. It’s too boring and predictable. To change it up a bit, I have chosen my distressed skinny jeans and slip on tennis shoes from Dr. Scholl’s. I like how the color of the shoes matches the shirt, and how the blue distressed denim gives a super casual, relaxed vibe to the outfit. Rolling the sleeves and loosely tucking the shirt add to the casual look.
Today my sister, her kids and I explored downtown Seattle- so I wanted to show this picture of us standing in front of this cute pink wall near Pike Place Market.
We both chose white jeans- mine distressed, and hers not. Kara paired her jeans with a classic button down chambray shirt from a little KC boutique. I wore a camo v neck t shirt from American Eagle. These shirts are so soft and comfy! I tucked it in and added a brown braided leather belt. For my feet, I wore Birkenstocks since we were doing a lot of walking!
Last week I wore a plain white blouse with blue jeans- just a simple, basic outfit. Well, today I’m doing a similar look, except this time I’m wearing my grey jeans and a grey and white striped blouse.
I’ll be the first to admit there is nothing earth shattering about today’s look. But on a day when you’re rushed to get out the door, go for the basics! A classic button-down shirt is always in style. Try tucking it in and adding a belt. Or, try unbuttoning a few buttons and layering it over a colored tank. How about colored jeans instead of blue jeans? Add some bracelets or a necklace. Roll up the sleeves. Wear cute shoes (sorry Uggs). There are many ways to add a little style to an otherwise simple and plain outfit.
Now, if you’re going to wear a button down shirt- here’s a little tip from my mom- buy a good iron. The best you can afford! My iron is a Rowenta- and I love it! It’s super heavy and solid- and does a really good job. It was expensive, but it isn’t even top of the line (my mom has the top of the line one and it’s even better). Plus, a newer model is on sale right now on Amazon (please note that I receive zero compensation for any links on my site. I do this just for fun!). Also, rather than having to drag out the ironing board and set the whole darn thing up- if you have room, keep your board set up and ready to go at all times. It makes a big difference!
You guys, it doesn’t get much more basic than a plain white shirt and blue jeans for my OOTD. But yet, I love the way it looks when it’s done right.
The outfit on the left is awkward. Seeing the tucked in tank under my shirt looks really weird (and I sort of look pregnant, gasp! I’m far too old for that). Not helping are my Birkenstocks (which I LOVE by the way) but there isn’t much in the way of style in this look.
To improve the outfit, I first tucked in my shirt and rolled the sleeves. Then I added this cute leopard belt to give the outfit a little oomph. Then I threw on a bunch of bracelets (see below). Lastly, I swapped out my comfy Birks for these cute neutral flats by Paul Green. I love the style of these shoes, the ties add such cute detail. Plus, being Paul Green, they are so comfy! Perfect for being on my feet all day.
A cute outfit for the weekend is a casual flannel and some ripped jeans.
The problem in the before look is the ripped jeans are not flattering at all. The buttoned up flannel looks dull this way, and the heavy black boots add weight to the outfit.
In the after version, the skinny jeans are more flattering, and to improve the boxy look of the flannel- I tucked it in and rolled the sleeves. Similar to this outfit here. I also replaced the dark boots with these cute black slip on loafers. These are a great spring shoe- and so comfy!
As for my ripped jeans I did not make them myself (as I did here)- they are 7 for Mankind, and I love them. They have a lot of elastic in them, so they are stretchy and comfy… and I got them at Nordstrom Rack (my favorite store!)
I bought this cute red and white checked shirt at Old Navy at the start of the summer- thinking it would be a fun 4th of July shirt. However,with temperatures in the 100’s (I was in Kansas over the 4th) there was no way I was wearing this… so it has sat in the back of my closet ever since.
Today I decided to bust it out. I layered it over a white tank and then paired it with my dark J Crew cropped pencil jeans, for shoes I opted for these cute sandals from Target. I know- these sandals offer absolutely no support- but I knew I wasn’t going to be on my feet much today- so I decided to go for it!
As for my before picture… please know that I would NEVER actually wear this outfit- I took this picture to make a point.
When wearing a shirt like this, you might be tempted to go all Daisy Duke and knot your shirt at the waist and pair it with denim cutoffs.
Surely the picture on the right says it all! This doesn’t look sexy, or hip or young… it looks like a sad, desperate attempt to look young.
If you are over 40, you really shouldn’t be wearing denim cutoff’s* (or actually any denim short in my opinion) any more. Opt for a cute denim skirt instead… or cropped jeans (just make sure they are cropped at the ankle and NOT the mid calf).
Dress classy instead of trashy… there you have it, I sound like my mother again today. I guess that’s a good thing!
By the way, it’s my sister’s b day today and I want to wish her happy day. Your card is going to be late. Sorry.
* I suppose if you are going to the beach you could wear your denim cut off’s… but a cute swim suit coverup would be more appropriate.