It’s another gorgeous day here in the Pacific Northwest!
We are having the best summer/ fall I can remember (according to my friend who runs the local farmer’s market, we are on 20 weeks straight of sunshine)! Thank you Mother Nature!
I’m wearing one of my favorite fall looks today- cropped jeans, ballet flats and a cozy wool sweater. It’s a good outfit for running errands, attending soccer games, going out to lunch… whatever the day has in store for you!
I know I’ve shown this before pic already- but I think it does a good job of showing how easy it is to change small details- and yet have a much better look.
Let’s start with the jeans- the cut of these jeans is too wide- making my legs look wider than they are- and the length is all wrong (cutting off mid- calf is awkward). Next we have these goofy black shoes- which make my feet look strange. As for my top- this plain crew neck top is a boring color, and you can see the outline of my potbelly (gasp). To make matters worse, the open cardigan is actually drawing your eye right to my belly- almost framing it if you will…
On the left is my re-do. These cropped CABi jeans are a much more modern look. Here is how the Cabi describes them:
The new wash is a bit more beat up with subtle whiskering and a slight blue-grey cast. Strategic hand sanding is slightly darker on the sides to create a longer, leaner look. This denim is a nice weight with a touch of spandex for great recovery.
On top is a camel wool sweater layered over a denim shirt (yes, you can do denim on denim- I swear). One of the things I love about this sweater is the back (hence the picture of me from behind!). It’s a small detail, but I think it adds interest to the look (not to mention a few comments of “did you know you have your sweater on backwards?”. As for my shoes- these ballet flats match the color of the sweater- tying the whole outfit together. And of course, a necklace finishes the look.
In my opinion, there is something very cool about denim on denim, I just love it!
The important thing to keep in mind when wearing it is to make sure you have two totally different shades of blue.
As you can see on the right- the top and jeans are too similar and it looks awful. To make matters worse, these jeans are too long (see how they puddle around my ankles) and then the tennis shoes complete the look of awfulness (is that a word?).
On the left I have replaced the poor fitting jeans with my skinnys and replaced the tennis shoes with these cute ballet flats by Frye. I like the neutral colored shoe with this outfit. And, as opposed to the dark blue on the right, this denim shirt is a nice light blue, contrasting perfect with the dark jeans. I’ve unbuttoned it a few buttons, rolled the sleeves and added a tank- (remember my rule of 3? Shirt, tank, necklace)!
Shirt on left: J Crew, Shirt on Right: Martin and Osa, Jeans: Anthropologie (James Jeans), Shoes: Nordstrom (Frye), Necklace: Target
This outfit is inspired by an ad on TV for Marshalls, maybe you’ve seen it?
A stylish gal drives a bus into a neighborhood and all of a sudden a fashion show erupts.
One of the models is wearing a striped dress with a denim shirt underneath- and I thought- OMG! I have a striped dress AND I have a denim shirt.
I’m going to try that!
I’ve shown this dress several times- it’s one of my favorites, but alone- it is shapeless (as seen on the right!).
On the left is my re-worked look. I’ve added the denim shirt under the dress, then added a belt to define my waist. As usual, I’ve added a necklace to add some interest. Finally, I’ve chosen my tan ballet flats to finish it off.
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My sisters arrived yesterday after a very turbulent flight- so we had a few glasses of wine to calm our nerves…
Hence, we’re off to a late start today! LOL!
Here’s pic from last night- wearing our jammies and sipping our wine. We look pretty comfy, right?
Today we are going to hit the town and decided to dress in the theme of chambray. Each of us is wearing a different version of the same idea- a chambray shirt being the focus.
My older sister, Erin, has paired hers with red skinny jeans. She is a great example of how a large breasted, bigger tummy gal can wear skinny jeans (size 30). Paired with this tunic style shirt and pretty necklace, her legs look skinny and her boobs and tummy are hidden- she looks amazing.
I’m in the middle with a chambray shirt under a blue cable knit sweater. I’ve paired them with my cream cords and my Khol’s booties, and then I borrowed this cool bracelet from my sis.
Last is my little sis, Kara, who has on skinny jeans, a chambray shirt in a different wash and a grandpa sweater. She was worried she looked boring, but I don’t think so. I think she looks classic. Notice the all the details in her look- she has on an amazing belt, beautiful necklace and a gorgeous bracelet.
Not to mention her amazing shoes. These are the J Crew version of mine- (mine were around $40, hers were over $200) so definitely a splurge, but they are so stinking cute- and honestly they are much more comfortable than mine.
Come back tomorrow to see what we put together using only items from their suitcase… should be a fun!
I just love this look of denim on denim, it looks effortlessly cool and chic. However, no matter how hard I try, she still seems so much more glamourous than me. Maybe it’s her hair?
As per usual, I just had to show you how even denim on denim can really go wrong.
Below you will see an attempt that shouldn’t need any explanation! But I’ll tell you anyway… the denims are too similar, and by leaving the shirt untucked, it’s just a solid mass of blue. I also have the shirt buttoned up way to high, making it look matronly. Finally, the square toe boots are outdated and add nothing (as opposed to the pointy toe snakeskin heels worn above).
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Greetings from sunny southern Cal (which is a real treat considering the sun is a rarity during the winter in Seattle.) I’m heading to the local street market today, so I wanted something that is super comfy, yet stylish.
I’ve chosen white jeans and a denim shirt.
On the right I have on my old white jeans. With the bootleg style, they look a little dated and frumpy. My buttoned up denim shirt isn’t helping much either.
On the left I’ve switched out the old jeans for these cute toothpick ones from J Crew. I’ve also added a tank under my denim shirt, and rolled the sleeves up to give it a casual vibe. To add some color I’m wearing my new favorite necklace- which gives the whole outfit a focal point.
Now for my feet, this may be the most exciting thing I’ve ever written- I have been on the lookout for a cute casual shoe that is extremely comfy (keep in mind this is coming from someone who wore Birkenstocks everyday before this style experiment.)
Well, my search is finally over- I think I have found the perfect shoe.
Introducing the Puma slip on. They are sneakers that look like ballet flats.
I’m serious, rush to Nordstroms right now and get yourself some before they sell out. They are sublimely comfy and stylish- what more can an everyday mom want?
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