Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Casual Cool




Top- Guess via Ebay (super old)
Pants- BR ('10?)
Blazer- Kohls ('08)
Cami- Maurices
Necklace- UO

This cami was a surprise match for this top. I never wear this top because it's very low-cut, and then sometimes as you know tops do (esp. heavier cowl-necks) it stretches even lower during the day... anyways this cami really made it appropriate and puts an old (but pretty) top back into rotation. Funny that I never thought to layer it before, since it has a built-in layer I never thought to!

Anyways, hope you had a great day! : )

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Roses




Top/Cardigan- Express
Skirt- JCrew, Ebay
Shoes/Bracelet- JCpenny
Necklace- gifted

So, experimenting with the side view as I discovered it by accident yesterday and kind of thought it was flattering.

I really need to have this skirt taken in at the waist- it's a good 2-3 inches loose- it would be right above the knee if it fit properly. As is, I still love the skirt itself, so I am planning on getting it tailored (along with a few other things) soon.

I'm hoping to catch up on my blog reading- I just have been so BUSY! Hope you had a great day!

Monday, February 27, 2012

Striped






Top- Kohls
Belt- Came with a different top
Boots- Miz Mooz
Jeans/Braclet- JCPenny
Necklace- UO

Just a quick outfit post! Hopefully I'll have more time tomorrow ;)

I like how belting this top worked out- I rarely belt as I don't really know how to do it well or pull it off, but today was a good experiment with it!

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Feb Week 3 Roundup


 Here is the roundup for week 3! Saturday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. Sorry that I missed Monday & Tuesday's outfits, but Monday was a dark blue ruffled top with a mid-blue cardigan and jeans, and Tuesday was a black pencil skirt with an aqua v-neck top and polka-dotted cardigan. 

What was your favorite outfit? Least favorite? Any suggestions?

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Pretty in Pink


Top- Express
Jeans/Cardigan/Bracelet- JCPenny
Shoes- Charlotte Russe
Necklace-Maurices

So, I re-wore the cardigan from yesterday. I like this outfit. At first looking at this outfit pic I thought I looked chunky (therefore, bad), but I thought about it and why- and I decided that I like my curvy hips just fine. I am trying hard to appreciate curves- the skinny model thing is just so out of proportion, and honestly I don't think I should want to be different- I am naturally curvy on my bottom half.

Outfit of the Yesterday


Top- Kohls (last year)
Jeans- JCPenny
Tank (can't see it)
Shoes- Charlotte Russe
Necklace- H&M

This is what I wore yesterday. These jeans are 'cute' but very young again I think. the pockets on the hips/thigh I thought I liked but I think they draw attention there. The top is really a difficult one for me to work- it's a tad shorter than I like and the neckline is odd to deal with- it's a cowl that sometimes goes very low, so I am forced to layer under it. Overall I think it's a cute outfit, it does look better in pictures than I remember feeling in it!

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Elegant Casual


Dress- Express
Blazer- Kohls ('08)
Shoes/Tights/Bracelet-JCpenny
Necklace- Loft Outlet

Today I was told my dress was 'elegant but casual at the same time'. I agree! I love this thing. Again, this is my dress mixed with black- but I hope next time to do a different color combo.

I think this dress would be ready for a night on the town with my pretty cutout booties and a more 'blingy' necklace.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Fit

Top- Kohls
Blazer & Neclace- H&M ('09)
Tank (can't see)
Pants- BR ('10)
Shoes- Charlotte Russe ('09)

So, sorry about missing Monday & Tuesday! I had some time constraints and also did not have my trusty camera man (I mean, my cell phone was out of commission) lol. I'm going to try to put on what I had Mon and Tues and take a pic/post it. Yesterday I had my black pencil skirt on with a green v-neck top and I was really sad I couldn't post my outfit.

So, today I wanted to comment on fit. This blazer used to fit me perfectly (and I think is a little 'young' now), but now I think is a little small, particularly in the bust. It looks small period with this sweater and tank layered under, but I think that is just due to bulk. It's really hard to find things that fit really well- and as I go on, I am finding that my definition of 'fit' is continually maturing as well.

Have you had issues with fit? Has your definition of a good fit changed over the last year or two?

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Feb Week 2 Roundup





Here are this past week's outfits! Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday. Pretty somber compared to last week, ha?

Which one did you like the most? The least? Any suggestions? I love feedback, and it does not have to be of the adoring kind- real constructive criticism is also welcome and appreciated.

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Perspective


Top- Maurices
Cami- Express
Cardigan- Ann Taylor via Ebay
Jeans- Old Navy
Necklace- UO
Boots- JCPenny

These are my 'fat' jeans. They are super stretchy and loose in the waist, so they feel more like pajamas than pants. These are my go-to pants for when I want to be comfortable and still look like a human being participating in normal society.

Do you have anything in your closet that you default to for comfort?

ETA: On another note, my friend's baby was just born, and a grandmother (that was a co-worker of mine) just passed from cancer. Happy birthday Calli, rest in peace Eileen. And to the rest of the people I know who's birthday is today/was yesterday- Happy Birthday Rick, Hannah, Lisa, & Kim.

Friday, February 17, 2012

Chains

 Top- Thrifted
Jacket- ArdenB
Boots, Jeans, Bracelet- JCPenny
Necklace- Maurices

So, here is a simple outfit.The leather jacket actually is a perfect fit but doesn't look good in this picture. These are my winter snow boots (NOT UGGS, I need a detail shot to show you what they look like), and some pretty jewelry to jazz up a simple tee and jeans.

HAPPY FRIDAY everyone! : )

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Age


Sweater- F21 (08'?)
Cami- Express
Pants&Bracelet- JCPenny
Shoes- Debs
Necklace- Loft Outlet

So, today I feel like this outfit is a little 'young' for what I want to portray here at work. Tight pants, tight top, and the style of this sweater is decidedly young. But it is fun at least :). I think it would be better with a wide-leg trouser or just a better fitting pant.
I'm soon to hit 25, but I really care about the messages I send with my clothing. I want to be appropriate and mature in my style, but also young and fun like I should be in my mid twenties. I want to go to work looking capable and professional, and go to college and not stick out like a sore thumb/get confused with teachers. I think I have been doing OK at this, but I still have a lot of room for growth.

Do you put any thought into your outfits when it comes to being age-appropriate, or looking younger/older than you are?

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Limiting Factors



Top- Loft outlet
Cardigan- Ann Taylor via Ebay
Pants- BR
Shoes- Charlotte Russe
Bracelet- JCPenny
Necklace- Maurices

Today's outfit was insprired by the bracelet. ETA: wow, I need to iron this shirt! Just realized it's a mess.

When dressing in the morning, there are some things that really limit my style possibilities. To be clear, I don't think it is necessary to have a lot of items in your closet to look put together or fashionable. In fact, the opposite is usually true- the more variety, the easier it is to get stuck wearing something that doesn't work, or not looking very cohesive day-to-day. But I have made a lot of choices that limit me- some due to impulse buying (see the other day's post on impulse buys), and some due to intellectual choices.

For one, I have chosen the wrong footwear over and over again. It's like I am developmentally behind in the shoe department, which I am very aware is important for any basic wardrobe. For example, I have a pair of burgundy stilleto (well, close) ann taylor pumps. I have been unable to style them, and they are not comfy. The color doesn't work with 95% of what I have. I also have a pair of clunky cork wood/black patent sandles I have worn 1x. As for things I could actually use? Not many. It's pretty sad. I need to learn how to pick shoes that I need and will work well in my wardrobe. There are lots more examples I could give you- like my belts. I own two belts that fit ok- and neither are simple, so they don't work in most outfits. Or my overabundance of cardigans (many of which are too boxy for my shape or too small) that really gets me stuck in a 'uniform'.

Another example is the choices that I have made intentionally. I refuse to buy leggings, jeggings, or anything of the sort. I think they are absolutley unprofessional, no matter how they are done. And I don't think they qualify as pants or psudo-pants. This limits some of my possibilities with styling, but I am 100% fine with that. I could be more open about it and try it for my weekend wear, but I'm just not ready to go there (and doubt I ever will be). Another example would be my disinterest in purses. I have 1 big tote I use for school, and a little purse that is so worn out I almost never use it. Bags are supposed to be a part of the 'look', and I fail in this catagory. I should probably have a couple nice bags and alternate them, but finding the interest in me to purchase them is like finding a needle in a haystack. I always avoid the purse section.

What are some intentional and unintentional limiting factors in your wardrobe?

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Late


Top- Loft Outlet
Pants&Cardigan- JCPennys
Shoes- Charlotte Russe
Earrings- H&M
Necklace- Gift

Happy Valentines Day everyone!
Had a busy day, so just a quick outfit post.

Monday, February 13, 2012

Mirrors



Top- Express
Cardigan- JCPenny ($12 right now!)
Jeans & Boots (not pictured) and all Jewelry- JCPenny


So, yet again not a full shot (no head to toe mirrors around on Mondays!). Sorry that the pictures came out so dark and terrible! I tried but the lighting I guess was just no good. The cardigan is actually a very pretty light knit and is navy, though it looks almost black lol.

Hope you had a great day! : )




Saturday, February 11, 2012

Feb Week 1 Roundup


Here are the outfits I have worn the last week. Saturday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday (I get Sundays off, and my weeks start on Saturdays).

Which are your favorites? Least favorites? Any suggestions?

Friday, February 10, 2012

Rule Breaking

Top- Loft Outlet
Cardi- Express
Jeans- Hollister '06 (I have refused to buy from this brand since then)
Shoes- Kohls
Necklace- Maurices

Today, I am breaking rules in the office. Ripped Jeans are not permitted, even on casual Friday. And while I usually never break the rules, I felt like it wasn't too bad today. Partly because I am only in the office in the afternoon (I start the day off at college) and partly because I have not been able to fit in these pants since 2008 (so mini celebration for fitting into them again).


Happy Friday!

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Special-Occasion Dresses


Cardigan- Maurices
Dress- Express
Shoes- JCpenny
Necklace- Gift (12th Birthday to be exact, so 12+ yrs ago)
To start this off- I love this dress. This dress is a really great versatile dress. It can be dressed up and dressed down. Obviously it's not the BEST example of a versatile dress- the neckline and cut does limit it's application a little bit. But I can wear it to the office, dress it up for a wedding, go on a date, and I can make it more casual for the weekend.

When thinking about dresses, I have only a few- 8. And they get minimal wear- in fact, 4 of them were only worn 1x. Who isn't guilty of buying a dress for a special occasion- only to not wear it again? I would hazard a guess that most of us are. For instance, the following two dresses:
This 1st dress was an expensive party dress from Express for $148. The second was $55.65 from Loft. 
The 1st dress is obviously very occasion specific. And I looked great in it, so I bought it and wore it even though it was prohibitively expensivee (2011 holiday party). That is a lot of $ to spend on a special occasion dress, especially if only worn once! When I bought it, I promised myself that I would find more occasions to wear it at- even if I have to make one up. While I haven't yet, I hope I will (I've only had this dress since mid-January). I rarely buy dresses for occasions (or even wear dresses, which is sad). I don't subscribe to the idea that you HAVE to buy a dress that is versatile, though it is the best option when talking about cost-per-wear. But, I also hate the idea that we must buy a new dress for every occasion! The second dress should have been more versatile, but the cut and fabric is formal, and the hemline too short for work in most cases. I loved it, but don't know how to wear it again (wore to a wedding, May 2011).
Before going out and buying a dress for a special occasion, you (and I!) should try the following:
  •  Is this an event where a dress would be appropriate? (no, not every occasion calls for a dress- and not every situation would be comfortable in a dress)
  •  Go into this with a positive attitude- because it is easy to self defeat, especially if you prefer shopping to re-wearing or re-inventing.
  • Throw every dress you own on your bed and evaluate each one. If it is too formal, think about how you might be able to dress it down. If it is too casual, think about how you can dress it up. Put the ‘no’ dresses back into the closet. Do NOT remove dresses from the pile that are too simple- it is so easy to accessorize and glam up simple dresses.
  •  Try on each of the dresses you have left in the pile, and think about how you could make it work.
  •  If you really are left with NO options, then go ahead and go shopping. Be careful when picking a dress out to buy, and keep in mind that you may want a dress you can re-wear to other occasions and cost per wear.
I’m not trying to say that you can’t buy a dress just because you like it for a special occasion- just that it is easy to get into the shopping mindset for every occasion. IMO buying dresses specifically for special occasions should be minimized- maybe 1x a year, instead of ‘I need a dress for (Valentine’s Day, my Birthday, the Christmas Party, New Years Eve, my cousin’s Wedding, my nephew’s graduation, my spouse’s award ceremony, etc etc.). Buying a versatile dress that can be dressed up or down is a great idea- but the best idea is ACTUALLY doing it, instead of leaving it hanging in your closet.

While making this post up, I remembered a great post from Sal at Already Pretty: How to wear a formal dress to the office. Perhaps I should try this with my 2nd dress up there and see if I can tone it down for the office?