Casual Mom Style 01.11.12

This week has been sorta hit or miss in the fashion department. I hope you’re in an opinionated mood right now because I have a few questions for ya.

First of all, I have to let you in on a little secret. I am becoming addicted to activewear. Cute activewear, mind you, but activewear nonetheless. This is my go-to outfit as of late.

My husband picked out that sweatshirt. Didn’t he do a good job? He gave it to me for Christmas because I wanted something to throw on over my gym clothes, and he liked the fact that I can be seen from a mile away when I’m running on the road. I like how it’s longer than most and it is shaped through the waist area but not tight.

The pants are new too. I got them at Athleta on their after Christmas sale. I will be singing my Ode to Athleta on Friday so you’ll have to wait and see all the cute activewear I picked up on sale, but truly, I could live in their stuff forever and be perfectly happy. These pants are their Organic Cotton Salamba Pant, and they are absolutely fantastic, as well as ON SALE!

Okay, so the point of these posts is to encourage us stay-at-home mom types to get OUT of our pajamas and yoga pants, so let’s move on.

I wore this outfit to a casual neighborhood holiday gathering. (Yes, it was just last weekend; we were late fitting in our holiday soirée this year, but we fit it in, we did!)

(Pardon the shadows. And the strange camera angle.) I picked up this top at Banana Republic because I thought it was the perfect mix of casual and festive. (The stripes aren’t gray, they are a silver metallic thread. Very fun.) And also? IT’S A PATTERN, Y’ALL! Banging out my New Years Goals, yes I am. The lighting doesn’t really show the outfit very well, but those are my black velvety soft cords and my Dansko Brinkley boots, and the jewelry is Stella & Dot.


This outfit is my attempt at adding color AND pattern into my wardrobe. When I saw this tank, I ordered it immediately. I’m a huge fan of the Banana Republic Timeless Tanks, and I love coral so this purchase was a no-brainer. I threw it on to meet a friend at the mall and put it with my favorite skinny jeans and my gray drapey sweater. I was sure it was a great little pop of color and pattern in one of my ordinary outfits . . . until I uploaded these pictures and saw the outfit all put together.

WOWZAS! That’s a lot of color and pattern in an otherwise very monotone outfit. I think I can do better . . . but I’m not sure what else to wear with it. Or perhaps I should just put it away for spring. Thoughts???

Finally, this is a sweater I picked up at Nordstrom Rack a few months ago without trying it on. I got it home and gave it a test drive and immediately put it back in the bag to return it. Well, it sat and sat and I finally looked at the receipt and realized it was beyond its return date so I put it in my dresser. It’s been sitting there until Saturday when I tried it on again. And I rather liked it. I think. Or maybe not. I’m not sure.

My husband says I look like a bat.

My 12-year-old son just looked at me and shook his head and snickered.

My 6-year-old daughter said I looked beautiful.

WHO to believe??

What say you, oh wise internets?

I am {CLEARLY} undecided.

Meanwhile, head on over to The Pleated Poppy and BonBon Rose Girls for more What I Wore Wednesday fun.