My Daily Looks: What I Wore Lately Vol. 2

Happy Friday, my friends! Both the girls finish up school today, so Christmas Break has officially begun here in the Shane household. We are all feeling very festive and excited.

I’m sharing my daily looks from the past couple of weeks, but I will tell you up front, they are very boring. I’m just too cold and too busy to want to wear anything besides sweaters, jeans, and boots.

But you all seem to like these posts no matter how boring I think they are, so let’s get started!

My Daily Looks: What I Wore Lately

For size reference, I’m 5’5″ and about 140# with a slightly hourglass shape. I usually wear a 6 or 8 or a size small.

This first look was my attempt to wear something besides a pullover sweater. I pulled out this graphic tee from the fall and added a camel cardigan.

I like both a lot, but I just don’t find layering very comfortable for some reason, and I was chilly. I ended up changing into a cashmere turtleneck and my UGGs before going out to choir practice that night. I know, I’m hopeless…

It’s a good cardigan, though, if you need one, and a great price. I think it would be perfect for work wear.

graphic tee // cardigan // AG Farrah skinnies // booties // belt // pearl earrings (best price I’ve seen!)

I wore this next look to the mall one day, and as you can see, I took this picture in the dressing room. I love this fair isle sweater, and it has been restocked in most sizes!!! It’s 30% off with code SNOW.

fair isle turtleneck (30% off) // AG Farrah skinnies (15% off) // booties // similar tote

Also, J.Crew is offering overnight holiday delivery for just $10. This offer ends 12/22 at 11:59pm ET. 

C and I are part of a community chorus, and this next picture is from our Christmas concert. We were told to wear black bottoms and a white, red, or green top. I actually don’t have a green or red top that I felt was dressy enough, so I wore this ivory sweater from Everlane.

I wish I’d been more dressed up or worn more festive jewelry. I tried to find the right combination, but nothing was working together quite right, so I resorted to some of my everyday favorites — Kendra Scott hoops and my Lagos pendant. 🤷🏻‍♀️ Hopefully the festive nail polish and heavy eye makeup made up for it, ha!

ribbed v-neck // black AG Farrah skinnies // similar pumps // necklace // earrings

By the way, Everlane is offering free express shipping through end of day today, for a 12/24 arrival. If you need a last minute gift for someone who is into sustainable fashion, this is the place to shop!

See their women’s gift shop, and their men’s gift shop. They have conveniently divided up their gift ideas by price point.

This was just a lazy day at home in one of my favorite sweaters and cozy UGG boots… this was the day we did all the holiday baking with my parents.

sweater (sold out) // AG Farrah skinnies (15% off) // UGG boots // Lagos necklaceearrings

This next look is from church on a Sunday when I had nursery duty. I really like this alpaca turtleneck from J.Crew. And remember, J.Crew is offering overnight holiday delivery for just $10.

J.Crew turtleneck // black AG Farrah skinnies // Rag & Bone booties // Kendra Scott hoops

I think I wore this next outfit to the mall one day . . . I almost always wear a puffer vest to the mall because I can avoid schlepping around my coat.

This Halogen cashmere crewneck is on sale, and it’s very soft and pretty. It’s thinner than some of the more expensive cashmere sweaters I have, but I really like it for layering.

sweater // similar vest // AG skinnies // boots (sold out; similar) // Lagos earrings

I dug out this #NSale cashmere hoodie for running errands, but I was actually really cold! I guess because it has a looser fit and it’s thin? Anyway, I decided to set it aside for springtime.

It’s sold out, so I found a few similar styles that I linked below.

similar hoodie (budget option) // skinny jeans // boots // Lagos earrings

I wore this one night to take the girls to the mall. We always like to go on a weeknight during the Christmas season to see the decorations, and we usually do a little Christmas shopping too.

Also, my 11mm pearl earrings are as low as I’ve seen them. I snagged them when they were $400-ish a couple years ago, and I wear them several times a week. They’re really gorgeous, and now marked down to $345.

Bloomingdale’s has joined the ranks of retailers offering free holiday shipping — receive free standard shipping on online orders placed through 12/21/19 at 11:59PM ET.

Since we were going out at night and it was very cold, I went ahead and wore my coat.

I also ended up switching to a crossbody bag before leaving the house. I’m trying to downsize my bag when I can… I’m starting to get shoulder issues from carrying a heavy tote all the time. Aging . . . ain’t it grand?

J.Crew mockneck (30% off) // grey skinnies // Aquatalia booties (sold out) // quilted coat (old) // similar bag // pearl earrings (lowest price I’ve seen!)

Next up, what I wore to my ladies’ Bible study last Thursday. This leopard sweater is so unique and pretty, and it’s 45% off at Neiman’s and 40% off at Saks.

Rails leopard sweater (40-45 % off) // grey Frame skinnies // Rag & Bone boots // pearl earrings (faux option)

And this was another lazy day at home. I can’t believe these Mother Looker jeans finally went on sale. They’re usually excluded from every promo! I really love the fit and feel — suuuuper soft, and the light wash with one busted out knee is perfect for casual looks.

This sweater was another #NSale purchase that is long gone. It’s always kind of depressing to shop for sweaters in July, and I had a hard time getting into it this year, but I’m always glad I splurged when winter rolls around.

Both this and the navy hoodie above were Vince sweaters that I got for like 40% off. You can’t beat that!

sweater (sold out) // Mother skinnies // UGG boots // Lagos necklaceearrings

Speaking of favorite sweaters, this charcoal grey v-neck by Theory is my other favorite that I always fall back on when I just want to be cozy and comfortable. Because it’s thicker than most, even with the v-neck, I’m usually plenty warm. I also like layering it under a quilted vest for mall outings. I haven’t found anything quite like it this year, but this one might be comparable.

I wore this outfit to run errands on a Saturday (with a coat on top, of course!)

similar grey sweater (budget option) // skinny jeans // boots // Lagos necklaceearrings

That night, I changed into this outfit to go out for drinks with friends.

I love this cozy sweater, and it’s one of the few #NSale items that IS still available! In fact, they just brought it out in a bunch more colors. It’s TTS; I have the beige oatmeal light heather in a size small.

cowl neck sweater // skinny jeans // booties // earrings // similar bag

I wore this next outfit to church last Sunday. It was chilly, but I just wore my long The North Face puffer coat. It was nice to wear something besides a sweater!

v-neck blouse // black jeans // similar pumps // TB tote // earrings (old) // Anna Beck necklace

But it was back to my winter uniform the next day . . . this sweater is from Everlane, and it is beautiful. There are a few sizes left!

Remember, Everlane is offering free express shipping through end of day today.

I’m also really loving these booties, and the price is insanely good. They have a just-right 2″ heel and arch support — very good for those of you need to baby your feet.

Everlane turtleneck // AG skinnies // Dolce Vita booties // pearl earrings (faux option)

And this is pretty much the same outfit with different components. This sweaters is also Everlane, but it’s from last year. The one above has a similar cut.

Everlane turtleneck (old) // Mother skinnies // UGG boots // pearl earrings (faux option)

And then here’s my attempt to figure out what to wear to the mall on Wednesday…

I don’t usually spend this much time deciding what to wear to run mundane errands, but for some reason I wasn’t having much clarity, and I tried on a few options before settling on the final one — although I don’t think it was very flattering, and I’ll tell you why.

So this is what I started with. Cozy sweater plus quilted vest for warmth, and I wanted to wear my new Lucky Brand boots from DSW. They’re warm and also very comfortable for walking, and I knew I’d be doing a lot of walking.

But when I got it all on, I didn’t like the color of the boots with the rest of the outfit. The greys seemed off — not that I wanted them to match exactly, but I just wasn’t liking it.

So I decided to swap out the turtleneck/vest combo for this leopard sweater, and I like this look okay. The lighter grey in the boots is echoed in the top, and the black in the top ties in the black jeans… it’s cute, right? I’m not sure why I didn’t just throw on a coat and go…

But for some reason, I felt like the light boots and light top and black bottoms looked choppy, so I decided to switch into my black booties… much better!

Keeping it all black on the bottom is lengthening, and the booties have a little more of a heel, which helps too. I like the proportions of this outfit better, and it’s simpler, cleaner… and it lets the sweater shine.

But then I remembered other days wearing these booties to the mall… and while they’re very comfortable, they’re high, and after a while, it can be hard on my feet. I had a lot of walking to do, and I wanted to be comfortable.

I also really didn’t want to deal with a coat, so… I went back to the original outfit, but I chose these hiker boots so I’d be keeping the bottom all black for a more cohesive look.

The only thing I don’t care for is how white shearling kind of jumps out at you, but I told myself not to overthink it.

I was very comfortable for a long afternoon of shopping, but when I came home and looked at these pictures for this post, I decided that this outfit is not all that flattering.

The sleeves of the sweater have extra volume, and the turtleneck is chunky, and the vest is chunky, and overall, it’s bulky and makes me look bigger than I am.

Since the boots are also kind of bulky, it works okay, but I think next time I’ll just go with one of my more traditional turtleneck sweaters and keep this one for wearing alone (no vest).

The good news is, I was comfortable! My feet held up fine in these shoes, and even though the wind was cold when I was running from the car to the mall and kind of cut through the sleeves of this sweater, overall I was warm enough and glad I didn’t have to schlep a coat through the mall.

That’s probably all more than you care to know, but I also get comments about how I make it look easy or how everything looks good on me, and that’s just not true for anyone.

I’m just like everyone else, and some days I waste a lot of time figuring out my outfit for an event that really doesn’t matter.

J.Crew alpaca turtleneck (30% off) // similar vest // black AG Farrah skinnies // Marc Fisher hiker boots // Lagos earrings

And finally, what I wore yesterday… this sweater is an Amazon Fashion find.

It’s a new brand they just launched, called Goodthreads, and so far I’m really pleased with what I ordered. I’ll have more in my Try-On Haul tomorrow.

It’s hard to tell, but this is the black. It’s kind of a washed black, lighter than some, but that gives it a casual vibe that I like. I also like how they didn’t skimp on sleeve length, and it has a pretty ribbed pattern at the neckline and cuffs.

Also, it has traditional on-shoulder seams and a flattering v-neck!!! Both are hard to find these days.

Goodthreads v-neck sweater // Rag & Bone jeans // Tory Burch Minnie flats // Lagos necklaceearrings

And keeping it real . . . I wore my slippers with it most of the day.

And that’s a wrap! Told you it was boring… but I guess I know what I like.

I’ll be back tomorrow with some recent try-ons, and they’re not all sweaters!!!

Have a great weekend!

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42 thoughts on “My Daily Looks: What I Wore Lately Vol. 2

  1. I laughed when I read you much prefer just pulling on a sweater as opposed to a tee/cardigan combo. I much prefer the tee/cardigan combo. I think I just prefer that tee-shirt material next to my skin. I often wear a cami under my sweaters, even cotton sweaters. On that note, I had ordered the stunningly beautiful (to me) Everlane mock neck premium cashmere sweater. I rarely spend that much on a sweater, and when I pulled it out of the package, I fell in love. So beautiful, so soft. What a difference with good cashmere. Unfortunately, when I put it on, the neck felt slightly scratchy to me. It didn’t feel scratchy AT ALL to the touch (with my hands), so I have no idea why it felt that way on my neck. But I’m just concerned that because of that, I’ll always pass it by, rather than wear it. And possibly, after awhile, that scratchiness would go away. That’s what I was telling myself. But I just don’t feel like I can take the chance. 🙁 My husband thought it looked fantastic on me too.

    1. Funny about the tee vs sweater. And omigosh, I am so bummed that you found the neck of the Everlane sweater itchy. It’s so gorgeous. I sometimes feel that a little with some sweaters, but I always get used to it if they’re good quality. But I would hate for you to keep it and not reach for it, so… tough call.

    2. I have that problem with some sweaters too. If I wear a cotton mock turtleneck underneath (Lands End is a good source) and fold down the mock turtleneck one time, it keeps the scratchy material off my neck without it showing.

  2. Great post. I love that you shared the process of putting an outfit together when it isn’t quite working right. We all do it, so I like seeing your thought process.

    Question on your gray Frame jeans. What size did you go with? I’ve ordered 3 pairs of gray jeans and none were quite right– too long, too whiskered, too low a rise, etc. I was avoiding the Frame price tag but I’m trying hard to have fewer pairs of jeans so each pair has to be just about perfect for its purpose. I’m also really liking the shorter inseams. I find myself returning the longer inseams to my closet all the time.

    My shopping is done! (Except for a couple of stocking stuffers for my grandchildren.) I have 1/3 of my wrapping done. And we’re having 50 people over this evening for an open house. Oh, my. I suppose I should get up off the couch and do something. lol. Happy Friday!

    1. I went with the 29. Now that I’ve worn them a lot, they do slide down some, but not bad. I maybe could have gone with 28, but I’m at the tippy-tip-top of my usual weight range, and I didn’t dare size down.

      I also waited b/c of the price, but glad I have them and with as much as I’ve worn them already (wearing them now, in fact!) I think the cost per wear will work itself out. That said, they did go on sale over Black Friday, so they may go on sale again at some point.

      Hope your party goes well!

  3. Thank you for going through all the variations for the mall day. The thought process is very helpful for me! Also, I think I’ll order the last amazon sweater. I hope you and your family have a blessed Christmas and new year!

  4. I love these posts. Also it was a relief to read that you too sometimes have problems coming up with an outfit (for even mundane mall shopping) that feels right. I always figured that was my problem, not a fashion blogger’s problem. I have problems styling a down vest (I have several), but I think the problem is that I need some sweaters to wear with jeans (not longer sweaters for wearing with leggings, which I wear all the time.) I love your sweater and jeans outfits. Also, it is often too cold here to not wear a puffer coat. I know there are so many great sales now, but I have to wait until January for any shopping.

  5. I like how you keep it real. I don’t know how many times I switch an outfit before leaving the house. I’ve even got to the point of putting on a coat or shoes or boots and realizing that’s not what I want to wear. This time of year I just want to be warm and cozy and not over think things.. those outfits usually work and feel the best:) I really like the oatmeal cowl neck with the jeans and booties . I just recently bought a sweater that color maybe more ivory and with the buttons down the side of a higher neck, split sides and rubbed cuffs… soooo soft and comfy I know it’s going to be worn a lot. Almost thinking of going back and getting one of the other colors. Love these posts and never boring😀

  6. I really liked the process you went through on selecting your shopping out, what worked and didn’t work and why. Happy Friday!

  7. Thanks for this post, Jo-Lynne! I do love the What I Wore posts. They give me lots of ideas. The leapord print sweater is very versatile. I like it with the black jeans and black booties the best, but you are right, heels are not very functional for Christmas shopping. Luv this post!

  8. I love these kind of post and certainly not boring.  I enjoy your theory on why it worked or didn’t work .  Nice to know even you rethink it sometimes and not thrilled with your choice when looking back..  I think you look amazing all the time.
    Merry Christmas

  9. I appreciated the dressing for the mall thought process, too. I’ve finally figured out my winter formula for that, which skews more casual since my feet hate mall floors. Cute Ecco sneakers (snow/rain less of a concern here in AZ, so I don’t worry about boots), skinny jeans, striped tee, puffer vest. Thanks for sharing!

  10. Thanks for sharing the hits and misses…. These posts are not boring at all! Thanks for keeping it real!😘
    I have left what looks like tornado messes in our bedroom trying on clothes before heading out, even if it is just to the mall. We all learn through your comments of why something looks off. Enjoy the time off school with your kids!

  11. I know you like v- neck sweaters but without any tan in the winter months, I have a problem with my neck being so pale next to my face with make-up.  I know I can smooth out my make-up to blend below my jaw line, but not on all my chest!  Do u deal with this or with your skin tone, is it not a problem.  I am very fair skinned.  I love the jeans and sweater looks for winter.  You look good in all of them.  Thanks for all the different combo’s.

    1. I haven’t really thought about it, but I think my chest is darker than my neck b/c of sun damage – it’s closer to the color of my face. But my neck is pale, and I do wear a very pale foundation – I have switched during the timeframe that I took these pictures b/c I noticed in a few of them that my face looked too dark. The other thing I do is bring my foundation powder right down onto my chest, if I’m going to be wearing a more open top.

  12. I so enjoyed your description of trying to get dressed for the mall! I was just sitting here overthinking what I will wear to the grocery store today. What everybody else will be wearing: cheap athletic hoodie/sneakers. What I ought to be wearing: cheap athletic hoodie/sneakers. What I will be wearing: I haven’t quite figured that out yet—ha! But some days, like today, if the most mundane thing is the only time I’ll probably be going out for that day, I still just want to feel halfway put together anyway, you know? It was interesting to me that you said those tall DSW boots were gray. They had been registering to my eye as more of a dark taupe color, but once you said they were gray, now I see them as gray. Maybe they have a bit of a warm undertone that was also throwing the first outfit off? I do love those boots. Hope you have a great day!

    1. Interesting about the taupe vs. grey. I looked at them again, and definitely see grey, but I agree that the undertones of the boots didn’t quite work with the undertones of that charcoal sweater. So interesting.

      And I agree, even if it’s the grocery store, I like to feel somewhat put together.

  13. Great looks! Even when just doing jeans and sweaters, you manage to make it look put together. I especially love the blue fair isle sweater on you. Also love those Frame grey skinnies. Anyway, a few thoughts. I think your Lucky boots would look better with lighter jeans. Even a medium blue would work. I feel like they fight with black, maybe because they are tall. On bags and shoulder issues and getting old – that is why I switched to carrying a backpack. I just got myself a new backpack from Rebecca Minkoff that I think is cute, and bigger than most bags I carry (so it fits my laptop, which is handy). It was on a great sale on BF, and is probably still on good sale, so not a giant investment. Something to think about. Enjoy holiday time with your family! I always love this time of year…

    1. Yep, definitely prefer the Lucky boots with lighter jeans. Funny, though, I expected to like them with black. Maybe with a different top. Rebecca Minkoff has the best backpacks!

  14. I love these posts! Like the other ladies have said- I don’t find them boring at all! I really like how you are willing to share your personal perspective on how the outfits make you feel- especially your thought process on changing pieces of an outfit. AND- I thought you looked perfectly comfy and NOT larger than normal in the sweater/vest combo! But I do get it- if I don’t feel like an outfit is flattering, I feel it all day. It’s nice to know you- a professional fashion blogger whom we all adore- is the same haha! Merry Christmas to you and your family!

  15. I actually really liked the first outfit. I never thought of wearing a graphic tee during winter. The long sweater gives a long, lean look, too. 

  16. I just ordered the Halogen crewneck cashmere sweater in the navy and also the Chelsea cowl neck in their brown ganache color (it looks like it has flecks of ivory in it).  I’ve always loved brown tops, but it’s been a hard color to find in the past couple years. I figure both those styles are pretty classic so I can wear them several seasons (since we have pretty mild winters here). Lately though we’ve had really cold mornings and nights (in the high 40s and 50s) so if we have an event at night I need something warmer than a cotton sweater. We went to our local boat parade at the harbor last weekend and I froze! 
    We just starting to plan a trip to Italy for next Christmas and I’ll have to collect some warm cashmere and wool clothes. 

  17. I like the “what I wore” posts, especially when you use things from other seasons. I can’t afford and don’t want to buy new things all the time and appreciate seeing what clothing items you find stand the test of time and are worth the investment. Have a wonderful Christmas!

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