As we know, all good things must come to an end, and Labor Day weekend is upon us so I guess summer is officially over. My ragweed allergy is here to prove it.
Even the weather got the memo this year. I woke up this morning to 54 degrees! I turned off the A/C and opened the windows… not the best practice for a family of ragweed allergy sufferers, but I cannot resist opening the windows on a morning like this.
So, I’m moving my What I Wore Lately feature to Saturdays during the month of September since we’re doing 22 Days of Fall Fashion on the weekdays, and here we are!
I also have my Labor Day Weekend Sale Guide for you, so don’t miss that if you’re shopping this weekend.
SIZING NOTES: I’m 5’5″ and 135 pounds-ish, with a slight hourglass shape. Unless I say otherwise, I’m wearing a 6/28 in pants/jeans, a small in tops, a 6 in dresses/jumpsuits, and size 8 shoe.
What I Wore Lately
These outfits go back about a week and a half, starting with this look that I wore to take my daughter to the dentist and then to Target for school supplies. It’s just a plain grey tee and jeans, but I love how each piece has unique details that pull the whole look together in a way that’s current and interesting.
I also added this necklace for a little whimsy. Unfortunately, I believe it’s sold out.
The next day I had an early morning doctor appointment, and I threw on another t-shirt and jeans. This time, I went with boyfriend jeans and a leopard print tee from the #NSale.
That brings us to Friday, and I had a workout and then a mani/pedi appointment directly afterwards. I put on a ball cap and wore workout clothes all day, and I didn’t even think to get a picture… at least, I can’t seem to find one.
Last Saturday, I spent some time to by the pool before putting myself together to do some try-ons. My suit and coverup are pretty much sold out, but I snapped a picture for some reason.
After doing a ton of try-ons and prepping for Sunday’s photo shoot, I ended up keeping this on for the rest of the day. This top looks dressy, but it’s super soft and comfortable.
I wore this to church on Sunday, after an early morning photo shoot with Alison. I love how the rust tee gives a nod to fall, but the white jeans keep the look light and summery. You can see more of this look in yesterday’s post.
After church, I changed to jean shorts and a tank for the afternoon. I took a nap and read a book by the pool, which sounds glorious, but I was nursing a stiff neck so I was really just trying to distract myself to get through the day.
On Monday, I had some errands to run, and I was feeling inspired by my 10 ways to wear joggers post. Sorry for the cloudy picture; I didn’t realize I had sludge all over my iPhone camera lens.
I was pretty lazy on Tuesday. I had a workout in the morning, and I worked from home the rest of the day. It was grey and cloudy, and I wasn’t feeling super motivated, but eventually I changed into a t-shirt and jeans.
This tie dye tee is really fun, but definitely size up. I’m in the medium, and it just fits.
Later on, I decided I was too chilly for short sleeves, so changed into this hoodie. It is so ridiculously soft, I can’t even tell you. It’s spendy, but it’s 10% off right now… every little bit helps, right?
I had PT on Wednesday, so I wore joggers and a performance tee. I brought a lightweight sweatshirt along because I always get cold in the PT office. It’s an old Zella hoodie that I love because it’s super soft and lightweight.
Then I ran into the grocery store on my way home, where I was spotted by a Instagram follower… that was fun! I had been planning to change into real clothes when I got home, but I figured I already saw people and got recognized from my blog, so I might as well just be comfy for the rest of the day.
That brings us to Thursday… I had a workout in the morning, and I hosted a few ladies for a book club that night.
This is the Everlane pima micro rib cap sleeve tee from last spring. I don’t wear it a ton because it’s so body-con, but these jeans have a higher rise that smooths things out, plus the straight cut helps balance out my shoulders and hips, so it turned out to be a good pairing.
I added a few bold accessories to dress up this simple black tee and white jeans. I keep forgetting I have these earrings… I really like how they show up in my dark hair, and they have a pleasing contrast against the black top.
I also wore a Victoria Emerson wrap bracelet — this is the sunrise dorado on ivory-cream.
Yesterday I took my daughter to the high school to find her classrooms. School is starting out virtual, but they’re acting like they may be in the building at some point this fall… we shall see!
Does anyone else collect water glasses in their bedroom? 😂 I take one up with me every night because I like to have water by my bed if I wake up thirsty, and also to take my thyroid meds first thing in the morning. Sometimes I absentmindedly take another one up during the day and forget to bring it back down with me.
I usually end up with a collection on my bedside table and on my bathroom sink, so I grabbed these to take them downstairs yesterday and they were in my hands when I went to take my outfit picture.
Of course, I put them down on the ironing board so I could get a proper photo… and promptly forgot about them and went downstairs without them! I give up.
I also picked up some new face masks… isn’t this print so pretty for fall? (This is not a political statement; they’re required in public places here in PA. If I have to wear one, it might as well be cute.)
And finally… evolution of an outfit, coming atcha!
We went out to dinner last night with Paul’s brother and SIL, so I laid out a bunch of options on my bed…
I had it in my head I wanted to wear this jacket. I picked it up on sale last spring, and I haven’t had a chance to wear it.
This is the look I was hoping would work… I like the combination of the jacket with this leopard blouse, since it has some of the same greige going on. (The leopard print blouse is a few years old, so I don’t have a link.)
I thought the light grey jacket would work better with off-black jeans than a pure black, and I like how these sandals bring together all the neutral tones in the outfit… but something about the finished look wasn’t setting quite right with me
Here’s the look without the jacket. Assuming I wouldn’t need the jacket the entire time, I wanted to be sure I liked the look okay without it. It’s okay, but the jeans look too casual or something.
I decided to try my black Chelsea28 raw edge tank… sometimes I just prefer the simplicity of solids.
But I definitely didn’t like the harsh contrast of the black top against the light grey jacket, and the jeans still look a bit ragged to me.
So then, I thought, what about my taupe moto? It’s more casual, in a way, and there’s a lower contrast against the black top.
The color combo is better, but the jacket is just too heavy for this time of year, and the sandals definitely looked out of place with this one.
So then I went back to the first look, and I pushed up my sleeves and added jewelry. You can’t see my earrings, but I was wearing these Kendra Scott drop earrings, and my favorite Victoria Emerson boho cuff.
I agreed, I would prefer a longer pair, but I thought pure black would be too harsh against the light jacket/top combo and the sandals.
I thought maybe a change of sandal would do the trick, so I put on these black ankle strap sandals that are often my go-to when I want a dressy but comfortable sandal. I knew we’d potentially be doing some walking downtown.
The pants still looked short to me, and I couldn’t get excited about it.
FYI, these Stuart Weitzman sandals are 47% off! I have them in both beige and black, and I fall back on them all the time. They’re gorgeous and comfortable and classic and go with everything from dresses to jeans.
This picture is from years ago, but it gives you a close-up.
So back to the outfit… I even tried beige pumps, which I like a little better than the sandal options, but I knew I wouldn’t want to walk in those. Plus, I don’t love the warm beige against the cool tones in the outfit.
Caroline said I needed booties, and I tried two pairs that sort of worked, but the look got really heavy for Labor Day weekend.
I also tried the sandals look with these black jeans, but as anticipated, they were too dark for the rest of the look. I didn’t take pictures of those options because I was out of time.
Now that I’m looking back at all these pictures, I think it’s the raw hem off-black jeans that are throwing off the look. They’re just too casual for the blazer/leopard blouse combo, and don’t really work with the sandals either… ya think?
By then, I was running late, so you know what I did?
I threw on this outfit that I wore out to dinner with a friend a couple weeks ago. You may remember I did a similarly lengthy try-on sesh that night, and ended up wearing something totally different than what I was originally going for.
I don’t know if this is really a better choice than my original outfit, but sometimes, you just gotta go with what feels right to you and stop second guessing everything. I will almost always err on the side of comfort and familiarity, even if it means my outfits are repetitive.
This denim jacket + printed blouse + black jeans + ankle strap sandals is a date night outfit formula that has worked for me time and time again, and if it ain’t broke, why try and fix it?
At any rate, that’s a wrap!
I hope you have an awesome weekend. I’ll definitely be outside enjoying this glorious weather.
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