Hi friends! It’s another Wednesday, and time for another edition of What I Wore Lately! Even though I just did one last week, I have quite a few outfit pictures since getting back from Italy, so I thought I’d go ahead and get them off my desk (or out of my Dropbox folder, rather!)
These are just my real life outfits from the past week or so… and if you’re wondering why anyone cares, so am I. Ha! Although I do enjoy putting outfits together, and I will say, knowing that my everyday looks are going to be plastered on the Internet for all eternity does motivate me to think them through and dress to be the best version of myself.
That means paying attention to fit and proportion, accessorizing thoroughly, and not wearing the same outfit three times a week… which I would probably do if left to my own devices. So anyway, here we go!
What I Wore Lately: Two Weeks of Everyday Outfits
SIZING NOTES: I’m 5’5″ and I usually wear a small in tops and dresses, a 29 in jeans, and a size 8 shoe. Gifted items are indicated by c/o; everything else I purchased myself.
This first look is quintessential Jo-Lynne, if that doesn’t sound too terribly self-serving. Wearing black and denim with a metallic sandal is one of my favorite summer outfit formulas.
These are the Celine sandals I purchased in Florence, and they’re a major splurge, so I linked a similar for less option. (By the way, they were a lot less over there. I can see now why people say to shop for luxury items in Europe!)
The website shows the details on this twist trim tank much better than this picture, but I just realized that it’s sold out. Sorry about that!
The next day, I went out to breakfast with my dad. I want to get more wear out of this denim skirt, so I threw it on with a floral twist-front top, trying to avoid the tucking issue.
It looks okay in this front-on picture, but I didn’t care for the view from the side, and the way the twisted portion sits on top of the skirt, so I switched into a white tee. So much for avoiding the tucking issue! I’m still having a hard time getting used to tucking my tops in, but sometimes there is no other option.
I debated adding a belt, but I didn’t take the time to try it and see if I liked it. In this particular outfit, I think I might prefer less attention to my waist, which seems to be more non-existent by the day.
And because this is a rather plain outfit, I added large rattan earrings for some summer fun. I also switched to brown sandals to coordinate with the woven bag.
That afternoon, we hung out in the pool, and I snapped a quick picture even though my swimsuit and coverup are old and no longer linkable. Both are Bleu by Rod Beattie, and there are lots of current options at Nordstrom.
Keeping it real, here, with what I wore to work out last Thursday.
Afterwards, I showered off and got dressed to go to an appointment. I like this outfit a lot, but those white MOTHER jeans were binding my waist and driving me bananas.
As you can see, they fit fine in the hips and thighs, so I can’t really size up. Seriously, y’all, is this what it’s like to be over 50? I am not a fan of it.
As soon as I got home, I changed into these Citizens blue jeans in a similar silhouette. I haven’t worn these a lot lately, but they’re very comfortable and little more forgiving in the waist area than the MOTHER jeans. I had a friend over that night to hang out and catch up from my time away, and I was much happier wearing these.
This is called, let’s see how long we can go without washing the old hair… I spent another day with my hair twisted up in a claw clip last Friday, and I threw on this stripe tank and shorts to run out for a mani/pedi.
And then I had another wresting match with my heretofore favorite denim brand… MOTHER, you cannot betray me now.
I threw on what I thought was going to be a quick and easy outfit to host friends for dinner – a white tee with blue jeans, but these MOTHER Dazzlers are no longer the perfect fit they once were. I didn’t feel terribly uncomfortable, but they were snug, and I was afraid they looked like I was trying to fit into jeans that are too small.
So then, I pulled on the size 30s that I bought at the #NSale last month, but these don’t look quite right either. I actually feel like these look a little too big, and the rear pockets are HUGE. (I’ll spare you the rear view shots.)
I went ahead and wore them, though, because I was out of time and didn’t want to feel uncomfortable all night. And since we noshed on cheese and crackers and then ordered pizza, it’s probably a good thing I wore the bigger pair!
By the way, I’m sharing my struggle with jeans right now because I know that most women go through this from time to time, especially in our 50s, and I just want to keep it real around here.
I know I probably look thin and fit to the casual observer, and no one wants to hear the skinny girl complain about her weight, but this is different. The scale hasn’t changed much over the past year, but the way my clothes fit has, especially my beloved denim. This is one reason I’ve been embracing dresses lately; they’re a little more forgiving in the areas where we tend to put on weight during this perimenopausal season of life.
Speaking of which… Last Saturday night, Paul and I went to dinner at The Capital Grille to celebrate our 28th wedding anniversary.
I knew I wanted to wear that Ming Wang knit dress I showed you all in a try-on haul a few weeks back. I was kicking myself the whole time I was in Italy for not bringing it, so I planned to wear it the first chance I got. The only matter of debate was which shoe/bag combo I’d wear with it.
As much as I’m dying to carry my new Loewe bag that I bought in Rome, I felt like the taupe bag and shoes looked more summery, and I prefer more of a contrast against the black dress, so it wasn’t a hard decision in the end.
And you’ve seen this picture, but I figured I ought to include the reason I was getting gussied up to go out to dinner. He cleans up pretty nice, I think I’ll keep him!
I went for a classic navy and white outfit for church on Sunday. I really wanted to wear these PAIGE Leenah trouser jeans because it’s getting late in the season, and I haven’t worn them as much as I had hoped. Plus, they still fit comfortably in the waist, lol!
Unfortunately, my ankle is still a bit unstable, and I was afraid I’d injure it further walking around in those wedge heels. I need that much height to pull off the PAIGE Leenah trouser jeans, so I switched into these silver wedges with the MOTHER Hustlers.
I figured I’d give them another try earlier in the day, and they were okay, but I still changed out of them as soon as I got home from church.
Monday was a “grace day” and I didn’t do much with myself other than get dressed in joggers and a performance tee and twist my hair into a claw clip.
Zella Ava Tee (S) // Vuori Performance Joggers c/o (M) // P448 John in Peony (39)
I was feeling more motivated yesterday, and I got myself dressed and went over to LOFT to do some in-store try-ons. But before that, I had a workout. I’m not sure I like how these shorts fit me; they look too big, but they sure are comfortable, lol!
This is what I wore to LOFT. This sweater tank is new from Gap Factory. I love the details in the knit, and how the color gives a nod to fall.
Also, I sort of forgot about these jeans. I don’t know how that happened; they were hanging in my closet the whole time, and I go through my jeans every few weeks to take inventory and decide if there’s anything that needs to go.
I noticed them when I was going through other What I Wore Lately posts to come up with my most worn summer wardrobe staples, so I promised myself I’d wear them this week. Anyway, sizes are picked over, so I linked them to a few different retailers below.
And I finally got to carry the Loewe Flamenco drawstring bag that I purchased in Rome! I’m also wearing the Celine sandals that I got in Florence, so yeah, if this outfit isn’t mixing high and low, I don’t know what is.
And that’s all I’ve got for today! I’m headed out to get a walk in before it gets too warm. The overcast, humid weather we were having has moved out, and it’s nice and sunny here today, with low humidity and a bit of a breeze. I have no excuse for not getting my steps in!
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