Greetings and happy hump day! I hope your week is going well. Today, I’ve rounded up my everyday outfits from the past few weeks.
For anyone new to following along, the idea here is to keep it real, so some items are older and no longer available. I do my best to link similar and to suggest more budget-friendly options when applicable.
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.
What I Wore Lately: Two Weeks of Everyday Outfits
This first picture is from the Wednesday exactly two weeks ago. I had a crazy day full of appointments, starting with a dentist appointment with my daughter and then a visit to my chiropractor.
I had been in Boston helping my other daughter move into her college dorm for the previous two days, and I hadn’t washed my hair since Sunday. (This will become relevant in a second.) I decided I could make it one more day, so I threw it up a clip and pulled on some activewear and ran out the door.
Later that day, my younger daughter had an appointment at the high school for her senior pictures, and I went along to watch and take a few pictures from behind the curtain. I had no idea they were going to put ME in one of the professional pictures!
Thank goodness I took the time to slap on minimal makeup and change into real clothes, but I was really wishing I’d done my hair that morning.
I finally washed my hair the next day and got myself looking more presentable, although I didn’t have anything especially exciting going on.
It was rather chilly for August, so I took the opportunity to wear that Rails button-up I included in my worst spring/summer wardrobe purchases. Again, those purchases aren’t bad, I just didn’t wear them as much as I expected to.
Also, I can’t believe I’m saying this, but I think I’m almost over these jeans. Or I think I only like them for suuuuper casual looks, like with a graphic tee or something. The rag-tag look is starting to wear on me. I would prefer something a little cleaner with this stripe button-up.
This was another casual day working from home and running mundane errands. You guys often ask about how I decide on my accessories. In this case, I wasn’t really doing much of anything, so I just wore a pair of small hoop earrings and one of my favorite rings. (I almost always put a ring on my right hand, no matter how casual the outfit.)
I thought I liked this tee, but my daughter panned it. I think it’s the way it pulls across the chest that she was objecting to, and it really does look awkward from certain angles. It’s a bummer because I like the color, the split neck detail, and the close but not body-con fit.
That Friday night, we went to see The Hooters. I had a fresh spray tan, and my bedroom was rather dark when I took this picture, so I look a little freakish. (As I explained in this post, the bronzer they use washes off in the first shower, so I don’t look like this for long, but I was still within that 8-hour window when I couldn’t shower off.)
It was hot and humid, so I didn’t bother with much jewelry. Also, I love this bag for concerts, amusement parks, ballgames, etc. The cranberry color makes a nice pop against my neutral outfits, and it’s very convenient to carry and holds a lot more than it appears.
The next day, I flew to Virginia for my dad’s 80th birthday. This sweater has a lot going on with the contrasting buttons and the higher neckline, so I wore small mixed metal hoop earrings and a Victoria Emerson mini cuff bracelet. Almost all of my VE bracelets are sold out, but she has lots of similar options.
You might notice, I brought the Loewe bag I bought in Rome. I haven’t used it much, but I feel like I’ll carry it a lot more this fall. I like how the olive bag and brown sandals complement each other without matching, and the rest of the outfit is fairly neutral, so it all works together nicely.
My mom hosted my dad’s birthday party dinner in a private room at a historic hotel in our hometown, so I used the opportunity to dress up!
These Stuart Weitzman heels are on sale, by the way. (This is the Fawn color.) They’re remarkably comfortable for a strappy heel. I wore them all day at a wedding back in June and danced all night, and my feet were fine. Even now, with this nagging ankle injury, I’m able to wear them for several hours without any discomfort.
It was a quick trip, and I few back home the next day. I could have worn the same black sweater vest as the day before, but I packed a different top just in case of a stain or something, so I changed it up.
Also, my olive green drawstring bag looked really nice with this cream colored sweater, even better than with the black one. I just didn’t happen to have it on me when I took this picture.
I didn’t have much going on the next day, but I had a Pilates class that evening, so I wore Vuori.
Another day last week, I went walking with a friend, so that called for more Vuori!
When I got back, I showered off and threw on jean shorts and a comfy tee for the rest of the day. I think I visited a friend on her patio that night. (Pardon the mess in the hall… those are the bags I decided to return.)
I guess I was feeling the navy and denim last week! I wore this the next day to go to the eye doctor to renew my contacts prescription. I’ve always liked a navy top and blue jeans with brown accessories. It’s simple and classy.
You may notice that I’ve been wearing these jeans a lot lately. They’re from last summer, and I had put them aside for the winter, but I pulled them back out because they’re verrrry soft and stretchy and comfortable, which is what I need right now. (The fabric is 93% cotton, 6% polyester 1%, elastane.)
I also like the silhouette quite a lot with sandals for summer. They have a rather dramatic flare, but I like how it balances my proportions, and they have that effortlessly chic casual summer vibe that I love, without a lot of distressing. (They have a 11 1/4″ front rise with a button fly, and a 26 1/2″ inseam with a 16 1/2″ leg opening, for those who pay attention to such matters.)
I actually had this outfit on first, but decided I might be cold in the doctor’s office, so I changed into the navy sweater. I still want to include it, though, because I really like the look, and this sweater tank is a great price right now. The color gives a nod to fall, but it’s lightweight and comfortable for the hot weather we often have right through September.
That brings us to last Thursday. I had a photo shoot that morning, and I wore this outfit for the rest of the day.
As for my accessory choices, I added several pieces of mixed metal jewelry, but no single piece is a statement piece. I feel like they all balance each other fairly well. I also chose a belt and bag to coordinate with my sandals.
KUT from the Kloth jacket (S) // The Reset Too Good Tank (S) // PAIGE Leenah (29) (similar for less) // YSL sandals (similar for less) // Dragon Diffusion tote (option) // old AllSaints belt (similar) // Jenny Bird earrings & necklace // Stella & Dot cuff
I had a Pilates class on Saturday morning, and that called for… you guessed it… more Vuori.
I threw on a jacket to drive to and from, but I didn’t really need it.
And then Paul and I met friends for lunch that afternoon. I love this dress; the fabric is really soft and comfortable and not as clingy as you would expect. I like how the bold pink pairs with the metallic sandals.
As far as my accessories go, I chose sculpted hoop earrings for some bling next to my face, and a Victoria Emerson bracelet with a lot of white and silver tones to keep the look light and summery.
Also, I haven’t carried my LV Graceful PM in a while, so I pulled it out and started carrying it this week. It’s usually one of my favorite summer bags, but I’ve been reaching for the Dragon Diffusion woven tote when I want a medium sized tote. I guess because it’s newer, and it pairs so well with my brown sandals.
I realized when I was getting dressed on Saturday that this LV bag pairs really nicely with the metallic sandals that I bought in Florence, so I’m going to keep that in mind.
STYLE TIP: I like to have a few go-to shoe and handbag combos. It makes getting dressed and putting the final touches on my outfits easier.
The back of this dress is super cute, so I tried to get a rear view shot. For those wondering, I wore the Wacoal Body Base Shorty underneath. ☺️
This is what I wore to church on Sunday. I figured I should get one more wear out of this dress because I probably won’t want to wear it after Labor Day. (I don’t put all of my white away after Labor Day, but this dress is both white and a summery fabric and style, so it will get washed and stored until next year.)
I wore silver shoes and accessories, since there is an exposed silver zipper in the back, and I carried the LV Graceful again. I also added that Victoria Emerson bracelet from the pink dress above as I headed out the door.
I haven’t done much with myself this week. I wore the same jean shorts two days in a row. That’s the way it goes sometimes!
On Monday, I ran to the grocery store, and then we hosted friends at our backyard pool for Memorial Day.
Then yesterday I had a couple of appointments and worked the rest of the day from home.
And that’s a wrap! Whew! I feel like I could almost do these posts weekly. When I start adding details on accessories, etc., it gets really long. Or maybe I should leave out some of the more mundane outfits. I’m always interested in your feedback, so let me know what you prefer.
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