Good morning! I’ve rounded up my daily outfits from the past few weeks, with shopping links and a few details about where I wore them and how they came together.
This transitional time of year can be challenging to dress for, but it’s also fun to experiment with some new pieces since I was getting pretty bored with my summer wardrobe.
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.
Before we get started, I wanted to let you know that Nordstrom is doing Bonus Points for Nordy Club members through September 24! This is a great time to stock up on basics like foundations and shapewear, makeup and skincare, and designer brands that never go on sale.
What I Wore Lately: Two Weeks of Everyday Outfits
This is an outfit I wore a couple weeks back to take my daughter to some doctor appointments, and I was planning to go out that night, but it didn’t work out. This is actually two iterations of the outfit I wore that day.
I did some try-ons in the afternoon and ended up wearing the wide leg crops for the rest of the day. I thought you might want to see the two versions side by side to compare. Which denim silhouette do you prefer?
The Reset Too Good Tank (S) // Citizens Isola cropped boot (29) // Paige Anessa wide leg ankle jeans (29) // Vince Camuto sandals (8) // Loewe bag (budget option) // Jenny Bird earrings // Jenny Bird necklace // VE bracelet
The next day, I went to Pilates and PT, and then I had a facial, so I just wore athleisure.
I threw on some light makeup to work the concessions at the high school football game that night. It was verrrry hot and humid, so I kept my outfit simple with a linen tee and jean shorts.
That weekend, I flew to Boston for a family baby shower and to see my daughter who is in college up there. I combined both travel outfits into one graphic because I really just changed my top.
I brought this travel scarf in my carry-on bag, and it’s what I used on the plane when I was chilly. I only needed it on the way home.
Frame washable silk tee (option) // Treasure & Bond top (S) // Cher Fidelity jeans (option) // similar mules) // LAGOS bracelets one & two // Lagos earrings // Away The Everywhere Bag // Away The Medium
And this is what I wore to the baby shower. (I recreated the outfit here at home because I forgot to get a picture when I was there.) It was a rainy day, but warm, and I was staying at the house where it was hosted, so I didn’t have to worry about being outside in the rain. I wore this sleeveless ribbed knit dress in a pretty shade of plum, to give a nod to fall.
STYLE TIP: The taupe open-toe boots with the side cut-outs are the perfect transition shoe, and since the taupe color is close to my skin tone, they extend the line of the leg rather than chopping up the look the way a black or darker shoe would.
I wore this casual jeans and sweater tee to work from home one day last week.
And here’s another similar outfit I wore last week. Neither of these are anything new to you regulars, but when I figure out what works, I tend to repeat it over and over. Why reinvent the wheel, ya know?
The shorter, fitted sweaters help to accentuate my waist and offset the volume in the wide leg jeans; and I always like flat slides with the ankle-length pants, no matter what the silhouette. It just seems to work.
I wore a different pair of wide leg jeans with this ribbed top to hang out with friends one night on their back patio. This rust ribbed tank is from last year, so unfortunately I can’t link it. I love this color for fall, but for some reason, this outfit looks really shapeless to me.
I don’t know if it is the length of the tank, or the cut of the armholes, or that the jeans are cut straighter through the thigh than the wide leg pants I’m wearing above. (I know I look best in jeans that hug the hips and thighs, no matter what the rest of the silhouette does.)
Or maybe it’s just that I’m losing my waist in my old age, lol! Whatever the reason, I’m not really loving this look.
I was starting to feel like all my outfits look the same, so I threw on this printed top with straight ankle jeans and sandals to go to a mani/pedi, and then to get my car serviced last Thursday. I like how the colors of this lightweight blouse pick up on the blue from the jeans and also give a nod to fall. I just left it untucked and hanging loose since it’s not too long.
Paul and I decided to go out to dinner that night, since the kids were both busy. I changed into cropped bootcut jeans and nicer sandals, and this time I tried front-tucking the top and adding a belt.
I always struggle with this blouse because it doesn’t drape really well, either tucked or untucked. It always balloons funny right around my middle and accentuates the fluff I try to camouflage.
That said, I think I like this silhouette better. The flare leg jeans balance the volume in the top, and the belt helps to define my waist.
But for some reason, I wasn’t feeling the printed blouse for a dinner out look, so I went up and changed into this burgundy sweater tank and swapped out the brown sandals for black.
It’s not that I necessarily like this outfit better than the previous one; I just felt more like myself.
I just wore athleisure to go to Pilates and work from home on Friday, but my daughter wanted me to take her to the mall for a few things that afternoon, so I rallied and put on real clothes.
This chocolate brown version of my favorite white v-neck t-shirt had just arrived, so I tried it with a couple denim and shoe combos. Which is your favorite?
I really wanted to wear my ballet flats, but I’m not sure I like them with the wide leg jeans, and I felt like overall they looked too light with this outfit, so I ended up wearing the straight ankle jeans and brown sandals, but I felt rather plain.
That brings us to last Saturday, and Paul and I spent the day in Lancaster, PA. It was cool and crisp and sunny, and I pulled out this short-sleeve charcoal grey sweater from the #NSale and paired it with off-black jeans and black loafers for an easy monochromatic look.
I kept my jewelry simple with the mixed metal door knocker earrings and a chunky mixed metal ring… and my watch, of course.
Normally, I’d wear a bracelet with a short sleeve sweater, but my watch almost reads as a bracelet, and sometimes I feel like I’d be overdoing it with something on both arms. Since there’s also hardware on my shoes, I felt like I didn’t need a bracelet with this.
I also tried this outfit with these Naturalizer cap toe slingback pumps. It was too dressy for our outing, but I really like the look, and these shoes are very comfy.
I wore another short-sleeve sweater outfit to church on Sunday. There’s such a short window for short-sleeve sweaters, I figure I might as well make hay while the sun shines… so to speak.
This time, I did go ahead and add a bracelet, since it’s a somewhat dressier outfit.
After church, I threw on comfy sweats and a tee to hang out at home for the rest of the day. These Spanx AirEssentials cropped pants are sooo cool and soft and comfy. Size up, if in between.
I met a friend for lunch and shopping on Monday. It was a rainy day, so I broke out my leather Chelsea boots from last year. I wore them with bootcut jeans and a brown sweater.
It’s a pretty plain outfit, but very comfortable, and I like the proportions. I intentionally chose black boots rather than brown to add some dimension and contrast to the outfit.
I think it’s helpful to see the look with the bag. I carried my black AllSaints croc-effect shoulder bag with silver hardware from the #NSale, which I think makes the black boots look more intentional.
And yesterday, I went to Bible study and then out to lunch with a friend. I wanted to wear ecru denim, and I tried this outfit on together.
I turned the blouse around and unbuttoned the keyhole so it is more open in the neckline. I tend to prefer an open neckline under a jacket. It’s generally more slimming to show some skin at the neck and chest, and with the bulk of a jacket and my relatively short neck, I feel like I need that openness or I look choked.
That outfit is cute, but it felt busy to me, even though I know it works. I just feel better in simple outfits, so I swapped out the printed top for a cream sweater tank and the brown jacket for a green one. I also switched the sandals for boots, but then it suddenly felt too plain.
I changed the diamond pendant for a stone necklace with shades of green and brown to coordinate with the outfit, and then I added a brown belt and brown bag to pull it all together.
Now, it suddenly looks like an outfit! Because the shirt and jeans are both light, it really needs the belt to define the waist and break up the expanse of white.
Also, I rarely wear color in my jewelry, but I keep this necklace for this exact reason. It often comes in handy when I am wearing a neutral outfit with all solids. I wish I could find something similar to link to, but I came up short. If you know of something, let us know!
KUT from the Kloth Rosalyn (S) (more sizes) // The Reset Too Good Tank (S) // MOTHER Weekender in Fog (29) // similar Vince Camuto boots (8) // Coach bucket bag (Bonus Points!) // old AllSaints belt (similar) // Jenny Bird earrings // old WHBM stone necklace // Michele watch (option)
And that’s it for this week! Now that it’s well into September and our weather is feeling more like fall, I think I will have more variety to share in upcoming WIWL posts. I will admit, I’m struggling a bit with shoe and denim combos. My favorites require heels, and I can’t live in heels, so I’ll be working to figure out more outfits with sneakers and flat closed-toe shoes.
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photos: Alison Cornell