What I Wore Lately Vol. 113

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.

Zella tee (S) // Vuori joggers (M) // ON running shoes (8.5)

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.

similar linen tee (mine is navy) // AG Becke shorts (29) // P448 sneakers (39) // Lagos earrings

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.

Michael Stars midi dress (M) // Vince Camuto booties (8) // Jenny Bird earrings // Stella & Dot bracelet

I wore this casual jeans and sweater tee to work from home one day last week.

similar LOFT sweater (S) // Paige Anessa (29) // Birks (39) // Lagos earrings

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.

Davina vest (S) // Paige Anessa (29) // Vince Camuto sandals (8) // Loewe bag (budget option) // Lagos earrings // Lagos ring

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.

rib tank (option) // Paige Leenah (29) // similar sandals (8) // Lagos earrings

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.

LOFT tee // Frame Le High // Miller sandals // similar belt // Lagos earrings // LAGOS bracelets one & two

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.

Gap Factory tank (S) // Citizens Isola (29) // Steve Madden slides (8) // Gucci bag (similar for less) // Jenny Bird earrings // Jenny Bird necklace // LAGOS bracelets one & two

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.

Frame tee (XS) // MOTHER Dazzler (29) // similar sandals // Paige Anessa (29) // Vince ballet flats (8) // diamond stud earrings // Jenny Bird necklace

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.

Eileen Fisher tee (XS) // Cher Fidelity jeans (option) // similar loafers // Jenny Bird earrings // Michele watch (option)

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.

Eileen Fisher tee (XS) // Cher Fidelity jeans (option) // Naturalizer cap toe slingback pumps (8) // Jenny Bird earrings

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.

Vince sweater (S) // Frame  denim (29) // Vince booties (8) // AllSaints bag // Jenny Bird earrings // Yurman bracelet (option)

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.

Vuori Sunset tee (S) // Spanx AirEssentials cropped pants (M) // Birks (option) // Jenny Bird earrings

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.

Gap sweater (S) // MOTHER Weekender (29) // similar Tory Burch Chelsea boots (8) // similar pendant // old John Hardy hoops

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.

Gap sweater (S) // MOTHER Weekender (29) // similar Tory Burch Chelsea boots (8) // AllSaints bag // Jenny Bird earrings // Michele watch (option)

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.

LOFT blouse (S) // MOTHER Weekender in Fog (29) // Seychelles sandals (8) // KUT from the Kloth Kara in Chestnut (S) // Jenny Bird earrings

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.

KUT from the Kloth Rosalyn (S) (more sizes) // The Reset Too Good Tank (S) // MOTHER Weekender in Fog (29) // similar Vince Camuto boots (8)

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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34 Responses

  1. It helps to see you too have getting dress struggles. The outfit does have to feel like me or I end up changing. I’ve been dressing very simple lately…..Crop straight leg light color jeans, white tank with white blouse as my jacket and bootie sandals was my outfit yesterday and I added gold chunky chain necklace. I felt comfortable all day. My bootie sandals and crossbody bag were cognac color, so even though I wore white, adding that color gave the nod to Fall on a nice cooler, sunny day.

  2. That Loft top seems like it’s really not working for you! It seems like it makes you want to change into something else every time lol. I just bought the same one, so curious to see how it will work for me.

    1. Yeah, I hate birds in a print, so even though I love the colors, I really don’t love the top. But it also fills a hole in my closet so I keep it and keep trying it. I don’t have any other good fall florals right now, and I do like to have one or two to mix in among all my solids. It also isn’t really my style, with the ruffle sleeve and the loose fit. So yeah… I need to try to find something else, I guess!

        1. I wouldn’t normally buy anything with birds on it either, but I bought this top on a whim and it’s really cute in person. Every time I wear it I get tons of compliments and people asking me where I bought it. I even questioned myself as if maybe I really don’t know what looks good on me!? My only complaint now is my complaint with all LOFT clothing: after I washed it, the top is shrunken a bit and doesn’t feel the same either. Ugh.

    1. For the most part, they are so comfortable. I do struggle with the super high rises sometimes, though. They feel okay when I put them on, but when I sit for a long period of time, or even 30 min in the car, they start to dig into my stomach and give me a stomach ache. I like how they look though, they smooth out all the fluff.

  3. That was clever turning the floral shirt around to put the keyhole in front. I like open necklines better than a crew neck as I feel like I am choking. I noticed more crew necklines when browsing the Nordy Anniversary sale this year.

  4. To answer your questions: In the first pic, I like the look on the right better although I do like both. With the brown top, I like the one on the left better only because I just do not like ballet flats…at all! lol. They always read as frumpy to me. But that’s me.

    1. I have always felt the same way. I think they look great on others, but I cannot stand to look down at my feet with them on! Ha! Major frump feeling!

  5. Every time I see that Reset tank on you I’m tempted to order it. One question….do the armholes stretch out as you’re wearing it?

  6. Can you comment on the quality of that white sweater from The Reset? It looks great on you so I went to buy it and I love several of their tops. I’ve never heard of them before. They are pricey, but I don’t mind if the quality is truly there.

  7. I’m struggling with shoes and denim so badly! I can’t wear heels at all, because of bad knees.I just got a pair of black bootcut jeans I love, but can’t figure out shoes for now. booties would work butI’m not ready for them yet.

  8. I think the outfit you wore to church looks great on you. I also prefer the second silhouette on you from your question. I prefer long wide leg pants that touch my shoes. I also like vee neck shirts on me. I think it’s a flattering look.

  9. I like the brown top and chestnut jacket (since I own it too). I like the flares and wide leg jeans the same. The Naturalizer shoes are so cute. We had a bit of fall last week. Back to high 90s this week. My wardrobe is still summer. I just wear my olive greens and cognac color tops. Hopefully I can start wearing jeans soon.

  10. I’m glad to see it’s not just me struggling with Jean & shoe issues! I love your what I wore posts- I always look to them for inspo! Thanks so much x

  11. In the first picture, I liked the outfit on the left the best. There seems to be a lot of ladies who don’t like cropped jeans but I love them! I also love flares but I have pretty ankles and like showing off my shoes. I have these strange rules for myself about wearing fashion for weather that hasn’t truly “turned” yet. I typically don’t show my toes, so no sandals, until April and won’t wear boots and sweaters until October (I live in No. VA). I like the anticipation of wearing something when the weather cooperates. And like other ladies have commented, I don’t care for crew necks much, they emphasize my chest and make me feel like I’m all boobs. V-necks or scoop necks are the way to go for me!

  12. I always love these! I ordered the brown Gap sweater. I had some GapCash so figured “why not?” Lol. I need to re-read some of your travel posts as I’ll be flying alone (first time alone) in a few weeks and it’s been a while since I was on a plane. Hope you have a great rest of your week!

  13. Looking forward to the outfit ideas that don’t require heels. After shopping for a pair of jeans and shoes yesterday I realized how it is nice that anything goes now but exhaustive to shop for. It was much easier when everything was boot (early 00’s) or skinny. My life just doesn’t have heels day to day so I end up gravitating toward ankle length since it seems to be the most versatile with flat shoes. I guess that I why we have you…to teach us the ways!

  14. I hate to say it but I am not a fan of wide leg jeans. I just don’t think they flatter anyone. I’m a boot cut or baby boot cut fan. Wide leg jeans are one trend I won’t be sorry to see go.

  15. Great inspirational looks but my favorite outfit was the one with the print top, brown jacket and ecru jeans. It had the most interest. Most of the others were like you said, plain. You look fabulous in everything but that outfit was especially flattering.

  16. I love that burgundy dress on you! It’s stunning!
    I like the outfit on the left, I’m having a hard time adjusting to a wide leg Jean. I like the Loft top and may order it, the colors are really pretty!
    These are my favorite posts of yours, I like to hear your thought process on an outfit

  17. Your tops and jackets all seem to hit you at the perfect spot. How does one find that spot and then tops that will look best?

    1. It just takes trial and error. I also took Kelly Snyder’s Adore Your Wardrobe course, which is what informed me that every woman has a “sweet spot” length for her tops and jackets. It’s more of a range, and it varies based on the proportions of the rest of the outfit, but it was SO helpful. I highly recommend it, if you need personalized body type advice.

  18. Hi! I love all your outfits . My problem is I’m petite. I just turned 50, I weigh 103 pounds and 5 feet. So I struggle with clothes that fit properly because of my size. I’m loving the new boot cut trend! I can’t wear baggy or wide leg . I look lost . I love my skinny jeans still, but sometimes I have many issues with ankle boots cause I feel like the boots are too clunky for my ankles . I’m going to try more sock booties . I love that reset top above! That would be perfect for me. Even though I am petite, I want to give some flats a chance because I still like to wear skinnys and I like that look on me . Do you wear socks or peds with your flats?? What would be the best brands if you do ??

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