Happy hump day, friends! I’ve got a new What I Wore Lately for you today. This is what I wear in the wild, so to speak… I did my best to link up alternatives that are in stock for the older items I’m wearing.
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.
Two Weeks of Everyday Outfits
I wore this outfit to a ladies’ Bible study a few weeks ago. It’s simple, but you know me. I like simple. I find the combination of washed black jeans with brown suede ballet flats pleasing to the eye, and this cashmere fisherman sweater is so luxe and soft.
I also carried an olive green purse, which incorporates another muted neutral tone to the look, and I wore larger than my normal earrings so it wouldn’t look so plain.
I toyed with wearing my green quilted vest for another element of interest, and I like it with the ivory sweater and washed black denim, but I felt like it was too bulky and rugged on top for the ladylike ballet flats. I wasn’t in the mood to wear boots, so I went without the jacket and added the olive green bag.
I threw on my beige trench before I left the house, to make the outfit look a little more complete. Plus, it was a chilly day.
I wore this athleisure look to a PT appointment and to work from home on a weekday.
It must have warmed up a bit because I wore this t-shirt and jeans for a while the next morning.
This was a casual day working from home, and this sweater is an old Naadam favorite. I really wish they would bring it back. It has the perfect proportions for wearing with modern denim styles.
I wore this to an early morning Pilates class. Wow, was my hair ever a mess!
That night, Paul and I went out to dinner and then to watch my daughter perform at a marching band cavalcade. Since we were going to dinner first, I didn’t really want to wear sneakers, so I pulled out these Aquatalia booties from last year’s #NSale.
I can walk easily in them (it’s usually a long walk from parking to the stadium at these cavalcades) and they’re also warmer than sneakers. I found a similar pair on sale right now at Nordstrom Rack.
I brought a long puffer coat along for the cavalcade, but I wanted to look a little more elevated for dinner, so I wore my beige trench.
The next day was a Sunday, and we attended a Fall Fest in the afternoon after church, so I wore a puffer jacket over a fisherman sweater with the same straight ankle jeans.
I wore leather Chelsea boots, thinking they would be easy to walk in and warmer than sneakers. They turned out to be a good choice, because the ground was muddy in spots, and the hard leather upper and rubber soles cleaned up easily.
This Vuori Halo jacket is getting quite the workout this month! This was another day with a PT appointment; otherwise, I just worked from home.
I had a photo shoot the next day, and I kept this outfit on afterwards. I wanted some photos of ballet flats with straight leg jeans, and I think this pairing works, but I wonder if I should have sized down in the jeans.
I had my upstairs carpets cleaned one day last week, and I just wore my workout clothes until it was time to go to an event at the high school that evening. I couldn’t wear shoes on the wet carpet, so I took this old-school top down selfie in my kitchen.
This lightweight Z Supply puffer jacket is from Evereve last year, and I’ve worn it a few times lately. It’s really nice for fall outdoor activities when it’s not terribly cold out, but you want a buffer from the wind.
Friday night was Senior Parents Night, and I wanted to look polished and put together but still fairly casual.
I probably should have worn school colors, but I don’t have much red and white other than school-branded sweatshirts that make me feel schlumpy. I knew we’d be in photos, so I decided to wear something I love and feel good in, and I landed on this. It was a warm night, thankfully!
This is the only photo we got. I wish I’d taken time to add a bracelet, but I was in a rush, and it slipped my mind. Clearly, Paul didn’t concern himself with wearing school colors either.
And in case you’re wondering, my daughter is not in a traditional marching uniform because she’s in the front ensemble, and they always come up with an outfit that complements the theme of the show.
I wore this casual outfit around the house and to run errands on Saturday, before changing to go to the cavalcade that night.
We thought it might get cold that night, so I changed into a long sleeve top, and I brought a school-branded sweatshirt to wear on top in case I needed it.
And that brings us to last Sunday! It was raining, again… I think it has rained every Sunday but one for the past three months. The temperatures were also dropping on Sunday, but the temperature was still mild that morning, so I took the opportunity to wear this short-sleeve cashmere sweater from an #NSale a couple years back.
This peacock color is hard to pair with blue jeans. It looks best with lighter washes, but I didn’t want to go that route to church this week, so I pulled out these PAIGE Claudine ankle flares in the off-black wash.
And I wanted to wear shoes that could hold up to the rain but still look elevated, so I wore my Vince Hilda booties. They’re splurgy, but I managed to snag mine on sale.
I toyed with adding a necklace, since the outfit is so plain, but I don’t love how it looks with the tight crewneck top, so I ended up going without and adding more of a statement bracelet and larger earring.
Still, I really didn’t love the outfit. I like simple, but it felt too simple.
I realized as I was getting dressed that I don’t have any dressier jackets to complete my church and date night looks. Layering is what makes outfits look more stylish and interesting, and I have denim and twill jackets that I like, but nothing in leather or suede. I used to wear a lot of suede and leather moto jackets, but those are feeling tired to me now. Bomber jackets seem more casual than what I need, and I don’t love blazers, so I’m feeling sort of at a loss and bored with my dressier outfits.
I wore my beige trench coat again, but I’d like to have some more elevated jackets that I can keep on inside. I will keep an eye out and see what I can find!
I also felt like my black boots and off-black jeans looked kind of boring together, so when I got back home that afternoon, I tried a few brown options.
The Western style boots seemed too rugged for the rest of the look, and the brown belt didn’t really look right to me either, so then I tried this dressier style. This is the Truffle Suede, and I really like these, but they run small. I’ve re-ordered in the 8.5.
I changed to a lighter belt, in more of a taupe, but it’s way too light for this. This outfit is getting worse, not better… LOL!
I never did really land on a combination that made me happy, but I’ll work on it.
Okay, enough on that! I had an early morning Pilates class on Monday, so I threw this on, and I ended up wearing it all day to work from home.
I changed to go to a meeting at the high school that night. When I went into my closet to look at my options, I landed on this black shaker knit v-neck sweater that I’ve always loved but haven’t worn yet this season. It’s Vince, and I snagged it on a really good sale a few years ago.
I decided I was sick of my straight ankle jeans, so I grabbed my MOHTER Weekender flares, and then I started looking at my shoe choices.
In an attempt to keep it casual and add another color to the mix, I tried my Aquatalia booties, but this didn’t look right to me. I think it might work if I had lighter hair, but with the black sweater and my dark hair on top of the lighter jeans and lighter boots, I felt like I looked unbalanced.
So I grabbed a pair of black boots and decided to call it done. It was a casual school meeting on a weekday evening, and I didn’t want to overdo it anyway.
I added the mixed metal station necklace for something a little different.
And then this is what I wore to Bible Study yesterday. I love this Rails sweater, but it’s longer than what I normally wear, so I paired it with full length bootcut jeans and lug sole boots to create a better vertical balance.
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photos: Alison Cornell