Happy hump day, friends! It’s time for another edition of What I Wore Lately! This is exactly what it sounds like, a roundup of my everyday outfits from the past couple of weeks.
Since these are my “real life” outfits, some items are older and no longer available, so I linked up current alternatives where I could.
Also, today is the last day to take advantage of Bloomingdale’s Friends & Family: Save 25% off select items labeled TAKE 25% OFF, and earn Loyallist Power Points on almost everything else! I made a note of those items, as well.
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.
These looks start out rather ho-hum. Even though I’ve purchased a lot of new clothes this season, when I go to my closet, I often feel stumped as to what I want to wear, and I find myself reverting to old favorites. I’m not sure what is up with that, but it’s something I need to figure out.
When in doubt, black and denim is always a safe bet! This sweater is an old Vince sale find. It’s a really nice basic, and the details are prettier in person than you can see in these pictures, but it’s long gone.
I wore this next outfit to run some errands on a mild day. I love this jacket, but I don’t feel like I have a lot of tops to go with it. I guess this works, but I like it best over my crewneck sweaters.
I like how the VEJA sneakers with black accents coordinate with the jacket and belt.
Yes, I wore the same jeans three days in a row. I really need another good pair of straight ankle jeans to wear with sneakers and flats on casual days.
These are my other favorite straight ankle jeans for wearing with sneakers and flats, but they’re no longer available. I still love them, though, and the washed black finish is casual enough for everyday.
And this is an old Naadam sweater that I can no longer link. I love this pairing, and especially how the LØCI sneakers tie it all together.
And this is just one of my daily walking/workout looks. I actually think I wore this to Pilates.
That brings us to the Saturday when I hosted the Ladies’ Christmas Tea for our church. I wanted to look festive, but I needed to be comfortable so I could set up all the food as it arrived and do all the hostessy things.
I started with this outfit, but I was afraid I’d drag the sleeves of my blouse through food or something as I was setting up and keeping things moving. It just seemed a little fussy for hostessing.
Then I went back to my closet and grabbed this burgundy Naadam boatneck sweater. I’ve worn it a ton over the past two years, but it’s easy and comfortable, and I feel like it looks festive enough for the event with the crystal shaker necklace.
I ended up wearing the green blouse the next day to church and to meet Paul’s mom for lunch afterwards. This time, I paired it with my Vince stitch front seamed pants, and I left it untucked for a sleeker look.
I topped off the understated holiday look with my black boucle coat.
And then here I am, back to one of my favorite winter sweater + denim combos.
I wore this next outfit to Bible Study last week. I went with ankle-length flares, and bookended the look with a black jacket and black booties.
As an aside, when I was in Chicago last weekend, I tried to pay attention to what people were wearing, and I noticed mostly straight ankle jeans. I saw a few women in wide leg styles, and a few in crop flares, but I did not see anyone in full-length bootcut jeans or flares. I thought that was interesting!
Speaking of full-length flares… This is what I wore to attend the Nordstrom Annual Icon Party last Wednesday night.
I realize it doesn’t look very festive, but I was feeling low on style inspiration, so I just reverted to one of my tried and true outfit formulas: black sweater and blue jeans with black leather jacket and black booties. Add accessories, and call it a day! (Or a night.)
This sweater is an inch or two shorter than the leather bomber, so I felt like it looked more streamlined to leave it untucked. (If they were the same length, I would have front tucked the sweater and added a belt, to add interest and a better balance of proportions.)
I have no photographic evidence of what I wore last Thursday, as I was preparing to leave for Chicago the next morning. I just remember the day being full of appointments, and then I had to pack for our weekend away.
That’s when I realized that I had spent an inordinate amount of time planning the outfit I wanted to wear to the holiday party, without one iota of consideration to what I’d wear the rest of the time we were in Chicago.
Thankfully, I have my seasonal wardrobe essentials nailed down, so it wasn’t too arduous of a task. I started by pulling out what I wanted to wear sightseeing on Saturday, in case I could repurpose some of those pieces for my travel outfit.
I ended up only reusing my coat and shoes for traveling, but that was fine because they were the bulkiest pieces, and I didn’t want to pack them.
Andrew Marc wool coat (S) // Rails sweater – 25% off at Bloomies; more sizes at Nordstrom (S) // similar scarf // MOTHER Dazzler – Power Points (29) // LØCI sneakers (39) // similar pendant // Jenny Bird earrings // Goyard tote // Away The Medium
I’m so annoyed that I didn’t get a picture of my dinner outfit that night. Paul got distracted trying to use the cab app, and then the restaurant was crowded, and yeah… the rest is history.
The next day, we set out early to meet a friend for coffee, and then we spent the rest of the day sightseeing.
I could have worn the MOTHER Dazzlers from my travel outfit, but I brought these black PAIGE Gemmas in case something happened to the Dazzlers when I was traveling. I also like the monochromatic look.
Of course, I could have worn the black jeans to travel too, but they’re new and I wasn’t sure how comfortable they would be. What can I say, I like options!
We took this picture in front of our hotel before we set off for the day.
And here’s a picture from The Riverwalk. It couldn’t have been a nicer December day in Chicago!
After an afternoon nap, I got dressed for the holiday party that was the purpose of our trip.
I wanted to do something more special with my hair, but I’m not good with up-dos, and I forgot to get a fancy bobby pin or clip to pin one side back, so I just curled it and brushed it out and tucked the one side behind my ear to showcase my earrings.
I also amped up my eye makeup and wore extra glossy lipstick, but it doesn’t translate very well in these pictures.
We asked someone at the front desk to take our picture, and she cut off our feet and part of Paul’s head in almost every picture, lol!!!
I snapped this picture in the mirror in the lobby of The Dalcy, where the event was held.
As you can see, I wore a faux fur jacket over my dress. I guess I should have worn my bracelet on my other hand, because it isn’t visible in any of the other pictures.
And then a friend took this picture for us at the end of the night. Again, I wish my bracelet was visible, and I wish Paul’s red pocket square was visible too. Since he didn’t wear a tie, it’s an important detail in his whole look.
He’s into the no tie look these days, and while I don’t have a big preference in the matter, I appreciate his willingness to try new things and stay up with the times. I also feel like it aligns well with my modern/polished/understated style goals.
Going without a tie needs to look intentional, so he made sure his shirt was freshly cleaned and starched, and he wore cuff links and a red pocket square to accessorize the look, along with red socks. Of course, the socks weren’t seen much, but when we sat down, they were visible. Also, it’s hard to tell in the pictures, but his suit is black with a subtle textured vertical stripe.
I didn’t think much about any of that at the time, but after I got a bunch of questions about his lack of tie on Sunday’s post and on Instagram, I googled the no tie look and found a few articles that were interesting. Turns out, he pretty much nailed the no tie look. Who knew?
I wore the same travel outfit home on Sunday, and we took this picture in the airport because the holiday decorations were so pretty. Chicago sure does it up right!
And that’s all I’ve got! I’ve pretty much been living in Vuori since I got back. I’ve got lots of blog work to do, and Christmas shopping to wrap up for my family, and I’ve been trying to work out every day, so yeah. That’s that!
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