Well, friends, it’s Wednesday, and you know what that means! It’s time for What I Wore Lately — a roundup of my daily outfits from the past week.
This week has been a casual one… I guess they all are anymore, but I do have an outfit evolution that is a bit all over the place. At the very least, it’s a frivolous distraction from more serious matters at hand.
SIZING NOTES: I’m 5’5″ and 135 pounds-ish, with a slight hourglass shape. Unless I say otherwise, I’m wearing a 6/28 in pants/jeans, a small in tops, a 6 in dresses/jumpsuits, and size 8 shoe.
WHAT I WORE LATELY
Starting with last Wednesday, it was cold and rainy, and I was working from home all day. I ended up wearing a pair of comfy, familiar skinnies with my thickest Barefoot Dreams cardigan and cozy UGG boots.
This cardigan was an #NSale purchase… you’re going to see that’s a bit of a theme in this post. I wear it almost every morning when I got up — I throw it on over my pajamas and wear it until I go back upstairs to get dressed.
It is just sooo soft and cozy. It’s like putting on a hug. Unfortunately, they did not restock this one, so I linked to the entire category of Barefoot Dreams cardigans below.
Thursday was yet another cold, rainy day, but I had to go out so grabbed my Sorels to keep my feet warm and dry.
I also got to finally break out my favorite #NSale sweater. This one is a Vince, and I love the speckled knit, the narrow v-neck, the subtle raglan sleeve… and it’s so cozy.
The material is 67% wool, 30% nylon, 3% alpaca, but it isn’t itchy at all. Best of all, it’s supposedly machine washable. I’m wearing my usual size small.
I got my hair cut and colored on Friday, but unfortunately I was not dressed this nicely to go to the salon. I went straight from my workout, and I was wearing leggings and a hoodie and the same Sorel boots from the day before.
When I got home, I put on makeup and got dressed. I haven’t worn these AGOLDE Toni straight leg jeans very much lately, but I’m trying to branch out and not wear skinnies every day.
I threw on my white leather Vejas and this pink Vince sweater (yes, another Vince #NSale purchase… usually I limit myself to one, but this year I confess, I went a little off the rails… I blame Covid stress.)
We went out to dinner with friends on Saturday night, and I took the opportunity to wear the new AllSaints leather jacket I scored on a big sale a few weeks ago.
This jacket has been on my radar for a few years. Everyone who has one raves about the quality and fit, and they say they have them forever, but the price tag has always given me pause.
Well, this oxblood color went on major markdown when Nordstrom was doing a flash sale a few weeks ago, and I popped it into my shopping cart… Let’s call it research. I was truly curious to see what all the hype is about.
So yeah, it really is everything it’s cracked up to be. The leather is amazing, and the fit and attention to detail are on point. I know how much I wear my taupe suede and black leather moto jackets, and I feel like this oxblood color will be really versatile in my my closet.
I first put it on over a black v-neck sweater with my grey jeans, and I threw on my black rag & bond Margot booties out of habit. These have been my go-to black leather heeded booties for several years.
But altogether, I felt like it looked a little too tough for my comfort level. This jacket has a lot of hardware, and the boots are pretty sassy.
Plus, it pains me to say this, because I love these booties SO much, but that little dip in the front is beginning to look dated to me. So, I switched them out for the AGL flats.
I don’t usually wear flats on “date night” but I think it was a good swap in this case.
They have more of a ladylike silhouette, but the small silver studs tie into the hardware on the jacket. I felt comfortable but still stylish and a little extra special.
Here’s a view from behind.
I like how the sweater adds a luxe element to the look, and the grey jeans aren’t as harsh as black but a little more tough or rugged or something than blue jeans. (These from Express are similar.)
I’m actually thinking of wearing this outfit or some variation of it for our family pictures today.
And I found this faux suede moto jacket on sale at LOFT; the plum raisin looks really close to this oxblood brown.
Sunday was church, and yet again… rain. (We got a reprieve on Saturday, thankfully! It was Halloween, of course.) I hadn’t looked at the forecast, so I put together this outfit with white jeans and light grey suede booties.
I love it, but I realized the folly of my ways and switched into blue jeans and more durable leather booties before leaving the house. It’s a good thing I did because it was pouring when we left church.
I didn’t get a picture until we got home, and my hair was all flattened out from the rain. Oh, well!
By the way, this sweater is 50% off today!
I also added this Victoria Emerson boho cuff… isn’t it adorable!? I really hate that word when referring to a grown woman (or her accessories) but it seems appropriate in this case.
For some reason, I can’t find it on their site. Blergh. Hopefully it will turn up.
Okay, so this is me getting ready to go to the mall on Monday. Saddle up, cowgirls. This is one long, bumpy ride.
I really wanted to wear those Vince Chelsea boots. It was a cold day, and I’m determined to figure out how to make them work.
I think I shot myself in the foot, so to speak, by trying to wear a sweater that didn’t really work well with these jeans/boot combos. It’s longer than some, and with the side slits and relaxed fit, I don’t like to front-tuck it. It is a really good sweater, though. The color is so pretty for this time of year, it’s soft and stretchy, and the v-neck is flattering.
But it is not helping matters. You’ll see as we go along.
This is a jeans/boot combo I had been wanting to try, and I thought the sweater would work because the colors look good together.
This is actually not horrible. The jeans are a super dark wash so they sort of blend into the black boots, so the fact that the sweater is on the longer side doesn’t bother me so much. I look more balanced than if I was wearing lighter jeans to chop up the look.
And the jeans hang straight and cover the boots without getting caught on the shaft.
For some reason, I must not have quite liked it, or maybe I just wanted to see what they looked like cuffed above the boots. I don’t remember for sure.
But from the side, it sort of works, but I think it looks really doofus front-on.
I think the issue is how narrow the boot shaft is. it looks funny to me. If I end up wearing these jeans with these boots, I won’t cuff them.
Next, I tried the AGOLDE Toni — a similar style to the AG Prima, but a little shorter.
These have a 26″ inseam with a 12″ leg opening and a 10″ front rise; and the AG Prima has 29″ inseam with a 12″ leg opening and a 9″ front rise.
They are just enough shorter to get caught on the tab at the back of the boot when I walk and move around
Otherwise, they’re okay, I guess. Would it bug you that they get hung on that tab?
Then I remembered that I wanted to try them with the rag & bone Dre boyfriend jeans again, so I threw those on and cuffed them.
For anyone keeping score, these jeans have a 27″ inseam with a 13″ leg opening and 9 1/2″ front rise.
They work, I guess, but the whole outfit would be more balanced with a shorter top.
Also, my legs look cold. I just ordered some Smartwool socks to wear with my boots this winter. I got the black and the natural.
Then, for kicks and giggles, I decided to try them un-cuffed. I was curious to see how they would look worn this way, b/c I always cuff them.
They look okay, but the whole outfit looks sloppy to me.
Again, I really should have tried a shorter sweater. I was so fixated on trying these boots with all the jeans, and I didn’t want to bring another variable into the equation — but the top is a very important variable.
Just to prove the front tuck looks ridonkulous with this sweater…
By this time, I was ready to go to the mall, and I wasn’t in love with any of the above outfits, so I pulled on the off-black Good American jeans that I love so much. I feel like these two colors look soooo good together.
We’ve already determined I don’t like these jeans with the Vince Henderson boots, but I had to see them again.
Yep, still hate it.
By then I was frustrated and just wanted to get going, so I decided to ditch the boots altogether, and I grabbed my P448 sneakers with the python accents.
I swear, I may just end up wearing nothing but sneakers until spring, at this point.
Now, any normal person would have been done here. I could have easily thrown on a coat and taken off for the mall.
But no, I am a glutton for punishment.
I remembered the AllSaints sweater from the #NSale that is a similar color. I haven’t worn it yet, and I decided to give it a try to see if I liked it with these jeans and sneakers. And that set me off in a whole other direction.
I just cannot decide if I like this sweater or not.
I mean, I love the quality, and the color and attention to detail. But I just never care much for the way tunic-length tops and sweaters hang on me. They look much better on smaller-chested women, but I do get tired of all of my sweaters being so similar. This one is fun for a change.
I wasn’t 100% sold on it, so I thought I’d try my grey Frame skinnies — they’re an inch longer than the Good Americans, and every inch helps extend the line of the leg, especially when wearing a longer top.
I dunno… do these look any better? I kinda like both options.
And yet, I decided to try one more thing… the Marc Fisher Yale Chelsea boots.
I’ve worn them with these grey Frame jeans before, and I thought they might balance out the sweater.
This looks okay too. I think it’s the sweater that I’m still doubting.
So I decided to try one more thing. It was a cold day, and I wanted to see how the longer sweater would look with tall boots over the skinny jeans.
I like it better from the side… not really loving it from the front.
Then I started thinking about what coat I was going to wear over that long sweater, and I couldn’t quite get excited about any of these outfits.
So I did what I always do when I’m frustrated and out of time, and I just want to get on my way and feel comfortable. I went with familiar territory.
This is what I ended up wearing to the mall.
Yep, I even ditched the Madewell sweater.
I actually want to style that for an upcoming sponsored post, so pretend you’ve never seen it before, m’kay?
Kidding, it’s fine if I style something you’ve seen before. I guess I just like to keep an element of surprise.
Whew! That was a doozie. You can’t say I didn’t warn ya.
So that brings us to yesterday… I wore my running clothes to vote first thing in the morning, and then I did go for a 3-mile run afterwards.
I didn’t want to do my hair because I have a photo shoot today and I knew I’d be doing it all over again, so I just stuck it up in a pinch clip and showered off and put on some light makeup to spend the rest of the day at home.
Since the AGOLDE Tonis were still out from the day before, I threw them on, along with this rust hoodie and of course my P448s.
I like the rust top paired with the medium wash blue jeans, and I decided to give my skinnies a rest, for the sake of variety.
But my desire for variety clearly ended when I chose my sneakers. Oh, well. At least I can say my cost per wear is pennies at this point.
And that’s a wrap. I’ve got to get moving, or I’ll be late for our photo shoot.
I hope you all are hanging in there. Take care, and be safe!
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