Greetings, friends! It’s time for What I Wore Lately! This is a roundup of my daily outfits from the past few weeks and a little about where I wore them and how they came together.
SIZING NOTES: I’m 5’5″ with an hourglass shape, and I usually take a 6/28 in pants/jeans, a small in tops, and size 8 shoe. I tried to remember to note the size I’m wearing in the links beneath the pictures. Also, any gifted item is indicated by c/o. That means a company sent it to me; everything else I purchased myself.
What I Wore Lately
This first look is from the Thursday two weeks back. I had been pretty lazy for much of that week, but I had some try-ons I wanted to do, so I got myself dressed and put together. It’s amazing how much more positive and more productive I feel when I make that time for myself. This outfit is super casual, but I didn’t have anywhere to go so it made sense.
These jeans were my favorites for all of last spring and summer, but they’ve gotten shoved to the back of my closet as it’s gotten colder because l like them best with sandals or sneakers. In this case, I paired them with this super soft hoodie and my favorite P448s. They aren’t on sale anywhere right now that I can find, but they are part of the Power Points offer at Bloomies.
And this hoodie is on the shorter side, so it works well with the cropped jeans. I also really like the combination of the hoodie and v-neck. Usually hoodies have higher necklines, but this one is really flattering. It’s also incredibly soft, and thinner than a typical sweatshirt. I highly recommend this one for people with warmer winters, and it’s a nice price point for casual everyday wear. The red is 20% off, and it also comes in oatmeal and grey and salmon.
I had a photo shoot that Friday, and I threw this cozy v-neck sweater on afterwards to work from home for the afternoon. I tried it with a few different jeans — not because I really cared what I wore to work from home, but because I keep trying to figure out these current denim silhouettes.
These grey Mother Looker ankle fray skinnies have been hanging in my closet with the tags on for months. I grabbed them on a good sale back in the spring or summer, and then the return window expired before I could make up my mind. I felt like they would come in handy at some point, but every time I try them, I end up wearing something else.
I hate to admit it, but the denim legging fit is starting to look dated to me, even though these are great jeans. I love the wash, and they’re soft and stretchy and comfortable. I decided to see what the Good American Good Legs Cig looked like with this same outfit, since these are the jeans I usually reach for these days when I want to wear grey skinnies that aren’t the legging ankle jeans circa 2017.
Aside from the wash, there isn’t much difference. The cigarette leg is basically just a skinny jean with a slightly wider leg opening at the ankle — a small detail, but it does look more modern to my eye.
That said, the Mother jeans are softer and more comfortable, and I prefer the 10″ rise. (The Good Legs Cig feels higher than 10 1/2″.) I also think I like the grey wash better on the Mothers.
Then I decided to see how the Good American Good Classic looks with the same outfit. I wasn’t sure how these would work with the sneakers, since they’re a smidge longer than the Good Legs Cig. They’re also a slightly straighter cut, which is more on trend right now.
My exact pair is selling out, but here’s a link to the same pair without the rips. I actually prefer these without the distressing. Sometimes I want to wear mine with dressier looks, and I don’t want the ripped knee.
Here’s a side-by-side comparison of all three. Which do you like best?
After that, I wanted to see how the Vince Henderson boots from last year work with these jeans, and I ended up wearing this for the rest of the day. I knew I was going out to dinner that night, and I thought I might wear it.
But alas, I did not. When it came time to get ready to go out, I decided I wanted to dress up a bit more, so I switched into the black 1.State cross back sweater and my Paige Lia booties.
1.State cross back sweater also at Nordstrom (S) // Good American Good Classic in Black206 c/o Evereve (size 6; non-ripped option) // Paige Lia booties // Kendra Scott earrings in gold (25% off) // Victoria Emerson bracelets // Clare V. leopard clutch
It’s the back of this sweater that makes it really fun. Sorry, this is really blurry because it was getting dark outside and the front-facing camera on my iPhone isn’t as sophisticated as the rear-facing one, but you get the drift.
I also wore my vegan leather mini puffer on top. I wish I had a picture, because the jacket is so cute and really makes the outfit. It’s also currently $76.50, down from $180, and fully stocked. I have the small. Here’s a picture of it over a different sweater, in case you want to see it on me.
The next morning was a Christmas tea with the ladies from our church, and I wore this red LOFT sweater dress with my suede knee boots. This dress is on sale and still well stocked!
I took a back shot as well, so I’ll share it with you. It’s easy to forget to check the rear view, but people see the back side of you as much as they see the front. I’ve been known to love an outfit until I see the rear view, and then I’m horrified that I might have gone out looking that way!
In this case, I really like how it flatters my waist without over-emphasizing my hips, and it’s not clingy at all. #winner
When I got home, I changed into comfy sweats for the rest of the day. This sweatshirt just came from Zulily, and it cracks me up.
The next day was Sunday, so we had church and we went out to eat afterwards. This blouse is the Claret Red, which is low inventory at Nordstrom, but they have it at Dillards. And there are a lot of other good color choices at Nordstrom.
CeCe blouse (S; also at Dillards) // Vince pants (M) // Marc Fisher pumps (8) // similar Kate Spade shoulder bag // similar John Hardy hoops // Kendra Scott Satellite Elisa Pendant & Open Oval Necklace
I wore my wool reefer on top. FYI, this coat runs big; I actually have it in a size 4. It’s a little snug over chunkier sweaters, but it works well over blouses and fine gauge knits.
Lauren Ralph Lauren wool reefer (4) // CeCe blouse, also Dillards (S) // Vince pants (M) // Marc Fisher pumps (8) // similar Kate Spade shoulder bag // similar John Hardy hoops // Kendra Scott Satellite Elisa Pendant & Open Oval Necklace
Once again, I came home and changed into comfies. This tunic is one of those tops that is softer on the outside than it is on the inside. I will never understand that! I wish it were the other way around. And these jeans are on sale at Shopbop. I love these; they’re pretty much my favorites for casual outfits all year-round.
I have no recollection what I did last Monday, probably just worked from home, judging by this outfit. These jeans are really soft and comfortable, more so than most of my other Good American denim. The fabric is 67% Cotton, 30% Polyester, 2% Viscose, 1% Spandex as opposed to their usual 99% Cotton, 1% Elastane.
They’re the Good Legs Stovepipe, which has almost identical measurements to the black Good Legs Classic above, but these are a smidge shorter, which works perfectly with sneakers. I don’t like it when the hem of the jeans gets caught on the tongue of the sneaker.
And I believe this was yet another day working from home, and probably picking R up at school after jazz band rehearsal. The sweater is a couple years old, but it’s one of my favorites because it’s so thick and soft and cozy. I find myself reaching for it a lot during the colder months.
I’ve had a few people ask about ballet flats. They’re definitely not trending at the moment, but they’re a classic that never really goes completely out of style, and I love the Tory Burch Minnie Travel Ballet Flats for their comfort and ease. This burgundy suede is so pretty for winter, and it complements all the grey and black I tend to wear, so I’ve kept them around. I also kept my Goan Sand pair, but I put them away for the winter.
And then this was yet another casual work-at-home day in the life of a “fashion blogger”. I swear, the days are all starting to run together. I really miss having more events and places to go.
I’m sure it sounds like I do a lot, especially to those living in areas that are more locked down due to Covid. But compared to the amount of things I used to do and all the blogging events back in the day — that ended more or less due to the evolution of the industry, not b/c of Covid — I’ve really been feeling kind of bored lately. It’s a very solitary job, this one, and the irony isn’t lost on me. My days are filled with styling outfits that I have nowhere to wear, ha!
Anyway… Trying to change it up for variety’s sake, I decided to style faux leather leggings with a sweatshirt and sneakers like some of you suggested. I really like the juxtaposition of edgy/dressy and sporty/casual. I think I’ll be more willing to wear these shiny leggings out and about styled this way.
Alrighty! That brings us to last Thursday. You may have heard me mention Amy, who is my VA down in Virginia. She helps me a ton behind the scenes, here on the blog and in the Facebook Group. (If you haven’t joined us over there yet, you’re missing out!)
Since we don’t live close enough for me to take her to lunch, we planned a little Zoom holiday happy hour. I decided that was worthy of doing my hair and makeup and putting on a pretty sweater.
I’ve been wanting to wear these jeans more often because I love the fit, and the denim is stretchy and comfortable. I like them best with booties, which I don’t find myself wearing a ton these days — at least not when I’m mostly working from home. So I tried them with these UGG clogs, and I was happy to see that they work well together. I feel like there’s just enough ankle showing between the hem of the jeans and the top of the shoe, and the somewhat bulky shoe balances well with the bootcut leg.
I chose this sweater because of the shorter length — it works well with the high waist jeans and their slightly cropped length. They have a 11″ rise, 27 1/2″ inseam, and 16″ leg opening, for those who like to keep track.
And then last Friday, I had an appointment to get a pedicure. Fortunately it was a mild weather day because I came home wearing flip flops. These Vuori Halo Wideleg Pants are perfect for getting a pedicure because they’re easy to pull up so they don’t get wet.
I got my hair cut and colored last Saturday morning, and this is how she styled it. I asked her to show me how to do loose curls with the flat iron. I haven’t had a chance to play around with mine since them, but I really want to master this style so I can change it up sometimes.
When I went to get dressed for church on Sunday, I decided to try to make an outfit with these Frame straight crop jeans. I wore them a lot in the fall with mules and loafers, but I haven’t found myself reaching for them much this winter.
Since trying them a few ways for the try-on haul last weekend, I now know they work well with these Aquatalia suede stretch booties as well as with my Marc Fisher block heel pumps. See this side by side for comparison.
I prefer these jeans with the pumps, but last Sunday was pretty cold and windy, so I ended up wearing the booties.
I first tried them with this turtleneck because it’s one of my favorites — I found it on sale at Nordstrom Rack two years ago.
But I felt like it looked sort of choky. I don’t know why it hasn’t bothered me before, but I switched into my Naadam cashmere boatneck, and I was happier with this look, although I do think the pumps would have been more flattering, especially with the more open neckline of this sweater. Showing some skin at the neck and ankle balances out the look in a way. You can see what I mean in that side-by-side comparison above.
I did a quick back shot to see how it looks from behind, and I think it looks well balanced. I’ll definitely wear this outfit again, but maybe with the pumps next time.
Okay, home stretch! I don’t know how it feels to read these posts, but sometimes I feel like I’m writing a novel, and each outfit is its own chapter.
I had a photo shoot on Monday, and then I met a friend for lunch. I kept on the last outfit we photographed, but I never got a mirror selfie. It’s going to be the feature of a sponsored post with Nordstrom next week, but I’ll give you a sneak peek. This time, I wore the pumps!
And finally, yesterday I flew to Boston to bring C home from college for the holidays. I took an Uber straight to a hotel, where I had dinner and then turned in early. I brought more comfy clothes for the car ride home, but I like to look nice when I fly, and I was planning to have dinner in the restaurant, so I wore a sweater with jeans and comfortable flats.
I picked up this sweater when it was 30% off over Good Friday/Cyber Monday weekend, and it’s currently 25% off at Bloomies.
Paul took this picture as I was headed out the door. I’ve never packed so light in my life! I know I’m only away for one night, but still, I don’t think I’ve ever flown anywhere without at least a carryon suitcase.
I borrowed his backpack so I could fit my toiletries and laptop into one bag. I put pajamas and a change of clothes along with a crossbody bag in the Longchamp tote. I love this Thule backpack, by the way. It even has a side pocket for sunglasses. It would make a great gift for the commuter/traveler in your life.
It’s the same outfit, but I snapped this before heading downstairs to dinner last night. For some reason, I was upgraded to a suite. I feel so fancy, and I kind of wish I was here another night, ha!
I’ve just been here in my hotel room working this morning, but I’ll be heading out to drive home as soon as C gets here. I’m wearing the same Vuori Halo pants and crewneck with On Cloud sneakers that I wore last week for my pedicure.
And that’s a wrap. I’ll be back tomorrow with some gift basket gift ideas that should arrive in time for Christmas, so stay tuned for that!
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