Somehow it’s Wednesday again, so I’ve rounded up my daily outfits from the past couple of weeks to share with you today!
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 linked the sizes I’m wearing beneath the pictures. Gifted items are indicated by c/o, which means a company sent it to me; everything else I purchased myself.
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What I Wore Lately
I’ve been trying to be more diligent about getting dressed in pants that button and zip, even though I’m not going a lot of places these days. I need the accountability to not overindulge, but I also find my mood is much better when I put on makeup and real clothes.
That was actually the original intent of the What I Wore Wednesday blog carnival that was started many moons ago by Lindsey at The Pleated Poppy. She was looking for accountability as a stay-at-home mom to get out of her pajamas every day, so she started sharing her daily outfits on her blog and invited other “mommy bloggers” to join her. That’s how this all began, 10 years ago or more!
I’ve been blogging for almost 16 years, but it wasn’t always about fashion. My content evolved over time from an online dairy/mommy blog to lifestyle magazine to the personal fashion blog it is today. But I digress… This is what I wore lately!
These looks go back a couple weeks, and I wore this neutral outfit to work from home and run a few errands that first Wednesday of the new year. This is a sweater I picked up when I saw it on sale last winter, and it’s such a good classic. It’s fully stocked and half off right now, so if it’s something you need, this is a great time to grab it.
My mules are really old, but I still love them, and they’re extremely comfortable.
This was the day I went to the dentist to get my crown, and I didn’t even bother putting on makeup or looking nice. I guess it wasn’t very cold that day because I just wore these lightweight joggers.
We got some snow that Friday, and school was canceled. I dressed in a cozy turtleneck sweater and my Lou & Grey joggers.
A friend came over that night for a visit after the roads were cleared, and I switched into jeans and mules in an attempt to look a little more presentable.
R wanted to go to the mall on Saturday, and I had late lunch plans with friends, so I got myself fixed up. It was really cold so I added this cozy scarf. It’s huge and thick and soft and warm, and I love it. I just checked my emails, and it was $87.50 when I grabbed it last January, but it’s $125 now and final sale, so yeah… I would recommend waiting if you want it. It might go lower before the end of the season.
J.Crew Cocoon Coat in Italian Stadium Cloth Wool (6) // Naadam Cashmere Solid Scarf // LOFT sweater (S) // Good American Good Waist Crop c/o (28) // Blondo Dagger (8.5) // Madewell link earrings // Evereve coin necklace // Yurman bracelet
I snapped this next picture when I was waiting for my daughter to try on clothes at Altar’d State. They have such a pretty dressing room. (I left my scarf in the car.)
FYI, my J.Crew cocoon coat is currently 40% off. It’s a classic style they’ve carried for years, and this is a pretty good price for it if it’s something you’ve been wanting. I also have it in the Sandstone, but I reach for this Hthr Dusk more. I find it to run a little large. I have the size 6, and it fits comfortably over bulky sweaters. It also comes in petite and tall sizes.
Here’s what I was wearing underneath. My good friend gave me this sweater for Christmas. Isn’t it so pretty? I love these colors. It’s currently 40% off with code GOBIG.
I stopped home before meeting friends for lunch, and I thought I wanted to look a little dressier. The Blondo boots are great for tromping around the mall, but they seemed a little clunky for a girlfriend lunch, so I swapped them out for my Aquatalia stretch booties.
The crop skinnies work well with the bulkier Blondo boots, but I feel like I need slightly longer jeans with these stretch booties, so I decided to try those new Paige Claudine raw hem flare jeans from a recent Try-On Haul. This wasn’t quite working either, though. I feel like it looks kind of sloppy; these jeans need a more fitted sweater or something.
So I ended up back in my trusty Good American Good Legs crop skinnies and Vince Henderson boots from last season. This is a tried and true pairing that I keep falling back on because it works with so many tops. Both are sold out, unfortunately, but this is what I wore to lunch along with the grey J.Crew Cocooon Coat.
We got some bad weather overnight, and church was canceled the next day. I threw on this cozy outfit to hang out at home, and later that afternoon, I ventured out with C to get her PCR test so she wouldn’t have to quarantine when she got back to college.
Monday was the day Paul took C back to college. I worked from home most of the day, and I threw on these comfy favorites. This sweater is from last year, and it sold out, which is such a bummer. It’s one of my favorites. I like how the oatmeal color coordinates with the colors on the tongue of the sneakers.
The next day, I had to go to the endodontist to see about the tooth that was still bothering me. I forget why I curled my hair that day; it certainly wasn’t to honor the occasion. I think I just wanted to play around with styling it this way. It was really cold, so I pulled out my Sorels again, and I wore this cozy sweater hoodie.
I’ve talked about this sweater hoodie several times before, but it’s definitely one of my winter favorites, so I’ll mention it again. I love the cozy styling with the high neck and extra long sleeves, and the super soft and plush cashmere. Mine was an #NSale purchase, but they have it out now in a similar color, but it’s not on sale. Well, crap, it isn’t even fully stocked! I thought it was.
Anyway, Naadam has a couple of comparable options, if you’re looking for one. This cashmere balloon sleeve hoodie and this recycled cashmere hoodie are both on sale for $100. And if you can’t wear wool, Banana Republic Factory has this one for under $50.
These pajamas came in the mail that day, and I wasted no time putting them on as soon as the sun went down. I snapped a quick picture because they’re on sale and there’s a smattering of sizes and patterns left.
I ran out last Wednesday to get my nails done because I had a photo shoot scheduled for the next day. I tried a new color this time, OPI Let’s Be Friends!
The next day was a photo shoot with Alison, and then I did some try-ons before heading back to the endodontist for yet another check on this stupid tooth. I almost wore my new pink pointelle pullover.
But then I switched to this oatmeal shaker pullover to compare the silhouettes of the sweaters. As I suspected, the way this one is cut through the arms and shoulders is much more flattering on me. It also comes in that pretty pink; in fact, I requested the pink when I chose this one back before Christmas, but they didn’t have it in my size. I like this oatmeal too, though. Both are pretty colors for this time of year.
I also switched jeans because I was trying to figure out if the Mother Dazzlers (above) are too similar to this AGOLDE Toni pair that I wear so much. I’m undecided on that point, so I kept this outfit on and wore it to my appointment.
We have a women’s Bible Study starting up at our church, and this is what I wore for our first meeting last Friday. I really like the proportions of this outfit. The top is a little boxy, plus the horizontal stripes can add visual weight, so the bootcut jeans help balance out the volume on top.
The length of this sweater is nice too; if it were much longer, it would cut me in half visually, but this outfit has that ideal 1/3 to 2/3 ratio. See my sophisticated drawing right here, illustrating the point. It’s not exact, but it’s close.
Okay, moving on! We had a funeral to attend Saturday, and I went to put on the black sweater dress I had saved for just such an occasion and was horrified to find out it was too small. Fortunately, I had this grey sweater dress as a backup, but if I didn’t happen to have this, I would have been scrambling.
So here’s my PSA regarding special event attire. If you, like me, have a few dresses hanging in your closet that you keep on hand for unexpected events such as this, go try them on right now. Make sure they fit, and make sure you have the proper undergarments, shoes, and accessories you need to complete the look. If not, remedy that situation pronto.
I realize no one really cares what I wear or how it fits, but I do. I saw people I hadn’t seen in 10 years or more, and I wanted to feel confident and put together. Fortunately, it worked out in this case, but I’m going to try to be better prepared in the future.
That brings us to Sunday, and this is what I wore to church. This sweater had just come in, so I threw it on with black jeans and black booties and was happy that it all worked together so easily.
The sweater is pretty boxy, so I gave it a half tuck, a little off to one side. I got it on sale at Nordstrom just a week or so ago, but suddenly they’re sold out. I found it on the Reformation website, but it’s full price.
Monday was super cold and icy, and I worked from home all day. I wore this #NSale 2020 favorite sweater with jeans and sneakers in the morning, and then I did some live try-ons for my IG Story.
I tried the sweater both front tucked and untucked, but either way, it’s a little bulky and balloons out around my middle. I dunno… I love the donegal knit and the way the shoulders and neckline are designed, but something about the way it’s fitting me this season is bugging me.
It’s almost like it shrunk a bit at the dry cleaner… or I grew a bit. Probably the latter. Also, when will I learn to stand up straight?
After changing about 10 times for the try-ons, I grabbed this old Theory sweater and threw it on with the same jeans and sneakers and took a few pictures to see how it looked compared to the Vince.
They’re rather similar, with the chunky knit, v-neckline, and ribbed waist and cuffs, but I like the Theory sweater better. It’s every bit as thick, but it’s softer because there’s no wool content, and the v-neck is a little wider and more flattering.
It also seems to lay a little bit nicer on the body, without bubbling around my muffin top the way the Vince sweater does. I also like the extra length in the sleeves, and it’s just the softer and cozier of the two.
That got me to wondering when I even bought this Theory sweater. I remember it being a big splurge even on sale. Turns out, it was back in the fall of 2018, so it’s going on its 4th season. I’ve worn it a lot over the last few seasons, but it still looks and feels great. That was a good purchase!
Okay finally, this is what I wore yesterday. I had a workout in the morning, and then I ran some errands before coming home to work for the better portion of the day. I never bothered to change because I kept thinking I was going to go out for a walk, but that never happened. It was suuuuuper windy here yesterday; hoping for better walking weather today.
And that’s a wrap! Have a wonderful Wednesday!
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