Well, friends, it’s time for another What I Wore Lately! I swear, it feels like I just did one last Wednesday. I had to actually look at my calendar and double check that it had been two weeks.
This time of year, these posts get really repetitive, but I still think it’s helpful to show what I actually wear even when there are a lot of repeats. If nothing else, it helps illustrate the concept of cost per wear.
But since many items are sold out and you’ve seen some of these outfits multiple times, I decided to group some of the ones that don’t need a lot of commentary. That way I can focus more on the ones that took some time to pull together, and the post won’t be so long. That also means I’m not talking about these looks in chronological order, so let me know what you think of this format.
What I Wore Lately
SIZING NOTES: I’m 5’5″ and I usually take a 6/28 in pants/jeans, a small in tops, and size 8 shoe. Gifted items are indicated by c/o; everything else I purchased myself.
I wore this outfit to the mall on a Saturday. It was super cold and windy, and we had a few inches of fresh snow on the ground, so I created this outfit from the bottom up.
I started with the Sorel boots because they’re the warmest I have. They’re also practical for snowy surfaces, as well as lightweight and comfortable to walk around in. (They’re also 25% off right now!)
I knew I’d be keeping my coat on at the mall and I wanted to be warm so I threw on the grey turtleneck even though it’s kind of a drab outfit. I would have picked something else if I was planning to remove my coat.
Then I added the layer necklace to give it a little more pizazz.
Sunday Church/Lunch Outfits
This is what I wore to church last Sunday, and I also built this outfit from the bottom up. It was cold and snowy/icy so I wanted to wear my Blondo lug sole booties. They pair well with these crop skinny jeans, so that was easy, and then my eyes landed on this sweater.
I haven’t worn it much, so I decided it would make the perfect topper. I added the belt and did a front tuck. When I got back home, I snapped a picture without the belt to compare. That’s why the lighting is so different in these two pictures. I actually like this look both ways; I think the proportions are okay with the sweater untucked, but the belt does add a nice detail.
I discovered this sweater late last winter, and I shared it in a Try-On Haul from the Nordstrom dressing room, but I left it behind that day because it was full price.
I kept an eye on it and snagged it when it went 40% off at Neiman’s in May. That’s still a lot to pay for a sweater, but with the quality and classic style, I’m planning to have this in my closet for many years.
I tried to find some similar options, but most of the ones I know of (Naadam and Reformation both had one) have sold out. I did manage to hunt down this similar style at J.Crew Factory for a lot less. It’s not quite the same, but it’s a similar vibe.
This next look is what I wore to church the week before. I wore the light suede boots, but when I came home, I tried on the black leather ones to see which I liked better. I actually think I prefer the black, what do you think?
Also, these Paige booties are full stocked and 50% off at Nordstrom Rack! I didn’t realize that, and I’ve been linking to them at Nordstrom all this time. The quality is fantastic, and they’re comfortable too.
As an aside, isn’t it interesting how the different camera angle makes my proportions look different? I wish I could find some consistency with that. I really try, but a lot of it depends on how close I’m standing to the mirror, and then the tilt of the camera makes a huge difference as well.
Here are a few more outfits I wore over the past two weeks. These are all items you’ve seen before, if not these exact outfits.
And because I can’t help but make some commentary… I think the boatneck sweater looks better with longer straight cut jeans, like the AG Mari. I’m not loving this combo. Maybe if I had on black boots, rather than the neutral flats, it would elongate the line of the leg and look better.
I also think I prefer those Vince Henderson boots with longer, straighter jeans. The ankle area looks weird to me, and I also feel like I need a slightly wider leg opening to offset the volume in the sweater.
I found this classic camel v-neck for $30 at BR Factory, and there is no wool content. They also have this one for $42, which I like a lot. The thicker ribbed detail at the neckline and raglan sleeves is similar to the Equipment sweater. The camel color is low inventory, but other colors are well stocked.
And these Madewell jeans look similar to the Fidelity Cher. They also come in petite, plus, and tall sizes. Be sure to look at the inseam measurements to pick the best length for you. The Cher has a 27″ inseam and 13″ leg opening.
This was the Saturday I went for a facial and pedicure, thus the flip flops.
Sadly, this pullover sold out. I love it. The joggers are well stocked, however, and on sale for $99. They’re very comfortable and a great alternative to jeans.
I threw this on after church on Sunday and wore it the rest of the day. I absolutely love this set, so glad I took the plunge. I had been wanting cashmere joggers for a while, and I nabbed these when they were on sale a few weeks ago. They were more than half off when I bought mine, but unfortunately, they’re back to full price now.
Date Night Outfit
Okay, so now I have a look I put together a couple weeks ago to go out to dinner with Paul. I decided to go for an all black look, with either my faux leather puffer or the faux fur jacket on top, and maybe pop it with my Sam Edelman pumps in the Bordeaux suede. Here’s how it came together.
First, I chose this Halogen cashmere v-neck from last year. I wanted to wear the necklace Paul gave me for Christmas, so the v-neck was a must. And out of my black denim options, the Paige Claudine is the darkest black wash I own besides my AG Farrahs, so I decided to see how I like them with the pumps and black sweater.
I liked the silhouette immediately, but overall it was rather plain, so I added jewelry and front-tucked the sweater to see if that make it look a little more styled.
The proportions look fine to me, even though the jeans are an inch or two shorter than the Paige, but I wasn’t loving the contrast of the sweater with the jeans in that moment. I sort of like it here, though.
At any rate, I went back to the original combination and added a belt. I really love this look. It’s so simple, but the proportions are really on point.
Next, I tried on both jackets…
And I decided on the faux leather puffer. It seems a little more edgy and fun, so this was my final dinner look.
Of course, it’s never that easy. We decided at the last minute to combine our dinner date with a trip to the mall. While the pumps are very comfortable, they’re not walk-the-mall comfortable, so I decided to see how the outfit looked with my Paige booties. With the asymmetrical silver zipper and a pointy toe, they’re the dressiest/edgiest bootie I own.
I was really happy to see this combination worked too. The jeans are long enough to cover the boots without getting hung up on the back of them, and the pointy toe keeps the silhouette sleek and streamlined.
Abercrombie faux leather puffer (S) // Halogen v-neck (S; similar) // Paige Claudine Ankle Flare Jeans (28) // Paige Lia Booties (8) // Baby Bottom belt (M) // Yurman earrings (similar for less) & necklace
The other option would have been my suede Aquatalia stretch booties, but I think they would look a little more clunky, even though they have a slender silhouette. I didn’t try them, so I don’t have a picture to illustrate my point.
I still prefer the pop of color in the pumps, so I decided to wear the booties to the mall and change into pumps for the restaurant. That’s really high maintenance, even for me, but I was determined to wear those pumps, so that’s what I did.
Girls Lunch Out
I wore this light neutral look to lunch on Monday with some friends from church. The J.Crew Cocoon Coat in the Sandstone is almost a perfect match to the booties, and I grabbed my LV tote because I like the way it adds some print and texture to the look.
This sweater is a few years old, so I don’t have a link, but of course ivory sweaters are not hard to find. It’s always worth perusing the Vince sweaters at Nordstrom Rack this time of year. I’ve bought quite a few over the years this way because they’re often more than 50% the full retail price.
And finally, I wore this outfit yesterday to do a bunch of errands. I’m just adding it here at the end since the rest of this post was already prepared.
And that, as they say, is a wrap!
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