What I Wore Lately Vol. 73

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.

old Equipment turtleneck (S; similar/similar for less) // Good American jeans (6) // Sorel boots (25% off) // old The North Face parka (M; similar) // Lagos earrings // similar shoulder bag

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!)

Even though the jeans have a busted-out knee, which seems silly for such a cold day, I like how the crop skinny pairs with these boots, so I pulled them out next. I’m also wearing Smartwool socks.

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.

Vince sweater (S; similar for less) // similar Good American jeans (6; similar for less) // B-Low The Belt belt (M) // Blondo boots (8.5) // Yurman earrings // similar tote

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.

Vince sweater (S; similar for less) // similar Good American jeans (6; similar for less) // B-Low The Belt belt (M) // Vince Henderson Boots (8)

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?

AllSaints sweater (S) // Mother denim (28) // Paige booties (8) // Marc Fisher booties (8) // Yurman bracelet // Madewell earrings // similar tote

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.

Everyday Outfits

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.

#1. Naadam sweater // Frame denim // Dolce Vita mules // Lagos earrings

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.

#2: LOFT sweater (S) // similar Good American jeans (6; similar for less) // Vince boots // Lagos earrings

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.

#3. Nordstrom Signature hoodie (similar for less) // AGOLDE jeans (28) // P448 sneakers (39; more on sale) // Lagos earrings

I found a really good similar for less version of my beloved cashmere hoodie. I haven’t tried it, but it looks very similar.

#1. Equipment sweater (S; similar for less) // Fidelity denim (28; similar for less) // Rachey mules (7.5) // Anthro hoops // Victoria Emerson necklace c/o

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.

#2. Vuori Halo Crewneck c/o (S) // Vuori Wideleg Pants c/o (S) // TB Miller Sandals (8) // Lagos earrings

This was the Saturday I went for a facial and pedicure, thus the flip flops.

#3. Rails pullover (S) // Evereve utility joggers c/o (28) // P448 Jack Zebby c/o (39; also at Nordstrom) // Lagos earrings

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.

Naadam Balloon Sleeve Hoodie & Balloon Jogger (size S) // J.Crew socks

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.

I definitely like this, but I wondered if I’d prefer a lighter black wash, so I swapped the Paige Claudine ankle flares for the Frame Le High crop straight.

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.

J.Crew Cocoon Coat (6) // Vince mockneck (old, similar) // Mother Dazzler (29) // Vince Camuto Welland Booties (8.5) // Kendra Scott earrings // LV Neverfull

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.

Naadam crewneck (S) // KUT from the Kloth fuzzy jacket (S) // AGOLDE jeans (28) // P448 sneakers (39; more on sale) // Kendra Scott earrings

I got this jacket at Zappos back in the fall, and it sold out, but it recently popped back up at Nordstrom! It’s a cute one for casual wear, a nice change from the puffer jackets I usually wear.

And that, as they say, is a wrap!

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17 Responses

  1. I always enjoy these posts. Personally, I prefer chronological order, but this way is fine too. I wonder if you could add some photos, descriptions, links of what Paul wears on date night. It would be great to get some ideas of put-together outfits for the gents.

  2. My favorites are the final outfit for running errands and date night with the black booties. And I love the format, especially explaining the evolution of the outfits.

  3. I enjoy your posts. I like reading the thought process that you use in deciding on what to wear even though our choices in style are not the same for several reasons. I work in an office and your style is often too casual for my everyday look. I’m also a 55 year old woman who is 5’2″ and live in the deep south. I’d have a heat stroke in some of the outfits you can wear. lol Hope your day is a good one and thanks for doing what you do!

  4. I love these posts! My favorite is the striped sweater with black jeans, WITH the belt! I laugh when I read that you sometimes create your outfits from the bottom up. I do that often, deciding on the boots first, then the jeans that looks best with the boots, then sweater/top! I’ve been wearing boots more this winter than in the past, so I want to highlight them! 🙂 I am off to the Mall soon, and spent a lot of time deciding to wear, especially footwear and coat. My husband just rolls his eyes!

  5. Always look forward to this post.. I really like the outfit at the end for running errands and the girls lunch out… maybe because of the neutrals.
    Starting your outfit from the bottom up makes great sense especially with the winters we have it really can dictate what we wear, plus I find the footwear and coats is all people see.
    We have another storm coming this weekend! What is it with weekend storms this winter🤷‍♀️

  6. I like either way you put the order of what you wore. I just like these post and like the commentary of how you put together an outfit and end result. I like the lighter bootie with the mauve sweater the best. I just love that sweater on you. I love the outfit you posted a long time ago with it outside. Just so you. Great find. I love the fuzzy jacket at the end…..trying to decide if it would look okay on me. I’m shorter, so it may look too boxy. I wish you lived close and I’d have you be my personal stylist for jeans. I would love to have you just buy them and then me do a try on and you help. :)Boy, struggling with them this year with my height. I keep having to buy the frayed ones. I want already hemmed ones and I just hate to think I’ll have to start having my jeans hemmed again, like back in the day. I like when places have shorts as petites don’t usually fit right to me. They are different. Have a great day and I hear so many are getting bad snow storms…….we on the West coast are mild. Wishing for one more good snow before March. This hear we got one for Christmas time. Fun.

  7. PS How does Paul do dressing for date night? Many times I have to lay out my hubbies clothes or I have to send him right back up the stairs to change. LOL He’s not into clothes like I am. Also, miss hearing about your kids. How are they all doing?

    1. He is very inconsistent. He likes fashion and often dresses very well, but he can also play the guy card and come down totally underdressed. Seems to do that more in the winter when he’s cold. Sometimes I get cranky and “make” him change and other times I just roll my eyes and figure he can look like a doofus if he wants to, lol. Depends on where we are going and what mood I’m in. He usually puts more effort when we are meeting friends than when it’s just the two of us.

  8. That moto-length, faux leather puffer jacket is soooo cute! I think it would’ve looked good also with the white turtleneck and blue jeans.

  9. I had to laugh when you said changing your shoes to go from mall to restaurant was high maintenance, because I do that too! Sometimes we take our boys to dinner but inevitably we have to stop somewhere, like Dicks Sporting Goods for athletic wear/gear. Well, I’m not traipsing around the store in my heels and feeling silly, so I just wear something more lowkey for that part of the program and then “level up” my footwear when we get to the restaurant parking lot. 🙂

  10. You inspired my outfit today, as you often do! When I saw your Vince striped sweater, I remembered I had one but it was creamy beige and black striped. I had forgotten about it, and went looking for it. I had a doctors appointment and it kept me warm. I wore it with black knit pants and tall black boots, since it was raining. I love these posts, and you can put them in whatever order you want. I especially appreciate your evolution of an outfit explanations.

  11. I remember when you showed us the black sweater with tan stripes last year. And when you said you passed on it, I was surprised because that is completely your style and colors! Glad you found it again and are enjoying it.

  12. I always look forward to this post and your thoughts behind how you create your outfits. I then figure out what I have that is similar so I can copy you! I do like the format the other way better. Maybe because I am such a scheduled person – I love reading what you did the past couple of weeks in order. But however you end up doing it, I will enjoy it.

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