Happy Monday, friends! I usually post What I Wore Lately on Wednesdays, but my schedule got a little rearranged due to some sponsored post commitments, and I’m posting this today.
It was getting reeeeeeally long with all of my vacation outfits tacked on at the end, so I decided to save those out and do a separate post on what I packed and wore in Maine.
Even so, this post is still a bit of a doozie, so grab a 2nd cup of coffee and get ready to scroll!
SIZING NOTES: I’m 5’5″ and I usually wear a small in tops, a 28 or 29 in jeans, and a size 8 shoe. Gifted items are indicated by c/o; everything else I purchased myself.
What I Wore Lately
I wore this to shop the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. I wanted something that was easy to change in and out of. This tee was actually an #NSale find a few years ago. It’s excellent quality, and I love the cheetah print.
I’m laughing because I was trying to snap this picture real quick before the plumber who was working in our bathroom caught me.
I did a big try-on haul in my bedroom with #NSale finds the next day, and this is what I threw on afterwards to work in my office editing pictures and writing up my blog post.
I worked that day from 5AM to 10PM, and that was after shopping the #NSale the day before and writing up the Fitting Room Selfies post until late that night. My cankles are proof of those crazy hours, haha!
Still got the cankles… I did more try-ons and ran some errands that Friday, including a much-needed mani/pedi. (I switched back to white nail polish.)
I spent most of the following Saturday doing more bedroom try-ons, and then Paul and I had dinner reservations that night for my birthday.
I drank tons of water, and my ankles looked better that day. I also sat down and put my feet up for a few hours between trying on clothes and going out to dinner.
Is this ankle edema a middle-age issue, or probably lingering effects of my surgery two months ago? I’m really hoping it’s the latter because I don’t want to deal with this longterm.
I couldn’t decide which of the Vince dresses from the #NSale to wear to my birthday dinner at a little French restaurant that we love. The chef runs it out of his 300 year old farmhouse here in Chester County, PA.
It’s charming, and the food is divine, but it’s not a super dressy venue. I love this v-neck in the gorgeous murky blue/green/gray color, but I was afraid I’d feel overdressed.
The black tank dress is still dressy, but it doesn’t have the same level of formality as the grey one. I think you have to see them in person to really get the difference — it has to do with the fabric as well as the cut of the neckline and bodice.
At the last minute, I decided on this one. I just felt more comfortable in it, and Paul actually likes it better for some reason.
It’s still pretty dressy, though, and I had to fight the urge to dress it down with nude flat sandals.
They are certainly fine, but I think the gold heels really make this look a slam dunk.
Here’s the final outfit. I like how the ivory bag with gold hardware keeps it light and summery.
I wore my new Maeve flutter sleeve tee on Sunday with my white Mother Hustlers. The silver wedge sandals work really well with this color palette, but I realized after I got to church that I wore gold jewelry. Ooops! I meant to wear silver.
I like how the ankle-length flares balance out the flutter sleeves on the top. I think you can especially see that from the rear view.
Yes, I often take rear view pictures when trying to decide what to wear. After all, people see you from the back as much as they see you from the front!
After church, I treated myself to some much-needed R&R. I threw on a swimsuit and coverup and enjoyed our backyard pool for a few hours.
We had plans to go out for drinks and an early dinner with friends that night. This picture is from my try-on sesh on Saturday, and it’s the outfit I had been planning to wear, but it seemed like a bit much for a Sunday afternoon/evening outing. (I would have added more accessories — big earrings and one of my Victoria Emerson boho cuffs.)
As an aside, aren’t these jeans the perfect length with these slingbacks? I love how they sit right on top without buckling and show a peek of these gorgeous shoes. I also love the juxtaposition of the luxe sweater with the casual denim wash.
I will definitely wear that outfit at some point, but I thought white jeans might be better for this event, so I tried the black sweater with my white Mother Hustlers and a slightly more casual block heeled sandal.
I still felt too dressed up, so I tried a few other options with the same jeans and sandals.
I can’t really explain why, but I feel like the flare leg looks a bit “extra” while the straight leg style is more subdued. I also don’t care for ankle flares with flats, which is what I ended up wearing… but I’m getting ahead of myself.
Here are the different shoes I tried with this sweater/jeans combo.
I like the black Steve Madden slides with the wood grain heel best with this outfit, but I knew I’d be more comfortable in a flat and not feel so overdressed, so I ended wearing these old faithful Dolce Vita Haize Sandals.
I often end up wearing these sandals when I feel overdressed in heels but my flat sandals seem too casual. These have a 1.25″ heel, which along with the delicate double strap design is just enough to straddle that line between dressy and casual.
So this is how it all came together. I like how the white jeans make it summery, the black halter neck sweater adds a touch of glam for a night out, and the nude strappy low-heeled sandals keep it casual enough for a Sunday afternoon event.
There are no outfit pictures from Monday; I think I stayed in workout clothes all day.
Then I had an eye doctor appointment on Tuesday. My hair is looking a bit rough here, but I love the olive green with the ecru jeans.
I had envisioned this sweater vest as more of a transitional wardrobe piece when we get to the end of August and into those warm September days, but I’ve already worn it a couple of times this month. I think I’m going to get a lot of use out of it.
I had a photo shoot on Wednesday, and I wore this casual outfit again for the rest of the day.
The next day, I had a coffee date with a friend, and I pulled on the sweater tank again. This time, I paired it with white shorts.
I ordered these Fidelity Jimi cutoffs and the AG Becke at the same time because most of my shorts are uncomfortable these days. I wanted some that are longer with a more relaxed fit. I was surprised when I loved them both. They’re a lot, I know, but I live in shorts in the summer, and I am so tired of being uncomfortable in them. I actually packed away a few of my other pairs.
We went out to dinner that night with another couple, and I considered wearing this black jumpsuit from Evereve.
I decided it was a bit much for a weeknight… Do we sense a them here, lol??? Why is everything so dang casual these days?
I like that look, but I was curious how it would look with black jeans, so I grabbed the Paige Claudine. They have almost the exact same fit as the white Mother Hustler (above) and I love the off-black wash. That along with the raw hem gives these jeans a slightly lived-in look that keeps them from being too dressy.
I felt like these jeans toned down the look just enough to bring it into my comfort zone. This outfit isn’t quite as summery as it is with the white denim, but it has that slightly edgy vibe that I love.
I don’t have any pictures from last Friday, and this was the simple outfit I wore on Saturday.
Paul and I went out for a casual dinner that night before coming back home to pack for Maine.
I like that look, but I decided to take it down a notch with blue jeans and flat sandals, and I added fun earrings and a bracelet.
There’s something I find really pleasing about this color combo — the oatmeal color with the medium blue denim. Next time, I want to try this sweater with the AG Farrah Bootcut. I think that will be a really fun look.
That brings us to last Sunday and our travel day to Maine. We flew, so I wanted to look somewhat put together. This denim jacket is more coral than pink, but it’s not as warm as it appears on the website. It’s a really pretty color for summer.
And that’s where I’m going to stop for today! Stay tuned for what I packed and wore in Maine… I plan to put that post up on Wednesday.
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