Greetings on this fine Wednesday morning! It’s time for another edition of What I Wore Lately. This is where I round up my everyday looks from the past few weeks and talk about where I wore them and how they came together.
Since these are real life outfits, some of the pieces are old, so they aren’t always in stock, but I’ll do my best to link similar styles.
What I Wore: Two Weeks of Everyday Outfits
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.
This first outfit is one you’ve seen plenty of times before… it’s one I often revert to when I want to be casual and comfy.
We had friends over for dinner one night, and I threw on this black on black outfit. I added my old burgundy suede Tory Burch Minnie travel flats because they’re comfy and I was getting tired of wearing sneakers so much.
I took this picture when I got back from a run/walk the next day. This is my favorite winter running ensemble, so I figured I’d capture it and link it up for anyone looking for cold weather activewear.
I went to the mall by myself that Saturday, and I wanted to wear this turtleneck. I tried it with a few different denim and shoe pairings.
The first combo I tried was the FRAME Le High Straight in Film Noir (new with tags on) and Vince Henderson boots (from last year).
I don’t know if the issue is the jeans or the boots, but this combo seems weird to me. The jeans look too short, and the narrow shaft on the boot looks awkward.
They don’t look terrible from the side and the back, though, and I don’t have any super black straight ankle jeans, so I keep thinking I will need these at some point, but I never end up wearing them….
I decided to see if I had something else in my closet that would work just as well.
They’re slightly longer and wider than my other black ankle length straight leg jeans. They’re more similar to the FRAME Le High Straight in Film Noir, but the wash is a little more distressed, and they have a raw hem. They’re also about an inch longer, and that makes a big difference.
FYI, do not trust the measurements on the Bloomingdale’s website. They’re often wrong, so I’ve learned to cross-check the brand website before sharing with you. It’s really helpful to know your ideal denim measurements when shopping online for jeans. You can’t go by how they look on the model.
I like this denim and boot pairing a lot better, and I also prefer the subtle contrast between the black sweater and the washed black jeans. They call this PAIGE Vintage denim: “We combined the comfort of stretch with everything you love about authentic vintage denim to create super soft jeans that feel perfectly lived-in from the very first wear.”
This is when I started thinking about keeping these jeans… I always struggle with the Vince Henderson boots, that narrow ankle always looks funny to me with most of my ankle-length or cropped jeans.
I decided to see if the PAIGE Cindy works with my favorite sneakers… but this is definitely a no bueno. I don’t like how they break on top of the foot.
If I keep these jeans (and I did, stay tuned!), I need to remember they are too long to work with sneakers.
Next, I tried the AG Farrah Boot in 2 Years Dropout. This is another pair of jeans that I had been holding onto with the tags on, waiting to see if I felt like I needed them… I know, it’s a problem!!!
I really like this look, and I was about to wear it out of the house… I even went on my Instagram Story and shared it!
BUT, then I remembered I was planning to try on flat boots at the mall!
I decided I should wear jeans I’d want to wear with the flat boots, so I changed into the AGOLDE Riley and put on my VEJAs.🤪
Notice how much better these jeans look with the VEJA Esplar than the PAIGE Cindy. Supposedly they both have a 28″ inseam, but there’s a slight difference, and it makes a big impact with these particular shoes.
Okay, moving on….
I wore this outfit to church the next day. A grey sweater and black jeans always works! It was rainy, so I wore my Aquatalia waterproof suede booties. They’re from the 2021 #NSale, but the only similar ones I can find to link are full price.
And yes, the Vince Henderson Boots would have also worked, but I chose the Aquatalia pair because they’re a tad dressier. As I mentioned in my Essential Shoes To Have In Your Winter Wardrobe yesterday, these are the ones I rely on to dress up my jeans when it’s messy outside.
I had plans to meet friends for dinner that night, and I wanted to wear my new Tory Burch Chelsea Boots. I knew they looked good with the AGOLDE Riley Long Jeans because I was wearing those jeans when I bought the boots, so I just had to figure out what to wear on top.
My first try was this striped scoop neck tee. I pulled this on and asked my 17-year-old daughter if it was giving her French Girl vibes. Her response was: “Mom, never say French Girl vibes again.” 😂
I like this outfit in theory, but the top is rather body-con, and the jeans are snug in the waist, and I was going out to eat, so… yeah. I decided to try a more forgiving top.
I pulled out my black Vince Weekend V-Neck, and I felt so much more comfortable. Not only is it not as clingy as the striped top, it’s warmer.
Okay, so this was another casual day working from home. I just got these new VEJA Esplar Sneakers in Extra-White Sable to replace my plain white ones that are 4 years old and starting to look tired. I love the subtle contrast, they’re the perfect neutral sneakers to carry me into spring!
And I wore this outfit to Bible Study last week. The SOREL Chelsea Boots had just come in the day before, so I was eager to take them out for a spin!
I like how the grey sweater picks up the grey in the boots, and I think this light neutral color palette is so pretty this time of year.
This is what I wore to a gym workout the next morning; I don’t always remember to take pictures of my workout looks, but I figure it’s as much a part of What I Wore Lately as anything else!
Those are my computer glasses, by the way; I changed into my regular ones before leaving the house.
After the gym, I showered off and put on some makeup and changed into this comfy outfit to work from home for the rest of the day. I love this pink thermal pullover for casual days.
I wore this cozy look last Friday to the nail salon for a manicure… I chose OPI Funny Bunny for a change! I usually stick with dark, moody colors in the wintertime, but I wanted something light and clean.
Paul and I had dinner plans with friends that night, and I almost kept this outfit on because I was comfortable and it was chilly out there.
But then I decided to try a few other options. This Rails cardigan came in the mail that day, so I tried it on with the same jeans and boots.
This is cute and fun, but I felt very bright.
I decided to try this sweater with black jeans to tone it down a bit. Plus, they’re a bit dressier for a dinner out.
This is the PAIGE Cindy again. I was curious to see how they would look with my new Tory Burch Chelsea Boots, and they’re a match made in heaven! I’ll definitely be wearing this combo a lot.
I’m not sure why I didn’t wear that outfit, but I decided to try that Stella striped sweater with these boots and jeans.
This outfit looks good, but I can wear it anytime. I wanted to level up a bit more to go out to dinner.
That’s when I thought about this floral blouse from Evereve. I pulled it out and changed into dressier boots, and I knew this was the outfit I wanted to wear.
I added a necklace and a black leather belt and front-tucked the top just a smidge…
Then at the last minute, I decided to swap out the suede booties for the pointed toe leather boots. I don’t know what it is about black suede boots and washed black jeans, but I always feel like it looks a little off.
I like how the leather pair isn’t quite as dark, so there’s less contrast against the jeans, as well as the fact that the black background in the top almost has a faded look to it.
I also think the pointed toe is a little more flattering, although I like the shape of the Vince boots too.
At any rate, this is what I ended up wearing, with my black bouclé wool coat on top.
Alrighty then! Saturday was freeeezing cold, and I had some errands to run, so I threw on this cashmere turtleneck with jeans and my cozy faux fur-lined Sorel sneaker boots.
I topped it off with my The North Face parka and a cashmere scarf.
I wore this dressed-up casual look to church on Sunday. It was another cold day, and I was wishing I’d worn warmer boots, or at least warmer socks.
I also should have worn a warmer coat. The wind blows right through this wool cocoon coat. I love the look, though!
This is what I wore Monday after my photo shoot. I love this graphic sweatshirt, although it’s probably too similar to the one with the embroidered sleeves to justify keeping. FYI, I sized up to a medium for a looser fit.
Finally, this is what I wore yesterday to Bible Study in the morning and then to a doctor appointment in the afternoon. I remembered liking this combo from my try-on sesh last Friday night, so I threw it on and headed out the door.
And that’s a wrap for this week! I’m off to get ready for yet another photo shoot… We cut the one on Monday short because it was so cold. It’s a little warmer today, thank goodness!
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