What I Wore Lately

Wow, the last two weeks have flown. I feel like I just posted one of these, and it’s already time again! I actually double checked the calendar to make sure it’s been two weeks.

Every other week on Wednesdays, I share what I’ve been wearing, and today’s the day! I also have an outfit evolution for you.

Mother Nature is still being a fickle woman, and these cozy looks are very unusual for late April, but it is what it is!

Okay, let’s get started!

For size reference, I’m 5’5″ and 135-ish, and I typically wear a small in tops, 28 in jeans, a 6 or 8 in dresses, and a size 8 shoe. I will give sizing notes, but if you have any questions, feel free to ask in the comments.

MY DAILY LOOKS: WHAT I WORE LATELY

I wore this first look to take a few packages to the UPS store, and we stopped through the Chick-Fil-A drive through for lunch.

This cardigan is more sweatshirt than sweater, but it’s cozy and comfy and perfect for super casual days when I still want to look put-together.

cardigan (TTS) // tee (size up) // jeans (TTS) // espadrilles (size up half) // necklace

I’m sort of on an every other day routine for getting dressed and putting myself together. This was clearly an off day.

These are my favorite leggings — so soft and comfy-cozy. I put them on almost every morning now, when I get up with the dog, and wear them until I shower and get dressed for the day… that is if I shower and get dressed for the day.

sweatshirt // tank // leggings (more sizes) // sneakers // hat // specs

This was another day at home… I know, so unusual!

This tee is plush and soft, but it’s pretty much sold out. Watch it for restocks, though, as returns are taking longer to process these days.

ringer tee (TTS) // jeans (TTS) // sneakers

Another at-home day… evidently I didn’t even bother to pretend to put on real shoes.

LOFT is doing 60% off when you buy 5 or more full-price styles, and I highly recommend snapping up this sweatshirt and sweatpants, if you don’t already have them.

I have the black, and my 17 y/o has the grey, and we both love them and wear them a ton. They’re TTS, or size down if in between. I have a small in both.

Lou & Grey softblend sweatshirt // softblend sweatpants // thong slippers (TTS)

This was a rainy Sunday, and I don’t think I ventured outside all day. In fact, that’s my pajama shirt. (Yes, I wore it to sleep in the night before.) I just put on a bra and threw on this cardigan and joggers.

I guess I put on the sneakers and necklace to look put-together? I dunno… but I do recall wearing these Adidas sneakers all day, and they’re very comfortable.

cardigan // graphic tee // joggers // sneakers // necklace

This is the day we got Ozzy… it was sunny but chilly, so I wore this cozy sweater — definitely one of my top 5 #NSale purchases last summer.

sweater // jeans // sneakers // earrings // necklace

And, you guessed it… another day at home! No clue why I added earrings and a necklace. I must have run out to the grocery store or something. Oh, wait. I remember. This was the day of my Facebook Live.

This front is super cute and cozy, and my leopard slip-on sneakers are 40% off right now! This is as low as I’ve seen them.

twist front top // jeans // sneakers // earrings // necklace

The next day was Wednesday, and I didn’t grab a picture. I’m sure I was wearing leggings and a sweatshirt all day.

Then on Thursday, I put myself together again to do a bunch of try-ons for my Friday try-on haul. After that, I ended up wearing this cozy cardigan for the rest of the day.

I don’t normally like hoods on my cardigans, but this one is lightweight, and I think it’s a fun feature. I also like that it has a slim fit and skinny sleeves — both features that make it very flattering for a long cardigan! (Read more of my frump-fighting tips for wearing cardigans.)

This tank is great for layering under cardigans. Remember, LOFT is doing 60% off when you buy 5 items or more, so this is a good time to stock up on basics like these tanks.

cardigan // tank // jeans // espadrilles // earrings

And then, the off-day… Oh, well. I’m nothing if not predictable.

This Athleta hoodie has a slightly cropped fit, and it’s nice and lightweight for spring. I love this opal green, but it comes in some other fun colors too. It also comes in petite, tall, and plus sizes.

hoodie // joggers // sneakers

Okay, now I have an outfit evolution for you. In last week’s try-on haul, I was debating about keeping these jeans. They were 40% off at the time, so the price was pretty good for Paige.

I was drawn to the straight style and retro wash with destroyed details, but I wasn’t sure if I could pull them off or which shoes worked best with them.

Last Saturday, we had a “pandemic birthday parade” for one of my daughter’s friends. If you aren’t familiar, this is when people line up and drive by the home of the person having a birthday with signs and balloons. I decided to get dressed as I would if I was going to a real birthday party, so I started playing around with these jeans.

I had already tried them on with a bunch of different sandal options, but I wanted to see how they would look with sneakers, so I threw them on with my trusty Veja sneakers and a white tee.

It works, but it’s plain, plus it was too chilly to go out without a long sleeve layer.

First, I tried on the leopard utility jacket. (I got it for $74 thru Trunk Club, but I can only find it now at Revolve for full price.)

The plain beige is 50% off at Nordstrom, and there are some other colors marked way down at Nordstrom, plus that sage green is 25% off and fully stocked at Neimans.

I like this look better in these pictures than I did in person. At the time, I just wasn’t quite feeling it.

It didn’t help that my 14-year-old daughter hated the whole ensemble. She told me the jacket looks like something the guys on Duck Dynasty would wear, and the jeans… well, she just thinks they’re ridiculous. (Both my teenage girls are still #teamskinnyjeans all the way.)

Okay, I really need to steam the back of this jacket…

I decided to ty it with the Madewell cardigan instead… the jacket makes a bit of a statement, and the jeans are a new look for me, and altogether it seemed a little bit much for the occasion.

This cardigan is a little more casual than the jacket and tones down the jeans a bit, but I really didn’t care for it with the jeans and sneakers. I can’t say exactly why.

I decided to see how it looked with the Birks.

I like the rose color of the sweater with the sandals, but I think the sandals and the jeans together are too boho for my personal style.

They work, just not for me. It may be time to give up on these Birks.

At this point, my daughter was telling me it was time to go, so I decided to resort to my comfort zone — skinny jeans and mules.

This works, but I really wanted to wear that cheetah jacket, so I swapped the sweater for the jacket, and then I was happy.

This was exactly the look I was going for. The jacket brings just the right amount of edgy to the simple white tee and jeans, and the loafer mules keep it modern.

Altogether it’s casual but polished, classic but trendy. I will definitely be wearing this combination again!

As for the Paige jeans, I ended up keeping them. When it was time to return my box to Trunk Club on Monday morning, I couldn’t bring myself to include them.

I learned a long time ago to trust my gut on matters such as this. There have been a lot of times over the years that I was unsure about a new style or an article of clothing that seemed a little too edgy or trendy or rugged or something… but I kept feeling drawn to it. When I finally decided to just wear it and own it, the next thing I knew, it was my new favorite. I have a feeling these jeans are one of those times.

While they didn’t quite work with the jacket or the cardigan, I like these jeans with the t-shirt and sneakers. I think they’re more of a summer jean, and I have a feeling I’ll enjoy them once the weather warms up and I can wear them with casual t-shirts and sandals, so I’m holding onto them for now. (With Trunk Club, you can return them later if you change your mind, as long as the tags are still on.)

Okay, that was a long one!

Next up, a simple athleisure look for another day at home. This is what I wore on Sunday.

hoodie // tank // joggers // sneakers // specs

Monday was a crazy day. I was up early with the dog, threw on the same joggers and a different sweatshirt, and never even put on makeup. I meant to, but it just didn’t work out. I won’t bore you with the details, but sometimes I wonder how I got everything done when I wasn’t on stay-at-home orders.

Yesterday was a beautiful day, and I got dressed and put on makeup so we could shoot a few looks for the blog… coming soon!

After that, I wanted to see how the Ann Taylor sage green jeans looked with a sweatshirt for more of a dressed-down look, so I threw them on with my white J.Crew hoodie and my Vejas.

I’m holding my purse and a Post-It note with a grocery list because I was on my way out to the store. (I always leave my purse in the car and stick my car key and credit card in a pocket to go into the store, but I still like to bring my purse unless I need something when I’m out. Plus, it’s my habit, and it helps me feel somewhat normal, even though the situation is anything but.)

These jeans are marked down to $35, by the way — that’s 65% off, and the sale ends today.

Someone asked to see them from the back, so here you go. They fit great — the rear pockets are perfectly centered both vertically and horizontally, and they don’t bag out. This was after wearing them for several hours.

I believe I said earlier that they run big, and I could have sized down to a 4. After putting them on again yesterday, I realized I could not wear the 4.

They do fit a little looser in the leg than I’m used to, but the fit is perfect in the hips and waist.

They have a comfortable 10″ rise with those “magic pockets” to help keep things in check, and they don’t bind at all, so they’re great for those of us who carry a little extra fluff in the belly area.

Overall, I’m very impressed with these jeans for the price point, although I’m considering cutting off that fluffy fringe and leaving a raw hem.

hoodie // jeans // sneakers // earrings // necklace

And that’s a wrap! I hope you all have a great Wednesday!

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