What I Wore Wednesday

Okay, yall convinced me to keep going with these WIWW posts, and I have to admit, I found myself intentionally adding more variety to my outfit choices this week, knowing I’d be posting them. Otherwise I might have worn that red hoodie and jeans and gray boots six days in a row. Not that anybody cares if I do, but during a week where it was all I could do to haul myself out of bed in the morning, much less be a productive member of society, I think making the effort to add some variety to my outfits helped my overall frame of mind.

So what did I wear, as winter droned on despite the calendar’s declaration of springtime?

Well, on Wednesday I wore my comfiest sweatpants and oldest sweatshirt because some days are just made for sweats, and that’s all I’m going to say about that.

But on Thursday I decided that the only way I could face the muck and yuck outside was to feel like I looked halfway decent. It did lift my spirits just a tad to get dressed in something without Aeropostale stamped on the leg.


I wore my favorite jeans — these things feel like pajamas, I’m totally serious — with a cream tank and gray wrappy sweater. For some color, I added this scarf that I picked up at Rehoboth Beach a few weeks ago when spring was in the air and not just a distant memory. I actually chose the outfit around the scarf — I’ve been wanting to wear it ever since I got it.

That said, I’m still not sure that I like scarves on me. I’m trying to embrace the trend, but they are cumbersome, they get in my way, and I feel like they make me look like I’m choking. I tried tying it two different ways and ended up going with the second.

I wore ballet flats even though it was cold and “the rain was spittin'” — as my 5-year old describes it. I was just too sick of boots to wear them another day. And since I was going to the mall and wouldn’t be doing a lot of typing, I threw on this silver link bracelet, and the ring is one I wear often – my 10th wedding anniversary gift.


Friday was the day of the snow. Yeah, THAT day. It is also the day that I went on a field trip with my daughter’s preschool class.

I wanted to be comfortable and warm, so I put on my gray cords with the Dansko boots that I always wear when it rains. This black hooded sweater is a staple; it had been at the dry cleaners, and I missed it dreadfully. I usually wear it at least twice a week (okay, probably more often than that!) because it’s so easy to throw on with jeans or cords and a tank top.

I wore the purple tank because it’s what happened to be clean, and then I added the long necklace that you’ve seen many times before and my favorite earrings and bracelet.

Those are both self portraits. Dontcha love the look of intense concentration? I was trying to hold my camera up high and to the right of my head to capture the earrings without the flash interfering, and I’m tellin’ you what. That baby is HEAVY.


Saturday was the Getting Gorgeous event. It was slightly warmer, but not much. Fortunately the monsoon had passed and left us with sunny skies. I wanted to be comfy but cute, and I definitely wanted to dress for spring, not winter, even though the weather can’t seem to make up its mind from one day to the next which it is!

I wore my coral V-neck sweater and straight leg jeans with my teal trench. I love the combination of the coral and the teal, and the coat provided just the right amount of warmth for this brisk spring day. I also opted for ballet flats rather than heels.

I really wanted to wear heels, and when I was at the event, I was wishing I had because I felt short and dowdy next to many of my friends (I’m only 5’5″) but afterwards, when we were walking the streets of NYC, I was glad I opted for practicality over style. I suppose I could have brought the heels along and changed for the event, but even I have my limits of what I will endure for the sake of fashion.

Here are Melissa and I at the event:

I had a really cute outfit on for church on Sunday, but I didn’t get a picture. Monday I spent in sweats because I just couldn’t motivate myself to do otherwise. I’m not feeling too good as of late, and I couldn’t bear the idea of wearing pants with a button.

TUESDAY (today – see how dedicated I am, writing this post a day early??):

I decided that the gloomy weather and my temperamental tummy would not get the best of me so I dutifully showered and fixed myself up, even though I’m not planning to go anywhere today.

I’m not even sure why I’m holding my purse — as I said, I don’t plan to go anywhere. But doesn’t it go great with the navy and orange? Okay, I officially have no life.

Anyway, I love my new Banana Republic Open placket slub cardigan because it is really lightweight – perfect for cool summer nights when we hang out in the hood and, well, nasty spring days like today. I just picked it up last week with a 30% off coupon I had for BR.

The white top I’m wearing is the Banana Republic Tall Trapunto weekend tee, and I bought it specifically to wear under cardigans this spring. I like how it isn’t too figure hugging. So many of my tanks are, and I feel like I have to walk around with my tummy sucked into my backbone. This one is more forgiving to the post child-bearing tummy area — you ladies know what I’m talking about, yes?

The jeans are old favorites, and the orange flats are super comfy and super cute and add a pop of color to an otherwise bland outfit.

Now that I’m all fixed up, maybe I should change my mind about going nowhere today. Or perhaps I should stop yammering about what I’m wearing and get to work. Now there’s an idea…

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  1. I keep thinking I need to start having Hubby take pics of me and link up with you gals on Wednesday and every week I realize I forgot to get it done. Just a matter of getting in the habit I guess. I love to look at the WIWW links. I get inspired to get out of my standard sweats and a long-sleeved T-shirt uniform of the stay-at-home mommy of a toddler.

    Love the boots, by the way.


  2. Ok you crack me up! I feel the same way about scarves. I always feel like I’m shouting (without words) “I’m wearing a scarf, people.” But I like them on others.

    And why are you holding the purse? Because it matches the shoes. And that is reason enough!

    So glad you linked up to WIWW.

  3. I’m glad you kept doing this!! All of you gals have inspired me to get stop wearing my sweaty gym clothes all day long!! Maybe one of these days I’l join in…oh wait…I’d have to get my blog going again! Just another thing on the ToDo List!!L

  4. Gasp – love the aqua trench. That is just breathtaking!!! I love these posts and the fact that you take time to talk about your outfits. An enjoyable post each week.

  5. Sort of sad, but I got excited about this post last night! I love to see how you pull an outfit together. I think you should post just one picture of yourself in sweats so that I can see if you make those look good too.

    1. LOL! Every week I mean to take a picture on the day I’m wearing sweats and I never get around to it.

  6. I am so I love with your Thursday, Saturday, and Tuesday looks! You inspire me with your ability to make “everyday clothing” into something “Fabulously Fashionable”. The pops of color you use help so much. However, I just have not had the courage to try something outside my safe zone (black, blue, gray). Where did you start? Did you ever fear color?

    1. Girl, I hear ya. Truly, I’m a plain jane at heart. I think you just have to start with one thing – one pair of red shoes or one colorful bag. Wear it with all of your neutral outfits and see how fun it is. Then find one colorful accessory – perhaps something that contrasts nicely with the one other colorful item, so they can be worn together. And build from there.

      I have a few basic color palettes I work with – I love coral and green for springtime, and I have a few pieces I can mix and match (and that bag always pulls them together). In the winter it’s plum – looks great with grays and black.

      Good luck!! 🙂

  7. woot! You’re still doing these posts!

    And I snorted about the words Aeropastole running down your leg. I have a few shirts where it runs up my side. Lovely.

  8. As a gal who’s been sick and staying at home the last few days with sick kiddos – THANK YOU for showing me your cute and simple outfits and motivating me a bit for getting dressed today as we get back out in the world and our routine!

  9. I love those orange flats! Where did you get them? I feel your pain on the scarves…but I think you look great and I love the second way you tied it.

  10. Love it! I’ve been trying to change from my usual uniform of running shorts and a tank to something a bit more put together, even when I’m home during the day. it makes me feel good to look good, especially when hubs gets home and comments about how nice i look….even if it is just in jeans and a cardi. love your laid back, cool style and those orange flats are to DIE for. I need to get more flats into my wardrobe!

      1. [happy sigh] I love The Nordstrom (bwahahahha oh grammar police!!!). The Nordstrom is simply magical.

  11. You look fabulous as always. I love the gray drapey cardigan. Kind of wish I had bought one when I saw them in so many stores. Those earrings are super cool, so thanks for taking so many pictures of them to get just the right one. 🙂 Even though I don’t take pictures of myself every day I think of the WIWW posts and try to mix things up a bit.

  12. It really is odd that looking at pictures of your outfits and some of the other WIWW participants is inspiring. It is, though. Maybe it’s because you guys are real women with real figures and real budgets and you have a real sense of style. It’s also nice to see people wear jeans and use purses from 2 years ago. Sometimes I feel like I’m still trying to find my own style groove. I always feel like it’s hard to dress the way I’d like to dress when I’m still trying to lose baby weight. I suppose the key is to invest in good accessories…cute scarves, lovely earrings (love those copper ones!), cute shoes… and focus on the basic wardrobe pieces. I dunno. Fashion Friday??? “How to dress stylishly when you’re trying to “downsize” and you don’t necessarily feel comfortable with your body yet especially now that the weather is getting warmer and you’re still in child-birthing years and don’t necessarily want to wear flowy tops that look like maternity clothes.” I think that just about covers it. 😉

    1. DeAnn, I love you. 🙂 I usually have a pretty long list of requests for Jo-Lynne to fulfill but yours take the cake.

  13. What brand of purse is that in the almost last picture? I LOVE it. Lots of color without being over the top.

    1. The bag is Orla Kiely. I love love LOVE her stuff. I have 2 of her bags, and I carry them so often. They are laminated canvas so they hold up to ANYTHING. I have my eye on another, but I’m having a hard time justifying another handbag. I have…. LOTS.

  14. I have not completed a WIWW post since I have been moving from Soccer Mom in Giggle Town to Cup of Joe with Jeanie. Cute stuff.. .. I too up did my outfits when I knew that I was going to share them on my blog.. I think I will give it a shot this week!

    blessings & giggles!

  15. Love the punches of color!, especially the trench and the orange flats. You’re inspiring me to rethink my shoes. I’ve been trying to wear my black clogs more often rather than putting on sneakers, my standard footwear. It’s funny – I’ll spend time being more conscious about everything else, but fail on the shoes. I hear DSW calling my name!

    And yes, I like seeing the outfits because I see a normal mom dealing with a normal day yet looking put together when she goes out. 🙂

    About the scarves – I’m just 5′ 2″. I’ve avoided them so far because they are big, but I wonder if a smaller scarf might be more to scale, or maybe a thinner scarf?

    1. I do like thinner scarves better. I have only one that I truly like. I haven’t worn it in a while, though. Maybe I’ll try to work it into an outfit for today.

  16. Ok, I LOVE this series!! Do you always do the whole week or just Wednesday? Your Orla Kiely rocks. And what make are those orange flats? Can’t wait for next week 🙂

  17. Your photos from Saturday don’t do justice for how glam you looked. 🙂

    Maybe on those blah days we should meet halfway somewhere for a lunch date. It was so fun that one time. 😀

  18. You are the cutest thing. I love how your outfits have a splash of color (if not lots of color!). I always shy away from buying colorful wardrobe additions because I don’t know how to incorporate them into my outfits. I LOVE that teal trench and the orange shoes, too. And, for what it’s worth, I think you totally pull the scarf. I agree with your choice of wearing it the second way. Looks great!

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