Yellow Girlfriend Chinos Redux

Hello and Happy First Day of Fall!!! 🍂🍁🌾

When you work in the fashion industry (I had to stifle a giggle when I typed that… but I suppose that is what I do) and you start styling fall outfits in July (thank you, Nordstrom Anniversary Sale) it feels surreal to finally be able to legitimately welcome Fall.

I guess I should have saved the rust colored sweater outfit to post today or something more fall-ish, but instead, I’m giving these yellow girlfriend chinos another try.

You may remember these pants from this post. There was quite a lot of discussion in the comments about whether or not they worked and why, and I took some of that input into consideration when creating this look. I still don’t love it… or the pants… but it’s getting there.

First, a caveat. I said in that post that I was wearing a size 6 and I didn’t think I could size down. I still don’t know why they look like skinny jeans on the model and like boyfriend jeans on me, but I discovered when I put them back on for this look that they are actually a size 8 and a tad roomy even in the waist area, where pants tend to be tightest on me.

All that to say, I do think they’re too big, and I should probably have the 6. That would help with some of the extra volume, so I stand corrected on that point. Still, despite how they fit the model, they are called girlfriend chinos, which typically means a looser fit.

The first thing I did when I put them back on was to cuff them. Already, that makes a big difference. Then I swapped out the long-sleeved relaxed stripe top for a thinner, more fitted striped tee.

Unfortunately this tee has that infamous curved hemline, which I think is terribly unflattering. It cups a woman right where she tends to carry a little extra stuffing in the belly area and adds visual weight — I think that is most visible in the picture below. I always front tuck this top, and I’m not sure why I didn’t during this shoot. #liveandlearn

I added a denim jacket in a medium indigo wash that does several things — it breaks up the stripes so I hopefully don’t look like a bumble bee (ha!), it brings the formality down a bit and keeps the look casual, and it creates some structure and shape through the waist area (always a good thing!)

As an aside, I LOVE this jacket. I’ve liked the looks of it on the Nordstrom website for years, and it finally went on sale a few weeks ago, so I snagged it because I donated my old medium wash denim jacket last summer and never replaced it. My dark wash jacket is nice, but sometimes a medium wash looks better. This jacket is SO comfortable, and the fit is fantastic. It has just the right amount of shaping through the waist, and I also like the white stitching with the silver buttons. It keeps the look light and casual. For size reference, I have a small.

Don’t forget, this is Triple Points time at Nordstrom (ends tomorrow, 9/23) so it’s a great time to stock up on essentials (makeup, underwear, etc.) or to make a bigger purchase you may have been holding out on. See all my Nordstrom Favorites HERE!

Finally, I chose white Converse to keep everything light on the bottom so there is a low contrast between the pants, the color of my skin, and my shoes. That elongates the lower body and keeps the look from being too choppy.

The black bag is probably too harsh — I chose it because the top is black and white striped, but I think a grey bag would look better.

So yeah, I think overall this is a marked improvement over the last look, but it could still use some tweaking. Also, I’m willing to admit this outfit looks more like spring than fall, but yellow is a trending color for fall. Maybe I should have tried a burgundy top or something… I dunno, but I think I like this shade of yellow with lighter colors.

What do you think? How did I do?

similar tee // girlfriend chinos // denim jacket // Converse // necklace // earrings // bracelet

photo credit: Alison Cornell

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