I think one of the times I wore my camo jeans one of you mentioned that they would look good with red. That was the thought that was on my mind when I put together this outfit, not that I’d already worn such a similar outfit in the past.
But, hey, I see comments all the time that people like seeing the same pieces worn again so hopefully you’re not all like, “Ugh. Can’t she come up with something else?”
First, let me say that I’m LOVING the conversations we’re having over on my post about how working out can change your wardrobe options. I actually tried a new fitness class at Orangetheory Fitness
on Friday and the instructor commented on my back muscle definition. And I felt really strong for most of the dumbbell and bodyweight exercise portion class. But then there was the running at a 12% incline on the treadmill at the end. Oof. Should have chosen to do the treadmill first!
Anyway, today I’ve got a “Then and Now” post for you with jeans, gray shoes, and my olive utility vest.
I was originally planning on copying this outfit
but, as I mentioned in my post on Friday, a lot of my clothes are too big. Including the white vest I bought last November
and still haven’t worn!! I’m almost of a mind to get it altered even though I’m sure it would cost an arm and a leg. I mean, I lusted after that stupid thing and it still has the tags on it!
So, since the original plan didn’t work out, I tossed on this vest at the last minute and then realized this outfit was super close to one I wore last fall.
Anyway, I don’t have much to say about this outfit. I got this necklace from Le Tote and was inspired to wear it with blue and black and white. Of course, this isn’t the first time I’ve worn this combination.
I still have my blue blazer but for this outfit I swapped it out for the blue cardigan. Clearly I like accentuating black and white with cobalt and a little bling. However, out of all three of these looks, I think I like the middle one the best. Or maybe the cardigan and tee with different pants?
Also, you may have noticed that I didn’t post a Fourth of July outfit. Let’s just say I spent my weekend basically in workout clothes having a great time. If that’s not proof that I don’t get dressed up just for this blog, I don’t know what is.
I do, however, make my husband drive to locations with flowers, occasionally, just to take pictures 🙂
As mentioned yesterday, I wanted to show you a casual way to wear my new wood watch from JORD. Today’s casual outfit, however, might look really familiar since it’s almost the same as Diovan equivalent generic. Except this time I swapped the black jeans for dark denim, the plain chambray for polka dots, and wore it open over a white tee. So, uh, I guess it’s not quite the same. Except for the scarf and the shoes. And the watch of course.
Scarf – J. Crew Factory (similar) | Chambray – Old Navy (similar) | Tee – Target (similar) | Jeans – American Eagle Outfitters (same) | Shoes – Hudson c/o Shopbop (same) | Watch c/o JORD (same)
Once again, I wore this outfit when it was still chilly in Chicago. Lately we’ve had warmer weather so thankfully these layers aren’t really necessary. Although, to be honest, I was finally getting the hang of layering!
Although, the necklace, the black blazer, the shoes and the striped shirt are all still in my closet. I really like to hang onto things as long as possible and only replace when they no longer fit, fall apart or no longer fit with my lifestyle.
Take the shoes I’m wearing today, for example. These are replacements for my black Bandolino wedges that had a buckle on the toe and that I wore until the insides literally fell apart. Bri
had these on in a post and I thought they would be a good replacement. Turns out they fit great and are quite comfy. So, if you’re in need of black wedges than go for these. They’re on sale right now, too!
And while you’re at it buy some red pants and something striped. Because clearly you’ll get some good use out of those items, too.
I was so proud of myself when I put this outfit together for this week’s Style Imitating Art painting which is totally gorgeous and right up my alley (see it
here). Metallic and black and white? Yeah, I can do that!
Cardigan – The Limited (similar) | Top – Express (similar) | Jeans – American Eagle Outfitters (similar) | Shoes – Sole Society (similar) | Bag – Nine West (same) | Necklace – c/o Rocksbox
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But, admittedly, there was something nagging me about this outfit. I felt like I’d worn it before. Turns out, I have.
Happy Friday!!! Who’s excited for the weekend? So far my weekend plans involve celebrating Pi Day with a 10 mile run (that includes a 3.14 mile fun run followed by PIE!) and possibly my first long bike ride of the season. Oh, and things like laundry. But those aren’t as fun as pie.
A few weeks ago, before our weather warmed up a bit, I put together this double polka dot look with my navy polka dot sweater and my polka dot button up.
Sweater – The Limited (similar) | Shirt – Gap (similar) | Jeans – The Limited (similar) | Boots – Sam Edelman c/o Shopbop (same)
I love pairing polka dots with polka dots and I’ve definitely done before with this polka dot shirt, specifically.
The polka dot shirt with the polka dot skirt is still one of my favorite outfits I’ve ever put together, to be honest. The gray sweater and polka dot shirt is cute but something about a long sleeved button up under a shorts sleeved sweater has always bothered me for some reason. Which means, of course, that I prefer the longer sleeved sweater.
What do you think about putting polka dots together? Do you prefer one of these outfits more than the other?
I know, I know. I JUST wore a black and white houndstooth outfit. But, in reality, I did actually wear these outfits on back to back days to work. No one noticed (or at least, no one said anything). I’ve admittedly been staying up too late and getting up too early which means my brain reaches for the first thing it sees outfit-wise. And in this case it was a houndstooth dress.
Dress – Target via Goodwill (similar) | Cardigan – Old Navy (same) | Tights – c/o Hanes (same) | Shoes – c/o fibi & clo (same) | Purse – Nine West (same) | Necklace – Le Tote (same)
My boss at my former job used to wear a very similar outfit. Black and white wrap dress, long black cardigan, tights and flats. I always thought it was a simple and classy outfit. Yet, for some reason, it never occurred to me to wear it until my brain was half asleep and this is what I put on.
Clearly I was saving it in my subconscious for a day when I needed extra inspiration.
This dress was one of my first thrifted pieces that I ended up wearing on a regular basis. So, let’s take a look back at the very first time I wore it!
The black and white dress with the purple cardigan is still one of my favorite outfits. Sadly, those sandals are no more but clearly the dress is still going strong! And, yes, I still have the cardigan as well.
Do you like the purple cardigan or the black cardigan better? Or are they equally awesome?
What is “Then and Now”? My goal is to take an outfit that’s already been worn on the blog and show you how I’m wearing it now and talk about what I changed and why.
My bow tie print dress has been hanging in my closet since I wore it to my last day at work
at my old job. I hadn’t worn it to my new job because it just felt too…over the top, I guess. But I decided recently that I didn’t care and was going to wear it anyway,
Dress – Comfort Me Boutique (same on eBay) | Turtleneck – The Limited (similar)| Tights – c/o Hanes (same) | Booties – Sam Edelman c/o Shopbop (same) | Necklace – c/o t+j designs (same)
I also figured this was a good chance to do another Then and Now installment. Here’s how I wore it the last time it was chilly outside.
Clearly I like to stick with a black and gold pallet, huh?
This time I left off the belt and wore ankle boots instead of heels. I also added more opaque tights. And, to be honest, I like the look of the cardigan and the heels (and the belt) much better.
I sort of felt like a little kid all day in my dress over my turtleneck. I’ve worn dresses over turtlenecks before (evidence) but it tended to be with more streamlined dresses. I think the belt and the cardigan help tone down the fullness of the skirt and the heels definitely do a better job of not cutting me off at the ankles. I still don’t like the look of ankle boots with dresses or skirts no matter how many times I try it!
So, what do you think? Do you prefer one outfit over the other? Why?
As I mentioned in my December shopping (and gift) summary, my mom bought me a new pink blazer. I had a pink blazer from H&M but it always fit a little bit too small. So, I decided that I would use my new pink blazer to kick off a new series that I’m calling “Then and Now”.
What is “Then and Now”? My goal is to take an outfit that’s already been worn on the blog and show you how I’d wear it now and talk about what I changed and why.
I’d like to make this a weekly series, but I can’t promise anything right now. Regardless, I hope you like it!
So, on to this week’s “Then and Now” outfit.
Sweater – Old Navy (similar) | Blazer – The Limited (similar) | Jeans – American Eagle (same) | Booties – Sam Edelman c/o Shopbop (same) | Necklace – Kohl’s (same)
For this outfit I clearly swapped the old blazer for the new one and the pearl collar necklace for this teardrop multi-colored one. The regular blue jeans are swapped for black jeans with matching black booties to make it more streamlined on the bottom.
I never did care for the way those gray boots cut my leg off mid-calf so I was more than happy to go with the ankle boots instead. Overall, though, I think I liked this sweater with the pearls a bit more than with the teardrop necklace although I do like that the necklace has both pink and gray in it which ties the two pieces together.
So, what do you think? Do you prefer the “then” or the “now” versions?