I'm not going to subject you to an outfit-per-post arrangement because I am fairly sure it would bore all of us to tears. I don't think my wardrobe is terribly interesting (yet, hopefully this will change), but I do think I have a lot to learn by looking at what it is I'm actually choosing to wear. Here we have Wednesday and Thursday of last week, and it's all just kind of... inoffensive. Woo?
I actually really like the Born boots in the
first pic (same style as these)
but you can't see them at all. I love the scarf in the second pic (and
not just because my mom made it for me) but it's probably saying
something when a cleverly knotted grey silk/wool scarf is the most interesting
thing about your outfit.
The shirt is not hanging in a remotely
flattering way and the cut of the cardigan does pretty much nothing for
the outfit whatsoever. It's not a bad cardigan per-se, but the length is really just all wrong for this shirt. That shirt mostly sticks around because I don't
utterly hate it, but I think I could be convinced otherwise at this
point. I'd offer replacements for this combination per my last post but I
really think the best policy is to forget it exists altogether and move
I do however highly recommend that scarf knot (linked instructions with diagram here).
It makes the scarf into a feature, doesn't fall off over your shoulder
every eight minutes, and covers the neck very comfortably without appearing bulky.
is one other major difference between the first and second shot and
that is a full face of makeup. I think the fact that this is *not*
obvious (crappy camera work aside) is pretty darn awesome, and deserves its own commentary - more
on that later.
I like the blue of my undershirt in the third picture and I feel like I
must be able to pair that vest with SOMETHING in an interesting way, but
this ain't it. All of the puffer vest outfits I've seen that work involve belting, a long slim leg, a play on the nylon texture, and heels. Example, Example, Example, Example. I do feel like there's something more out there, it's too shiny and carapace-like to abandon as too shapeless and uninteresting. Give me time!
(Also: suggestions welcome)
Here we see the first intro of my burgundy Grinders Oxfords which
are hands down the most comfortable, heavily used, and durable shoes I've ever owned in my life and which are the last vestiges of my early 20s "you mean they make shoes which are not combat boots?" phase.
Wow I just realised those shoes are at least 13 years old!
Continued after the cut.
This was Friday and I can't say I am too upset with this outfit. This is pretty much where I'd like to keep my comfortable casual baseline and I think it's a decent example of how to make the same basic elements as first outfit work together properly. The stripes + flats + pixie cut are all classic Jean Seberg style Gamine.
The cardigan was originally my mother's and may be older
than I am. It's got some noticeable wear and tear and isn't exactly
black anymore, but I really love the *almost* cropped length, slim
sleeve, and slight nip in at the waist. The length works MUCH better with this shirt (a
boatneck in heathered oatmeal and black) and my frame in general (looky, I have a
It is the baseline by which I
judge all other cardigans. Old Navy had a slightly lighter weight cropped crew neck cardigan online only this summer which is a very comparable cut but for some stupid reason (available mad money, I suspect) I only picked it up in white and teal before they sold out. I have my fingers crossed that it comes back next spring.
The dark wash boot-cut jeans are ubiquitous. They - and a few clone pairs - will figure prominently in the days to come. Though I am starting to get some ideas for re-purposing some pants I haven't worn in a while and I'm actually considering dragging out my sewing machine to make some new stuff for me.
The shoes are Miz Mooz Ditto ballet flats and I love the little corset detail on them. I have a few pairs of black flats which are a bit roomier to allow for heavy socks, but if it's not freezing I default to these. I'm not normally one for cuffed pants on me but it just seemed to be the right thing to do here and I think it showed the shoe to nice advantage.
New York in winter is a study in greys and blacks so I often make a point to keep colour around me. I LOVE this blue wool coat
though I do wish it fit me a bit better. It's OK with a million winter
layers under it but I swim a bit in tighter fitting outfits. I suspect I
really need to start scoping the petites section more for coats as
sizing up enough for my chest and hips means gaping armholes, sagging
shoulders, and super-long sleeves.
Breaking out of my desk jockey confines aka, the weekend
Certainly most likely probably one of those topics.