This outfit started with the necklace. It’s the other bauble I bought to celebrate my new job. Originally, I had planned on wearing it over a crisp white blouse, but that morning I started tweaking things one by one, until I unknowingly recreated this exact look with different accessories.
(The colors are a little off here. Remember, these velour pants are more of a purpley wine color, and the plaid in the blazer is less contrasty in normal light.)
I only wore these boots because I thought I’d be sitting in the office all day, but I wound up on my feet in a classroom. I was worried these heels would NOT make it through the long haul (I always have a pair of, what the kids call, “chanklas” on standby, just in case), but they were fine! I even ran a few errands after school without changing. And the kids got a kick out of the glitter.
This colorful shirt/pants combo was already laid out for this week. Upon news of my new position, Jill suggested we celebrate by visiting a TJ Maxx she had recently learned was very close to school. The clothing and shoe choices were lackluster, to say the least, but we did find quite a few gems in the jewelry department* (pun intended). We found two colorful sparkly necklaces that I couldn’t decide between, so I just bought both. I added this blue one to this colorful outfit and threw in the white cardigan to temper the colors (and for much needed warmth!). These colors are insane together, but because it’s mostly solid colors, and the patterns are minimal and mild, it works.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: a ridiculous outfit is always calmed down by adding a simple black blazer (or any solid, neutral colored topper). The “big” pieces that you notice are the white cardigan, green pants, and tan shoes which are all solids that work well together. Everything else is like an accessory.
*Side note: I have only recently discovered the magic that is the TJ Maxx jewelry section. It’s kind of annoying to have to ask someone to see the pieces, and you have to pay for them at the jewelry counter. But in my experience, they have EXCELLENT finds – not unlike the rest of the store. Highly recommended.
I JUST noticed how the tan buttons wink at the tan shoes.
I have attempted to photograph this sweater/shirt/necklace combo on no less than three occasions The first time was on Thanksgiving, where my sister from another mister, Ellery, gamely agreed to snap some shots with her Point and Shoot, but neither of us had a clue what we were doing. The second time was an exact replication at school with Jill, but the pictures mysteriously refused to appear on a thumb drive. This time, I changed up the bottom half and encountered no complications. (Which is interesting, since the last time I tried to wear these navy cords to school, an entire liter of orange soda exploded on me.)
Though these pieces had previously summoned bad karma, the universe was much more forgiving this time, since this was the day I was invited for a “real” job at my school! Between this and the engagement: Everything’s coming up Milhouse lately 🙂
I prefer how the brown moccasins wink at the brown in the necklace, rather than the randomness of the tan shoes I wore before.
Below is a strangely colored picture from Thanksgiving. We were pretty rushed so the background is a little odd and you can’t see my shoes in the grass. The only differences here are pants and shoes, and less accessories.
- Pants Xhilaration via Target (similar)
- Shoes Dr. Scholl’s via TJ Maxx (similar)
Here’s a better color representation of the velour pants with the sweater:
I wore this for Report Card Pickup Day. I feel like when I’m trying to look super professional, I tend to err on the side of BOOORING. I immediately grabbed this white blouse and the black sweater vest (just like I did for Picture Day – still waiting to see how those came out…) but decided to add some serious color to make the look less, well, serious.
Browsing through This Time Tomorrow‘s shopping site, her Alaia’s reminded me that I still had these cute little maryjanes. I only lasted about 15 minutes in those heels before changing into my Tieks – the heels aren’t particularly uncomfortable but after walking up and down our super long hallway 3 times, I realized it just wasn’t happening.
I did, however, get A LOT of compliments on my necklace. Meanwhile, you can’t even see most of it! It has 7 different flowers in a variety of colors, but only 3 peek out of my collar. That’s okay, I’ll save the big reveal for another day.
- Coat: old J. Crew (similar here and here)
- Sunnies: Forever 21 (similar here and here)
- Shirt: Limited (buy here)
- Sweater vest: Brooks Brothers (buy here)
- Pants: Mossimo via Target (buy here)
- Necklace: old Forever 21 (similar here and here)
- Ring: gift from my Mister – one of very few ‘real’ jewelry I own (similar here, here, and here)
- Shoes: old Fioni via Payless (similar here and here)
- Nail polish: Essie something from the salon – it was much more purple in the bottle