Although I only started this blog a mere 4 months ago, I thought it’d be fun to pick a few of my favorite outfits to mark the end of the year. This has been an excellent hobby for me: a renewed motivation to allow my clothes passion to go wild; an outlet for my creativity in general; a fabulous new friendship with my fashion soulmate; and an excuse to watch less tv!
My mom took me and a friend to see Clueless the day it came out in theaters. If memory serves, I think we even got to leave school a little early! Cher’s fictional life was covetable for a variety of reasons, but her electronic closet was the ultimate in fashionista fantasy.
While searching for a photo in my phone, I came across a year old collection of my own version of the electronic outfit maker. The photos were dated from late March 2011 which means I was student teaching. I must’ve been putting together teacher outfits to help me during those last minute morning rushes when I’m particularly uninspired.
Some of these items I have since given away, but it’s fun to see how I was putting things together a year and a half ago.
These days, when I’m preemptively putting outfits together, I just end up hanging them up together in my closet, which is easier to look through than busting out my phone and scrolling through, but it’s also not as thorough and permanent as photos.
Do you make outfits ahead of time? How do you keep track of them?
Gotta love Casual Friday. Here’s another cute little soft blazer I picked up at Target this week. I threw it on with a very casual t-shirt (it even has that baseball hem on the bottom), and one of the very few pair of jeans I have hemmed for flat shoes.
The wood necklace helps the tan shoes make sense, and the pin holds down a rebellious lapel (and very slightly references the trees in the t-shirt).
Jacket: Xhilaration (buy it here or at Target) (similar here and here)
This outfit is made up of a whole bunch of Oldies But Goodies. I bought this satin skirt about 7 years ago, and I’ve worn it probably 4 times total. I’ve always thought of it as an evening piece, but for some reason on that rainy morning, I decided to give it a whole new life as a work skirt.
The cashmere sweater is about 4 years old – it’s a little too small (as items can be when they are ordered online…), but the high waist of the skirt helps disguise that the sweater length is a little off. The shoes and necklace are maybe 2 years old. Both are meant to be spring items (neither of which I bothered to wear this past spring), but I think they work with the rest of the outfit in heavier fabrics.
The shoes have a tiny bit of a hidden wedge, so they are way more comfortable than regular FLAT flat shoes.
Sweater: old Halogen cashmere (similar here, here, and here)
Here’s a cute Professional Business Lady ensemble. It’s essentially a suit with a silk top and pumps, but actually way more fun thanks to bright colors and comfy fabrics.
I’ve only worn the silk top a few times in the past year or so that I’ve owned it. The pattern and colors are GORGEOUS, but the fit isn’t amazing (even with the little belt to help customize it). It finally took me until this outfit to realize I ought to just wear it under a much more flattering jacket (duh). You still get to see the blouse, but the jacket provides the silhouette.
And even though the jacket looks pretty structured, it feels like wearing a sweatshirt!
The shoes are also a yummy color, and pretty comfy. I didn’t last a full school day in them, but they would be mega comfortable for an evening out. The wedge is not too high, and the sole is flexible and squishy.
Fun fact about the blouse: I spotted Ginnifer Goodwin wearing this exact blouse several times on Big Love! She always wore it under something, too, and removed the pink sash.
Jacket: recent Spense from TJ Maxx (similar here and here) (lighter option here)
Blouse: old Postella (similar print here) (another gorgeous blouse here and here)
Tank: Forever 21 Essential Layering Tank in Teal (buy it here FOR $3!!!)
Slacks: Mossimo Boot Cut Pant Fit 3 in Ebony (buy in store at Target) (similar here and here)
Wedges: Merona Melinda in Green (buy here and in more colors here) (similar here)
Bracelets: old gold bangle (similar here and here), old gold and turquoise bangle (similar here and here), and yellow turquoise stretch bracelet from Ebay (options here, here, and here)
Ring: Forever 21 Spiked Dome Ring in Antique Gold (buy here) (cool options here, here, and here)
Earrings: “borrowed” from Mom (similar here and here)
Sunglasses: Jill’s which I just threw on because it was bright! See her wearing them here. (Buy them here)
I found these herringbone sneakers on mega clearance at Target, and thought I could fudge them into work shoes. They came with white laces, but I thought the black laces would dress them up a little. With an added arch support insert, these shoes were the MOST COMFORTABLE teacher shoes ever. Even my students (7th graders) loved them; I got a million compliments.
I knew I wanted to wear ankle pants with these, but the rest of the outfit was all last minute. I reach for that Snow Cat shirt constantly, and I rediscovered the pink sweater in my closet. That was an H&M 2 for 1 buy: I wanted this pink one, and kind of just grabbed a chunky grey sweater for lack of a better option. However, I ended up wearing the grey one a zillion times, and this pink one rarely.
The charm necklaces kind of poke fun at the Pink Lady vibe (like a twist on the charm bracelet), but the big plastic ring helps keep it from looking too much like a straight up costume.
The leather T-Bird nod was a last second grab, just for fun 🙂
Blouse: J. Crew Boy Shirt in Snow Cat (buy it here on sale) (similar here) (similar here for $15!)
In honor of upcoming Halloween and my reigning obsession with studs, spikes, and skulls, here is some awesomely tough looking jewelry at hilariously low prices, via Ebay. Everything is under $3, and I think most of them have free shipping.
The best part about buying these super cheap pieces (usually from Asia), is that by the time they are delivered, you already forgot that you ordered it! So, it’s like sending yourself a present in 3 weeks.
I referred to this as a coral shirt, but it’s pinker than what you think of as traditional coral. Probably closer to poppy. I wore this outfit to school on dress down Friday, and got A LOT of compliments. My Mr. took these pictures at the end of the day, so the jeans are a little stretched out in the knees (ugh).
This outfit kind of just happened. I usually have a plan either the night before, or at least during my morning shower. This came about during one of my famous epic clothing hurricanes where I try on a million things and the room looks like a bomb went off afterwards.
(And that’s just on the bed…)
I worked out the blouse with the tank and jeans, decided I needed some pattern, so I added the floral shoes. I had originally settled on a silver necklace, but the look felt incomplete without a jacket. The gray jacket has huge gold buttons, so I had to switch the jewelry around.
It’s super cute from the back, too.
You may notice that the shoes seem a little big. They were an excellent TJ Maxx clearance find for $4! Only one pair was available in 7.5, but for four bucks, I figured close enough!
And the sunglasses are very cute, but I rarely wear them because they are too loose and don’t stay on my head or my face very well. They were an old Nordstrom Rack find.
Poppy blouse: Nine Bird bought new from Buffalo Exchange (similar here) (tie neck option here) (sleeveless option here)
Baby pink scoop tank: old Love on a Hanger (almost identical here) (lace back option here) (racerback option here)
Here are a few iPhone shots the Mr. took before we headed out in Saturday night. I was WAY overdressed for Wrigleyville (oopsie), but whatever.
And, of course, a closeup on the jewels. I got dressed in kind of a rush, and if I’d had time to analyze, I probably wouldnt’ve worn the shiny top with the shiny pants. But I countered it with making the rest of the pieces pretty matte (suede shoes, feather earrings, boucle jacket [not shown]). And who would’ve thought gold jeans could be so versatile?!!??! So far I’ve made them work for a boho look, a preppy look, and now this kind of disco look. Maybe I should do a montage of How I Wear Gold Pants.
Blouse: old Calvin Klein dark teal (similar here) (similar here) (similar here) (similar here)
Gold Jeans: Allen B. (buy them here) (similar here) (similar here)
Shoes: old Nine West suede and cork (awesome option here) (interesting option here) (closed toe option here) (patent option here)
Earrings: old Forever 21(similar here) (similar here) (similar here)