What do I know about fashion? Um, nothing.
As someone who is self-employed and works from home, I can often go for days at a time without seeing anyone but my cute hubby and furry cats. Because of that I’ve become increasingly at ease spending my work days in the stretchiest, most comfortable things I can find – typically sweats, T-shirts, and a ponytail. To put it simply, I’m stuck in a rut.
Follow along as I try to find my way out of the sweatpants and into something more stylish.
It seems I fell into the old “sweats are appropriate for all occasions” mentality early in life.
( I’m pretty sure that’s my brother’s Superman outfit – not quite sure why I chose it for Christmas morning. )
At home, I’ve always been the type to wear “comfies” (a.k.a. sweatpants or other elastic waisted garb), and in public I can almost always be found in jeans and a T-shirt, and probably flip flops. And not the cute sandal kind. Once I started working in a law firm I obviously had to step it up a notch, but then everything I bought suddenly fell into two categories – comfy stuff or work clothes. Nothing fun allowed! I’m not quite sure why I didn’t realize that there could be a happy medium, but I didn’t. Fast forward a few years and now I’m self-employed – a huge blessing in every way. But now I don’t need the traditional work clothes that I used to wear, and my closet has left me completely uninspired.
In order to change my approach to clothing and my personal style, I think I need to try something different – hence the Saturday.Style series. Yikes, I can’t decide if I’m more nervous or excited! What if you guys are bored stiff by the series, or blinded by my attempts at style? Ugh, scary thoughts. But I’m going to forge ahead and hope that I’m not the only one that could use a little inspiration on the fashion front. Fingers crossed that it actually works out like that. :)
So here we go. While I’m never going to be a fashionista (and I’m more than okay with that), I think stepping it up a notch is totally doable. For the most part, I plan on working with what I already own. Here are my first few ensembles since I started documenting my attempts at creating outfits a little over a week ago:
Where: Thanksgiving at our family’s homes
When: Thanksgiving Day (November 25, 2010)
What: cardigan (Banana Republic Outlet), T-shirt (Old Navy), jeans (Seven for all Mankind), boots (Target), necklace (Jess LC), gold hoops (gift)
This is the day that I realized skinny jeans are an absolute must when wearing boots. These jeans are boot cut but they don’t make the cut with boots. (Hardy har.) They’re kind of wadded up inside the boots and keep getting pushed up out of the top, so note to self – need more skinny jeans!!!
Where: impromptu photo shoot by the hubby for this series
When: last Sunday (November 28, 2010)
What: top (Banana Republic Outlet), skinny jeans (Forever 21), flats (Nine West Outlet), necklace (Sam Moon), belt (Old Navy)
This is the first time I was brave enough to wear skinny jeans with flats – I was worried it would accentuate my pear shape too much, but I think the outfit turned out okay!
Where: girls’ day out with my sister, mom and aunt
When: last Monday (we played hooky from work!) (November 29, 2010)
What: cardigan (Gap), T-shirt (Old Navy), jeans (Gap), boots (Target), necklace (Sam Moon), belt (Express), spoon ring (War Eagle craft fair)
This turned out to be a great outfit for being out and about (although the necklace kept getting caught in things, like my seatbelt). I really liked the color combo of gray and brown – I’ve talked about how it works for interiors, but I’d never tried it with an outfit before!
Where: working from home, at the flip
When: last Tuesday (November 30, 2010)
What: top (Old Navy), tank (Gap), jeans (Citizens of Humanity), flats (Old Navy), scarf (Sam Moon), earrings (Sam Moon)
Favorite outfit of the week. I used to absolutely hate this berry colored shirt because it’s a little short (solved with the gray tank) and I wasn’t crazy about the neckline (solved with the scarf). I felt cheery and comfortable all day!
Where: working from home, at the flip
When: December 1, 2010 (last Wednesday)
What: sweater (Calvin Klein), button up (Gap outlet), jeans (Seven for All Mankind), belt (Gap), boots (Timberland), studs (Sam Moon), necklaces (James Avery, local boutique)
Even though I liked this outfit and it was comfortable, I felt a little mannish. Do button ups do that you?
Where: working from home, at the flip, brunch, previewing houses
When: December 2, 2010 (last Thursday)
What: cardigan (Old Navy), long shirt (Forever 21), belt (Sam Moon), skinny jeans (Forever 21), boots (Target), earrings (gift)
I think I went through a zillion different combinations before I came up with this outfit, but I really liked the end result! This is the first time I’ve gotten up the nerve to try the belted cardigan trend – I think it’s tricky, and I hope I got it right. This was a super comfy outfit, and perfect for our sunny but chilly weather.
Where: real estate class & the flip
When: December 3, 2010 (yesterday)
What: blazer (Club Monaco), button up (Banana Republic), jeans (Banana Republic), wedges (Nine West Outlet), belt (Sam Moon), necklace (Walmart)
Yesterday was not a fab day appearance-wise. First, my hubby innocently referred to this as my “cowboy outfit” (not the look I was going for); second, it was uncomfortable for sitting in a classroom for half the day; third, I changed into something hideous once I got home because it was so uncomfortable and then ran into a friend that I hadn’t seen in forever at Home Depot while I was looking hideous; fourth, a neighbor told me I must be the about the same age as her daughters, who are 43 and 44. Sigh.
How about you guys? Are any of you trying to get out of a rut like I am? Think you’ll be able to stand this new series? (Eek, be kind!)