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Avoiding the Frumpy Dumpty

A few years ago I bought this denim pencil skirt.  I thought it was just about the best thing ever and added it to my frequently used basics.

Then my mom came to visit me and she put the kibosh on that.  Perhaps it was that I was wearing it with a crew neck shirt and flats?  (seen here) Whatever it was, she assured me I looked like a frumpy soccer mom and made me swear to leave this item alone.  She took me out to buy some”sexy” clothes.  “You’re young, you shouldn’t dress frumpy yet!”  she said.  I’ll admit that this outfit is far from “sexy” but realistically most of the time sexy isn’t my goal.  Perhaps this skirt does look to “soccer mom” unless it’s paired with heels and a breezy ultra feminine top.

What do you think?  Do you have clothes you wear even though they may not be “mom” approved?  It’s sort of ridiculous how their opinion continues to matter even though I’m almost 30 years old.  But then, I’m sure I’ll terrorize my own daughters with my opinions someday, since they’re not in short supply!

Sweater: Banana Republic, ’09 (The drawing is the same sweater just in a different color than pictured.  It’s the same one I used for my February 30-30 challenge.)

Jean Skirt: Gap, ’08

Boots: Miz Mooz via Nordstroms, ’10

Necklace: Forever 21, ’10

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Back to Basics

Where did spring go?  Back to something warm.  Now that my closet edit is done for Spring Summer I feel safe enough to try out some of those 30-30 pieces again.

I found this scarf that I permanently borrowed from my Mom but never have gotten around to wearing.  Another item that will feel too wintery in a few weeks.  I loved how the color palette matched the red boots.  This outfit is so basic, just the jean skirt, the plain black sweater and tights but the accessories really kept it from feeling boring (like that one did).

Pulling off the whole scarf look again, and after my sisters comments (see comments after linked post) that a scarf need not feel “stewardessy” I tried to wear it with confidence.  Somewhere I read this inspiring quote, “You can change your clothes as many times as it takes to feel right, but once you walk out the door you need to rock it, because it’s confidence that really make the whole thing work.”

Sweater: Banana Republic, ’10

Jean Skirt: H&M, ’03

Boots: Miz Mooz via Nordstroms, ’10

Scarf: ??

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The Capriciousness of Spring

I wore my jean skirt without tights for the first time since October.  It’s always such a strange thing to go bare-legged.  It was still a little chilly so I ended up wearing my scarf and sweater (not pictured) almost all day.

I feel like dressing in the dark mornings is getting a bit difficult, as I’m in my winter rut of easy clothes – the same few pairs of bottoms and different shirts.  Since finishing my 30-30 I’ve just replaced the featured skirt and pair of jeans for another – mostly because I need to take a bunch of things to the tailor.

Next week perhaps I’m going to try to wear the things I didn’t get around to wearing in my winter wardrobe one last time before I pack them up at the end of the month.  My closet is small enough (or perhaps my wardrobe large enough) that the closet can’t hold both seasons at once.

My goal at the end of the month is to get everything clean and pack it away for next fall.  The new season always brings a fresh outlook on what I have – things I’ve forgotten about and new ways to wear everything, so I’m excited for that – but to break it out too soon is a little headstrong.  Who me? Headstrong?

White shirt with shirring: Hand-me down from the Sister, Express – Year unknown

Denim Mini-skirt: H&M (purchased in Nice, France, ’03 when there were no H&M’s in the states)

Scarf: Street Vendor Florence, Italy, ’03

Shoes: Nine West via TJ Maxx, ’10

 

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An American in Paris

After seeing this skirt from Talbots (which was so much like the skirt I already owned) I decided to build an outfit around the styling in their ad.

I love the look of the classic military shirt.  The shirt I had included in my 30-30 (see it featured here) was worn in heavy rotation.  I realized it wouldn’t be a terrible idea to invest in another version of the same shirt.  While shopping with my mom at Chico’s I discovered this lovely classic, loose version in ivory.  It has that timeless American look.  The first runway picture from the Ruffian S/S 2011 show and the second and third pictures from classic American designer, Ralph Lauren’s S/S 2011.

Normally I don’t shop at Chico’s, but I think it’s also good practice to find things wherever they might be hiding.  A good wardrobe does not have to all come from Gucci to be stylish, Anthropologie to be creative, or Good Will to be cheap.  Do you ever find wonderful things in unexpected places?  If so where?

Military Shirt: Chicos, ’11 See it here
(The drawing is more creamy than the actual shirt, the picture is more reflective of the true color.)

Pleated Denim Skirt: Zara in Greece, ’02

Belt: Express, ’10

Sandals: BCBG Generations via N Rack, ’10

 

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30-30 Day 24

Almost over!!  Are you as excited for this exercise to be done as I am?!  Despite my boredom I tried to put together an outfit I’d really feel good in today.  Success!  I feel great and I love the color combination of plummy purple and light pink.  With just a few sequins thrown in for good measure!

I realized last week that I really only picked out two bottoms that I can wear to work day in and day out.  Two bottoms for 30 days is a little rough.  The other pair of jeans requires heels (can’t do that all day when I am on my feet) and the other skirts are great but too fancy or too eye-catching to work as neutrals.  Well I made it – despite my picking mistakes.

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30-30 Day 23

Only 5 days left!!!  Clearly I lacked inspiration today.  I was going to jazz it up by adding a hot pink scarf but ran out the door and totally forgot it.  Oh well, sometimes you have to just do simple.

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30-30 Day 17

I missed day 16 because I was sick – yuck.  I slept all day, so obviously there wasn’t an outfit involved.

I threw on the navy tank top under the black sweater because I was out of undershirts.  I didn’t realize it would show up, but it is a happy accident.  I love the navy, black and pink together!

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30-30 Day 9

Trying out a new color combination today, lime with navy tights.  Oddly it ties together with my wild multi print leopard print shoes, which have both colors in them.  The shirt looks more yellow in the pictures, but the color is more like the sketch – acid lime.

I washed my hair finally – so the big sexy curl is gone and I’m back to my normal curls.

I had to wash some of my shirts last night.  The only downside of having such a limited wardrobe – things need laundering more often.  But I really don’t think the average joe could even tell that I’m rotating the same 30 things – which really makes you realize how little you actually need – again!

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30-30 Day 6

Running errands and hanging out with friends.  One of my friends thought this looked very euro with the bright tights.  I wanted to be comfortable in flats but not boring.  You can see the tank top (which isn’t in my 30) but I was wearing it more as a foundation piece since I never took off my sweater.

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February!

I love this month, it has my birthday (which I love and never want to get annoyed by as I get older!) and Valentine’s day!  People give V-Day a bad rap, but it’s nice, especially in a month that in some parts of the country has little else going for it!  February can be that dreary dead time of year when there’s nothing to look forward to except the dreary dead March, my personal least favorite month.

Picked out my 30 for 30 (really it’s 30 for 28) late Monday night, and had a cool idea for showing you what I picked but work has been so busy there’s no time to goof off (imagine that!).  So it will have to wait until later this week.

Here’s a really crummy indoor (read with flash) shot of what I wore yesterday.  Didn’t get a chance to take the picture during the day – this daily picture taking business is harder than it may seem!

White Camp Shirt, Express ’09

Denim Skirt, Express, ’10

Necklace, gifted, ’09

Shoes, Nine West via TJ Maxx, ’10

Tights, Express

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