Lady In Red
For some reason I was at a loss on Monday to come up with a red outfit. I could blame the fact that I worked a night shift the night before, but the truth is, I don't have as much red in my wardrobe as I used to. Which is a shame, because I love it!
So I kind of punked out and wore this red corduroy blazer and threw a red floral neckerchief over the whole thing. And any bonus points I might get for mixing prints (something I still struggle mightily with) are, I think, negated by these lousy bathroom selfies.
Hint of Mint
I was actually super excited about this outfit idea, which I shamelessly stole from my friend Jessica. She showed up the other day wearing a chambray button-down and a mint scarf, and the combo just looked terrific to me. So I took a spin in a chambray dress that I have for sale in my Instagram shop and, uh oh, totally fell in love with it. The fit is perfect — loose enough to be comfortable, but fitted enough to be flattering.
I was initially going to try to make it look not Western, but then I liked the look of the brown belt, so I just went whole hog and added the pigskin jacket (no pun intended). If I had cowboy boots, I totally would have worn them!
Feminine in Florals
I agonized over this prompt, because I do NOT have a lot of floral things in my wardrobe. I thought about borrowing this lotus-print tunic from my Etsy shop, but it was so darn cold that I felt like I would have just ended up burying it under lots of layers. But that sparked a brainstorm, because I remembered this dress, and all was well.
This is one of my all-time favorite finds for my shop. I love everything about it — the color, the cut, the fabric, the print. I couldn't resist adding this ivory floral necklace to play into the prompt theme, and you can't really see it, but I'm also wearing peacock-feather earrings to bring out the colors of the dress. I felt really beautiful in this outfit, which isn't something I can say every day!
Black and White is Always Right
This one should have been a gimme. I'm always reflecting on how much black-and-white there is in my closet! But I decided to be stubborn and wear pants, which suddenly limited my options considerably.
Comfort was definitely a factor here, as I started out with soft ivory cords and a loose knit top. I added a stretchy belt to give myself a waist, and put a black velvet blazer on top. And since I'm firmly in the "more is more" camp, I added a soft off-white infinity scarf from my Etsy shop, a string of (very very faux) pearls and a vintage brooch. Plus my trusty pointed toe black flats. I was going for wintry luxe, and I felt pretty good about the result (except, that belt is too tight and pinched my tummy, boo).