Archive for September 25, 2012

OOTD: September 21, 2012

Ok, Ok, I finally succumbed to the colored jeans trend! Bright Blue from Jessica Simpson  ($20, Marshalls)  I know this violates Rebecca’s  “no jeggings rule” but with an oversized black top from Cato ($17), I think it works.   Plus I finally can wear these cute Anne Klein “Buttons” driving mocs I scored at Marshalls (Zappos, $69)

(From Rebecca:  It’s not so much as a rule as a cry for alternatives.  They work best on women built like you who have great legs; not so well on women built like me.)

I added this fabulous blue glass chunk necklace from Cato, which I have worn with tons of different outfits and it always draws a compliment, and two bangles from a set of 3 (blue, black, white) from Chicos $38).

OOTD: September 24, 2012 Visible Monday

I woke up this morning a little tired; last night was one of those tossing and turning evenings where I never did seem to get to sleep for more than an hour at a time.  So I decided to wear something bright to wake myself up.

The dress you’ve seen before; Roaman’s A-line Crinkle Maxi in Magenta.  Still a favorite for making myself feel good due to clinging in all the right places and NOT clinging in the wrong ones.

Over that I pulled out the brightest single garment I own; a Lane Bryand peacock-print sweater from a few seasons ago.  I love this silly thing for all the great colors, including shots of the same magenta, along with that blue that I am loving this season.  It also has black, so you will likely be seeing a lot of this cardigan this year.  I went looking for similar items and found this gorgeous one from Talbots (cashmere)  that I am considering blowing this week’s spending money on.

The necklace came from charming charlies, and while it is mostly plain gold, it has cute little blue owls on it as well.  (Owls are my thing….)

The underlying idea about this outfit was that I wanted bright, happy colors and pattern; something to wake me up and make me feel good on a not-quite-fall-yet monday morning.  Did I succeed?

 

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Better in person… Lane Bryant’s Corduroy Blazer

I’m not a big fan of Lane Bryant’s; I’ve got some things of theirs that I like, but more often I’ve been unimpressed with the quality, cut and style of their clothing. However I regularly (once per season) check in and try on some items to see if I like them.

Yesterday I visited a new store and wandered around.  I saw some things that were blah, some that looked like they might be cute but in fabrics I wasn’t wild about, and others that I tried on.  One of the items I tried on turned out to be FAR cuter than the picture on the website suggested and came home with me.

Now, having seen the way I dress, you know I don’t wear a lot of blazers/jackets.  Most of the time I find them confining and uncomfortable.  This one isn’t.

What it has is some terrific detailing – but what the official picture (left) fails to show is the terrific tailoring at the waist.  While it doesn’t looks boxy in the picture, by buttoning it up they lose some of the curve that makes a garment like this look terrific.

The fabric is a very VERY fine wale corduroy that I almost didn’t recognize as corduroy in the first place.  There is a lot of detailing at the waist that shows up better in the blue picture than the black.  Those details accentuate curves and make this a terrific looking jacket.

I tried to get a good shot (right) but my husband isn’t exactly the greatest photographer.  (I cut my head off in the picture due to a particularly bad hair day.)  However the fact that the shot is in our master bathroom should tell you that I brought the jacket home and will be wearing it if and when the temperature drops below triple digits here in Arizona.

Articles not to miss

If you haven’t noticed, I love black.  So it was both gratifying and useful that Wardrobe Oxygen did a great post today on why she promotes black for wardrobe staples.  You might agree or disagree, but she captured all of my reasons and put some of the fuzzier ones into words!

Already Pretty has a timely article on boot shaft height that was really an eye-opener for me.  Granted, having wide calves limits the number of choices I have, but I guarantee after reading through the article that I will think differently going forward when I try boots on!  Once I find the right height, zappos has the ability to filter boots based on both height AND shaft circumference!

40+ Style has been doing a great series on editing your closet (something that almost everyone needs to do).  Her latest article was on how to decide whether to keep or donate a garment that might help you make the hard decisions when the time goes.

Finally, Not Dead Yet Style posts a few quick and easy things you can do to give your look a pick-me-up.  One was “Lift your bra-straps” and this one is a BIG deal for us big-chested girls.  Your boobs should sit halfway between your shoulder and your elbow.  The BAND should be doing most of the heavy lifting, but the shoulders need to be sitting correctly as well.  It makes a WORLD of difference in how you look.

I would add one more tip to hers: STAND UP STRAIGHT.  I see so many women slouching, when you can easily look better and thinner by just improving your posture.  Shoulders back, ladies.  It really helps.

 

OOTD September 19, 2012

Still warm but time for some fall colors.     Working from home today with a really busy day ahead so I opted for comfy, yet pulled together.  Somehow on those really crazy days, it gives me an edge over my WFH uniform of yoga pants and a tee.    Plus I have the added benefit of being able to leave the house looking great with zero additional prep.

The new jeans arrived and *BLISS*; they look and fit great, the perfect length, cut, etc.     Paired with a Michael Kors Poncho top I bought in late Spring from Dillards ($89) in red/navy, Size 1X.   The material in the top feels like a premium soft tee you’ve had for years.

I added a navy/silver necklace and earrings from Chico’s, and platforms from Naot, (Treasure, Polar Sea) ($156) to complete the look.

Sorry about the wet hair, one of those mornings and hey you are here to see the clothes right?