Spring is here and to welcome it I really felt like wearing Spring-time colors! Also, as I mentioned last time I am making the rounds through my skirts and pants again. I usually like to plan 4 or 5 outfits out all at once and then hang them up ready to go for the week, but since I am only teaching half of my course load this week I have been a lot more lax! I wouldn’t go so far as to say that I have been winging it, but I’ve been picking outfits out the night before or on my late days, the morning of. I have been sticking to pretty tried and true combinations, though.
Today’s look was inspired by these two pins:
Both of these inspiration photo’s feature a pink top and a white bottom. In the left hand version it’s a pair of white jeans and in the right hand it’s a pencil skirt that is either white or very light khaki. These two looks differ in the accesories– on the left we’ve got leopard print pointy toed flats and on the right a greyish-nude pump. On the left, we’ve got a thick chain link bracelet and heart-shaped gold studs and a gold watch. On the right, it’s hard to really see much jewelry or accesories besides her earrings, but she is wearing a few gold bangles and rings.
Here is my version if a pink top and light-colored skirt:
I started with my rose pink crew neck sweater. It’s a great Spring color and it’s a thin sweater so I thought that it would be perfect for today’s weather. I don’t have any white bottoms– they are currently on my Wants list. But, this skirt is such a light khaki color that it almost looks white and I’ve worn it in place of white skirts in the past. Originally, I didn’t have the sweater tucked in but I tried it and I really liked the way that the 4 buttons at the waist band give the outfit a bit of detail. I did feel like it looked too plain and blah. I really had to fight the urge to add a necklace or some other element. I did pair this with my leopard print flats because I liked the style that they brought to the outfit, but I wish that they were heels. I could have easily gone with my nude pumps, but I chose not too. Like the inspiration photo on the left I went with my gold chain bracelet and gold watch. I had tiny gold bow stud earrings in but as I said I thought the outfit felt too plain. I wanted to wear my grey and cubic zirconia flower studs but I thought those were too much of a statement earring. In the end I settled for gold hoops.
Monday I opted to pair my burgundy trousers with a blue button-up. I based this outfit off of a Pinterest pin. In that version the woman is wearing a chunky silver statement necklace. I don’t have a chunky statement necklace so I decided to go to the other end of the spectrum and go with a tiny and delicate necklace. And, if that wasn’t enough I also went with gold jewelry instead of silver. I know, right?!?
I had lots of options when it came to shoes– my navy blue pumps, a pair of burgundy peep-toes, and black pumps. Ultimately, I decided to go with the black pumps because that is what is closest to the inspiration photo. I did add a navy belt and some delicate gold earrings that I recently bought at Wal-Mart.
On Tuesday I just didn’t feel like adulting. I didn’t want to get up when my alarm went off and even though I spent a fair amount of time on Sunday creating outfits for the week I didn’t want to wear any of them. I went with a “back-up” outfit that I had of khaki pants and a cowl-neck top. It is much more of a casual outfit than I normally wear. This was also compounded by the fact that I wore shoes and socks. I know you might be thinking, so what? But I almost always wear some type of dress shoe or ballet flat with hosiery or trouser socks. Like I said, I just wasn’t feeling it.
I did go through the effort of doing my makeup and washing, blow-drying, and hot rolling my hair! And you know what? I spent most of the day feeling self-conscious about my outfit. I didn’t really like the pants– they seemed much too casual and too short. I don’t like feeling awkward in my clothes. Do you ever have days like that?
Today was a mild day for the weather— the sun was even shining and I’m glad that I picked this outfit to wear today. This is one of my favorite dresses in my closet and I picked it up for a steal in February 2013 from New York and Co. I find that this dress is just right for so many occasions– it can walk into the boardroom with a blazer and pumps, fit in the classroom with a cardigan and some interesting jewelry, take a spin out on the town with some stiletto’s and a clutch, and do a weekend brunch with the girls with a straw hat and flat gladiator sandals. I’ve worn it about twice a semester since I bought it and then some in my personal life!
This time around I have styled it with a khaki blazer, tan and gold belt, gold watch, gold starfish bracelet, nude legs and pumps. I also tried it with a long gold necklace, but I thought it was too much so I took it off. I’ve worn this dress quite a few ways over the duration of the time that I’ve owned it, so when I looked back at my previous outfits I was surprised that I’ve never gone in this direction before. I have another dress that is similar in cut and color (in photographs) so what works for one also can work for the other.
Here are some of the many ways that I’ve styled this dress before:
The first time that I wore it I paired it with a black cardigan, black belt, and leopard print pumps. Since then I have done it in a monochromatic version with gold jewelry and nude pumps. Twice I’ve done it with a grey cardigan– once without a belt and faux snakeskin pumps and once with a magenta belt, silver necklace, and silver mary jane pumps. I have also done it with a purple cardigan, bubble necklace, and black heeled sandals, an oatmeal cardigan, magenta and gold statement necklace and nude pumps, and maybe the most different from all the others– layered over a black turtleneck and black tights and topped with a black blazer and accents of silver jewelry.
But, of all of them– here is my favorite:
But, that might have more to do with the fact that I wore it on a cruise with my then boyfriend/now husband and sister and brother-in-law.