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I did it!  Well, at least 2/3 of the way– I wore heels to my 2 morning classes.  But, for my evening class I went with ballet flats.  At least I tried, right?  I have always really liked this blouse and for a while it disappeared and I just assumed that I had purged it because the neckline does have a tendency to gape open.  When we moved I found that it had fallen out of the dresser drawer and been living scrunched up in the bottom of my dresser.  I was super excited to have found it.  After a trip through the washing machine its as good as new.

I didn’t have an outfit pre-planned for Wednesday and since I’ve been wearing a lot of dresses lately I decided to go with pants.  I was going to wear one of my two kimono tops with olive-green leggings but I just couldn’t get the look that I wanted.  I didn’t have a top long enough in the right color to pull the look off and even the one that I thought about wearing seemed too casual.  That may be an outfit better suited to work, instead.  Then, I thought about pairing this top with my maternity khaki’s but I couldn’t find them anywhere.  I have no idea where they are– I know that I recently washed them but they weren’t hanging up in the closet and I didn’t have all day to search for them.  Instead, I opted for these cropped khaki’s.  Luckily, they used to fit a little loose so I was still able to make them work with the use of my belly band to disguise that they are not fully zipped or buttoned.  Also, I used to pin the neckline of the blouse at a higher point so the v-neck wasn’t so deep and wear a camisole underneath of it.  This time, I actually unfolded the edge of the and pinned that together creating an entirely new shape to the neckline– it’s basically a sweetheart neckline.  The simple thing made me extremely happy.

I’ve never really highlighted the red in this print so that’s what I went for this time.  I would have worn my red short-sleeved cardigan because it was another 85+ degree Fall day but I wanted to cover my butt and so I went with my red long-sleeved boyfriend cardigan and just pushed the sleeves up.  I accessorized with red drop earrings and my silver watch.  I was originally going to wear my red ballet flats but I forced myself to go with my navy blue pumps.  They have a low heel and lots of cushioning on the footbed.  They are probably one of the most comfortable pair of pumps that I have.  I really enjoyed this outfit but I do have to say that the shirt and pants were both feeling a little stretched to capacity so I’m not sure that either of these items are going to work going forward in my pregnancy.

Here are some ways that I’ve styled this top in the past– mind you most of these photo’s are from quite awhile ago since this top has been lost.  The most recent photo is from Feb. 2016:

I’ve paired this top with just about every color blazer I could– navy, burgundy, black, royal blue, and teal and twice with a magenta cardigan.  I usually go with a neutral bottom half–khaki skirt, khaki pants, or grey trousers.  But, once I did go with burgundy trousers.  This last time I did consider my navy blue trousers but I didn’t even try them with the top because I know that they don’t accommodate the bump.  I would also like to pair this top with my mustard colored cardigan for a very Fall look.

-Carla

Yesterday I used the above image as the inspiration for my outfit.  I liked the way that the blush blazer slightly dressed up the flower print pants even though she’s wearing it with a basic white blouse and flat sandals.  I felt like I could accomplish a similar look and feel with my flowered pants.

Although the color palette of my pants is quite different from the inspiration I still think that I created a similar outfit.  I went with a khaki blazer and brown ballet flats, however.  I waffled between going with the color of the blazer in the original photo–blush pink or with the structure of a blazer.  In the end, because the blush colored cardigan that I have is a thick and fuzzy sweater material I opted for the blazer.  I was going to try for my cognac heels but I just couldn’t talk myself into it even though I thought they looked awesome.  A gold watch and bronze feather earrings finished out the look.

I liked this look and I received 2 compliments on the flowered pants.  But, I thought that it looked better in person than it photographed.  I was a little sad reviewing the photo’s for this post.  Also, at some point during the day– perhaps while I was taking my afternoon nap, the seam below the zipper came un-sewed.  I’d say split but that sounds so dramatic.  It’s bad enough that I use the belly band to conceal that the fly of my pants is completely open and the waistband is folded down under my belly.  So, I had no choice but to change my pants for my evening class.  This is probably the last wearing of the flowered pants for the rest of my pregnancy and maybe ever.

-Carla

One of the things that I try to do is wear my clothing items differently.  That isn’t something that is necessarily intuitive but having this blog helps to challenge me.  Not to mention that having the photographic evidence how I wore a certain dress or blouse or skirt makes it easy to see what I’ve done before and push myself towards something different.

Take this collared polka dot dress, for instance.  Here are several ways that I have styled it in the past:

I’ve done a magenta sweater over the dress and a magenta cardigan worn open.  I’ve done it with a black blazer and black tights, a dark wash denim jacket and black riding boots, and I’ve also worn it without any topper– once by accenting with a skinny magenta belt and once with a purple belt.  I’ve styled it other ways before, too, but this is just a sampling.  This time around I went with a burgundy cardigan, the fabric belt it came with, a long pendant necklace, gold watch, and black ballet flats.

I would have loved to have worn my burgundy peep toe pumps but with being 5.5 months pregnant I’m just not that worried about picking the cutest shoes and sacrificing comfort.  Today was the first day that one of my students dared to ask if I am pregnant.  They don’t know me very well but I am not easily offended.

-Carla