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Sometime last week I wrote about adding more yellow items to my wardrobe.  A yellow cardigan is one item that I’ve had my eye out for–especially since I want to wear a yellow cardigan with a blue flowered dress to a wedding that I am attending in June.

My first outfit with this cardigan is pretty simple and safe and, tbh, it reminds me a lot of this outfit that I wore last year:

In both outfits I am wearing the same grey trouser pants and black belt.  The shoes are the same exact type but different shoes.  I can’t wait to come up with other outfits with this pale yellow cardigan.

On Tuesday the weather was a bit chilly so I went with an outfit composed of layers to fight the chill.

I copied this outfit as closely as I could.  I started with a white button-up blouse and layered an oatmeal colored v-neck cardigan over top.  I chose to go with my medium wash skinny jeans that I cuffed like the inspiration photo and slipped on my red ballet flats.  I accessorized with an oversized gold watch and two necklaces– a gold bauble necklace and a long pearl necklace that I wore tripled up.  I think I nailed it, don’t you?

Thanks for reading– stay tuned for my April re-cap and update on my resolutions.  I should be posting it within the next few days but I also have my semester wrapping up so I do need to grade papers.

-Carla

 

Wednesday evening to class I paired my navy blue pencil skirt with a chambray top and brown pumps.  I just finished replacing the zipper in this skirt.  It had a bit of fabric that would always catch and eventually the zipper stopped working.  I removed it and then hand-sewed in a new one.  I had originally intended to use the sewing machine but it was so intricate that I just couldn’t do it.  (I’m not that advanced of a sewer.)  My outfit is based on a pin that is similar in nature but my chambray shirt is a slouchy boyfriend style and didn’t tuck into the skirt in a neat and clean way.  I fussed with it for quite a while before I tied the ends in a knot and called it done.  I was slightly disappointed in this outfit because it didn’t come together the way that I wanted.

Thursday I went casual and sports fan mode.  The Cleveland Indians beat the Astro’s two games in a row so I chose to wear my newest Indian’s shirt.  I looked back at how I styled it the first time but I didn’t take any pictures so I just went from memory and tried to style it differently.

I went with a navy blue tank top underneath that you can’t really see, dark wash bootcut jeans, a dark brown belt, white leather Converse and simple silver jewelry.  I didn’t put too much time or effort in to pre-planning this outfit and I think that in some aspects it shows but I also believe that not every outfit has to look like it was ripped from the pages of a fashion magazine!

-Carla

The weather this week has been in the mid-70’s and mild–just a few rain showers here and there.  It’s been wonderful to enjoy the Spring weather as I walk to my car in the morning on the way to work and have the sunshine streaming in the windows.  The birds chirping and the flowers blooming puts me in a “sunny disposition.”  On Monday I channeled that sunny disposition into my outfit with a yellow blouse.

Yellow isn’t a color that I wear very often and, truth be told, I have very few yellow items in my wardrobe.  I want to say that besides this yellow blouse, I have a sleeveless pale yellow tank top, a sparkly gold cardigan, a mustard-yellow boyfriend cardigan, and a browny/gold/puke colored open-front cardigan.  But, that’s about it for yellow.  I should really think about getting a few more yellow pieces.  One item that I would like to add to my closet is a true yellow cardigan.

Here are the ways that I’ve worn this yellow blouse:

As you can see, I’m not very creative with this particular piece of clothing.  In the first two photos, I’ve paired it with the same leopard print cardigan– one is a dressy version and one is a casual version.  One of the first times that I wore it, I went with my grey trousers and a black cardigan.  Also, I’ve tried my hand at replicating the pin that this outfit is based on before.  I had actually forgotten about it until I created this gallery.  LOL.

The two subtle differences between the first time that I replicated this pin and this time is that I am wearing a different black skirt and cardigan.  The first time I went with a sparkly gold cardigan.  This time, I went with an oatmeal colored cardigan.  I think that I like this outfit slightly than I did the first time that I wore it, but I still don’t love it.

Tuesday I took a light-blue button down and incorporated it into a casual and relaxed outfit for work.

My outfit started from the pin above, left, and then took a few twists and turns to the finished outfit.  First, I started with the blue dress shirt.  If you look really closely, I think that the shirt in the inspiration photo has stripes.  I have a blue striped shirt but it fits a lot closer to the body and that was not the vibe that I was trying to capture.  I added my red boyfriend cardigan.  I have another red cardigan that is shorter but I’ve worn it in a similar type of an outfit, here, so I wanted to mix it up and just like the other blue shirt it’s more fitted.  I have distressed boyfriend jeans that I could have cuffed to more closely resemble the original and ballet flats to pull in the animal print but I try to wear my distressed jeans to work very sparingly.  Also, I just wore my leopard print ballet flats the day before and so I went in a different direction with my pants and shoes.  I wore my medium wash bootcut jeans and knock-off Sperry deck shoes.  I added my oversized gold watch but otherwise kept the accessories to a minimum.  I have printed bandanas that I could have worn around my neck and my popped my collar but I decided to skip it.  It didn’t seem quite appropriate for my work place.

I did really enjoy this outfit and I think it’s a great testament to how your traditional “dressy work clothes” can be integrated in to your everyday outfits– especially if you’ve worked in a corporate environment and then find yourself in a more casual role.

Thanks for reading,

Carla