I love a good rain storm.
It’s been very nice in SF, so I can’t complain. But I was still excited when some rain showers rolled through. There’s something about variety in weather and knowing when you’re in an office all day, you’re not missing a day filled with sunshine. And it’s just nice to snuggle up inside and listen to rain fall against the window pane.
In preparation for rain and dampness, I had my riding boots spruced up by a local cobbler my boss recommended. With new soles and a fresh polish to keep my boots holding up and looking pretty, I’m ready to strut around town in my new, comfy practical shoes. And being all happy with my new boots inspired me to bring a favorite summer skirt into the fall.
Apologies for the darkness in the pics. In between getting home later and the earlier sunsets, I'm still getting into the grove of photographing my outfits.
I thought the combo of riding boots (for me at least, what says fall more than bringing out a favorite pair of boots?) and a twirly, girly skirt could go together pretty well. I chose a regular t-shirt on top, but tried to keep the look more “cooler temps are coming” by including a thicker jacket.
I wore the scarf intermittently throughout the day. I’ve found scarves are incredibly handy for the changing temps in the city. Plus, I think the rich purple color fit into the color palette well too. I was happy to see it all come together in a new combination, especially since now I have some ideas for how to keep wearing one of my favorite pieces.
Have you transitioned anything in your wardrobe across seasons? How did you find new ways to make it work?
Lately I’ve loved pairing navy blue with purple. I think it’s a visually interesting color combination and it’s felt more fresh than pairing purple with black.
This long necklace is basically lots of dangly things in various shades of purple. Really technical there, right? I should probably figure out a better vocabulary for jewelry and such.
I paired a turquoise top with a navy skirt, since they were all in the blue family and then choose this purple necklace as my pop of color. It was a little chilly this morning, so I opted for my light brown jacket to bring a little bit of structure to the outfit.
What color combinations are you enjoying lately?
Even though my office is pretty casual, I’ve discovered I’m most productive at work when I feel like I’ve put some effort into how I look that day. Sort of the whole dress-for-the-job you want concept with a personal spin – because being successful is nice and if looking nice helps get you there, that’s just a whole lot of nice to spread around relatively easily ; )
Plus, with the weather still being hot and lots of errands to run after work, my outfit had to be practical. No high heels, no stiff jeans. Skirts fit my summer dressing vibe incredibly well.
I purchased the necklace in this outfit at Target at least four years ago. And I wore it a total of zero times. Seriously, zero. It’s surprising this necklace has survived so many closet edits.
On a whim, I put it on today to bring more personality into a what felt like a standard outfit. My tank top, skirt, cardigan combo could have been fine on its own, but had lots of potential for something more visually interesting.
I was feeling “bold” and put it on. I’m clearly not doing much else with it. It’s just seven little squares in different sizes and shades of pink. Totally not a big deal to most rational people who actually, you know, wear the things they buy.
I doubt this necklace will ever be one of my favorites. But I think it has some potential. As long as I wear it again before the next presidential administration, I think it counts as a win.
I know I’ve spoken previously about how as part of my new approach to clothes I would visit the tailor more often for anything that doesn’t quite fit properly. The skirt in my outfit today is one such tailored update.
I’ve discovered I have a lot of A-Line cut skirts in my closet. It’s been an interesting challenge to bring a sense of structure to them, when I think the cut is naturally a little less polished than a pencil skirt.
One way I’ve tried to do that is by pairing A-Line skirts with a blouse rather than a t-shirt. I especially like how this one ties at the waist to create more shape than just something billowy.
In the past, I think my standard was to pull out an A-Line skirt, pair it with a t-shirt and maybe if I was feeling ambitious, put on a necklace. Putting on a more defined shirt makes the entire outfit seem more purposeful to me. Which is nice on a Monday morning.
What new techniques have you tried to bring a new approach to something you already have?
My favorite piece today – my white skirt – is very meaningful to me. This skirt is part of the outfit that landed me the best boyfriend a girl could ask for.
Of course, it was more than my outfit that sparked our chemistry. But let’s be honest: first date outfits need to impress and strike a delicate balance of dressed-up and casual. It can be a lot of pressure for a girl!
Our first date was four years ago today, and I still remember the frantic shopping trip I made to Banana Republic to find an outfit fabulous enough for my exciting date that night. I think I already knew I was a little bit smitten ;)
After the Monday Morning Washout I was determined not to let Tuesday get me down. I chose a ruffly top to pair with a basic black skirt for an easy, polished and feminine look. I like that for such a bright color, this blouse takes another, complementary color really well. I paired the look with a pair of purple wedges that are as comfortable as they are cute.
What are some color combinations that you enjoy wearing?
For a super laid-back Sunday that included some neighborhood strolling and babysitting, I decided on one my favorite pieces: a pink skirt, I think from 2004, from the Tara Jarmon collection for Target. I bought this skirt when I was a very broke college student/PR intern and I’ve loved the way it has always fit me well throughout the years.
Funny story about this skirt: during a very unfortunate laundry experience, this skirt was accidentally thrown into the dryer and shrunk! I seem to feel a very strong connection to this skirt, because I totally panicked! My poor husband searched high and low all over the Internet trying to find the same skirt or another that could replace it. He even considered buying a real (read: not Target cheap chic) Tara Jarmon skirt. It was all very sweet of him. He even set up eBay alerts – just because he’s smart and tech-savvy like that, and really cared about me and my little Target skirt. He really is just wonderful :)
Ok, there are a number of things I love today in this. And they’re all incredibly comfortable and easy to put together for a nice, business casual look. For a short week, it’s definitely felt very long. I needed something reliable this morning.
Since I went the easy route in putting this together, I’d have to say my favorite part is my black t-shirt. This shirt it totally one of my wardrobe staples. It fits perfectly, I can add just about any accessory and it always makes me feel a little curvy but in a nice way. Not bad for a humble little Gap Outlet purchase :)
Do you have any basic pieces you rely on? What pieces do you pull out when the week feels long and you just need an easy, polished outfit to grab and go?
This skirt, an impulse buy from Target, brings out a conflict I seem to have repeatedly during any morning wardrobe crisis. I love it aesthetically, I really want to love it when I wear it, but it just never seems to look as good as I hope.
As a new, more mature approach to my closet editing, I took it to the tailor to get a better fit. I’m happy with how it looks now and I feel much more excited about wearing it. I think this will be more of an occasional piece I incorporate into outfits. But it’s fun when I’m craving a stand-out pattern.