Welcome to Dressed for My Day! I’m back at posting my daily outfits this week. I like to share how I really dressed for my days because it keeps me accountable and helps me put a little more effort into what I wear. My goal is only to show clothes and outfits here at Dressed for My Day that I would actually wear in real life, whether it’s a fashion post I put together on my own dime or a sponsored post. But sometimes in the past I have put together things that I probably would never have worn myself. I think I’ve gotten much better at that over the almost 5 years I’ve been blogging. But this weekly post really helps me keep track of my personal style aesthetic and how it is evolving.
I won’t be talking too much about individual pieces in these outfits unless it’s something I’ve never shown before. But you can assume that everything runs true to size unless I tell you otherwise. I’ll try to share more information about my ideas behind styling the outfits.
Blouse and Jeans and Cardigan Outfit
Today (Friday) I’m shooting a video of simple but no-fail winter outfit formulas and I knew I wanted to include a jeans + blouse + cardigan combo. So I gave the formula a whirl on Monday. Wow! I’d forgotten how much I enjoy wearing a combination like this. It’s every bit as comfortable as a sweater and jeans and looks so much more elevated.
I actually love the feel of a soft blouse on my skin, so this outfit is very wearable. And you wouldn’t have to tuck the shirt or belt the jeans if that doesn’t work for you. But it definitely does work for my even proportions and hourglass shape. Even though I’ve gained a little weight in recent months in my midsection, when you wear a softly draped cardigan like this over a tucked and belted combo it really slenderizes and gives the illusion of a defined waistline. Truly, even a woman with an oval or rectangle shape can wear this combo with a tucked shirt and belted jeans if your proportions allow it. And even then, if you choose jeans with a rise that works for your proportions you can probably pull this off.
I added my cognac embossed leather block heel pumps because they’re just that comfortable. And I love how the pair up with the belt to tie this outfit together. If you’re looking for truly comfortable well-made pumps and flats (they have kitten heels, too), I highly recommend Ally. They are THE most comfortable dress shoes I own. You can use code KAYHEELS for $40 off your first pair of heels or KAYFLATS for 10% off your first pair of Ally flats.
By the way, I do love those AG Alexxis straight leg jeans. They’re currently on sale at Nordstrom, but not available in many sizes. They are also available at Anthropologie and AG. I have them in Showbox wash. They have just a bit of stretch and such a pretty straight leg silhouette.
Jeans and Shacket Outfit
I wore this jeans, sweater and shacket outfit Tuesday for working from home and then getting out a bit in the afternoon. I’m still not convinced I’m a shacket kinda gal, but I’m giving this one from Evereve a real try. I actually purchased and returned this brown shacket. I liked it, too. But for someone who doesn’t really gravitate to this trend I thought having one was enough. Ha!
I decided it was a good day to wear a little color. We’ve been having grey, rainy days. And I especially like this pink sweater with black.
Anniversary Dinner Dress with Boots
Our 35th wedding Anniversary was Monday, but we celebrated with dinner out on Tuesday. I pulled out my print silk dress from J.McLaughlin for the occasion. I’d been itching to wear it with my brown suede boots and hadn’t had the opportunity yet. I loved how this combo worked out.
I guess the sun had gone down when I took that photo and the coloring is off. My dress and boots are brown. But the boots do come in black, too, and they’re on sale. They’re not the most comfortable boots ever, but they are comfortable enough for wearing a few hours. And they are absolutely gorgeous. The dress is no longer available in that print, but it is available in another equally pretty one, and it’s 50% off. I know I’ll have this beautiful silk dress in my closet for years.
Tonal Winter Outfit
Wednesday I decided to go tonal in shades of soft camel. Some days I just really crave soft combinations like this one. I wore my Talbots Hampshire ankle pants in rattan, my cashmere fisherman sweater in oatmeal and my Ally flats in bossy beige leather and tenacious tan suede (use code KAYFLATS for 10% off your first pair of Ally flats).
It was actually quite balmy on this day, so my feet were very comfortable without socks. And these Ally flats are always comfortable for all day wear. I think a tonal look is just so easy on the eyes. I think that’s why it translates so chic to us. You could create a similar outfit with the neutrals you love to wear.
By the way, my necklace choice was very intentional here. I’ve opted to stay away from long pendants this year, choosing instead to wear longer choker length necklaces that drape just over the opening of my crewneck sweaters. They do a better job of drawing the focus upward to my face and they don’t accentuate my midsection. Plus, they’re just more modern.
“Regrettable” Ombre Sweater Outfit
And yesterday I followed through on my promise to style and wear that ombre cropped sweater that I listed as one of my top 5 regrettable purchases for 2022 in this post. Because it is cropped, it turned out to be more challenging than I had anticipated. The back of the sweater is actually even a little shorter than the front, so I had to wear jeans with a very high waist.
So I ended up pairing the ombre cropped sweater with my Joe’s Jeans Mia high waist raw hem flare jeans that I purchased in the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. They already had a raw hem, but I did cut them off another inch to suit. I generally prefer a closer fitting top with these flare jeans, but because this ombre cropped sweater has a slightly tapered silhouette I felt like it worked. I decided to add this Chico’s multi strand link necklace to draw the focus up. Plus I just felt like the outfit needed a little light somewhere.
I considered wearing this faux leather jacket when I went to the mall for the afternoon. But I ended up wearing my red coat instead. Well, I took the red coat in the car; I never actually put it on.
Loungewear from Haven Well Within
When I got home from shopping I was exhausted. But I still had to write this post. So I changed into these sweater knit joggers and double-stitch turtleneck sweater from Haven Well Within, a sister brand of Talbots.
I like having pretty loungewear because I tend to wear it a lot at this time of year. Once the work day is over, I’m done! I almost always change into something similar to this twosome. I also ordered this button-up mock neck sweater to wear with these sweater knit joggers. By the way, either that model is shorter than most or they’ve photo-shopped the length of these joggers because they certainly are not that long on me. I’m 5’8″. I think if I were to order more I’d size up. I’m wearing my usual medium and they fit comfortably, but it would be nice if they looked a little roomier and longer.
That’s all I have for you today. I’m getting out to have my hair cut this afternoon, so I’ll start taking photos for next week’s outfit roundup today. I hope you have a lovely day!
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Blessed for My Day
God is at work in the lives of the people you love. Someone needs to read that today. You can trust that God loves and has a plan for your loved one. He cares about him or her even more than you do. So you do not need to carry the burden of worrying about, fretting over or even trying to steer the life of your child, sister, husband or grandchild. God is at work.
Yes, pray. Yes, care and serve and love and bless. But lay down the burden of the weight you are carrying for someone else’s decisions and path. And instead of begging God to “do something!” acknowledge that He already is. Pray, “Lord I know that you love her and You have a plan. I trust that you are at work in her life, so I am freed up to love her and bless her. Thank you, Lord, for reminding me that You have begun a good work and You – not I – will bring it to completion.”
And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ. ~ Philippians 1:6