Last week brought some really, really interesting outfits. Some I loved, some I was on the fence about, and one I didn’t particularly care for. We were on the road for about four days, which I had meticulously packed for. But I happened to pack on the evening of a balmy day, and my room temperature was a little higher than normal. And guess what happened? Most of the outfits I planned ended up being a tad too chilly for the weather. This left me scrambling a little to stay warm, which lead to some interesting experiments with the contents of my suitcase.
Monday we were still at home and I put my cord-styling skills to the test. Do you guys wear cords? Cords & Co. sent me this pair (made responsibly in Turkey), and they’re leading the charge on a so-called cord revival, and not without reason. They’re versatile, durable, casual and a nice alternative to jeans. Since I received this pair a few weeks ago, I feel like I’ve been noticing cords everywhere.
The trouble for me and cords is finding the right style. I love the ‘Mom Fit‘ but I really didn’t want another pair of cropped pants in my closet. I opted for the ‘Bootcut’ instead, and I really like the slim fit of them. BUT, I only lasted in the full 32″ inseam for about half a day before taking scissors and trimming off three inches. I like them much better at my ankles than full length or cropped. I will likely bring them to the tailor and have them taken up another inch or inch and a half.
Style Notes: There are lot of elements in this look, the hair, the necklace, the jacket, and I think I would have preferred one fewer for more a cohesive look.
Style Score: 8
This is my favorite look of the week. I love the combo of the turtlneck and cardigan, and of course I’m always a fan of vintage jeans. I would wear this again in a heartbeat. I’m not solidly in love with these shoes. They still push on my left ankle and they make my feet look big. But they keep my feet warmer and dryer than my beloved Cons, so for now I’ll keep wearing them. This turtleneck is a welcome upgrade from the very thin one I bought from Everlane last year. I can safely wear it without an undershirt, and it is substantially warmer.
Style Notes: This look works well for me because it has a great color palette (cognac/tan/white/indigo) and it has just the right amount of vintage vibe. The tote and shoes add a modern touch to keep the vintage from feeling costume-y.
Style Score: 10
This is my pre-turkey day festivities outfit. The kids were out of school and we were about to hit the road south to our parents’. In 100% honesty, I wore these pants to remind myself not to over do it on the eating in the subsequent days. I tried hard to make good food choices, but I am pretty sure I had a food baby by Friday evening.
I love this look, again, the color palette does it for me.
Question: What color/shade of bag would you style with this outfit?
Style Score: 9
This looks like a really plain outfit, but right before I snapped my photo my necklace popped underneath my top, and I didn’t realize it until I sat down to write this post. This look is a slightly more casual take on an outfit I styled in my Holiday Outfits post last week.
Style Notes: I planned this look with 100% comfort in mind. My stretchiest bottoms and the perfect shirt for hiding Thanksgiving food babies.
Style Score: 8.5
Sporting a warmer version of Thursday’s outfit by swapping in the T Sweater. It’s safe to say, this is a major player again for me this fall/winter. I enjoyed the sweater so much last year, and it makes me happy to have it in high rotation this fall. Next week I am going to try styling it with my white cotton turtleneck underneath, for a chunky-turtleneck effect.
Style Notes: This is essentially my updated version of the oversized top + skinny jeans formula. The jeans are slim, but not skinny, and the top is oversized and a little bit unconventional.
Style Score: 9.5
This is the day I floundered and failed. I had originally planned on wearing an oversized turtleneck and clogs with my cords, but it felt too chilly for the clogs and cotton sweater. Instead I opted for boots and wool.
Style Notes: I think the place I erred the most was with the shirt. Something less white and structured would have looked a lot better. I feel like I’m channeling 2001 right here, and not in a good way. Also, I think the pants will look better after I hem them an inch or two.
Style Score: 5
This experiment came together a lot better than I expected. It was another cold day, so the afore-planned clogs were not an option with this ensemble. The wool socks and boots with the jumpsuit felt risky, but I liked how it all came together. Sometimes I feel like I’m living under this invisible pressure to dress like everyone else, and when I step out of it, it’s kind of scary. But it’s also kind of exciting.
Style Notes: Originally I tried this on with ankle socks, and it felt off. I opted for scrunchy wool socks instead and I love the way they fill the space between the boots and the hem of the jumpsuit, and they’re incredibly warm. I’m not sure if I’ll have the confidence to wear this again, but I certainly hope to try.
Style Score: 9
FAVORITES: Tuesday + Wednesday.
KEY LESSONS: Always stay warm, don’t be afraid to experiment.