This week’s outfit run is a testament to how much I like simplicity. Over and over, simple looks are always my favorite. I think that’s why I like dresses and jumpsuits so much.
The key to simplicity is choosing the right items. If you’re on the hunt for something – a striped top or a great clog – don’t settle on less than what you want, compromising color, fit, fabric, style or quality. It’s worth it to save and wait for the right item to come along, otherwise you’ll never be quite happy with it. Then you will struggle to style it, and the item will often end up being a waste of your resources.
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Sweater, thrifted (similar 1, 2) | Striped top, thrifted Ralph Lauren (similar w/zipper) | Cropped flares, old Madewell (similar, made in the USA) | Clogs, c/o Bryr Studio (sienna leather in a mid-heel) | Classic Tote, c/o Cuyana
Whoops! Almost forgot to take my picture, but squeezed it in after sundown. Here’s a look at my very compact living room (send decorating help!) and what I wore on Sunday. Spring is layering season in Oregon, we’re tired of jackets, so cardigans have to do the job. I’ve been pretty happy with my poshmark-sourced vintage fisherman sweater. It’s very warm, and easy to throw on over those tops with large sleeves.
This is my favorite look from the week. Pairing tennis shoes with a shirt dress is the best kind of elevated-casual in my opinion. Of course the blue skies and 70-degree temps felt pretty great as well, which could have influenced my opinion. I got this dress when I collaborated with Sotela last spring. It’s been exciting to watch Hanna’s business grow. If you haven’t shopped Sotela yet, I highly encourage you to check them out.
Picking shoes for this outfit really stymied me. I like the combo of a shirt underneath the Lou Jumpsuit, but I think a sandal would have worked better. I still have my Moheda clogs from last year, which I initially picked out to wear, but they don’t feel as comfortable as I remember on my old lady feet.
Another simple outfit takes the cake! I was very happy wearing this. Again, it was warm and sunny, so that could have been a factor. I have made a few select purchases for summer, and two of them are in this outfit…
This hat covers my dirty hair with ease. I had been eyeing it since last summer, and when my Target version got smushed beyond repair I replaced it with this one from Cuyana. Not only does it keep me cool, but it also keeps the sun off my face. Gotta fight the wrinkles!
I upgraded my Birkenstocks after chatting with a sales associate at Nordstrom who informed me that they only stock this style, the Arizona, in narrow. I tried it on, and it fit so much better than my older Arizona’s which are so floppy on my feet. (Pretty much the only time I’ve ever had a problem with shoes being too wide.) Because I spend 80% of my summer in Birks (we walk a lot) I decided it was worth making the switch. Plus, they make my feet look way less mannish, so I’m pretty thrilled.
Side note: I bought the ‘soft’ footbed because it’s all the had, and whoa nellie, it’s a game changer. I’ve been wearing Birkenstocks for the better part of two decades (I come from hippie land, remember?) and I staunchly held out on this footbed because I’m a prideful purist. Turns out, the joke’s on me! These are even more comfortable, if you can imagine that for Birkenstocks.
A cold front moved back in, so adjusted the wardrobe as necessary. This is probably my favorite ‘cold weather’ look from the week. Combining navy and black is always a favorite of mine!
Doing that blogger thing, where we drape our coats over our shoulders instead of wear them. I wore this out with a friend and, when I showed up at the event we were going to, I felt so pretentious with the coat draped I couldn’t go through with it. I put it on and wore it like a normal human. But it sure looks good in pictures.
Today was a slow day, in a good way. I didn’t leave the house. I didn’t put on makeup. (Okay, brows and mascara, but whatever.) I cleaned, sorted, laundered, cooked, tried hard not to get too distracted by social media. I just enjoyed being home. I love feeling cozy on chill days, but I still am not one to wear loungewear. I prefer to ‘get dressed’ each day. I don’t know why, I’ve just always been that way. I don’t like wearing workout gear outside the house, unless it’s to school drop-off in the morning right before I work out. And even then I don’t really like it.
You could say this is my version of loungewear.
FAVORITES: Monday + Thursday
KEY LESSON: Keep it simple and, when shopping, don’t settle.