I feel like there are two of me getting dressed lately. The Andrea who got dressed on Monday and Wednesday and the Andrea who got dressed on Tue/Thur/Sun. And I like the latter better.
Does your style straddle split personalities, or is it just me? I generally like all of my outfits that revolve around a looser bottom, but I am continually driven toward slimmer-fitting bottoms out of fear of feeling or looking frumpy. (What gives?) Currently trying to dissect why this fear is so strong, and how it might be sabotaging my personal style.
I’m very much on the fence about this look. On the one hand, it’s polished, warm, functional and non-fussy. On the other hand, I feel like I am looking at a picture of someone else. Can’t quite put my finger on why. Probably the skinny jeans. They are made from gorgeous fabric, but dang, I wish they weren’t so skinny at the bottom.
Style Notes: Following the tried and true formula of skinny jeans + ankle boots + oversized top. It’s pretty much a no fail combination.
Style Score: 7 – Doesn’t feel quite me, but I still like the execution.
Oh hey, there I am! This feels like me 100%. It’s the jeans and the mules that do the trick. From here, sometimes I struggle with how to layer up to stay warm. I’m currently stalking this cardigan online, as a helpful option, but haven’t pulled the trigger yet. My mules are great in the sunny, fall weather, but they’ll get retired as soon as the rain comes out.
And, new earrings from Portland-based Passage Jewelry! I love these gorgeous, asymmetric brass earrings. I am incredibly picky about earrings; I own and wear very few. These passed muster for me because they are unique and lightweight. Very happy to add them to my limited rotation.
Style Notes: I am starting to realize my favorite formula for getting dressed is fitted tops and looser bottoms. It’s a hard shift from what I’ve been wearing for the last several years (oversized tops galore!) and I’m trying to do it slowly and consciously, while continuing to integrate and use what I have. When I wear a large top and skinny bottoms, I feel a bit like an inverted pyramid. When I flip the formula and wear a fitted top, and relaxed bottoms, my proportions are much more balanced. And, while I am not trying to a be a slave to ideal proportions of beauty, it does give me a certain confidence in my clothes.
Style Score: 10 – High marks for balance and comfort.
I don’t love this outfit, it feels a little boring. But everyday can’t be overly exciting, right? It was super warm and playground-friendly. So it gets a pass.
Style Notes: There’s that inverted pyramid again. Having a hard time loving this coat. You might see it on Noihsaf Bazaar soon, but trying to be patient and see if I love it.
Style Score: 7 – Average
New shoe day! I picked these up when Nisolo had their founder’s day sale, and I am very pleased with them. I had my eye on them since I saw them here several months ago. It seems like too often lately, I’ve been facing a break-in period with shoes, and it’s such a bummer, because sometimes they don’t actually break-in. I was thrilled to find these felt great, right out of the box. Time and time again, Nisolo shoes fit my feet very well. I ordered them in a 10, and the fit is perfect. I am regularly a 9.5 or 10 in most shoes (more often 10).
I also own oxfords by Everlane, and while they are super cute, and rain-friendly, they always squeeze my feet, even after my best efforts to break them in. They are currently being stretched at the cobbler. Perhaps, that will do the trick.
Style Notes: Really happy with how this look turned out. I generally feel disjointed when styling with layers, but this works well. I’d say it’s because of the cohesive color palette and well-fitting shapes. The sweater is warm and heavy, but it hugs my shoulders and drapes nicely without adding a shoulder pad effect.
Style Score: 9.5
I’ve had this shirt for several seasons, and I usually only wear it a few times in the fall. I was heading in to volunteer at my daughters’ school, and needed something I could get crafty in without worrying to much if I got dirtied up. It was so cozy I kept it on for the rest of the day. If I were to re-buy a red flannel shirt, I’d probably opt for a more fitted look. But it seems a shame to get rid of this top because it’s not exactly what I want. On the flip side it also seems silly to keep a top I only wear a few times a year. You be the judge. Keep or pass on? Pajamas, perhaps?
Style Notes: I like the contrast of the formalness of the oxfords with the super casual vibe of the oversized flannel. I love dressing in juxtaposing genres.
Style Score: 9
This is my, ‘I’m going to the pumpkin patch and it’s almost 70 degrees look.’ No boots or rain jackets needed today. I even ended up peeling off my sweater, which is becoming a fast favorite right now. I bought it last fall, and was on the fence about this color, but I find myself reaching for it constantly. I love the pop of warmth it adds to an outfit. And a crewneck sweater is probably the easiest thing ever to wear.
Style Notes: A slight break from formulas here with a fitted-on-fitted ensemble. I think it works, but I’d probably like it better with jeans that had a little kick at the bottom.
Style Score: 8.75
I love this look! I’m starting to get a little bored with pairing the usual grays and blacks with these pants, and look forward to adding warmer tones to them – the camel sweater from Saturday, or some bourbon tones. I’d consider this another layering success. Again, I think color palette and shapes are key.
Style Notes: I’m working that favored formula again, fitted top, wider bottoms. You’ll notice, even though the cardigan is longer, it’s still fitted to complement the shape of the pants.
Style Score: 10
FAVORITES: Tuesday, Thursday + Sunday
KEY LESSONS: Most of my favorite outfits come down to a repeat formula (fitted top, relaxed bottom). When layering, pay attention to color palette and garment shapes.