The last month I’ve taken a bit of time off from the blog, to be able to enjoy a slow December, like I encouraged you all to do. And it’s been great. BUT MAN, I’ve missed this space! I love the give and take that goes on, your feedback always means so much. And, of course, I love sharing what I’ve been wearing. It’s excellent motivation each morning to really style myself.
This week has been all about the clogs. I was a huge clog-wearer back in college, I wore one of my two pairs of Danskos nearly every day. I loved the height boost and the rocking sole (great for walking all over campus). This fall I have found a new clog-love in my No.6 slip ons, and most recently my No.6 clog boots. Both are great, wear-everywhere types of shoes. The soles have extra-thick rubber bottoms, and the wood is lacquered to help keep water off. Their functionality reminds me of what I loved about my Danskos. After a long time of waiting, I bought my No.6 boots in December, and my only regret is that I didn’t buy them sooner.
Since Monday was Christmas, I thought it only appropriate that I take my shot in front of the tree. I was inspired by Paige’s Christmas Eve look, which I totally replicated, but with my own twist. This is the first time I finally felt comfortable in my bandana, and I think that’s because I was aiming for ‘dressed up’ rather than ‘everyday.’ It was the perfect dash of color to a mostly all-black ensemble. The clogs were perfect for lots of standing and cooking in the kitchen. Plus, they were easy to slip off when the day got warm from oven heat and the guests we had over.
Style Notes: Black and rust (or cognac, or any warm tone) is a favorite combo of mine. This outfit is simple and chic, just how I like it.
Style Score: 10
Sometimes the ‘in between’ days can feel the hardest to get dressed for. We were mostly lounging around home with some guests coming over, so I went for ease and comfort. And of course, I opted for these boots, which I am working diligently to break in (they are a bit narrow on my right foot). Let me tell you, I wanted to buy these last year, but I felt they were too expensive, so I went for chelsea boots instead. I wish I would have followed my instinct and just waited to get these. I have wanted them since Michelle Williams made them cool many years ago. (As in, before I had kids!) It makes me savor them all the more because I wanted them for so long!
After reading this article I considered a similar pair by Dansko, but I wasn’t sure how accurate this information is, given the age of the article, and I preferred the look of the wood bottoms. Plus, these can be re-soled, Dansko’s can’t. I do think the Dansko’s are a fair alternative and, if I wasn’t in the market to make such a big investment in shoes, I might have purchased them instead.
Style Notes: I absolutely love the way these look with the frayed jeans. It’s effortless and my ankles are still warm. My mom thinks I should trim my strings though.
Style Score: 10
Clogs and socks! It was a surprisingly warm combination, though I wouldn’t care to do it in the rain. I like how this look came together. This sweater continues to be a favorite of mine and I love the way it looks when layered.
Style Notes: Though I love socks with my clogs, only about two pairs I own work. The rest look too worn down in the heel or ‘off-tone.’ While it’s a fun look, I guess I’ll have to do it sparingly!
Style Score: 9
One of the first things I did after these boots arrived in the mail was go through and try them on with my different pant styles. I got more excited with each pair I wore them with. All of a sudden, my winter pant collection felt very augmented because I had an easy way to wear them and keep my ankles warm. I realized that’s such a great takeaway for investing in your wardrobe. The item you add should always make your existing wardrobe feel augmented, instead of making you feel like you need to go buy two or three more items to make it work. I am happy to report these pants have moved from fall archive, and back into winter rotation. I wore long, dark socks with my boots, and for the first time, loved the way these pants looked paired with boots. An all-around win!
Style Notes: Blending neutrals is my favorite, as noted on Monday. I felt great in this outfit!
Style Score: 10
Rain Jacket, Bridge & Burn | Denim Jumpsuit (M), REIFhaus (currently on sale!) | Striped Shirt, Tradlands (sold out) similar in silk | Bag, thrifted Madewell (ethical alternative) | Clog Boots, No.6 (similar)
Another pair of pants (or jumpsuit in this case) and another win! These boots are a gorgeous balance to the volume and shape of this jumpsuit. I wish I would have taken a photo without the coat to really show you. Undoubtedly, I’ll repeat a version of this, and share with you soon. You can’t see it, but I also snuck my favorite alpaca sweater by Zady in there, acting as a warming layer between me and my raincoat.
Style Notes: This is definitely a more ‘fringe’ look than some of the others I wear, but I’m okay with that, I don’t really have the desire to dress like everyone else. I am happy to stand out, I just want to make sure it’s well-executed. Hence all the style discourse here on the blog.
Style Score: 9.5
Denim Jacket, Levi’s | Sweater, Everlane (a few seasons old) | Clyde Work Pant, olive in cotton twill, Elizabeth Suzann (similar in cotton canvas) | Clog Boots, No.6 (similar) | lapel pin, Art Jaden Designs | canvas tote, very old from West Elm
We were headed to the local science museum, and I swear, days like that are the hardest for me to get dressed for. It would be a lot of time of my feet, so my new favorite clog boots seemed the right choice. It’s just one reason why they appeal to me so much, it’s comfort without sacrificing style. It’s been a good run with these ES pants, and I am excited to get even more wear out of them now I have these boots. In the past, I tried pairing them with my chelsea boots, but it never felt right to me.
Style Notes: Casual, easy, and 100% me. These pants are great for styling a casual look, for someone who wants to look and feel relaxed, but isn’t into ‘athleisure.’
Style Score: 10
About twenty minutes after I took this photo I unbuttoned another button, and the outfit improved by a solid 50%. Not because there was anything flashy going on, but it just had a much better looking neckline, a V instead of a crew. I love this blouse, and I need to make friends with my ironing board and wear it more. It flows like silk, but washes like cotton. I wore it for our fun, little NYE at home with the kids, and couldn’t have been happier.
Style Notes: A pretty basic cardigan/jean/boots combo and I like it, but I don’t love it. I love the elements, but not sure I’m heads over heels for the end result.
Style Score: 8
FAVORITES: Monday, Tuesday, Saturday
KEY LESSONS: When in doubt, wear the clogs. And don’t be afraid to stand out.