What Jeanne Wore: Black and Khaki

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Zara top (similar), J.Crew pants (similar), J.Crew shoes, Mango earrings (similar), bracelet from Thailand (similar)

Such a simple Friday dress down outfit – black and khaki.  But it is the cut of this top and these pants that makes this outfit work – a little baggy, a little fitted, a little asymmetrical. Before I left the house that morning, I threw on a kimono jacket and the outfit continued to look great!  If I can dress like this every day after I retire, I’ll be happy for sure.

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See another way I styled these boyfriend chinos:

comfy travel outfit | Two Take on Style

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Style Challenge: White Heels

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Well, I’m going back on my word.  If you read our post from a few years ago,  I pretty clearly said I’d probably never wear white heels.

Now I’ve changed my mind.  I WANT white heels.  To be honest, I want white heels that are like the ones the cool girls are wearing – even slightly older cool girls like Style Nudge!  They look wonderful with white, of course, but also with everything else – khakis, faded denim, etc. However, I cannot see myself in white pumps with four inch heels as much as I love the look.

So I’m looking for white heels that convey the same coolness at a slightly lower heel height. Here are some of the beauties I’ve found and you should thank me for finding these – one must comb through a lot of wedding shoes to get to the good stuff!

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What Jeanne Wore: Embellished Green

embellished green | Two Take on Style

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Banana Republic sweater (similar), J. Crew pants (similar), Banana Republic shoes (similar), Banana Republic earrings (similar), old elephant ring (similar)

Banana Republic has been really hitting it out of the park over the past 18 months.  One perfect example is this embellished top – great as a mid-weight sweater in spring and equally good with a button up shirt underneath in cooler months.   And, of course, I love anything forest green.

I’d like to wear outfits this simple every single day – top, bottoms, earrings, shoes, done.  But then when would I ever wear my brooches, bracelets, scarves, belts, etc.?

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See another way I styled these lace pants:

Pink Sweater and Lace Pants | Two Take on Style

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What Jeanne Wore: Beige and Camel

Beige and Camel | Two Take on Style

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Zara dress (similar), River Island vest (similar), Joe’s Jeans shoes, old earrings (similar), old brooch (similar), old bracelets (similar)

This is such an interesting ensemble for me.  I rarely wear beige and the idea of combining beige with camel is just not ME. (Where is the color?  I need color.) But I loved how this turned out and I think the gold accessories really made the look.  I can tell you that immediately after I wore this, I put the vest away until fall – way too warm for spring weather in California!  I hope you too have those days when you look in the mirror and say “I nailed it!”.

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See another way I wore this camel vest:

Camel Vest and Faux Leather Skirt | Two Take on Style

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What Jeanne Wore: Eiffel Tower Sweater

navy and hot pink | Two Take on Style

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Tibi sweater (similar), Banana Republic pants (similar), Nine West shoes (similar), J. Crew earrings (similar), Michael Kors watch (similar)

There is a story behind this Tibi sweater.  First of all, it was definitely a higher price point than I would usually buy.  Then I had to return it once to get the correct size.  When I wore it the first time, I was still not pleased with the fit, but OMG what a great graphic, right?  Hot pink Eiffel Tower all the way!  So I took it to my tailor and had her put darts in the back to make it more fitted.  Now I love it.

Today’s lesson:  If you truly love something, don’t let it go because of a moderately poor fit! Instead go to the tailor and have it fitted to your body!

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See another way I wore this sweater (before my brilliant alteration!):

La Tour Eiffel | Two Take on Style

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Rainy Day Style

rainy day wear | Two Take on Style

rainy day wear | Two Take on Style

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Yes, it is the season – even out here in California where the rain has continued way past its expiration date (not complaining since we have a drought!).   What ARE the latest trends in rainwear?

We are supposed to think that knee high Hunter boots are the answer.  I have a confession:  Hunters don’t provide much support and they make my calves sweat!  At the same time, they are cute, so what is a girl to do?  There are lots of solutions here, but my favorite is to wear mid calf or ankle boots that look like moto boots.

Turning to raincoats.  I am very picky.  My raincoat has to be stylish or I am simply not wearing it.  Trench coats?  Do they REALLY keep us dry?  Patent leather with a hood?  That’s better.  Great jacket with a big collar that hides a hood?  The very best in my opinion.  What works for you?

Finally umbrellas and hats.  Personally, the umbrella is a better solution for me. but I typically buy a Target umbrella and use it until it falls apart.  I used to always have a Burberry umbrella:  cute and maybe a bit too predictable.  But there are lots of fabulous options here that can clearly demonstrate to the world who you are and what you stand for.

Unhappily, I look pretty awful in hats.  But there are wonderful rain hats around and all of you who look fabulous in hats should consider them.

Bottom line:  you can look just as chic as you do on a dry day when it is raining and blowing. Check out Shopstyle for more ideas.

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What Jeanne Wore: Sleeveless Trench and Cropped Flares

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Ann Taylor trench (similar), Banana Republic jeans (similar), J. Crew shirt (similar), Tom’s booties, Vanessa Mooney earrings, Watch via SFMOMA (similar), vintage ring (similar)

It’s a good thing I’m re-retiring since I love being creative about Casual Friday more than any other day of the week!  And I am also loving my cropped flared jeans, so here you see them with my sleeveless trench (another favorite) and lots of red touches!  We’re still talking about many of my standby brands as you can see above, but in new combinations that I think look chic and fresh!

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See another way I styled this sleeveless trench:

Fancy Skirt and Sleeveless Trench | Two Take on Style

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What Jeanne Wore: Mixed-Pattern Shirt Dress

Mixed-Pattern Shirt Dress | Two Take on Style

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H&M dress (similar), vintage belt (similar), Steve Madden shoes, vintage necklaces (similar)

Be still, my heart.  This dress is THE best!  Its pattern, as you can see in these pictures, is vibrant as are the colors.  There are slits on the sides plus an opening below the buttons in the front so, even though the dress is long, it is airy and even a little sexy.  PLUS I will also wear it as a long jacket/duster and maybe even over skinny jeans.

It is a perfect example of the beautiful and inexpensive interpretations of high end fashion that H&M can do so well.  I buy maybe 3-4 things a year at H&M and I’ve learned over the years not to “leap” at something ordinary and cheap.  I wait for beauties like this!

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See another of my favorite shirt dresses:

striped dress | Two Take on Style

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What Do You Wear to Bed?

pyjamas | Two Take on Style

pyjamas | Two Take on Style

Weird topic, right?  I’m not even sure this qualifies as a fashion or style topic.  I mean, after all, do we actually go out to purchase sleepwear in today’s world?  Back in the 20th century, I used to keep my eyes open for good-looking bathrobes or matching gowns and robes but then motherhood and life took over.  I even had a few long Lanz flannel nightgowns (anyone near my age will remember those) back in the day.

But today sleepwear style has changed a lot unless one is a member of the extremely glamorous maribou-slipper set.  It’s all about pajama pants, men’s boxers, tees, and warm-as-toast fleece robes or sweatshirts! From my perspective these days, silky gowns and matching robes look anything but comfortable and warm.  Kate rolls her eyes at my leopard print fleece robe, but some things are sacred!

So what do you wear to bed?  Do you wear leftover slogan tees with your favorite boxers or are you still wearing actual nightgowns and pajamas?  Here are some cute selections I’ve spotted in recent days!

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What Jeanne Wore: Long Layers

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Adam Lippes x Target tunic (similar), Alfani vest (similar), J. Crew pants (similar), Zara shoes (similar), J. Crew earrings (similar), old ring (similar), old bracelet (similar)

I am not normally a fan of multiple layer loose tunic-y outfits like this.  I’ve always been so conscious of the need to create a visible waistline – usually worried that otherwise I’ll look bigger than I am.  But it felt pretty good to wear this tunic and vest over flowy trousers.

This dress/tunic was part of the Adam Lippes x Target line that came out last fall.   It is beautifully made with knotted fabric buttons – and the “hand” of the fabric is very high quality. I cannot wait to now wear it as a dress!

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See another way I’ve worn black and white:

black and white patterns | Two Take on Style

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