There are many mornings when I put on an outfit I selected the night before, take my pictures for the blog, and then change up outfit details before I go out the door. Somehow the process of photographing my outfit makes me re-think the “look” of the day.
With this ensemble, it was only once I got dressed that I remembered the problem with these culottes – fun pattern, great price when I bought them, BUT unflattering with a tucked-in top. Wearing a wide belt helped, but I was still dissatisfied. Just the same I left for work without making any changes. Around midday when the weather warmed up and I took off the jacket, I finally figured it out. I untucked the chambray shirt (long shirttail) and put the belt over the shirt – voila! No pictures of this change, but next time I’ll remember how to wear these culottes successfully!
Some days I wonder where the color in my wardrobe has gone. I can’t help that I love classic black mixed with everything, as well as navy and shades of olive. But it is uplifting to dress in red and white as you see here. There is nothing, in my opinion, better than a true, clear red and these pants qualify. They will be keepers in my summer retirement wardrobe!
Stripes galore! Yes, I could have put a navy top with these pants – expected AND a little dull. Instead I decided to do multiple stripes. Now, I will tell you that no one rushed up at work to tell me how great this outfit looked so it may be up to you, dear readers, to validate my decision. But I’ll own my choice because I love pattern mixing! What do YOU think?
Kate and I both have very nuanced views of the spring fashion trends this year – me because I am about to re-retire and Kate because she is pregnant. But we can both still spot a few of the trends for spring and summer 2016!
Embroidered/boho dresses, tops, and details: As you already know, I was trying out this trend a few weeks ago when I was searching for an age-appropriate boho dress. Boho details are everywhere: in fabrics that look like my college bedspreads and fanciful embroidery and beading. The trick here, in my opinion, is to obviously find ways to incorporate the styling so it suits each of us. I fully embrace the details: fabulous chandelier earrings, embroidered casual dress, maybe a bit of beading.
Wide-Legged Pants: I used to have a number of these voluminous trousers – the last few times this style was “in”! They are gorgeous, floaty, and make our waists look smaller. I bought one pair for this spring and it was almost a sentimental acquisition because this is not a look I’ll be wearing much after retirement! Well maybe if I dress up in the evening… If YOU want a pair, just remember to watch your step. I have taken a face plant several times when my heel caught in my voluminous wide-legged pants. Oh, and consider jeans as a way to follow this trend – high waist, wide legged jean – very chic.
Hi, it’s Kate. To tell you the truth, I am barely paying attention to fashion this spring – unless it comes in maternity sizes and is cheap! But I see a few trends I like (that are basically standbys at this point) that have made it through my pregnancy brain.
White Sneakers: With everything! And since I can still rely on shoes to fit, I’ve invested in a new pair for spring. Crisp white sneaks dress down a dress, and add a preppy touch to an edgy outfit. And I can’t complain about comfortable shoes being in. If you have a pregnant friend who hasn’t adopted this trend, clue them in pronto!
Striped t-shirts: You, me, and Audrey Hepburn. I have a black and white striped tee that I will be wearing until my due date. Seriously, Breton striped shirts are hot this year (as every year) and you should get at least one, if you haven’t already. Maybe they look a little (or a lot) preppy, but they also look fresh and go with almost everything – think pattern-mixing, white jeans, layered over a button up shirt.
Kate picked out today’s outfit – I want to give credit where credit is due! Sometimes I scroll through Dropbox and I’m not inspired by any of my past ensembles. It helps to have another fashionista’s fresh perspective. Thanks, Kate!
Here I’m wearing a good outfit for transitioning from winter to spring – floaty, bright summer culottes paired with a cool weather top – just the ticket for a day with a cool morning (just throw on a trench or a denim jacket) that segues into a balmy afternoon. Those of us in California are experts at this kind of dressing which works between seasons everywhere else!
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See another way I’ve pattern-mixed with these culottes:
We HAVE to confess. We each have an item of clothing with which we are, perhaps, unnaturally obsessed. Our obsessions do not mean that we wear these items more than others. But, somehow, whenever we acquire something new to wear, we rush to see if it “goes” with our wardrobe obsessions.
We don’t claim to know why we feel this way, but maybe you can figure it out when you read our stories.
Jeanne: Several years ago I bought this incredibly cute, inexpensive skirt from GAP (similar). Sort of a pencil skirt with a base layer that I can only describe as gray sweatshirt material overlaid with olive green/khaki lace. So odd/unusual, right? Talk about a combo that was hard to combine with other items: gray and khaki? A khaki color that changed with the light? Yet it was from this weird combo of colors that my obsession grew. Every time I bought something even remotely connected to olive/khaki or gray, I judged its worthiness based on whether it would go with this skirt. Olive turtleneck tunic – check, olive print blouse – check, camo pullover – check. I cannot tell you how many things I tried to pair with this skirt. The number of times I actually wear the skirt is secondary to the number of times I THINK about this skirt.
Kate: Mom bought a sweater coat at Anthropologie two years ago on sale – gray, red, and white mixed together with an uneven hem (here’s another striped option). There was a reason this sweater was on sale: a great pattern, but hard to easily mix with anything besides black pants and a pair of jeans. Last year she got tired of trying to make up ensembles with this sweater and she passed it along to me. Now I obsess about what will “go” with this sweater just like Mom does with her skirt!
Maybe we are – mother and daughter – simply too fastidious about things like this. Jeanne admits to worrying about matching the colors in her clothes, and Kate is a contemporary young woman who enjoys mixing up colors. But even she recognizes this obsession in herself!
What do YOU think? Are you obsessed with certain items in your wardrobe like we are? Below are some items that would in all likelihood trigger a similar obsession for us all!
I admit it. I am a sweater coat or maxi cardigan addict. I have ….a number of them – all purchased at some deep discount. But that is no excuse – I have too many! They have such richness and “sweep”. I just like a little drama in my wardrobe.
There are practical reasons to have sweaters like this in YOUR wardrobe: they turn any combination into an “OUTFIT” and they are great for cool days when a true coat would be too much. For me, they also serve to complete an ensemble – sort like a suit jacket or blazer did in the old days. Plus, did I mention? They are very cozy on cold days.
Today’s lesson: A chic black vest dresses up any ensemble – even distressed boyfriend jeans and a simple tee! I admit that I was a little reluctant to wear these distressed jeans for casual Friday wear, but with the vest and a dressier pair of loafers, it worked! Well, maybe not when I sat down and my knees showed, but whatever!
I am also crazy about these shoes – a total splurge but I am crazy about loafers that remind me of menswear. Jeffrey Campbell often gets it right and this shoe is a good example.