olive and ivory…2 years later

One of my favorite color combinations for pretty much any season is olive + ivory + brown. The combination just seems so classic and very “me” every time I wear it. That’s why you can find it throughout the archives: here, here, here, here, here.

Anyway, today’s looks a a do-over of one I wore back in January 2015. As you can see, this version includes a similar dress, an olive cardigan, and sandals instead of boots. I’m thinking this dress will be on repeat this fall because it is SO comfy and the perfect length. I might need to devote a post to brainstorming new ways to wear it…any ideas?

ivory quilted dress: Loft Outlet, similar, similar // olive cardigan: J.Crew, very similar, similar // gold tassel necklace: Forever 21, similar, similar // brown wedge sandals: b.o.c., similar, similar

another summer favorite

I recently showed you an outfit that I’ve worn about ten times this summer…and today’s look also falls under that category. I bought this top on a whim a few months ago, and I’ve ended up wearing it pretty often this summer–love it when my impulse purchases work out like that!

One drawback of this shirt is that it has a zipper on the back, extending from between my shoulder blades up to the neck, a placement that is exceedingly difficult to reach. On this particular day, Seth had already left for work, so I just had to do some gymnastics to get the shirt zipped by myself. It took a few minutes, but I did it–so even if I accomplished nothing else that day, at least I can be proud of myself for that. Ha!

floral embroidered top: Mindy Mae’s Market, exact, similar // skinny jeans: BP, similar, similar // brown wedge sandals: b.o.c., similar, similar

staying neutral

It’s been a while since I wore my trusty black ankle pants–they’re pretty much on constant rotation in the winter months, but once summer hits, I’m all about skirts and dresses. Anyway, I’m at a loss as to where to look for ankle pants these days. This pair is OK, but a bit tight (I bought them while I was still breastfeeding and thus a few pounds slimmer) . I tried the next size up of the Marisa fit “essential skinny ankle pant” at Loft (my former fave work pant), but the waist was way too big. Ugh. Why is finding work pants so friggin’ difficult?

This form-fitting pair will have to do for now. On this particular day I (once again) kept things pretty neutral by pairing the pants with an ivory peplum top and a simple statement necklace. Admittedly, this is way more dressed up than I need to be as a graduate student, but “dress for the job you want,” right?

ivory peplum tank: Loft, similar, similar // black ankle pants: Loft, exact, similar // black wedge sandals: b.o.c., similar, similar // crystal cube necklace: J.Crew Factory, very similar, similar

the gingham struggle

When I got dressed on this particular morning, I wanted to combine my black gingham dress and olive green. But I just couldn’t make it work, for whatever reason. The contrast of the feminine cut of the dress and a utility jacket/vest just seemed a little weird to me. Better luck in the fall with my black gingham button up, perhaps.

Instead, I went for my other favorite neutrals: tan and denim. I wore this for my dad’s birthday celebration. With all these grandkids around (6 in total between my sisters and me), it was a pretty crazy night that involved a bathroom being flooded and crying over coconut cake. Oof.

black gingham dress: Maison Jules, similar, similar // black leather belt: Uniqlo, similar, similar // denim jacket: J.Crew Factory, similar, similar // reversible tote: Street Level, exact, similar // two tone wedge sandals: b.o.c., similar, similar