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

more magnolias

If you happened to have followed along on my Take One, Pass It On challenge in July, then you’ve seen this top styled twice already. For a printed top, I’m surprised at how many different ways I’ve managed to wear it in the span of a month! This time around I paired it with some green Sloan pants that match ever so perfectly.

I really liked this outfit and felt pretty great wearing it…until a series of events happened that turned the day into a terrible, horrible, no good, ┬ávery bad one. Within the span of a few hours, I got stung by a bee, my “monthly visitor” arrived, and my car battery died. Thank goodness my husband was able to rescue me from that last one at least. I may or may not have drowned my sorrows in a few spoonfuls of peanut butter when I got home.

How do you make yourself feel better after a bad day?

magnolia print top: Banana Republic Factory, similar, similar // green ankle pants: Banana Republic, similar, similar // black wedge sandals: b.o.c., similar, similar

flutter sleeves

In case you haven’t noticed, flutter sleeves are kind of having a moment right now; it seems most tops these days have a little flutter and/or ruffle action going on. I resisted the trend for a while, as I have pretty broad shoulders, and I wasn’t too keen on adding volume to that part of my body. But when this pom-pom trimmed dress caught my eye, and it just so happened to have some flutter sleeves too, I decided to try out the trend.

To be honest, the sleeves are a bit more voluminous than I’d like, but the dress was final sale…so I’m living with them. I still like the dress though; it’s a fun change of pace from my usual stripes and chambray. On this particular day, I kept things pretty simple by sticking with black and a touch of metallic for accessories.

So, what do you think? Does this dress make me look like a linebacker? How would you wear a dress like this?

black pom-pom dress: Loft, similar, similar // black wedge sandals: b.o.c., similar, similar // gold clutch: J.Crew Factory, similar, similar // gray tortoise sunglasses: Warby Parker Banks, exact, similar

take one, pass it on 2017: days 26-28

Welp, we’ve officially made it to the part of the summer when it’s completely unbearable to be outside for more than a few minutes at a time. Translation: I’ve been dressing for the heat. Lightweight dresses and skirts from now until October, friends!

day twenty-six:

olive green dress: Amazon, exact // black round sunglasses: Amazon, exact // gold tassel necklace: Forever 21, similar // two tone wedge sandals: b.o.c., similar

day twenty-seven:

ivory tee: Banana Republic Factory, exact // black lace skirt: Banana Republic Factory, similar // gold tassel necklace: Forever 21, similar // black wedges: Jessica Simpson, exact

day twenty-eight:

black striped tee: Mossimo, similar // black lace skirt: Banana Republic Factory, similar // denim jacket: J.Crew Factory, similar // black wedge sandals: b.o.c., similar

Yet another benefit of these style challenges is that it’s encouraging me to wear pieces that I’ve long neglected. Case in point: the black lace skirt. It has sat in my closet for 2.5 years, and I just pulled the tags off yesterday. You would think it would be relatively versatile (and I think it is), but it’s just a wee bit tight in the waist and a bit too short for work, which is probably why I never reach for it. Debating whether it deserves to stay in my closet…