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

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…

take one, pass it on 2017: days 19-21

The longer I do this challenge, the more I realize the seasonality of my wardrobe. What I mean by that is that I’m finding myself re-mixing a lot of the same items as I did in last year’s TOPIO challenge (e.g., olive skirt, lace top), which just goes to show that although I might have hundreds of items in my closet (eek!), I reach for the same 10-20 pieces during a given season. It’s giving me the itch to do another closet purge…

day nineteen:

red striped tee: J.Crew Factory, exact // denim jacket: J.Crew Factory, similar // black skirt: J.Crew Factory, similar // leopard flat sandals: Urban Outfitters, exact

day twenty:

denim jacket: J.Crew Factory, similar // black maxi dress: Lands’ End, exact // turquoise pendant necklace: Kendra Scott, similar // gold wedge sandals: Lauren Ralph Lauren, exact

day twenty-one:

white lace tee: J.Crew Factory, similar // skinny jeans: BP, similar // tan clog sandals: Lotta from Stockholm, exact // turquoise pendant necklace: Kendra Scott, similar

I think my favorite look from this batch is the one with the black maxi dress–I was kind of burned out on maxi dresses for a while after pregnancy, as I wore them A LOT that summer (check the maternity style category), but I’m now remembering how comfy they are for summertime. That being said, I’m still not brave enough to re-mix a dress two days in a row; I feel like my co-workers would notice!

TOPIO days 19-21

take one, pass it on 2017: days 5-7

So I’ve made it one week into this challenge, and I’ve already hit a few sartorial roadblocks along the way. Specifically, I just didn’t want to wear my black skirt two days in a row. It’s an easy enough item to re-mix…but sometimes you just want to wear something else, y’know? Nonetheless, I made it work, as they say. Details below!

day five:

denim jacket: J.Crew Factory, similar // pineapple tee: Loft Outlet, similar // black skirt: J.Crew Factory, similar // black wedge sandals: Chaps, exact // black leather band watch: Kate Spade New York, similar 

day six:

pineapple tee: Loft Outlet, similar // denim shorts: Old Navy, similar // two tone wedge sandals: b.o.c., similar // tan backpack: Sole Society, similar

day seven:

blue & red stripe tee: J.Crew Factory, similar // denim shorts: Old Navy, similar // sneakers: Converse, exact // aviator sunglasses: gift, similar

This isn’t my favorite batch of outfits. They all functioned well enough for my roles as a researcher and mom, but I’m not eager to repeat any of these looks. Plus, none of them is particularly flattering. Whomp, whomp. Here’s to another week of re-mixing with better results!