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 12-14

I’ve made it two weeks into this challenge, and I think I’ve hit my groove. I’m no longer grumpy about being limited in what I can wear and instead delighted by the opportunity to get creative with my closet. I guess it’s true what they say–it takes two weeks to form a new habit! Here’s a look at what I’ve worn over the past few days:

day twelve:

black striped tank: J.Crew Factory, similar // mustard skirt: Loft (I dyed it from a brighter shade of yellow, seen here), similar // black wedges: Jessica Simpson, exact // black leather strap watch: Kate Spade New York, similar // gray tortoise sunglasses: Warby Parker Banks, exact

day thirteen:

chambray button up: Old Navy, similar // mustard skirt: Loft, similar // leopard wedge sandals: Sam Edelman, similar

day fourteen:

chambray button up: Old Navy, similar // black gingham dress: Maison Jules, similar // black wedge sandals: Chaps, exact // red crossbody bag: Ann Taylor, similar // black + gold sunglasses: Warby Parker Lovett, exact

I think one key strategy in my attitude shift for this challenge is the fact that I set aside a few minutes at the beginning of the week to plan out my looks. Up until this point, I had kind of been haphazardly choosing an item to re-mix each day, and the end result was a mish-mash of boring outfits that I didn’t really like that much. I used my handy-dandy garment rack that my husband bought me for Christmas–check out a pic on IG!

take one, pass it on 2017: days 8-11

I’ve got another round of outfits to share today! I hope you like chambray and stripes, because there’s a lot of that going on in these looks…

day eight:

blue + red striped tee: J.Crew Factory, similar // chambray skirt: Loft, similar // tan clog sandals: Lotta  from Stockholm, exact 

day nine:

chambray dress: Gap, similar // tan clog sandals: Lotta from Stockholm, exact // gold pendant necklace: J.Crew, similar 

day ten:

striped tee dress: H + M, exact // two-tone wedge sandals: b.o.c., similar // gold pendant necklace: J.Crew, similar // gray tortoise sunglasses: Warby Parker, exact

day eleven:

black striped tank: J.Crew Factory, similar // olive skirt: J.Crew Factory, exact // two-tone wedge sandals: b.o.c., similar // tortoise sunglasses: Warby Parker, exact// black crossbody bag: Sole Society, exact

Truthfully, much like my last challenge update, my reaction to these outfits is “meh.” I think perhaps I’m just bored with summer (already!) and not really jazzed about wearing skirts and dresses all the time. Maybe some Pinterest surfing is in order to re-inspire me for the many months of summer we have left!

Take One, Pass It On: Day 31

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It’s the last day of this challenge! It’s been rough taking pictures of my outfit every day for 31 days, but I’m glad I did it. As I mentioned before, I will post a more thoughtful summary in the next few days.

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For now though, let’s focus on the final look. Unfortunately, I’m finishing out this challenge with an outfit I’m not all that excited about–it’s not exactly flattering, mostly due to poor fit. I loved this peplum top when I first bought it last spring, but it’s a bit too big right now, which means I really need to belt it to adequately define my waist.  I was far too lazy for such things when I wore this outfit, so the end result is slightly frumpy. Oh well–lesson learned!

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black peplum top: Ann Taylor, similar, similar // striped pencil skirt: Loft, similar, similar // red flats: J.Crew, exact, similar // gray tortoise sunglasses: Warby Parker, exact, similar

striped pencil skirt