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Afternoon birthday party: Purple floral ruffle tank from The Gap, navy capri pants from Dockers, brown embroidered flats

Afternoon birthday party: Purple floral ruffle tank from The Gap, navy capri pants from Dockers, brown embroidered flats

Aki once asked how my weekend style is different than my workweek style.  I don’t know.  If I have a genuine personal style, shouldn’t I be able to adapt it to different settings but still be “me?”

I used to think of Work Clothes as “dress up” and Weekend Clothes as “normal.” Whatever I did for work (nylons, blouses, heels) was a costume (imposed on me by Work). Out of costume, I reverted to jeans, sweats, t-shirts, men’s plaid flannel shirts.  This was “regular me,”  but not because I liked the way I felt or looked in these clothes.  It was just my Default Wardrobe, inherited from college, updated to include cuter t-shirts or jeans when I bothered thinking about it.

Sometimes, I’d want to look cute on a weekend.  But I wouldn’t want to wear my “work clothes.” Then I was stuck.   This is why:

To Church: Navy cap-sleeve cotton top, linen pants, brown embroidered flats

To Church: Navy cap-sleeve cotton top, linen pants, brown embroidered flats

1. My work clothes weren’t “me” and I didn’t like them.

2. I had no sense of style or identity apart from my job.

3. I tended to panic, buy cheap weekend clothes that were too trendy or lame, and then get frustrated when they wouldn’t work (or at least not for long).

Work wear is where my “dress up or give up” moment happened, but I’m trying to expand it to the weekend.  Here’s what works: For times I want to look pretty but casual, cute cotton tops are working  (I also can wear these to work on a casual day).  Knits are good if I’m going to sweat and need some mobility (long walk) but I like how structured cotton is more deliberate and pretty.  If I’m going to be indoors and it’s okay to be dressy (church, bridal shower), linen pants with flats are good. For more active times (kids’ birthday party, Farm sightseeing), sturdy washable capri pants are good.  Shoes I choose by ground type: Cute flats for indoors or easy paved walking, cute walking sandals for parks or beach, and serious terrain shoes for serious terrain (Tevas for low mucky tide, hiking shoes for hikes).

Golf Course patio dinner: White Costco tee, brown J Crew Skirt, Alfani Petunia Sandals, turquoise medallion necklace. Inset is the cardigan I wore over it.

Golf Course patio dinner: White Costco tee, brown J Crew Skirt, Alfani Petunia Sandals, turquoise medallion necklace. Inset is the cardigan I wore over it.

Also, I’m trying to wear necklaces all the time.  I like to take that extra moment to look in the mirror and say, “hey lady, you deserve an ornament where you’re going.”  It also turns a t-shirt into a look.

So here’s what I wore one sunny weekend in September.  I didn’t photograph what I wore to get bagels and clean out the garage, so you can imagine that same white t-shirt and brown capri pants.  Everything was comfortable, I felt confident and for the most part pretty. Most importantly, it was fairly easy for me to go where I wanted to go, because “what will I wear” wasn’t a big obstacle for me.

Also, isn’t the baby cute?

Beach picnic: Lands End Modern Fit tank, fleece jacket, Dockers Capri Pants, Clarks sandals

Beach picnic: Lands End Modern Fit tank, fleece jacket, Docker's Capri Pants, Clark's sandals

Full disclosure: White Costco t-shirt, pajama bottoms, slipper socks

Full disclosure: White Costco t-shirt, pajama bottoms, slipper socks

Nothing but cute

Nothing but cute

 

 

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Wearing for the weekend

I’ve started taking pictures of what I wear each day.  I figure this will generate some blog content, and boy is it a good way to double-check whether you’re wearing something you really want to be seen in.  Also, sometimes people find out you have a fashion blog and they’re all “oh no you’d probably hate what I wear, I’m such a slob!” No dudes, we’re all just trying to make an effort here.  This is my honest recap.
 
This was a regular old warm-weekend — notable only because it was warm, I got out of the house more (and therefore wore more clothes) than I usually do, and that I took pictures of it.  For the record, here’s how it turned out.
Casual Friday: Brown jersey dress with cerise-and-white geometrica flowers and apple-green camisole; Berry cardigan; Kate Spade Purple pumps.  Baby in Gymboree with Off-brand Crocs.

Casual Friday: Brown jersey dress with cerise-and-white geometric flowers and apple-green camisole; Berry cardigan; Kate Spade Purple pumps ("If I don't wear these on the last warm day of the year I never deserve to buy shoes again"). Baby in Gymboree with Off-brand Crocs.

Friday date night: BCBG top, Classiques skirt (suit separate), Bandolino slingbacks.  Kate Spade earrings and some crafty-store blue stone necklace.  The closeup was taken at the end of the evening thus being particularly goofy.

Friday date night: BCBG top, Classiques skirt (suit separate), Bandolino slingbacks. Kate Spade earrings and some crafty-store blue stone necklace. The closeup was taken at the end of the evening thus being particularly goofy.

 
 

 

 

Saturday: Farmers Market.  White shirred tee (Costco) with skirt (Target?)? No. Brown scoopneck (Lands End) with skirt? No. The skirt is a problem -- I knew this when I bought it.  I settled on the brown tee and Gap denim shorts.

Saturday Morning: Farmers Market. White shirred tee (Costco) with skirt (Target)? No. Brown scoopneck tee (Lands End) with skirt? No. This skirt is a problem! I knew this when I bought it. I settled on the brown tee and Gap denim shorts.

Saturday: Girls' Night at the movies (Extract with Jason Bateman).  Bead necklace, brown tee, jeans, Clarks Indigo shoes.

Saturday Night: headed to the movies with my sister (Extract with Jason Bateman). Bead necklace, brown tee, jeans, Clarks Indigo shoes.

 

 

 Left: home from the poole in an Ann Taylor Loft sundress and Alfani Petunia flip-flops. Right: heading to get groceries in Wisteria-colored Caslon tee, Dockers capris (these are drawstring-hem but I cuffed them, which is more "current" and also a better length for me).
Sunday: To the pool in an Ann Taylor Loft sundress over my swimsuit and Alfani Petunia flip-flops (left); heading to get groceries in Wisteria-colored Caslon tee, Dockers capris (these are drawstring-hem but I cuffed them, which is more “current” and also a better length for me) and floral-embroidered flats.

Note that my Date Night skirt now has a big grease stain — my daughter was so upset to have a babysitter that she cried on my lap until she regurgitated hamburger all over my skirt (and then ate it back up — not kidding!) And no, I’m not moving that vacuum out of the living room until someone cleans up the toys and uses it to vaccum.

 
Back to work!

 

 
 

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