Posts tagged: black opaque tights

01.24.2012 [tue]Adjacent colors week: yellow/yellow-green
Worn to: work
Blouse: Old NavyCardigan, watch: TargetSkirt: vintage (thrifted)Tights: Nine WestBoots: Vaneli (via Macy’s)Hoop earrings: GNW (via Fred Meyer)Necklace, purse: giftsCoat: Calvin Klein (via Wilson’s Leather) 
Thoughts:Adjacent color experiment day two! I’m moderately happy with how this outfit turned out. The cardigan tie is new for me, and while retro it doesn’t feel quite in-line with my style. My sister commented that this outfit looked conservative for me; she was clearly feeling the same thing I was. That said, I think tying the gingham shirt in a little knot WOULD be in-line with my style.
This pretty necklace (and a pair of matching earrings, not worn here) was sent to me by a friend from YLF after she posted a few orphan accessories she was offering to send to new homes. I didn’t post about any of them in time, but she offered to send me something she thought was my style and she’s spot on! I love the peacocky colors, the natural materials, and the fact that it’s handmade. Thank you so much Sona!
Behind the outfit:I was in a retro mood today so I thought it’d be fun to wear my vintage midi skirt, which I love pairing with gingham. Since I needed to wear this cardigan for the adjacent color challenge, I had to find a way to reign in some of the volume so there would be only one voluminous half; with my retro mood I thought I’d try tying the ends up, though it feels a bit more summery than wintery to me.
Then I got a bit stumped on the footwear. As you can see by the snow behind me, it’s simply too cold for anything besides boots or heavy tights. This skirt is wool, so it’s definitely winter-weight, but the top half is just so springy looking that all of my heavier tights (which are all dark, and either opaque or sweater) made the bottom half look over-the-top heavy and very seasonally mis-matched with the top.
So then I tried these boots, which are my sleekest pair (OK my Miz Mooz xmas gift boots are sleeker, but I still haven’t waterproofed them yet ><). They looked so very dark in the outfit; I liked how the lighter taupe Miz Mooz boots looked so much better, but just couldn’t bear to get them water stained. I hemmed and hawed quite a while before deciding this black pair looked OK because 1) there is black fiber in the skirt, 2) they bookend my hair, and 3) I added a little extra dose of black with my watch and the necklace is dark.
I completed the retro look with my 40s styled wool coat and bright red purse!

01.24.2012 [tue]
Adjacent colors week: yellow/yellow-green

Worn to: work

Blouse: Old Navy
Cardigan, watch: Target
Skirt: vintage (thrifted)
Tights: Nine West
Boots: Vaneli (via Macy’s)
Hoop earrings: GNW (via Fred Meyer)
Necklace, purse: gifts
Coat: Calvin Klein (via Wilson’s Leather) 

Thoughts:
Adjacent color experiment day two! I’m moderately happy with how this outfit turned out. The cardigan tie is new for me, and while retro it doesn’t feel quite in-line with my style. My sister commented that this outfit looked conservative for me; she was clearly feeling the same thing I was. That said, I think tying the gingham shirt in a little knot WOULD be in-line with my style.

This pretty necklace (and a pair of matching earrings, not worn here) was sent to me by a friend from YLF after she posted a few orphan accessories she was offering to send to new homes. I didn’t post about any of them in time, but she offered to send me something she thought was my style and she’s spot on! I love the peacocky colors, the natural materials, and the fact that it’s handmade. Thank you so much Sona!

Behind the outfit:
I was in a retro mood today so I thought it’d be fun to wear my vintage midi skirt, which I love pairing with gingham. Since I needed to wear this cardigan for the adjacent color challenge, I had to find a way to reign in some of the volume so there would be only one voluminous half; with my retro mood I thought I’d try tying the ends up, though it feels a bit more summery than wintery to me.

Then I got a bit stumped on the footwear. As you can see by the snow behind me, it’s simply too cold for anything besides boots or heavy tights. This skirt is wool, so it’s definitely winter-weight, but the top half is just so springy looking that all of my heavier tights (which are all dark, and either opaque or sweater) made the bottom half look over-the-top heavy and very seasonally mis-matched with the top.

So then I tried these boots, which are my sleekest pair (OK my Miz Mooz xmas gift boots are sleeker, but I still haven’t waterproofed them yet ><). They looked so very dark in the outfit; I liked how the lighter taupe Miz Mooz boots looked so much better, but just couldn’t bear to get them water stained. I hemmed and hawed quite a while before deciding this black pair looked OK because 1) there is black fiber in the skirt, 2) they bookend my hair, and 3) I added a little extra dose of black with my watch and the necklace is dark.

I completed the retro look with my 40s styled wool coat and bright red purse!

WORDS: View comments 1/24/12 Filed under: #black and white tweed wool coat  #black dark faced watch  #black opaque tights  #black suede tall heeled boots  #blue shell pendant  #brown wool a.line midi skirt  #golden gingham button.up  #moss green flyaway cardigan  #red slouchy hobo  #silver hoops 
 12.09.2011 [fri]
Worn to: work
[[MORE]] Sweater: Ann Taylor (outlet)Belt, gloves: TargetSkirt: vintage (thrifted)Tights, purse: Nine WestBoots: Vaneli (via Macy&#8217;s)Earrings: Forever 21Watch: Fossil (gift)Coat: Calvin Klein (via Wilson&#8217;s leather)Scarf: JCPenney
Thoughts:Another outfit I thought would be great to wear to the Seattle YLF meetup tomorrow. I almost changed into something else, I liked it so much, but I did wear this skirt at the last meetup. So I&#8217;ll have to think of something else!
I know midi lengths are trending and, while I do like some longer skirt/dress lengths, my one and only midi is this vintage skirt which I&#8217;ve had for many, many years. I don&#8217;t wear it very often because of its super high-waistedness, but really should be giving it more time this season while it&#8217;s on trend. I would love to find another midi skirt in a bright color for spring/summer, though!
Behind the outfit:This outfit started with the skirt. It&#8217;s quite cold today, so I thought I&#8217;d do a 70s inspired look and pair it with a turtleneck and boots. After considering each of my turtleneck sweaters, I thought it&#8217;d be fun to wear this winter white one (which is almost too short for pants) along with these black boots for a light-to-dark, top-to-bottom gradient. Unfortunately for the gradient smoothness, it felt overly feminine for me. I tried several belts before settling on this one (including a bright turquoise one which could be fun for a different outfit, will have to keep that in mind); the black echoes the boots and my hair, the contrast isn&#8217;t high enough to completely destroy the gradient effect, and, of course, it adds a nice bit of toughness. Initially I had a long brass pendant on but after much flip-floppery I decided the outfit looked stronger without it, and that also helped keep the gradient more in tact. I still felt it needed a strong piece of jewelry though, so I added these doorknocker earrings; the black and brass both echo other colors in the outfit, and are another more modern element (along with the belt).
With the long skirt, I decided to wear my long wool coat. I still had the turquoise belt in mind, and since a bit of the skirt peeks out I chose my teal and brown scarf; I left it tucked in because I&#8217;m in a clean lines mood today. Black gloves and purse to match the boots, because sometimes you just want to match!
Off topic and for fun:Last month my husband and I bought a painting off Etsy which finally arrived today (though we&#8217;d been hoping it would arrive by Friend Thanksgiving), and it&#8217;s really awesome! It&#8217;s four square panels, each 16&#8221;x16&#8221;, making the full painting 64&#8221;; we&#8217;ll be spacing them about an inch apart as well. The color is just as I had hoped, though the overall painting is much darker than I expected (it&#8217;s brightened up quite a bit for the photos below). Can&#8217;t wait to get it up on our wall, which is cream and should help make the painting really POP.

image 12.09.2011 [fri]

Worn to: work

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WORDS: View comments 12/9/11 Filed under: #black and white tweed wool coat  #black leather tote  #black multistrand buckle belt  #black opaque tights  #black studded gloves  #black suede tall heeled boots  #brass and black doorknocker earrings  #brown and teal ruffle scarf  #brown wool a.line midi skirt  #silver watch  #winter white turtleneck sweater 
 11.14.2011 [mon]
Worn to: lunch with Brad and Joe at Scuttlebutt, Dave&#8217;s birthday dinner with David&#8217;s folks at Arnies in Mukilteo
[[MORE]] Tee: Calvin Klein (outlet)Cardigan, necklace: TargetDenim jacket: GAP (thrifted)Culottes: BCBG Max Azria (via Plato&#8217;s Closet)Tights: Nine WestBoots: Vaneli (via Macy&#8217;s)Hoop earrings: GNW (via Fred Meyer)Watch: Timex (via Target)Purse: Forever 21 
Thoughts: I took the day off to get chores and cleaning done since we were out of town this weekend, and was musing on what to wear in the evening to my husband&#8217;s step-dad&#8217;s birthday dinner when I got a call from friends asking if I wanted to go to lunch with them. I put this together (very quickly) for lunch, but then decided it was also good for the dinner. I think it&#8217;s kind of fun that it&#8217;s dressy on bottom and more casual on top; it was casual enough for lunch, and dressy enough for dinner.
Behind the outfit:I didn&#8217;t have a lot of time (10-15 minutes at most) so you&#8217;d think I&#8217;d use one of my fall-back formulas, or at least something simpler. But for some reason I really felt like wearing these culottes today, I have only worn them once or twice. Those times I paired with my brown slouchy buckle boots, so today I thought I&#8217;d pair with my sleekest boots (which are still slouchy, heh). That made the bottom half too dressy for a casual lunch at a brewery, so I decided to add a tee and denim jacket to dress it all down. I knew I would be taking the jacket off to eat (the denim is a bit too thick to be comfortable while eating), so I added the cardigan; the cardigan is quite a bit longer than the jacket, but I rather like it. I&#8217;m really pleased with how it turned out, though it was certainly too cold without a heavier coat.

image 11.14.2011 [mon]

Worn to: lunch with Brad and Joe at Scuttlebutt, Dave’s birthday dinner with David’s folks at Arnies in Mukilteo

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WORDS: View comments 11/14/11 Filed under: #black dark faced watch  #black opaque tights  #black slim culottes  #black suede tall heeled boots  #burgundy crossbody bag  #medium wash denim jacket  #muted turquoise paint splatter tee  #silver hoops  #silver knotted necklace  #teal elbow sleeve cardigan 
 11.11.2011 [fri]
Worn to: gym, work, date night dinner (Woodfire Grill)
[[MORE]] Dress: TargetTee: Zenana OutfittersBelt: giftTights: Nine WestBoots: Not Rated “Boystown” (via heels.com)Earrings: TargetWatch: Anne Klein (gift)Trench coat: Banana Republic (via YLF swap)Purse: Nine West (thrifted) 
Thoughts: I managed to leave my camera at work today! I&#8217;m bummed because this weekend my husband and I are taking a mini-vacation for our anniversary and I wanted to take some fun photos to share (and outfits too, of course). So the next couple of days I&#8217;m asking my husband to take photos with his camera until I get mine back from work next week (too big to lug on our trip). Unfortunately, today I forgot to get the white balance properly set before the photos so pardon the wonky colors &gt;&lt;
Behind the outfit:Last month I weatherized one of my sleeveless dresses for fall, and I was quite happy with how it turned out. I wanted to give the idea another go since I rarely layer dresses like this. I don&#8217;t have any winter-weight dresses so, while I like how these look for warmer fall days (not that today&#8217;s 50F is &#8220;warm&#8221;), I think I need to pick up one or two winter dresses for once it truly cools down.
The blue+black+brown color combo is one of my favorites and is easily wearable by most people, just be sure to pick your flattering blue and brown shades. To get the black and brown to look purposefully mixed I kept the clothing elements cool-toned (black for the tee and tights), and kept the accessories warm-toned (brown for the belt and boots, as well as gold earrings and watch).

image 11.11.2011 [fri]

Worn to: gym, work, date night dinner (Woodfire Grill)

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WORDS: View comments 11/11/11 Filed under: #black elbow sleeve tee  #black leather tote  #black opaque tights  #black trench coat  #blue paint print grecian wrap dress  #brown tall wedged slouchy boots  #cognac braided belt  #gold and silver watch  #gold arabesque cutout earrings 
 10.26.2011 [wed]Dress the Decade challenge: 1950s
Worn to: work, grocery store
[[MORE]] Tee: Victoria&#8217;s SecretCardigan: TargetPencil skirt: Forever 21Tights: Nine WestHeels: Anne Klein (via DSW)Pearl earrings: anniversary giftNecklaces, flower pin, hair clip: giftsWatch: Fossil (gift)Purse: Nine West (thrifted)Shades: Forever 21 
Thoughts:This was definitely the hardest challenge for me. I don&#8217;t find this decade particularly inspiring, so I thought I may as well go with something that I really rarely sport: a pencil skirt. I have no peplum tops/toppers, so I went with a cardigan for the “soft shoulder&#8221; look that was popular in the 50s. Wore my new 2-tone pointy toe heels because they are very reminiscent of the era, and what better way to debut them eh? Pearl earrings because a pearl necklace would be too much, cream flower pin because I couldn&#8217;t wait to wear it and the outfit really needed more white, and small layered necklaces to be more &#8220;me&#8221; but still era delicate. Lastly, I did an up-do of sorts as a nod to the coiffed hair of the era.
While I think this is a nice outfit and seems to fit the 50s theme, I am considering this a miss in terms of coming up with something that fits with my style solely because of the hair; a poof-banged high pony tail would give it a rockabilly touch and have made this a hit for me. I realized this halfway to work, but the outfit did grow on me throughout the day.
Played with Photoshop and added in rockabilly hair, and it confirms my belief that styling my hair like this when paired with strong 50s elements will make the outfit more &#8220;me&#8221;. Lesson learned!
 

image 10.26.2011 [wed]
Dress the Decade challenge: 1950s

Worn to: work, grocery store

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WORDS: View comments 10/26/11 Filed under: #akoya pearl studs  #black elbow sleeve tee  #black leather tote  #black opaque tights  #black patent kitten heels with cream trim  #black pencil skirt  #cream oversized flower pin  #mini crystal silver chain necklace  #red 3.4 sleeve cardigan  #silver and rhinestone hair clip  #silver watch  #silver with amethyst droplets necklace  #tortoiseshell oversized shades  #~creative challenges 
 10.25.2011 [tue]Dress the Decade challenge: 1940s
Worn to: work, out to sushi dinner (Wasabi Factory) with my husband
[[MORE]] Shirtdress: Halogen (via Nordstrom)Skirt: vintage (thrifted)Tights: Nine WestBooties: Forever 21Hoop earrings: GNW (via Fred Meyer)Watch: Timex (via Target)Purse: giftShades: Forever 21 
Thoughts: This is my favorite fashion decade (tied with the 80s), though I don&#8217;t have a lot of items reminiscent of the decade in my closet (unlike the 80s). With the resurging trend towards midi length skirts, I think that&#8217;s going to have to change; I&#8217;m loving the longer length for cooler weather especially with sleek tall boots! This shirtdress ended up being a bit too stiff to wear as a top, but it&#8217;s got me thinking that I&#8217;d get a lot of use from a fitted military style button-up shirt. Probably not in black, though. Maybe charcoal?
Behind the outfit:The strong shoulders of the 40s really appeal to me, even with my inverted triangle tendencies, and I love the military/menswear vibe of the era, especially apparent in the war time as women were re-purposing men&#8217;s clothing for themselves; thus the military-styled top (really a dress) with epaulets on the shoulders. To that I added my midi skirt (representing the longer hemlines and flared shape skirts), and semi-sheer/opaque black tights (representing the craze of sheer nylons). Booties are loosely inspired by the decade, since my footwear is very not 1940s in style. I kept this outfit simple as a nod to the post-Depression induced minimalism, leaving off a belt which I would normally wear with this, and sporting only my most important jewelry: earrings, wedding ring, and watch. Did a little 40s inspired twisty hair-do, too.

image 10.25.2011 [tue]
Dress the Decade challenge: 1940s

Worn to: work, out to sushi dinner (Wasabi Factory) with my husband

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WORDS: View comments 10/25/11 Filed under: #black dark faced watch  #black military shirtdress  #black opaque tights  #brown wool a.line midi skirt  #charcoal heeled lace.up booties  #red slouchy hobo  #tortoiseshell oversized shades  #~creative challenges