Posts tagged: gray cropped blazer
Worn to: Type Americana 2 conference, date night (stayed in for pizza)
Behind the outfit: Today I had more constraints for my outfit than usual (to be fair, the usual is pretty much no constraints) because I attended a typography conference. I wanted to come up with an outfit that was business casual/creative and arty, as well as fit the challenge photo. So I decided what better day than to give my new slouchy AT trousers their debut! I probably should’ve attempted to iron them, though. This was the only challenge I didn’t incorporate my hair as a specific element, but I did tie it back to minimize the darkness in the outfit.
I decided to go with the hazy, surreal feeling of the photo and not do quite as literal an interpretation as many of my other outfits for the challenge. I have the color story of the photo, the fluidity of the water (pants, scarf), and the turtles (nails, necklace) all represented in various ways throughout my outfit. The blazer was necessary for business, and actually I never wore it as shown in the right side upper left photo; I DID wear it tee+scarf-blazer during the lectures, but didn’t get a photo of that combo.
Because the photo is so very serene, and was taken at dawn rather than dusk, I was more inspired by the lighter shades than the dark; I took the color palette pretty literally, going with rosy tans, taupes, and a bit of gray. It also helps that taupe is my current color obsession ^^ I didn’t have the fashion guts to wear a tucked top with these slouchy pants today, but after wearing this and being quite comfy and happy I think I’m good to tuck for next time!
I have a couple nods to the turtles in the outfit. First off, my necklace has organic hammered circles which loosely resemble the shells; second, I painted my nails a matte dark brown (as an aside, they looked like chocolate and I kept wanting to nibble), and when I hold my hands together they make a similar “S” shape as the turtles’ formation in the photo (and, you guys, I just can’t even express how entertained I was by this!).
Worn to: work
Sweater dress, blazer: H&M
Booties: Ciao Bella “Glorious” (via Sears)
Pearl earrings: anniversary gift
Watch: Timex (via Target)
Purse: Linea Pelle for Target
Shades: Forever 21
Behind the outfit:
After yesterday’s blob-o-fabric debacle, I wanted to wear something more bodycon today! This is a springier version of an outfit I wore back in January (still enjoying experimenting with the dress-over-jeans thing AND the short-over-long thing), the base elements being the sweater dress and slim jeans.
To keep this outfit light and springy (and yet still feel appropriate for the wet and cool weather we’re actually having), I made sure not to include any additional black besides what’s in the dress. With the wet weather boots are still 100% appropriate, so I opted for this cream pair and chose to go sans socks because I like the little peek of skin there for spring. Since the ivory is low contrast against both the gray jeans and my skin, the light footwear is easily balanced; having my hair up and the sleeves pushed up helps with this as well because it minimizes how “dark” the top half appears.
Because it’s still cold enough to need a jacket (and I’m boycotting wearing real coats in hopes that warm weather will heed my protest), I added the light gray blazer. Initially I tried my white blazer, but it was too stark against the rest of the outfit. The proportions of this shrunken gray blazer also work better, and adds to the low contrast support cast to the dress.
I chose this long gold pendant to add an additional warm tone to the camel in the sweater, and its reflective surface also helps add some brightness. The rest of my accessories are all whites (pearl earrings, white watch, and white bag (which is my favorite spring/summer bag) ) to add even more brightness. I’m pretty pleased with how springy the moodier camel/black shades look when paired with soft, light colors.
Worn to: work, date night: Redmond Town Center (game shop) & iPic for dinner & movie (“Hugo”)
Tunic: Forever 21
Jeans: Empyre (via Zumiez)
Boots: Cole Haan “Air Whitley” (via Nordstrom)
Hoop earrings: GNW (via Fred Meyer)
Pearls: Nordstrom Rack
Watch: Fossil (gift)
Coat: Calvin Klein (via Wilson’s Leather)
Gloves: Target (gift)
Purse: Nine West (thrifted)
Soooooooo I haven’t started my xmas shopping yet. Usually I start early but this year I’m not really in the mood to shop (weird, right?) plus everyone feels extra hard to shop for this year. Tomorrow our good friends are hosting a white elephant party, and my husband and I both haven’t bought something fun to bring so we did that tonight. After that we did the dinner and movie thing, and saw Hugo which was quite good!
I must admit I actually felt a bit under dressed at the theater in this (doesn’t happen often). I think it’s because this tunic is a fairly thick cotton; a nicer material or a different print (or both) would have instantly dressed this up.
Behind the outfit:
I wasn’t feeling very motivated to get dressed this morning, so I decided to wear a variation on the outfit I wore last time I wore this tunic. Instead of the furry vest I used my cropped blazer to get the same effect, and since I’m feeling a bit more rugged today I opted for my black skinnies and black boots. The outfit needed a little shine, so I picked these black pearls which also add a little girlishness; my champagne pearls probably would’ve been a better brightening option but what can I say, I dress to fit my moods ^^
Worn to: work, date night dinner at Ivars (Mukilteo)