Posts tagged: gray sweater tights

03.16.2012 [fri]
Worn to: work, date night dinner @ The Majestic
Dress: Old NavyBelt: thriftedTights: Forever 21Booties: Nine West (outlet)Earrings, scarf: TargetWatch: Timex (via Target)Trench: Banana Republic (via YLF swap)Purse: Michael Kors 
Behind the outfit:Today I wanted to find a way to transitionalize/winterize this dress (can’t wait to wear it bare legged if it ever warms up). The cut is easy to winterize, but since it’s a light jersey if I make the rest of the outfit too heavy it’s going to feel a little seasonally confused. So first I chose my finest gauge winter tights which, as an added bonus in this case, are gray; black would be much heavier looking, and I rather like the softer effect of the gray.
Instead of wearing tall boots, I decided to wear these ankle booties for several reasons primarily relating to the fact that the dress is midi length: the gray keeps them low contrast against the tights which lengthens the leg line as does the heel (especially useful with the midi length), the sleeker cut and peep toe makes them more springy looking, and I love how booties look with dresses ^^ Low contrast flats or pumps would also work here.
I don’t have a problem with the low neckline of this dress, but after winterizing the bottom half I decided to add the black camisole to help balance it. Since this dress has an elasticized waist which I generally like to cover with belts, I took the opportunity to add another dark element. After trying most of my belts I settled on this one, partially because it was one of the few that’s small enough to wear at my waist, and partially because I liked the toughness it added. I chose my black watch to keep with the dark accessories theme, and these gold dangly earrings to pick up on the brass from the belt.

03.16.2012 [fri]

Worn to: work, date night dinner @ The Majestic

Dress: Old Navy
Belt: thrifted
Tights: Forever 21
Booties: Nine West (outlet)
Earrings, scarf: Target
Watch: Timex (via Target)
Trench: Banana Republic (via YLF swap)
Purse: Michael Kors 

Behind the outfit:
Today I wanted to find a way to transitionalize/winterize this dress (can’t wait to wear it bare legged if it ever warms up). The cut is easy to winterize, but since it’s a light jersey if I make the rest of the outfit too heavy it’s going to feel a little seasonally confused. So first I chose my finest gauge winter tights which, as an added bonus in this case, are gray; black would be much heavier looking, and I rather like the softer effect of the gray.

Instead of wearing tall boots, I decided to wear these ankle booties for several reasons primarily relating to the fact that the dress is midi length: the gray keeps them low contrast against the tights which lengthens the leg line as does the heel (especially useful with the midi length), the sleeker cut and peep toe makes them more springy looking, and I love how booties look with dresses ^^ Low contrast flats or pumps would also work here.

I don’t have a problem with the low neckline of this dress, but after winterizing the bottom half I decided to add the black camisole to help balance it. Since this dress has an elasticized waist which I generally like to cover with belts, I took the opportunity to add another dark element. After trying most of my belts I settled on this one, partially because it was one of the few that’s small enough to wear at my waist, and partially because I liked the toughness it added. I chose my black watch to keep with the dark accessories theme, and these gold dangly earrings to pick up on the brass from the belt.

WORDS: View comments 3/16/12 Filed under: #black dark faced watch  #black trench coat  #black with brass studs double strand belt  #charcoal peep.toe heeled booties  #coral and tan dotty scarf  #gold arabesque cutout earrings  #gray sweater tights  #navy mini tote bag  #purple and blue zigzag dress 
03.15.2012 [thu]
Worn to: Walgreens, work
Tee, necklace: TargetSweater: Ann Taylor (outlet)Blazer: H&MShorts: Hinge (via Nordstrom)Tights: Forever 21Boots: Not Rated “Boystown” (via heels.com)Hoop earrings: GNW (via Fred Meyer)Watch: Fossil (gift)Scarf: Dress BarnCoat: Worthington (via JCPenney)Purse: Michael Kors 
Thoughts:Today’s post is full of good stuff! As I said, I’ve been busy crafting away in preparation of re-opening my Etsy shop and am hoping this will happen in the next two weeks. So today I wanted to share a little preview of what I’ve been working on:

Aren’t they pretty? These little cuties will soon be earrings, and I’m also working on creating some nail polishes to sell as well. I’ll be sharing a manicure with one of the polishes I’m most excited about with you tomorrow!
Also, I fixed a bug that was preventing the tags from showing on all the posts in yesterday’s big update. ALSO also, a big backlog outfit post update with the full Neutrals Week Challenge, and a manicure with my first handmade polish.
Backlogged outfits update: Feb 6th | Feb 7th | Feb 8th | Feb 9th | Feb 10th | Neutrals week recap | Mar 3rd manicure | Mar 4th manicure refinish
Behind the outfit:Today’s outfit was formed using my outfit formula derived from this outfit way back in January; I’m definitely looking at other ways to interpret this formula for spring! Instead of orange for the bright color, today I chose teal. I did actually try orange first: I have a new bright orange blazer hanging in my closet (you’ll see it soon, I can’t wait to wear it!), but it made the top have look seasonally confused with the bottom half so I chose this darker jacket instead.
I actually started with the shorts today, then looked back through the outfits I’ve worn with them for some ideas. After seeing that I’ve only worn these boots once with them, I wanted to pair them again. The taupe tee was hanging up after being washed, and seeing it made the January formula pop into my head; the rest of the outfit came together pretty quickly from there. I used the same sweater as last time (and the same boots, for that matter), then chose gray tights to add another dose of gray, though, if I had it, I’d have preferred a lighter gray pair.
As I said above, I then tried my orange blazer but it was too bright so I went with this teal blazer instead. I knew I’d be taking my blazer off inside (those layers are surprisingly warm!) so I decided to add a necklace with more gray in it; it also makes the non-blazer version nicely neutral, which I think is fun. And lastly, for the outerwear I chose my leopard scarf that has brown in it to pick up on the boots; it also adds some extra interest since it’s printed.

03.15.2012 [thu]

Worn to: Walgreens, work

Tee, necklace: Target
Sweater: Ann Taylor (outlet)
Blazer: H&M
Shorts: Hinge (via Nordstrom)
Tights: Forever 21
Boots: Not Rated “Boystown” (via heels.com)
Hoop earrings: GNW (via Fred Meyer)
Watch: Fossil (gift)
Scarf: Dress Barn
Coat: Worthington (via JCPenney)
Purse: Michael Kors 

Thoughts:
Today’s post is full of good stuff! As I said, I’ve been busy crafting away in preparation of re-opening my Etsy shop and am hoping this will happen in the next two weeks. So today I wanted to share a little preview of what I’ve been working on:

Aren’t they pretty? These little cuties will soon be earrings, and I’m also working on creating some nail polishes to sell as well. I’ll be sharing a manicure with one of the polishes I’m most excited about with you tomorrow!

Also, I fixed a bug that was preventing the tags from showing on all the posts in yesterday’s big update. ALSO also, a big backlog outfit post update with the full Neutrals Week Challenge, and a manicure with my first handmade polish.

Backlogged outfits update: Feb 6th | Feb 7th | Feb 8th | Feb 9th | Feb 10th | Neutrals week recap | Mar 3rd manicure | Mar 4th manicure refinish

Behind the outfit:
Today’s outfit was formed using my outfit formula derived from this outfit way back in January; I’m definitely looking at other ways to interpret this formula for spring! Instead of orange for the bright color, today I chose teal. I did actually try orange first: I have a new bright orange blazer hanging in my closet (you’ll see it soon, I can’t wait to wear it!), but it made the top have look seasonally confused with the bottom half so I chose this darker jacket instead.

I actually started with the shorts today, then looked back through the outfits I’ve worn with them for some ideas. After seeing that I’ve only worn these boots once with them, I wanted to pair them again. The taupe tee was hanging up after being washed, and seeing it made the January formula pop into my head; the rest of the outfit came together pretty quickly from there. I used the same sweater as last time (and the same boots, for that matter), then chose gray tights to add another dose of gray, though, if I had it, I’d have preferred a lighter gray pair.

As I said above, I then tried my orange blazer but it was too bright so I went with this teal blazer instead. I knew I’d be taking my blazer off inside (those layers are surprisingly warm!) so I decided to add a necklace with more gray in it; it also makes the non-blazer version nicely neutral, which I think is fun. And lastly, for the outerwear I chose my leopard scarf that has brown in it to pick up on the boots; it also adds some extra interest since it’s printed.

WORDS: View comments 3/15/12 Filed under: #black wool coat  #brown tall wedged slouchy boots  #chain with gray pearls necklace  #charcoal plaid wool shorts  #gray sweater tights  #leopard scarf  #navy mini tote bag  #silver hoops  #silver watch  #taupe long sleeve tee  #teal knit blazer  #winter white turtleneck sweater 
02.02.2012 [thu]
Worn to: work, dinner @ Ivars
Sweater: GAPJacket: ZaraShorts: Hinge (via Nordstrom)Tights: Forever 21Heels: KohlsHoop earrings: GNW (via Fred Meyer)Watch: Anne Klein (gift)Coat: Calvin Klein (via Wilson’s Leather)Purse: Coach (gift) 
Thoughts:We all have “bad xyz” days. On those days instead of trying to hide those parts, sometimes the best option is, in fact, to give those parts a little extra love. Wrap the “bad” in flattering clothing, and watch how a “bad xyz” day turns into a “good xyz” day. Sometimes we just need to show off a little, and that’s okay.
Behind the outfit:Well this outfit didn’t start anywhere near where it ended up. I originally had an outfit planned with my olive twill skinnies, but when I put them on I found they were too snug. So I decided to instead come up with an outfit that showed off my legs, instead of moping and feeling like they’re too large (they’re really not).
Enter winter shorts! I haven’t been wearing these shorts as much as I envisioned when I bought them during NAS back in July, but after today’s outfit and how much happier they made me feel they have definitely solidified my feeling of their awesomeness in my wardrobe. I chose these sweater tights because the fine gauge makes them look very smooth while still being quite warm. Previously, I have only worn these shorts with tall boots, but since today is a “show off my legs” day I wanted to wear pumps instead. I chose this gray houndstooth pair to keep the contrast low against the tights (the low contrast coupled with the heel make my legs look super long, and who doesn’t love that?), and print is always fun in footwear. Plus I love the little buckles ^^
I decided on the jacket before the top; I liked the tweedy texture with the wool shorts, the ink blue looks cool with charcoal, and the gold threads are also fun. So since the bottom half is dark AND the jacket is dark, I wanted to add a lighter top. I was hesitant about this sweater because the knit is very similar in gauge to the tights, but ultimately I decided that that actually worked in the sweater’s favor since it’s a somewhat springy piece. Simple mixed silver/gold jewelry finishes the look off. I LOVE how it turned out, and have to say that it turned my mood around wonderfully.

02.02.2012 [thu]

Worn to: work, dinner @ Ivars

Sweater: GAP
Jacket: Zara
Shorts: Hinge (via Nordstrom)
Tights: Forever 21
Heels: Kohls
Hoop earrings: GNW (via Fred Meyer)
Watch: Anne Klein (gift)
Coat: Calvin Klein (via Wilson’s Leather)
Purse: Coach (gift) 

Thoughts:
We all have “bad xyz” days. On those days instead of trying to hide those parts, sometimes the best option is, in fact, to give those parts a little extra love. Wrap the “bad” in flattering clothing, and watch how a “bad xyz” day turns into a “good xyz” day. Sometimes we just need to show off a little, and that’s okay.

Behind the outfit:
Well this outfit didn’t start anywhere near where it ended up. I originally had an outfit planned with my olive twill skinnies, but when I put them on I found they were too snug. So I decided to instead come up with an outfit that showed off my legs, instead of moping and feeling like they’re too large (they’re really not).

Enter winter shorts! I haven’t been wearing these shorts as much as I envisioned when I bought them during NAS back in July, but after today’s outfit and how much happier they made me feel they have definitely solidified my feeling of their awesomeness in my wardrobe. I chose these sweater tights because the fine gauge makes them look very smooth while still being quite warm. Previously, I have only worn these shorts with tall boots, but since today is a “show off my legs” day I wanted to wear pumps instead. I chose this gray houndstooth pair to keep the contrast low against the tights (the low contrast coupled with the heel make my legs look super long, and who doesn’t love that?), and print is always fun in footwear. Plus I love the little buckles ^^

I decided on the jacket before the top; I liked the tweedy texture with the wool shorts, the ink blue looks cool with charcoal, and the gold threads are also fun. So since the bottom half is dark AND the jacket is dark, I wanted to add a lighter top. I was hesitant about this sweater because the knit is very similar in gauge to the tights, but ultimately I decided that that actually worked in the sweater’s favor since it’s a somewhat springy piece. Simple mixed silver/gold jewelry finishes the look off. I LOVE how it turned out, and have to say that it turned my mood around wonderfully.

WORDS: View comments 2/2/12 Filed under: #black and white tweed wool coat  #charcoal plaid wool shorts  #cream with navy striped top boatneck sweater  #gold and silver watch  #gold mini satchel  #gray houndstooth pumps  #gray sweater tights  #ink blue tweed moto jacket  #silver hoops  #~observations 
 12.03.2011 [sat]
Worn to: drive down to Portland, Holiday Alefest, Kelly’s Olympian to regroup, Deschutes Brewery for dinner, Ground Kontrol for arcade fun
[[MORE]]Sweater: GAPShorts: Hinge (via Nordstrom)Tights: Forever 21Boots: Not Rated “Boystown” (via heels.com)Hoop earrings: GNW (via Fred Meyer)Charm necklace: gift from parentsWatch: Timex (via Target)Coat: Weatherproof (gift)Scarf: JCrew (outlet)Purse: Fossil 
Thoughts:Decided I felt well enough to go to the Holiday Alefest (of course), and we had a fantastic time (we’ve been going for years)! My husband and I were one of the driving vehicles, and two of our friends drove with us. We loaded up on candy, snacks, and water for the 3.5 hour drive. Once in Portland we dropped our friends off at their hotel, drove over to ours to check in and drop our stuff and car off, and met up with all of our friends (12 of us!) at the Alefest itself.



We spent several hours at the Alefest, and there were tons of great winter beers to try (lots of wood aged beer this year, it was definitely one of the major trends). Happily I was able to try all the ones I wanted to (I made a list on the drive down!). I am also happy to report that I saw a lot of stylishly dressed ladies there, and a fabulous variety of boots. Afterwards we walked to Kelly’s Olympian for a short stop before dinner to regroup, then we all walked over to Deschutes Brewery for a yummy dinner!

After dinner we walked to Ground Kontrol to play some pinball and arcade games. I got myself on the top 10 scores for both Asteroids AND Tempest (woo!). Big fun day with a big fun group! Lastly, a photo of the beautiful view out of our hotel window which was on the 19th floor.

Behind the outfit:There were a lot of outside requirements for this weekend’s outfits. For one, my husband and I pack really lightly when we travel; since this trip is just one night away, we only brought a backpack with all of our stuff in it. For two, since we drove down to Portland I needed outfits that would be comfortable for 3+ hours in the car. For three, today’s outfit also needed to be comfortable enough to stand and walk in for several hours, as well as be able to go from car to cold outside to warm tent. And lastly, of course, both outfits needed to be stylish :)
I started with the footwear; I picked these boots because they are one of my most comfortable pairs, and are one of my few all day walking shoes (something I really need to remedy). I haven’t been very good at varying my outfit silhouettes lately and am feeling a bit bored of skinnies+boots (*gasp*), so instead of skinny jeans I thought it’d be fun to wear my wool shorts with sweater tights. Since it’s cold out I wanted to wear a sweater, and after trying a few I ultimately decided to wear this brown sweater because one, the brown echoes the boots (though the top is cool and boots are warm), and two, I liked how the slouchiness looked with the shorts/tights/boots. I brought just this one coat, scarf, and purse for the trip, though I think my longer wool coats would work better with the shorts (I’m feeling a little seasonal disconnect with the shorts and puffer).

image 12.03.2011 [sat]

Worn to: drive down to Portland, Holiday Alefest, Kelly’s Olympian to regroup, Deschutes Brewery for dinner, Ground Kontrol for arcade fun

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WORDS: View comments 12/3/11 Filed under: #black dark faced watch  #brown crossbody bag  #brown dotty scarf  #brown striped oversized sweater  #brown tall wedged slouchy boots  #charcoal plaid wool shorts  #gray sweater tights  #mom’s charm necklace  #silver hoops  #winter white short puffer coat  #~travel 
 11.10.2011 [thu]
Worn to: work, Brad & Cristin over for dinner/kegging/tv
[[MORE]] Blazer: Trouvé (via Nordstrom)Tee: TargetScarf: Dress BarnShorts: Hinge (via Nordstrom)Tights, shades: Forever 21Boots: Cole Haan “Air Whitley” (via Nordstrom)Hoop earrings: GNW (via Fred Meyer)Watch: Timex (via Target)Purse: gift 
Thoughts:I’ve been itching to try a variation on the black, camel, and leopard outfit formula from last week. This doesn’t quite follow the formula because I used charcoal and gray in place of some of the black; the overall look is softer because the contrast isn’t quite as sharp.
Textures are key to wearing any tonal outfit (especially black), and texture was the major thing I wanted to experiment with in this variation. The blazer and shorts are both wool, though different treatments; the tee is jersey; the tights are a soft knit; the boots have both leather and suede; and the scarf a fine knit with sparkly threads. I’m happy with the texture richness, but I do think these higher contrast stripes aren’t as striking as low contrast/solid black in this formula.
(And I enjoyed wearing these sweater tights so much that I ordered 2 pairs of ribbed sweater tights today, gray and black. Improving my hosiery wardrobe is one of my goals this winter!)

image 11.10.2011 [thu]

Worn to: work, Brad & Cristin over for dinner/kegging/tv

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WORDS: View comments 11/10/11 Filed under: #black dark faced watch  #black tall flat buckle boots  #camel riding jacket  #charcoal plaid wool shorts  #gray and black striped tee  #gray sweater tights  #leopard scarf  #oversized aviator shades  #red slouchy hobo  #silver hoops