Posts tagged: red 3.4 sleeve cardigan

02.17.2012 [fri]
Worn to: date night dinner (Fish Brewery) & a movie (Arietty)
Tee: JCrew (outlet)Cardigan: TargetJeans: Empyre (via Zumiez)Boots: Forever 21Earrings: giftNecklace: Asos.comWatch: Fossil (gift)Trench: Banana Republic (via YLF swap)Scarf: Old NavyPurse: Coach (gift) 
Thoughts:Feeling well enough to venture out for date night! The movie was cute, I love Studio Ghibli films. I didn’t really have the energy to come up with an outfit, so I decided to wear a variation on this one here. Comfy and easy, I really love red with red-orange! This scarf is new for spring (yes I realize it’s not spring, but I am really lacking in light colored scarves), picked up from Old Navy last week.
(I haven’t worn this necklace in a while, and totally forgot that it doesn’t exactly work well with this slim trench coat. The pearl bulges out and looks so weird! Good thing I had the scarf on ^^)

02.17.2012 [fri]

Worn to: date night dinner (Fish Brewery) & a movie (Arietty)

Tee: JCrew (outlet)
Cardigan: Target
Jeans: Empyre (via Zumiez)
Boots: Forever 21
Earrings: gift
Necklace: Asos.com
Watch: Fossil (gift)
Trench: Banana Republic (via YLF swap)
Scarf: Old Navy
Purse: Coach (gift) 

Thoughts:
Feeling well enough to venture out for date night! The movie was cute, I love Studio Ghibli films. I didn’t really have the energy to come up with an outfit, so I decided to wear a variation on this one here. Comfy and easy, I really love red with red-orange! This scarf is new for spring (yes I realize it’s not spring, but I am really lacking in light colored scarves), picked up from Old Navy last week.

(I haven’t worn this necklace in a while, and totally forgot that it doesn’t exactly work well with this slim trench coat. The pearl bulges out and looks so weird! Good thing I had the scarf on ^^)

WORDS: View comments 2/17/12 Filed under: #black flat slouchy buckle boots  #black skinny jeans  #black trench coat  #cream with navy green and tan circles scarf  #gold mini satchel  #mega pearl pendant  #red 3.4 sleeve cardigan  #red.orange and navy striped tee  #silver watch  #silver woven circle earrings 
01.23.2012 [mon]Adjacent colors week: red/red-orange
Worn to: work, out for tacos
Tee: JCrew (outlet)Cardigan, earrings: TargetSkirt, boots, purse: Forever 21Tights: LOFTWatch: Anne Klein (gift)Coat: Worthington (via JCPenney)Scarf: gift 
Thoughts:And the adjacent color experiment is off! This is actually the color pairing I’m most excited about for the week, I adore red and red-orange together. So fiery! Going into this week I have only the tops pairings somewhat decided on; I thought of a couple options for bottoms, but mostly I’m going to just pick whatever I’m in the mood for each day.
So far this is still the only way I’ve really been able to get a pencil skirt to feel like it’s my style: adding some slouch, boots, and/or rocker elements. I think if this particular skirt were longer I could do more with it, but for now I like styling it this way. I really dig the vibe of this outfit!
Behind the outfit:This cardigan and tee were an easy pairing for this challenge because they were sitting next to each other on the shelf, but I’d forgotten that the sleeves have varying lengths; the tee is long sleeved, and the cardigan is 3/4 sleeved. So I rolled the tee sleeves back and pushed everything up.
I actually had on my black skinny jeans first. But by chance I got a text message and when I went to look at my phone, I spied an old JCrew catalog and was immediately inspired to swap the jeans out for a pencil skirt. So glad I did! I tried tucking just the tee, tucking both the tee and cardigan, belting just the tee, belting over both… And ultimately I just loved the slouchy, untucked vibe so I went with that.
The rest fell into place easily from there. I decided on these slouchy boots, and then because it’s freezing out (still have some snow) I wanted to wear sweater tights; I have both charcoal and black, but liked the visual interest and softness the charcoal offered against the black skirt and boots. I wanted to keep the colors as the focus, so I chose to keep accessories minimal; I wore only earrings and a watch, choosing long dangly earrings instead of a pendant which I would normally have worn with this.
This outfit is VERY waist surrendering (clearly changes my shape from hourglass to rectangle), and is certainly not something everyone is comfortable with; the loose tee and cardigan definitely add extra width, especially considering just how fitted the skirt actually is. There are a couple of things I do to keep these types of outfits from feeling unnecessarily huge on me:
Make sure the top(s) fits well. The cardigan and tee both fit properly in the shoulders, arms, and length. This makes the waist no looser than it needs to be, so the silhouette is as slim-straight as possible.
Highlight other small parts, and show a little skin. I have a smaller bone structure so showing my wrists and collar bone help keep the look a bit daintier. Keeping a slim leg line can also help. In this case I wore lower, slouchier boots and because the skirt is shorter there’s still plenty of leg. If I were to wear taller boots (which would hide some leg) I would be sure to pick a fitted pair so the leg line is still clear.

01.23.2012 [mon]
Adjacent colors week: red/red-orange

Worn to: work, out for tacos

Tee: JCrew (outlet)
Cardigan, earrings: Target
Skirt, boots, purse: Forever 21
Tights: LOFT
Watch: Anne Klein (gift)
Coat: Worthington (via JCPenney)
Scarf: gift 

Thoughts:
And the adjacent color experiment is off! This is actually the color pairing I’m most excited about for the week, I adore red and red-orange together. So fiery! Going into this week I have only the tops pairings somewhat decided on; I thought of a couple options for bottoms, but mostly I’m going to just pick whatever I’m in the mood for each day.

So far this is still the only way I’ve really been able to get a pencil skirt to feel like it’s my style: adding some slouch, boots, and/or rocker elements. I think if this particular skirt were longer I could do more with it, but for now I like styling it this way. I really dig the vibe of this outfit!

Behind the outfit:
This cardigan and tee were an easy pairing for this challenge because they were sitting next to each other on the shelf, but I’d forgotten that the sleeves have varying lengths; the tee is long sleeved, and the cardigan is 3/4 sleeved. So I rolled the tee sleeves back and pushed everything up.

I actually had on my black skinny jeans first. But by chance I got a text message and when I went to look at my phone, I spied an old JCrew catalog and was immediately inspired to swap the jeans out for a pencil skirt. So glad I did! I tried tucking just the tee, tucking both the tee and cardigan, belting just the tee, belting over both… And ultimately I just loved the slouchy, untucked vibe so I went with that.

The rest fell into place easily from there. I decided on these slouchy boots, and then because it’s freezing out (still have some snow) I wanted to wear sweater tights; I have both charcoal and black, but liked the visual interest and softness the charcoal offered against the black skirt and boots. I wanted to keep the colors as the focus, so I chose to keep accessories minimal; I wore only earrings and a watch, choosing long dangly earrings instead of a pendant which I would normally have worn with this.

This outfit is VERY waist surrendering (clearly changes my shape from hourglass to rectangle), and is certainly not something everyone is comfortable with; the loose tee and cardigan definitely add extra width, especially considering just how fitted the skirt actually is. There are a couple of things I do to keep these types of outfits from feeling unnecessarily huge on me:

  1. Make sure the top(s) fits well. The cardigan and tee both fit properly in the shoulders, arms, and length. This makes the waist no looser than it needs to be, so the silhouette is as slim-straight as possible.
  2. Highlight other small parts, and show a little skin. I have a smaller bone structure so showing my wrists and collar bone help keep the look a bit daintier. Keeping a slim leg line can also help. In this case I wore lower, slouchier boots and because the skirt is shorter there’s still plenty of leg. If I were to wear taller boots (which would hide some leg) I would be sure to pick a fitted pair so the leg line is still clear.
WORDS: View comments 1/23/12 Filed under: #black and white houndstooth fringed scarf  #black flat slouchy buckle boots  #black pencil skirt  #black wool coat  #burgundy crossbody bag  #charcoal ribbed sweater tights  #gold and silver watch  #gold arabesque cutout earrings  #red 3.4 sleeve cardigan  #red.orange and navy striped tee 
12.25.2011 [sun]
Worn to: in-laws over for dinner and presents
Cardigan, jeans, slippers: TargetBlouse: Calvin Klein (outlet)Hoop earrings: GNW (via Fred Meyer)Necklace: Forever 21Watch: Timex (via Target)
Thoughts:Happy xmas!
An amusing story about my cat and Christmas: He LOVES it. The tree, the decorations, and most of all his stocking. When he sees the decorations storage bins come out of the garage, he races around the house like a kitten (he’s a chubby 12-year old). As soon as the tree is inside, he’s busy trying to chew on/get underneath it as quick as possible. When the gifts are placed underneath, he immediately scopes out a path so he can further sit under the tree. He is hyper the entire time the tree is set up (usually he sleeps, sleeps, and sleeps some more).

So last night we filled the stockings so we could open them first thing in the morning. Kitty was NOT impressed that he had to wait (above). And woke us up early so he could get into his goodies (below). Each year I wonder if it’s a fluke that he actually remembers this time of year, but he’s been doing it for so long I have to admit it’s just a really cute thing that he does ^^

Behind the outfit:I fretted about what to wear today; needed to be something nice but casual, something that I could both relax and hostess in. I realized that my red and white outfit from a couple days ago was a perfect option. Then there was further fretting about whether I should repeat it so soon after wearing it. Ultimately I decided that I would, but of course change a few elements: swapped out the blue jeans for gray skinnies (the other ones are too long without shoes), left my hair down, added a Santa hat, and no outerwear/shoes since I didn’t leave the house.
Honestly I thought it’d be harder to repeat after going so long without doing it so closely, but it was a relief not to have to worry about what to wear while my in-laws were over. I am definitely going to relax my no-repeats rule.
Exciting fashion xmas gifts (part 1):Note about part 2: My folks celebrate Christmas in early January, and my dad’s birthday is on New Year’s Eve so we do presents with them on the 31st.
From my wonderful husband:
Miz Mooz “Flynn” boots in taupe, which I’ve been pining after for months! Unfortunately they may be a bit too wide/tall, I am still thinking about it.
a black and white houndstooth scarf with long, fringed ends
running shoes for the gym (OK not super fashion-related, but I despeartely needed them, and they are cute and purple!)
From my in-laws:
a lovely Stella And Dot necklace, with taupey stones and crystals
silver circular woven-wire earrings
some pretty Opi nail polishes (chocolate brown, blue glitter, silver crackle)
charcoal leg warmers

12.25.2011 [sun]

Worn to: in-laws over for dinner and presents

Cardigan, jeans, slippers: Target
Blouse: Calvin Klein (outlet)
Hoop earrings: GNW (via Fred Meyer)
Necklace: Forever 21
Watch: Timex (via Target)

Thoughts:
Happy xmas!

An amusing story about my cat and Christmas: He LOVES it. The tree, the decorations, and most of all his stocking. When he sees the decorations storage bins come out of the garage, he races around the house like a kitten (he’s a chubby 12-year old). As soon as the tree is inside, he’s busy trying to chew on/get underneath it as quick as possible. When the gifts are placed underneath, he immediately scopes out a path so he can further sit under the tree. He is hyper the entire time the tree is set up (usually he sleeps, sleeps, and sleeps some more).

So last night we filled the stockings so we could open them first thing in the morning. Kitty was NOT impressed that he had to wait (above). And woke us up early so he could get into his goodies (below). Each year I wonder if it’s a fluke that he actually remembers this time of year, but he’s been doing it for so long I have to admit it’s just a really cute thing that he does ^^

Behind the outfit:
I fretted about what to wear today; needed to be something nice but casual, something that I could both relax and hostess in. I realized that my red and white outfit from a couple days ago was a perfect option. Then there was further fretting about whether I should repeat it so soon after wearing it. Ultimately I decided that I would, but of course change a few elements: swapped out the blue jeans for gray skinnies (the other ones are too long without shoes), left my hair down, added a Santa hat, and no outerwear/shoes since I didn’t leave the house.

Honestly I thought it’d be harder to repeat after going so long without doing it so closely, but it was a relief not to have to worry about what to wear while my in-laws were over. I am definitely going to relax my no-repeats rule.

Exciting fashion xmas gifts (part 1):
Note about part 2: My folks celebrate Christmas in early January, and my dad’s birthday is on New Year’s Eve so we do presents with them on the 31st.

From my wonderful husband:

  • Miz Mooz “Flynn” boots in taupe, which I’ve been pining after for months! Unfortunately they may be a bit too wide/tall, I am still thinking about it.
  • a black and white houndstooth scarf with long, fringed ends
  • running shoes for the gym (OK not super fashion-related, but I despeartely needed them, and they are cute and purple!)

From my in-laws:

  • a lovely Stella And Dot necklace, with taupey stones and crystals
  • silver circular woven-wire earrings
  • some pretty Opi nail polishes (chocolate brown, blue glitter, silver crackle)
  • charcoal leg warmers
WORDS: View comments 12/25/11 Filed under: #brass and pearl multistrand bib necklace  #gray skinny jeans  #red 3.4 sleeve cardigan  #silver hoops  #white button.up  #white camisole  #white oversized watch  #~observations  #~xmas 
12.22.2011 [thu]
Worn to: xmas present shopping (all over the place!)
Cardigan, gloves: TargetBlouse: Calvin Klein (outlet)Jeans: GAP “Real Straight”Booties: Ciao Bella “Glorious” (via Sears)Hoop earrings: GNW (via Fred Meyer)Necklace: Forever 21Watch: Timex (via Target)Coat: Weatherproof (gift)Scarf: Dress BarnPurse: Nine West (thrifted) 
Thoughts:I bought these boots over a year ago, and randomly decided to look them up online since I hadn’t worn them on this blog yet. Imagine my surprise to see that they are still for sale!! If you are looking for an ivory pointed-toe bootie, these are really fabulous; super soft leather, small stacked heel, lightly cushioned insole, and the ruching detail is lovely. Highly recommended! (I am not getting any money for linking, just wanted to share because I think they are such a fab bootie ^^)
Also, this scarf knot looks particularly wimpy, don’t you think? It could be the scarf (it’s pretty thin) but I’m really in the mood for bigger, more dramatic scarf knots for outerwear. Noted!
Behind the outfit:Today I felt like being festive since I was shopping for presents! I started with the cardigan+blouse combo; I really like wearing structured blouses under cardigans, and the red and white has been feeling super festive to me this year. Initially I wanted to wear my red pumps, but since those are 4” heels they’re not conducive to marathon shopping; walking all day really limits my current footwear options. These booties aren’t quite all day walking shoes for me, maybe 6 hours (with no sitting breaks; they work for longer with breaks), but I was crossing my fingers that I wouldn’t be shopping for more than 6 hours. Unfortunately this was not the case, of course. It was crazy out there!
Anyway, I liked how the ivory booties bookended the white blouse, but since my hair is dark I needed to add a few other light elements to make it really look balanced: first, I picked these mid-toned straight leg jeans so the booties were more of a “peek of color”; second, I rolled the blouse cuffs up over the cardigan’s sleeves (the cardigan is 3/4 sleeves so this had to be done anyway); third, I wore my white watch (haven’t worn it since summer); and fourth, I added the pearl bib necklace, which also felt nice and festive. For outerwear, this coat keeps the booties from looking odd and since it’s such a big chunk of white the other white details that are hidden aren’t necessary.

12.22.2011 [thu]

Worn to: xmas present shopping (all over the place!)

Cardigan, gloves: Target
Blouse: Calvin Klein (outlet)
Jeans: GAP “Real Straight”
Booties: Ciao Bella “Glorious” (via Sears)
Hoop earrings: GNW (via Fred Meyer)
Necklace: Forever 21
Watch: Timex (via Target)
Coat: Weatherproof (gift)
Scarf: Dress Barn
Purse: Nine West (thrifted) 

Thoughts:
I bought these boots over a year ago, and randomly decided to look them up online since I hadn’t worn them on this blog yet. Imagine my surprise to see that they are still for sale!! If you are looking for an ivory pointed-toe bootie, these are really fabulous; super soft leather, small stacked heel, lightly cushioned insole, and the ruching detail is lovely. Highly recommended! (I am not getting any money for linking, just wanted to share because I think they are such a fab bootie ^^)

Also, this scarf knot looks particularly wimpy, don’t you think? It could be the scarf (it’s pretty thin) but I’m really in the mood for bigger, more dramatic scarf knots for outerwear. Noted!

Behind the outfit:
Today I felt like being festive since I was shopping for presents! I started with the cardigan+blouse combo; I really like wearing structured blouses under cardigans, and the red and white has been feeling super festive to me this year. Initially I wanted to wear my red pumps, but since those are 4” heels they’re not conducive to marathon shopping; walking all day really limits my current footwear options. These booties aren’t quite all day walking shoes for me, maybe 6 hours (with no sitting breaks; they work for longer with breaks), but I was crossing my fingers that I wouldn’t be shopping for more than 6 hours. Unfortunately this was not the case, of course. It was crazy out there!

Anyway, I liked how the ivory booties bookended the white blouse, but since my hair is dark I needed to add a few other light elements to make it really look balanced: first, I picked these mid-toned straight leg jeans so the booties were more of a “peek of color”; second, I rolled the blouse cuffs up over the cardigan’s sleeves (the cardigan is 3/4 sleeves so this had to be done anyway); third, I wore my white watch (haven’t worn it since summer); and fourth, I added the pearl bib necklace, which also felt nice and festive. For outerwear, this coat keeps the booties from looking odd and since it’s such a big chunk of white the other white details that are hidden aren’t necessary.

WORDS: View comments 12/22/11 Filed under: #black leather tote  #brass and pearl multistrand bib necklace  #ivory ruched pointy booties  #leopard scarf  #red 3.4 sleeve cardigan  #silver hoops  #straight medium wash jeans  #turquoise suede gloves  #white button.up  #white camisole  #white oversized watch  #winter white short puffer coat  #~observations 
 10.26.2011 [wed]Dress the Decade challenge: 1950s
Worn to: work, grocery store
[[MORE]] Tee: Victoria’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’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” 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’t wait to wear it and the outfit really needed more white, and small layered necklaces to be more “me” 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 “me”. 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