A windy chambray day

Top: Target
Dress (worn as a skirt): Gap
Necklace: J. Crew
Shoes: Shoegasm
Bag: Thrifted

 This outfit is a prime example of something I never would have dreamed up had it not been for the 30/30 challenge. On the second-to-last day of the challenge, I stared hopelessly into my closet: the outfit I had wanted to wear was still in the laundry. I thought about this dress, but it was going to be a little cool, so I wanted to wear it with something. But my navy blazer wouldn’t do (I already wore it last time), my navy cardi was too similar to the blazer, and my yellow striped cardi was still dirty from camping. (I know, I don’t do laundry often enough.)

This chambray shirt announced itself and an idea formed… cinch my waist… by tying a knot with the shirt over the dress! Lesson learned: It was cute! It took me a little while to arrive at the idea, but once I got there, it was automatic. I’ll definitely be replicating the tied shirt rule now and again.

PS – It was super windy when Rachel took these photos for me. So below, is a bonus outtake of what I go through to provide you with only the best of my outfit shots. Apparently tousled-wind-hair is not universally flattering, haha! Enjoy! 😉



Say no to the pants

Top: ModCloth
Pants: J. Crew
Sandals: J. Crew
Necklace: Picky Girl

Okay, that’s it, these pants are going on gone.

I love the color–and that’s encouraged me to keep hanging on to them for over ten years (ten years!!!)–but the fit, the length, and the back flippy-pockets (which you can’t see) have tipped me over the edge from indecision. Being able to see myself in full-length photos helped me to finally make this decision. They’re tight in the wrong places, loose in other place, and while they’re cropped, they stop at the wrong point on my leg. But never fear! I will doubtless be adding colorful corduroys or jeans to my shopping list for fall!

Anyway, about the outfit. I thought it would be fun to pair two bright colors with a funky necklace, and I was right! The color combination is fun and playful, and I think the necklace adds some extra kick. But the style of the pants is a little too preppy for the look, and clearly I’m not psyched about the fit. Still, I like the idea–I’ll be trying again with a look like this before fall ends.

Today’s lesson learned: It’s okay to take risks! And also, it’s okay to part with a piece of clothing that’s been in my closet for so long. These pants have accompanied me since my sophomore year of high school–1999!–and there’s some nostalgia that unquestionably goes along with tossing out one of the oldest items in my closet. But no more. We’ve had a good run, pink pants! Hopefully you will live on happily in someone else’s closet.

Bombs and busts

Top: J. Crew, thrifted
Pants: J. Crew, 10 years old
Belt: ModCloth
Sandals: J. Crew

Readers, let us take a moment to consider the unfortunate pairing of larger busts with button-up blouses. Yesterday as I was putting together this outfit, I originally paired it with my white button-up.

The culprit in question

Typically with this shirt I have to practically strap down my bust, wearing a constraining bra in order not to have a large gap that allows the world a glimpse into my inner cleavaged world. That particular bra was in the wash, so I selected another and decided to go for it.

My morning, predictably, was characterized by awkward tugging, shrugging, and attempts at closing the gap with tape and pins. Nothing worked. So over lunch I went home, changed into this pink top, and while it is not free from a little pull in the front either, I ultimately felt much more comfortable.

New true blue

All this tugging and discomfort led me to an awkward realization. One of my items in the 30 for 30 challenge is ill-fitting and, worse, inappropriate for me to wear to work. So I am doing to responsible thing. I am THROWING OUT (donating!) the top in question and replacing it with a different one. I hadn’t worn my white button-up yet in the 30 for 30 challenge, and I’m replacing it with a blue button-up, shown here to the left.

Today’s lesson learned: This is all is part of living life one hourglass at a time, my friends. Our bodies all differ from one another, and sometimes, well, we full-chested women may have to choose larger-sized button-ups than we normally wear in order to not bomb out and display our busts to the entire world.

Are button-ups a bomb for you, too?