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.


What I wore to a Minnesota wedding

Remember the bachelorette party that Mandi and I went to a few weeks back? Well, bachelorette our friend is no longer–she was wed this past weekend! Appropriately, Mandi and I followed up with some pictures of our outfits. Thanks to B for taking the pics!

Dress: Anthropologie
Boots: Corso Como
Belt: ModCloth

And PS – I know the dress looks white, but it was actually pink, and I had a yellow cardigan at the ceremony! I know not to wear I white dress to a wedding! 😉

Pink, coral, and red

Top: J. Crew
Pants: J. Crew (!)
Flats: J. Crew (!!)
Necklace: Borrowed from Mandi

 Well, it was a J. Crew kind of day, and apparently I collect J. Crew in red hues! Obviously when I put this outfit together I knew I was pairing red and coral and pink, but it didn’t occur to me I’d be brand-naming it for a day… whoops. It doesn’t quite come with the same joy of an all-thrifted or all-self-made outfit, but on the other hand, can a girl really complain when she’s all decked out in J. Crew? I think not.

Adding this necklace was a last-minute kind of over-the-top addition to this outfit, but in retrospect, I think it’s what pulled it together. It encourages the combination of clashing colors to actually look intentional, and making the top a happy medium between the pants and the necklace.

Today’s lesson learned: To some extent, this is an “end-of-30-day-challenge-throw-something-on” outfit, but I found myself not as uncomfortable with all the clashing as I’d expected. So I wouldn’t be surprised if I try to pull something off like this again, this time in real life. (Though I’m not sure my boyfriend would approve! Oh well!)


Compliment in earnest

Tee: Gap Outlet
Skirt: Ann Taylor Loft, many years ago
Belt: ModCloth
Boots: Shoegasm
Necklace: J. Crew
Earrings: Local Artist
Glasses: Boutique in Durango, CO

 Readers, not every item in this 30 for 30 challenge was chosen because it was among my  favorite clothes. Not only did I try to think about clothing that would mix and match well, I also tried to pick clothes that could be worn both for work or play.

This skirt is an example of something that I don’t love, but I keep it around because it’s comfortable, versatile, and I tend to get a lot of compliments on it. I never knew why–I always thought it looked a little too feminine and clung to all the bits I didn’t want showcased. But after all these years with this skirt in my closet, upon seeing these photos, I think I’m starting to get it. I like how it hits just below the knee, and while it’s feminine, wearing it with boots tends to add some contrast and interest to the outfit.

Today’s lesson learned: Trust your friends when they tell you something is flattering on you. And as friends: don’t lie, but do give earnest compliments openly and often.

Pink panther

Top: Thrifted
Pink Pants: J. Crew, 10+ years old. (Seriously).
Shoes: Shoegasm

I have been THIS CLOSE to throwing out (i.e., donating) these pink pants so many times over the years. Since my mom bought them for me in high school, they’ve had their moments of fitting better and worse. I can’t quite decide what to think of the length, and whenever I wear them (even when they’re ironed) the back pockets flip up like it’s going out of style. (Don’t worry, I edited that out for ya. I know nobody wants to see any flippy pockets! ;))

Then I saw Kendi’s version of pink skimmers and was inspired! Into the 30 for 30 challenge clothes heap they went. What do you think? Yea or Nay?

By the way, one very important lesson I have thus far taken away from this style blog experiment: God Bless Photoshop. How do all these women (and men, I might add!) look SO put together, so adorable, and so photogenic every damn day? Lest you wonder, my friends: style blogging is hard work. I practically broke a sweat taking and editing all these pictures.