High drama

Top: Macy’s
Jeans: Gap
Flats: Boden
Scarf: Otavalo Market, Ecuador

 It’s always the best day when your shirt matches the car in the background. I planned that, guys. Srsly.

I discovered how silly I am when I first organized this outfit with corduroys, took the pictures with Mandi, went home, uploaded them to my computer, decided I HATED THOSE PANTS, decided I should stick it out anyway, edited the photos, showed them to Brian, decided again I HATE THOSE PANTS, decided to stick it out anyway, decided not to after all, changed into the pants pictured (do you recognize them?), and made Brian take new photos. This is the life of an insecure fashion blogger, friends. Good thing I liked the shirt!


Feline tendencies

Dress: Ann Taylor LOFT ca. 2004?
Cardigan: Swapped (Old Navy)
Belt: ModCloth
Boots: Corso Como
Scarf: Thrifted

I thrifted this scarf a few weeks ago and wanted to put together just the right outfit for it. Leopard for me is totally new territory, so I of course wanted to pull it off (at least for the first time) in a way that felt subtle and classy, but still pushing my own boundaries a little bit. In the end, I really liked the result of colors that were subdued and neutral against a pattern that is pretty loud.  What do you think? Cool cat or trashy kitten?

Fall colors

Sweater/Dress: H&M
Tuxedo Tee: J. Crew
Tights: I don’t remember
Oxfords: Thrifted
Scarf: Urban Outfitters

Fall is in full swing here in Minneapolis, and I have the sweater dresses to prove it! Pulling out a nice, thick sweater is a sneaky Minnesotan way of denying that the temperatures are heading south–we can stay warm without having to tote around a jacket quite yet. Plus they’re just treeees chic, no? (heh…)

Also, in case I haven’t said it here yet, fall is my favorite season. Bring on the the dusky, earthy, rich colors, and I will wear them to my heart’s content. Until January–then it’s straight up black, white and brights, my friends. Just you wait and see.


Transitional wear

Dress: J. Crew
Cardi: Gap
Scarf: Swapped
Boots: Corso Como
Tights: I don’t remember
Belt: ModCloth

Friends, we are closing in on the end of the 30-for-30 remix! This is outfit #27, and as I write this post, I am wearing the final outfit of the challenge. Tomorrow I can begin to dive back into my regular closet again, and with a whole new season on the horizon, one can imagine that I’m feeling a bit overwhelmed. But I’m getting ahead of myself!

When Mandi and I started this challenge, we were still in the depths of summer, as demonstrated by the last time I wore this dress. It is such a summery dress–the material so light, the color so bright–that I wasn’t sure I’d be able to transition it very well when cooler temperatures showed up on the weather forecast. But despite its challenges, I like this outfit a lot, and (today’s lesson learned:) it shows how easy it can be to fashion a fall outfit out of even the flimsiest summer sundress. Add tights, a cardigan, scarf, and boots, and BADABING. You are ready for September, my friends.

PS – These pictures were taken on the rooftop balcony of moto-i , the first sake brewery outside of Japan. They also have some pretty bangin sushi. So if you’re ever in Minneapolis…

Brown and black

Top and Skirt: Thrifted
Scarf (as belt): was my mom’s!
Shoes: Shoegasm

Well, here is my third attempt at this skirt–what do you think? Last time I wore it I promised you all (and myself) that I would pair it with a more-fitted top. I do like it better this way, although I think the top could stand to not even be as loose as this one is. Part of the problem, I must confess, is my dwindling amount of clean clothing…

I’m fairly proud of the scarf-as-belt in this outfit. You can’t tell so well here, but there are black and white stripes in the scarf that pick up on the black and white stripes in the tank. Also, it makes me fairly happy to pair unorthodox colors together, like brown and black, which the scarf also does.

Today’s lesson learned: keep remixing a difficult piece to decipher how best it looks on your shape. The first time I wore this skirt in the 30 day challenge, I despaired I’d have to wear it again. Now, my mind might be changing again! So one more try, I think, and I’ll have my mind made up.

Reigning in the empire

Dress: J. Crew, 3 years old
Scarf: Fair Trade Artisan scarf, artist unknown
Belt: J. Crew
Boots: Shoegasm

And just like that, one of my favorite dresses walked into the ring.

I. LOVE. THIS. DRESS. It’s a little ridiculous because it’s just a simple cotton dress, sleeveless with shirred empire-waisting. It was one of the cheapest things I could buy at J. Crew (yes, ON SALE!) as a grad student three years ago, but I bought it, and thank god. It’s super bright (how can you NOT smile while wearing something this bright?), super light, and I can probably only wear it for about three more weeks until the summer plummets away into crisp temps and dry leaves.

It also follows one of my favorite rules for cute dresses: it’s the easiest outfit ever! Just throw it on and go. Bada boom.

Today’s lesson learned: Don’t be afraid of cinching an empire waist. I worried it would look awkward, but am happy with the result of this outfit. Have you ever belted a dress with an empire waist?