:: Top ~ Dress, H&M ::: Skirt ~ Thrifted ::: Boots ~ Steve Madden ::: Wrist warmers ~ Gift shop in Iceland ::: Ring ~ costume jewelry, Grandmother’s ::
These wrist warmers were definitely a treat to myself. I thought they were gorgeous and fit perfectly but they were quite expensive. At the time I was traveling with two lovely swiss girls and we left the shop and pulled the car out of the parking spot before I said wait and ran back inside to get them. I knew I’d regret not buying them so they are my main Iceland memento. I was a little sad as I hadn’t warn them that much last winter but they are getting lots of wear this fall. Again working in agreement with my idea to buy something if you’re really in love with it, even if you are not sure how you will wear it right away. There are so many things in my wardrobe that have been there for ages and I only later figure out how to style, those are the best rediscoveries!
I felt like being a little dressy today. I have had my eye on this skirt for quite some time, especially as I think the colours are perfect for fall. I wanted to pair it with something lighter and then finally this dress came to mind. Other than minor bunching issues I really liked the resulting ensemble.
:: Cardi ~ mango, old ::: Dress ~ made by me ::: Patterned tights ~ The Bay ::: Boots ~ Thrifted ::
This is a pretty simple outfit (yes this dress again). I like the combination of the solid colour and the stripes on the cardi and patterned tights.
I remember wearing this outfit (with different tights) to an all day exam I wrote back in April. I received a comment like ‘You’re always wearing skirts and dresses.’ and ‘Why are you always so dressed up?’ My reply was that this outfit was genuinely comfortable which was appropriate for what I was doing that day.
I find the idea of wearing skirts and dresses being ‘dressed up’ interesting. I guess it is literally true but both skirts and dresses are simply alternatives to trousers and matters of personal preference. Why are they so often seen as more dressy? Is it that they genuinely look more dressy? Certainly not this denim skirt or this one. I don’t look at how I dress as more dressy, I dress to feel comfortable physically and with how I look. Bottom line, you’ll look and feel the best wearing things that you like and that suit you. Wear what you want.
Admittedly I have shorts I like but I usually find trousers/jeans uncomfortable, it is a rare day when I think to myself ‘I would really like to wear jeans today.’ And even when that happens there is only one pair I have which I’ve actually worn voluntairly more than once in the past ~3 years. Wow, that is a long time to go without wanting to wear jeans… Maybe it’s time to break out a pair again? I guess we’ll see in my upcoming posts…
Lately I’ve been feeling great about the clothes I’m in. Probably mostly to do with the lack of rushing to get ready. I find my mood so affect what I want to and feel comfortable wearing. One day clothes that seem like the most pleasant and cute thing I own, another day can feel extremely uncomfortable and uninviting. Having heard this sentiment before I think many people are the most comfortable when they are wearing what they want, how they want.
Another thing I fluctuate with is whether I plan my outfits or not. Sometimes I think up a particular combination, and possibly even pre-try-it-on days before I wear it. Other times I cannot even decide what I want to wear until I’m actually ready to get dressed and am looking at my clothes.
Combining the two I suppose this could mean that some days, I know or expect a certain feel from whatever I have planned (and can plan accordingly) whereas other days I cannot tell my outlook on it until it is upon me.
My general motto is to try going into things with as little expectations as possible. In terms of style I love the days when I choose an outfit not knowing what exactly I’ll be doing in it, and feeling so comfortable that no matter what the days events, the outfit seems to fit into it perfectly. Comfort is such a big part of confidence and being ones self.
Wow that was longer than I was expecting… well here’s an example of an outfit (even if my face says serious) I had an amazing day in :).
:: Top ~ Fridget apparel (local edmonton designer) ::: Skirt ~ DC via ebay ::