A few weeks ago I asked for input on what you’d like to see more of here and received some thoughtful and exciting suggestions. The weekly outfit posts get pretty lengthy and with some of the new ideas including #momstyle (what I wear after work) and ‘near misses‘ (outfits I tried in the morning but didn’t wear) they’d be even longer. I’m going to try splitting my posts and share twice each week. On Fridays I’ll share my work week outfits from Monday through Thursday. Then, on Mondays I’ll share my more casual weekend outfits from Friday through Sunday.
Long ago I landed on the words effortless, styled, and classic as ‘style goals’ for my wardrobe. As I considered buying new pieces I wanted to be sure they fit into the vision I had for my personal style. These words still resonate with me, though I have found I tend to shop for elevated basics, simple pieces with unique details that make a statement, over classic styles. I also know I am drawn to outfits with a cool and casual feel, but I’m not always sure how that translates to work. Maybe that falls under the effortless category?
Here’s a look at what I wore this week. The temps were high, so I relied on some of my summer staples to keep cool.
style notes // I think the volume of this top works best with more fitted bottoms. Today I skipped over the ponte pants I included in my capsule because they felt too skinny and went to my black jeans. When I wear skinny jeans I always feel self-conscious in heels, so I chose my flat sandals, which also add a bit of color and print to my all black outfit. A simple necklace would have been nice, but I didn’t have one on in my first version of this outfit (see below).
- Effortless: 7/10 due to the having to change how I wore the shirt
- Styled: 8/10 knocked down due to lack of jewelry
near miss // I originally started with the wrap to the back, which I love the look of (though, this pic isn’t great). Unfortunately, the back snap kept popping open when I bent to pick up kids or did breakfast dishes or buckled my shoes. I kept thinking it would’t be a big deal when I got to work. At the last minute, it unbuttoned as I climbed into the car, so I quickly turned it around. I decided not to risk my top popping open in front of my class. I love the v in the back, but I think I’ll have to save it for a night out.
#momstyle // Monday the new Madewell jeans I bought on Poshmark arrived and (darn it!) they’re just a bit too tight. So, I wore them for most of the evening to try to stretch them out some. Since the Broncos were playing and one of my former students sang the National Anthem at the game (check her out here), I decided to show a little spirit.
style notes // I got my new Krissy Tee on Monday in the mail and it was total love at first sight. I am so glad I went with my last minute impulse to add this tee to my Fall Capsule. The color and raw silk texture is gorgeous and I love the simple cut of the top. I know I’ll be reaching for this top weekly, so I decided to keep my styling simple to start. I toyed with a front tuck, which looked great, but I’ll save that for another day.
The close, rounded neckline of the top is perfect for this shorter beaded necklace and the colors worked perfectly together. My clogs dressed the jeans up just enough to make them more work appropriate.
- Effortless: 10/10 Not an ounce of fussiness here.
- Styled: 10/10 I love the addition of the clogs and necklace. The texture and cut of this top makes it so much more than a simple jeans and tee outfit
the items // Two Fold Krissy Tee (size M) from Garmentory using the $20 off my first order offer / secondhand Madewell jeans via Poshmark / Moheda clogs from Lotta From Stockholm / necklace c/o Natalie Borton (get 10% off with code PAIGE10)
#momstyle // Oh my gosh it was so hot. I just could not wait to get home and get my work clothes off. I’ve packed up most of my tank tops, but I always keep these basic ones out for layering under sweaters.
style notes // I totally had to break out of my fall capsule today for another day of 90º+ temperatures. I wore this outfit over the summer to a baby shower and loved the look. The skirt definitely feels dressy to me because of the volume, so I chose a more casual tee and clogs to bring it down a notch. I also skipped a necklace today to avoid the outfit becoming to ‘cluttered’.
I also try not to cut my head off of photos, but I have no explanation for what was happening with my hair by the end of Wednesday and since this is published on the internet I had to do myself a favor 🙂
- Effortless: 9/10 The outfit was a easy to wear, but I did feel slightly self-conscious that I looked overdressed for work.
- Styled: 9/10 I relied on the clothing pieces to make the style statement here, which works with such bold colors and print.
#momstyle // Notice the progression of trying to finish the decor in our bedroom? Last weekend I added the wall light then this week we had a table and today a rug delivered. I’m still testing different layouts and accessories, and boy, interior design just doesn’t come easily to me. Anyhow, on to the outfit. This morning I turned off my alarm and fell back asleep, therefore missing my workout. I knew the kids would be outside playing this afternoon, so I put on my workout clothes and squeezed in 15 minutes of jumprope while they played.
style notes // Welcome back, ponte pants! I forgot how much I love these Brass Clothing pants until I pulled them on today. They hold everything in and are oh so flattering. I do typically pair them with a looser top like I did today to balance the super slim fit. As long as temperatures are still warm I’m staying away from my close-toed shoes, so I went with the clogs yet again.
I rely on this brown bead necklace quite a bit when I wear black. It warms up the palette and also ties in with my watch and shoes to complete the look.
- Effortless: 10/10 Absolutely. This outfit is a perfect grab and go option.
- Styled: 10/10 The cognac accessories really makes this outfit for me and the back zipper detail and drape of the top takes it up a notch.
near miss // I got my new Birkenstocks yesterday and was tempted to wear them. I love the mix of dressier clothes and casual Birkenstocks on others and I’ve seen a ton of great inspiration on IG and Pinterest, but I’m not totally sure about it on myself.
#momstyle // This evening we had a Back To School Night Spaghetti Dinner at Brynn’s daycare, so the whole fam went to that. I wasn’t in the mood for shorts, so I threw on a dress since it was still pretty hot outside. The straight dress and Birks felt a little frumpy, so I added a chambray shirt tied around my waist to bring some shape to the dress.