I often think dressing for warm weather limits the number of ways I can style my clothes since it’s harder to use layers to change things up. This week I tried relying on swapping my footwear to give my outfits a fresh feel. While I didn’t feel totally confident in these new combinations, I am so glad I tried something different.
This insecurity in my styling really reinforced how easily I fall into the trap of trying to pick outfits that I think will get the ‘likes’ on Instagram. I realized that I was excited to experiment with some new combinations, but I was nervous they wouldn’t go over well. That ,and the refreshingly honest blog post from my friend, Jaana, at This Mom’s Gonna Snap got me thinking about the social media/blog game (you know…numbers, comparison, etc.). It also reminded me that my blog and Instagram aren’t (supposed to be) about that. I’m still mulling it all around in my head, but I do know that I don’t want to overthink because that really takes the fun out of it. It’s just my wardrobe after all.
Anyhow, here’s a look at what I wore to work this week. Monday we had a Teacher Inservice Day and I continued a class on incorporating movement in the classroom, so I wore comfy workout gear since I knew we’d be practicing what was being preached.
style notes // A few weeks ago I wore this dress with my clogs, which I think is a more obvious choice. I am excited to add different layers to switch up the look of this dress, but the weather isn’t quite there yet. I decided to try for a more dressed-down look by wearing my Birkenstock’s, a casual necklace, and pulling my hair back.
To be honest, I was very uncertain about this styling. The contradiction of more structured, formal clothes and Birkenstock’s is a look I’ve admired since the J.Crew catalog showed women’s pantsuits paired with white Birk’s a few years ago. But, in real life, I felt a bit off. And most of that, I realized, is in my head. Worrying about how others would perceive and judge the outfit, particularly on Instagram, totally dinged my confidence in trying new things.
While I love the ‘motivation’ I get from sharing outfits on Instagram, I have also noticed I sometimes think a little too hard about dressing for the audience and not for myself. That will definitely be something I stay mindful of, because it’s just no fun to avoid trying new things for fear of what others will think.
- effortless: 8/10 because…white dress. Comfort and ease of styling was a breeze, but there’s always a paranoia about life messing up my dress.
- styled: 8/10 mainly because of my own issues that Birkenstocks are not as ‘stylish’ as my clogs.
#momstyle: It was a warm afternoon and we had no plans but to play outside, so I went to my easy summer outfit: cutoffs and a tank.
style notes // I always prefer to pair the boxy cut of this top with a slimmer bottom, so today I wore the new Madewell jeans I found on Poshmark. They are identical to my baggier pair, but a size smaller, so more of a fitted straight leg style than boyfriend.
My clogs have been my go-to choice for the start of school, and they’re such a good pairing with the Umber color of the top it was a no brainer. I also specifically chose this Natalie Borton necklace with the greenish-blue bead to go with this top. The colors perfectly compliment one another.
- effortless: 10/10 The easiest outfit of the week. No fuss, no thought, but I loved the look.
- styled: 10/10 One reason I love this top is that it feels so pulled-together standing on it’s own. Throw on a necklace and call it good.
#momstyle // For the rest of the afternoon I took off my necklace and changed into my Birks, but the base of the outfit stayed the same.
style notes // My big conundrum this morning was the tuck vs. un-tuck debate. A couple of weeks ago I wore my black wide leg crops and after seeing outfit photos decided that tucking in my shirt would have prevented the wide leg pants from making me look wide. So, I started with my black top tucked in, but I got self-conscious of my lower belly pooch so I un-tucked it. Being indecisive, I took to IG stories to get advice and it was 50/50 for a while, but eventually the tucked opinions took the lead. I started the day with my tee un-tucked, but after 2nd period, I ran to the restroom and decided to rock the tuck (pooch and all).
To create a more casual look (similar to Tuesday) I wore my Birkenstock’s rather than my clogs. I like the idea of wearing these pants on weekends instead of saving them only for work, so changing my footwear gets me into that mentality. My black Birkenstock’s always felt too harsh with these light-colored pants, so I’m loving this lighter taupe suede pair.
I skipped my typical longer pendant necklace because with the high-waisted pants it starts to feel ‘crowded’ around my midsection.
- effortless: 9/10 Once I decided on how to wear my top, it was an easy and comfortable outfit.
- styled: 7/10 The more unique cut of the bottoms takes the outfit a long way, but I don’t think there’s anything else particularly standout happening here.
#momstyle // An warm afternoon bike ride and park visit called for my favorite summer dress. I switched into my older black Birk’s because I’m still babying my new ones. 🙂
My favorite this week by far the T Top and jeans I wore Wednesday. The colors are just so good. While I like the more casual styling of my normal work clothes on the other days, but I’m still not 100% sold. I’m not sure if it feels too casual or more ‘un-styled’ than I tend to prefer for work? But, it’s definitely something I am going to continue to try.
Are you a fashion risk-taker or do you tend to play it safe?