Happy Sunday! I have one eye on the TV checking out how my fantasy football teams are faring today and one eye on my laptop as I type this post. Today I am linking up with other bloggers through Alison Lumbatis at Get Your Pretty On for a post on an outfit that made me feel pretty. I wore my feel pretty outfit this past Saturday to Tumblewords, the weekly writing workshop Paul and I attend and then to my very first IMAX theater experience to see Interstellar on the BIG big screen.
So here is my feel-good outfit.
I entitled this PicCollage photo of my outfit “Would never have worn this BC” because I would never have worn these pieces together BC=Before Challenge=before I started following Alison Lumbatis and before I started participating in her Style Me Challenges. I had never shopped at Loft before my first challenge this past spring. And now almost every pair of pants I wear is from the Loft or Loft Outlet, where I bought these tobacco brown, curvy-skinny denim pants. And the striped long-sleeved tee. The boyfriend cardigan is from the Loft and the scarf is from Target. My statement necklace came in my first StitchFix box and my little “gold” earrings are from Charming Charlie’s. Found my oxblood Oxfords on sale and online at Payless.
I guess I have been living under a Franklin Mountains’ rock or have been buried deep under some Chihuahua Desert sand because I didn’t get the memo. I didn’t get the memo that said that mixing patterns is not only acceptable but it is fashionable! I would never have thought I could put this striped tee with a patterned scarf. And would never have worn a statement necklace alone or with said scarf. It would have seemed too cluttered, too busy to me.
I am pretty sure years ago we would have sent my dad back to the closet to try again for similar pattern mixing in some of his shirt and tie combinations. And now I know he was just ahead of his time! What do you call a boy fashionista? A fashionisto, if you will.
Then there’s the menswear shoes I wore on my tootsies. The old me would never have even tried these on. In the footwear department, I tend to be a real girly-girl. I like my heels, my peep-toe pumps, my strappy sandals. These Oxfords would have been a definite NO-GO. But through the Style Me challenges I have been encouraged to try new styles, new pieces that are out of my comfort zone. I love the oxblood color of these shoes, even like the characteristic closed lacing. But they are a more masculine look than I generally lean towards. But here I am wearing them and liking them!
Finally, this outfit inspired me to feel younger and more fun, and maybe even a little flirtatious with my fashion photographer. I was trying to get Paul to take a picture of my scarf and necklace without including the scar on my neck from my surgeries. I crept closer and closer to him while trying to tug my scarf and necklace away from my scar for the picture and he just kept snapping photos the whole time. He told me it was impossible to not get the scar in the picture. So here’s what we wound up with.
That’s when we put the camera down and shared a hug and then headed out to writing.