Today's outfit is brought to you by my need to wear something other than a chambray shirt on Zoom calls. A few weeks into this new world, I realized that I was a really big fan of colorful skirts and pants, so my tops tended to be solid colors and understated. That was all well and good until I entered a universe where people could only see from my underarms and up. I decided to get a few new shirts that would make my days less likely to run together.
I decided that I wanted to get a few shirts that differed from my current styles, so I spent more time than I will admit looking through Nordstrom Rack and Macy's looking at some new brands. This top is from Madewell, and this brand might become a new favorite. I liked the details and thought it would be cute now and throughout the summer.
As I mentioned yesterday, my approach to feeling as normal as possible during all of this is to get ready each day. I'm not really wearing "normal clothes" because I feel no need to wear work pants, but I definitely realized early on that I needed to be reminded that life was still moving forward even in the middle of all of this, so I needed to wear real clothes and make plans and whatnot. I didn't want to feel like every day was a sick day (which is how I felt the first few days when I just wore whatever I felt like wearing). I know that plenty of people don't need to get out of their sweatpants, and I respect that. I'm just saying what has worked for me.
Now, back to my new shirt! :)
I wasn't originally thinking this one would work with work pants, but now I'm thinking it might. I'll have to try it out, but I'm not really motivated enough to dig those out of the closet...maybe if I hit a new level of boredom...
I am thinking that this top could be dressed up with some cute wedges or worn with denim shorts and Birks. Once again, I should probably try that out, but that's not happening. Let's not get crazy!
I'm including the link to the shirt here! Hope this makes your day a bit more fun!
I'm back--at least for tonight! :) We'll see how long this lasts.
I know everyone has their own approach to dealing with this new normal, but I quickly discovered that I needed to wear real clothes--to get ready, to have an official start to my day. I also just didn't want to let clothes I like wearing hang in my closet just because I wasn't going out to dinner. I figured that I shouldn't just wear clothes for other people. I could wear them just because I like them. So that's what I've been doing.
And I decided that if I didn't have to rush to get ready and head out the door, maybe it would be fun to play a little bit.
I'm hoping to focus on repurposing things in my closet or talking about multiple ways to wear the same item. If you are looking for ways to stretch your budget, I hope these posts will help.
So--here we go.
Today's oufit is rather straightforward. I bought the shirt to go with a solid colored skirt and a patterned cardigan, but then I realized that the cut would allow me to use it as a cute shirt for jeans and wedges (although who's wearing shoes these days?). Last summer I jumped on the tie waist bandwagon, so now I see all button down shirts as tie waist shirts. :) This small change on this shirt helped me figure out a way to avoid feelings a bit frumpy when I don't want to tuck this shirt in (since it's long and lacking in shape on its own).
The jeans are some of my favorites--the girlfriend cut by Gap. They have a bit of stretch, and I really like the color and the gold stitching.
I'll try to come back and update this post with a few other ways I've styled this shirt in the past.
Style thoughts for the post-isolation world:
--Shirts like this are really handy. They work well for those parts of spring when it's still chilly outside but you feel silly wearing a sweater in April. I also like these shirts because the fabric is thin enough to go easily under a jean jacket or blazer but still will work on its own.
--I originally bought this to wear with a patterned cardigan and solid skirt because I was playing with mixing patterns.
--This shirt also works with fitted work pants and a jean jacket.
--For me, florals are tricky, so I try to pair them with fun jewelry and fun shoes. As a librarian, I always worry about fitting into a spinster librarian stereotype, so I want to try to play with floral patterns a bit.
Below are links to similar shirts and jeans. Not all of the shirts are button down, but I think you could maybe knot them or tuck them in.
Here's hoping this is the first post of my efforts to getback in a routine.
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