Thursday, December 12, 2013

Wardrobe Enhancement

I love jeans!  They're my favorite part of my wardrobe!  I wear them in the winter with pull-over sweaters.  And, I wear them or denim shorts in the summer with short sleeved tops.  I have started wearing some skirts in the summer.  But, I've been trying to stretch beyond that and add some new things and more style to my wardrobe.  I've been watching episodes of "What Not to Wear" and learning a lot.  I love that show!  One of the biggest things I've taken from that show is to try things I wouldn't normally try.  

My daughter and I played around with that idea a few weeks ago.  We went to Macy's and picked clothes for each other.  We tried to think outside of what the other would normally wear.  We got a big dressing room and put together outfits for one another.  We had a ton of fun and found some styles we really liked that we never would have considered before.  Unfortunately, we didn't find anything we HAD to have that day and most of the things we liked were not on sale and were beyond our budget.  But, we'll definitely be shopping differently after that.

We were on a mission that weekend to find some things.  One thing I've been looking for is a nice, thick, warm sweater.  They're all so thin these days and I hadn't found any I liked until I found this...

I think Penelope likes it too!  My daughter fell in love and bought one for herself too.
It's thick, warm, comfy and I love the neutral colors, the designs and the style.
It's not a standard's much more up to date, stylish and fun.

It looks great with another find from that weekend.  Boots!
My daughter and I scored on these all leather boots!  She got brown ones and I got black.
They're flat, comfy, and I like the buckle details on them (top and at the ankle).

They look great with my black skinny jeans, a rust colored top, and my new sweater.
On a really cold night, it looks good with one of my chunky hand knit cowls too.

I also bought a pair of tan pants/jeans...a color I never would have gotten in the past.
I like colored pants on other people but always felt weird when I put them on.
After our little "What Not to Wear" experiment, I think I've changed my mind.
I even considered some red ones but they didn't have my size.

I'm on the lookout for some skirts and dresses that I can wear with tights and my new boots.
It's a look I've liked for a long time.  I'm determined now to find it and be brave enough to wear it.

This isn't much but clothes shopping is hard.  Especially with a tight budget.
But, another thing I learned from the show is that to look good you have to put in the effort/work.
It's not terrible that it takes so much's just part of the process.
Knowing that makes it less frustrating and a lot more fun!


Roxie said...

That's a dramatic, classy sweater! You can get years of wear out of that. And those boots - OMG yes! What a fun time with your daughter. She's lucky to have such a great mom!

Delighted Hands said...

What fun! I like classic with a surprise...very nice selections!

Julie Nichols said...

What fun to be shopping with your daughter! I love what you found.
It looks so comfy..enjoy wearing it.
I also love the look of tights with
a dress and boots. I have yet to try it.

Cindie said...

I love that sweater - looks like a 'go-to' sweater to me.

And what fun to have such a great relationship with your daughter that you two enjoy doing those things together.

Deborah said...

This is a very interesting post. Now that I'm no longer teaching I wear the same things over and over! Boring!
I LOVE your sweater!

Anonymous said...

Those boots are fantastic!!

Susan said...

Oh, I just love that sweater! It has so much style!!! I have a pair of boots that are similar and I live in them.

benita said...

I love that! It's like a cross between a sweater and a poncho. Yes, I can definitely see that with red pants.