This was a week for parties, and for trying to replicate catalog looks. I’m still working out how to layer with skirts and dresses, since I’m hardly wearing pants at all anymore (and won’t unless we have a blizzard!)
Skirt: Burdastyle Jenny
Sweater: 525 America
You’ve already seen this one, but I’m putting it here as proof that I actually did wear this all day on Thursday. Some days I wonder what people must think about my outfits. I suspect I don’t exactly look the way parents imagine that a music teacher should, but hey – I’m happier being true to myself rather than trying to dress all “teacher-y” (and I don’t teach in a classroom anyway, so my expectations are different.)
You may have heard the cries of “Gretchen? Seriously?” coming from my house during the PR finale. I mean, I will say that her aesthetic appeals to me to a certain point – I like long flowy dresses, layering etc. But I hated the colors (so much brown!) and it didn’t excite me… it did not deserve to win, and I lost a whole lot of respect for Michael Kors and Nina Garcia.
Dress: Thrifted and altered, no tag
Shoes: Cole Haan
Going to a casual party, this was my idea of a good outfit to wear for wine and gossip. It was very comfortable. This dress was taken in and shortened – I really love it now, especially with the leggings. It’s very comfortable. I have a really similar Vogue pattern, and I’m thinking of making up my own version.
Dress: Thrifted, although one of my readers says it was from Old Navy originally (it has no tag.)
Jacket: Casual Corner, thrifted
I wore almost the same outfit last week… I’m a big fan of the summer dress with jacket to extend the wearing season (and we still haven’t got cold weather here, so…)
Dress: Vogue DKNY pattern
Jacket: Express (thrifted)
Sweater Tights: Sam&Libby
I’m thinking of hemming this dress an inch or two shorter and wearing it as a tunic. For some reason I don’t love it as a dress like this, only over leggings. Another thrifted jacket – lately I’ve been having great jacket luck. Last night I found a gorgeous Maggy London Tuxedo jacket with a sequinned collar (which goes into my performance clothes closet) and a 60s houndstooth jacket.
Jacket: Simplicity 2443 (Cynthia Rowley)
Dress: Mossimo (thrifted)
I was inspired by this look in the Anthropologie catalog:
Of course, I don’t have a chic little cropped leather jacket (though now I want one!) I’m actually surprised by how much I like this look – it’s more boho than I usually do, but I quite like it!