Wednesday, September 30, 2015

What I Wore Wednesday (September 30)

Over the years, I have made several attempts to plan out my outfits for the week ahead of time. But usually, it did not last very long, and sooner or later I fell back into just grabbing “whatever” in the morning.

I really hope I’ll stick with “outfit planning" this time because planning (and actually trying on the entire outfit - including accessories, shoes, etc. - ahead of time!) can really make a difference. For one, it makes getting dressed in the morning so much quicker and enjoyable. Plus, if you know you look good, you feel good and your day is likely to go much better. There is nothing worse than feeling uncomfortable in your clothes all day long…

Here are a few of my recent outfits and some comments about what I liked and didn’t like about them.

The first dress is Missoni for Target, and I got it five years ago. In all that time, I only wore it once or twice. While I never wore it, I couldn’t get myself to get rid of it whenever I cleaned out my closet. And I’m really glad I didn’t because I now really like it, and I can see myself wearing it with boots and a black turtleneck underneath when it’s getting cooler.  
Missoni for Target Dress

I got the next dress also about five years ago at Banana Republic. I wish it was a bit longer. It’s also cut very low in the back and not work-appropriate without something on top. I feel the outfit is okay, but it’s not my favorite.  
Striped Banana Republic Dress
 
The next outfit shows why it’s a good idea to plan (and actually try on!) outfits ahead of time. I bought the blue dress in Germany in the summer, and I really like it by itself. In my head, it looked great with my Chanel-inspired blue/white jacket from Banana Republic, but in reality it looks way too matronly. Talk about instantly looking OLDER. While the jacket works great with jeans, heels, and a white shirt, it just doesn’t work with the dress! It adds weird volume around the middle and looks frumpy. Even the red necklace couldn’t help that outfit! 
What Not to Wear
I therefore thought about what to pair it with instead and chose a bright pop of color and some heels. The bright yellow cardigan is an unusual choice for this time of year and brighter than what I usually wear, but I like the result much better than my first idea.
Yellow Cardigan
I got the last dress when a Macy’s near us closed a few months ago. It’s Calvin Klein and was $18. I really like that outfit, and I can see myself wearing it a lot in the next months with boots and and a jacket on top.

Calvin Klein Dress

Questions: Do you plan your outfits? Any outfit fails you’d like to share? What’s your favorite piece of clothing at the moment? 

Be well,
Andrea

16 comments:

  1. I wholeheartedly agree with your outfit assessment. My favourite is the first dress.

    I am a big planner for outfits. When I travel I know exactly what I'm going to wear. I used to take photos of the outfit together so it was even easier to pull out of the suitcase.

    My favourite piece of clothing changes almost daily. Today I think it'll be a leather jacket since it is quite cool outside.

    bisous
    Suzanne

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    1. Thanks, Suzanne!

      Taking photos of the outfits in your suitcase is a great idea. Too often I don't plan everything out the way I should when I'm traveling (and often bring too much I never end up wearing because it doesn't really work...).

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  2. I love the Banana Republic dress!

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  3. I agree that the jacket is just too old looking - I am pretty sure we are the same age too :D

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  4. I love all of your necklaces! you have some awesome pieces.

    https://forsevenseasons.wordpress.com

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    1. Thanks, Alecz!

      You have the best statement necklaces, so I really appreciate it! :-)

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  5. You have the cutest dresses! I wear dresses a lot in the summer but can't bring myself to wear them in the winter. The blue one definitely looks better with the yellow cardi!

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    1. Thanks, Stacie. The funny thing is that I'm normally not a "dress person," but I guess I wanted to wear them all before it gets too cold (even though I can wear many of them for quite some time here.)

      And, yes, the blue dress with the blue/white jacket was a nightmare...

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  6. I love the first dress and all your necklaces are very pretty.
    Nora
    www.jacketsociety.com

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  7. I wish I was more of a planner when it came to my outfits - such a great idea. You look lovely in dresses. My favorite is the first one with tights.

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    1. Thanks, Lana! Planning makes such a difference! Now I just hope I'll stick with it long-term... :-)

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  8. You had some lovely dress outfits! I think the first one is my favourite, glad you held onto the dress as it's so nice on you! :)

    Away From The Blue Blog

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    1. Thanks, Mica! Yes, I'm glad I kept it - I was soooo close to getting rid of it several times...

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