This is the outfit that I picked out for work today. I tried a few different combinations, but this is what I ended up with and I felt really comfortable and really liked the look. I wore this all day today for work and had my husband take a few pictures after I got home and I took a couple either in the mirror or using my cell phone's self timer. Sorry about the quality of the pictures, as I see now that they aren't so hot. Next time I'll use my good camera.
Let's break down the outfit into the pieces, and then I'll share what I liked and didn't like about this ensemble.
Pieces:1. Faux denim look chambrayish button down shirt - Walmart
2. Black cardigan - Target
3. Skinny leopard print belt - Ross (originally posted here)
4. khaki pants - Target
5. black flats - Bass
1. I love the fit and color of this button down top from Walmart. It's comfortable, doesn't need a ton of ironing, and the fit is flattering on me.
|The color is most accurate in this picture.|
3. The colors are all pretty neutral and muted, yet they still somehow felt special together. It was all in the way the brown and black worked together in the belt.
4. The shoes are cute but really comfortable! Work shoes are something I'm willing to invest in, since as a teacher, I'm on my feet all day. These flats fit the bill and I got them on sale too.
5. This outfit could easily be changed up for different occasions. Wear a skirt and some heels or sandals for a dressier look. It dawned on me that I could have even worn the outfit this weekend for my date night! Just put a camisole underneath with a few buttons undone at the top and maybe change up the pants to a skinny jean with boots.
Overall, I felt comfortable and chic and I got several compliments from students that I looked "stylish" today. Yet the pieces are so basic and totally the sort of thing I would already have in my wardrobe.
1. After seeing the fit of these pants in pictures, I see how awful they look on me! These pants are left over from my heavier days and I thought they still looked okay but now I see they look baggy, saggy, and too big on me. While the color is okay, I could really use a pair of pants that fits better. Maybe something with a wide leg that would make my legs look longer and leaner instead of making them look wider at the hips. I am petite at only 4'11" tall but I definitely have some curvy hips and these pants do me no justice. By the way, Stacy London taught me to dislike the pants for this, not my body. This whole fashion adventure is about the clothes, not my body, as it should be for all women.
In summary, I love the outfit but definitely think it's time for some new pants! Also, if you aren't sure about if you should keep that article of clothing during your closet purge, snap some pictures of it to get a more realistic idea of what it really looks like on you. I swear these pants didn't look nearly so bad in the mirror as they do in photos and therefore, real life. I think I'm going to find this true with lots of my pants!