I actually really love to wear dresses and skirts. This last pregnancy had me fall in love again with dresses and I am snatching up clearance ones left and right! So my personal challenge was to try to wear a dress once a week other than Sunday, I’m doing pretty good so far!
Even when I’m not in a dress, the challenge is on my mind and I am trying to take time to dress up a little bit, be it a necklace or shoes or not wearing a ponytail everyday. It’s clearly needed, the very first week of the challenge I wore a dress. My husband came home and said “why do you look so pretty today?” Ugh, that was a wake up call!
So here are 2 of my “everyday outfits” (yes it’s May but Chicago is just now getting out of the 40’s):
Sorry, bad camera phone pic...I'm working on taking better pictures of myself too...THAT is out of my comfort zone!
The goofy hand gesture is to say, see! I wore my wedding rings! and a necklace!
Otherwise this is pretty typical, I'm nursing so I have to have, er um accessibility. I did put on nicer shoes.
Top: Old Navy Henley (clearance this spring)
Tank: Ann Taylor Loft (clearance last summer)
Jeans: Old Navy maternity from 2004-5
Shoes: Target (clearance, of course!)
and the ever present ponytail/messy bun.
Same story different colors...
Top: Henley from Target
Pants: Really old maternity, Old Navy 2004-5
Shoes: Target, two summers ago (should really throw out!)
and of course the ever present ponytail/messy bun.
Pretty and or flattering? Um...not really.
One of the tips Laura Bennett addresses in her book is finding your style. I currently think my style mostly screams tired mom. Bennett says:
"dressing well actually takes very little effort, but it makes a huge difference in the way I feel and the way others feel about me. It’s just as easy to pull on a simple dress or tailored trousers as it is to pull on a pair of tatty mom jeans”She goes on to discuss developing a uniform of simple stylish pieces that you rotate and wear. The first step is to choose a glamour/style icon, a “cinematic version of yourself”.
I think if I had to choose just one (or two) I would choose Jackie O. and Audrey Hepburn
So effortless classic? I lean more towards Jackie because she seems so attainable. A fashionable mom. I love this pic
Just beautiful, put together and classic.
I love it. I love Jeans too though, so maybe Jackie in Jeans? As long as they are not tattered maternity (see above) and are tailored and stylish? I think I can pull it off...maybe???
Well clearly not the taking a picture of myself part ;-)
Shirt: American Style- 3 summer's ago
Necklaces - vintage, thrifted last summer on vacation
Pants: Old Navy (got them on clearance last week!- clearly they need to be hemmed!)
How about you? Whose your style icon?
Just in case you need more incentive to join our challenge, we have a giveaway! One of you that links up will win this beautiful stylish purse from Julie Vision Designs:
So don’t forget, link up June 6. You can link up a blog post or a picture. You can add the pics to our Facebook pages or to the new Flickr group.