Outfit Post: 12/16/15

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Dress: Thrifted (no label) — Sweatervest: Thrifted (Mix It) — Thigh-highs: Sock Dreams (Extraordinarily Longer Striped Thigh Highs in Plum/Black) — Boots: Macy’s — Ring: Asian Art Museum — Earrings: Gift

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Re-confirmed: taking indoor night pictures without a fancy lighting setup = not a great idea. It was worth a try, though! My erstwhile blogging companion and said companion’s spouse have been visiting and it’d be a little rude to ask them to move their guest mattress at 7:40am from my picture-taking region, don’t you think?

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Unrelated: Evidently, I repeat myself. And I thought this outfit was so original!

Outfit Post: 12/19/14

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Dress: Thrifted (Laura Ashley) — Sweatervest: Thrifted (Mix It) — Button-front: Thrifted (Penguin) — OTKs: Sock Dreams (Solid Over the Knee Stockings in Black) — Boots: Thrifted — Earrings: Hand-me-down

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Sometimes you don’t do laundry for a couple days, or a couple weeks, and getting dressed every morning turns into an adventure.

(By “you” I mean me, of course.)

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A lot of my desperate experiments are kind of wonky or not especially noteworthy, but I’m actually kind of delighted by how this combination turned out. Nobody at work said anything, but it tested very well with a small selection of people on the internet, so I’m gonna call it a victory.

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Three days later, most of the laundry is clean again, which leads us to the next challenge: ironing. As a wise and pale man once said, what am I, a triathlete here?

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Furthermore: work, work, work, work, work.

Outfit Post: 11/19/14

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Button-front: Leah’s free pile (Old Navy) — Sweatervest: Thrifted (Heart & Soul) — Skirt: Thrifted (Extyn) — Tights: Leah’s free pile — Boots: Macy’s — Earrings: Hand-me-down — Ring: Shop in Hallstatt, Austria

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I’m a little disappointed in myself for not wearing a patterned button-front shirt to go along with the rest of this outfit.

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Actually, I think that this white one is the only button-front shirt I still own at this point. The rest of them had to move onto a better life because they weren’t doing it for me, comfort-wise.

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Where do people get really comfortable button-front shirts? Does it actually happen or is it a government conspiracy?

Outfit Post: 1/10/14

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Button-front: Leah’s free pile — Sweatervest, skirt, and boots: Thrifted — Tights and ring: Target — Earrings: The Wood Merchant

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Last Friday I just wanted to smack life in the face with my outfit.

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I think I succeeded, don’t you?

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This sweatervest needs to be shaved a bit, but it goes well with my wonky skirt anyway.

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What do you wear when you want to be, not just visible, but VISIBLE?

Outfit Post: 12/5/13

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Dress: Gift — Sweatervest and boots: Thrifted — Scarf: Fab.com (Practical Impact) — Footless tights: Leah’s free pile — Earrings: Hand-me-down

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I don’t know why I tend to forget about this wrap dress; I think it’s that mentally, I tend to file it under “formal clothes,” but really it’s formalish at most, and is not all that hard to style for the average workday.

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For example: slap it together with some other neutral patterns and go on your merry way!

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Well, not you. It’s my dress and it’s so stretchy and comfortable that I’m not about to let you have it, although I might let you borrow it if you ask nice.

Outfit Post: 2/22/13

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Turtleneck and tights: Target — Sweatervest: Thrifted [shirt-bits cut out by me] — Skirt and flats: Goodwill — Earrings: Gift from Katie!

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Thanks to the recent combination of Chelsea’s sweatervest love and Gracey’s zigzag love on my Google Reader, it was basically compulsory for me to wear my good old zigzag sweatervest last Friday. Thankfully, all the layers were lightweight enough that I wasn’t sweltering by the middle of the day. (It’s going to be 68F this afternoon! Almost jort weather.)

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It wasn’t until I was taking pictures that I realized that this tissue-tee turtleneck from Target (5 points in the alliteration jar!) was nearly the same shape and color as the shirt I wore the day before, aside from obvious neckline differences. I don’t think anybody noticed, though, so I wasn’t stoned to death in the town square or anything. I don’t think our town even has a square.

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I have also been meaning to show you guys my new and slightly-improved jewelry storage situation. You may remember that it was previously a big jumble at the top of my chest of drawers, but no more! I picked up a cheap corkboard last time we were at IKEA and used it to hang up all my necklaces, since they tended to get tangled and suffer the most in the dogpile. It’s still not perfect (maybe I should get a second corkboard) but now I can at least see everything I’ve got and it all stays more or less tangle-free.

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This has allowed me to free up the top of the chest of drawers for rings and bracelets–and if I ever think I need more jewelry, may this serve as a reminder that I already have plenty.

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The earring situation has pretty much remained the same, although I gave it all a good sorting to weed out that which is no longer my style.

Have you had any good storage innovations lately?

Outfit Post: 1/2/13

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Button-front, sweatervest, and pants: Thrifted — Oxfords: Payless — Ring: Monterey Bay Aquarium — Earrings: Hand-me-down

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Well, I followed through with my threat and cut all the attached faux-layered shirt-parts off of this sweatervest! I’m so glad I did, it’s infinitely more remixable now that I can wear it with long-sleeved shirts. I threw this outfit together as a sort of menswear business-casual look, although altogether (and especially with the little hair flip) I feel like it turned out more Eccentric Cartoon Boy Genius than anything. Not that that’s a bad thing…

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I originally meant to wear my red slacks, but they had a Mystery Stain when I pulled them out of the drawer so they had to tag in the brown pinstriped ones for a last-minute save. These pants are mega-comfortable and I like them in theory, but they rarely seem to photograph well, and I feel like I have to have the rest of my outfit game extra-together when I wear them so I don’t look shlumpy in pictures. Maybe that’s just my brain, though! They certainly don’t look bad here.

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If you’re a blogger, have you felt internal or external pressure to empty your closet of items that wear well but don’t photograph so great?

Outfit Post: 12/14/12

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Dress, sweatervest, and boots: Thrifted — Tights: Spanx — Necklace: Erica Weiner — Earrings: Gift

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Hey, everybody! I hope you had a lovely weekend, and spent some time with your family if possible–whatever “family” may mean to you. My dad’s birthday was yesterday, and since we’re 1,150 miles apart at the moment, I’ve been sending him links, videos, and lots of love (well, and a phone message, since his phone system is kind of complicated and he can’t actually pick up when I call). He was an elementary school teacher for twenty-something years, and there was a gun scare when I was in his class in 5th grade, so I know we’re thinking and feeling a lot of the same things about what happened on Friday. A family member of mine is also in the hospital right now, so my mind drifts inevitably back towards loved ones, you know?

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Anyway–this outfit is what came up as a result of me trying to think of creative ways to style this dress for work. It’s got a weird cross-back, and this time I didn’t feel like showing it off over a bright button-front or something, so with some creative layering I got a handle on things, and I don’t think I even looked too funereal.

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I have to remind myself to brush the crumbs off next time, though.

Outfit Post: 11/29/12

Sweatervest and boots: Thrifted — Skirt: Gift — Hat: Macy’s — Leggings: Leah’s free pile — Pendant: Hand-me-down — Bangle: Solano Stroll

Recently, I gave away most of my sweaters and sweatervests with attached lapels and cuffs (you know the kind). They were all still in pretty good condition, but I’ve realized recently that I just don’t find them remixable enough for my wardrobe. I’d really like a nice selection of sweaters, sweatervests, and button-front shirts to swap in and out with each other, but I have a hard time layering them without looking extremely lumpy and annoyed, which is where the faux-layered shirts entered my wardrobe in the first place.

Someday I’ll figure this layering thing out for myself (tailoring is probably the answer, right?), but for now I’ll hang onto this one, because the pattern is just so much fun. I’m tempted to cut off all the non-sweater bits, though, because they’re super thin and wrinkle so easily.

Do you like the preppy layered look? Do you achieve it with pre-layered clothing, or do you have tricks for getting everything to lay smoothly?