Tastefully Trendy

A life and fashion blog by Sarah Beth

Ode to the Woman in Dillard’s

I like a lot of things about this outfit, but before we get to all that, can we please talk about how tan I look in this picture? It’s an optical illusion, but it goes well with the summery vibe of the look, and for that, I’m grateful.

So, these perfect, neon pink, Jessica Simpson heels were a recent purchase from Dillard’s on extreme clearance (and tax free, which in Tennessee is a significant savings) – I think I paid $22. And when I say perfect, I mean perfect. Seriously, look at them! (editor’s note: I’m a little disappointed with how the color appears in this picture. The shoes are really a true pink, rather than the coral they seem to be here.) 

Of course, neon shoes kinda dictate the rest of the outfit, so I started at my feet and worked up. When I was trying these on, a woman in front of me was giving me all kinds of styling ideas for them – and they were bold ideas, not the obvious little black dress suggestion. I was super impressed with her vision. One of her thoughts was a bright blue, which of course I loved. So, to the woman in Dilliard’s, thank you for today’s outfit inspiration. And don’t sell yourself short – you could totally pull these off!

1 - blue shirt pink pants and shoesMy pants are a narrow pink and white stripe, which is hard to see in this picture. I’m glad wide-leg cuts are back, because they’re very flattering, especially with leg-lenthening heels like these. I mean, my 5’3″ build looks like I have legs for days!

What is the boldest pair of shoes you own? Do you wear them often, and how do you most like to style them?

Twofer Tuesday: The Kimono

One of my favorite pieces in my closet right now is my multi-colored kimono. There are certain types of clothing I’m very particular about: maxi dresses, yoga pants, floral rompers… I’m picky about patterns and color combinations – and about looking too generic. Kimonos are another one of those items. Despite how trendy they are, I only own one because I’ve only ever seen one I thought was worthy of purchase. But, what a good purchase it was!

Below I’ve styled it two different ways. The first is a business casual look, appropriate for most offices, I’d say. The second is an outfit I wore to church which was decidedly inappropriate…but, I wear a long, shapeless green choir robe on Sunday mornings, so I push the envelope with what goes underneath.
1 - kimono, orange pants
1 - kimono and black skirtAlso, in that 2nd picture, I was operating on VERY little sleep…I will forever be grateful for the creating of make-up [praise hands emoji].

How do you feel about kimonos? Would you wear one this bold? What’s your favorite way to style them? I’d love to hear your ideas!

Chantilly Lace

Sometimes I wear things only because I like them and haven’t worn them in a while. That was the case with this skirt. I tend to overlook it because it’s dressier than my office typically is. But, on this day, I decided to bring it out and toned it down with a pink and white striped button down and wedges. Or so I thought. My boss asked me why I was all dressed up, and I’m not sure she believed me when I said it was just because I hadn’t worn this skirt in a while. But really, that was it. Maybe I should work on not dressing so casually at work so this doesn’t seem so out of the ordinary.
1 - pink bouse, lace skirtHave a great weekend, y’all! Wear lace, wear wedges, wear something fun and tell me about it!

Plain White T’s

I’m seldom accused of being simple, at least when it comes to my clothes. I just wouldn’t have any fun if I had a go-to uniform (no judgment if that’s you – it’s certainly easier! It’s just not me). But…every now and then I get the urge to just strip things down to a t-shirt and jeans. Of course, I pair that with bright red lipstick and shoes with cherries on them. It’s the best I can do.

And that’s about all I have to say about this look. So, maybe simple isn’t so bad!
1 - simple tee and jeans

Twofer Tuesday: Little White Dress

Since it’s been a while, I thought I’d do a Twofer Tuesday! For a long time, I didn’t have enough outfits on reserve to spare two in one post, but I’m doing pretty well in catching up.

Y’all know I’ve been trying to give new life to my dresses, and mixing and matching is my favorite thing ever. I take very great pride in my skills, as evidenced in these two takes on a standard (off)white summer dress.

In look one, I took a classic chambray blouse, tied it at the waist (because that’s back in now, btw), and added my favorite boho earrings. Since I was going to work and not a music festival, I put on some pumps, but over all, the feel is very casual chic.

1 -chambray and cream Next, I’m a little obsessed with this yellow sweater. I got it on clearance at Target and it had a hole in it. So, I made my mom sew it up, and it will probably be worn until it’s threadbare. Because it’s PERFECT!!! Add in some pink accessories, because you know I like looking like an Easter egg, and I have a new favorite look.

1 - yellow dress, pink beltWhich look do you prefer? Either for me, or for yourself, if the answer is different. Have you started tying your shirts at your waist again yet, or are you not quite ready to re-embrace that look? I’d love to hear your thoughts!

Inspiration in Various Forms

On Monday, I promised another creative take on one of my dresses. I love dresses, but I have a hard time hanging on to them for long, because they are what they are – meaning, you can’t mix and match much. So, I tend to get tired of them pretty quickly.

But, the past few weeks, I’ve tried mixing things up a little by adding cardigans and belting them for a new look. Last week, I got even crazier and layered a lace top over one of my dresses – and I LOVED IT!!!! Seriously, it might be my favorite creation in a long time, and judging by the comments I got that day, I’d say others liked it, too.

1 - black and yellowThe trick to layering, of course, is necklines and sleeves. If the neck were too low or high – or a V-neck – it wouldn’t work. Likewise, if this dress had sleeves showing through the lace, it would be weird. But the fashion muses were on my side this time, and everything matched up perfectly.

Usually when I wear this top, I wear a black cami under it, so the uneven lace edge is completely lost. The yellow background really highlighted it and showed off the pretty detailing. My flower shoes added just the right touch to tie everything together.

True story: it was raining when I was picking out my clothes this morning. If you’ve been following my blog for any length of time, you know that I like to wear black when it rains – and pretty much only then. So, I started out my clothes-choosing process I intended to wear black, and this was the best I could do. I just can’t help myself with bright colors!

But, more importantly, way back in 2013 when I first started talking about wearing black in rainy weather, I said it sounded like it should be a song – and my friend Sage wrote one! It was one of the coolest moments for me as a blogger, but even more amazing, her band, Twisted Tapestry, now has an EP out, and you can buy “Only Wear Black” wherever fine music is sold. And you should – support local music!

Patriots and Politics

Y’all know I’m super patriotic, but this election is really stressing me out. More than perhaps any other (in my lifetime, anyway), I think there are really huge implications of this election, and as a non-fan of any of the candidates (including 3rd party), I am a little overwhelmed. Facebook’s non-stop political barrage does not help.

So, like the good ostrich that I am, I bury my head in the sand a little, and just pray – that I know who I should vote for, and that God has mercy on us all.

And, I wear flag cardigans, because i just can’t help myself. I actually wore this after Hillary’s speech at the DNC, which was accidental on my part, but not lost on some of my colleagues. I promise I was making no statement, except that last week’s belted-sweater over a dress look was so popular, I thought I’d try it again.

1 - patriotic polka dotsThis sweater does hang a little weird on me – it makes my shoulders look quite broad and boxy. But, it was $3, and I always get compliments on it, so I endure. And, I got a little bold with my pattern mixing here, but it works because the navy’s match and the motifs are both Americana-esque.

On Wednesday, I have another unique spin on one of my dresses that I’m excited to show you. I promised creativity, and I’m trying my best to live up to that!

Don’t DIY

First of all, I’m kinda obsessed with these cropped orange/tomato red/I-don’t-actually-know-what-to-call-this-color pants of mine. You can’t really wear orange pants every day because people would notice, but it’s quite tempting.

Second, I love the scallop detailing on this blouse. It’s one of my yard sale finds from a few weeks ago, that I’m pretty sure I paid $2 for. Worth it.

However, whether it was because the top was previously worn, or whether it’s just cheap, or whether my washing machine eats buttons, I’m not sure…but, for whatever reason, the buttons on the back of the blouse (there are about 4 from the neck to mid-back) have popped off. Because I’m not very domestic and sewing takes a long time, I fixed them with safety pins and glue. That was fine until I went to my chiropractor and he made fun of me (I didn’t realize you could tell my shoddy DIY job when I was lying down. Standing up it was fine, I swear!). So…I guess that’ll teach me to cut corners.

I also learned that day not to ask out your chiropractor, but that’s a story for another time.

1 - orange cropped pants, scalloped topSorry my hair is in my face in this picture. I had another where I looked a little less like a 1930s pin-up girl, but my lipstick in this picture is so on-point! It is straight-up orange lipstick that I bought because it was on clearance at Target and I’m a sucker. But, I actually really love it!

Have you ever had a DIY job go terribly wrong – or terribly right? What are your biggest victories and failures, fashion or otherwise? I’d love to hear your stories! Have a great weekend, everyone!

Sweaters in Summer

I’ve been into this whole “not-washing-your-hair-too-often”, thing. They say it’s better for your hair (not sure why, but “they” say it, which is good enough for me), and I think it probably helps my color last a little longer. Also, hashtag lazy.

But, now and then I stretch it a little too long… even the headband isn’t helping hide my poor decisions today. Oh well.

I can’t tell you what prompted this outfit inspiration, except to say that the dress isn’t work appropriate without a sweater (too much shoulder), so I went trolling my closet for something that wouldn’t look frumpy, and I kinda love the long-cardigan-over-a-dress look. I don’t think I’ve ever tried it before, but this one is a winner!
1 - white dress gray sweaterHow do you style long sweaters, or are you not into that trend? What do you think of them over the dress? I’m really into it, but also open to differing opinions. Let’s talk sweaters in summer!

Bathed in Light

I’m having some photography issues guys (because, really, when am I not). I have been trying to be better about taking pictures of my outfits before I leave for work – you know, when I look fresh and have makeup on, instead of bedraggled and work-weary. But, the light and the heat are so harsh right now that as soon as I step outside, my lens completely fogs up, and I get pictures like this:

DSC_3783Flattering soft-focus sure, but not very conducive to actually showing my outfits.

So, if there are a lot more pictures in front of my much less picturesque front door over the next month or two, please don’t hold it against me. Fall will be here before we know it.

1 - maxi and lace topI think this look is pretty straightforward, so I won’t add much. But the maxi is one that I always forget about/am not in the mood to wear, but whenever I do, it’s SO COMFORTABLE. Seriously, it’s like I’m wearing sweats, but cute and office-appropriate.

What’s your most comfortable piece of clothing? Do you wear the life out of it, or like me, find it again and again as a pleasant surprise?

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