During the month of September, I’m doing another style challenge on Instagram. I like these for a few reasons:
- They challenge/direct my outfit picking every day.
- They allow me to gain more followers/friends.
- The potential prizes are awesome…
So, if you don’t already follow me on IG, feel free to do so now. I’d love to connect with you @tastefullytrendysb!
My goal is to stay about a day ahead of the prompts with my blogs…then I can post on instagram with the intention of driving people back to my blog. I know it won’t totally work as I’d planned, but I’m going to try it, anyway.
The prompt for September 1 is Burgundy and Blush. We’re free to interpret these prompts however we’d like, but I took this one quite literally, by combining my burgundy harem pants with a pink and white striped blouse and pink pumps.
I like the tailored look of the blouse with the more free-spirited pants. The shoes help give me height (so much blousy-ness could look quite frumpy on my short frame if I didn’t throw in some illusion), and also keep the look more on the professional than whimsical side. Color-blocking from a years ago has been giving way over the past year or two to a more mono-chromatic look, so this outfit is more in line with that trend.
What do you think of the monochromatic look – mine specifically, or the trend generally? Do you miss color-blocking or appreciate the simplicity of sticking with one color? Have you ever done a style (or similar) challenge on Instagram? If not, want to join me – or just follow along? Let’s talk!
This week’s two-fer Tuesday feature my favorite mint green tee, paired with a couple different scarves…and an awkward story.
First, the maxi skirt outfit.
This one is pretty straightforward. I love mint and gold together, so it was fun to bring out the metallic sheen in my maxi. And the pretty scarf was a birthday gift, originating from Francesca’s. I love that store.
Now, for the genie pants. As you might guess, this is where the awkward story comes in:
I honestly really love these pants, but I could see how they could be an acquired taste. So, when a girl on the street said, “It takes a special person to pull off those pants”, my first instinct was to thank her. But, as the words were about to come out of my mouth, I realized she might be insulting me, and I stopped mid-sentence. I think she also realized how it could have sounded, though, as she quickly followed up with, “You look great!” I could tell she was sincere, but in case I wasn’t sure, the guy with her told me I looked beautiful, which then led to all of us talking at the same time, everyone assuring everyone else there was no offense…as we’re all crossing different streets. It was a social interaction disaster. But, they really are great pants. I think.
What do you think? Does it, in fact, take a special person to pull off harem pants, or do just not enough people try? Would you be more comfortable in look A or B? And, maybe most importantly, how do you handle awkward interactions? I may need some lessons!
Last week, I mentioned that I was going to have to throw some green outfit together for St. Patrick’s Day, since I’d left my green pants at the dry cleaner. But, I just couldn’t do it. Once I get an outfit idea in my head, it’s really hard for me to let go of it. So, I got ready, threw on some jeans, drove through the dry cleaner, and changed at work. No one was the wiser. A girl’s gotta do what a girl’s gotta do.
I’ve probably mentioned to you how sometimes my outfits look better in real life than on camera. I really can’t figure out what to attribute this to, other than my poor photography skills. Regardless, this is one of those cases. I didn’t want to skip showing you, as I often do with poorly photographed outfits, because it’s a holiday outfit, and I love holiday outfits! Plus, my nails were done for the occasion, and that is so seldom the case.
So, appreciate the awesomeness that is my green pants, and don’t dwell too much on the rest. But do please tell me about your holiday celebrations – did you remember to wear green (I reminded you, so really, no excuses…). Did you drink green beer or eat corned beef and cabbage (that’s what people eat, right?) Let’s talk!
Oh, and if you were really upset about not seeing a good picture of my shoes on Monday (or about seeing my dirty car rug), here’s another chance. Same shoes.
Sorry for going MIA on you guys this past week. I went on a spontaneous trip to Virginia Beach, and my soul needed it. I feel more like myself now than I have in months; maybe my clothes and writing will reflect that.
I love my little genie pants. They’re not quite harem pants – they don’t completely balloon at the hips. But, they are tapered at the ankles and the perfect amount of looseness; so I consider them genie pants. And they’re super comfortable.
I don’t always love things tucked-in on me. Due to my very short-waist and a strong desire to mask my midsection at all times (everyone has insecurities), I prefer longer layers, usually hitting me about hip-level. However, that length changes the shape of the pants – or at least hides it. Since the shape is most of these pants’ charm, I chose to take one for the team and tuck in my tank. At least the long pearls give an illusion of length. Let me know if you’re fooled.
I love dressing up for a Christmas Eve service (even if this year I was tired and feeling uninspired). Of course, society is such that I’m now usually in the minority of those not wearing jeans, but that’s never stopped me before.
I had the added chore this year of having to pick from the clothes I’d haphazardly thrown into a suitcase while moving AND trying to match my brother so we could take a picture together (more on that on Monday).
Neither was an easy task, but after only two trips to my loaded-up car to look for things I’d actually already brought into the house, I managed to put together the festive look you see above. Not too shabby, eh?
A special acknowledgement is due to the beautiful bracelet I’m wearing – a going-away gift from a dear friend in Virginia.
Do you dress up for Christmas Eve? What did you wear, and what is your tradition for the night before Christmas?
- Blouse: Granny
- Pants: Target
- Shoes: Ross
- Bracelet: Macy’s
- Scarf: gift
- Pearl Earrings – my mom’s dresser
We didn’t think it would ever happen, but it has. The era of MC Hammer pants, once thought buried so deep only a few poorly dressed paleontologists could find it, has now returned. Fortunately, this version of the pant has evolved to a bit slimmer look. A bit.
Let me preface this post by saying, if you are hippy, don’t wear these pants. There’s nothing wrong with being hippy – hips are great for things like a coveted hour glass figure. They’re not great for pants with extra volume at the top and a tapered leg.
If you don’t have hips, though, these pants are a fun, and super comfortable (seriously, I felt like I was wearing pajama pants all day) addition to your wardrobe. To keep them from looking like pajama pants, I wore heels and a blazer. And, to minimize the volume at the top of the pants, I chose a blazer that hit mid-hip and broke up the lines. I’m not quite bold enough for the full-on genie look.
I know this will be a short-lived trend – if for no other reason, because most of the population can’t wear them. But, I fully intend on wearing this look out until it’s no longer socially acceptable.
Harem pants: Target
Sequin Tank: Wet Seal
Earrings: a gift from my sweet friend Bonnie. Theyr’e so pretty.
Bracelets: Boston boutique