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Two-fer Tuesday: Jailhouse Stripes

It’s been a while since I’ve done a twofer Tuesday, but no time like the present!

I really like these jailhouse stripes (or maybe more accurately, train conductor – they’re probably too narrow for jailhouse). Regardless, I think these highwaisted, cropped striped jeans are the best.

However, I wasn’t sure about them when I bought them, because in the artificial light of the dressing room, they really played with your eyes. I mean, in general, I try to wear clothes that don’t make people want to look the other way.

In the natural light, though, they seem to be okay, so I think I’m good. Except the camera doesn’t love them, either…you might have to zoom in pretty close to get an accurate look. Oh well.

In this first look, I’m combining another one of my favorite spring trends – off-the-shoulder – with my cute pants and some flats that actually hurt my feet more than most of the heels I own, but they’re so cute and universally functional, that I keep them. I ran some errands on Saturday in this outfit, then popped on some black heels for dinner with a friend that night.

Oh, and let’s not forget to mention my pink lipstick; as much as I enjoyed the dark berrys and browns this winter, I’m seriously so happy bright is back in season!

Next up is another casual outfit (I did wear it to work, but in hindsight, it might have been TOO casual). Anyway, a simple soft turquoise tee (you’ll have to take my word for it being that color, I guess), with a black scarf (I don’t have a cat; that’s all just my hair…) and some silver accents to complete the look. Easy, but still put together. Scarves are helpful in that way.
So there you have it – the return of Twofer Tuesday, thanks to my new favorite cropped jeans.

Which of these looks would you rather wear? And what’s the verdict on these stripes – delightful or dizzying? Let’s talk!

Green is the New Black

There is a common misconception that wearing all black is universally flattering and slimming.  This is a lie.

While dark colors do often hide imperfections and give the illusion of being thinner, assuming that the more black you wear, the more slim you look is incorrect.

Take exhibit A: the outfit below.  When I first tried it on, I had a black top underneath the blazer; I thought the pink was enough color for this particular day.  However, I am short waisted, so I don’t look very good if things hit me too high, like the jacket does.  Although the black shirt was longer than the jacket, because it blended in with the pants, the overall impression was that I was cut off at the end of the jacket.  I looked squished, frumpy, and therefore heavier.

By switching out black for a color that stood out – in this case, green – I was able to extend my torso visually, which overall made me appear taller and therefore thinner.  With this outfit on me, black was very much not more flattering or slimming.

(BTW, the pinstripe in these pants is actually red, but against the hot pink, you can’t tell.  That’s a trick I often use to expand my mix and match options.  The smaller the print, the more subtle the color and the more easily it can be swayed by whatever is against it.)

Winter Wonderland – the Remix

Yesterday, I showed you one look with my favorite could-be-mistaken-for-pajama-pants-but-they’re-not winter white pants.

Today, here they are again, reinvented. 

I really expected to get a lot more compliments on this outfit than I did, I’ll be honest.  It’s one of my favorites.  And usually, these shoes are the world’s favorites.  Maybe everyone was just busy that day.

Regardless, navy and coral is another one of my favorite color combos – it’s like a refreshing nautical twist.  I accessorized with gold again, including one of my favorite necklaces, an inexpensive find at Francesca’s Boutique.  The tank top is from H&M and the pinstripe blazer is high quality, so that probably means it was a gift from my mom. 

In my job, everyone dresses very professionally – usually in dark suits.  I hate dark suits.  This is a good alternative for those days when you do need to be professional but don’t need to look like you’re going to a funeral.  It’s also a great way to transition into spring, and as someone who is continually reminding herself that the groundhog did not see his shadow, I welcome any hints of spring, even if they are self-produced.

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