My Style Challenge was born from a bit of overwhelm. When I look in my closet, I have lots of clothes and shoes (I think I may have a problem) but I tend to wear the same outfits in the same way, every time I wear them. So, I decided to challenge myself for the months of July and August to shop my closet and to wear pieces in different ways. I also wanted to wear a different outfit every day of the week. You can see my daily outfits in my Instagram stories.
I would say that my style is dressy casual with a bit of the unexpected. I like pops of color and I also enjoy monochromatic looks. As for color, I choose colors that flatter my skin tone. One thing I don’t do is dress by society’s norms. I wear jeans, short skirts, shorts, and sometimes there is cleavage and bare shoulders – oh my!
I thought I would post some of my favorite outfits from July and I linked the items or the store. This will be my first blog post of this type so I would appreciate any comments or suggestions that you have.
I am a huge fan of White House Black Market Outlet, Loft Outlet, Marshall’s, and Old Navy. My shoe preferences are Blowfish Malibu, Nine West and random brands that I find at Marshall’s. As much as I can I like to shop at the outlet stores.
So here are several looks that I wore in July. I picked my four favorites and I will tell you why.
Business Casual for the Office
Skirt – Loft Outlet
Top – Marshall’s
Jacket – Loft Outlet – the link takes you to the denim jacket. Stores have it in white!
Shoes – Target
This outfit made me feel stylish and a bit sassy. I purchased the top and shoes last year. The jacket and skirt were recent purchases from our beach trip.
I love how clothes can make you feel a certain way. This outfit made me feel very confident and was business casual appropriate for the office.
Another outfit that made me feel super sassy!
Dress – Old Navy
Jacket – Loft Outlet
Shoes – I opted out of shoes for this photo!
Friday Business Casual
Love the stripes and the ease of this dress. I have had it for two years and it still looks as good as the day I purchased it.
You will notice a theme in my outfits – always a jacket, sweater or some sort of cover-up. I freeze most of the time.
The jewelry in this photo is from the She Tris that I did in Charleston, South Carolina a few years back. Another outfit I wore to the office that is totally appropriate.
A trendy and stylish outfit
Wide Leg Pants – Loft Outlet
Top – White House Black Market
Cardigan – Loft Outlet
Shoes – GH Bass & Co from several years ago
I went shopping on my birthday and found these fabulous wide leg pants with a paperbag waist that ties and pockets. I was really unsure about the wide legs on me but what I found is that it balances me and I have one long, lean looking line. The cardigan is one of my favorites. I wear it with green and khaki or jeans. I love the neckline and detail on this one.
Casual Birthday Outfit
Shorts – Gloria Vanderbilt
Top – Old Navy
Kimono – Amazon
Shoes – GH Bass & Co.
Earrings – Modern Sage Designs on Etsy
So, the morning I woke up to my 57th birthday, I decided that I wanted to look nice for shopping at our local outlet mall. I had not even taken the tags off these shorts that I purchased last year at Costco.
The Kimono came from Amazon and the color was supposed to be gray but it is actually a pretty shade of lavender. I have several linked in my Amazon Store. I like how it paired with the shorts thanks to the shades of green in it. A white top is always appropriate in the summer humidity. And this one shows off the shoulders!
I am getting a lot out of this challenge. It’s fun to have my husband take my photo each day. He does it with a smile and always tells me I look great!
I hope you find something here that you like or that one of my outfits gives you an idea. Happy weekend ladies!
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