Boots and Skirt and Boots and Skirt and Boots and Skirt…

One of my friends taught me the secret to beat-boxing: Just say “Boots and Cats” over and over. It sounds ridiculous, but I dare you to try it. Go ahead. Try.

So, if Boots and Cats works, Boots and Skirt can work, too, right? I don’t know. Seeing as there’s really not a non-silly way to beat-box, might as well go with it.

Today I did that thing were I got tired of wearing jeans and was determined to wear a skirt, regardless of what the weather did. Lucky for me, it turned out to rain all day. Awesome.

Proof that I took this first thing today: If you look closely, you can totally see my retainer. Awkward.

Wearing white tights on a rainy day was not a good call, but the outfit worked, for the most part. I picked this sweater up on clearance at Target a few months ago, and I love it — it’s super soft, and it’s a great dress-up, dress-down piece. I like wearing it like this for college, but I can see myself someday attempting to wear it with a pair of brown slacks for a job. I really want a light blue collared shirt to wear under it, but the tank works for now.

What do you guys do on days when you just don’t want to wear pants, but the weather isn’t quite cooperating? I have to figure something out — I’m predicting a rainy spring here because we’ve had such a mild winter. Missouri weather is always a challenge. Cheers.


Defeated by a false alarm

When I started the No Pants Challenge, I did so with the caveat of “I am only doing this as long as it is practical — I am not wearing dresses in storms.” Because we were predicted to have thunderstorms and maybe a tornado today, I spent the whole day in pants. So disappointing! I didn’t even make it for a week. And it never rained! It was windy and the temperature dropped a lot, but rain never happened.

I always want to coordinate to my rainboots, so I went with a simple black/white/gray scheme. Nothing exciting, but it gets the job done. Also, how terribly stumpy do my legs look with these rainboots? There has to be a better way.

I got lost wandering around new parts of town today and ended up walking 4.5+ miles in my rainboots, up and down hills and whatnot in 70+ degree weather. At least I got my exercise, right?

Every day, I find  new pretty places for backpack tripod and I to set up camp and get some pics. I feel like a lot of them end up more focused on the setting than on me, but I’m cool with that. If you’re going to look at my boring outfits, you might as well get to see a nice creek, too.

Cardigan and boots: Target. Jeans: Old Navy. Tank: Kohl’s.

LBD — With Rainboots.

As I said yesterday, today is day 1 of my friend’s No Pants Challenge. The rules, should you decide you want to join in:

  1. No pants. No jeans, slacks, whatever. If they’re kind of pants, don’t wear them.
  2. Leggings are not pants; therefore, leggings are okay. Shorts are not pants, either, so they’re fine too. Just no more than 3 times a week.
  3. If you have to run or play sports or other shorts/pants-mandating activities, fine, wear them, but wear them while you need them, then put a dress on!

It officially begins today, April 15, and goes to the end of our school year, May 13. Let’s see how long I can make it!

Of course, the challenge began on a day when there was rain in the forecast. I kind of whined about this — “Can’t we make an exception so I can wear skinny jeans and boots when it rains?” — but I was told to “Be a woman and wear a dress.” So.

Fortunately, I have a causal dress that matches my rainboots! I added a pair of black knee-hi socks (wasn’t in the mood for tights, but I wanted something else showing above the boots), and a gold necklace and bangles to dress it up for work, and I think the end result is pretty decent.

Not the cutest thing in the world, I know, but it could have been worse, too (I could have given up and worn pants!). How do you go pantsless on rainy days? What can I do next time?

Also: I worked my ‘tour guide’ job at school today, and one of the dads on the tour told me my boots were “awesome.” Love it.

Dress and bangles: Forever 21. Necklace, boots and socks: Target.

Raining on my first-day parade

Doesn’t it make perfect sense that the day I start blogging about what I wear, it rains? Rainy days are always interesting because I dress differently from how I do on normal days. Why? Rain boots.

I’m never sure if you’re supposed to coordinate to your rain boots or not. It’s not like you have multiple pairs to wear with whatever outfit, so do you have to make your outfit match the pair you have? Last year, I had black and white boots with a pink lining, so every time it rained I wore the same pink hoodie (and, if it rained two days in a row, the same pink cardigan).

This year, I have an awesome black and white hounds tooth pair. I love them for several reasons, mostly because they match my hounds tooth umbrella, but also because black and white is normally easy to coordinate. Wear a black cardigan with any shirt and you’re set.

I wasn’t feeling the black cardigan today, though. I wanted to wear something different, so I abandoned the whole matchy thing and just got dressed. So rebellious, right?

I love, love, love my blue-and-red striped Forever 21 cardigan. I have a serious weakness for fancy, British-inspired buttons, so when I saw it a few years ago I couldn’t pass it up. I normally pair it with a white shirt, but went I stuck with a red, lace-trimmed cami I got from Aerie a few years ago. With shiny buttons and red lace, I tried to keep the rest pretty basic: skinny jeans, simple gold necklace, small gold hoop earrings. Rain means minimal hair effort — I just tossed on a headband.

One of my favorite tricks I’ve picked up from in the past few months is wearing tall socks over your jeans when wearing boots. It’s simple and cheap — my socks are one of the pairs of Wal-Mart men’s socks that I usually wear for marching band — but it instantly makes the skinny jeans/rain boots combo look far more put-together.

And, finally, because you can’t survive a rainy day without one: My rain coat. I saw this at Forever 21 over Christmas break last year and love it, but I didn’t buy it because I’m normally a practical shopper, and this was not a practical item. In fact, it’s a lot of things that I normally don’t go for. It’s green, a color I hardly wear; it’s “flouncy,” which I try to avoid; it’s long, which sometimes fits my short frame awkwardly. But it was still in the store when I went back over Spring Break, and I finally caved. A year later, I’m so glad I bought it —everyone compliments me on it, and I walk a little taller wearing it because I think it looks great.

So, question time. Coordinating with your rain boots: Necessary or Unnecessary? Does my houndstooth/stripe thing look like a disaster, or can I claim I’m just trying to follow the mixed prints trend? What outfits do you run for when precipitation’s in the forecast?