Remixing: School day to school board

Today was a difficult day to get dressed: I had to sit through a day of classes then attend a local school board meeting on a work assignment, all with an inch or so of snow on the ground and even more in the air. How to go from put-together casual to professional with minimal effort? My solution: A basic top and sweet accessories. Just a plain Forever 21 black turtleneck sweater, with a super pretty, multi-strand, multi-color New York and Company necklace and matching earrings.

The outfits:

For the school day, skinny jeans and my favorite black boots, which are not as waterproof as I would like but still functional.

For the school board meeting, Banana Republic slacks and my favorite black wedges (heels would have worked better with the slacks, but, again, snow). I also swapped the big, colorful earrings for plain studs.

I loved both looks today — neither was complicated, but both looked sharp and pulled together, which is impressive on snow days, when half the campus is in sweats — or, worse, leggings as pants — and rainboots. Cheers.


My fall/winter uniform

Fun fact: I spent my first- through eighth-grade years in a uniform. Plaid skirt, polo, the works. I think that’s part of the reason I’m just starting to really think about clothes: I went through grade school wearing the same thing every day, then high school trying to wear something different every day, and now that I’ve figured that out, I can try to actually look decent every day.

But, I’ve come to realize, having a uniform was a pretty handy thing. Life’s always busy, and any day when I have to make one fewer decision is a good day. On days when I don’t feel like thinking too hard about what to wear, I turn to my favorite standby: my American Eagle cable-knit v-neck sweaters.

I don’t remember which one I got first, or when I got it, but these days I have five. The striped one is the newest; the purple one is my favorite. The colors and necklines change a little year to year, but one thing never changes: They’re honestly perfect for every single occasion. I’ve worn them with Chucks to class, with black slacks and heels to work, with skinny jeans and knee high boots for just about everything else. They work with scarves. Short necklaces. Long necklaces. Tank tops. T-shirts. Skirts. Seriously, I can’t get enough of them.

I’m cheating with the outfit photo below, because I’m wearing a Tommy Hilfiger version that I “stole” from my mom, but it’s basically the same thing. How many times have I wore variations on this outfit in the past two weeks? Seeing as only the solid blue one is clean right now, looks like five. I’m sure if you read back on this blog to last winter, you’ll see them several times. If it’s not broke, don’t fix it.

Sorry for the horrendous Photoshop abuse. Sunshine + snow = death of my camera.

So if I go multiple days without an outfit post, you all can probably safely assume it’s because I’ve fallen into my uniform trap and I’m too embarrassed to admit it 😉 Cheers.

I Broke the Weather.

So, remember how two days ago I posted that it was basically summer?

I woke up to snow today. This was my world.

My friends insist it’s my fault; I jinxed things by packing away my winter clothes and pulling out my capris and sandals. So sad.

Anyway, I had to crawl under my bed to dig out my sweaters for one last wear (PLEASE NO MORE). I have the same American Eagle sweater in four different colors, but the purple is my favorite by far. Basic gray cami and my favorite skinny jeans. Rainbow socks are not my usual choice in footwear — I was wearing purple argyle ones under my gray boots, but I had the unpleasant moment of “Surprise! We are not waterproof boots!” this morning, so the socks had to be changed.

And, look! A SCARF. I am a scarf pro now. Fun fact: I actually got this scarf two years ago, but I shoved it to the back of my closet and left it there because I didn’t know what to do with it. I hid it so I wouldn’t have to look at it and be reminded of my scarf incompetence. Wearing it today was a huge personal victory (and so, so warm. I will never go another winter without scarves.).

Tomorrow is supposed to be 50, and we’re supposed to hit 70 on Wednesday. Brace yourself, folks — with all this weather flip-floppy nonsense, my bi-annual season-change cold should be hitting soon. Can’t wait.