Thursday: Canadian Tuxedo

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Shirt: Target (similar)
Denim Leggings: c/o Karen Kane
Boots: DUO (new version)
Bracelets: Nordstrom, Ann Taylor, Lauren Ralph Lauren, JewelMint, c/o Soft Surroundings
Bag: Banana Republic (similar)
Necklace: c/o Kristin Biggs, Stella and Dot

While it may be a kazillion degrees outside, each day my feet FREEZE in my office. So I decided to pull out a fall outfit for August. The shirt and pants are super lightweight balancing the boots so I was comfortable even when walking to get lunch. Speaking of the pants, you can't believe how excited I am to have denim leggings that don't look painted on or aren't so thick and stiff I walk like the Tin Man. These feel more like the fabric for denim trousers, they have a wide elastic waistband that is smooth under knit tops, and traditional jean pockets on the back. I am wearing a 10 and they are a great fit and haven't gotten baggy throughout the day!

And we all just admire Emerson's fabulous fashion sense?  These days she picks out her clothes – we keep everything, even dresses in drawers so she can access them.  If she wants to wear a skirt with a dress, okay.  If she wants to wear plaid with paisley, that's fine.  She is a big fan of elasticized headbands and my family treated her to a few new ones when in Rehoboth since she broke her flower lei one – this turquoise sequined bow one is a new favorite!

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64 Comments

  1. Sark
    August 16, 2012 / 12:53 pm

    BAM!! The first photo is the most sexy and glamorous casual look you have ever featured!!
    And yes, I’ve read your entire blog. 😉
    Nice work Allison! You look as lovely as you are.

    TMI time– is it your body shaper or your genetics that give you a bubble butt?

  2. Carolyn
    August 10, 2012 / 12:12 pm

    This is the best denim on denim I’ve seen yet this season!

  3. August 9, 2012 / 5:03 am

    This outfit makes me excited for the upcoming fall season! I like your chambray top. I can’t believe I still don’t own one!

    xo,
    Anh

  4. August 8, 2012 / 8:24 pm

    haha well you made the Canadian tuxedo chic, bravo!

  5. August 5, 2012 / 1:40 am

    I love those jeggins. I have the same problems you mentioned (that these avoid) with the bagging and sagging. The pearl strands, hair, and makeup def kick it up a few notches too!
    I love E’s headband!

  6. August 4, 2012 / 9:40 pm

    I love those jeggins. I have the same problems you mentioned (that these avoid) with the bagging and sagging. The pearl strands, hair, and makeup def kick it up a few notches too!
    I love E’s headband!

  7. August 3, 2012 / 6:31 pm

    Do you normally wear a 10 in pants? By the size guide I’d be more of a 12, but I’m wondering if they fit either big or small.  

  8. August 3, 2012 / 2:31 pm

    Do you normally wear a 10 in pants? By the size guide I’d be more of a 12, but I’m wondering if they fit either big or small.  

  9. August 3, 2012 / 6:34 am

    This  look
    absolutely beautiful! 

    Amazing. I am so in love with your
    necklace.

  10. Jo H.
    August 3, 2012 / 5:36 am

    I love the pictures of you and your little girl, especially the first one – what joy!

  11. Jo H.
    August 3, 2012 / 1:36 am

    I love the pictures of you and your little girl, especially the first one – what joy!

  12. August 3, 2012 / 2:12 am

    What a beauty! Great find!Everything just looks fantabulous on you!!

  13. Asnixon
    August 2, 2012 / 11:41 pm

    As a Canadian, i laughed at your ‘canadian tuxedo’ title, funny.

    And the first thing I noticed was your ‘smokier’ makeup, looks great.

  14. Asnixon
    August 2, 2012 / 7:41 pm

    As a Canadian, i laughed at your ‘canadian tuxedo’ title, funny.

    And the first thing I noticed was your ‘smokier’ makeup, looks great.

  15. August 2, 2012 / 11:17 pm

    SO MUCH CUTENESS!
    And that outfit looks super comfy.

  16. August 2, 2012 / 7:17 pm

    SO MUCH CUTENESS!
    And that outfit looks super comfy.

  17. SarahHulbertStyle
    August 2, 2012 / 10:53 pm

    Woo! Smokin’ hot, Mama!!! I have not yet ventured into the denim on denim look because of some very scary outfits I did, circa 1992. You look so hot, I may have to give the look another run. See if 2012 is a little kinder to me…

    P.S. If Emerson starts a style blog, my 2.5 year old would be happy to guest post. So long as tutus are compulsory and pants are optional. 😉

  18. SarahHulbertStyle
    August 2, 2012 / 6:53 pm

    Woo! Smokin’ hot, Mama!!! I have not yet ventured into the denim on denim look because of some very scary outfits I did, circa 1992. You look so hot, I may have to give the look another run. See if 2012 is a little kinder to me…

    P.S. If Emerson starts a style blog, my 2.5 year old would be happy to guest post. So long as tutus are compulsory and pants are optional. 😉

  19. Allison
    August 2, 2012 / 10:08 pm

    Allie – your makeup is super-delicious today!  You have a lovely summer glow happening! 🙂

  20. Allison
    August 2, 2012 / 6:08 pm

    Allie – your makeup is super-delicious today!  You have a lovely summer glow happening! 🙂

  21. August 2, 2012 / 9:49 pm

    LOL you should see how it looks NOW, I am a frizzy bedraggled mess. I need to go to the salon STAT! But thank you 🙂

  22. Emily
    August 2, 2012 / 9:48 pm

    I covet your hair 🙂

  23. Emily
    August 2, 2012 / 5:48 pm

    I covet your hair 🙂

    • August 2, 2012 / 5:49 pm

      LOL you should see how it looks NOW, I am a frizzy bedraggled mess. I need to go to the salon STAT! But thank you 🙂

  24. August 2, 2012 / 9:42 pm

    You should try them. These have a wide black elastic waistband which on their own remind me of maternity pants, but on it’s super comfortable and lays completely flat and doesn’t dig into my stomach when I sit. I have a pair from Old Navy that ride down and stretch out, so don’t judge all by one you try. 🙂

  25. August 2, 2012 / 9:37 pm

    Wow, I think you’ve just convinced me to try a pair of denim leggings!  I have a short waist and prefer to wear tunic tops (but hate the way jeans look under the shirt), so do you think the pants could work that way?  Your eye makeup is stunning and your little girl is precious, as always.  

  26. August 2, 2012 / 5:37 pm

    Wow, I think you’ve just convinced me to try a pair of denim leggings!  I have a short waist and prefer to wear tunic tops (but hate the way jeans look under the shirt), so do you think the pants could work that way?  Your eye makeup is stunning and your little girl is precious, as always.  

    • August 2, 2012 / 5:42 pm

      You should try them. These have a wide black elastic waistband which on their own remind me of maternity pants, but on it’s super comfortable and lays completely flat and doesn’t dig into my stomach when I sit. I have a pair from Old Navy that ride down and stretch out, so don’t judge all by one you try. 🙂

      • August 8, 2012 / 10:15 pm

        I like the idea of the waistband to smooth everything out. How do they run size-wise? If I’m in between sizes, should I go up or down? I think I’m going to take the plunge! And then I’ll need boots. 🙂

        • August 8, 2012 / 10:17 pm

          If between go down a size; a 10 is quite comfy on me and I usually wear a 12 in other brands.

          • August 8, 2012 / 10:24 pm

            Awesome! Thank you for your help. I’ll be sure to use your links.

  27. August 2, 2012 / 8:51 pm

    Your kid and my kid need to hang out and swap our old broken bracelets, plastic tiaras, and headbands!

  28. August 2, 2012 / 8:48 pm

    LOVE both of your outfits.  So, so great.  Allie is dressing herself now too, so yes, I am “that” mom with the kid in the tiara at the grocery store.  Oh well.  And I have been dying to wear my boots because my feet freeze as well (even sometimes when the rest of my body is warm), so you just may have given me an excuse.

  29. August 2, 2012 / 4:48 pm

    LOVE both of your outfits.  So, so great.  Allie is dressing herself now too, so yes, I am “that” mom with the kid in the tiara at the grocery store.  Oh well.  And I have been dying to wear my boots because my feet freeze as well (even sometimes when the rest of my body is warm), so you just may have given me an excuse.

    • August 2, 2012 / 4:51 pm

      Your kid and my kid need to hang out and swap our old broken bracelets, plastic tiaras, and headbands!

  30. August 2, 2012 / 8:12 pm

    DUO is a fantastic company – I have two pairs of boots from them. Click the link in the footer of the post for DUO Boots and you can read about my experiences with them. I recommend you contact them by email before ordering to be sure you’re choosing a style that works with your particular body. But yes, this brand changed my life too! 🙂

  31. Mcfarlanddani
    August 2, 2012 / 8:10 pm

    These boots are going to change my life!!!!!!!!  I cannot believe I can order according to my calf size.  Thanks for sharing.  You’re adorable and so is your sweet daughter.

  32. Mcfarlanddani
    August 2, 2012 / 4:10 pm

    These boots are going to change my life!!!!!!!!  I cannot believe I can order according to my calf size.  Thanks for sharing.  You’re adorable and so is your sweet daughter.

    • August 2, 2012 / 4:12 pm

      DUO is a fantastic company – I have two pairs of boots from them. Click the link in the footer of the post for DUO Boots and you can read about my experiences with them. I recommend you contact them by email before ordering to be sure you’re choosing a style that works with your particular body. But yes, this brand changed my life too! 🙂

  33. August 2, 2012 / 7:30 pm

    I love the outfit, but your hair and makeup look particularly beautiful today!

  34. August 2, 2012 / 3:30 pm

    I love the outfit, but your hair and makeup look particularly beautiful today!

  35. August 2, 2012 / 6:31 pm

    Oh thanks so much! I have been shying away from the smoky eye lately because I think it’s a bit harsh with this closer-to-40-than-30 face, but felt today’s outfit needed a bit more… something and bright lipstick would be too harsh and predictable. It’s a navy shadow instead of black or gray which I think softens it a bit. 🙂

  36. Robyn Burke
    August 2, 2012 / 6:29 pm

    Allie, I’m loving the pearls with your modern/casual outfit.  It gives me ideas on how to update some outfits in my closet.  BTW, you are gorgeous.  I love that first photo of you especially.  Your makeup is perfection and the look on your face. . .very “come hither.”  ~ Robyn

  37. Robyn Burke
    August 2, 2012 / 2:29 pm

    Allie, I’m loving the pearls with your modern/casual outfit.  It gives me ideas on how to update some outfits in my closet.  BTW, you are gorgeous.  I love that first photo of you especially.  Your makeup is perfection and the look on your face. . .very “come hither.”  ~ Robyn @ Robyn’s Nest

    • August 2, 2012 / 2:31 pm

      Oh thanks so much! I have been shying away from the smoky eye lately because I think it’s a bit harsh with this closer-to-40-than-30 face, but felt today’s outfit needed a bit more… something and bright lipstick would be too harsh and predictable. It’s a navy shadow instead of black or gray which I think softens it a bit. 🙂

  38. August 2, 2012 / 6:24 pm

    Those are good rules for kiddo fashion. My only other one is if it’s raining wear rain boots, if it’s cold wear layers or a coat. Otherwise anything goes and it’s amazing what inspiration you can get from a child’s fashion sense!

  39. Amy
    August 2, 2012 / 6:21 pm

    Thank you for the explanation – I saw your outfit on facebook and was thinking WHY in the world would somebody wear boots in this heat.  Now I know.

    Good for you for letting Emerson wear what she wants.  I have two rules for my daughter’s outfits:  no bare midriffs and no underwear showing.  After that it’s pretty much anything goes.  It turns out she has a good eye for combining pieces, and makes great looking outfits that I would never think to make.

  40. Amy
    August 2, 2012 / 2:21 pm

    Thank you for the explanation – I saw your outfit on facebook and was thinking WHY in the world would somebody wear boots in this heat.  Now I know.

    Good for you for letting Emerson wear what she wants.  I have two rules for my daughter’s outfits:  no bare midriffs and no underwear showing.  After that it’s pretty much anything goes.  It turns out she has a good eye for combining pieces, and makes great looking outfits that I would never think to make.

    • August 2, 2012 / 2:24 pm

      Those are good rules for kiddo fashion. My only other one is if it’s raining wear rain boots, if it’s cold wear layers or a coat. Otherwise anything goes and it’s amazing what inspiration you can get from a child’s fashion sense!

  41. August 2, 2012 / 5:56 pm

    So cute. Both you and your daughter!

    I know how it is with the cold office. Whenever I wear a skirt or dress (which is often at work), I have a fleece blanket that I have to drape over my legs because it’s so cold. I use a space heater as well. I swear, my office temperature is set to arctic.

  42. August 2, 2012 / 1:56 pm

    So cute. Both you and your daughter!

    I know how it is with the cold office. Whenever I wear a skirt or dress (which is often at work), I have a fleece blanket that I have to drape over my legs because it’s so cold. I use a space heater as well. I swear, my office temperature is set to arctic.

  43. August 2, 2012 / 5:53 pm

    I don’t know… we take fewer pictures of her because she doesn’t really like being in front of the camera unless she’s with one of us. However, she DOES love clothes and accessories and needs to “get ready” before leaving the house by adding a ballet skirt, bracelet, headband and possibly a tiara… 🙂

  44. cat
    August 2, 2012 / 5:51 pm

    Emerson will start her own fashion blog soon.

  45. cat
    August 2, 2012 / 1:51 pm

    Emerson will start her own fashion blog soon.

    • August 2, 2012 / 1:53 pm

      I don’t know… we take fewer pictures of her because she doesn’t really like being in front of the camera unless she’s with one of us. However, she DOES love clothes and accessories and needs to “get ready” before leaving the house by adding a ballet skirt, bracelet, headband and possibly a tiara… 🙂

  46. August 2, 2012 / 5:40 pm

    Emerson is the cutest thing, I look like the inside of a winter catalog in this office sometimes, thats a shame that i actually run to heat when i’m in this office. 

  47. August 2, 2012 / 1:40 pm

    Emerson is the cutest thing, I look like the inside of a winter catalog in this office sometimes, thats a shame that i actually run to heat when i’m in this office. 

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