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The days are blurring together and with it, the outfits. Sometimes it's bedtime and I realize I never captured my outfit. And to be honest, some days are the same outfit, just with different underwear and occasionally a different base layer. But this week is also one where I got a little more adventurous with my wardrobe. The looks from this week I remembered to capture:
overalls | similar sweater | Birkenstocks | socks | link necklace | initial necklace
I've had these overalls from Carhartt since March 2018. They are a fave because they're not heavy but still enough that they don't cling. They come in lengths; these are a Large Short. I appreciate the zipper pocket at the top so I can put my smartphone in there and know it won't fall out if I bend over or use the facilities. Under it is the machine-washable merino sweater from this blog post; it's now sold out but this is another washable merino also from Banana Republic in the same color. These Bombas socks are the very first pair I ever bought from the brand and are still going strong many years later. And shocker, the silver Birkenstocks again! They are officially my house shoes and a new pair of the EVA style in orange have become my yard shoes. The only time I'm leaving the house is to visit our plots at the community garden a couple of blocks away and for that I'm wearing my BOGS boots. I think I need to write about those boots… I got them as part of a sponsored post way back in 2015 and they are one of the most loved shoes I own. Mud, rain, snow, none of them are a problem with these. My mom even got a pair after hearing me constantly rave about them.
dress | Birkenstocks | similar hoops
Cleaning up my neglected closet I realized I got this dress from my last Rent the Runway Unlimited delivery. It is an exclusive collection for Rent the Runway from Sweet Baby Jamie. It has a sheer overlay and sheer sleeves with metallic threads going through it. When I got it, I planned on wearing it cinched with a brown leather vintage belt and brown leather boots. Now it's comfy and feels glam and festive with Birkenstocks and a bare face!
jacket wrap thing | similar t-shirt | joggers | Birkenstocks | link necklace
This was my look for multiple days, just with different t-shirts underneath. The wrap gives a bit of warmth, just the amount I need for the weather right now in Maryland. It's fleecy inside so wash it before wearing with other fleecy things that can handle some black lint (I washed it with a load of towels). It has deep yet narrow pockets so I can put in my iPhone Max and it fits but doesn't spill out when I sit or lie down on the couch. The sizing is S/M or L/XL; I have the L/XL but if I were a 10/12 or smaller I'd go with the S/M and I think the L/XL would work up to a 16. The joggers have been on repeat; they are super soft but not too thin and I love that they have zipper pockets so I don't lose things like my lip balm. They are a size Large. The t-shirt I've worn on the blog before; it's sold out but this one from Etsy is similar.
sports bra | leggings | similar t-shirt from a different retailer
I believe this day I wore the same thing as the previous photo, just with this white v-neck from Soma (a few of you asked about good v-neck t-shirts, this one is a fave, I wear it in Large). I didn't capture any photo except this one after my Peloton ride. It was my best output on the bike, and I sweat so much I ended up yanking off my t-shirt. I've never been a cardio person and I've never been to a spin class but I am really liking my Peloton! Post about it coming soon! The t-shirt is from Everlane, I'm not terribly happy with Everlane right now so I linked to a similar t-shirt from Universal Standard above. Everlane sent me the shirt as a gift at the beginning of March and honestly, it's not anything to write home about anyway hence it being used for working out. I don't even know which tee it is, it's paler pink than anything on the website and it's cropped (at least cropped on me) with standard short sleeves and no pocket. Anyway, the one from Universal Standard I linked to is a better choice.
sweater | t-shirt | joggers | Birkenstocks | link necklace | initial necklace
This is my favorite outfit from the whole week. I love this sweater, I think it's so fun, like Joey from Full House would have worn it. And again the joggers and the Soma slub v-neck tee I like so much. This tee looks transparent but is pretty opaque, it's soft but not floppy, washes well, keeps its shape, and I think has a great fit for curves. And I'm all about wearing jewelry; if I have it I should wear it and it makes me feel more me.
Thank you for the heads-up on Everlane and The Verge link! I just learned that they have petite jeans and was going to buy a pair to check them out, but I’m not going to start now.
Alison, would you be willing to do a post giving your readers a tour of your closet?
I think you’ve mentioned before that you don’t have a lot of square footage to devote to your wardrobe, so I’m wondering if you have any suggestions for folks like me who need some ideas and inspiration: Are you ruthless about culling clothes & accessories you no longer wear/like? Do you use a professional organizational system? Have you developed your own “closet hacks” to improve the functionality/capacity of the space? How do you make the space work for you?
I look forward to all your posts, and always appreciate how you keep it real.
Alison Gary says
Today at 1pm ET I am doing an Instagram Live where I am having a professional stylist virtually edit my closet. I will be going over what I have, how i store it, and how to edit it for now. I’ll try to record it but do follow me at http://instagram.com/wardrobe_oxygen no need to be a member or even have the app to watch!
I honestly thought only Canadian wore sandals and socks. Congratulations on your good taste!
Linda B says
Wow. . . I am so bummed if this is true about Everlane. I can’t even begin to imagine my wardrobe without my Everlane pieces. It does seem very suspicious that they laid off those particular workers, as the story you linked to describes the situation. . . However, sometimes there really are two sides to a story that involves labor relations–I know directly because of an incident where my school decided to not renew the contract of a teacher with serious inappropriate behaviors with both students and colleagues–and she somehow filed a successful action against us with the National Labor Relations Board! That was costly in time and money for our non-profit organization. And darn ridiculous. Different story, I know. . . I am going to need to follow the Everlane story to get to the bottom of this one.
Few plaintiffs are perfect employees. They are often vocal and critical voices. While employers can take action to address inappropriate behavior, that never justifies a violation of federal law, intentionally or unintentionally. But I’m with you on the idea that there are two sides to every story. The fact that the union requested recognition 4 days before the layoffs began, and some folks were moved into full-time roles just before the layoff, is suspicious timing, but I also don’t want to jump to conclusions. Maybe selfishly, as I am a recent Everlane jeans fan. I work to support businesses that support unions, or at a minimum, don’t oppose them. It takes a lot of conscious effort, though – lots of big-name companies don’t have good records-Apple, Google, Amazon, Wal-Mart, to name a few.
I’ve got to get those overalls with the huge zipper pocket. I was at the DC zoo once and I bent over while using the facilities and all the stuff from my pockets went everywhere on the floor…..it was horrible. I need everything to have zipper pockets.
Bogs are the bomb. I wear them around the farm/garden here and they last for years. The lightweight versions work better for me, not quite as clunky. They even have enough arch support to take the dog on a short hike through the woods in really rainy weather. When we had horses, they were my go to barn boots, nothing phased them. It makes me happy seeing someone else love them.
Love the dress! That looks so comfortable — and gorgeous! I really don’t understand those who say we need to get dressed in uptight, corporate work clothes in order to get work done from home. Some say it “focuses their mind” and allows them to get into “professional office mode.” As for me, nothing focuses my mind like comfort, LOL!
That Sweet Baby Jamie dress is so freakin’ fun! Seriously. That’s (almost) enough to get me to renew my RTR subscription.
I’ve done the same thing with rewearing similar outfits. It’s important to feel comfortable. And I’ve been selecting clothes that feel like a “hug.”