What I Wore: Color Coordination

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Wardrobe Oxygen wearing a Foxcroft Plaid Shirt Dressdress | bag | sunglasses | shoes

Wardrobe Oxygen author Alison Gary Wardrobe Oxygen wearing a shirtdress from Foxcroft with a tote from Adora Bags Wardrobe Oxygen in Foxcroft Shirtdress with Adora Bag and Clarks Booties Wardrobe Oxygen in a Foxcroft Plaid Shirtdress with Clarks bootiesDress: c/o Foxcroft (14) | Shoes: Clarks | Sunglasses: Ray-Ban | Necklace: Belleza Mia via Etsy | Bracelets: c/o Silver Linings, Nadri | Bag: c/o Adora Bags

My last outfit post discussed how I was technically uncoordinated but felt everything worked together. This outfit I've worn to work as well as this past Saturday.  Foxcroft sent me this dress and I adore it.  It's stiff enough to not look like a crumpled paper bag at the end of the day but not so stiff that it looks made of cardboard.  It's a popover, so no pesky buttons at and below the waist.  Foxcroft makes curves-flattering pieces and this holds true with plenty of room in the bust and upper arms.  I'm wearing it now with ankle booties (and did with some Converse Shorelines), but this fall it would look great with tall boots, a denim jacket, or maybe even a leather jacket, tights and booties.  Like many of Foxcroft's pieces, this comes in regular and plus sizes.  I didn't know when I put the dress on Saturday that I would be color coordinating with my event.

Infinity QX50 Review - Wardrobe OxygenWe got a new car! Karl's beloved 5-door Subaru Impreza WRX kicked the bucket. The Suburu was amazing – it took us to many music festivals and road trips up north, carted around kayaks and canoes, did great in snow and ice, and under the hood was plenty of power for a car guy like Karl. But the car was not only older than Emerson but older than our marriage and when replacing it we desired more room and comfort yet K still wanted the oomph under the hood. We did a lot of research and decided on the Infinity QX50. We weren't really thinking about color, just features and price. I didn't even notice that I coordinated with the car we chose until the salesman mentioned it. I was just trying to look like a grown up. I may be 41, but “adult” events like new cars still throw me for a loop. It feels like just yesterday that Karl and I were dating, living paycheck to paycheck, I was in debt consolidation, we were going to the Taco Bell drive-thru in his Jeep Wrangler, paying for our meals with coins fished out of ashtrays and seat cushions. But now we're homeowners, parents, car owners, people with good credit scores who choose cars not just based on what's under the hood but for safety ratings.  I guess I don't just look like a grown up but I am a grown up!


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  1. I’d love to hear what you think of the car in a month or two. I’m planning on turning in my 10 year old Acura sedan around the first of the year, and the QX50 is on my list of vehicles to consider.

  2. Love the dress! You make it look chic; I feel like if I wore it (having less fashion sense than you do), I’d look like I was wearing grandpa’s bathrobe. Question: Foxcroft has that same plaid in a shirt. What do you think about plaid at the office, dressed up with black pants like they have on the site? I have a casual “dressy-jeans-ok” work environment, but have always wondered if plaid shirts veer too far into Saturday territory.
    Also, new car envy!!! So sleek and pretty.

    1. Plaid is tough at the office, it really depends on office culture. While my office only allows denim on Fridays in general it’s pretty casual so I know I could do plaid (and have) and it’s okay. However, I worked at an office where I could wear jeans all days of the week but it was a more polished atmosphere (blazers and heels or dress shoes with those jeans) and I wouldn’t do a plaid shirt because it would be too casual. I have a Foxcroft plaid shirt and it’s a nice weight – thin and a bit more dressy than standard cotton or flannel (http://www.wardrobeoxygen.com/2015/12/what-i-wore-cookie-exchange-party-sponsored.html ). If it’s that fabric I think it’s easier to dress up for the office too.

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