May 2nd, Plaid Gone Bad

 Today’s look is a simple look- that shows how just a plaid shirt and jeans can be a cute outfit… or not.

I’ve used the picture on the right once before, but wanted to show it again because it’s a good example of how even a simple outfit like this can go wrong.

First off, look at the cut of the shirt on the right. It’s boxy and not fitted at all. This is not flattering.

Paired with the white t shirt underneath, faded mom jeans and tennis shoes- this look does nothing but scream ‘dated’. And yes, I know I’ve said to dress in all one color to look slimmer- but this is too dull.

On the left is my revamped look.  This plaid shirt is more fitted (it has darts under the bustline and in the back to make it more feminine and fitted) and the 3/4 sleeves are a nice touch. As for the shirt underneath, instead of the high neckline of the white t shirt, a white tank (with a lower neckline) looks fresher. It’s a small detail, but having that extra skin showing around the neckline does make a difference.

My dark skinny jeans and cute (and comfy) ballet flats finish the look. To add a little something extra, I’ve got on a few silver bracelets and a very dainty and simple necklace.

It’s Wednesday- so linking up to Pleated Poppy and her fun link up party. Hundreds of cute ideas await…

This very simple and understated necklace is the perfect touch.

Jeans: Anthropologie (James Jeans), Shirt: Land’s End Canvas, Shoes: Nordstrom (Frye)

Jan 26th, Preppy Mom

I know I keep showing this ‘before’ pic on the right, but it’s just so bad and so easy to fix- that I can’t help myself!

I apologize to those of you who have already seen it!

Today’s outfit is yet another plaid shirt paired with a sweater (this seems to be my favorite new outfit!).

As you can see though, this combo does not always guarantee a great look. On the right my buttoned cardigan looks awkward and dated, the faded jeans are also dated and the tennis shoes. Need I say more?

On the left I have replaced the mom jeans with dark skinny jeans and then replaced the tennis shoes with red flats. I’m wearing a colorful plaid shirt and topped it with a bright pink cardigan.

Yes- I am wearing red shoes and a pink cardigan. Seriously?!

This is the new color pairing trend of this season- and while I’m not quite ready to wear it in large doses (like red pants with a pink top), this small touch reflects the style- without me appearing overly ‘trendy’. 

I really like this bright, colorful outfit. Such a change from my normally neutral colors! My arms look very bare. I think I need some bracelets… 

Jeans: Anthropolgie, Shirt: Land’s End, Cardigan: Nordstrom, Shoes: Target

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