PSA: A few quick things. I just returned back from Italy and I'll be posting more about that on the blog this week. My wifi connection was truly slow while there, and I was not able to upload exclusive content to the app. Please accept my apologies and know that new content will appear this week (you can check the exclusive content calendar to see what's coming). Also, Lauren had her baby boy!! We are over the moon excited for her!!! She'll be on maternity leave, so everyone here will be working extra hard but there may be delays in our responses. I promise that we will get back to every single person as quickly as we can.
The whole reason I started this style series on the blog was because I found myself in a wardrobe rut. Leggings, a sweatshirt and lipstick is my go-to outfit but I felt like I should probably get out of my comfort zone and try to step it up a bit, especially because when it came to going out, I found I really didn't have anything to wear aside from athletic wear.
So over the last few months, I've been trying to avoid purchasing anything remotely close to athletic wear (although I did pick up this sweatshirt on my trip, old habits die hard!), and instead, choose clothing more appropriate for things like dinners out.
This top was a thrift store score from my trip out to LA a few months ago. It was one of those really amazing finds because the previous week I was honestly contemplating buying the exact same shirt, in the exact same color, on sale online for $142. Instead, I got it at the thrift store with the tag still on for sixteen bucks. God, I love when that happens!
Related: Thrift store tips.
I love the details of this silk cami, but wasn't sure what sort of bra to wear underneath. I wound up choosing a little black bralette I got years ago from Forever 21. The necklace is a Rocksbox purchase. You can use code yogabycandacexoxo for your first Rocksbox - it's a great jewelry lending service. Basically you can keep the jewelry for as long as you want, and then you can either purchase the piece(s) or send them back for your next round of goodies.
A few other camis I am into, at a variety of price points are below (affiliate links)
I bought these joggers months ago to wear on my book tour. I got them from Urban Outfitters, and they are so comfortable, and the rayon blend material makes them feel a little more stylish than their cotton blend counterpart. I am also a sucker for anything with pockets. Pockets somehow make pants and dresses instantly more comfortable, how is that?! Anyway, I contemplated rolling the cuffs just a bit for a more tapered look but they wouldn't stay up and to be honest, I was getting hangry, so just wanted to get out the door and shoot these pics before heading to dinner.
Below are a bunch of joggers at a variety of price points (affiliate links). I think when picking a pair of joggers, it's important to look for a pair that sit right at your natural waist. I've found that while I tend to want to wear joggers low like I wear my sweatpants, they just don't look right. Maybe it's because I'm so short? I also look to be sure they're roomy through the thigh because #quadprobs. If they even hug my thighs I feel like I'm being suffocated.
I also try to make sure they fit well through the butt. Sometimes loose pants make my butt look weird, but again, I think it goes back to how the waist sits. Were I to pull the waistband lower, I think we'd be moving into weird butt territory. With it sitting at my natural waist, it looks normal. Yay for normal butts. (Full disclosure, I am legit laughing out loud right now.)
These heels are by Dolce Vita - one of my favorite brands because every pair of their shoes I own are so comfortable, on trend, and can take a beating. I walked the cobblestone streets of Florence in these bad boys - no easy task, if I do say so myself - and they didn't give me any problems at all (although I narrowly escaped a rolled ankle). Below (affiliate links) are a few pairs by them that I love (and the ones I am wearing are now on sale).
I've also been trying to step up my hair game in the past year or so. I just figured that by my low thirties, I should know how to take care of my hair and make it look halfway decent. My stylist, Krystal, at Antonio Prieto Salon, is the absolute best. She taught me the basics during my first appointment with her (I swear her eyes popped out of her head when she was like, 'So how do you normally style it?' and I was like, 'Uh, I don't?'). Anyway, every time I see her I try to pick her brain for more tips. The most important thing I learned was that washing it every day was pretty much the worst thing I could do. I had to "train" my scalp to not get oily between washes and now I am good to go. This hair was day five of not washing and it was starting to look a little gnarly, so I'd put it in pigtail braids the night before, slept in them, and took them out in the morning. I used dry shampoo at the roots to lift, a little hair oil through the ends to make them piecey, and a little texturizing spray combined with some very technical squeeze and release method (joking, I literally just squeeze my hair in my hands from the bottom) and then called it a day.
So - heels and joggers. Definitely a win in my book because of the comfort factor and the fact that I feel much more put together than my normal leggings and sweatshirt look.
I'd love to hear what your go-to outfit is that ranks high for you on comfort and feeling put together! Let me know down in the comments section below.