The first week of 2012 can so far be summed up with a hard but satisfying work week, an unexpected weekend trip through two different states to visit with with family, the J. Crew warehouse sale, thrifted finds, and a delicious butternut squash risotto made by yours truly. Besides all of that, I finished my first week of the 31 Day Style Challenge.
Day 1: New Years Day was relaxing to the utmost. My hubby and I slept in, made a lazy French toast breakfast with load of coffee, pulled out our mountain bikes, and hit up Banana Republic for some after Christmas shopping. With that in mind, I kept it casual but polished with a thrifted 80’s style sweat shirt, a structured role necklace, skirt, and my first major shoe purchase. Looking back, this is easily my favorite outfit of the week. Outfit details: sweater, thrifted; necklace, Boutique on Feet; skirt, H&M; heels, Carlos Santana; bag, J. Crew via Plato’s Closet.
Day 2: I was lucky enough to have Monday off so I took advantage of the time to do some good thrifting. I headed downtown where I found a great jacket for my hubby, an animal print top, tribal bracelet, and wide legged pantaloon pants for me. I was going for a unique layered 70’s look and got a few compliments on the gigantic necklace made out of coiled up zippers and pearls. Outfit details: dress as top, Kersh at Eurotrash; vest, Guess via thrift; necklace, unknown via Plato’s Closet; jeans, Gap; hels, Aldo.
Day 3: First day back at work for a three day work week. I wanted something a little more daring than my normal neutrals so I went for the shirt I thrifted the day before. I’m not usually a t-shirt gal, but this super think luxe feeling shirt from Ann Taylor Loft won me over (and it was $5, why not splurge?). Paired with a black cardigan, yellow belt and my favorite denim trousers, I felt a little too classic. A borrowed Citizen’s watch from the hubby capped off the look. Outfit details: t-shirt, Ann Taylor Loft thrifted; belt, J. Crew; trousers, Banana Republic; heels, Aldo; cardigan, Old Navy via Plato’s Closet; watch, Citizen.
Day 4: My second favorite look of the week (see Day 1 for my fave) combines classic colors, textures, and shapes. I had a work meeting but that didn’t stop me from pairing my new BCBGeneration boots with jeans, a lace tank, black blazer and an amber toned link bracelet. For a stylish work tip: pair a blazer with any and everything and you will instantly update your look to business casual. Outfit details: tank, Forever 21 via Plato’s Closet; blazer, Forever 21; jeans, H&M; boots, BCBGeneration; bracelet, Target.
Day 5: Thursday was my casual Friday and this was my second attempt at layers (see Day 2 for the first). I started with a black long sleeve stop, layered with a purple tank, threw on a black knit vest and topped it all with sparkles and a bright red vest. Not “repellant” layers by any means (See The Man Repeller), but an interesting mix of layers. It’s a start for me. Outfit details: black top, H&M; purple tank, Gap via Plato’s Closet; knit vest, Target; red outerwear, thrifted; jeans, H&M; necklace, Forever 21; boots, Atrex.
Day 6: You get two half outfits for today. That equals one full outfit right? At any rate, this started my marathon travel trip where I covered 1000+ miles in 3 days and saw 10 different members of my immediate and extended family – on both sides. Needless to say, I decided to focus more on family time than photo time, but these are glimpses of the outfits. The first visit was for a funeral, unfortunately, but I paired houndstooth cropped pants, a black top, black heels, and diamonds. Later that day, I threw on my cropped 80’s sweater (Day 1) over my black silk top, added red velvet flats and kept the diamonds. Outfit details (what you can see): 1st photo: earrings, vintage diamonds from my grandmother; jacket, H&M; sun glasses, Prada. 2nd photo: sweater, thrifted; black top, silk thrifted; earrings, diamonds, vintage from my grandmother.
Day 7: Once again, not a full photo, but we’re getting closer! I was traveling again this day and needed something comfortable but striking. These are a few of my favorite pieces in one outfit. On the whole this is a very “me” outfit: neutrals, pop of neutral color, glam pieces, and a cargo style mannish piece. I love anything that mixes high/low and girly/mannish. It’s a great way to ground an outfit and make it your own. I’m not a country girl by any means, but I loved all the driving I did, passing cows, horses and rundown abandoned barns and buildings. The only thing I could think of was what cool outfit photos I would get if I had blue tractors, miles of fields, and buildings with burned out holes in it at my disposal. Outfit details: top, Gretta Pollman via Etsy; scarf via Festival of India; jacket, Old Navy; earrings, Forever 21; jeans, H&M; wedges (not pictured) Aldo.
Who else has been participating in the 31 Day Style Challenge? Don’t forget to send me your photos so I can feature YOU in my blogger post! I can’t wait to see what the next week of dressing brings!
Photographer: Andrew (Day 1-5, Days 6-7 relative and self-timer).
Locations: West End Richmond and Tennessee