31 Day Challenge: Week 2

Week two of my style challenge is going strong.  I’m having fun experimenting with my clothes and getting out of my “fashion comfort zone” so to speak.  I love neutrals, basics, and one-dimensional outfitters.  This week you will see color, brights, layers, and a few unexpected twists.

Day 8:  I spent the second weekend of January traveling, covering over 12 plus hours in three days, hitting two states, and seeing a lot of family members.  The majority of this day was taken up by driving, so I opted for a comfortable yet stylish outfit and neon fit the bill perfectly.  My slightly tousled hair was a hold over from the previous day’s bun – sometimes the unwashed bed head looks are the best.  Outfit details: top, J. Crew; jeans, H&M; boots, Atrex; necklace, Boutique on Feet.

Day 9: First official day back at work after various days off for the Christmas and New Years holiday again I opted for comfy.  The necklace I found during one of the first weeks after I moved to Richmond five years ago.  We have a huge farmer’s market that sells everything from veggies to crafts to vintage items.  I love the delicate gold chain and the large purple with gold flecks pendant.  Outfit details: sweater, Urban Outfitters; jeans, H&M; boots, Aldo; necklace, thrifted.

Day 10: By the end of the day, this outfit changed slightly, I moved from wide-legged trousers to boot cut jeans and added a black circle scarf.  Lately I have been investing in quality pieces that also fit my body type.  As a petite girl, this can be extremely hard.  Fortunately, just as there are a myriad of fashion bloggers out there, there are also a myriad of petite fashion bloggers whose focus is on finding clothes to fit smaller framed girls.  I’ve decided I need to hem these trousers before I can properly wear them again.  What do you think?  Outfit details: top, Cynthia Steffe from Hell’s Kitchen Flea Market; trousers, Banana Republic; blazer, Proenza Schouler for Target; boots, BCBGeneration.

Day11: Today was another work day, but working from home allows me time to experiment.  This outfit is my favorite from this week as it incorporates some of my signature style looks (a laid back t-shirt glammed up with jewels), but also goes outside of my typical wear with the rolled boyfriend jeans and ankle tied red shoes.  I picked them up at the J. Crew warehouse sale and am in love.  Outfit details: t-shirt, Forever 21; boyfriend pants, Banana Republic; heels, J. Crew Warehouse Sale; necklaces, both Target.

Day 12: This is another outfit that changed slightly by the time I wore it out.  I swapped the thrifted belt for a slim grey suede belt and a bright green scarf.  It felt a little “girl goes camo”, but for an $8 dress and some old standby accessories, it turned into an out of the box outfit.  Outfit details: dress, Target; boots, Nine West; necklace, J. Crew; belt, thrifted.  

Day 13: Casual Friday tends to bring out my natural tendencies – mixing colors, shapes, skinny jeans and boots.  My husband actually loved this outfit as he likes simple things.  The GAP jacket is one I rarely wear, but every now and then it gets pulled out and seems to complete an outfit.  Outfit details: top, American Apparel; jacket, GAP; jeans, H&M; boots, Atrex.  

Day 14: Business chic calls for boots, blazers, and a detailed watch.  I had a coffee meeting this day to discuss freelance writing opportunities and planning events for RVA Fashion Week in April.  Needless to say, you can watch ChicStripes for more details, but the meeting was quite a success.  And I think the outfit was too.  Outfit details: top, GAP; blazer, thrifted; jeans, Banana Republic; boots, Atrex; scarf, American Apparel; watch, Citizen.  

Another week down, 2 1/2 more to go full of outfits.  How are you dressing for the start of this new year?  Established any new fashion rules, broke out of your comfort zone, wore something you never thought you would?  Do share!

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