Capri or not capri

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Capris are rather controversial in the style world, but I think they’re great. Most women I know won’t wear shorts post childbirth, and in hot climates like mine those few inches of exposed shin really do make a difference. But they also have a reputation for being rather frumpish. A little, Eastern European Tourist-y. I think the answer is to fight the frump with heels and a pulled together outfit. Khaki capris and a T-shirt? Would make anybody look frumpy. But with adorable shoes and a great top, my shins can breathe free and I look much more like a woman on the prowl than a woman on vacation.

 

Shoes: Payless
Pants: Calvin Klein via Costco
Undershirt: Shades
Shirt: Sears
Bracelet: Craft fair
Earrings: I made them

Man Pants

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I have a strange affinity for man pants. Not boyfriend jeans, man pants. I think it comes from my teen years in the Seattle of the 90’s. I’m still hanging on to this fantastic pair of men’s work pants I got from a resale store downtown called “Hello, Gorgeous” that was run by a stunning drag queen. Of course, they don’t fit, seeing as I no longer look like my teen years, but I can’t bear to let them go.

I picked up this pair at my local thrift store. I just love the details put into men’s pants. I love the length of the crotch which, while maybe not the single sexiest thing I ever put on, is super comfortable. And I love that I can look and feel like such a tomboy while not getting dirty. Can you be a tomboy in 4 inch heels? I’m going to to my darndest to try.

Shoes: Target
Pants: Thrifted
Shirt: Old Navy
Belt and Cardigan: Thrifted
Hat: OC Swap Meet
Necklace: Etsy

Mermaid

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One of my favorite things about thrift store shopping is finding silhouettes that I’d never find in the department store. This blue skirt is my latest example of that. It’s the color of the moment in this shocking cobalt blue, but a skirt cut that is decidedly vintage. It also happens to be a cut that works great for an hourglassy shape. It’s easy to forget if you only shop retail, but styles usually go in and out because the designers want to do something new, not the consumers. If something is working for you, don’t abandon it. Just mix it in with other modern pieces so you don’t look like a costume of yourself from ten years ago.

Shoes: Payless
Skirt: Thrifted
Shirt: Shades
Sweater: Target
Necklace: Vintage

Fishnets

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Fishnets

I bought these tights online, and I thought I was getting an argyle patterned pair of regular old tights. And then these groovy fishnets showed up at my door. Since I’m not exactly the shy type, it was a happy accident.

As a Mormon, a mom, and a woman in her 30’s, I like to dress fairly covered up. You won’t see a pair of short shorts or sleeveless things on me. So I love these fishnets for bringing a little sex appeal to an outfit that is modest enough to wear to church.

Shirt: H&M
Skirt: Target via thrifted
Tights: JC Penny
Shoes: JC Penny
Necklace and Bracelet: I made them.

Momming Out

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As much as I want to dress like I’m not a mom, there are some days when I just need to embrace it. Some days I need to wear a T-shirt, jeans, and flats because anything else would just be ridiculous at a park or McDonald’s playland. Style icon Joan Halloway was never tasked with dragging her son through the hamster tubes so he could go down a slide. But there are still ways you can look like you’re trying. Layering the T-shirt to give it a cute collar, contrasting shoes to amp up the color choice, a little bit of jewelry. You’ll still be able to jump in the ball pit, but you won’t look like you have no identity of your own.

Shoes: Payless
Jeans: Target
Collared Shirt: Old Navy
Henley: Target
Earrings: Forever 21
Necklace: Etsy

Body Con

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This skirt is the kind referred to in fashion blogs as “body con,” meaning body conscious, meaning body self-conscious because this sucker is skin tight. But I’m OK with that for a couple of reasons. 1: You are as big as you are and no amount of pretending otherwise is going to change that, so who cares. and 2: It’s great to play with proportions in your dressing. So if you’re wearing big on the top (which I usually am to cover my breasts) then go smaller on the bottom. I like wearing this with these great big boots to keep it from going 80’s video vixen.

Shoes: JC Penny
Leggings: Target
Skirt: Forever 21
Tshirt: Shades
Top: Forever 21
Necklace: I made it. And you can too.