30 Day Style Challenge, Day 19: NORM!!!!

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pic1editreduxGiven my punky past, add the word “core” to the end of most words, and I at least have to check it out. Normcore is a fashion movement that I’ve recently heard about, and it appeared on my radar with Gap’s “Dress Normal” campaign. My first reaction was, “No, YOU dress normal. Your face should dress normal.” Of course I own plenty of basic “normal” clothes, but I’ve never decided to wear them all at once, and lately I feel a bit naked without a statement necklace or some kind of colorful print. This normcore look, while it appears to be relaxed, was quite difficult for me to put together.

closeupeditreduxEven the natural makeup required restraint. I had to hold myself back from grabbing my orange-red lipstick, which would be my “normal” style choice to balance a look with so little color. I couldn’t help but to sneak a novelty print on my scarf, which is surreptitiously covered in hummingbirds, and was the result of a minor freakout of having “no neck accessory!”

pic3editreduxHere’s one without the scarf so you can behold all the grayness of my tank top. While I enjoyed my self-imposed makeunder for the day,  I’m not so sure normcore is a place where I can live forever. Bring on the polka dots!

Have you simplified your look lately? Let me know in the comments! Thanks for sharing a not-so-normal day with me!

Vest: Lane Bryant (No longer available: similar from Torrid) / Skirt: eShakti / Tank Top: Walmart (No longer available: Similar from Lane Bryant) / Scarf: ModCloth (Similar, with owls!) / Shoes: Sperry (Zappos)

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30 Day Style Challenge, Day 18: On Mondays We Wear ModCloth

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pic2reduxAt least this Monday I am, and I’m glad to be back after the weekend! I’ve made no secret that I’m a huge fan of ModCloth. What you may not know is that I haven’t been shopping with them for very long, at least compared to other places. I’ve only known about them for under a year, but in that time, I’ve grown to love their clothes and what they stand for as a company. Take for instance, the skirt I’m wearing which you may have seen earlier in the challenge here. It’s from one of their house brands, Myrtlewood. I love that they’re committed to making their clothes (including their other brand, Bea & Dot) in a range of sizes, all the way up to 4x, and being that size, it means a lot to me.

pic3reduxI’ve never worn a cardigan this way before! Lately, I’ve seen many retro outfits with tucked-in sweaters, and it looks much more pulled together especially with fuller skirts. As I predicted, this chambray skirt is as versatile as a pair of jeans. It goes with everything, either despite or because of the polka dots. I’m looking forward to remixing it again and again on the blog and in real life. While people usually think “dresses” when they shop at ModCloth, I’m always pleased with their selection of separates, both modern and retro.

pic1reduxI’d like to hear from you! Whether it’s a skirt or a special top, what are your go-to separates? Let me know in the comments!

This outfit brightened my day on such a murky morning. At least the gray weather made it possible to wear a sweater without, well, sweating. Thank you for stopping by!

Sweater, Skirt, and Necklace: ModCloth  / Camisole: Lane Bryant (Similar) / Shoes: Jessica London / Belt: Torrid (Similar)

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30 Day Style Challenge, Day 17: A Case of the Fridays 092614 – What’s on the Outside

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Brace yourselves. Winter is coming. Okay, so I might not be ready to bundle up just yet, as you can tell by my sliver of midriff; however, now is a good time to think about the layers you’ll need as the temps start to cool off. What I’ve noticed, and this is especially true if you wear above a size 24, the earlier you shop for seasonal items, the better. Because the best stuff in those sizes go out of stock so quickly, its best to buy swimsuits early in the spring and winter clothes, like, right now. For this week’s “A Case of the Fridays,” I present to you my favorite cardigans, jackets, and coats.

Cardigans

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1 / 2 / 3

Cardis are always handy, even if it’s not super cold outside. They work to cut the chill both indoors and out, whether the perp is a blasting AC or an early fall breeze. I’ve noticed this year’s cardigans are less plain Jane and have interesting little details, such as print, patterns, and pockets. As a knitter, it somewhat pains me that it’s absolutely impossible to make every sweater I need, so when I can at least find one with a little something special in the design, it’s as Martha would say, “a good thing.”

Jackets

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4 / 5 / 6 / 7 / 8

Aside from being practical, I always feel an outfit’s a lot more interesting with a jacket. You can go from business to biker just by switching this layer. In the winter, we tend to wear a lot more jackets than heavy coats here in South Louisiana. They give enough warmth without being overly bulky.

Coats

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9 / 10 / 11 / 12

Brrr! Baby, when it’s cold outside, you gotta have a coat! Along with being stylish, what I look for in a coat is the ability to be roomy enough to go on over other layers. Often, coats make me feel inhibited, so it’s a bonus to have one that lets you have full range of motion. I’ve noticed a variety of coats available this time of year, from casual to dressy, and like I said earlier, it’s best to order asap so you have your pick of the litter. (Psst…#12 isn’t available yet, but if you follow the link, you can be notified when it is!)

full2reduxHow about you? Have you started shopping for warm weather essentials? Let me know in the comments! As for me, I don’t think it’s too early to sport a little something extra on the outside. Thank you for taking a look at some of my favorite outer layers. Until next time, stay warm!

Torrid: jacket (similar), top, and skirt / Shoes: Keds / Necklace: Forever 21

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