This is my take on the (by now, probably totally out-moded) “30 for 30” challenge, first pioneered by Kendi. The list of my wardrobe contents for this challenge (i.e. July) is posted here. See the first, second and third sets too, if you’re curious.
I’m surprised it’s taken me till now to wear this skirt — normally, it’s one of my office go-tos! It’s another Wanko design, with a matching jacket, although I usually find the jacket too formal. This week, I set myself the unofficial mission to dress down my office skirts a little. I have a problem pulling off office casual, so this is my week to break out of that rut!
Also this week: coming up with new combinations. It’s at this point in the challenge that I find myself mentally slipping into “safe” combinations I’ve already done — I’ll do my best to avoid it!
Although I think of this skirt as “formal”, I think pairing it with the much more casual shirt worked out. (It does have a collar, but I feel that any shirt that does up with snaps is probably “office casual”.) I broke out the bangles again — this time my silver (well, silver-coloured; pretty sure they’re tin) ones. Wearing only 6 is a lot less jangly than wearing 18! Not much remarkable in this outfit; it’s pretty boring, all told. With that said, however, I’m pleased to see it because… I have honestly never put these two items together before!
(The Smelly was very curious about the goings-on on the porch, and came over to investigate. I tried to get him to smile at the camera with me, but that clearly didn’t work out…)
Okay, so I cheated. I’m not actually wearing the blazer in the pictures. I did wear it during the day at work though — it gets chilly in there with all that AC! The blazer is probably my favourite one, because it’s cut to mid-thigh length. It’s made by Evan Yanagi, who I would hire to make my whole wardrobe if I were made of money. (She made my wedding dress!) I’m not a huge fan of the buttons (I think they’re horn?) but I love the cut so, so much.
Full disclosure: I actually wore the Sketchers to work, because The Boy and I had a lunchtime bike date, so chunkier, foot-protecting shoes were in order. That actually makes today a Double Date Day! After work I threw on the feather earrings (so festive! so cheap!) for our dinner out. I love those earrings — again, an impulse buy from F21; I don’t know about their clothes, but I do quite like their accessories! — but don’t think I can quite pull them off at work.
For the necklace, it’s again one of those items that helps transition me gently from costume to “grown up” jewellery. It was a gift from my Aunt E after I graduated from university. It’s all different shades of aquamarine, along with some crystal, in a modern kind of arrangement. I love it, and don’t wear it nearly enough. Happily, I thought to put it on this morning; it’s a start!
Note: This makes 4 times this month that I’ve worn my jeans. What to do? While technically that was my self-imposed limit, I won’t consider it a fail if I make it 5 — after all, July has 4.5 weeks! Given the heat, though, I might be able to squeak by without them…
…and holy moly was it ever hot on Thursday! (That fan wasn’t just for show! Okay, it was mostly for show. Mostly. I did fan at myself occasionally while working though.) Ironically, the heat did work out: I’d woken up with horrible shin/ankle pain in my left leg (can you tell?) and was feeling bad about missing a paddling practice, but they cancelled it anyway, partly from the heat, and partly from the threats of thunderstorms. Serendipity! (Well, sort of. Having no injuries would be better, obviously…)
So Thursday’s get-up was… uninspired. I was pleased to see that those two worked together — I’d figured the top was too purple-y to work with the skirt, but it ended up looking okay. Nothing special, just okay. No accessories? Heck, no. It was way too hot for accessories!
Thankfully the weather cooled off — in spite of the promised thunderstorm never materializing! While waiting around for the rain, however, Thursday night I felt… stupid. As I was re-hanging some washed items in the “30” section of the closet, I found… my black dress pants. The black dress pants I normally wear at least once a week. That for 20 days have been sitting in my 30, unworn. Because I forgot about them. No wonder I was feeling so stuck for pants options at work! So yes, a little stupid. I did, however, vow to remedy that forthwith, and wear them Friday! (I thought that black-red-gold would be a nice variation on the black-red-white I’m so fond of. Also, if you’re wondering why I keep wearing red on Fridays, it’s not because I’m stuck in a rut (well, not just because I’m stuck in a rut…) — it’s to show support for our troops!)
Notes on accessories: that cat pendant (which I am totally turning into a charm, if I ever make myself a charm bracelet) is another cheap trinket I picked up at Forever 21, and I keep forgetting to wear it. I love it! The earrings I bought off Etsy, and I love how light they are: featherweight hammered copper (that now has a patina on it that I really like, although I should probably scrub it off). The scarf, funnily enough, I used to keep wanting to give away in my closet purges. I kept it because it was a gift from my grandmother, but it seemed so “un-me”. In the past year, I’ve pulled it out countless times — I am super-glad I never gave it away! The purse is probably my favourite “real” purse — another gift from my mom. It’s a good size, and I love the pewter colour, the soft leather, the squashiness of the shape.
This is the first time I try the “scarf as a belt” thing with these pants and… I think it worked out okay. I don’t know that I’d do it in a more formal setting, but for a summer Friday (and yes, I had a customer meeting that day), I thought it was cute.
Saturday was a very relaxed day: farmer’s marketing, dog-walking, and then a girls’ wine afternoon/evening. I opted for comfy pants (protection against both sun and mosquitos!) and then got lazy with my (lack of) accessories. I do regret not throwing a belt on though, because the pants are a little big on me.
If you’re wondering about the garlic comment, I picked up a huge bag of garlic scapes (I know! They’re still available!) for $5 at the market — and the lady was cramming more into the bag for me as I was handing her the money! I was all excited about making more of the pesto that I was so excited about two weeks ago; I got home, tripled the recipe, and got to making. After I’d tidied everything away, I picked up the bag of scapes to put away and realized that… I’d barely made a dent in it. People, I am well over my head in garlic scapes. As if to stick its tongue out at me, Nature has also poked a lone garlic in my patch to also throw up a scape. I’m surrounded!
For such a simple outfit, I am ridiculously happy with Sunday’s get-up. The proof is in the pudding: belts work! Today’s only real “to do” was a picnic at our CSA farm (hence the clunky shoes), and a lot of dog-walking (ditto). A pretty relaxed day in all, although The Boy did get some pretty significant work chalked up in the house, and I kept pretty busy in the kitchen.
It’s strange sometimes, the balance that your life falls into. These days I’m definitely spending more hours in the kitchen than average. It doesn’t feel like it, though, because I never seem to be doing the same things.
Anyhow, that’s it for the fourth week of the challenge — the final week is coming up and features a wedding! I’ve also started putting together what I think I’ve learned from the challenge (among other things: 4 pairs of shoes isn’t enough for me) and I’ll be posting that at some point after the challenge too.
Happy Sunday night everyone!