Happy Monday, everyone! Welcome into my head today as I take you through my process to build a winter outfit for lunch with a friend.
My lunch date with a friend was last week (during a chilly week for us) was on one of the days we actually had full sun. Still a winter outfit was required.
I thought it might be helpful to some for me to take you closet diving with me, and see how I process a winter outfit right now.
Two things to remember. First, our winter is much lighter than most of you and when the sun comes out on a clear day, things heat up quickly…that ruled out sweaters and heavy jackets.
The second thing to remember for my own current winter outfits is that I am not wearing a variety of pants since my recovery boot is still on.
I have just a handful that are comfy and easy to wear with the boot.
One of my favorite pair of pants right now are the black Talbot’s T by Talbots Ribbed High Waist Flare Leggings.
You have seen me in them before. Since I wanted to wear these pants (because they look and feel good with the boot), I decided I could go with a column of black and put a different color on top near my face.
As Paul Harvey use to say, here is the rest of the story……
BUILD A WINTER OUTFIT: THE REJECTS: #1
When you build a winter outfit, remember that the mirror is your friend…an assistant…not an enemy!
The mirror I use for photographs is a full wall of mirror in a dining room. Many who upgrade home decor take those mirrors out…I like having them.
It has helped me so much to have a good full length view of what I am doing.
The woman I was meeting for lunch is quite fashion forward and gorgeous. I knew this gave me an opportunity to elevate my casual winter outfit.
At first I thought I wanted a very light color on top of the black…in one of my ivory/creamy off whites that pair best in my warm palette wardrobe.
I reached for my quilted jacket from Chico’s…which I have owned a long time.
The black long sleeve tee from Talbot’s that I am wearing has a flowy leopard print embellishment at the wrist and I wanted it to show out of a jacket or topper.
This was just OK to me. I wanted to elevate it more. I also did not like how much black there was with the short necklace.
I thought a longer necklace would look better to streamline and break up the column of black.
I usually wear this jacket with denim…and I think I will keep it that way.
So, this was a NO.
BUILD A WINTER OUTFIT: THE REJECTS: #2
This is an older EIleen FIsher jacket in bone, and you can see on my face that it wasn’t going to work.
I am not a doctor and do not want to impersonate one…however my doctor dresses very fashion-forward.
This is just too much fabric…not flattering…and soon after was passed on to sell.
I love Eileen Fisher garments, but it has to be just right and the shorter jackets of EF are what I am wearing more these days.
I am glad to have EF in my closet, but this one was just not going to work. I previously wore it when I was hiding my larger shape….just truth here.
Sometimes a longer garment can be flattering and fun…it just depends on the cut and style of it…but this one did not.
As I was looking in the mirror, my eye fell on the leopard embellishment which made me think of the jacket I wanted to pair with this.
BUILD A WINTER OUTFIT: THE WINNER
That was when I remembered my soft, ruched sleeve Chico’s jacket in this lovely toasty brown.
Voila…with a gold sparkly brooch, and the Chico’s necklace I recently purchased on sale, it worked! I liked it.
I am going to stop by this week and see that blue myself…it needs to be close to a kingfisher blue for me…I really like these jackets!
BUILD A WINTER OUTFIT: PUT YOUR BEST FOOT FORWARD
When you only have one foot to put forward, it should be your best foot forward! Right? So build a winter outfit with your best.
I like the touch to this outfit of wearing on my best foot this KEDS RIFLE. PAPER COMPANY TRIPLE DECKER COLETTE JACQUARD SLIP ON.
I recently purchased these shoes on sale because I liked the look of them so much…and I cannot wait to wear both of them! On both of my best feet!
They were too cute to pass up and wait for the boot to come off.
With the touches of fun in my accessories (including the leopard sleeve design), this outfit speaks my style adjectives of creative, polished, approachable, joyful, and current.
BUILD A WINTER OUTFIT: A HELPFUL EXERCISE
I felt so confident in this look, that after lunch I stopped by Nordstrom Rack to see what was going on.
Confident dressing will do just that…give you the energy and fortitude to do more than you planned.
Taking time to put on a winter outfit and try different pieces, is very helpful to me. Then I know better what works, what doesn’t, and what needs to find a new home.
I hope taking you with me as I build a winter outfit for lunch with a friend was helpful to you as well.
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STAY STRONG & KEEP SMILING!!
By Pamela Lutrell
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