I’ll admit, lately it’s been challenging coming up will new outfits without coming completely untethered from reality. 😆 And I do try to keep it real.
earrings (similar) | charm necklace | lariat necklace | sweater (Plus) | ring | jeans | shoes (similar)
Though we’re not on full lockdown, Los Angeles is still a Covid “hot spot.” So we’ve mostly been sticking close to home. Jeans And A Sweater has been my default setting. I thought I’d take that formula and tweak it just a bit.
Sweater, boyfriend jeans and loafers
This cashmere crewneck is from Lands’ End (and currently marked down with code CLEAR). It’s a little more opaque than the similar style from J.Crew, but still light enough to layer under a jacket. And it’s offered in Misses, Petite, and Tall and Plus sizes.
While sneakers are a no-brainer these days, loafers are a comfortable alternative that takes the look up a notch or two. I’ve always loved the look of straight leg or boyfriend jeans worn with loafers. There’s a fun balance between relaxed and classic, rough and refined that appeals to me.
Seated mirror selfies seem to be a “thing” these days, so I had to give it a try. 😉 (It’s been too windy the last few days to take photos outside.) I purchased these Dorateymur loafers a little over a year ago, deeply discounted but on final sale. (Here’s the same style in white.) They ran about ½ size large, but I loved them and decided to keep them anyway. I recently tried adding cushioned insoles, and hooray, perfect fit!
Here’s another similar loafer style: Frame
While I love these raw hem boyfriend jeans, and wear them regularly, I’ve been somewhat hesitant to include them in the outfits I post. That reflexive voice in my head that says, “but they’re not flaaaattering” makes me second-guess myself.
Do they make my legs look shorter and maybe thicker? Possibly. But you know what? I’m choosing not to care. I LOVE the overall look of this outfit.
Here’s how I styled them for warmer weather last year.
Tools, not rules
I’ve been trying to practice what I preach about not letting (sometimes arbitrary) ideas about what’s flattering dictate my personal style. Sometimes we’re our own worst critics. And sometimes our notions of what’s flattering can become outdated.
I’m a great believer in “tools, not rules.” Style guidelines are just that: guidelines. Sometimes it’s the exception to the rule that makes an outfit sing. And I think feeling authentic and joyful in what we’re wearing creates confidence, which is probably the most flattering thing of all.
Do you have a favorite “unflattering” piece that you wear anyway?