Maroon Pants and Evolving Your Style

I have been wishing for a pair of maroon pants for so long and they are finally here! These are the exact same style and brand as the olive jeggings I wore earlier this week (JCP’s a.n.a. zip pocket). I debated in the dressing room for a while because there was a pair of Stylus ankle crop skinnies in a similar, but slightly darker, color. In the end I went with these because Continue reading

Black, White and Mint All Over

Day two of new JCPenney pants! You guys get a bonus post today because I had yesterday’s all written and then just never got around to putting it up. Today’s pair of jeans is a different brand, though the same cut as yesterday. These are the Stylus brand that I love so much (see the ankle crop jeans I wear nearly every day for evidence of this). I have to say that if I’m comparing today’s jeans to yesterday’s Continue reading

Olive Pants, Fall Colors

Colored pants have been at the top of my shopping list for a while now, but this weekend I finally made it a priority to go out and find some. And I’m so glad I did! I did quite get everything I was looking for, and I ended up with a few extra things, but I think they will be valuable additions to my closet!  Continue reading

Leggings and Colored Pants

One of the top items on my shopping list right now is colored pants. I haven’t had too much time to shop lately, but as fall approaches (#psl) I’m hoping to find a few great pairs in maroon, grey, and possibly white. In the meantime, I’m satisfying my desire for colored pants with leggings. 

There are things that I really like about wearing leggings as pants: they’re very comfy, they won’t stretch out with wear, and they’re pretty inexpensive so you can experiment with different colors with only a small investment. There are some challenges too though: if you wear them with boots, you’re likely to get some pilling that you wouldn’t experience with jeans, they’re not as forgiving as jeans, and (for myself at least) you’re always wearing them with tunic-style tops, which limits your outfit options. So more pros than cons in my book, but leggings can’t replace a great colored jean entirely for me.

Today I’ve reversed out this outfit and gone with a black tunic top over these red leggings. I think just the color change makes it a more polished outfit, plus this top has a great contrasting texture on the cuffs and collar. I’m wearing it with black heels and a gold tassel necklace today, but you could easily do a flat, either in black or grey or leopard for a more walkable outfit (or if you just don’t like heels!)

Where do you fall on the leggings as pants question?

Leggings – ordered online through

Top – (old) Nordstrom Rack

Shoes – (last year) Franco Sarto from DSW

Necklace – (old) JFA show

Comfortable But Work Appropriate

Today I needed something that was both comfortable and nicely work-appropriate. I am moving a bunch of things around at work today, so I wanted something I could move in, and also to be layered up so that as I got too warm (inevitable), I would be able to shed a layer and still look nice.

My favorite pair of jeans and this white top with tiny black bird print are a great base. The plum colored cardigan is my layering piece. Every time I put this sweater on I am reminded of how much I love this color. Leopard flats are both practical and fun. And then my pocket watch necklace means my outfit still has some depth, even if I ditch the sweater for a bit.

I feel like I used to have a lot of misconceptions about what was “comfortable.” In college, that meant pjs–sweatpants and a hoodie. When I worked at State Farm, where the dress code was business-dress only, suddenly putting on jeans at the end of the day felt luxurious. Now I think it’s pretty easy to buy jeans that wear nicely and are comfy (thanks to all that stretch). I’ve also reevaluated what I need to be “comfortable.” I’m generally a lot happier when I know that something looks nice on me which, let’s be honest, is probably not yoga pants and a sweatshirt. I am probably most comfortable in some stretchy jeans and a fun, fitted t-shirt.

How about you? What are your go-to comfortable clothes?

Wearing White: to See or Not to See (Through)

I’m a big fan of white clothing, but I have a little trouble maintaining that initial pristine condition. I am honestly kind of a clumsy person, so in wearing white it’s fairly likely that I will spill on myself, draw on myself, or lean up against a wall of wet paint. Okay, not that bad, but I’m pretty clumsy. So while I love the idea of wearing more white, I’m also a little scared of it.

The other challenge with white or other pale-colored clothes is that Continue reading

Asymmetric Hemlines

You know how most of the time when you try on clothes, you look in the mirror, check yourself from a few angles, think, “yeah, okay, this looks good,” and add it to your “probably going to buy it” pile. But sometimes, every now and then, you put something on and as soon as you pull it into place you know that this is the perfect thing and wonder where it has been your whole life? That is exactly how I felt about this top when I tried it on this weekend.  Continue reading