Part of my style recipe has always included a small amount of elegance. Not stuffy elegant, just kick-it-up-a-notch elegant. Even when my lifestyle and fashion preferences change, the constant always seems to be a dab of dressiness. The truth is, I just don’t wear casual as easily as many women, and I tend to appear overdressed, even in simple outfits. Today’s ootd is a casually elegant outfit combining textures.
As I read more about the Kibbe system, I begin to understand why. I’ve discovered I am a dramatic classic and apparently, they do have a hard time with casual. More on the Kibbe system after I study the book in more depth.
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Casual can run from sweats with clunky athletic shoes to something like this outfit which is firmly in my wheelhouse. Even though I’m wearing pull-on jeans, the espresso color is slightly dressier than blue denim and a welcome change for me. I never thought I’d get tired of jeans, but I have so it’s nice to have alternatives. I love the comfort of a pull-on style, plus the lack of zipper and button means nothing to poke out front and show through my top.
I’ve been stocking up on brown this winter. It’s not as readily available as black, so I snapped these items up when I saw them. Espresso is a rich deep neutral that coordinates with things as easily as black. It also looks great worn with black. Black and brown are a very low contrast combination.
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I wore this look for a run to Home Depot, Lowes, and a tile store. Someone on FB mentioned that I must have been the best-dressed shopper at Home Depot, and I was. Did I feel overdressed? No, I felt like me which is how I want to feel no matter what other people are wearing.
This column of color is not as typical as if the sweater were brown and the outer jacket a contrasting color, but I get the same elongating effect by wearing brown head-to-toe. I added a blouse, fingerless gloves, and scarf in soft blush and faux pearl earrings to keep the effect soft.
I am an equal opportunity pearl lover and don’t care if they’re real or faux. The effect always feels elegant to me because the soft luster just glows.
Do you find yourself under or overdressed most of the time?
Thanks for reading and remember to wear what makes you feel confident, no matter what the ‘crowd’ is wearing:)