(Shirt - Old Navy; Skirt - CAbi; Shoes - Nine West; Hat - H&M)
Inspiration: For those of you who are following me on my 30 for 30 Challenge (thank you!), I'm finding the biggest lesson to learn is "if at first you don't succeed, try, try again." Each day, I put my daily outfit on, and like clockwork, I start to second-guess myself, spend valuable time reconfiguring the outfit, only to find out it was perfect exactly as how I had planned it.
Today was no exception - I almost ditched this outfit for a "safer" choice (read: sans sequins), but I am so glad I waited until the entire look was complete (straw hat and all!).
If you're a woman reading my blog, I would just ask the next time you see something you like in a store, but think you can't wear it - TRY IT ON. If you're in your closet, trying to pull together a fun, new outfit and you start to second guess yourself - TRY IT ON.
I think as women, we miss out on opportunities to really shine through our wardrobe because we tend to be our own worst critics. I'm not saying to wear something completely inappropriate or ill-fitting, or I don't know...ugly. I'm just saying to try it out - with shoes, accessories, hair and makeup, the whole sha-bang. Because once the look is pulled together, you might find you have a NEW favorite outfit that becomes YOUR new norm!
On to today's outfit! Some of you may think sequins during the day is a no-no, but that's just not true. Sequins over the past year or so have become very chic to wear during the daytime. And no, you will not look like you're doing the walk of shame by wearing them during daylight hours! By pairing sequins with something simple and basic, like a button-down shirt or oxford shoes, you've created a dressy-casual look that can easily be worn from day to night.
Moving on, I knew I needed to wear a skirt today. I have four skirts planned for this challenge, and it's day 6 and I hadn't worn a single one yet. For some reason I gravitated to the sequin tube, even though I was going for more casual look today. The hat and the shirt really make the look more casual, with the skirt and the shoes dressing it up. There's a hundred ways to do this outfit (Converse sneakers instead of heels, cute headband instead of the hat, etc.). But I think what really solidified the dressy yet casual look was the lack of jewelry.
The only accessory I'm wearing today is a simple pair of silver hoop earrings. No necklace, no bangles (I know, shocking!), no ring - nada. I just felt this outfit didn't need it. I could have worn a long necklace and it wouldn't have detracted from the look, but I'm really happy with this outfit overall - just the way I planned it!