THIS OR THAT WITH WHITE FLARE JEANS
I am still trying to play catch-up from my trip last weekend. I’ve been working hard, trying to get photos taken, clothing ordered, and posts written to be a couple of days ahead of schedule. I had managed to get around four days ahead, and then, poof… it’s all gone.
Traveling to my mom and dads, working a day at the lumber company we own, and a weekend trip to The Biltmore Estates has depleted all of my previous work, so now I am scrambling again. I’ve gotten ahead with photos, so currently, I’m working on getting a couple of posts written early. There are many wonderful things about blogging, but a seven-day-a-week schedule is not one of them. We are talking about taking a vacation (the first in two years) in April, and I want to be far enough ahead in my work that I can relax and enjoy myself. If you don’t hear from me, I’ll be in my basement typing away. Lol!
For this week’s THIS or THAT post, I will be styling one pair of white jeans and styling them differently. This floral-smocked puff short sleeve top is beautiful!!! I love the style and the smocked neckline, but the bright floral colors are what I love. The button-up shirt is 100% linen, and the care instructions say it can be machine washed, line dried, and ironed with low heat.
The length is perfect and can be worn out or tucked in. It hits me right at my hips, and I think this is a flattering length. I am wearing a size 10 top, and it fits great. It is slightly fitted but is still loose enough not to show lumps and bumps.
I am really into green right now; I’m blaming it on St. Patrick’s Day. So, when I spied this cute Rebecca Minkoff snake-embossed green leather satchel, I wanted to check it out. It is a small handbag, so all of you petite ladies who need smaller bags might like this “pop of color” bag. I was surprised that it held as must as it did, and I liked that you could zip it closed for more security.
Here is another view of the satchel so that you can see how it looks when worn on the shoulder. It also has a detachable shoulder strap, but I didn’t get a pic of that with it. In this photo, you can see the silver studs that line the bag and handle.
I like these high-waist flare jeans! They feel great and have quite a bit of stretch to them. The inseam is 33″, so I knew that I would need platform shoes with them. It seems like most flare jeans are made long for that reason. I ordered a size 30 because I usually size up in white pants and jeans. I don’t like them to fit so tight that you can see through them. But these were just a little too loose for my taste, and I’ll probably send them back for a size 29. I had been thinking about ordering the Spanx white flare jeans, but their inseam is 34″ (32″ for Petites), and they are $50.00 more, so I’ll give this pair a try first.
Here are the platform shoes that I am wearing. These slip-on platform shoes have a lightly padded insole, so they are pretty comfortable to walk in. My biggest peeve with them was that the sole wasn’t wooden. I’m sure it is synthetic because of a weight issue, but the wooden sole would have looked nicer. I ordered my actual size, and they fit great.
Now, let’s move on to a completely different look. This outfit is dressier than the floral one, but it is just as lovely. There are times when I need a slightly dressier look, but I don’t want to be dressed to the nines.
This black and white outfit would be perfect for those times. It is a dress/casual outfit and would work in most situations, especially since black and white is a classic combination. The jeans keep the outfit on the casual side, while the black and white blouse gives the look a dressier vibe.
The dressier details of this black and white dotted blouse are the shirring at the neck and around the cuffs, plus the sheer sleeves are gorgeous. The sheer sleeves give a glimpse of skin without showing too much, and I know many women like to have coverage on their upper arms. I’m wearing a medium blouse, and it is still roomy and flowy, and I like the way it fits.
These Ivory Mother of Pearl Link Earrings just arrived, and they are beautiful! You can wear the earrings as I have them, or you can remove the stone link and wear them as huggies instead. These MOP earrings are dressy enough to wear with a cocktail dress, but they look great with jeans.
I decided to try a neutral shoe with this outfit. I love wearing espadrilles in the spring and summer, so I ordered this tan pair to check out. Truthfully, I didn’t think I would like these shoes because they have an ankle strap, and I am not keen on ankle straps. Sometimes my ankles swell, probably because I sit so much, and ankle straps can be a problem. But, these were very comfortable and didn’t give me any issues at all, so they got a big thumbs up from me. Lol! These are dressier-looking platform wedge shoes, and they would look great with summer dresses. The shoes run true to size, and I’m wearing my usual size 9. The espadrilles are also available in clear and black if you already have a pair of neutral shoes.
Experimenting is part of what I do with every outfit. I’ll try one thing and then another until I like what I’m wearing. I decided to try a different pair of shoes to see how it would change the outfit’s look. Ummm, I don’t think I like the look with these black espadrille wedges.
I liked the chain detail that runs down the side of the jute material, but I’ve not yet embraced the square toe look. I also think the black of the shoe pulls the eye down and focuses on my shoes, which isn’t what I wanted. I wanted my legs to look long and lean, and either a white shoe or a neutral shoe would have worked better. I often do a pop of color with heels, and even that would have worked better than the black espadrilles.
Even if I wasn’t a fan, everyone else must have been because the black version has sold out, but there is a white version still available. The shoes do run true to size, and I am wearing my usual size 9.
Now it is time to vote on which outfit you like the best? THIS = floral top and white jeans, THAT = black and white blouse with white jeans. I suppose we could have a BOTH category if you think both of these outfits are something you would wear.
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