Thursday, September 6, 2012

Layering and weird outfit quirks


dress: gifted
sleeveless collared shirt: New York & Company
cardi: H&M
shoes: secondhand
necklace: Target
bracelet: Forever 21

Sorry if you're tired of hearing (reading?) this from me, but my office is COLD. Like, keep-a-heavy-sweater-in-your-cube cold. Once, I wore a skirt and long sleeves, and wound up having to wrap my sweater around my legs and tie the arms in a knot to keep it in place. That. Cold.

Anyway, the best way to handle such frigid temps when it's 90 degrees outside is, of course, layers. I just throw a non-wrinkle-prone cardi in my bag with my high heels, then throw it on when I get to work and switch my comfy shoes for my actual shoes. (Hey, walking around downtown in four-inch heels is NO FUN.)

So I need some feedback from you guys with this outfit. When I was wearing it, I felt really thick around the middle. Just kind of...puffy. And when I look at this outfit, I feel like I look puffy. Does anyone else see that, or is it just me? Also, I'm not really sold on these shoes. I think they'd be cute with long pants, so just the toes poke out. My friend at work called them "grandma" can't see it in the photos, but they have a square one-inch heel. Any opinions on those?



  1. God I absolutely HATE cold offices. I'm lucky that the office I'm in right now isn't that bad, but there are other sections in the office that are freezing. I pray I never end up in one of those.
    Personally I'm not a huge fan of the shoes, they're just not my style, but I don't think there's anything wrong with your outfit. You don't look "thick" in the middle or anything! But I can see how you might feel that way with all of the layers. Just know that you don't look it :)

  2. I don't think you look thick in the middle at all! I think maybe belting would help if you think so?

    I agree with the shoes though - they would look cute with pants but I don't love it with the dress


  3. I know what you mean on both fronts. You aren't really puffy but the shape and design of the clothes create that appearance. Nothing to worry about, though. Comfort is important.

    I recently bought similar sandals 'cause they were so inexpensive and now I hate them. Every time I look at them, I see Old Ladies' Shoes. Of course, anyone can wear them and they aren't really bad but I hate being reminded of old age -- since I'm facing it myself. I'd rather delude myself into believing I'm your age, with life and joy ahead of me, not in the rear-view mirror.

    These sandals, on you, are fine depending on how YOU feel about them. Items of clothing are only part of the magic that occurs when we dress: who we are can transform the clothes. It's like when feminine women wear men's clothes -- they look adorably cute, not butch. So an attractive young woman like you wearing these shoes doesn't look old.

  4. I agree with Fran. I don't think it makes you look puffy AT all. I know that feeling through. Makes me want to buy those peek-a-boo shirts on the infomercial just to avoid the thick layering : ) My solution on days like this, belt it! Always holds everything in place.

    I just posed an outift where I had to do JUST that to keep the shirt down over on my blog:

  5. Hi, Emma. Thank you for the constructive advice you just left on my blog. I'm always looking for feedback since that helps me learn and grow. Your point makes perfect sense and I appreciate your educating me. You know SOOOO much more than I do!


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