Starring stripes, pockets and puffy sleeves.

Earrings, Claire’s; Dress, Feira da Lua (Brasília); Shoes, Zara.

This is my favorite dress to wear when I don’t know what to wear. It doesn’t need much of anything else to make it awesome, it just is awesome. I think everyone needs a dress that is interesting by itself, and needs nothing more than a pair of killer heels (or gladiator sandals).

The hotter it gets, the simpler I want my outfits, but I still like outfits with interest and details. Dresses like these become my wardrobe workhorses. For your “throw it on and go” items of clothing, do you prefer a complicated garment that doesn’t require embellishment, or a simple one? Let me know in the comments below!

Photos by Aarron from FOATography!

On a quick local aside, if you’re in Winnipeg, and not doing anything after work on the 21st of June, drop by 4Play Sports Bar on Portage (across from the MTS Centre) for a Social Media Manitoba Tweet Up!

Welcome back creepy lizard shoes!

Freshwater pearls, gift from my granny; Blazer, Aritzia; Button-front, Moon; Ring, Out of the Blue; Jeans, Seven for all Mankind; Shoes, Melissa + Gaetano Pesce.

Easily my favorite pair of plastic shoes. Easily.

I was inspired by Tanesha’s Weekend Polish outfit. Jeans with a touch of polish. I waffled on what shoes to wear with this outfit, and realized out of the blue that it was warm enough, but not too hot, to wear my creepy plastic lizard feet shoes. 

Finally. My feet love to be weird.

Photos by Aarron from FOATography!

Wrap it up fall, I’m ready for spring … nay, summer.

Earrings, Locale; Wrap, H&M; Dress, Costa Blanca; Shoes, American Eagle for Payless.

While I love this wrap deeply, it is the most fall-themed item of clothing I own. Wearing it in the spring feels really wrong, but sometimes, feeling wrong feels very right - particularly when the weather outside is chilly, damp and rainy. There’s nothing like a soft, warm wrap to chase away the damp.

Even if it is a bit sad that I needed to wear one to ward off the chill, four days away from June 01st, the first day of summer a mere 22 days away.

Not so secretly, I’m also thrilled I got to wear it today, because once the temperature goes up, I won’t even want to look at it, or think about needing to wear clothes that warm me up.  Ugh. Sweat rivulets. I know you’re in my future.

Photos by Aarron of FOATography!

Rethinking proportions.

Earrings, Claire’s; Sweater, Hope; Button-front, Moon; Jeans, Ardene; Clogs, Wish Shoes; Ring, gift.

Oh the frustration when an outfit doesn’t quite live up to expectations. I didn’t realized until looking through these pictures that the grey sweater layered on top of the button front wasn’t quite the right shape or proportion for this outfit. Typically, when I wear a pair of skinnies, I don’t worry if the shape of my sweater is boxy, oversized or unflattering. The fit of the jeans makes up for the oversized nature of the top.

This time, though? Not sure it’s right. The grey sweater is designed to be oversized, but layered overtop of a breezy, relaxed fitting button-front, it doesn’t look pulled together. It looks … messy (the fact that this picture was taken at the end of the day, and I’m wrinkled doesn’t help, either).

Which is fine, because now I’m playing the “what sweater do I own that I could layer over this shirt,” because I really like how it looks. In my head.

There’s something about needing to go back to the drawing board that I really, really like. Do you have any sartorial challenges you love to come up against?

Photos by Aarron from FOATography!

Pink and black 3 layer cake.

Earrings, Claire’s; Necklace, Le Mode Accessories; Ring, In Pink; Tee shirt and wrap cardi, lululemon athletica; Jeans, Vero Moda; Patent wedges, Geox.

I knew the moment I saw this pink necklace that the first time I wore it, I would pair it with these pants.

I based this outfit on one I wore earlier this spring. The colours and shapes are completely different, but the theme that has stayed the same is that I styled the outfit based upon where the colours would be on my body. Choosing two colours and layering them from head to toe creates an interesting colour blocked look, and definitely one I will be trying again.

Photos by Aarron from FOATography!

Finding the right match: denim shirt and breezy skirt.

Sunglasses, F21; Necklace, Something Unusual (gift); Denim shirt, Shoulder; Skirt, Brasília’s Hippie Fair; Shoes, American Eagle for Payless.

Finally. I figured it out!

The last time I wore this skirt, I really struggled with what to wear with it, and wound up deciding to hide the shirt I’d chosen under a jeans jacket. With that in mind, this denim shirt practically picked itself.

I also looked to a wrap-skirt expert, the lovely Chelsea from Bright Side Dweller. She has several of the wrap-skirts, and she nails the styling of them every single time.

I really like how this look turned out. And am I ever glad that I “borrowed” this shirt from my mom (she doesn’t know I have it, so let’s keep it on the down-low… Mom, if you could just forget the last sentence I wrote, that would be AWESOME). I’m really surprised by how much I’ve been enjoying wearing double denim. Denim shoes with denim anything is a great way to wear denim on denim without feeling like you’re rocking a Manitoban Tuxedo, I’ve discovered.

In other news, I’ve been helping to launch a local sports show, and we have our first one up and on the air (and by air, I mean internet)! I’m really proud of what we’ve created, and can’t wait to see it grow. Read more about the show and the hosts (the legendary Scott Taylor and Curt Keilback) on 360Winnipeg.ca!

In other other news, CBC has just announced their decision to air an alternative Stanley Cup hockey commentary by While the Men Watch, a pair of women who provide alternative – female focused – commentary on hockey games. Many people on The Internet think it is sexist, as it implies that women either aren’t interested in sports or can’t follow the “men’s” commentary, because that commentary isn’t about shoes or hair. Or, that women can only be interested in sports if the commentary is on how hot a player is, or what the coach is wearing.

Wait, did I call that commentary? I meant to call it gossip.

My initial feeling is that it is insulting, patronizing and sexist. Another part of me is telling me to reserve judgement until I actually listen to what they have to say. CBC has been defending their decision, and maybe I’ll find their “commentary” adds something to the sports experience. Likely I won’t.

I’m interested in your thoughts on this alternative commentary. Is it sexist? Filling a niche? Leave your thoughts in the comments!

Photos by Aarron of FOATography!

Styling a misbehaving dress.

Coconut necklace and Gladiator Sandals, Hippie Fair; Silver necklace, Hilary Druxman; Bangle, Melanie Lynn; Jeans jacket, Buffalo by David Bitton; Sweater, H&M; Dress, Joe Fresh Style.

While riding in the elevator, a lady from another office complimented me on my outfit, specifically my “adorable dress.” I grinned and explained to her that I was dedicated to this dress, but that my styling efforts for it are all an attempt to ensure that my bust stays exactly where it is supposed to: under wraps.

The last time I wore this dress, I tied a button-front top over it to keep my ladies in place. This time, using some clever tying of a drawcord I liberated from a different sweater, I tucked this sweater up under my bust, and used the cover of the sweater to mask my bust’s escapist tendencies.

I’m interested to see where my next styling attempt leads me. A wrap sweater? A bandeau bra? Who knows, but I’m excited!

Photos by Aarron of FOATography!

More than just a maxi dress.

Sunnies, F21; Earrings, Winnipeg Folk Festival; Dress, stolen from my mother’s closet; Ring, gift; Flip flops, Havaianas.

Sometimes, simple is best. I didn’t know what I wanted to wear when I got out of bed, wound up wandering around the house wearing jean shorts and a plaid button-front for a while, until I stumbled upon this dress in my summer clothing bin, and was taken away with the idea of my whole “outfit” being, basically, just a big dress.

And this dress is BIG. Billowy, not at all form fitting, and still feminine and pretty. The scoop-neckline is flattering, and the pockets (pockets!) kept the dress firmly in the practical camp. And due to the overwhelming heat we’ve been having in my office, a big, cotton, billowy dress also did wonders keeping me cool and comfortable.

I predict this dress will become a summer staple, so my challenge now is coming up with new, innovative ways to wear this dress. Do you have items that you struggle with styling since it looks so damned fabulous on it’s own?

Photos by Aarron from FOATography!

Chartreuse, head-to-toe.

Glasses, Clearly Contacts; Dress (worn as a tank), “borrowed” from my mom; Skirt, Anthropologie; Sandals, Aldo.

Somedays, I just want to be crazy bright, head to toe. Point in case, today’s bright chartreuse outfit. I’ve had it in my head for a while, but haven’t been quite brave enough to wear a skirt, top and shoes in very similar colours.

Oddly, and maybe this is the beauty of wearing a monochromatic outfit, I found it less: “OH MY GOSH! I can’t BELIEVE you’re wearing this!” than I was expecting. Which is kind of disappointing, because I secretly like to inspire that reaction in people.

OK, maybe it isn’t that much of a secret.

 

Monochromatic draping.

Sunglasses, F21; Necklace, Hilary Druxman‘s Wear the West End; Wrap & Cardi, lululemon athletica; Maxi skirt, Winners; Sandal wedges, Geox.

I was worried, when I pulled this outfit together, half-asleep. I wasn’t sure if the wrap – being long and flowy when not tied – would work with the skirt, or completely hide my shape. But I couldn’t resist. And tying that bad-boy of a wrap resulted in a nicely defined waist. Early morning sartorial success!

Photos by Aarron from FOATography!