Thursday, January 22, 2015

Style Challenge #2: Brighten It Up

Welcome to week two of the style challenge!  Even though I technically already wore a bright in Monday's post it was not intentionally for the challenge and pretty coincidental.  Since I started the challenge to push myself, I wanted to make sure I wore an outfit that honored the challenge by actually feeling...challenging.  

I was super ready to do a cooler weather outfit with brights, but we're having a burst of warm weather, so a springtime look it is.  Even though it's usually easier for me to do brights in warmer weather, I'm so into neutrals right now that this outfit still felt challenging!  

My outfits are usually not what I'm wearing the exact day I post, but I'm wearing this TODAY to interview an applicant for our organization.  I've said before that my org is VERY casual, but I will interview sans jacket.  I had another look with brights that involved my floral pencil skirt, pink blouse, and navy blazer--a more professional silhouette--but eh, this is still quite dressed up for our org.  Maybe the other one will be for more interviews next week.

Soooooo...I actually bought this skirt when I was a few months pregnant, not for pregnancy, but just hoping I could guess my body well enough to have it fit afterwards.  I would NOT recommend doing that, but I did it with a couple of garments anyway!  (Did it with this skirt and a striped top that turned out to be perfect.)  I was looking for a skirt this color for like TWO years, and it was also on sale (for $12?) so I was willing to take the chance.  

Post pregnancy it actually fit pretty well, but now that I'm slimmer it doesn't fit quite as well.  It's not terrible and can be hidden decently when I'm sitting or moving around.  BUT, I think taking in the waist will make it much, much better as it will remove some of the excess material and not widen my hips as much.  Now...to get myself to a tailor.  That feels like a major feat with a baby, so who knows when that'll actually happen!  

Check out the other PMT Style Challenge participants below, and via #PMTstylechallenge on Instagram!

Shop for the Look:
Top: H&M (exact)
Jacket: Forever 21 (similarsimilar)
Skirt: Target (similarsimilarsimilar)
Shoes: H&M (similar)
Bag: Target (exactlarger version)

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Links to Shop:
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  1. I love your skirt! This would be a pretty cute Valentine's outfit too!


  2. That pop of color with the neutral jacket looks awesome on you! Love it!

  3. HappinessatmidlifeThursday, January 22, 2015

    I did buy some clothes when I was pregnant and it took me forever to lose the weight and by then I was not as excited about the purchase. I love this color on you and glad it works.


  4. I really like that pleated skirt. They do have a lot of fabric so I know what you are talking about by moving it all around. Love the whole look & your new style challenge! Bravo for such a great idea.

    Designing From My Closet

  5. Love, love that skirt!! And, you are making me want a jacket like that so bad! Such a pretty outfit!!!

  6. I love the color of this skirt!

  7. I love that bright skirt on you! I'm not sure what part of SD you're in, but I'm really happy with Castelli's Custom Tailoring in Windansea and Nick's Tailor Shop in La Jolla.

  8. The skirt with the shoes and coat looks so good together. This is such a fun challenge. Thank you so much for starting it.

  9. love love love the skirt! And thanks so much for this awesome challenge and link-up - I seriously needed to add some bright to my life! :) xo Danielle

  10. Such a colourful array! Beautiful skirt too. I love my neutrals, but it turns out I wear a lot more color than I thought! Smh

  11. I don't think I would have ever thought to pair the tan and the cranberry color! Love it!


  12. I totally did that with a similar skirt when I was pregnant too! It was such a good price I couldn't resist :) However, I'm struggling with shopping now because I am not quite back to my pre-pregnancy size and there are so many good deals out there! Anyway, such a pretty skirt and such a great color. Thanks for hosting the challenge!

  13. I love the color of the skirt! Goes brilliantly with the jacket and shoes :)

  14. This color is great with cognac! (But then what isn't?) Totally agree on the dangers of post-pregnancy purchases ahead of time, same on pregnancy purchases before you have a bump... Your body changes size, sure, but it just changes shape in so many unexpected ways that you really can't plan for with things like skirts/pants. I suppose you can't go wrong with a tunic though.

  15. Really love this skirt, such a pretty color!

  16. Is there a cognac colored jacket that is not leather? I want the color but the weather in Manila is not fit for leather jackets.

  17. This skirt is so beautiful on you! I love this color. Great job!




  18. I bought this app over a year ago but I've never used it because it seemed to daunting to take so many photos. I never felt like I had that much free time. Curious: how many hours do you estimate it's taken you to shoot all of your pieces of clothing? Maybe it's not as much as I think.

  19. To shoot all of my pieces? I still have to finish my tops and dresses, but as you can see in the images I've done about 30 of my tops, plus all of my jeans, skirts, cardigans, jackets, blazers, a lot of necklaces, etc. I'd say together that took me 1, mayyyybe 2 hours? Hard to say since I broke it up to a few minutes each day sporadically. I say just start with the goal of 5 pieces per day and see how that feels. If it feels awful, then continue not using the app as you have been. If it seems doable, do more! Or wait until the next day and do another 5.

  20. I'll be all over this app as soon as an android version comes out :) For one who loves seeing numbers, I love it's tracking abilities.

  21. This app looks amazing! I'm so bummed that it's not for Android users. I stopped using Go Chic because I didn't want to be on my computer more than necessary but I would be much more likely to use something on my phone instead! I guess I'll just have to wait for the Android version :(

  22. Wow, such a pretty skirt, Audrey! I love that color so much (saturated pinks/magentas/maroons are the best!!) and it looks excellent with your leather jacket (which I am still, after all these years, coveting!). I have a bright pink dress that I have really been enjoying wearing lately for a fun, bright pop of color among all my all-neutral outfits this winter. It's crazy how much just adding a little color to your outfits can put a pep in your step! :)

  23. Thanks so much, Brynn! I'm looking forward to the day you get a cognac moto jacket. ;)
    Sent from Outlook



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