In a weird way, I'm sort of looking forward to resuming my typical work uniform. Granted, I probably dressed up my jeans more than most of my coworkers did. While many of them gladly sported t-shirts, Hawaiian shirts, and an impressive array of short-sleeved plaid button downs (yes, I work with mostly dudes), I rocked out a few ruffles and heels. My last-minute investment in a few denim pencil skirts definitely helped lend some polish to all the jeanswear.
Below, I bring you the last half of my casual challenge...
Necklace - vintage, from the now-closed Ivy boutique
As you can see, I started off kinda schlubby and then got my act together by mid-week. Some days, it's just a pain to make the effort, right? Especially when the weather is like the movie Groundhog Day - highs in the mid 90's, maybe a chance of rain. Every darn day.
Overall, I did enjoy my self-appointed mission to move beyond my 4-5 summer outfits. By telling myself to try super hard not to repeat an ensemble, it forced me to get creative and shop my closet, resulting in some great finds that hadn't seen the light of day in a few years. And the jean skirts, the only purchases made specifically for this month, served as a good base (along with my rotation of jeans) for the multitude of tops and tunics. I also like to justify the new acquisitions as pieces that'll transition well into Fall.
Speaking of which... who else can't wait for all those September magazines to arrive in their mailbox? Of course, Vogue promises to deliver an issue packed with all sorts of things to ooh and ahh over. I'm sure my InStyle and Lucky will also get a bunch of earmarks.
Which magazines are you snapping up for their annual Fall fashion celebration? Have you done a bit of "back to school" shopping yourself? Bookmarked a stunning purse, dress, or pair of shoes? Or is the summer heat and humidity chasing the very thought of anything wool or tweed right out of your head?
Images - my own