Are you faithful to your taste? by Kari

Tuesday, January 31, 2012
Before (not pictured: my ear muffs!)
After
Uniqlo gray pea coat; green patterned scarf, gift from my sis-in-law; gray wool gloves; off-white J.Crew cardigan; off-white Gap button up; J.Crew gold skinny beltJ.Crew pencil skirt; royal blue Gap tights; Pour la Victoire gray patent oxfords; gold Timex watch; green vintage clutch

Lately, I've woken up every morning and just been so bummed by the sea of neutrals that inhabit my closet that I feel forced to wear especially in the winter time. I mean, come on, boots only come in like three colors. I didn't want NYC to change my bright, fun style, but I feel like over the past couple of months it has. I found myself not wearing my fun necklaces or gravitating more towards neutrals because I didn't want to look weird to my new co-workers or people at church. And then on Sunday, I had an epiphany. WHO CARES?! Like Kristine mentioned in her last post, bright clothes make ME happy and when you get dressed, you should dress for yourself. I posted a quote on my instagram (follow me!) the other day that helped me put it in perspective, "Be faithful to your own taste because nothing you really like is ever out of style." How awesome is that? I've always felt like this about stuff but sometimes we all just get knocked off our feet and we have to find our way back to what makes us happy, even if it's the tiniest thing like wearing fun and colorful outfits. So in honor of that quote and getting back to what brightens my day, I put together this outfit. I wanted to take a before and after pick so you guys get the idea of the amount of layers I have to wear. Seriously takes me 20 minutes to get suited up before I can go out!

Do you recognize that skirt? I wore it in my "farewell" post three months ago in sunny L.A. and by just adding tights and a chunky sweater it still works in winter even if it is mostly white! I felt totally confident and comfortable in this on Sunday and I got a lot of compliments from my new friends, which made me happy.

P.S. Can you guys believe that little clutch? I just got 'er from a cute vintage store we stumbled on here in our neighborhood. The handle even folds down into the purse if you don't want to use it. Clever, right?!

17 comments :

  1. Those tights are so great. Love!

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  2. Lovely! Adorable little clutch, and those tights are fabulous!

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  3. Those blue tights are fab and I love those brogues!


    And that totally makes sense. Wear what you want because you love it. Simple enough!

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  4. I live in the NYC area, and I sometimes feel like I fall victim to this too! I have these awesome metallic gold oxfords, and I get timid about wearing them. My purple or pink tights are not getting as much love as as the grays and blacks. But I just discovered that all of my black tights are ripped. That's a sign if I've ever gotten a sign, haha! So I'm currently living it up in burgundy or purple tights and it feels gooood.

    The cardigan is my favorite part of this outfit! Love it! And it's good to see that I'm not the only one who wears summery clothes all year round, haha!

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  5. I totally agree with you about dressing for yourself, it's so much more fun that way! I love the entire outfit, especially those oxfords you have! :)


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  6. Like what you like! Who cares what other people think!

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  7. girlll. you are too cute!! loving those bright blue tights with the skirt <3

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  8. omg, i just got these oxfords and they are heaven!  got them on ideeli for a steal!  

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  9. what?!  metallic + oxford?!  you gotta bust those babies out!  glad you are setting your fun tights free.  the small details in fashion make all the difference.  happy to hear from a fellow NY-er!  

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  10. Thanks!  I'm completely over the moon for this little clutch.  So fun.  

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  11. Loving this.  Lov.ing. This.

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  12. This program has been really helpful to me in understanding my "style."  A friend introduced me to it, and I kind of fought it at first, but it's been a huge help, and I feel more myself than I have in years: 
    http://dressingyourtruth.com/  Sometimes the clothes featured are kind of "Utah," not that there's anything wrong with that, (but I'm not from Utah), so like most people, I adapt it to myself.  That's the advice the program's creator, Carol, gives, and that her daughter Anne gives.  

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  13. Wow, checked out the site.  Looks interesting but I see what you mean about the look.  Glad it's helping you feel more yourself and happy.  You deserve to feel great everyday! 

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  14. Where can I get some electric blue tights? Those are awesome!!

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