Daily Style Week 7 – As Casual As It Gets


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Skirt – Target; Jean Jacket – Nordstrom; T-Shirt – James Perse; Tennies – Converse; Bag –c/o StorkSak; Sunglasses – Reed Krakoff c/o Neiman Marcus

7 Weeks postpartum and I’ll tell you that button-up pants are still pretty darn uncomfortable for me. I bought one pair of marked down jeans at Madewell a couple of weeks back, and while they technically fit, they are not comfortable and I feel like they’re squishing my midsection like a sausage. But if I went up a size, they’re slipping down, so I’m definitely in that in-between postpartum stage. Elastic waists continue to be where it’s at for comfort and ease of dressing. And since our weather is still a bit chaotic, today reaching 80 degrees, long pants just didn’t feel good, so I challenged myself to figure out a way to wear this skirt in the most casual of ways to make to work for a busy week, spent with the kids and with little help from my other half who is slammed at work.  I was super thankful to have Miranda rescue me from dinner alone, and met up with me and the kids at Ruby’s for an early meal and some good company.

Overall the look works because of the jean jacket. I’m wearing just a simple gray v-neck t-shirt underneath, that paired with the tennies and without the jacket felt a bit sloppy. This look is proof in point that a layering piece can not only make an outfit, but save it as well. A styling tip on jean jackets like this, as well as button up shirts, is to push the rolled up sleeves as far up to the elbow as possible. It elongates and slims out the arm.

And by the way, would you ever guess the bag I’m holding is Hayden’s diaper bag?  Cute right?  The nylon Tania Bee bag from StorkSak is my new best friend in that it holds everything, is lightweight, and doesn’t look like a diaper bag.  It’s updated shape can pass off for just a regular purse, and it’s got plenty of pockets inside to hold all my crap!

So this is just about as casual as I think this pencil skirt can get.  Do you think I pulled it off, or did I push it too far?  You can see how I dressed up this pencil skirt here, and how I gave it a sort of in-between casual look here.  Linking up with WIWW.

Linking up with WIWW and Casual Friday

Andrea Howe

Andrea is the founder of For The Love Of, a lifestyle blog dedicated to approachable, modern living. She writes about style, her love of DIY, and living a healthier life through wholesome, nutritious cooking. She is also a regular contributor at Babble. Get in touch: Facebook, Twitter You can find Andrea on Instagram @andreavhowe and @gwynethmademedoit

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