What I Wore: How I Choose What to Wear

Pearl Necklace, Black Tee, and Jeans {Living Outside the Stacks}

Recently I was asked what motivates me when getting dressed in the morning. Good question. There are days when I stand in front of my closet and think I have nothing to wear. There are also times when I look at what I’m wearing and think It doesn’t all have to be weird. I envy ladies who have it all together. You know, the ones who wear stilettos like I wear sneakers… Yeah, I can’t do that. Suits make my butt itch and button downs, cute though they may be, restrict the girls {but I do try, goodness knows I try}. As I’ve gotten, ahem, older, I’ve learned to embrace my quirky. Most of the time. And that’s what motivates me to get dressed in the morning. That and focusing on a few key pieces…

Pearl Necklace, Black Tee, and Jeans {Living Outside the Stacks}

My outfits generally begin with one focus piece: shoes, necklace, blouse, socks… Something that’s captured my attention. In this case, it’s the necklace. Because the necklace is the focal point, I wanted to keep everything else simple. The black tee and baggy jeans are as basic as you can get without veering into the realm of boring. And the black laser cut brogues are just fun. I like the juxtaposition of the feminine necklace and the peek of lace under the black tee against the masculine boyfriend jeans and brogues.

Pearl Necklace, Black Tee, and Jeans {Living Outside the Stacks}

I found this string of {faux} pearls at a second hand store in Pennsylvania. About 2 weeks after bringing it home, the clasp broke so the necklace sat in my jewelry box for almost two years. This is ridiculous, I thought, there has to be some way to fix it or, at least, make the necklace wearable. Because there was no string left at the end near the clasp, I ended up “mending” the necklace with a safety pin and 3 flower pins I found at a craft store. To keep the necklace from flipping and showing my “repair work”, I pinned it to my tee to give it a placed but not placed look.

Pearl Necklace, Black Tee, and Jeans {Living Outside the Stacks}

I’m not sure how many of you know, but I’m a Thyroid Cancer Survivor. So for years I’ve been wanting to put pink, purple, and teal streaks in my hair, but I haven’t been brave enough. Last night I decided to dip my toes into the purple pool. I didn’t think it was visible but I can see it in these pictures. And I like it. I’ll definitely be adding the other two colors in the near future.

Pearl Necklace, Black Tee, and Jeans {Living Outside the Stacks}

What motivates you to get dressed in the morning? How do you choose your outfits?

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I’m linking up with:

  • Kimba Likes ~ Wardrobe Wednesday: A chance to show your personal style. Link up on Wednesdays.
  • Not Dead Yet Style ~ Visible Monday: Share what makes you feel alive. Link up on Mondays.
  • The Pleated Poppy ~ What I Wore Wednesday: Encouraging ladies everywhere to forgo sweats and yoga pants for fashionable looks. Link up on Wednesdays.
  • Rachel the Hat ~ Passion for Fashion: Anything fashion goes. Link up on Fridays.

Please check them out for more fashion inspiration.
Daenel T {Living Outside the Stacks}



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