3 February 2011 -- Day 3

  • Printed Silk Scarf: vintage Burberry, mommed
  • White Striped Tee: Columbia Sportswear, hand-me-down from SIL E.
  • Navy Ponte Trousers: Banana Republic
  • Brown Metallic Loafers: Naturalizer, via DSW
  • Silver Woven Belt: UO

While this outfit wasn’t nearly as far out of my comfort zone as yesterday’s, it still pushed my boundaries in other ways. A combination of sore feet and a relative lack of creativity yesterday morning landed me with an unexpected conundrum: given the options available, could I wear pants and flats at the same time, and do so in a manner that felt as soft and comfortable as I was hoping to be?

I ended up with this combination, which includes some new-ish proportions for me: with my long-ish torso, relatively short overall height and relatively short legs, I tend not to wear long-waisted tops, particularly not with pants, and I rarely wear non-skinny pants with flats. I’ve tried to bring the visual focus back up with the belted scarf, which reclaims my waist from the expanse of white tee-shirt, while adding some visual interest with the bold scarf print and unconventional pattern mix. It violates the Stacey and Clinton proviso of always dressing to create the tallest, leanest hourglass figure possible, but wins bonus points for enabling me to look like I really wanted to get dressed today…even though I felt like I went to class (and my marathon of subsequent meetings) in my pyjamas.

What do you wear when you don’t feel like getting dressed? How has this evolved over time as your style has evolved and grown?

3 February 2011 -- Day 3

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  • http://interrobangsanon.wordpress.com/ Katie

    Ah, stripes and a vintage silk scarf! Love it all!

    • http://narrowlytailored.blogspot.com S. of Narrowly Tailored

      Thanks, Katie! I thought of you when I wore this, actually…inspired by all
      the times you’ve rocked similar proportions!

  • http://engineercloset.blogspot.com/ Engineer

    Hi! I love your blog :) Your photos and outfits are so pretty!

    I ran into proportion issues this week too, but came to the opposite conclusion: high-waisted outfits might not be for me. Or, at least, I need to define both hips and waist, not just one or the other.

    In any case, when I don’t feel like getting dressed I usually pull on skinny jeans and this grey wrap. I try to dress it up with a pretty scarf or some nice jewelry, or a different hairdo.

    • http://narrowlytailored.blogspot.com S. of Narrowly Tailored

      Thanks so much, and thanks for stopping by!

      High-waisted outfits can be a challenge, which I think is why most of mine
      are optical illusions! I have trouble finding things that really fit at my
      natural waist and aren’t too small or too awkward somewhere else, which I
      think is why I gravitate towards dresses and belts, or, occasionally, a
      longer top over a skirt that fits…kind of wherever… and a fudged higher
      waistline with a wide belt. High-waisted pants seem to make sense in
      concept…but I’ve yet to find a pair that comes within the same solar
      system of “fitting.” Emily from Sartoriography wore these totally amazing
      ones earlier in the
      though, which has inspired me to keep looking once the 30 for 30 is over and
      I’m shopping again!

      I haven’t had a lot of luck defining both waist and hips in the same look
      without, well, calling unfortunate attention to that region of my body. Any

  • http://www.the-other-emily.blogspot.com emily

    I think this looks great, and more evidence that the ‘conventional wisdom’ associated with figure flattery ought to just be chucked once in a while – and I’d never have known this was an “I-don’t-feel-like-getting-dressed” outfit if you hadn’t said so.
    the other emily

  • http://dashdotdotty.blogspot.com dotty

    the belted scarf works so well here! for being so comfortable, i wouldn’t have guessed that this wasn’t a “cute day”.

  • http://the-new-professional.blogspot.com Angeline

    This looks so great on you! Glad you ventured out of your zone a bit!

  • http://twitter.com/natalielord Natalie Lord

    This combo is fab! So chic yet easy going! Love the print of the scarf and the stripes combo! Is this your house??