WIW 11.26, 27, 29

Playing catch up with my WIW. Apparently I was feeling belted tops for a few days :)

#1 was worn to a hockey game; newish belt, first wear.
#2 was worn to a friend's to watch some TV.
#3 was just for work; another newish belt, first wear. Also I think this top needs to be longer?

Comments, critiques, thoughts and questions welcome!

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  • Mellllls replied 12 years ago

    I love all three outfits. i bet you were the best dressed person at a hockey game :)

  • Marley replied 12 years ago

    I really like looking at your WIWs. You always look so effortlessly stylish. I love both #s2 and 3 - #1 just looks too cold to me for a hockey game! (I always have to dress really warm for hockey games!) The color of the tunic in #2 is stunning on you. I''m not sure about the length of the top in #3 - to me it looks fine, but I can understand you questioning it. I just think the cowl neck is sooo flattering on you! Thanks for posting!

  • Aida replied 12 years ago

    Mellllls - There's a good chance I was, I'm in a city that dresses down quite a bit. I think most of the crowd was wearing team jerseys with jeans, can't argue with team support I suppose :)

    Marley - Thanks! I'm glad you think it looks effortless, that's what I'm always going for (though at this point it's still a lot of effort on my part, hehe!). Our friend won tickets to one of those fancy shmancy booths up top so it wasn't quite so cold :) I'm intrigued by your liking the cowl neck; I think this is my only cowl neck top and I've never really thought about buying/wearing them. Perhaps I should reconsider?

  • Marigold replied 12 years ago

    Great outfits, again! I love the last one, especially with the jacket on. The wine-colored pants are fab, the bag and the jacket are the cherry on top!

  • kellygirl replied 12 years ago

    You look great in plaid! #2 is my fave--the color is beautiful on you and what a fun silhouette! You have such a fun sense of style and I agree with Marley, you make it look effortless. I really like that cowl on you too. I think it's super flattering.

  • Kari replied 12 years ago

    You look great in plaid and in belts, Aida!

    The dress in #1 is perfect for you, and I really like the rich color of your pants in #3. The top in #3 doesn't seem too short to me either - actually, I love the length of your top, particularly with the length of your cropped leather jacket.

  • Debora replied 12 years ago

    Ooooh, I love all three of these outfits! All three are wonderful smart casual looks and you are rocking the plaid and belts. I don't see a problem at all with the length of the top in #3. I think you look super stylish!

  • Mo replied 12 years ago

    Ooh, I very much like the rich textures in #3. Love the color of pants, too! I think the top length is fine, but we all know by now this is not my strong suit so I may be wrong ;) *I* love it.

  • Misia replied 12 years ago

    Great outfits! btw, did you have you haircut yet?

  • Mellllls replied 12 years ago

    Were you cold at the game though? I always bundle up for the very few hockey games I go to. With all the ice, it seems so chilly.

  • Aida replied 12 years ago

    Thanks for the comments! Belts like this are fairly new for me, though I've liked the look for a long time; I don't do it often but I'm getting more comfortable with it. I'm glad the sweater length in #3 is OK to everyone's eyes, I just couldn't tell. Plaid is one of my favorite "prints", though I'm sure it's a bit cliche Pacific Northwest ;)

    Mo - I'm with you about consistently recognizing good top lengths. Half the time I can't tell unless it's massively short or long, and half the time I totally get it. A little frustrating!

    Renata - I haven't gotten my hair cut yet, but I think I may put it off until spring and use it as encouragement to learn how to actually do some styling :) I've been trying new stuff all week with varying success, I'll post about it tomorrow.

    Mellllls - I was actually warm enough that I had to take the cardigan off. Those booths are almost silly: separate room with a mini kitchen, private cushioned seats, waiting staff... It was certainly odd watching a game like hockey in the swanky booth instead of out in the rough-and-tumble crowd (where usually I would wear a wool coat and pants for sure).

  • Angie replied 12 years ago

    You look gorgeous in teal and burgundy! Did you know that, Aida?

  • Aida replied 12 years ago

    Angie I am very happy to hear you say it because I LOVE both colors, two of my favorites, though I don't have a lot in those colors because my husband passionately hates both (I know, right?). It's quite the dilemma :(

  • Angie replied 12 years ago

    Oh, Aida, It's time you educated darling hubby :)

  • Jonesy replied 12 years ago

    Yes, I agree about these colors looking fab on you! I love the plaid looks, but I think the third is cute too.

  • Aida replied 12 years ago

    Angie - Boy have I tried, pretty insistently in the last year, but he just says, "They're terrible colors." I'd hoped that wearing them more would change his mind, but not so. Honestly, I think any colored pants in an actual color he will dislike; these burgundy cords had QUITE the negative reaction, but I'm glad I still kept them, hehe! I'm pretty much at a point where I'm just starting to wear both colors anyway; I think he may just be out of luck on this one (and a few other things like scarves, jeans tucked into boots, etc. though that's another topic entirely -_-).

    Jonesy - Thanks much! I may have to show hubby this thread as proof that I'm not the only one who likes these colors ;)

  • Angie replied 12 years ago

    Aida, a gal has got to do what a gal has got to do. Greg does not like shiny things or ruffle-y things. But I still wear them because I like them - and they like me back. In Greg's defense, the ruffles are growing on him :)

  • Aida replied 12 years ago

    Angie, I am JUST starting to think this way. I passed up a lot of great items that I later regretted because I knew David wouldn't like them; he'd be happiest to see me in a plain tee+bootcut jeans+flats every day. Unfortunately for him that's not quite my style, but it's certainly been interesting (and difficult!) trying to accommodate his style likes into what I wear in this past year of my personal style search.

    The more I experiment and get closer to what my style truly is, the more I've just had to accept that I can't please him all the time. Some of the time yes, but not all of the time (he always says "wear what makes you happy," I need to actually follow this!). It's been eye opening, and frees me up to experiment even more which I love. And sometimes the things he likes surprise me, such as I recently learned he likes fall/winter shorts + tights + boots! I'd never have guessed it :)

  • Amy replied 12 years ago

    Aida - you are so stylish! There is no way I've ever looked that good going to watch TV at someone's house. All three looks are amazing and I absolutely LOVE your jacket in #3.

  • MsMary replied 12 years ago

    All three of these are beautiful!

    As for hubby, if he says "wear what makes you happy," then you should definitely take him at his word! Plus, when you do the cost-benefit analysis, I will absolutely guarantee you that YOU care about what you wear much more than he does. He might say "ugh, awful color," but the next moment it's going to be completely gone from his mind. All he cares about, really, is that you are his beautiful wife. And meanwhile you will have a whole day's enjoyment of a color you really like, all for the price of one moment of mild disapproval from him. Sounds like a decent deal to me!

  • Aida replied 12 years ago

    Amy - Thanks very much! I've been trying to make sure I'm fully presentable (but appropriate) for all occasions; who knows what might come up, right? :D

    Mary - You're right, I know it, but I've had such a hard time letting his style critiques go even though I know our personal styles are different (though they don't really look like it if you see us dressed side by side, weird). But you know what, thinking about all this for this thread has made me officially decide to finally work at pushing past this and just get stuff I love, and wear it and be happy about it. *nod, nod* It's decided!

  • Katiepea replied 12 years ago

    Aida - you really look great in ALL these photos. Effortless indeed, is a great way to describe your style. [And that is meant as a very big compliment. I always feel like my looks scream "I tried really hard!" ;-) ]

    In terms of husbands and what they like and what they hate, I'd like to share a secret women's quote that an older (and IMO much wiser woman) told me just after I had my second son when I was mentioning something similar to your situation with your husband.

    She said (and I promise this is word for word....):

    "Sometimes, my dear, it is better to seek forgiveness than to seek permission."

    Oh my goodness, this little quote made my jaw drop! Yes, in some ways I'll confess it COULD be construed as being sneaky. However, as I thought about it some more, I decided it's not necessarily about deceit, but just about knowing what is best for you and recognising that sometimes, you may need to rock the boat (just a little) in order to bring about change. So, in essence, I say, bring on the red and the teal! :-)

  • Lisa replied 12 years ago

    If I wore what my hubby liked, I'd be in polo shirts and button down shirts everyday. He really likes a very preppy look. I don't mind preppy, but his taste is a bit overkill for me.

    You have belting nailed down, I really like the belted tunic for the hockey game.

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