Eileen Fisher organic cotton jeans (size 4) |
FYI I am 5’3″ tall, 34″ bust, 28.5″ waist, 39″ hips
Eileen Fisher washable silk tank (small) |
I also highly recommend this PACT organic cotton camisole as an under-layer
Elizabeth Suzann Rhodes sweater (medium) | 2017 release
FEIT hand sewn mules | purchased with credits at Garmentory*
Eh, I decided to be today’s Grechen, because what else can I be?? So what if I default to practical and comfortable instead of artsy and styled? (to recap, I wanted to try and push myself to wear more creative and/or “avant garde” outfits this week instead of my usual). I wrote a long time ago in one of my Minimal Closet posts that we shouldn’t try and argue with reality, we’ll never win…
Anyway, yesterday was the fifth or sixth time I wore these jeans and they have stretched out quite a bit (first time). Which, honestly, is what I’ve always disliked about jeans with stretch. But this is also why I went with the size 4 instead of the 6; I knew it would happen and I wanted to avoid them bagging out TOO MUCH.
They are super-comfortable, and I’m happy with the way they look on me. Also, FYI, this sweater is cropped, but in real life you can’t see my tank as much as you can here in these pictures haha! Notice how you can’t see at all in the back though, which is another big plus for these jeans.
Now though, what I always talk about happening whenever I/We/You add something new to our wardrobes, that other previously loved pieces don’t get worn as much, is happening. I don’t wear my Rachel Comey slim legion jeans anymore. Okay, honestly, they were not that comfortable to sit in, but they were perfect for walking/standing around LOL. And I really loved the slimmer leg on me. But yeah, if I have to choose between these jeans and those jeans, these are winning lately.
Speaking of winning…this is a NOT a win:
Ozma of California linen smock jacket (small) | for sale at slowre right now 🙂
I mentioned I ordered this with credits at Garmentory (* when you use my referral link to sign up for an account at Garmentory you’ll get a $20 account credit and so will I) recently, and it arrived on Monday. The second I put it on, I pretty much knew it wasn’t going to work for me, but I still tried it with everything I thought I wanted to wear it with (my JP dresses, skirts, leggings and tunics…) and instead of the “sigh this is amazing” look and feeling I get when I put something on that works, I kept making that scrunched up nose face of “uh…no, this does NOT work for me.”
I can’t return it and get my credits back, or exchange it, so it’s going up for sale on Slowre this morning. I’m frustrated that it didn’t work for me (it needed to be shorter, the sleeves shorter, and the waist higher up so the top didn’t blouse out so much with it’s tied), but I tried. I just can’t seem to make LSJ’s (light spring jacket) work for me lately. Even last year’s supposed hits proved to be duds after a while, so I let them go. Ugh.
Whatever. Life is all about trial and error, style is no different. I can’t beat myself up about it anymore, or set any rules and guidelines around it. I’m going to wear what I want and stop apologizing for it 🙂
I hardly ever wear jackets. I don’t like blazers for work (thankfully don’t usually need one) and I don’t like wearing coats either. This is a fairly new thing. I have decades of coats in my closets (I’ve lived in really cold places and I don’t like to get rid of stuff). Most of the time, a scarf and/or cardigan do me just fine. Maybe your new rag & bone cardigan will become your de facto LSJ because you aren’t finding a LSJ you like? 😉
Grechen Reiter says
yes, that is why i got the rag & bone cardigan – i don’t wear jackets either, and i keep trying to make it happen!! i wear cardigans. it’s just that simple 🙂
Your outfits always look a little artsy to me, even when you deem them just “practical and comfortable”. It’s always clear that you have fun and get creative with silhouettes, textures, fabrics and your shoe choices, even when you wear a sweater, jeans and sneakers outfit, it is never run of the mill.
Seeing you without the jacket and with the jacket I definitely agree it doesn’t add anything to the look. And for the record, I love this look! I think “artsy” is overrated. Be you.
I am also not a jacket person. Long live the cardigan!
The jacket in a different color, maybe. But right now it’s giving off “Paging Dr. Grechen, paging Dr. Grechen, STAT” vibes. 😉 Why no returns?
You do you!
I love the idea of a LSJ but have yet to find one I can pull the trigger on (I love the ES Clyde jacket but always talk myself out of it for some reason). I tend to stay with my tried and true denim jacket, or my vintage fisherman cardigan.
Bummer the jacket didn’t work for you! I was so excited about Ozma about a year ago and I love all their styles, but after trying on their things in person I realized my hips are too wide for their styles (I don’t have wide hips), the raw silk I have shrunk significantly after one wash, and their cotton gauze goes from fitting perfectly to looking sloppy within one wear… so I’ve resolved to admire from afar.
Grechen Reiter says
YES. about ozma. i have to accept that they’re pieces just don’t “fit” me. my raw silk jumper is amazing, but wish it tied a little higher up at my waist, and the linen slip dress is quite snug at my hips. and weirdly because it’s cut on the bias, it really doesn’t stretch at all…
and this jacket, is just all sorts of wrong on me!! wish i could try things on in person….