Wednesday, March 2, 2011

At Me or With Me?

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Did you ever wonder if somebody was laughing at you or with you? Today was one of those days. Walking around the building at work, I kept getting little smiles when people saw me, and I'm sure it was because of the way I was dressed. Honestly? I did look a bit like an Easter egg. 

I wasn't sure if I was making people smile in a nice way (you know, the way you smile when you see something you like or just kind of brightens your day) or if they were kind of snickering to themselves (in that mean way that people have when they think they are better than you). There was a time when I would have never dressed like I am now because I was too worried about drawing attention to myself  and way too worried about what people would think of me. Those fears have dictated a lot of my behavior for too much of my life. But, you know what? I must be growing a little immune to having those nasty little smiles and snide comments affect me in a negative way. Today, I felt like I was the one with the inside joke. 

I'm still trying to figure out the colored tights thing. Today, I thought that I had the look right -- until I saw the pictures. And now I'm bummed because I still don't think that I hit it right -- hit it right for me, that is. And I'm still not sure what it is that I don't like. 

Is my skirt too short? Am I wearing the wrong shoes? Does the color make my legs look fat? Was my skirt the wrong color? Maybe there was just too much purple? Maybe the colors were just too matchy match? My worst* fear, though, is that this look may just not be for me? AGGGH!

*I say worst of all -- because I like this look, and I want to be able to wear it! And rock it, not just look like a dressed-up Easter egg!

tank -- Old Navy / shirt -- Izod 
skirt -- Catalina
belt -- Levis (thrifted)
tights -- xhilaration (Target) / shoes --Thom McAn

Regardless, I'm still pretty proud of myself for wearing this today. I haven't seen one other woman in my building (six floors) wear colored or even patterned tights. And even though I still don't think that I've nailed this look, it was still a happy look, and I don't regret having tried it.

And there were elements that I really liked about this outfit, so it wasn't a complete fail. I loved my pink-and-white rhinestone-studded flower pin, which I got in a bag of thrifted jewelry. 

Once again, I was inspired by Iman at Mishaps and Miracles for showing me how these pins could be fun to wear. 

I also liked the tacky (by some standards) iridescent fuchsia bracelet that I wore (there is a matching green and blue one as well). I found them when I was going through all the boxes of play jewelry that my daughters had to play dress up in. Since I found those bracelets, I find that I pull them out to wear over and over again -- they have become a warm fuzzy. 

The best thing about my outfit though? -- was probably how I styled my shirt -- wearing it unbuttoned with a belt. That was different, and how I saw somebody else wear it (Note to self: find that picture). I wore the same shirt another way -- untucked and underneath a sweater. 

Here is another way that I wore the tights.  


  1. Hi Kari,
    Thanks for sharing your blog with us!

    I love the tights. I have 2 pair of funky tights that I love and get lots of compliments one. One pair is gray/black and the other in shades of brown and both have an Argyle pattern on them. I got them at Kohls.

    I would not have worn the belt. I think it cuts your body in half and fights with the open shirt. By that I mean, belt says 'dressy', open shirt says 'casual'. I would have gone more with casual, given the funky tights and jewelry.

    Take care!

  2. Thanks Kelly! :-) And maybe you're right about the belt -- now I wish I had taken a picture without the belt as well :-( Oh well, we were scrambling to take the picture last night (we do it on the sly, when nobody is around, because I am still really nervous about people finding out). And chances are with my office -- I am breaking some rule when I do it.

  3. Hi Kari! I like colored tights. If you feel too conspicuous in those, you could try a darker color, or wear lacy/fishnet tights over them, or wear them with boots. I like them especially in the boots outfit you pictured. But I am kind of dressed like a crazy person (albeit in subdued gray tights), so you may not want to take advice from me!

  4. Love the outfit, love the tights, the color combo and how the shirt looks worn on the outside. Good for you for stretching! And I am sure folks smiled cause you brightened their day. Maria

  5. Iman has inspired me to use more color too.

    I think you've styled this perfectly. The first few times I wore colored tights I was very self-conscious about it too. I think you just have to get used to it.


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