Five Favorite Things for Fashion

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Are you feeling like you need to fight the frump? I can’t tell you how much fun it’s been since I started doing it. I feel (and look) like a new woman! Here are some of my favorite things for fashion.

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It’s not been six months since I got into my little fashion hobby. I never gave style or clothing a ton of thought in my teen years. I was just too much of a dweeb. I was clueless.

Then I turned 44. And it seems like 44 was a magic number for me. I quit a lot of old bad habits, started taking charge of certain circumstances, and began my fight against the frump. It’s been revelatory!

And a ton of fun.

I never knew that clothes and shoes and nail polish could be such a blast. I guess you could say I’m a teen girl all over again! Without the good skin and figure. Ha!

But seriously, I think that for years I fell into a trap of making excuses — you know the ones — and not taking care of me. The thing is that now that I’m resting each week and paying attention to my physical appearance, I’m a much happier mama! I wonder what we’d all be like around here if I had started this practice sooner?!

Not going to dwell on the past, but I am going to enjoy today and tomorrow. That’s fo’ sheezy. 😉

As I mentioned last week, I’m starting a new series here, a blog version of my kiddos’ favorite bedtime game: Five Favorite Things. If you haven’t guessed already, today’s the fashion edition!

Five Favorite Things for Fashion

1. This SAHM Casual Wardrobe Basics Builder

This is the newest capsule wardrobe from Get Your Pretty On, and I am smitten! If you liked the must-have wardrobe capsule that Alison created for Life as Mom readers for winter, then you will love this all-season starter capsule!

If you’ve wondered what the style challenges are like, this basics builder is a great way to test it out. There isn’t a private Facebook group with this as there is with the challenges, but otherwise it’s very much similar.

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Not only has Alison curated 20 outfits that perfectly suit “life as mom”, but she’s also included tips for adapting what I call “meal plans for clothes” for all seasons.

You already know that I am hooked on her style challenges. If you’re not in a place to invest in the Style Challenge Annual Membership, then this basics builder is a great starting point!

I was able to pull most of these pieces from my closet, only purchasing a small handful of items on clearance from Kohls last week. I ended up returning the dress and the shoes, so I’m still holding out for the perfect chambray dress and pair of gold ballet flats.

Seriously, if you’re feeling like you need a boost in the wardrobe department, check out this capsule. It’s 52-different kinds of awesome.

Buy it here.

2. Online shopping

I love online shopping something fierce. I don’t want to say that I’m so busy that I don’t have time to shop, but my life is so full, I really don’t have time to run around to fifteen stores looking for the right thing. And when it comes to clothing, I do want “the right thing”. I don’t want to keep clothes that I don’t absolutely love — which means that it has to be just right.

Online shopping helps me find the right thing without spending an inordinate amount of time.

Now, it does sometimes require returns. Both pairs of shoes I ordered went back because they just weren’t comfortable, as did the dress. But, I typically only buy things that include free returns.

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3. Boyfriend jeans

While it’s a close squeeze, I can still fit this old body into skinny jeans. Cute as they are, though, I was thrilled to get my first pair of boyfriend jeans a few months ago. “Boyfriend jeans” are a looser cut that are still considered “cool”.

Whew. I can breathe again! Boyfriend jeans signal the feeling that I’m sure women felt when corsets were finally laid aside. I’ll still hang onto my skinny jeans, but I’m super thankful for a comfy, yet stylish alternative.

I bought this pair on sale at Old Navy late last summer and found a white pair on clearance at the end of the summer, so I’m set for the spring and summer in cooler, comfy jeans.

4. Leopard print

Until last fall, my wardrobe was pretty plain: lots of black plus jeans and solid color or graphic tshirts. Oh my with the graphic tshirts! A little too much attention to this DD chest. Ahem.

Doing the style challenges has busted me out of my comfort zone. Pun intended.

I’ve tried styles I NEVER THOUGHT I would try. Peep toe booties? A fur vest? Who am I and where did the old Jessica go?

One of the items that has surprised me the most has been my newfound love for leopard print. My girls were already big fans. My sister Jamie said, “It’s about time!” Better late than never, I guess?

I didn’t spend a lot of money to try the trend. These ballet flats I bought from Payless were less than $7 out of pocket (after a gift card); I bought a belt used from ThredUp for $6; Jamie gave me a scarf that she found for two bucks at the beauty supply store.

I surprised myself by loving something that seemed a little too wild for me. Who knew that leopard print is considered a neutral?! (In case you didn’t know, it is these days!)

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5. Spring colors

Since I started fighting the frump, I’ve been trying to dress for the seasons. While that doesn’t mean much here in a temperate climate like San Diego, I’ve adapted the seasonal clothing thing to match colors and textures to the season. I did not, in fact, get to bust out my snow boots this winter — even for my trip to Minnesota.

In September, October, and November, I focused on jewel tones and light layers. December through today has had me in sweaters and cords and colors like black, gray, and burgundy.

But, I’m ready for spring now!

That’s one of the reasons why I love the SAHM Casual Wardrobe Basics Builder. There are some fun splashes of color that have me more than ready for a change of season.

As I contemplate my spring capsule, I’m also thinking toward our trip to the UK in May, planning for rain, layers, and comfy shoes. I’m focusing on coral, navy, red, and teal, and am really excited to see how it all comes together!

So, those are five (current) favorite things. They are subject to change. It is fashion after all. 😉 I’d love to hear about YOUR current faves!

What are YOUR five favorite things for fashion?

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  1. For me what makes a piece of clothing a favorite is twofold. First, it has to be comfortable to wear. Two, it has to mix and match with a variety of items in my wardrobe. I have a limited budget for clothing so I can’t waste my money on items that can only be worn as one outfit.

    1. Good quality tees in white, navy, red and black. These colors go with everything and in the winter I find it so much more comfortable to wear a tee under my blouse or sweater for warmth rather than thermals.
    2. Oxford cotton button down collared shirts in a variety of patterns including paisley, stripes and polka dots. They look great with a solid pair of slacks or a skirt, but can easily be paired with jeans as well.
    3. Gold jewelry. I realized at a young age when I would get silver jewelry for gifts I would rarely wear it. Sometimes it is just as important to know what you don’t like.
    4. A well fit bra. It makes every outfit look better.
    5. Cardigan and shell sets in a variety of colors. They can be dressed up or down. They last for years and never go out of style. I have a silk set my husband gave me more than 10 years ago that still looks like new.

  2. I am a 34-year-old momma of toddlers, but I can’t tell you how much I love your fashion posts. I don’t know exactly what it is that sets yours apart, but I get SO excited when I see you have a new one…and I get sad when I get to the end of the post. 😉 So whatever you’re doing, keep it up! And thank you.

    Have a blessed & sweet Friday.

    1. Awww, that makes me so happy. It’s really been a fun, new discovery for me. Be sure to watch your inbox this weekend if you subscribe to the newsletter. There’s a very fun giveaway. 🙂

  3. I never saw the What Not To Wear show when it was new but lately I’ve been watching all the reruns. It’s an eye opener and has made me reconsider some things in my wardrobe. As you say, fight the frump has landed in my house. Since I have also been on a diet, I decided that when things warm up, I am going shopping for some new clothing. Unfortunately, I do not have a $5,000 gift card 😉

  4. I love your necklace! Where did you find the curved bars? On Amazon I can only find the single curved bar chain, or the double strand straight bar. I am loving the style challenges! Thank you for introducing me to them. So fun!

    1. I bought it on clearance from Kohls. You can see it in last week’s online shopping post to get the full name of it. So glad you’re enjoying the style challenges!

      1. Found it!! I failed to click through that link before I asked. Thank you so much!
        You look amazing by the way!
        On the SAHM list, I will probably skip the chambray dress. I noticed ON has their dresses on sale and I may sub with one of those or skip it altogether! The main reason is I am self-conscience of my legs.

  5. Super cute boyfriend Jeans…I know they are old navy but do you know the name or number of them? I would love to have a pair! I love the color too!

  6. I have been checking in with this series and enjoying it immensely. I too chose to fight the frump and take back a little of myself that had been loaned out to raising littles. It’s definitely a season of life kinda thing. I started my journey last year around March and having previously worked in fashion retail, I came out guns blazing. I also discovered LuLaRoe a few months later and love the comfort that comes with the styles. It’s totally SAHM chic! And it’s not just about the leggings (although they are super soft and fun with all available patterns).

    My current top 5 favorites:

    1. Hands down #1 current favorite is LuLaRoe’s Julia dress. It’s a fitted stretchy t-shirt dress that comes in tons of different colors and patterns. The aqua floral Julia dress is my go-to for spring and I have learned to style it in a dozen different ways. This dress can look amazing on every body type.

    2.Vans slip-on sneakers in black leather. I’m not a heels girl, never have been. I have a casual lifestyle and comfort is top priority for me when choosing footwear. These black slip-on are just a little more sleek and stylish than a pair of good old tennis shoes and I even wear them with dresses and skirts.

    3. LuLaRoe’s Cassie skirt. This super comfy pencil skirt in poly spandex makes everyone’s booty look good. I like pairing it with a graphic tee and Van’s for a casual look, a lace top or floral blouse for the ultimate feminine look, or any of the LuLaRoe tops for an “in-between” look.

    4. I’m obsessed with the army green utility vest that I bought today! I’ve already discovered at least 10 ways to wear it and I love taking a top and bottom to the next level with this “3rd piece” option.

    5. LuLaRoe’s Sarah cardigan sweater is a long light-weight duster with pockets. So many of my favorite things have pockets, mom life I guess. It may have been close to 80° here in Kansas today but this fluke warm spell won’t last long. My husband always teases me that I’m cold when it’s 75° and hot when it’s 78°. Ha! I’ll be wearing these toppers with everything for months to come.

    Casual comfort is my jam and right now I’m on the hunt for yellow, feminine, and floral. Hmmm I wonder if it’s because I’m stoked for the new Beauty and The Beast movie? Since I decided to step up my fashion game last year I’ve become excited to choose an outfit each day, much like a teen again as you mentioned. Have a beautiful day!