Friday, January 14, 2011

How I wore it: happy Friday

Today was a remarkably happy and peaceful day. Except for my return to the gym (I'd only run once this week and not gone to the gym in a little over a week, I think). That was more like sweaty and fainty. But the rest of the day was very nice. After a minimal amount of work, I had my weekly French session with my two young tutees. I wanted to look nice, of course, for them, but also because we guessed it... a dinner guest coming over tonight! A friend from my last job. Anyways, so, yeah, I wanted to wear something in which I'd be comfy the whole night, without having to change while waiting for my friend. This is what I came up with:

Since I'd worn my blue jeggings yesterday, I wanted to wear my grey ones (with grey boots) today. Nuts! See how I mix it up?! Hold on to your hats.

The real craziness of my outfit is, of course, the belt. I don't often belt my clothes. I want to be a belter, but it just doesn't come naturally to me. I see Sal and the women of Academichic, who belt and look awesome, but a belt isn't the accessory that comes to mind when I'm trying to figure out how to perfect an outfit. But today, when I spotted this grey leather belt - from Elizabeth Kelly that I won through one of Sal's giveaways - and saw how well it went with my grey palette ... well, I couldn't resist. And I think it worked, too!

I do kinda think that the belt looks like an afterthought, but that might be because I'm not used to it. What are others' thoughts?

Of course, the true test was that my twelve-year-old students told me that they liked it. SCORE!

Striped cardigan: Banana Republic, remixed
Turquoise tunic: American Apparel, remixed
Grey leather belt: Elizabeth Kelly (through, remixed
Grey jeggings: HUE, via Lord and Taylor, remixed
Grey boots: Frye Paige Huaraches, by way of, remixed


  1. I think the belt looks good here.

    For a while when I started blogging I was obsessed with figuring out belting, too -- but I've come to the conclusion that it's just not me. Especially not tight wide belts right at the waist. I like things to flow. It might be that you want to embrace that.

  2. I think it looks great and not at all like an afterthought. I'm not much of a belter either, I love the look but can rarely get it to feel right for me.

  3. Thanks! Yeah, I think I like "flow" also, but then I get so heartbroken when I see this gorgeous piece of leather that I never wear...!

  4. When I saw this picture I said to myself "Chalkdust belted!" and I got super excited.
    I don't think it looks like an afterthought at all, seeing as it goes with everything in your outfit. And I dig the color of the's so bright!
    Always a bonus when the 12 y/os think you look good.

  5. Haha! Thanks! I'm glad that it doesn't look, like, super "HEY LOOK AT MY BELT!" I just need to act more casual about it...

  6. i love that sweater! overized and soft - it looks comfy and definitely a little more dressed up with the belt and boots!

  7. I also like belt. It definitely doesn't seem like an afterthought. I enjoy both belted and flowy silhouettes on myself. I started belting more because of blogs, and then one of my coworkers started belting too (it was a belt chain). You could even belt over the sweater if you felt like going crazy. New looks take a few tries before getting used to them (I felt this way about skinny jeans/leggings when I first wore them back in the day. I felt like a fashion fraud).

  8. Hi, archives! Welcome! I hope you stick around. That sweater is my FAVORITE sweater and I wear it way too much. Even my former students remember me by it...

    Rad, this belt, unfortunately, wouldn't wind around such a chunky sweater, but I love the look and am always on the hunt for belts. I don't know. I guess I just need to practice, like you said...

  9. First, I love the color of the tunic. You are a lucky girl to have won this belt. I bought one just like it (same color and everything) last summer and have found it to be very versatile. It looks great.

  10. Yay, belt twins! Thanks so much for the kind words!