Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Third Time's the Charm

Top: Target
Cardigan: Halogen
Skirt: Banana Factory
Boots: Steve Madden

Sometimes I look back at my outfit archive and am embarrassed that 1) I actually wore that out of the house and 2) I posted it on the internet for everyone to see. I do have a few favorites though, and this outfit (from almost two years ago) was one. It was simple enough with a button-up, belted cardigan, pencil skirt and boots, so I tried recreating it the other day. But after taking pictures, the camera proved the outfit was not as flattering as I had thought. Nevermind that, I tried the same formula again a few days later, this time with a longer cardigan and a wider belt, but still, nope. Something about the proportions was just "off." See evidence below:

 

OK, I guess they're not that bad, but I couldn't place my finger on why I didn't like them that much. On the third try of my outfit recreation, I stuck with a more short and fitted skirt, and I think that was it. The camel skirt and the striped skirt were just too long and rectangular, even after I slimmed AND shortened the camel one, which was even boxier and longer before. Looks like I'll need to make a few alterations on both skirts so they hit right above the knee, and are a more of a pencil shape versus a shapeless box (something I learned from Jean at Extra Petite).

And a note about my hair, I've been experiencing major post-partum hair loss, and it's just so stringy and flat these days, as evidenced in the left-hand side picture. As much as I didn't like the so-called "blogger bun" a year or two ago, it's now my go-to hairstyle that hopefully makes it look like I have some sort of volume up top, plus it keeps my hair out of the reach of little fingers, and keeps all the shedding around the house to a minimum. I can't wear bangs anymore because the front hair is too thinned out, and I'm still trying to get used to having my hair pulled back from my face all the time. Judging from last time around, I'll probably hate my hair for another year or so before it returns to normal, so that's exciting. Any volumizing or hair-loss-hiding hairstlye tips would be welcome :)

14 comments:

  1. I love the look! Even with the top bun! I am so confused when it comes to wearing belts on the outsides of cardigans. Perhaps I need some photos to steer in the right direction, proportion speaking. Anywho, no volume tips from me. My hair is daily flat. But prolly cause I'm too lazy to do anything with it. Ha!

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  2. I think your hair looks really cute in this bun!  It doesn't look too "bloggery" to me, since it's not pulled to the absolute top of your head.  

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  3. I honestly (promise) was about to type how pretty I thought your hair looks in that 2nd outfit. Of course that doesn't help if you aren't loving it. I have pretty flat hair (seriously, i played around with hot rollers last night and it was flat within an hour) so teasing is the only thing that helps me. I don't go crazy, but just enough to not look Kerfy, if you know what I mean.

    Also you'll be happy to know that at the end of the week I'm wearing a dress and tights and boots to work. DREAM BIG.

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  4. You nailed it with this outfit! However, I never really noticed the off-ness of your previous outfits until you said something. I too also wondered "I went out like that? What was I thinking?!" 

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  5. Love today's outfit. :) I think both of the other attempts are cute too, but the skirts do seem a bit long - at least with boots. I think the would be perfect with flats or heels. :)
    You look great in your blogger bun. :) Alas I have no tips for you. :) I have always had super flat baby fine hair. I currently have a perm which makes it much better.

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  6. I do this all the time girl! I think it's part of what makes blogging such a brave thing - if you have a bad outfit in real life, only a few people see it. You post it on the blog, and it lives forever! I actually really like the looks with the black and tan skirts, and I think your hair is flipping gorgeous. So if flattery from a random stranger helps, there you go :)

    Samantha @ Sam ipsa loquitur

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  7. Haha, I think belting cardigans is all trial and error. It looks really good on some people, but I've found that on my body (aka no waist) belting is tricky and when done incorrectly, it just looks bad :( I would suggest trying on all your belts and cardigans at home and taking pictures, then looking at the pictures to see which one looks the most flattering :)

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  8. Thanks, Audrey! I'm just trying to experiment with new hairstyles. I don't mind it looking "bloggery" (lol) as long as I don't look like I'm balancing a ball of hair on the top of my head.

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  9. Aw thanks Fran. hahhaha I know exactly what you mean with "kerfy" - her "curled" hair just made me LOL. I've tried teasing, but my hair was so heavy and long that it didn't help much until I cut it. Now it's so much lighter, yay. And your hair looks perfectly fine to me.

    And so excited to see your dress/tights/boots outfit! I thought your work didn't allow non-pants though?

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  10. I've been wanting to get a perm, but last time I got one and my hair was still adjusting to the post-partum hormones or whatever, and the perm didn't take very well, so I'm going to wait until next year :) So much easier to just wash and go!

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  11. I went back and looked through the safety guidelines and it says our legs have to be covered. I'm going to rule that tights count as covered. Plus I'll only have a few inches of tights anyway ;) We'll see if I get away with it.

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  12. I know! The internet remembers forever. And thanks for the compliment :) I recently cut my hair and feel much, much better about it :)

    PS. your blog is one of my newest favorites!

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  13.  Great idea! I'll let u know how the "experiment" goes ;)

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