Yesterday I googled “How to wear boots over your jeans.”
It was a suggested search term in the drop down menu, which made me feel a lot better (along with ‘How to wear [leggings] and [ankle boots]’).
I’ve been in the house a lot these last 6 months and I’ll be darned if fashion isn’t flying right past me lately. I think it also has something to do with being in a state of wardrobe transition for the last year. Whatever it is, I was on the slippery slope to frumpydom and it scared me.
Looking at pictures on facebook of my well-dressed friends, I decided to try the belt over shirt thing (omw I am so shallow). This is a foreign concept to me. I messaged with a dear friend Janell in Seattle (because mama knows where to get good fashion advice) about where the crap to start. ‘So, it doesn’t need loops? Just wraps around you like so?’
But then I thought about breast feeding and how I need all access at a moment’s notice, and it was so-long, belt trend.
Desperate not to fall into the trap of mommydom fashion irrelevance, it was on to those skinny jeans I’ve seen the youngins wearing lately. Let’s talk about this for a moment, shall we? “You don’t have to be skinny to wear skinny jeans” they say. So, I believed them. I bought some. I tried them. I returned them. My bi-donk-a-donk looks much more proportionate when nicely complimented by the flare of a boot cut jean.
So, that was the end of the skinny jean saga.
Superfluous belts and skinny jeans are out, and I cannot go on pretending that the pashminas that I bought in Paris 5 years ago are still cutting edge. It’s time for the big guns. It’s time for:
I will only show you this picture if you promise not to laugh. Please. Please?
(O, hello pashmina I bought 5 years ago in Paris.)
There I am. In leggings. For the whole world wide web to see.
I big pink fuzzy heart my boots that I got at DSW for $35 with a $20 off voucher (holla!), but I am sort of trying to retrofit my wardrobe to work with them and I am at a loss. Enter: messaging with Janell (Seattle) again. She told me that an open cardigan would look good with the skirt/legging/boot ensemble above, so that is what I wore. (What a life saver.)
But something was just not right. The skirt, which I bought 7 years ago when I was in high school, has a few small pen stains and I ironed the crap out of the synthetic thread in a couple of places. So, it’s a little worse for wear, but did you catch that? I bought it 7 years ago. And I can still wear it. There’s no way in Siberia I am getting rid of this thing, I don’t care what shape it’s in, but me thinks it’s time for a little upcycling.
And this is the part of the story where I need you. The skirt needs to be dyed. The stains aren’t pretty, and frankly I think it’s too light of a color to work with the little winter outfit I’m trying to sport here.
Information you need to know: My boots are brown. I own one pair of leggings and they are grey. I am more than willing to buy tights. A lot of my wardrobe is brown, but I also have some jewel-tone cardigans and a fair number of cream colored sweaters (you think I’d know better with my skin tone). My coat is, quite obviously, green.
Color dying options: grey, camel, chocolate brown, burgundy (any other suggestions?)
How this works: I am committed to dying the skirt whatever color receives the most votes/comments. I think I’ll leave this open for a week or so, or however long until comments stop trickling in. Then, I’ll show you the awesome, stylish results that will be all thanks to you guys, and you can turn your Girl Scout pin right side up for doing your good deed for the day.
Please help a girl out. It takes a village to keep a mom from being out of style.
Also, if you are from Seattle, you get two votes because it is just that cool there.