Wednesday, December 30, 2009

In My Rut

In My Rut

In My Rut

Works Cited
dress: ann taylor loft
gray tee: banana republic
belt: anthro (xmas gift)
tights: target
socks: target
boots: indigo
sweater: j. crew (gift)

Today I had a few errands to run in the city and lunch with an old friend from college (one who is incredibly, intimidatingly stylish). But instead of wearing something bold or brave or impressive, I headed straight for my fallbacks: a combo of gray, blue, and brown; my favorite boots; a pop of color. I know this outfit is reminiscent of many of my recent jersey dress+tights+belt bit, but I just. can't. stop. It's all I want to wear while I laze around the house or wander around town. (Plus, in my defense, I'm working out of a suitcase).

At the same time, I think it's a safe combination for me--it feels within the bounds of my vanilla style while still being flattering and not completely boring. Seeing lots of old friends and family makes me--strangely--a bit more conservative about what I wear. Despite my sister's terrific influence on my wardrobe, I find myself heading into my style comfort zone when I'm staying at my parents' house. Does this happen to you over vacation or when you see old friends, too? Or am I just strangely shy about this?

21 comments:

Sophie said...

love the sweater!
and thankyou SO much for the link!
im checking it out right now
sophie
xoxo

Marta Castellanos said...

It´s a nice combo!You look cute.
I hope you have a happy new year´s eve and a great 2010!!Hope to read lots of gorgeous post on your blog and lots of your commentaires in my blog!!;)

xoxo

www.meencantairopa.blogspot.com

anagha said...

Style rut happens to me, too, especially at home where my wardrobe is limited. I'm not a very adventurous dresser, so whenever I add a new piece that stretches my wardrobe boundaries just a little, I tend to stop to catch my breath. When I rediscovered an old tunic, it was the only new style I wore for a couple months! I would really like to try out your dress styles. That yellow sweater adds a great bit of color. Your blog is great! Thanks for your posts :)

Sara said...

I feel much the same in the 'style rut' department. The days I'm most adventurous in my clothing choices are when I'm going to be running around town and am not likely to see anyone I know; I think I want the satisfaction of thinking that strangers admire my style - but *not* the risk of having friends and co-workers think I'm strange. =) I really like what you're wearing here - cozy and cool for a simple winter day.

-Sara
thesecondhandlife.com

Viktoria with a K said...

If this is your rut, I say it looks great!

ShopKim said...

I love your rut! It's a great look for you.

I do tend to fall back on some of my older looks when I'm in certain situations or even just on casual days.

la belle fille said...

Love the Sweater!!!

Sidewalk Chalk said...

I am incredibly shy about my style around family reunions. Like I don't want to come off as weird or prissy if I wear a dress when everyone else is casual, even though I always like wearing dresses now. I need to stop caring about what other people think, though! :)
It's ok to have a fallback style -- yours is great!
- JoAnn, Sidewalk Chalk

Emily Kennedy said...

Well, let's put it this way, I was raised by a vaguely chauvinist Roman Catholic family. So, yes, I feel the strong pressure to conform to my old well-behaved past when I visit. But that's just me.

I like that you're remixing this dress. It's neat, and it looks different than last time. Remixing is an important, most useful skill. You're honing.

Fashion Therapist said...

You look fantastic - even though you feel like you're in a rut. We all have those days, but you manage to pull through!

alltumbledown said...

I'm just impressed that you aren't in a tee and sweats, which is totally my style rut when I get home. A dress is out of the question!
I'd say embrace the rut, and the pressure to be creative will be off. Who knows what you'll come up with then?

La Historiadora de Moda said...

I don't think you should see it so much as a rut as your current signature style. You change things up and branch out a lot, of course, but this is the foundation, the essence of that style.

Dottie said...

I think this combo looks fresh on you. I used to dress more subdued when I went back to visit family. I remember being so annoyed when they made fun of my bright red velvet bowed Marc Jacobs flats. Grrr. But that was years ago - they're used to my style now :)

Dylana said...

Cute dress!

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Girl from the North Country said...

Thanks for stopping by and leaving a sweet comment! Sorry it has taken me a while to get back to you, I've been gearing up for 2010.

Your adorable and I can't wait to read what else you come up with!

caffeinerd said...

I think you look great! The "living out of a suitcase" factor is the main culprit of repeat outfits when I'm home. However, I'm often in the habit of re-wearing something over and over once I decide I like it, so part of it's just ME. Having the blog helps get me out of these "ruts". I don't think yours is a rut, though---I think a lot of the outfits you've posted recently have inspired (seriously, I NEED A THIN BROWN BELT).

Michele said...

I get what you're saying about feeling more conservative around old friends and family. I feel that way around work people. Sometimes when I'm feeling experimental, I feel like I'm taking them out of a comfort zone, instead of the other way around. I have a bad habit of wearing the same thing every Monday, so when I try to compensate during the week by wearing my hair differently, or using different accessories, I get a bunch of comments. Some are good, some are thinly veiled snark. Sometimes it's just easier to be conservative. I think both ends of your wardrobe spectrum are equally cute, so just go with the flow!

anna bu said...

cute! :)

bisous
annabu

catherine_sr. said...

I fall into a rut when I go back home, too, but that's because my wardrobe is limited. My family is used to my funky style, so I'm not afraid of expressing myself around them. I do feel a bit odd, sometimes, if I run into old classmates, especially if I'm not looking either sleek or grown-up. I think that's because being around people I haven't seen in 10 years instantly takes my head back to high school. I mentally start calculating all the ways I've changed since then -- and hoping those changes are obvious in some way to people who only know my "old" self.
I recently found your blog (though I forget where) and I love it and your sense of style!
the renegade bean

Diana said...

I really love your fall back outfit. I think it looks very flattering on you, and that mustard cardigan is the perfect touch of color. Love the boots too.

bettyscandretti said...

I love this outfit! The belt brings it all together. It's just right.

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