May 15, 2011

Today's Everyday Fashion: Ahoy Matey






































Some outfits have a theme or genre. Like today's look, which would clearly be marked "nautical." You can also create outfits that mix genres - such as a girlie pink dress with combat boots (romantic + military). But with all these themes flying around, how does one not wind up going overboard? (nautical pun intended)

I have a quick test for this: if your outfit would could be worn to ANY costume party (including a Mad Men themed party!), then you might want to switch something out (use a piece from another era) to make your outfit a bit more modern. I think today's look is about as far as I would take one theme, and although it could be the start of a great costume, for Halloween I would wear it with red pumps, a full skirt and a sailor hat. :-) Tell me - how do you determine if an outfit has crossed over into costume territory?

Inspiration photo: Guess
Sweater: Banana Republic, $20
Shirt: H&M, $13
Jeans: Gap, $30
Shoes: Banana Republic, $25
Watch: Michael Kors, family gift
Bracelets: Forever 21, $8
Necklace: c/o Stella & Dot (detail below)

36 comments:

  1. I love love loveeeeeee everything about this look!

    www.shoesandjules.com

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  2. I would like to add a little more costume to my look because you need just a little bit for that zing!   And you have struck the perfect balance here.  Enough of the elements of a look to look put together without looking like Ellie Mae at the Clampett's costume party, remember that episode?  Kidding aside, I agree that a person can't go totally overboard with their look.  Concerning the mad men look, I've always heard that tip that if you want to look modern at least part of your outfit should not be vintage.  Great post as usual.  Debbie

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  3. Ashley E WheelerMay 15, 2011 at 9:59 AM

    I NEED those jeans! Can you post the link for them? Love your outfits! And those pink shoes yesterday were friggin' rad. Don't listen to all those negative nellies - they're just jealous cause you're super cute, skinny, and look great in everything you wear. Keep on rockin!

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  4. I don't have a lot to add to the conversation of how to avoid going too costumey, but I just wanted to say that those shoes are fab!

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  5. LOVE this outfit, especially the sweater!!

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  6. jseverydayfashionMay 15, 2011 at 11:47 AM

    @ebdb0a6569ea5dff290448761ccf9e41 I've had the jeans for years, but the Gap might have similar ones so I would check there! (and thank you for the encouragement)

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  7. jseverydayfashionMay 15, 2011 at 11:47 AM

    @936f971c615ccd86a6671294aabf820d I love your tip! Thank you!

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  8. Looking super cute as usual!  I love the gold accents, too! 

    And you looked adorable in both looks yesterday.  People who make negative comments are just being mean to be mean and are obviously unhappy about something else in their life!  Try not to take it too personally.  Some people are just rude!  XO

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  9. Veronika's BlushingMay 15, 2011 at 12:01 PM

    i love this outfit---that cardi is so great :)

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  10. jseverydayfashionMay 15, 2011 at 12:02 PM

    Thanks @1b47acf029a445fef3e31f4307c141e7:disqus ! I have thick skin at this point, so I don't let nasty comments get to me!! I don't love having to delete them though, so I won't be doing posts like that again in the future.

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  11. Love it! It looks very, very classy! I have way too many 'nautical' items in my wardrobe and I really have to be careful not to overdo it, if you now what I mean. I went shopping at H&M on Friday and came home with two shirts that have blue&white stripes ... I'm a bit obsessed. 

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  12. OMG- I just so happened to stumble upon your blog and it couldn't have come at a better time!  I just recently moved into a new house and have been totally into decorating it..unfortunatly that means my creativity regarding my wardrobe has come to a complete halt.  Thank you for inspiring me and reminding me to take care of myself too! YOU ROCK!

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  13. To be honest, I like your look way better :)  Especially your cardigan sweater..Wow!

    http://tryintobestylin.com 

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  14. I have white jeans from The Gap too! It seems that they are usually at The Gap Outlet most springs/summers/summer clearance

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  15.  I'm obsessed with this look!  Are the shoes still available at Banana?

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  16. This is such a perfect look, I am a travel agent and I specialize on cruises so I can tell you without a doubt that I and a lot of my guest would wear something like this on cruises but can also use it anytime back home!  As for costume territory I just go show my husband and my son (daughter is not always available) if they start laughing or give me that bewildered look then it is time to change something  :)
    ♥ Noemi
    Fashion:
    Classy N Glamorous



    Travel:
    Across The Sea

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  17. I love this look! I love clothes from the 1940s (hats!) and 1950s (full skirts). If I wear a 40s hat, I'll wear modern pants or a dress (unless it's for a theme party!).

    Samantha
    http://museuminternmusings.blogspot.com

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  18.  Absolutely love the nautical look!!!  I totally get your "costume" question though and I agree, you need to have at least one piece that brings you back to reality. PS  LOVE the pink shoes in the other post - definitely keep!!!! http://sweetandsassy-sherry.blogspot.com/

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  19. jseverydayfashionMay 15, 2011 at 6:57 PM

     @e3b516aeb37f61e6f15520649e0bd234 Thank you and welcome to the blog!! :-)

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  20. jseverydayfashionMay 15, 2011 at 6:58 PM

    @da4c84f022d581df96317968eca580eb Thank you, i got the shoes two summers ago - on sale during a vacation to Boca.

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  21. I have to say, J, you look even better than the picture in this one. Very nice outfit.

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  22.  hi girl, i really love that sweater, did u get recently at banana?

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  23. jseverydayfashionMay 15, 2011 at 8:59 PM

    @a4778b76edb81b80a11c459b18657e66:disqus Unfortunately I bought the sweater about 3 years ago online. It's really similar to one that Tory Burch had out that year.

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  24. Love this outfit.  Well, love all of yours.  Im' so jealous of your fashion!

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  25. Cute outfit! I have a question for you: Didn't you say that you can make returns to Forever 21 even if you don't have the receipt as long as the tags are still attached? I tried this today and I was denied:( I bought some clothes online and I think the return papers got tossed with the bag they came in...just doesn't seem fair when the clothes are obviously unworn.

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  26. jseverydayfashionMay 15, 2011 at 9:57 PM

    @027b3c17443c77d2541c241aba2f88b3 I haven't tried it in awhile, but it used to work. Did you try to return though, or exchange? That makes a big different. If you tried to return, I would go back and attempt an exchange. They are weird about giving store credit for some reason.

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  27. There is something timeless about navy and white... the funky tee and heels keep it sassy and updated! Another fab look!
    www.practicallyfabulous.com

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  28. There is something timeless about navy and white... the funky tee and heels keep it sassy and updated!
    Your oversized gold watch is to DIE for! Love it. Another fab look!
    www.practicallyfabulous.com

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  29. stephanie_walter0409May 16, 2011 at 11:09 AM

    I have a question on how you car for your clothes...a lot of the time you say that you have had a certain sweater, jeans etc for 2+ years, and I always think they look brand new.  Do you think you could do a post on how you care for and clean and store different clothing items.  For example...a lot of time my sweaters get faded or ball up and look really worn.  Do you have tips on how to keep items looking brand new or in good condition?  What about shoes?  Sometimes the heels get really scratched up..Are there ways to prevent this?
    Do you have a lot of your things dry cleaned?
    Sorry for all of the questions, but this is something that I am always trying to figure out...you spend sooo much $$$ on clothes/shoes and then they look worn after a few wears.

    Thanks...and LOVE LOVE LOVE all of your outfits!!!  You rocked the pink shoes!!! :) 

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  30. What does Gap call those white ankle jeans? I can't find them. I find similar for $60, but not those for $30.  ??
     
    Misty
     

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  31. jseverydayfashionMay 16, 2011 at 12:27 PM

    misty I've had these jeans for 2 years - they were called cropped jeans. I also bought them on sale (I never pay full price at the Gap, they always have coupons!).  

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  32. jseverydayfashionMay 16, 2011 at 12:30 PM

    stephanie_walter0409 This is a great question, and I will plan on doing a little post about it sometime. For the most part though I hand wash (in the sink) most of my clothes and then let them air dry. I also use Dryel (at home dry-cleaning). For shoes, you pretty much have to expect that they will get banged up if you wear them a lot. You can use Scotch Guard to protect against rain, and a shoe repair person can replace heel tips and/or try to remove scuffs but eventually you just have to replace old shoes. Hope this helps!

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  33.  Love Love LOVE this outfit!

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  34.  I love anything navy blue and striped! I actually started following this blog to get me out of my comfort zone of everything navy blue, gray and white (which worked so thank you very much :] ) ...but i can't help it I LOVE the nautical look and always will! Great outfit! haha

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  35. jseverydayfashionMay 16, 2011 at 8:21 PM

    @b5f85fcc58f9bd3e6f0c44a25f956875 There's nothing wrong with that! I have my favorites too! :-)

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  36. This look (yours) is one of my favorite! Everything is perfect about it :) Very Chanel-like. Love it!
    I have almost identical cardigan but from Chaps by Ralph Lauren. Thanks for the idea of how else I can wear it! )))

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