May 9, 2011

Today's Everyday Fashion: Function vs. Fashion






































Sometimes comfort wins. I had a super-cute outfit planned for Saturday night out in Austin. But after a 3-hour speaking engagement, a 3-hour shopping event and being on my feet all day... I just didn't have the energy left to wear the heels and cute skirt I had planned to wear. :-( Thankfully, nightlife in Austin is super-casual and my friends assured me I would be fine in this look, which is usually something I would wear for the mall or running errands NOT for a night out. I would have loved to have worn the other outfit, but like I said sometimes you just have to go with what's practical vs. what's fashionable. Tell me - have you ever been in this type of situation? Did you choose function or fashion?

Shirt: c/o Saivana
Jeans: Gap, $30
Belt: Limited, $10
Shoes: Rampage/Endless.com, $20
Necklace: Banana Republic, $20
Charm: c/o Stella & Dot, $19
Watch: Michael Kors, family gift
Bangles: Forever 21, $8
White bracelet: c/o Pop of Chic, $25 (detail below)

Pop of Chic white starfish bracelet (middle)




















ps. I will be on the radio show Clothes Line tonight talking about dressing like a celebrity on a budget!  I'll be on from 7:30-8:30pm ET and you can listen online or via phone at (347) 843-4266. [The show is archived if you missed the live show! Just visit the blue link.]


28 comments:

  1. I don't think functional/practical and fashionable are mutually exclusive. I think this outfit is very fashionable, as well as functional. I wore a similar outfit out to dinner Saturday night (my top was gray with a ruffle down the front). I threw a black leather jacket over it because it was a little chilly. I got a lot of compliments.

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  2. Nice look!!!
    xx

    www.ilovenystyle.blogspot.com

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  3. I'm loving the arm full of bracelets and watch.. one of my favorite ways to accessorize!


    I am pretty much in a similar situation 5 days a week. I'm an office manager at a construction company so my office is beyond casual. I'm talking sneakers, dirty jeans, and t-shirts. Being the only girl there I tend to be overdressed. I often want to wear a cute dress or skirt with my high heels, but I tend to favor the dark jeans and flats for work. :(

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  4. You were in Austin??? THat's where I live!! I'm all about function, and thats one reason why I LOVE it here so much! :-) Hope you had a wonderful time here in the city!

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  5. jseverydayfashionMay 9, 2011 at 10:07 AM

    @d695e07a6f7aabc350e57edc3501304c:disqus I totally agree! Sometimes you can be fashionable AND comfy. But in this instance I was away from my closet and had to make a choice whether I wanted to be one or the other. I didn't feel fashionable in this for a night out, but I decided that being comfy at that point was more important!! I guess I'm more talking about those situations - where you really WANT to wear something, but at the moment it's just not comfy enough and you have to choose something else that's not as cute.

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  6. janetha @ meals & movesMay 9, 2011 at 11:44 AM

    Side note.. you should show us the back of your outfits all the time!

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  7. I just found your blog via your guest post on the Frugalista Diaries and I absolutely love it! I also run a blog about looking fabulous without spending a fortune so I really appreciate your looks for less! You so such a great job at recreating the runway look!


    Lindsey Turner

    http://thriftandshout.blogspot.com
    s for the everyday woman!

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  8. J, I like this outfit. It does look very comfy.

    Wasn't able to locate that top.... do you have the style name?

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  9. J you look fashionable to me. I don't think heels are a requirement to be fashionable. Love the white jeans (gotta get me a pair)!

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  10. Oh and btw you should make a trip out to California! I would love for you to do a shopping event in the Los Angeles area. I would be there in a heart beat!

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  11. jseverydayfashionMay 9, 2011 at 3:33 PM

    Thanks Lindsey and welcome to the blog!

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  12. jseverydayfashionMay 9, 2011 at 3:36 PM

    It's style #9055 - Galaxy blouse in silk crepe, but I don't see how you can purchase it online. If you go to "Outlets" you can look up what boutiques carry them in your country and state.

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  13. every SINGLE day I choose comfort over fashion!! But, I still love looking at your outfits!! ;)

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  14. I love this outfit - the rose with the bright white jeans is fabulous and perfect for a night out. I have a toddler so comfort always wins. However comfort can still be stylish as you've perfectly demonstrated here. :)

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  17. I have many days where I chose function over fashion. Especially when it comes to heels...as much as I LOVE them...I rather be comfortable.
    I love this look on you :)

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  18. Just discovered your blog and love it!

    Sabrina
    http://missworkingirl.blogspot.com/

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  19. jseverydayfashionMay 9, 2011 at 9:33 PM

    Thank you and welcome to the blog! :-)

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  20. Hi J- Been following your blog for some time. I am old enough to be your mom (grandmother???), but I love to see what you are wearing, and how I might style my outfits to be current, without looking juvenile (or silly!). Your color combinations were what caught my eye at first. You do have a good eye for creating an original look from the inspiration of others. Keep up the creativity! Ditto: rear views are helpful.

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  21. jseverydayfashionMay 9, 2011 at 11:30 PM

    @168635f9ccc1dc87f422664bb4238316 Thank you! I'm so glad you like the blog and thanks for the encouraging words! :-)

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  22. Totally understand wanting to be comfortable! If I'm exhausted and had a long day like you, I would go with the comfortable choice! But you look so fresh in your white jeans and I love your top!


    http://sweetandsassy-sherry.blogspot.com/

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  23. That's dressed up for Austin! Did you feel like you fit in?

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  24. jseverydayfashionMay 10, 2011 at 10:59 AM

    @9c979eba5ec9cf6db38f6f9ee71fb0a0 No, I still felt under-dressed. :-( I never wear flats even in the daytime so it was weird being out at night in flats. I didn't let it ruin my night though, had an awesome time on both ends of 6th street. :-)

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  25. adore the top and for Austin, i think you were dressed up :)
    brett

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  26. Love that you list the items you are wearing. So helpful!

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  27. DId you get these jeans at Gap recently? I'm in search of white cropped jeans and the search is harder then I thought.

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  28. jseverydayfashionMay 11, 2011 at 10:47 PM

    @c22bc3e8b4a7407af0067be3cefcadf1 I've had these jeans for a couple years now, did you try looking at the Gap though? They usually have some that are similar.

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