I mentioned earlier this summer that I started Weight Watchers. I am happy to report that I am a half pound away from my goal! It has not been easy, but by sticking to the plan and not denying myself the foods that I love (hello, chocolate), I’ve been able to slowly lose a little each week. For me, this journey isn’t about looking rail thin, but about being healthy. With a family history of diabetes and other issues, watching my weight will help me keep up with my family and live a healthier life.
One of the things I love about Weight Watchers is that I don’t have to deny myself any of the foods I love. I just need to decide how much of that food I want to eat and think about the impact it will have on the rest of my day. It comes right down to me asking myself if it’s worth it. Sometimes I can justify that it is, other times it isn’t, and I find another option.
I look at fashion in much the same way. The older I get, the more I ask if a piece is worth me spending the money on it. If I know I can use it in multiple outfits and for several months out of the year, and I need it, then I make the investment. Take this denim skirt, for example. I love denim skirts but after a self-imposed rule in which I told myself that I was getting too old to wear a jean skirt, I removed them from my closet. I regretted it almost immediately.
Denim skirts are my go-to piece during the summer when I don’t want to wear shorts but still want to feel relaxed. They are comfortable around the house, running errands, or heading to a casual lunch or dinner. I missed them in my collection. Just because I was getting older didn’t mean I had to deny myself this item that I loved so much. I just needed to make wiser choices about the style and fit of the skirt so that I felt comfortable and appropriate.
This denim skirt from thredUP is right up my alley. If you follow my blog, you know that I love shopping at thredUP, an online consignment and thrift shop. You can see some of my other outfits featuring thredUp purchases here and here.
The skirt has the classic pencil shape that I love and is the perfect length, hitting just above my knees. This is from Banana Republic and is one of those items that thredUP sells with its original price tags attached. The skirt is made of 99% cotton and 1% spandex so there’s the tiniest bit of stretch to it.
But what I like the most is the button detail down the front. Lest you think this could lead to a wardrobe malfunction if you move or stretch in the wrong direction, all the buttons on the skirt except for the very top one are sewn in place and there’s no gap in the material. The button at the top is the only one that you actually button.
This leopard print tee is another thrifted find from a cute little boutique in Statesville, N.C. I visited my parents there a few weeks ago and my mom and I squeezed in a quick stop at this store. I bought the tee for less than $10. It has a nice solid border around the neckline and the material is thick and not see through.
I wore this orange jacket in a work outfit I posted last month. It’s a great color for fall and it goes well with this top. It’s also thin enough to wear throughout the spring and summer. I had to run errands on the day I wore this skirt and top and I thought the blazer dressed up the whole outfit just a little bit.
You may be wondering why I feel the need to dress up a little if I am only running errands. I like to feel a little polished when I head out the door and it’s hard for me to feel that way when I’m in a tee and skirt. A blazer adds structure, a layer for warmth, and the finishing touch to an outfit.
Plus, I never know who I’m going to meet when I’m out. I could run into a co-worker, one of my husband’s acquaintances, or someone completely new. I truly believe that you never get a second chance to make a first impression, so my motto is always be prepared!
While I wanted the blazer to dress this look up a little, I was running errands after all and needed to be comfortable. My white Coach loafers were perfect, bringing style and comfort to my outfit.
I added some casual elegance with jewelry featuring antique gold chains and faux pearls. I thought the antique gold paired well with the fall colors of this outfit while the pearls stood out against the orange of the jacket.
My vintage Coach purse is yet another thrifted find. I found it at a store downtown that was having a going-out-of-business sale. This dark brown leather purse was hanging among some old military coats. It’s a little beaten up, but still structurally strong enough to hold everything I need. The chips and nicks don’t bother me; I think they add more character to a classic piece. When I saw the price (less than $40), I could not deny myself.
And that’s the point of my post today. Don’t deny yourself the things that you truly love. My only advice is to be selective with some of these things and think about the impact that they will have on your life. Decide if it’s worth it to eat that piece of pie, purchase that gorgeous coat, or splurge on a new couch.
When it comes to food, I eat what I love, only in moderation. As far as clothes, shoes and accessories, if I know I’ll get multiple uses out of them all year long, and not just for one season, then I’m okay with adding them to my wardrobe. Bonus points if I can find one of these pieces secondhand. With furniture and other house purchases, I can usually find something similar to a new piece at a vintage shop. I’ve actually found many of these type of pieces for my house in shops in town. Stay tuned for a future blog post on these “pre-loved” pieces.
Living in denial sounds like a miserable life to me. Living with what you love, well now, that’s a story with a happy ending.
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