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Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Good in Theory

I felt majorly uncomfortable in this outfit today. While it looks fine on the surface, and hanging in my closet, it has several flaws. The top is from the Limited and I saw it on J's Everyday Fashion. And while it does look cute on, it is poorly constructed and so sheer that I had to throw on a blazer the entire day at work. I'm taking it showed what should only be seen in the adult entertainment bizness! The shoulders kept slipping as well for these pics, thus exposing my bra. Again, sign me up for the next striptease class.

On to the pants. Probably one of the top five most uncomfortable pants I own. I bought these Talbots pants off eBay. They have a side zip, which never works well for me and my belly pouch.  They have no spandex. When I sat in them all day, they practically cut off my circulation in my adult entertainment region. When I got up to go to the breakroom and restroom, I feared I was displaying major camel toe. Not a good look. I also felt like I should be playing shuffleboard.

I don't know ladies. My fashion choices down in FL seem to be hit or miss. I felt fairly confident in my wardrobe choices up north. But down here, it's not clicking.  I'm just not fitting in fashion-wise with my fellow peers. And maybe I didn't fit in up north either because we had only a couple of women in the software company I worked at. So come to think of it, they didn't have much fashion sense either. So what do I do? Do I continue dressing like I'm from another world to please my blog audience or do I start dressing more conservative and risk losing you all?

And I so wanted to showcase my hair today. But go figure I would be having a bad hair day in high humidity.

 
{Blouse: The Limited | Pants: Talbots (eBay) | Shoes: Nine West}
 
 
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14 comments:

  1. Dress how you want to dress within the confines of appropriate-for-work rules. Ditch all uncomfortable clothing (I held on to a pair of pants for-eeevvver because they were expensive, totally uncomfortable though, much happier when I decided to just get new pants). And stop taking J's recommendations; every thing she buys is from stores with poor quality-Express, F21, Target, Am. Eagle...I'm not sure why she keeps telling us that these are quality items.

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    1. Good point, Kim. I don't like to bash other bloggers but I agree with your statement on J. But when you are an XS and a size 2, you don't have the limitations or restrictions on what you can find in stores. Also pretty much everything looks good on her body. I also have about 10-15 years on her as well. I think it's time for me to start investing in quality clothing. Two of my Zara blazers are ripping in the back at the seam. Getting better quality of clothing will take longer as it's more expensive. It also results in fewer blog posts because I won't have multiple items to show.
      Niki

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    2. Ebay has been my savior! I have a blazer addiction...I just got two pendleton wool blazers, school boy style (but vintage) for $25 each! After $20 in alterations I have two more super high quality blazers for about 1/4 the price of a new one of the same caliber.

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    3. Seeing as we have a $2K mortgage in CT and a $1K apartment rent in FL, I may have to resort to eBay as well. Until we can sell or rent our CT house, there's won't be a lot of new additions to my closet. So I'll have to show you some new combos of things you've already seen.
      Niki

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  2. The colors look beautiful together, but I see what you're saying about the "sheer" factor. I can see the print of the pants vividly through the top. You have too much class to quit dressing like you have it. :)

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  3. Oh No! Don't threaten me w/fewer blog posts! I love ALL your outfits.. high-end to "lower" end. I've even bought shoes copied from you, and am so happy w/them! Please continue blogging as much as you can bear! --- Re: the outfit. Niki, it looks really, really good on. Sorry it felt uncomfy, but it looks great! Love the colors, the drape neckline, and the print of the pants is just right...not too fussy and not too "blah". (maybe wear a camisole underneath the top for modesty if you feel the need). I happen to like this outfit! Some clothes just don't have that comfort factor for a certain day, but hang onto the "fab" ones for those "skinny" days we all get to enjoy sooner or later! All in all, I am loving this outfit! -- From the sound of your post, I think you were just having a bad day...it will get better! You look gorgeous! Carry on! :)

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    1. Thank you, Betty. Oh which shoes did you buy?
      Yeah, the outfit looked okay on, but then fell short in the fit and fabric. Camisole is a good idea. I didn't even think of that because I don't own one. I also need a full slip for some of my sheerer dresses.
      Niki

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    2. Hi Niki! I bought the Rock&Republic plaid smoker flats and the Vera Wang gold-tone peep-toe flats! Love them! (love Kohl's!) -- Chico's has a nice microfiber camisole in a variety of colors. I wear them under deep V-neck &/or too sheer tops. -- RE: the 30-for-30 idea, IMHO I enjoy seeing you in your outfits rather than just pictures of the pieces laid out like a magazine. Enjoy seeing your personality shine in your photos!

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    3. Betty, the 30 for 30 is they plan which pieces they're going to use, and then they mix up their outfits from that selection for 30 days. It's not pieces laid out with no body in them -- it would be normal Niki but with a more limited palette. Which is an interesting thought. My SIL is an elementary art teacher and we were talking about kids' art, she said one of the things they do is to give the kids a limited palette (like blues, greens, and tans for a beach scene) and encourage them to see how creative they can get with those few colors. If you look at 20-30 kids' worth of beach scenes done that way, they all look like beach scenes, but the kids' different ways of seeing the world really stand out. It's easy to look stylish when you have 300 pieces in your closet. Niki is thoughtful about her wardrobe, even if she enjoys being spontaneous, so it would be really, really fun to see how she put a 30 for 30 together.

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  4. Hang in there! I really like the way you experiment. And I totally agree with Kim about J. I like the way she shows how to recreate an inspiration look, but I can't dress like her -- my body will not accept short shorts, miniskirts, and skinny jeans.

    I think it would be AWESOME if you could show us the new paradigm for how to create a fun, interesting wardrobe out of fewer, more quality pieces. I've seen a mini trend among other fashion bloggers where they plan and execute a 30 for 30 -- 30 outfits out of 30 individual pieces. It's a lot of work, but seems a lot more real world. I don't follow your blog because you have a different outfit every day, i follow your blog because you show how to dress a real body to look your best and take pleasure in the creativity of making a great outfit. Lead the way, we will follow!

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    1. I don't know too many women who can dress like J. Yes, she has a massive amount of followers. I guess the appeal for me is more color combinations. Similar to Bee at Atlantic-Pacific. She's a stick figure (under weight if you ask me) but she puts some great combos together.
      Hmm. Let me think about the 30 for 30. I like the idea. Let me see if I can put something together in October along those lines. I'm flying up to CT tomorrow to help move our stuff down to FL and then have hubby's bday the following weekend. But hopefully, things should settle down in Oct.
      I appreciate your insight as to why you follow my blog and appreciate your comments.
      Niki

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  5. I'm fairly new to your blog and enjoy it. I like your style and don't worry you will not lose me if you dress more conservatively. In fact, where I work it's pretty conservative so some ideas to dress conservative with subtle twists would be great for me.

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  6. I agree with everyone's comments. I read you because you are REAL!!! Not some stick figure with an unlimited budget.

    At my new job, the women are stylish but more conservative. The prevailing colors are black and gray. I used to be more into fashion at my old job because I was bored with the work and probably was going through a midlife crisis, and also because I had time to read about 40 fashion blogs each day. Now, I'm very busy in my new job, and I'm looking for the simplest outfits I can find. IN fact, I've been very tempted lately to do a major closet cleanout so that I just don't have to think about clothes anymore!

    All this to say that if you limit your purchases and do more with less, I'll still be here reading you every day. Especially since I'm leaning more towards doing that myself.

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