I’ve gone the “pleasing my husband” route and the “I think I look stylish and cute” route, but each time I went the extreme it just didn’t feel right. On the one scenario I felt out of place and not like myself. On the other I found myself making sure we didn’t go to a restaurant with t.v.’s because I’m pretty sure they would have gotten more attention than me from my husband;)
So I have finally come to find a happy medium. A little bit of sex appeal mixed with my own quarky style. To understand my breakdown I need to show you what I was working with.
First there is my style:
(top: old navy, pants and belt:f21, earrings: downeast outfitters, shoes: gift)
As we talked about in my last post I am creating a more curvaceous feminine shape here (remember how I don’t have hips, I am creating some here with the pleated front on the pant, even a little over exaggerated which makes my waist look a lot smaller in comparison) I love the black pleated front slacks with the stripe boat neck top, cinched in at the waist with the caramel colored belt. This monochromatic look is then given a little more of a push with the contrasting pattern on the leopard shoe. My hair is a little back from my face giving this look a more sophisticated edge. Because my hair is back I have my good ol’ owl earrings to add some sparkle and give it a full vintage feel.
So cute, right? Just to give you an idea, when I came down the stairs in this my husband looked like he was bracing himself, physically, because he knew he would have to tell me how cute I looked even though he was disappointed that his date night was obviously going to be t.v.-less;)
Then there is what my husband would want me to wear:
(cardi: gap, top: maurices, jeans: nine west, shoes: rue21, earrings: gift)
Keep in mind it is cold outside and as a general rule for myself I like to be more covered up. All of these reasons made it really hard to put together a look that went more in the street walker direction so this is as close as I got (although each piece of clothing probably could have been pealed off of me, it was pretty tight). I added some sparkle by my chest to emphasize my good…um….features. I then paired this skin tight shirt with my skinniest jeans in a dark, formal wash. The cardigan was just to cover my arms from the cold but also to bring out my turquoise dangly earrings (my husband loves a dangly earring on me but so does my daughter so you can see why they never last long on me;) Now about my hair, I had it down, because that’s what my husband likes, gives it a more feminine look. I have to add though that if my husband really had his way and I wasn’t working on a timeline I would have had my hair curly and big as well. Now what would a proper woman of the night be without her 5’’ red heels? It just wouldn’t have been complete with out themJ As I went to our room to change into the combination look my husband was begging me not to change a thing.;)
Finally we have the combination look:
(top: oldnavy, jeans: nine west, earrings: downeast outfitters, shoes: shoebuy.com)
For the combination I took elements from each look and pulled them together, giving it a more sexy look while keeping to my own sense of style. I kept the top half of my outfit. I might have kept the earrings had they worked with the look of the boatkneck shirt but it wasn’t meant to be. The shirt I have on is looser so I was comfortable pairing it with the skinny jean. Then to add that pop of red at the heel that my husband likes I wore these 3.5’’ red satin heels (a bit more of a comfortable height for me) with the black to tie in the top.
I am happy to report that we went to a restaurant with tv’s and they didn’t get any undue attention. My husband loved the combination look and I felt comfortable and like myself throughout the night!
I am linking up for the very first time with Harper's Happenings for Stepp'n out Saturdays (I have been wanting to do this forever, but now I have a forum for it!:)