Already Prettypoll: Earrings, Necklaces, or Bracelets?

I was a necklace gal for ages, but I’ve been slowly shifting my focus to earrings. Giant dangly earrings aren’t practical for cold weather – high risk of catching on a scarf and yanking your lobe – which means this is not a pragmatic shift. But I’ve started to love the look of funky, jangly, even asymmetric earrings above and beyond my necklace affections. Especially now that we’ve got crawlers, duets, and jackets in the mix. If I could only wear one type of jewelry, it’d be earrings.

How about you? If you could only wear one type of jewelry, what would it be? Earrings, necklaces, or bracelets? Anyone out there a dyed-in-the-wool ring or brooch fan? Do tell!

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Style as Self-care

style self care

Self-care encompasses a universe of possible activities, and the ones you choose for yourself may be drastically different than the ones I choose for myself. Many women tell me that style seems like the opposite of self-care to them, a realm that involves judgment, rules, stress, comparison, and disappointment. And, of course, that is completely valid. No two people’s concepts of self-care will be identical. But here’s why I consider style to be a part of my own self-care regimen.

The look-good, feel-good loop

I’ve come to realize that this is more of a möbius strip than a mere connection, as one will feed the other and it doesn’t really matter where you begin. Personally, I find it easier to feel good if I look good first. Caring about how I present my physical self to the world makes me more present in my body. Presence in my body feeds itself, creating more care. The cycle of self-care feeding self-love creating more self-care allows me to broadcast a profile of self-respect and power. Also, it reminds me that I have some control over how I feel about myself.

The visible difference

I know that mantras and meditation, reading and discussion are invaluable tools for self-care and understanding but sometimes I want something hard and fast. If I’m feeling low, cleaning up and dressing up make me feel instantly better. Not healed, but better. I can see the change, and that makes it much easier to feel. Other forms of self-care are necessary to round out the process, but tending to my style is a great way to create a kick start.

The shift of focus

Wearing clothes that are uncomfortable or that fight my body can make me feel self-conscious, distracted, and cranky. Wearing clothes that are comfortable, make me feel powerful or graceful, or highlight what I love about my body can help me focus on the positive. It’s tied into the one less thing to worry about concept, but also stands on its own. Feeling chic and put-together really helps me shift focus from worry to accomplishment.

My self-care regimen includes monitoring my schedule to avoid overbooking, regular walks, long talks with my husband, family and friends, and gobs of sunscreen. My self-care regimen includes reading for pleasure, monthly brunch with my self-employed ladyfriends, and making sure I get at least an hour of lap-time with my cats on a daily basis. But my self-care regimen also includes dressing in ways that make me feel creative, centered, and sophisticated. Because tending to my style feels both pleasurable and rewarding.

This is a refreshed and revived post from the archive.

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Gracey Wears: Flares

Although I wear flares fairly often

Gracey from Fashion for Giants in flared jeans

… I’m actually a bit on the fence about them.

Or at least about their proposed dominance in my wardrobe.  According to the fashion world, flared jeans are the silhouette for this fall.  But, I’m not sure they suit me or my lifestyle enough to replace my skinny jeans.

One, I’m not always going to want to dress like an extra on That 70s Show:

Gracey from Fashion for Giants in flared jeans, printed tunic & platform sandals

I mean, sometimes, sure, obviously.  But, not always.  And flares do definitely lend themselves to the 70s trend so it’s hard to resist the urge.

Two, from years of skinny jeans, I have a closet full of high volume tops and a propensity for layering.  I’m not convinced those same tops/layers work as well with flared jeans:

gracey the giant in gray flares, striped peplum, flame sweater & Jeffrey Campbell sandals

It doesn’t look bad, per se, but it’s a very different effect than if I were wearing skinny jeans.  And that’s taking some getting used to.

Three, tucking a slim-fitting top into high-waisted flared jeans seems like a good idea, but in practice I feel like everyone is looking at my hips:

gracey the giant in Gap flares, JNY blouse & Franco Sarto mules

Oh my goodness, you guys, is everyone looking at my hips???!!!!   Or, am I just being irrational because I’m not used to being out of the skinny jeans/riding boots that normally comprise my fall outfits.  Probably the latter… probably.

I’ll likely continue to try flared jeans this fall, but I really do prefer my skinny jeans and boots.  At least for now.

What about you, Reader Friends?  Will you be trying flared jeans this fall?


Shop Flares

Gap True Resolution Skinny Flares (the exact pair from my 3rd look)

LOFT Dark Wash Flares (these have been very well-reviewed)

ASOS TALL Baby Kick Flare (a great light wash option)

Banana Republic Dark Wash Flares (the longest tall option with a 38″ inseam)


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