Dressed for: Flashbacks

Already Pretty outfit featuring denim jacket, striped top, asymmetric skirt, Birkenstock Gizeh, cognac handbag

Denim jacket – Kut from the Kloth
Striped tank – thrifted – similar
Skirt – Garnet Hill
Sandals – Birkenstock Gizeh in Licorice
Bag – Banana Republic (no longer available) – similar details, similar shape
Bracelet – thrifted – similar look
Earrings – Corset

Oh, Birkenstocks. I wore you for all of high school and college, destroyed my single brown pair with years of wear and abuse, and wrote you off as a shoe of my past. And now you are trendy. Like Vogue trendy. And when I found myself in need of a pair of on-your-feet-for-eight-hours comfy black sandals, I figured hey. Why not? This Gizeh style is a little sleeker looking than the old style Arizonas I wore as a kid, but just as supportive and comfy. And since I fully expect a late summer heat wave – we always get one in September – these will earn their keep before getting shelved for the winter.

Anyone wearing Birks for the second time around? Or did you wear them all the way through, trends be damned?

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Dressed for: A Change-up

Already Pretty outfit featuring sheer floral blouse, skinny jeans, orange pumps, J.W. Hulme tote bag

Blouse – courtesy Kokoon
Jeans – Zuma Twill courtesy Karen Kane (also in plus sizes)
Pumps – Easy Spirit (no longer available) – similar
Bag – J.W. Hulme
Earrings – courtesy Bionic Unicorn
Bracelets – Goldy + Mac – similar

I feel a little like someone has flipped a switch inside my head. Suddenly, the heels and fit-and-flare dresses that have been my wardrobe staples for years seem … done. Not done for good, but definitely in need of a little break. Lately I’ve been living in skinny jeans and floaty tops, or slouchy pants and lightweight jackets. And although this outfit features a fun pair of (thankfully comfy) heels, I’ve been all about flats for weeks. I’m still processing and exploring, but once I have a bead on where this desire for change came from and what spurred it on, I’ll share more.

Anyone else feeling the need for a personal style change-up? Are the shifting seasons monkeying with your dressing desires, or is something deeper at play?

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Dressed for: Ease

Already Pretty outfit featuring retro teal dress, Tieks flats, navy blue leather handbag, bib necklace

Dress – eShaktihere in black (if link doesn’t work it’s called Vintage style jersey knit dress)
Necklace – Fab.comsimilar
Flats – courtesy Tieks
Earrings – Noir via Ideeli
Bracelet – thrifted – similar look
Bag – eBaysimilar

This necklace and dress were bought more than a year apart, but I’ve worn them together about four times in the past month. Such a perfect pairing. I’ve tried the dress with and without a belt and feel like it’s got enough going on up top without adding any contrast at the fairly high waist. It’s an easy comfortable piece that quickly became a go-to. And it also is a natural match for these snappy Tieks flats, which are of the foldable/packable variety. A great invention for those of us who start the day optimistically in heels, and need relief by mid-afternoon. Not that I’d know anything about that. Hem hem …

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