I'm feeling a lot more experimental with dressing of late - some sort of bizarre self-confidence (or more possibly ,just not worrying about what others think anymore) is making getting dressed (and a recent spate of shopping ) more interesting and fun.

This sock/shoe look started with the pants - a new purchase , then finding the right top to wear them with, then the ankle socks , and then an aha moment with the shoes. I had planned on wearing black sneakers with this outfit (hence the sock choice) but then liked the effect of the white/fur sneaks and decided the weird sock/shoe combo was actually ok.

I"d been wanting to try the wide-legged pant /sneaker or pointed toe flat look for ages, but had no idea what pant I really wanted, until I landed on a pretty brilliant idea (to me, anyways - ha). Which pants do I have right now that fit well, drape well, and wear well....and can I duplicate them in a wide leg? Well - these are the stretch woven On the Fly pants from Lululemon- the cropped version I wore all summer long. I had to have them shortened significantly , but I'm really pleased with how they came out. All of the tops I tried that day were too long, until I tried semi-tucking this sweater (which is intentionally huge and oversized) , and liked the draped/tucked effect . This from someone who never tucks (semi or otherwise) anything. From the photos, I can see how this "lengthening the leg from the thighs up" business actually works, and how faux tucking actually creates the illusion of shape . I got lots of fun comments about the sweater , and no one died witnessing my exposed lower belly (is there a better word for this?) The wide legged pants felt dramatic and different, and I'm really hooked on this look. Thanks Angie for driving home the point about creating structure and flattery in voluminous looks like this!

pants - Lululemon - new
sweater - Wooden Ships - last fall
sneakers - Yaya - new
sheer ankle socks - Nordstrom - last fall
cuff/ring - Pilgrim
watch - Daniel Wellington

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