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Coloured Tights Dare

Quest for a Functional Wardrobe - Coloured Tights Dare

Quest for a Functional Wardrobe - Coloured Tights Dare

Day four of the June Style Dare A Day was “coloured tights”. I decided that as the point of the style dare is to challenge yourself to try new things I really needed to come up with an outfit using my teal tights. I’ve had them for months now and haven’t managed to wear them yet.

These tights are pretty bright, so to balance out the colour I added a cardigan in a similar shade. To give the eye another focal point (other than my brightly coloured legs) I added a red belt. I think the result was okay, but not my favourite.

I’m coming to the conclusion that perhaps coloured tights are not for me after all. It seemed like a great idea as I love to wear a lot of colour, but I’ve found it difficult to incorporate brightly coloured legs into outfits in a cohesive way. Perhaps if I chose less bright shades it might be less overwhelming, but I was worried about buying a colour that didn’t work with my existing clothes. So far my favourite looks using bright tights consist mainly of neutrals (generally black/white/grey) and boots so that only a small amount of the tights are on display. This really limits my options so I think in the future I’ll only be purchasing neutral tights – now my black fleece-lined tights, I’d happily wear them with pretty much anything!

Linking up with Kiwi Womens Style for Wardrobe Wednesday.

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Humidity

Quest for a Functional Wardrobe - Humidity

Quest for a Functional Wardrobe - Humidity

Quest for a Functional Wardrobe - Humidity

It was such a miserable rainy day that my freshly straightened hair couldn’t even cope with five minutes outdoors (under cover) to take these photos. So it ended up pinned back for the rest of the day.

This is the second outfit I’ve managed to create using this black and white dress (first one here). I’ve had a lot of trouble styling it in the past as it has an annoying tendency to puff out and make me look pregnant. Nobody wants to look pregnant when they’re not, particularly when their youngest child is over one year old and people are starting to ask if you’re done having babies. Anyway, a skinny belt is a big improvement on the fabric tie this dress came with – I think a wide belt is better again though.

Fun Run

Quest for a Functional Wardrobe - Fun Run

Quest for a Functional Wardrobe - Fun Run

So today was my first ever fun run. If you’re thinking that “fun” and “run” don’t really belong in the same sentence – I’m totally with you. It wasn’t FUN. I found it difficult, pushed myself hard, and more than once wanted to just stop. But I made it to the end in a time of 30 minutes 54 seconds – I had aimed to run it in under 30 minutes, but couldn’t quite get there today. It was still a personal best time for me though which I’m happy about.

And while it wasn’t FUN, the community support was amazing – with about 500m to go a lovely lady jogged up next to me and encouraged me to keep up with her, get my breath back and steady my pace until the end. Totally unexpected, but much appreciated. There was also a sense of achievement in completing my goal of running 5km by May, something I’ve been working towards since late last year.

I’m naturally a sprinter rather than distance runner, but I decided to take up distance running after having Gestational Diabetes during my second pregnancy. I knew I had to make improvements in both diet and exercise to avoid developing Type 2 Diabetes later in life. Running just seemed the cheapest and most convenient way to fit a decent workout into a reasonably small window of time – “small” is the only type of window I seem to have these days!

So anyway, after getting up nearly 2 hours earlier than I normally do to run 5km in the city I got home pretty tired. With no plans to leave the house for the rest of the day my outfit had to be super easy. And what could be easier than shamelessly ripping off my outfit from Tuesday?

P.S. Sorry for the particularly grainy shots today, I was taking some action photos of the kids yesterday and forgot to change the settings back.

Pinterest Fail

Quest for a Functional Wardrobe - Pinterest Fail

Quest for a Functional Wardrobe - Pinterest Fail

Quest for a Functional Wardrobe - Pinterest Fail

I’ve really gotten behind on the Pinterest Challenge – it was supposed to be one pin every week for six weeks, but I’m still only up to my fifth one and it’s been a full two weeks since the last one. Turns out using saved inspiration is harder than I expected!

Today I was inspired by this picture, basically some flared pants with a belted top (creating a peplum effect). I wasn’t going for an exact replica here, but thought I could use the principles to create a nice outfit with great shape. It didn’t really work.

For starters, I’m not a model. But it’s far more than that! I chose these pants as the closest to flares I have, but they really aren’t right for the look as they are wide all the way up the leg; I would have done better with bootleg jeans I think. The stripey top isn’t roomy enough for maximum effect when belted – but I was kind of backed into a corner by the checked pattern on my bottom half. Add to this the fact my pants are too long (they are a little too big for me now so sit lower than they should) and I’m closer to frumpy than curvalicious.

So facing facts: I think the pants need to go.

It makes me sad – I’ve had them for many years and really like them. But when I’m honest with myself I like the idea of them more than the reality. I love the fabric and the folded cuffs, but they’ve never been a perfect fit and are too low rise for my liking. I hope they find the right owner who will love them.

Calm Birds

Quest for a Functional Wardrobe - Calm Birds

Quest for a Functional Wardrobe - Calm Birds

Quest for a Functional Wardrobe - Calm Birds

I didn’t intend for it to work out this way, but today I’ve got two little themes going on. The first is my use of colour – all shades of green and blue. Deep ocean colours, cool and calm. The second is birds – on closer inspection you can see I’m wearing a flamingo top with an owl necklace. Kind of an unusual birdy pairing really, but I doubt many people would actually notice normally!