{WIWS} Dusting Off An Old Favorite

For the first time in months (a year??) I’m linking up with What I Wore Sunday over at Fine Linen and Purple. Bonnie jumped back into it a couple of weeks ago and I thought, “Well, if Bonnie’s doing it, I gotta get back into it.” (And for the record, I’d totally follow Bonnie off the Brooklyn Bridge too.)


gifted jacket / target dress / gifted tights/ target scarf / shoes by penneys

I just got this dress and one exactly like it in navy from Target. They are the most comfortable things EVER; they stretch AND have pockets. Plus, I got a compliment on this dress from a young person today (under 21!) so it’s a definite keeper. I’d really like to get a belt to wear with them both, but haven’t found any I like thus far.

If you read Friday’s post, you know that I’m trying my hand at a capsule wardrobe. Dingy robe aside, I’m seriously trying to turn over a new fashion leaf. Don’t worry! This Ain’t the Lyceum will still maintain a majority of posts that have nothing to do with fashion, or mock of my lack of, but I’m hoping to use Sundays to post how I’m using my capsule wardrobe to look good at Mass and beyond!

Long winded back story + ramblings…

When some things in my life seem out of control, I tend to reorganize some other aspect of my life in order to feel more in control. I stumbled upon the capsule wardrobe idea at a time when, things felt a little hectic (like back when I started sleeping more.) Cleaning out my closet, and filling it with only 37 items was cathartic and revealed that I had lots of clothes that are embarrassingly stained, do not fit or I simply do not like but still wear occasionally for some reason.
I compiled a list of the ideal capsule and with some birthday gift cards, I’ve been able to shop with more direction, and discretion, and I’ve been feeling better about how I look day-to-day.

My baby also just turned four. I’m not currently in the losing / gaining weight phase that I was for so. many. years. I feel like I can finally buy good, high quality clothes for the long haul. I’m not looking to buy clothes for this season, but for many seasons to come. While my days are hectic, I’m no longer in survival mode and I don’t need to look like it.

Plus, my oldest daughter is twelve. I want to be an example of stylish, lady-like and modest fashion. I want her, and perhaps other young ladies I know, to see me and realize that being open to life, and choosing to stay at home doesn’t sign you up for 18 years of yoga pants, ratty t-shirts and unkempt hair. I want her to know dressing modestly doesn’t really mean denim jumpers and prairie dresses.

I don’t think it’s vanity to want to look put together. Could obsessing about my wardrobe lead down that path? Possibly, but for now, I have enough make up free days spent in my pajamas to keep me humble.

Have you linked up with FLAP lately? Why not share your mom style with the rest of us! I’m still looking for more inspiration besides “buffalo plaid” for this fall, if you’ve got any. Leave your thoughts then head back over to WIWS for more clickety clicks. 


  1. You look super cute!! Love the dress. I may have to head on over to Target. I have never done a WIWS, I’ve always been embarrassed, but everyone always looks so cute when they do it. I’m worried people will think I’m vain although I have never thought that about anyone else!
    Anyway, I’m kind of new to your blog. I have really been enjoying it. You crack me up and are an inspiration. Just thought I’d say “hi!”

  2. I’m so excited to see what you come up with for your real capsule wardrobe!!! This outfit is way cute 🙂 And I’m completely with you on dressing modestly without the denim jumpers & prairie dresses – I felt pretty victorious when it took my middle school students 7 months of school before they realized last year that I had stopped wearing pants (and they complimented me on my wardrobe ALL the time, which sometimes made me feel awkward because 12-year-olds liked how I dressed?)! So it’s possible to be a mom and dress modestly and fashionably! Hooray!

  3. My oldest daughter is 12 as well, and I couldn’t agree more about the importance of modeling nice clothes and looking put together without benig immodest or frumpy.

    You look very cute..I love that red jacket!

  4. I want to do a capsule wardrobe but I just can’t seem to find the time to go through my clothes. I’ve gotten rid of tons of clothes over the past couple months and probably need to buy clothes to fill in my wardrobe instead of get rid of more, but I’m drawn to the idea of only having seasonably appropriate items that go together in my closet at one time. Aside from time, 1/2 of my wardrobe is in the hamper at any one time so how do I choose a wardrobe without all the choices in front of me? I want a capsule wardrobe to save me time choosing clothes and putting together outfits but I just can’t seem to find the time up front to save the time later, you know?

    Beautiful outfit, by the way. The dress looks lovely!

  5. I love the outfit! Yeah, I was thinking about this the other day–I’m kind of in a rut with my wardrobe. I have clothes I haven’t worn in eons and clothes that really should be turned into rags. I like the idea of a capsule wardrobe.

    Also, I am scarf-stupid. I can never make them look as cute as others do (ex: you in your picture). Perhaps I should invest in some infinity scarves and quit trying to make my non-infinity scarves look good.

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