OOTD :: of making good on promises and Covered Perfectly

3.10.14

3.10.14

3.10.14

This week’s theme is fallout from yesterday’s post.

I was thinking about my closet, what was in it, and how I could prevent myself from adding to it when it dawned on me: why not highlight things I got for free? Perhaps by celebrating gratis clothing, I can then embrace the spirit of minimalism and, from there, smart spending.

Well, that was my thought process anyway.

I was also actually thinking that it was high time I honored my word, so I present to you, my friends, the theme of the week: Free for All.

So, remember when I won the 40+ Style contest? I’d promised Sylvia I would let her know how I’d spend my gift certificates, but I’d also promised to showcase the other part of my haul: my choice of a top from Covered Perfectly. Now, I’d never heard of this company previous to my win, but I was instantly impressed. Not only do they have stellar customer service (I  received a gracious personal email from Pauline Durban, president and founder of the company, congratulating me on my win and reminding my to place my order), they also have a free shipping to anywhere in the U.S. (I’m such a sucker for free ship) and free returns as well.

How do you like them apples!

When my top arrived – in record time, no less – I was thoroughly pleased with the quality. The print is sharp and stunning; the fabric has that wonderful drapey lightness that is rayon’s trademark, but has enough of a sturdiness to hide all my nasty bumps and bulges. Slipping it on was like slipping into a cocoon of clouds. (Yeah, it’s that yummy!)

There was one glitchy issue, however: I couldn’t style it for the life of me. I think it was the combination of front drape design, zebra print, and my hypersensitive awareness of being a woman in her middle years. I felt and looked older in the top. It wasn’t the top’s fault, mind you. In retrospect, I think it was just all in my head. But at the time, everything I tried – pencil skirt, trousers, faux leather pants – made me feel matronly, heavy or cougar-esque.

But if at first you don’t succeed, try, try again, right? I went on Pinterest, found some inspiration and finally settled on today’s outfit. The swishy maxi has just enough taupe to bring out the similar hue in the top. The punch of orange with the infinity scarf lends an artsy edge to an otherwise bohemian vibe. And the snakeskin oxfords (in lieu of ladylike pumps or flats) adds just that touch of masculine to toughen up the look.

I definitely don’t feel matronly now. In fact, I feel particularly visible, if you know what I mean.

:: Just the facts, ma’am ::
Top – Covered Perfectly
  Infinity scarf – handmade by moi!
Skirt – eBay
Oxfords – Naturalizer

:: Linking ::
Visible Monday @ Not Dead Yet
Très Chic Style Bits @ Searching the Inner Me

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16 thoughts on “OOTD :: of making good on promises and Covered Perfectly

  1. I think you did a pretty nifty job styling it … the skirt, little shoes and infinity scarf add enough substance to balance. It isn’t you that looks matronly, it’s that the company makes matronly tops and you got the best one there, I think. I’ve been to the site because so many bloggers are sporting their tops. Largely unfortunate in design, I think, and you did well for them! I actually love your skirt and shoes. Nothing like swirly skirts when you’re in the mood … it’s a good length (hard to come by) and the shoes are just strait adorbs. Nice of you to give it a try for them.
    And the child is a gorgeous creature, so like her clever mom!

    • I did feel the styles skewed a bit more mature for my tastes; as we all know and despair about me, I’m an inveterate Forever 21 shopper. That said, I’m never one to turn down freebies. I’m happy you agree that I got the best of the bunch in terms of style apropos to my aesthetic. I do have to give them serious props for the quality, though. Great rayon fabric – I see this top lasting a while.

    • Thanks, Sylvia! You know how your approval is held in such high esteem around these parts. 😀 And please stop by for the remainder of the week – I have two more outfits created, thanks to you and your amazing contest.

    • Awww, sweetie! Thanks!

      And I want everyone to know that I didn’t pay my daughter to comment on my blog today. ;p

  2. Wow gorgeous you!!! You look so beautiful!!!! That first picture is fantastic. I really like the way you styled your top. I have a black maxi skirt that I have to find some inspiration to style it.
    Also loving your oxfords and the pop of colour given by the scarf.
    Thank you so much for linking with Très Chic Style Bits.
    xoxo

    • Thanks so much for the lovely compliments, Seeker! And isn’t that scarf scrumptious?! As soon as I saw that yarn, I knew I had to knit it up into a fabulously thick cowl. Too bad it ended up being 80 degrees F here today so off it went.

  3. Well, this is a different look for you! I have to say, I love the top part, but I’m not crazy about the skirt. Are you sure a pencil skirt didn’t work? Who cares if you look like a cougar? But you must go with your mood, so I won’t say another word.

    Okay, a few more words – your best accessory? Your daughter!

    • Yep, very bohemian of me and that’s not a vibe I sport very often. Of all my discarded bottoms, I did like skinnies the best. Perhaps not stilettos and just flats would’ve made it more me. We can try again next time. At least I’m beginning to look at my clothes withe a “next time” in mind, eh?

      Yes, she is truly my best accessory.

  4. Gorgeous! I love how the muted colour on the skirt really compliments the bold monochrome and pattern of the top, and you’ve extended both of those very well by matching the shoes on the bottom half of the outfit and bangles like zebra stripes on the top. Excellent execution and the scarf adds an interesting factor. Also like Selah love the hair 🙂

    • Argh! I ended up forgetting about the bangles this morning! Ah, well. I was in the midst of grading presentations anyway and jangling while I wrote would probably have been distracting to the kids.

    • Ahahahahaha! That’s what happens when I don’t wash or brush my hair for two days in a row. Perhaps shampoo is overrated after all! I can’t seem to replicate this look no matter how I try either. Sigh

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