OOTD :: of Chuck love




The recipe: “Sweater dress, leather accents, druzy jewelry, amethyst, tights, and suede wedges”

The issues: I’m feeling too puffy for a sweater dress. What the heck is a druzy? (Thank you, Google!) “Amethyst” is just a fancy way of saying “purple”, isn’t it? And we all know my closet is a purple-less wasteland. Also, my feet are not ready for my suede wedges so soon after a two-week heel hiatus.

The result: Tried for tights and leather accents but became enamored with the wine color of the skater skirt and tights and just had to match it up with the sweater which went so well with the yellow button up, neither of which had leather accents at all. So, although it may be a total cop-out, I’m only passing on tights this week.

An experiment: I know I said I wouldn’t carp about themes and regimentation and whatnot, but Intrepid TA Sarah Solar thought it’d be a fabulous idea for me to do my spin on Casual Fridays by wearing Chucks on Fridays. And since I have all the colors and since the end of the work week is a justifiable time for me to give my feet a break, I’m gonna try it out.

Vive le vendredi!

:: Just the facts, ma’am ::
Sweater – Missoni for Target
Top – Merona @ Target
Skirt – Boohoo
Shoes – Chucks

:: Linking ::
Blogging Besties @ Whitney à la mode and Undergraduate Style

:: Grooveshark it ::
Welcome to My Life by Simple Plan


32 thoughts on “OOTD :: of Chuck love

  1. TIghts is not a cop out at all! And when your outfit is this fabulous, you can get away with just about anything 🙂

  2. I love this! You’ve been totally nailin’ it lately my friend. Chucks with tights? I must try.

  3. chessakat says:

    Love love love this! Skirts or dresses + Chucks = the best. That sweater is amazing! And if you wear Chucks every Friday, I might HAVE to just buy myself a pair and try to follow suit. Or two pairs. I haven’t owned any in years, and I think it’s high time for a comeback.

    • mtsedwards says:

      Good lord! Why are you up so early?! I just got up. 🙂 I think my body overcompensated for my first week back when I had to get up at 5am every day.

      Isn’t the sweater just? I love all the colors in it that I can remix with others. It’s a sheer chiffon on the front though (you can’t tell from pics) which means I can never wear it on its own, but I think I can live with that.

      Yes. Yes, you do. My goal is to own Chucks in every color. I know they’re rather dear – most run $45-55 regularly – but I find that Ross and Marshalls sell them for half that and when I get lucky, I swipe up all the pairs I can find. Am currently in the market for green and mint ones.

      • chessakat says:

        Ooh, good lead on the Marshall’s thing. We have one not far that I’ve never even stepped foot in for some reason. Must remedy!

        Oh, and 4-year-old woke up at 6:30 and joined me. Blergh.

        • mtsedwards says:

          Ah, I remember those days! I do so enjoy my kids more and more the older and more independent they become. We’ve started to leave Dyl home alone for short periods – while I do the grocery shopping, etc. – and it’s such a burden not having to deal with reluctant/demanding two at a time.

          I think I may follow my own advice and visit Marshall’s today. Haven’t been in a while meself. If you manage to find a pair in men’s 5.5/women’s 7.5/8 in green or mint or navy, can you pick me up a pair and I’ll pay you back? ;p

  4. Dawn Lucy says:

    So funky and cute! Love my Chucks!
    Dawn Lucy

    • mtsedwards says:

      You must wear them soon. I’d love to see your take on them for work. A reader last week said she felt crazy/young/inappropriate in them and was looking forward to seeing me style them so they’d be good enough for work. I sure could use a cohort by my side. ;p

  5. Kezzie says:

    Are Chucks another name for Converse trainers?? I’m enamoured by your rainbow jumper-you could so spin this for a Colin Baker-inspired TARDIS Tuesday!! How is life back at school?? I’m surviving!!!x

    • mtsedwards says:

      Yes. Yes, they are! And speaking of trainers, I was actually researching what American sneakers were called across the pond and is it true you also call them “sand shoes” and/or “plimsolls”? I do like “trainers” better than the rest for this type of shoe in general, but Chucks will always be Chucks to me. Short for Chuck Taylor’s All Star Converse, doncha know. ;p

    • mtsedwards says:

      P.S. Ahahahaha! Didn’t think about the Colin Baker angle. Oh, and “jumper” over “sweater” – I love having a friend who speaks my language. ;p

      Life back at school was exhausting. Not only was it my first week back having to wake up at ungodly hours, it’s also the tail end of our sem, which means loads of grading and desperate students trying to raise their final marks. I’ve been lobbying for years to get our first sem to end right before winter break, but I’m the lone voice in the dark…

  6. Ahhhh lol sorry I’m creating all these problems! I once had to look up what druzy means because Whitney mentions it on her blog all the time. And for the record I consider amethyst to be the jewel-tone version of purple. But maybe I should just say purple next time, haha. At any rate, thanks for linking up!

    • mtsedwards says:

      No problems at all. As mentioned before, your linkup is super low maintenance because of the way you both break down the components and allow for loose interpretations (like how Whitney did suede boots rather than suede wedges). I’m just poking fun at myself because I do so love purple and wish I had more of it in my closet but I can never seem to find items in that color that sing to me.

  7. Jan Graham-McMillen says:

    Pretty jazzy there, kid! Excellent sweater from that collection … the content is holding up well, yes? Wish I’d seen this one … cute as a button on you. Love you kicks, tights, skirt and all. Seems more deep garnet than amethyst (in all colors, but usually cooler purple) but may be my stupid clone and her bad color recognition skills.
    Hope your week back at school has been a good one, and this finds you slaving away at your writing … and having a grand time while you’re at it.
    This is our restaurant’s 20th Anniversary, and I’m on the run. My work is usually like rolling Sisyphus’ stone up the mountain, only now it’s a fancifully decorated stone.
    Cyber hugs.

    • mtsedwards says:

      Ah, but I’m not passing on amethyst, just the tights this week.

      MY week back has been exhausting, but that’s to be expected as my body readjusts to its old sleeping patterns. And yes, I’m back to writing again. Odd that it took my reading again – have to, for SSR – to get me back in the writing groove. Usually, I can’t do both at the same time for fear of being derivative of what I’m reading.

      Congrats on 20th anniversary! Have you got big celebration plans for a specific day or are you celebrating the entire year? Sisyphus’ boulder is a bear, but at least yours is decorated. Think unwieldy accessory, n’est-c pas?

  8. Val S says:

    Love that cray-cray sweater!

    • mtsedwards says:

      I do think it’s the best of the bunch from the Target/Missoni collab – funky enough to make the rather mature colors work without aging me in the process. But even if they did, to paraphrase Patti, “Chucks make everything better!”

  9. robjodiefilogomo says:

    Love this look!!! Great idea for wearing the Chuck’s on Fridays…I’m interested to see what you come up with, since when I’ve tried them on I feel too…young?…crazy?…inappropriate?….Jodie

    • mtsedwards says:

      Ah, I can only hope to come across as young, crazy and appropriately inappropriate. ;p

      That said, I do work as a high school teacher at a progressive alternative school so I’m given a lot of license in my professional dress. Also, I’m told I have a lot of natural hutzpah – not to mention a rather diminutive size – that allows me to pull off outfits that other, taller people could not.

  10. Patti says:

    Chucks make everything feel better! Love this funky look. xo

  11. Ha! I just bought 2 new pairs of Chucks (okay, they’re knockoffs, but whatever). You know I adore your deep purple Chucks!

    • mtsedwards says:

      Are these what you’re calling my “deep purple Chucks”? Because if so, then your definition of purple and mine are vastly different but I like yours better then because it affords me a lot more freedom and license with my wardrobe.

      • Yes, I was referring to the Chucks you’re wearing in this post. 😛 To me, deep purple can vary a lot – I have items that are blue-purple (eggplant, if you will), and items that are red-purple (wine is the word you used). I’d say the Chucks above are a red-purple.

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