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Red Sweater + January Update

With Valentine season upon us, I really wanted to wear this red sweater again. Not to mention I've been drawn to red pieces more than usual this year, so I want to get a little more comfortable styling and wearing this color. My go-to combo for wearing a red top is to pair it with black pants and a black jacket, just like I did two years ago in a Valentine's collab with some of my favorite blogger friends. But I wanted to switch it up this time, which resulted in one heck of a try-on session with different combinations of jackets, jeans, and shoes. I settled on this combo with dark wash denim and a light grey jacket, but that's just the thing. It felt like I settled rather than loved it!

Don't get me wrong - I really like all of the pieces here individually and by no means was I remotely embarrassed to be seen in this outfit in public. It was perfectly fine for my casual Saturday activities. But I still felt like the outfit was missing something. I think I would have liked this better with a stronger print, texture, or pattern somewhere in the outfit - preferably in the jacket. But none that I have on hand worked with the casual vibe of the outfit. At some point I just decided to leave well enough alone with this combo and get out the door. Ultimately this outfit is mentally filed under "work in progress." Not every outfit will be my favorite, but hopefully next time I wear this sweater I can take what I learned from this outfit pairing and improve it a little bit!

Now that I've hashed out my mediocre feelings on this outfit, let me give you a rundown on the fit for the individual pieces. Even though I don't plan on pairing these pieces together this way again, these are all pieces I'd still recommend! For starters, the sweater runs on the more tight/fitted side. I vary between XS and Small in tops and like the Small better in this. I'm wearing the Deep Red color here, though it does come in a lot of colors. It's a lighter weight sweater so it works well for layering. The Daily Ritual jeans are also true to size, but note that if you get the Short Length, they are cut more like Petite sizing, so they're shorter everywhere, not just the inseam. At 5'4" those didn't fit me right so I'm wearing the Regular length here, but I tucked them under for a faux hem job. I'm wearing the Indigo Blue Overdyed color and it's a very dark blue. They can look black sometimes in photographs depending on the lighting, but in person they are a super dark blue. And finally my exact BB Dakota jacket is sold out now, but they come out with this same style of jacket every year with some slight variation. This current option is almost identical, and in general their jackets always run true to size for me.

That's it for "What I'm Wearing," so here are the rest of the What's Up Wednesday prompts I'm answering this month!

What I'm loving: If you haven't seen this social media 4-square comparison trend Dolly Parton Started and other celebs like Ellen DeGeneres and Jennifer Garner quickly jumped on, give yourself a laugh today and go check it out...after you're done reading here, of course It's so funny and spot on! Then make one of yourself and get your friends to do one of themselves so you can exchange - it's a guaranteed way to give your day a hilarious boost!

What I'm dreading: I have a dentist appointment today. I think that speaks for itself!

What I'm watching: Over the holiday break I got caught up on Big Little Lies Season 2. It was a short season but I enjoyed it - especially Meryl Streep's performance. I'm also trying to watch Mr. Robot with my husband, but half of the tech stuff goes over my head and he has to pause and explain. Eventually I also really want to watch Cheer because I've heard so much about it! And more than a few people have texted me to comment about the coach of the squad who always wears Portofino shirts from Express!

What I'm reading: Vanishing Girls by Lisa Regan. I think someone on a podcast recommended this and it gets great reviews, but I'm just getting started so I don't have an opinion yet. Also, when I looked up the link for this book I noticed there's another book with the exact same title, so now I'm wondering which one the podcast meant and if I got the wrong one?

What I'm listening to: Lisa Jewell released a new book on audio last week as a personal birthday gift to me (Kidding - I wish!). It's called A Friend of the Family, and it's another of her oldie-gems that they're just now putting on audio. I'm enjoying to so far, as I usually do with her books!

What I'm doing this weekend: The Super Bowl is on Sunday so I'm planning to watch that. I'm not a huge fan of either team. But I do want to see the halftime show with Shakira and Jennifer Lopez!

What I'm looking forward to next month: February is looking busy and fun! My 21st Anniversary is on the 12th, then later in the month my mom coming in town and my kids have a week off school. Finally my niece getting married on the 29th so I'll be traveling for that at the end of the month! I may end up taking a few days off here on the blog to keep up with everything in real life, but I'll keep you posted on when the time comes.

And that does it for this month! See you back on Friday!

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  1. I never thought about it until you said it but I always seem to wear my red top with black as well and the only time I really venture outside of that is with denim. Hmmm...maybe that's why I'm not so drawn to red tops. Oh well food for thought. The red sweater I bought got a huge rip in the seam under the arm - after wearing it once. I need to see if I can return it because that is no bueno.
    Your February sounds very busy but in all the right ways!

  2. This is such a nice outfit, even if you didn't like it! Sometimes simple is best :)

    Thank you for the link up!

    Hope that your week is going well! It's a busy one here! :)

    Away From Blue

  3. I love your red sweater outfit! And I hear you about the dentist. I just had my appointment on Monday, but I survived.


  4. Too funny - I am sharing a red sweater (and that I don't wear red but am more this year) on my blog, too! I am planning to watch the Super Bowl but not excited about either team. It used to be that I enjoyed the commercials but those have been pretty mediocre lately. I hope your dentist appointment goes well. And, congrats - 21 years!

    Daily Style Finds

  5. I don't have a lot of red in my closet but tend to wear it with grey or black too. I think this is a really cute outfit! Our dentist takes your blood pressure when you get there. I guess they know everyone dreads going too!

    Jill - Doused in Pink

  6. I totally get what you’re saying about something was missing with the outfit! I loved Meryl Streep’s performance in big little lies as well! I don’t think there’s going to be a season three? We are not fans of either Super Bowl team as well but I can’t wait to see J Lo! A few days ago, I did the Dolly Parton challenge with a foursquare on my Instagram stories and it’s funny because of the four platforms, the only one I’m on is Instagram but it was fun. Next month sounds like it’s going to be so wonderful for you! xo

  7. So cute! Love the jacket and your hair!

  8. Such a great look on you! Red and black goes so well together and loving how you added the neutral jacket!
    Thanks for co-hosting the linkup!
    Ellibelle's Corner

  9. I'm sure all of us relate to having a pile of clothing when trying to put together an outfit! I didn't realize Dolly Parton started the 4-square thing--that is funny. BTW, your post from the other day got me into an Amazon journey on one of their brand, ha!

  10. Don't you just hate it when you don't feel your best in an outfit? I do! Even though you look darling to everyone else, you aren't feeling it. I totally get it. Still think this is a cute outfit though XOXO

  11. I was really drawn to red last year and now I have red shorts and a red cami. I also have a red bodysuit and that's the piece I wear the most. Congrats on 21 years this is major and YESSS please watch Cheer. You will enjoy it and I think the boys might enjoy it as well.

  12. That is kind of fun your niece is getting married on Leap Day! That makes for an interesting anniversary! Happy Anniversary too! 21 years is amazing!

  13. This is cute - but I know what you mean about that feeling of not quite there. It's nice to hear someone else goes through that too ;-)

    Yes, you totally should watch Cheer. And I caught up on Big Little Lies season 2 finally last month as well, and ooh is Meryl Streep creepy in it, in a way that made me not be able to stop watching. Felt like a bit of whiplash to then right after that watch Laura Dern and Meryl Streep in Little Women - how different could those characters be! But they are both so excellent.

    And yay, February anniversaries! Can't believe you're at 21! We celebrate 14 years on the 4th :)

  14. Alright, I had all this stuff to say and then I hopped over for the dolly parton fun. lol. I know what you mean about "that missing factor". I'm the worst at that. However, I think your outfit looks fab. Oh and happy anniversary to you and your hubby!

  15. Wait, your 21st wedding anniversary? How is that possible, did you get married when you were ten? this look is adorable, and not mediocre at all, love the pop of red. I have been really enjoying the Dolly Parton challenge, Kristen Bell's was hilarious. Have a great weekend!

    xx, Elise

  16. I think you are too hard on this outfit. I love how it turned out! Those IG posts have been cracking me up too, and I am excited for the Super Bowl though we have no real plans. ;)

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

  17. Red, black, and grey are always a solid pairing, Gina! you can't go wrong!

    I hope you have a wonderful weekend!



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