Mr. Mickey has owned several very nice cars, and his two best friends have collections of restored antique cars. Certain ones are kept inside, only to be driven on clear days for special events. The cars they drive regularly are called their daily drivers. Today I am showing you the daily drivers from my wardrobe.
There isn’t usually anyone around to snap photos of what I wear during the day, but I often get questions about what I wear while working in my home office or going to the grocery store and running errands. This past week I have been asking Mr. Mickey to take some photos of my most casual looks.
Taking my cues from the clear blue sky and vivid fall pumpkin colors, I wore several years old olive pants from Fabrizio Gianni and Louise et Cie loafers from last year. Brighton’s shoulder bag, but I have no idea how old it is because it was purchased at a consignment store last year. The tank top is from Chico’s. The bright blue cotton cardigan was from Lands’ End a few years ago.
After shopping, I removed the accessories and switched to a black long sleeve tee by Croft & Barrow from Kohl’s. The slip-on sneakers are from Sofft Shoes. Cooking is not something I often do, but the vegetable stew I made turned out OK.
Crusty Italian bread, special olive oil for dipping, and a good bottle of wine made for a pleasant meal at home.
On another casual day, I wore the same olive pants with a Clara Sunwoo angle neck tunic purple from ShopMyFairLady.com.
The bracelet includes both antique silver and brass colors. I purchased it from French Kande. The ring was a long-ago gift from Mr. Mickey.
The last thing I do is to apply a lipstick that complements (not matches) the color of the top I am wearing, and then I slip it into my bag for the day. This color is Plum, and it looks great with purple. The Sheer Lipstick is by Beautycounter here.
I promised you that I would show you how one of these long tunics looked, with one of the corners half-tucked into the waistband of my pants to show the whole length of the leg. I think it makes my legs look longer worn this way. Long tunics tend to make legs look shorter.
I wear a pair of comfortable jeans and a tee on most days, but that is just the start of my looks.
I discovered the power of accessories as a teenager. A square silk scarf can elevate a tee and jeans to a dressed-up going out to lunch appropriate look. One good handbag with elegant, timeless details can serve most of your needs while helping you to look exceptionally chic. Shoes can make or break a look. Adding a belt can define your waist and make you look so much more feminine and slender.
The basics only look above is transformed from a comfortable hanging out at home look to something more appropriate for running errands by merely adding a scarf, sunglasses, and my handy Zac Posen tote bag. Almost all of my daily looks start this way. Accessories, jackets, or cardigans change and upgrade my appearance as needed with minimal effort. Natural-looking makeup and hair are also part of the daily look.
The jeans and tee are several years old from Chico’s. The wine-colored loafers were from Nine West last year.