The Space Between My Peers: First Post in a Series on Personal Style

The Space Between My Peers

From the bottom of the fashion food chain ...

Location: The Great Northwest

I'm a home-schooling, bible-believing SAHM with an annual clothing budget of about $500 American. The Space Between My Peers reveals my secret passion: analysis of the art and science of what to wear.

Tuesday, September 26, 2006

First Post in a Series on Personal Style

Simply because it amused me, I wanted to show you this outfit I wore to church this past Sunday. Why did it amuse me? Well, this is about the maximum number of "functional, aka sporty" accents I could possibly add to an outfit without feeling like a three-ring circus. hehe

From the bottom up

  • Shoes: I bought these a few years ago at a Nordstrom semi-annual sale. They were not over $30. I go back and forth about keeping them, because of the ubiquitous Mary Jane thing; but the bold off-white stitching is the "sporty" accent that makes them suit ME.

  • Hose: Last week, in a random moment, I stocked up on crazy tights. For me stocking up is about 4 pair, including these HEATHER GRAY ones. Yep, another "sporty" accent.

  • Skirt: In my ad for a personal chef (which position, btw, is still open), I first mentioned this skirt. The A-line cut and wool in a classic heathery color make this a piece that is current and highly functional. If it were not current, a person with a strictly "functional" idiom could certainly still wear it, as could a more timeless classic, but I will probably sell it before then.

  • Sweater: What could make a girl happier than a pink cashmere sweater? How about paying only $1 for it? Two things give this a "sporty" accent: the sweatshirt-like shape and the white crewneck t-shirt, which you probably can't see because of the light, showing at the neckline.

Never fear, I still have lots to say about color. I will get back to it. But, after our MOPS group went over style personality last week, I feel it's time to take a long-awaited turn down that path.

Especially since two of my friends guessed my style wrong after we took the quiz together. And they both had the same guess.

What's yours?


Anonymous Wendy said...


I followed your lead and started "stocking up" on tights yesterday. (Terrible pun, I know!)

In terms of changing up this outfit, how are you set for belts?



6:05 AM  
Blogger Rebecca said...

Around our house, that pun would get miles of admiration. I'm bummed I missed the opportunity.

Aaaah, belts. :(

Belts are my hardest thing, mainly because I just don't want to spend the money. Brown belts I'm not too bad, everything else not too good. (I'm hoping for the black one I pictured a couple of days ago for my birthday.)

Any suggestions?

8:18 AM  
Anonymous Wendy said...

Hi Rebecca,

Well, I think you did use the pun first.

If you have lots of brown belts, which of course are great with pink, perhaps a thrifting focus could be a similar brown skirt?

You have a cute little figure, so you can wear the whole range of belts with that outfit from thin at the natural waist to thicker, and all the way to assymetrically sitting on the hips. I'm also liking wide belts at the waist this year. With the outfit as it is, gunmetal might be ideal -- it's hard for me to see the true colours of the skirt and sweater on my monitor. Or with my eyes. I don't know which. ;)

5:10 PM  
Blogger Rebecca said...


I also am liking the wide and at the waist belts. And I have such a long waist, they do seem like a natural.

Gunmetal would be perfect.

I'm glad you brought it up. I needed the motivation to put the effort into looking for belts and now is the perfect time, just before my birthday.:)

5:30 PM  
Anonymous Wendy said...


Happy to help! The other thing about wider at the waist belts for we of the long waists is definitely the balancing effect. Attention goes to the waist. Legs seem longer. And that's a great thing. I'm particularly short in the leg, so it's the kind of "optical delusion" I'm particularly fond of.

And I hope you have a wonderful birthday, full of good things.

5:27 AM  

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