WIW on my Birthday

So DH took me out to dinner it was lovely. I put some effort into getting ready. I decided to try out the column of color formula. All gray was today's choice. I thought the clutch was a nice burst of pastel color.

I'm wearing:

  • Trusty Old Navy Rockstar jeans in gray
  • Apt. 9 drape front blouse (not a maternity item)
  • Land's End Arctic Gray pumps 
  • Pastel clutch - Francesca's

I usually avoid all neutrals but I thought this was so fun and visually interesting. Your thoughts?

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  • Marmee replied 9 years ago

    Happy Birthday!  You look radiant!

  • abc replied 9 years ago

    You look absolutely amazing. Those jeans are so wonderful and the top is a perfect match. But your HAIR is what made the whole thing notch up to another level! Spectacular. I hope your evening out to celebrate another year was wonderful.

  • Aubergine replied 9 years ago

    Happy birthday! The gray is so dramatic on you. It really reads like silver to me.

  • Beth Ann replied 9 years ago

    (mi mi mi mi m.....) 

    "Happy Birthday to you.  Happy Birthday to you.  Happy Birthday, Fabulous Rhonda, Happy Birthday to Youuuuuuuuuuuuuuu"  (Like the high note at the end?)

    Transitional dressing doesn't get much more transitional than pregnancy, and it's a great opportunity to try new combinations, make the most of what you have in your closet and play with the ever-changing proportions!  This clean dove/silver grey is chic and classy on you.  Love the free hair paired with a restrained palette! 

    Hope your evening was marvelous.  Your next birthday will be very different!

  • adorkable replied 9 years ago

    Happy birthday! You are glooooowing!

  • Day Vies replied 9 years ago

    You ladies are so wonderfully sweet! Thank you!
    Aubergine - I think you are correct this outfit is more silver than gray.
    Abc - I think you may be right I did enjoy my hair today and it's a nice juxtaposition between the monochromatic palette and the wild and free hair.

  • carambola replied 9 years ago

    You look amazing! Happy birthday!

  • Jaime replied 9 years ago

    Gorgeous! I love that top on you. And happy birthday!

  • Ginkgo replied 9 years ago

    You look fantastic!  The gray, the top, your long legs, your hair...

  • fuzzylogic replied 9 years ago

    Looking resplendent for your birthday! Best birthday wishes!

  • Debra replied 9 years ago

    Happy Birthday :) you look gorgeous

  • goldenpig replied 9 years ago

    Love the column of grey! And love the non-maternity maternity wear! Happy birthday DV!

  • Caro in Oz replied 9 years ago

    Love it & your hair looks amazing :) 
    Many, many happy returns to you.

  • rachylou replied 9 years ago

    Happy Birthday! Great top!

  • Deborah replied 9 years ago

    Happy Birthday gorgeous girl! You look stunning. I love that drape top (I have one almost the same in grey too).

  • catgirl replied 9 years ago

    OMG, DV!  I have that same shirt - I thrifted it here and it is so soft.  It looks wonderful on you.  I think I will take inspiration from you and wear it to work tomorrow (yes, WORK)...

  • deb replied 9 years ago

    Happy birthday, Rhonda. I hope you have a wonderful day.  You look great in that color.

  • Ingunn replied 9 years ago

    You look amazing! Wow! Smart casual elegance to perfection. Grey is wonderful on you, and I really like the accents of black and white which make it pop. The clutch is the perfect finishing touch, adding a trend without being obvious. Happy birthday, my dear! I'm sure this will be your best year ever. ((Big hugs))

  • dlb1960 replied 9 years ago

    Oh. You look so lovely!!! And I love you hair! And happy birthday!

  • Neel replied 9 years ago

    Happy Birthday Dayvies!!! And you do drapey very well!! Love your clutch too!

  • Inge replied 9 years ago

    Agreed 100%. The beautiful drape of the top adds great visual interest. And I love the ton-sur-ton effect with the skinny jeans. Plus light blue always looks brilliant with grey, so that fab pastel clutch was the perfect choice to my eye.

    Happy birthday, Day Vies! I hope you had a wonderful dinner and were completely spoilt on your special day. Here's to a very exciting and absolutely fantastic year ahead!

  • Vildy replied 9 years ago

    Man, I'll bet you turned every head in that restaurant. I know I wouldn't have been able to leave off taking in your radiantly casual glam look. Happy Birthday  and every good wish for your most joyful year ever.

  • missvee replied 9 years ago

    This is one of your best looks ever. Gray is stunning on you, and you hair is just so flattering. Hope you had a wonderful time.

  • Suz replied 9 years ago

    Happy birthday, DV -- and thank you for all you bring to this forum. I just love your polished, gorgeous style and your upbeat, positive, and practical approach. You look better and better every day. Love this drapey top on you. Casual glamour at its very best. 

  • replied 9 years ago

    So beautiful!  Happy birthday!!!

  • Kristin L replied 9 years ago

    Happy birthday! I have to admit I get a tad jealous of your WIW's. You always look perfectly put together and this time is no exception. YLF!

  • Mochi replied 9 years ago

    Happy birthday, DV. You do look radiant (as usual). I love the drape and flow of the topper. It's true the color scheme isn't typical for you, but adding some punctuation with color (bag, in this case) was just right. In my opinion, monochromatic looks are awesome. Well done.

  • Day Vies replied 9 years ago

    Thank you so much for the birthday wishes. I had a yummy dinner topped off with sumptuous cheesecake (hot caramel drizzle with peanuts & chocolate!) The only bubbly I had was a glass of ginger ale ;-)

    Deborah - I am not surprised that you have a similar top. I actually thought of you and many of the fabulous drape-y outfits you've worn as I was putting this outfit together.
    Una - I have worn this top to work before I usually wear it with a slimmer bottom to balance out the volume on top. I completely encourage it. When I bought it last fall it came in gray, white, black, navy, and oxblood. I of course was torn -- what color to get????
    Ingunn - Thank you!  I am not sure I could have actually done ALL gray -- I really liked the pale aqua against the gray. It seemed to nod toward spring without bring obvious. We got a dusting of snow last night and temperatures in the single digits. Old man winter is still clinging.
    Inge - I was completely spoiled last night. I still have some cake left over. I'll be sure to polish the rest off 
    Vildy- there were a lot of interesting looks, but I was only concerned with where DH was looking ;-)
    Suz - I guess I'll have to accept that this look is definitely casual glam. I hadn't thought about it but it seems that casual glam is where I am most comfortable when dressing to go out to dinner. It says that dinner out is an experience for me and I'm enjoying it.

  • Susie replied 9 years ago

    Wow you look spectacular! I love the column of color; it is so flattering.

    I wish you a very happy birthday! It's the start of an eventful year for you and I hope it's your best one yet!

  • Transcona Shannon replied 9 years ago

    YOWZA!!! You look fab! I love a column of color and that shade of grey is just delicious on you. The drape in the top is uber flattering and your legs look a mile long. Love your hair too.

    Happy birthday gorgeous :)

  • replied 9 years ago

    You are a positive feast for the eyes! You glow. Happy Birthday!

  • Angie replied 9 years ago

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY beautiful and gorgeous Day Vies. I can’t tell you how much I love and appreciate that you are part of this forum. Your killer style, stunning smile that lights up the room, immense confidence, and incredibly fun hair are one thing to adore about you. But it’s your cerebral, poetic and lateral thinking that tickles my toes AS MUCH as that insatiably gorgeous smile. You are brilliant, bold, intelligent, inspirational, kind and always very positive. Thank you for being fabulous in every way. 

    Hope you felt celebrated and special on your birthday in your rocking killer outfit. Hope that you can feel our love and respect too. xo

  • Catnip replied 9 years ago

    Wow!  And wow again!  You look radiantly beautiful!  Light gray looks wonderful on you and I love your hair.

    Happy Birthday!

  • Hil replied 9 years ago

    Beautiful Day Vies - you look spectacular in that grey! HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!

  • Karie replied 9 years ago

    Girlfriend, I don't think there's a color you can't wear! You look fantastic in all gray, and the pop of color in the clutch is brilliant. Happy Birthday!

  • gryffin replied 9 years ago

    Day Vies - you look drop dead gorgeous!!  You are stunning in gray!!  Love the clutch!!  Happy, Happy B'day!!  Hope you had a wonderful day!!

  • pil replied 9 years ago

    What a great top for this in between time, casual glam others have used really nails the look. Happy Birthday, Day Vies, and this time next year you will have the best accessory ever :)

  • Ornella replied 9 years ago

    So understated and pretty, but OMG - party hair, party hair, yay! *fans herself*

    I adore you, your powerful personality, your hair, your smile and your style. And you hopefully knew all that by now ;-)

    Have a wonderful birthday!  

  • El Cee replied 9 years ago

    Happy, happy birthday DV! You look like a rockstar (or model) in your magnificent gray ensemble… so gorgeous and chic! And your hair -- WOW!!! Stunning! Hope you had a wonderful evening.

  • texstyle replied 9 years ago

    Happy Birthday!  How pretty you look - LOVE neutrals and these look so fantastic on you.

  • texstyle replied 9 years ago

    Happy Birthday!  How pretty you look - LOVE neutrals and these look so fantastic on you.

  • kkards replied 9 years ago

    I missed this better. Happy Birthday. Love this column of grey, love the proportions of this. And the pastel clutch is just right.

  • April replied 9 years ago

    The fabric drape and textures really make the monochromatic column of color sing, DV.   Happy birthday to you!

  • LoriFLA replied 9 years ago

    Happy birthday! Beautiful outfit! Love the gray on you and the clutch is so pretty.  I have been afraid to try this style of top but after seeing it on you, I think I will try it! 

  • catgirl replied 9 years ago

    I never shop at Kohl's but I will have to look now... Would love this in a color!  I am wearing this today with my EF harem pants. Working on a Sunday I can be a little more casual.  I wish I could find a cami with a higher neck... I have the ones with bras in them but they are too bulky sometimes. 

  • Tanya replied 9 years ago

    A belated Happy Birthday!  You look stunning - a vision in grey.  And your smile is the best accessory ever.

  • Diana replied 9 years ago

    Happy birthday!!! You look absolutely amazing. The soft grey monochrome is so sophisticated.

  • Lisa replied 9 years ago

    Grey is lovely on you!  I especially like the drape of this top, it's really neat.  And Happy Birthday! 

  • Windchime replied 9 years ago

    I hope your birthday was as marvelous as your outfit! Your smile is radiant and your hair is fab.

  • MsMaven replied 9 years ago

    Fabulous outfit--I love the draped top on you--just gorgeous.  Your hair looks fantastic.  Hope the rest of your birthday was as great as your happy look!

  • unfrumped replied 9 years ago

    More happy belated birthday wishes.
    You look fabulous, fact! The clutch is so fresh against the gray--very springy and less predictable than metallic. Hairstyle is the most, and the simple jeans outfit and column of color are perfect for it.

  • Vicki replied 9 years ago

    Happy birthday, you stunner in silver grey!  I love grey jeans and with your drapey top, it's a gorgeous monochromatic look DV.  Sending great wishes to you for a wonderful year!

  • Joy replied 9 years ago

    Happy (belated) Birthday, beautiful Day Vies! I hope that you are celebrating and celebrated all week and beyond. Your posts and input is always a treat. This will be a special year for you.
    Your silvery gray outfit and free hair make a stunning look that needs repeating.

  • Helena replied 9 years ago

    Very sophisticated!

  • replied 9 years ago

    How did I miss this? Happy happy birthday, DV! You look fantastic in this silvery grey and your hair is a perfect crown and your smile the jewels.

  • Sara L. replied 9 years ago

    Happy Birthday!  

    Wow, great outfit!  I love the drapey top and the pastel clutch looks perfect.

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