WIW: White jeans (for Pil)

Today we had an early morning meeting with the guidance person at our daughter's new school. We have been having major frustrations with the staff at the school. DD has some special needs and requires some mindful programming -- and a decent connection with an adult who sees her. Apparently this will not be forthcoming from the person whose official job is to provide it. Ever feel you are banging your head against a wall? Yup. That feeling. 

Luckily, the woman we met with today was much better and is taking over the reins! Phew!

I wanted a cheerful, happy outfit that would look relaxed and casual yet convey a touch of authority. 

Pil, I am wearing my Dianas as slim BFs. They are freshly washed here but I had been wearing for about an hour so they were already a little stretched. They'll stretch out a bit more during the day. 

Jacket: Zara

Silk shirt: Ann Taylor

Jeans: Kut Diana skinnies

Belt: some no name store in Stratford

Shoes: Clarks (I do not love these; they aren't the right fit on the top -- my feet are not high enough volume, as Angie says. And the straps are loose and cannot be made tighter due to construction. Alas, mistake made. However, the footbed is super comfortable, so that is a plus. 

Bag: Ralph Lauren

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  • Angie replied 10 years ago

    (Glad things are looking postive for DD and the rest of the family).

    "I wanted a cheerful, happy outfit that would look relaxed and casual yet convey a touch of authority".

    Mission accomplished gorgeous, Suz! I vote KILLER outfit. You are sensational in blue and white. A Summer fave of mine too. And Pink & White & Gold. And Citron & White & Light Blue.

    That floral blazer was made for you, and you rock it like no other. And at least the footsies are happy. The sandals look nice! Don't worry about the fit too much. xo

  • Mona replied 10 years ago

    It is too bad that you have to go through this with the school. Hopefully the new person is much more skilled and helpful.
    The zara blazer is gorgeous on you and you look completely confident in yourself.

  • Suz replied 10 years ago

    Thank you both! The Zara jacket has been a workhorse already. Thank you, Angie! I suspect this may be a one-season wonder (just because I will wear it so much I'll get sick of it!) But no matter. That is how to wear the heck out of your clothes, right? Right! 

    These jeans are fantastic, too. I am so tempted to order a pair of true BFs in white, as well. And might just do that and have them delivered to NY!  :-) 

  • Angie replied 10 years ago

    Yes! I think all my Zara jackets have been a one season wonder. I love those types of items too though! They add and subtract a different element to our style and keep our fashion feet moving. It's one of the reasons I've supported Zara for 20 years and continue to do so. Their fit and style integrity works for me every season.

  • pil replied 10 years ago

    You look incredible here, Suz! I really love this jacket with the white. Thanks so much for thinking of me :) I was all dressed and ready to post pics of the smaller size but my camera battery died. And, upon closer inspection my jeans ARE the Dianas.

    Great news about a new facilitator for DD. It seems PPP applies to more than just clothes.

  • Suz replied 10 years ago

    Well, i have really, really enjoyed my Dianas, Pil. 

    When I first bought them there was some concern about the fit. I think the back pocket seams made it look to some Fabbers as if I had VPL! But in fact, the fit has been good for me, and although the stretching out was a bit of a surprise, it makes them more comfortable and as white jeans, I don't think they really should be skin tight. When I put them on first thing, they're snug, but not to the point where it is difficult to do them up or anything. Then I sit and move around, and the fabric gives. They tend not to stretch in the hip area for me (but I wear a belt anyway). They do stretch in the thighs, knees, and bum. 

    I find them super comfortable and they also wash extremely well. The few times I've stained them, regular stain remover has worked easily on them. I wash and do not put in the dryer. 

    Angie, I am glad to know that you approve of a few one-season wonders. You are right -- it allows us to participate in a few fun trends and then move on to the next thing. 

  • Inge replied 10 years ago

    This is gorgeous, Suz, strong and creative, and the perfect outfit to meet with the guidance person. I love the cropped floral blazer, and it looks fantastic here paired with the silk shirt all buttoned-up. Beautiful contrast with the white bottoms and belt. I'm sorry to hear the sandals aren't working out for you-(

    But good news about establishing a better connection with the school lady. Hopefully your daughter's needs can be better met from now on.

  • texstyle replied 10 years ago

    This is such a great outfit Suz - love the white and blue together and that jacket is so perfect on you, I can't get over it!  Glad to hear you're getting DD's school squared away. :-)

  • harmonica replied 10 years ago

    You look so confident and awesome! And approachable! Those people who actually see others are so significant in our children's lives. I hope for the best for your daughter.

  • replied 10 years ago

    So glad you are getting everything straightened out at the school!

    I love everything about your outfit, but love love love those sandals. If the top part annoys you too much, you could try putting some mole skin strip in the strap and see if that helps.

  • replied 10 years ago

    Ooh I love the jacket and bag! Stunning with the white jeans. A perfect look for the task in hand. I hope everything works out well for your daughter.

  • replied 10 years ago

    Gorgeous outfit. I am so happy you bought that blazer! I think those finds are perfect each year to change things up. If you get sick of it, then ou can go on to something else!

  • Transcona Shannon replied 10 years ago

    I'm so relieved to hear that your school issues are being taken seriously Suz and that there is some light at the end of the tunnel. 

    Your outfit totally matches what you were needing in your ensemble today. Plus it just looks so gosh darned FABULOUS! I'm in love with that floral jacket for you - I think the color and fit are nothing short of perfection.

    Are the sandals comfortable to walk around in? They do look fabulous despite your fit issues.

  • Angie replied 10 years ago

    TOTALLY approve of those one season wonders, Suz. They add flexibility and freshness to our style.

  • kkards replied 10 years ago

    isn't it amazing how much an outfit can impact us, and help us to tell the world what we are thinking?
    great outfit, and it hits all the right notes!

  • Suz replied 10 years ago

    Thank you all for the support! We have been very lucky in DD's school the past four years and it has made the world of difference to the entire family. It would be too much to expect the same from high school, but at minimum we would like her to feel welcomed. 

    Shannon, the sandals are comfy on the bottoms, but the tops are a bit loose, so I'm afraid I might go over on my ankle sometimes. And there might be rubbing, although truthfully it hasn't bothered me yet. On days when my feet swell a lot they might turn out to be life-savers! I guess I will see. In any case, they were very inexpensive, and I seem to be wearing them quite a lot. So in the end, even if they're not perfect, they haven't been a terrible choice. 

    Re the jacket: Angie was right, as usual! I had picked the other colour (just for a change) but there's no denying the power of our personal power colours, and this is certainly one of mine. 

  • Caro in Oz replied 10 years ago

    Mission accomplished imo :)  YLF in blue & white Suz.

    Glad things seem to be working out for your daughter. We had  months of trouble with my daughter due to a difficult teacher it was really draining for everyone.

  • Jaime replied 10 years ago

    Glad things are looking up for DD. You look splendid (with authority) of course, and I think the fit on your white jeans is perfect. If you could magically transport yourself here I would set you up with some amazing sandals in a flash!

  • Karie replied 10 years ago

    You hit all the right notes with your outfit, Suz! I just love your floral "one season wonder" blazer. And you look spectacular in white and blue. Hopefully everything will work out with your daughter's school.

  • Marley replied 10 years ago

    One of my top 2 color combinations - for this  summer (blue and white.)  This is just perfect on you Suz.  I know what you mean about your shoes not quite being "right."  I too, have more of a low volume foot - and I didn't realize that the reason some shoes looked so great on my sister (who has a high volume foot) and looked so terrible on me was because of foot volume!  I also have a couple of mistakes in my closet  that I'm wearing this summer  - but next time I'll know better!
    Glad to hear that the meeting went well and I hope you daughter gets what she needs!
    I too am a long-time Zara fan for exactly the same reasons that you and Angie have - I love being able to try out trends without having to spend a whole lot of money!

  • Debora replied 10 years ago

    Ooh, I never thought of wearing the Diana's as slim BF's! I'm going to keep that in mind. Thanks, Suz! I really do love the floral blazer on you. You look fab from head to toe. So happy to hear that things are looking up on the school front.

  • Beth Ann replied 10 years ago

    I know how difficult dressing for school meetings can be!  You have made a great choice with this vibrant, clean outfit.  The Zara jacket is really a stunner on you.

    Glad thinks are looking up for DD and her school situation.  We must advocate for our children without burning bridges.  This sounds far easier than it is sometimes!

  • lyn67 replied 10 years ago

    Sorry for troubles around DD's special needs, but OMG this is perfection Suz!!! Love the navy shirt with the floral blazer! And THE BAG! swoon:-)

  • Lisa replied 10 years ago

    I have also had my Zara items be one season pieces.  But I always adore them for that one season!  Lovely floral blazer.

  • sarah replied 10 years ago

    You look terrific, Suz. And even though you aren't so happy with those Clark's, every time you post them I think to myself how great they look on you. Seriously.

    I buy one-season wonders, too, although I know that it's not the environmentally conscientious thing to do : (. I haven't reconciled that with my values yet.

  • Eliza replied 10 years ago

    Love this on you. Two missions accomplished. Advocacy is a skill and at times a necessity. Glad it worked out for your daughter and hope this summer is a bit of a break for all of you.

  • Thistle replied 10 years ago

    Gorgeous, Suz.

    Sorry to hear about DDs issues, but at least you are getting somewhere. So hard to deal,with the system sometimes!

  • nancylee replied 10 years ago

    You look fabulous, Suz.  It's the perfect outfit to go to bat for your DD.  You are doing well by your girl, btw, by being her advocate...however difficult it is.  :)

    That floral jacket is earning its keep, isn't it?

  • Irene replied 10 years ago

    Fantastic outfit, love the blazer!!

  • rae replied 10 years ago

    Looking good! And glad you are feeling good about the new school person, too. The blazer and white jeans look amazing together.

  • Vicki replied 10 years ago

    You look so pretty in your blue-and-white combination and I can see why you enjoy this Zara jacket so much.  The dark shirt is a nice touch.

    I'm happy to hear the meeting for your DD turned out so well and, perhaps, this happy, inspired outfit could be one of the reasons the school representative took notice to meet your family's needs. 

  • Shine replied 10 years ago

    I liked the printed jacket of yours and in fact i loved it, your style of dressing ids also very fascinating and upto the mark.I have a plain white with black rim Zara jacket.

  • CocoLion replied 10 years ago

    Awesome outfit!  I think I'm going to try something like this for my day off this week.

    And sorry to hear about your school woes.  My niece has somewhat special needs (had a stroke at birth which affected her speech and balance) and a boy tied her up at school!  He is the "leader" and was not dismissed (it's a private school).  However, when another boy,age 5, hit a child with a spade, he was let go.  I could go on about this "leader" and how he bullies my niece for being different, but hopefully she is learning some valuable lessons from the experience.

  • Suz replied 10 years ago

    Denise, what a horrific story -- that is just heartbreaking! 

    My daughter has up until now been in a school for kids with learning disabilities and anxiety but it is really small. So it is a big jump to high school. She was bullied in her old school and I  had to withdraw her and home school her for a while. But I feel she needs the social interaction now. I just hope it's not a disaster. 

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