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31 Days: Why I Do “What I Wore”

Each and every Wednesday, I link up with the “What I Wore Wednesday” meme hosted by The Pleated Poppy along with hundreds of other women bloggers. Throughout the week, I take picture of my outfits {usually every day} and then I post them here for all to see.

Why?

It has everything to do with ACCOUNTABILITY.

“What I Wore Wednesday” is the reason I get out of my jammies every morning. It is the reason I attempt to fo my hair and makeup each day. It is the reason I try to look “put together.”

But the reason for doing “What I Wore” is for my family and myself. Being a mom and wife is my job, and while there is no dress code like there was when I was teaching, I feel much more engaged in everything I do when I have readied myself for the day!

If you look around the What I Wore link-up, you will see women of every shape and size with every kind of style, so it’s NOT about competition or looking like someone else. But I really enjoy getting inspiration every week from real women just like me!

And I find myself trying new things with what I already have in my closet which is almost like buying new clothes!

Don’t these all sound like great reasons to join the fun?

Really, you could find accountability like this with a friend if you don’t blog or aren’t quite comfortable sharing your pictures online for all to see – maybe just text each other in the morning to make sure you’re all “ready” for your day. And send a pic/email of what you’re wearing to them if you need extra motivation!

Make sure you take some time to look around over at the link-up today and think about what you might want to do differently for getting ready each day – do something for yourself that makes you feel beautiful and confident!

It’s not about vanity – it’s about being the best you and looking the part too!

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And now that I’ve rambled, here are my pics for the week!

One family baby shower for two first-time mamas-to-be…

But all five cousins there are expecting! Talk about a baby boom! That’s my little sis on the far left in the second pic – don’t you LOVE her polka dot top?!

My outfit: Brown/white maternity dress, orange ring – Kohl’s; denim jacket – GAP {thrifted}; Philippians 4:8 necklace – KraftyKash

Black hoodie, black/white striped maternity top – thrifted; cuffed jeans – hand-me-down; silver ballet flats – Crocs

With the most handsome models around…

Magenta bling tank – GAP Outlet; maternity shorts – borrowed from a friend; necklace – made by me; gray flip flops – Old Navy

Trying a new style – the strapless dress with a tee underneath, inspired by Jess at Allora Handmade in this post! I really liked how it looked but I had to keep pulling the dress up all day! At least there was a tee there to prevent any “wardrobe malfunctions!”

Green dress {that I usually wear with the straps!} – Kohl’s; white tee – Lands’ End; necklace – made by me; gray flip flops – Old Navy

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My fall clothes are so sad sitting in my closet as the temps have been in the 80s and 90s this week.

But I’m definitely thinking fall and you can read more about my take on the “in” colors of fall and how to wear them over at Denise in Bloom’s31 Days of Autumn Goodness” today!

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Comments

  1. Yes! Yes! And Yes! It is about the accountability and the chance to be a girl and have some fun!

    Love that you took risks this week!

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  2. Love the strapless dress with the tee underneath idea!! :)

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  3. Seriously, you are so cute!! I agree that accountability is so good to keep us dressing up! I need to start doing this!
    Thanks for sharing your cuteness with us!
    Joy

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  4. That would be a fun meme to do, but really? You would see me in the same outfits week after week. I keep my closet purged and regularly get rid of things that don’t fit.

    So, yea, that would get old really fast. I have very few accessories and one pair of shoes I wear everyday (my Asics running shoes, in purple).

    Talk about minimalist! I have to admit, I feel a little guilty buying myself things I really don’t *need*. Granted, a pair of casual/semi-dress shoes (neutral flats) would be nice to wear with nicer clothes and/or jeans. But, as long as my clothes still fit and aren’t bearing holes, I don’t shop.

    I enjoy seeing you sport your cute outfits, though! :) Great idea for accountability! Would have never thought of that. :)

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  5. You’ve inspired me! I get dressed everyday for the reasons you listed, but I really love how people can kind of get to know you through seeing your personal style (not that it has to be anything special). I love seeing your personality come through in your different outfits. I think it might be a good way to help people get to know me on my blog!

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    Erin Reply:

    I never thought of it that way Jessica! Great point! Let me know if you start joining in the link-up fun!

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  6. I really want to start doing posts about fashion and become accountable. I do good some days and others not so much! I think I need to start linking up with WIWW. Who takes the pictures for you?

    You have inspired me. If you can do it so can I!

    xoxo
    Love ya dear!

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    Erin Reply:

    Yes you can Denise! {And for the pics, I usually just set the timer! That’s what works for me now!}

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  7. such good perspective on this! thank you! we (women) can be so competitive and judgmental. good reminder that this is not what it’s about. i remember a friend a few years ago who told me the reason she dressed to makeup & shoes & nice clothes every day even though she stayed at home with her kids. she didn’t want her husband going in to the office every day seeing professional women dressed for work only to come home to a wife in sweats. it has been a good reminder for me ever since.

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  8. I love how I see quite a few WIWW posts or fashion posts with modest women wearing t-shirts or tanks under low cut dresses- awesome! I have actually not bought something that I thought was cute because I didn’t think a dressy or nice t-shirt under it would look good, but it really does!

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    Erin Reply:

    I am ALL about layering! It’s fun to experiment with it!

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  9. What a great idea. This would definately motivate me to get dressed everyday.

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  10. You summed up my thoughts on WIWW- it is not about competition or looking like a model- it is about feeling good and taking a little time for ourselves. I love the tee under a dress look- layers are my friend! You look great! :D

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  11. I have been reading your “What I Wore” posts for a while. You have inspired me to get up and get dressed. Thank you so much! By the way, you are a beautiful young lady!~

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    Erin Reply:

    You are so sweet Joy! Thank YOU!

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  12. hi! stopping in from Chatting at the Sky’s community collection. I have to say that I LOVE your WIWW posts! what a great idea! it’s so honoring to always look your best for your family. (Plus, I agree that looking presentable totally ups your attitude and sets the tone for the day! Putting that excellence into your appearance often sparks excellence in behavior.) I love the idea of accountability! I may be joining in sometime in the future! :)

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