A few months ago, my boyfriend, Adam, sent me an article he had read about a woman who let her husband choose her outfits for a week (you can read about it HERE). "I want to do this for you," Adam said. I thought it was a fun idea, and it was cute how excited he was to do it! So, I said sure! I wasn't too worried that he would pick something I wouldn't like, but I was interested to see the combinations he would put together. Last week was the week! Adam put together outfits (shoes and all) for me to wear each day - starting on a Tuesday because Mondays are hard (LOL!). Check out the results below!
The first outfit Adam chose for me was a Lou & Grey cotton sundress paired with red wedges from Madewell. I never would have thought to wear such bright shoes with this dress, but as Adam said to me, "You've gotta let it pop!" And he was right - I actually really liked the way it looked. The colorful shoes made the dress look more interesting, and it was fun to wear a heeled shoe to work for a change. I used to wear heels to work every day when I worked in fashion, so ever since I made the move to education I've been enjoying wearing ballet flats, boots or sandals to work each day. Wearing these wedges forced me to slow down. I couldn't run to catch the train or bus or speedwalk to grab a salad on my lunch break. I had to walk more mindfully all day, and I felt girlie and put together (although my toes definitely hurt by the end of the day haha).
For Day 2, Adam chose a colorful striped skirt from LOFT, with a sleeveless blouse from H&M and slide sandals from Dolce Vita. The skirt had been hidden in the back of my garment rack and I hadn't worn it all summer. I forgot that I even had it, so I'm glad he picked it out for me to wear! I feel like I tend to get stuck wearing the same outfits over and over. It was nice to be reminded of a clothing item I had forgotten about. This definitely looks like a typical summer work outfit I would put together myself - I was comfortable all day. "I picked this outfit because it was a hot day. I liked how it was simple with a splash of color and I liked how the horizontal stripes on the skirt coincided with the horizontal straps of the sandals," Adam explained.
Day # 3
For Day 3, my last day of work this week, Adam chose a floral t-shirt from Uniqlo with a pair of skinny jeans from Paige and some sneakers from Vans (I can dress casually at work all summer, which is great!). Adam has a Vans obsession - there's a lineup of his sneakers against the wall in our bedroom - and he got me this pair for my birthday. I knew he was anxious for me to wear them! He even laced them up for me on his day off so they'd be ready to go with this outfit. I probably wouldn't have picked this outfit for myself - I would have thought it would make me look too boyish - but I felt cute and comfortable all day long! "I liked the pattern of the shirt paired with the ripped jeans for a casual end of the summer work week outfit," Adam said.
In the summertime, Adam and I don't work on Fridays (it's amazing!), so Day 4 was the first day of our 3-day weekend. We decided to spend the day running our errands - Trader Joe's and Target. If you can't tell from the picture, it was a sunny, hot day. For my errand-running outfit, Adam chose a lightweight t-shirt from H&M, cactus-print shorts from francesca's, and grey Vans. He gave me these cute shorts for my birthday this year and I love them! I used to avoid wearing sneakers with shorts because I was self-conscious about my legs looking short and stubby, but I liked the sporty way this looked! "I should be your personal stylist," Adam said. "I think I've got the eye!" Clearly at this point the experiment was going to his head. ;)
I spent my Saturday morning walking through the Brooklyn Flea and then out to lunch with my cousin Kimmy. Then in the evening, Adam and I went to a Brooklyn Cyclones baseball game in Coney Island. It was so much fun!! We ate hot dogs, drank beer, enjoyed the game and even saw fireworks at the end! For my baseball game outfit, Adam chose an oversized t-shirt from Madewell, denim shorts and sneakers from Target, and a Buffalo Bills baseball cap (Go Bills!!). It was an easygoing, comfortable outfit for a night at the ball field! PS - Check out the epic photobomb in the background of this picture! :D
Sunday was my last day with my "personal stylist." :( Adam and I spent the afternoon in Manhattan, watching his former student Nico Franc perform at Rockwood Music Hall (he is so talented!). For my concert-going attire, Adam selected a Hawaiian-print button-down from Marine Layer, jeans from Paige, and Birkenstock-style sandals from Soludos. I probably would have felt the need to wear a sundress or skirt for this occasion, but I actually felt summery and comfortable in this outfit. I complained to Adam that this top makes my chest look really flat, and he rolled his eyes (haha!) - it's nice to know that I'm probably the only one who notices that. I know that I tend to be the most critical person of myself.
I definitely had a lot of fun with this little experiment - and it was great not to have to worry about what I should wear each morning. I will miss my personal stylist ;).
I learned that I often get self-conscious over small details when getting dressed, and that I'm probably the only one who notices them. I also learned that Adam tends to choose outfits that are less girlie and fussy and more laid-back and relaxed (we might even go shopping for loose-fitting jeans next weekend!). It's nice to know he thinks I look cute even when it's a comfortable outfit. Adam definitely enjoyed doing this experiment too. He says he wants to do a fall version so that he can use layers (haha so cute)! All in all, this was a great experience. I'm so glad we tried it and I'm looking forward to doing it again!
MEET THE STYLIST
Meet Adam, my boyfriend and the mastermind behind my outfits (and photos) in this post. He likes skateboarding, Vans, buffalo chicken flavored anything, beer, LeBron James, the color green, Harry Potter, reading books, Bonobos, Prospect Park, Rhode Island beaches, dogs, back massages and LaCroix.
My name is Abby Formella and I'm a 26 year-old working girl living in the lovely borough of Brooklyn, New York.