We all have our go-to outfit when it comes to casual dress. It’s that outfit that looks put together and feels really comfortable at the same time. A striped button-down shirt with jeans and loafers fits the bill perfectly for me.
My daughter says I’m the queen of smart casual. This means a look that’s more put together than a t-shirt and jeans, but feels just as comfortable as athletic wear. The smart casual look is never fussy and comfort is always the key. I guess I would say that the “smart” part is pulled off with jewelry and an attention to accessories.
The cotton striped button-down shirt is a nice staple piece for any woman’s wardrobe. The vertical seams and stripes are figure flattering and the cotton fabric wicks moisture away when the temperatures start to rise. I like to use the “J Crew fold” to roll up the sleeves…fold the whole sleeve up to allow the cuff edge to touch the crease of the elbow, then fold the sleeve up one or two times to allow the cuff edge to peep over the top.
I chose red accessories and stainless jewelry to finish off the look. The round pendant and earrings play well against the vertical stripes and the dark denim provides nice contrast to the light gray color. A pair of white Adidas tennis shoes would also have looked nice with this combo.
I’ve been thinking about timing lately, more specifically God’s timing. We’re often full of whys when it comes to God and our perceived needs.
We’ve been through a whirlwind experience with our son who was diagnosed with a malignant tumor and had it surgically removed within 10 days. Thankfully, the cancer had not spread and God has him on the road to recovery. Would we have rather had no cancer diagnosis at all…of course! But, God has been one step ahead through the whole process; from a caring surgeon to a rightly timed MRI scheduled five weeks earlier.
Our daughter was recently offered a job in another state and we are busily working to make the arrangements to move her. She graduated from college last Spring in the midst of Covid lockdowns. At that time, her job prospects were low. Through the months, we trusted God to provide a job in her chosen field and now it’s here. This “delay” gave us a precious nine months with our adult daughter that we never expected.
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
God continues to breath new life into these words with each new step in life’s journey. What plans do you need to trust God with today?