Sunday, December 2, 2012

What I Wore Sunday, Volume 5: Old Favorites

Head over to Fine Linen and Purple for more Mass outfit inspiration!  And, did you catch Jennifer Fulwiler's reflection on What I Wore Sunday in the National Catholic Register this week?  She has such a Theology of the Body-style approach to fashion, modesty, and confidence--the idea that the body expresses the person, and that the Mass is the ultimate special occasion.  It's both an intimate encounter with Christ, body, blood, soul, and divinity, and a celebration that unites us with the entire Church.  Love her thoughts!

Fact: shopping is a huge weakness of mine.  Today, however, I am proud to say that every item in this outfit is over two years old!  The scarf and sweater are from my high school days, and I bought the striped oxford six years ago during my freshman year of college.

Usually, I like wearing dresses and skirts to Mass, but on weeks like this when we help out with or speak to the youth group afterwards, I tend to go a little more casual, just for relatability's sake.  Clothes aren't everything, of course, but I do think that your appearance can be a huge part of meeting people where they are.  That's part of what I love about this linkup--fashion, when approached with virtue, can be a great way to evangelize, don't you think?

Oxford, American Eagle.  Sweater, Gap.  Scarf, I can't remember!  Jeans, Forever 21.  Boots, Ralph Lauren.  Sunglasses, Loft. 



By the way, I always mean to include my accessories in these posts, and then I forget.  I love statement necklaces and stacking my bracelets, but most days, I tend to wear the same few items.  For the sake of completeness, though, here's my typical daily collection:


My Miraculous Medal was given to me and blessed on a pilgrimage to the Shrine of the Miraculous Medal in Philadelphia.  Andrew and I wear the same rosary bracelets, and the monogram bangle was my first anniversary present.  I've worn the same watch since I was 15, and to me, pearl earrings, the bigger the better, are the perfect way to top off just about any outfit.  I'd love to hear about your special pieces, too, so please do leave a comment and share!  Happy Sunday!

43 comments:

  1. I seriously absolutely love your outfit. And I think that monogrammed bracelet is awesome. You are so cute! Thank you so much for partcipating!

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    1. Thank YOU, lovely Emily, for hosting and letting me have so much fun with this every week!

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  2. Kudos on the red pants. And what a great anniversary present! Sentimental jewelry is my fave.

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  3. I would totally wear that any day of the week! Love it.

    I agree that fashion is a great way to meet youth where they're at. I was helping with a hs youth group back in my hometown, and while I always managed to wear heels/dresses to Mass and youth meetings, I'd keep it current. Girls would flock to gab about where I got things, and it would open a door. I have a pair of YELLOW pants that I would sometimes wear to our casual events. The girls loveloveloved them. The boys on the other hand were terrified, I think. Ha ha!

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    1. You are totally a girl after my own heart...I wore yellow pants to Mass about a month ago for my first What I Wore post!

      http://captivetheheart.blogspot.com/2012/10/new-feature-what-i-wore-sunday-volume-1.html

      You're right; something simpler and more surface-level like clothes really can open the door to deeper conversation. And, Kinsi, you are also right in the fact that, at least in my experience, women seem to appreciate colored pants infinitely more than men =)

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  4. I totally agree... apparel can definitely be used to evangelize! Your boots and your scarf are fave in this outfit, but overall, you look lovely as always!

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    1. Thanks so much, Jiza! I hope you had a wonderful weekend =)

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  5. Oh wow, I love this outfit! I love outfits that are festive but in a classy, understated way. Well done!

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    1. Thank you, Ellen! There are a few items in my closet, like this scarf, that I can't wait to break out around this time of year!

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  6. Love the red, love the scarf -- great combo.

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  7. It's decided. You're going to be my fashion consultant. And, yes, I agree. This is a great way to evangelize!

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    1. Ha. Thank you! Hope your Advent and your week are off to a good start, Kathryn!

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  8. LOVE it. What a beautiful bracelet too!!

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    1. Thanks so much, Chelsea! I dream about giving my bracelet to my daughter one day down the road, but for now I just want to wear it as often as possible!

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    2. I CHERISH the jewelry my mom saved for me as an adult, I am sure she will treasure is the same! What a great idea!!

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  9. Love this outfit! I wish you knew where your scarf was from because it is perfect for winter!

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    1. Katrina! Thank you so much! I actually saw a similar scarf at Target recently =)

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  10. Head to toe, I adore your outfit! You have such a wonderful sense of style =) I agree that how we dress can be a tool for evangelization, as a youth minister I almost never wear business-type clothes to youth group or else I've lost the teens before we even begin!
    My jewelry doesn't change for the most part either - pearl earrings I got from my grandparents when I was 7, diamond earrings from my uncle/godfather I go when I turned 21, a crucifix (gift from friends for HS grad) and miraculous medal (the first I ever received) on my necklace, my rosary bracelet, and my two rings! I do love statement necklaces too!

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    1. Ugh, I can go for weeks on compliments like yours, Amanda! Thank you so much!. I love that you still wear the first Miraculous Medal you ever recieved--that's so special!

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  11. You always look so cute! This whole outfit is stellar. Can you please come accessorize my outfits for me? I'm jewelry illiterate.

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    1. Haha, thanks, Katie. Hope you had a wonderful Sunday =)

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  12. You have the cutest outfits! I love all the colors, and the pants and scarf look awesome together.

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  13. Stephanie, you look amazing! Casual chic for sure and totally relatable for working with teens. My favorites are those red pants and the scarf!

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  14. Absolutely lovely! I totally agree about meeting people where they are. Clothes are a GREAT way to evangelize. I remember when we had youth ministers who were trendy and then we had some who looked like they were from the 80's. Even though they were all great-it just makes it easier if we could relate.

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    1. You make such a good point, Andie, that regardless of how someone is dressed, they still deserve to be received by his or her listeners and his or her story is surely one worth hearing. It is nice, though, when you can build a bridge any way you can--clothes are just one way to do that!

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  15. I love where you keep your "wear everyday jewelry", so cute!!

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    1. It's just a picture frame with a piece of paper inside...thank you, Pinterest! So glad you stopped by, Natalie!

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  16. I mean this as a total compliment, you look like you could still be the college freshmen (sorority girl) that just bought the oxford shirt. It's all adorable! I bet you made a great impression with the youth.

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    1. Ha, thanks, Erin! I figure when I'm older I'll have more appreciation for looking young and being short, but for now, I'm still trying to avoid being asked what high school I go to when I'm around the youth =)

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  17. Love this whole outfit! Timeless, sophisticated but relaxed at the same time. Perfect.

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    1. Thanks so much, Dwija! Happy Advent!

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  18. You look amazing and your accessories are just classic and perfect. Especially love the monogram bracelet, beautiful!!!

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  19. That outfit is so unbelievably cute and stylish! Love it! And thanks so much for the kind words about my post.

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    1. Thanks so much, Jennifer! So, so glad you dropped by!

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  20. Another great outfit! Red skinny jeans are on my Christmas list. Can you please be my personal shopper, pretty please?

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    1. That's great; so Christmassy! Maybe I should've picked a day other than the first Sunday of Advent to wear something so festive...

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  21. LOVE the jeans! and sweater. and scarf. and everything.
    But seriously, so "hip", yet classic :)

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    1. Morgan, you are making my day; I have never, ever thought of myself as "hip!" Thanks for reading =)

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