WIW: Taking a stand with bare arms

Keeping up with Angie's challenge for us to take a stand with our summer bodies, today's outfit started with a new sleeveless tribal-like print blouse in navy and white. My arms aren't toned and are very white but it's going to be hot today and I'm going to feel free darn it!!!

Paired with the navy blouse are my dark wash slim leg jeans, rolled to showcase some alluring ankles. I went with my nude pointy toe kitten heel pumps (so in love with these shoes - they work with EVERYTHING). Accessories include my new sand/navy sequined canvas clutch, big chrome/white watch and silver/abalone shell ring. Forgot my lipstick for the pic :( but it will be red.

As always, all comments/suggestions welcome.

Blouse: Reitman's Petite
Jeans: Wit & Wisdom
Clutch: Gap
Shoes: Clarks
Watch: thrifted

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  • Janet replied 8 years ago

    I see no reason to keep your arms under cover! I understand though because my upper arms are not the feature I have the confidence in either.

    I love the outfit but I especially keep marveling at how much I really love your new hair!

  • Ledonna N. replied 8 years ago

    Love all of the above. Maybe it's me but I noticed the fierce cut the lovely smile and the beautiful outfit.

    Really like the watch.

  • replied 8 years ago

    Navy is fantastic on you , Shannon.  This is a perfect office look for a more casual Friday - and I agree that those shoes are working overtime for you - good buy.  And - cute little bag!!  I think the squarer cut of the top and the wider shoulders on it make one's bare arms less of an issue - in other words, your arms aren't the focal point here where they would be if the top had cut-in shoulders or was more body-con.  10/10 !  I'm going for the same thing today - baring arms and legs too ;)  Put on your sunglasses if you see me .

  • Tanya replied 8 years ago

    Gorgeous outfit Shannon, and I love your smile and hair. You arms look good, you can wear them bared as often as you like.

  • Colette replied 8 years ago

    Really great outfit. I have a sweet eye for jeans and pumps, they just add a perfect polish to the ensemble. You look so fab!

  • Transcona Shannon replied 8 years ago

    Janet - thanks for the hair compliment. I will confess, even though it sounds rather selfish, that I kinda love my new hair too. It's so much fun having hair to play with - although it went a little too poofy for me today.

    Ledonna - I thrifted this watch at least 5 years ago and it has been a favorite.

    Lisa - you know, that's an interesting observation about the wider shoulders and square cut of the top. I need to keep that in mind. And not to worry - I have my sunnies in the car should we run into each other today - lol :)

    Thanks Tanya and Colette :)

  • RobinF replied 8 years ago

    Shannon, you have such a good business look. That top is great and I am really loving the hair.

  • Angie replied 8 years ago



    The light shoes are a fab unexpected touch. Well done. 

  • BlondeAmbition replied 8 years ago

    I love the outfit and I love that you are baring your arms.  Everyday I'm making little decisions to put me right on the edge of comfort in terms of my body and I'm finding it very freeing.  I've recently started wearing belts (what? no way!) and tucking in shirts (major phobia!) and guess what, the world didn't end and nobody laughed at me and I looked pretty darn cute.  It's still a little chilly in NYC but I hope it warms up enough to bare my arms soon too.

  • AviaMariah replied 8 years ago

    I love this look and I also love Lisa's observation.  I need to look for sleeveless looks like this too.

  • Sara L. replied 8 years ago

    NIce look!  It reminds me that I should wear my similar pumps more often.  I think your arms look perfectly normal.  I wouldn't give them a second glance if I saw you on the street.

  • Suz replied 8 years ago

    Love that top on you, Shannon and love your decision to wear lighter shoes. Fab Friday outfit! 

  • replied 8 years ago

    Your arms look great and the top is so good with your jeans. A lovely cohesive look.

  • Transcona Shannon replied 8 years ago

    Thanks all - just rushing out the door from work. Got a text from hubby and it seems we're meeting some friends after work for happy hour on a patio. And you know what? I'll be baring my arms there and I guarantee no one is going to care!

    Blonde Ambition - you are so right that no one is going to laugh and the world won't end! :)

  • Lyn D. replied 8 years ago

    Looking Fab, and I love your hair too!

  • Brooklyn replied 8 years ago

    Your arms look great and your outfit is fab. I like the pattern mix with the top and the clutch.

  • columbine(erin) replied 8 years ago

    You look very fab and I like the longer hair on you so much.

  • Joy replied 8 years ago

    More love for the bare arms and whole outfit. Love your hair too. You tempt me to go with a more angular cut.

  • rachylou replied 8 years ago

    Super flattering and great pattern mixing :)

  • Deborah replied 8 years ago

    Shannon this is a gorgeous outfit.  I am envious of your shoes, it's not easy to find 'your' nude.  I think your arms look lovely and there is no need to keep them covered. My arms have always been good but of recent times I am aware of more 'flab' and have been tempted to cover them but have decided not to.  If anyone has the time to judge/assess my arms then they really don't have enough to do lol.  BTW, in the store where I work, I would say the number one complaint women have about their bodies is their arms!!

  • Sally replied 8 years ago

    You look lovely the whole combination of crops, flowing shirt and nude shoes look great. Your arms look good. I know a lot of people worry about their arms but we are our own harshest critics.

  • cobaltblue replied 8 years ago

    You look truly lovely, and I join the chorus of those praising your nude shoes!

  • krishnidoux replied 8 years ago

    What a good decision. Your arms are very pretty and if you've got them, flaunt them! Cuffed jeans are the cutest. What a great little outfit you have going for the summer. Very inspiring. 

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