WIW: cropped with cropped. And new sneaks!

I've been playing around with different tops to go with my new wide-leg jeans. One winner is this cropped Banana Republic shirt I got last year. I've hardly worn it because I find the cropped length challenging, but with these new higher rise jeans, it's perfect. I'd wear a tank under if I wore it to work. (Two of the photos are lightened to show detail, but I also included one that's a truer representation.)

The Gap jeans are still getting heavy use although I almost wish I'd sized down -- they do run large and the denim is light and stretches so they slide down my waist. I'm even considering getting a second pair a size smaller and perhaps cutting them an inch longer than these. But my Everlane wide-leg crops arrive next week, and they might fill that niche perfectly.

Also! You may remember my black sneaker quest, which included 10 shoeboxes delivered to my house, yikes. I found a winner: this Puma x En Noir fancy-schmancy version of the Clyde sneaker. They're nubuck rather than suede, and a bit wider and lower-profile than the classic Puma suede sneakers, so they seem to fit me better. Also, their subtle gothy details appealed to my partner so much that he just ordered a matching pair.

They're a bit small in the toebox, but I guessed that they'd be fine, and I was right! I was in Boston this week for another job interview* and I arrived a full day early to adjust to the time zone**. I spent my free day walking in the sunlight and practicing my research talks -- by the end I'd walked seven miles on Wednesday in the new sneakers. And Friday, after the second day of the interview, I walked another five miles from Longwood over to Newbury St and back. The heel rubbed a little, but I added bandaids after the first few miles and had no problems after that. These sneakers are what's been missing from my wardrobe, something I really can wear for miles and miles while traveling. They're light and packable, too. WIN.

*I wore exactly the same clothes as last time. It was great to have that all planned out ahead of time. Sadly my Theyskens blazer has moth holes and permanent sweat smell in one armpit so it might be time to pass it along, but I might duplicate it from The Real Real.

**My NY interview was really a disaster because I was sick, slept horribly from anxiety, and never adjusted to the time change. This time was perfect: melatonin, an extra day to adjust, and walking outside in the sun for hours all helped immensely. Good to know for the future.

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  • Jenni NZ replied 7 years ago

    Hi Greyscale Happy Easter! I had wondered what happened about the New York job, sorry it didn't work out. Good luck for this new one and glad the interview went well. What is your research on?- I know you're a scientist.
    Re the clothes: love that top with the jeans, the cropped-ness is just right. Other than being black, the subtle gothy details are too subtle for this total non-Goth? Somehow the phrase the Goths and the Visigoths is now in my mind!

  • UmmLila (Lisa) replied 7 years ago

    I hope all works out as you wish. Boston is a great city, with many sunny days even in the winter. And you'd be back in New England. I love those sneakers.

  • replied 7 years ago

    OH!  I love it.  

  • Brooklyn replied 7 years ago

    Love the cropped with cropped look! Good luck with the job.

  • Bonnie replied 7 years ago

    The cropped shirt looks really good with the Gap wide leg pants and I like your new shoes, too. I wore my Gap wide leg pants three times this week. They're fast becoming a favorite. I have the JCrew wide legs coming this week in dark wash denim.

  • Jaime replied 7 years ago

    Great outfit and great interview strategy. Good luck with all of them!

  • replied 7 years ago

    Sounds like things are going well. The shoes look like winners, and trying a size down to compare could be worthwhile.

  • replied 7 years ago

    Great outfit!

  • Suz replied 7 years ago

    Fabulous outfit and that is wonderful news about the new sneakers! 

    Love the jeans on you. I ordered them in dark rinse denim (navy) and got my regular size...I have also ordered a size up for comparison. My regular size fits...but at bit snug probably due to the rise more than anything else. But if they are the same fabric as yours and stretch I should probably keep this size rather than the one higher. 

    Those sneakers are perfect. Really glad they literally went the distance for you. 

    So sorry about the New York interview but glad that this one went better. Crossing fingers. 

  • Angie replied 7 years ago

    Fab all round. Glad you found sneaks. 

    In the light, the outfit looks ink blue. SOOOO lovely on you. Would you consider adding ink blue to your wardrobe? 

  • replied 7 years ago

    If anything, this outfit makes your legs look longer! I love the cropped top with it and this might give me a little nudge towards cropped tops.
    Great proportions, GrayScale.

  • Elizabeth P replied 7 years ago

    Great outfit Grayscale.  Sorry to hear the interview in NYC didn't go well, and that the one in Boston did.  Good luck!

    The sneaks look perfect for you, your resistance paid off.

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  • Firecracker (Sharan) replied 7 years ago

    Fantastic outfit! I'm glad you found the right sneakers for you, too. Those look great, and even better that they are so comfy for miles of walking. I'm sorry to hear about the NY interview experience, but it's good that Boston went well and you have valuable lessons for the future!

  • Joy replied 7 years ago

    I'm also happy that you found your sneakers. They look wonderful with this outfit. I think you have inspired many to try wide crops and cropped tops with this post.

  • Bijou replied 7 years ago

    What a perfect outfit - top, sneakers and jeans all work brilliantly together. These wide leg jeans are such a great way to refresh your spring & summer wardrobe. I'm so pleased that the interview went well. It is good to hear how you prepared yourself, so that you could feel confident and how that paid off in the interview. 

  • anchie replied 7 years ago

    It was worth it to be patient with sneakers purchase. Love the outfit, don't think you need to size down in this jeans. Good luck with the job search.

  • Joyce B replied 7 years ago

    That's a fabulous outfit on you, great sneakers for your style, too!
    That was a very good idea to get to your interview city ahead of time. I hope everything went well for you.

  • CocoLion replied 7 years ago

    I like the waist focus of this outfit.  Do all of these interviews mean a potential move is on the horizon?

  • JAileen replied 7 years ago

    I love your new sneakers. I think they fit your style very well. They sound like they fit your feet well, too.

  • Aida replied 7 years ago

    Fun top! Looks super with your crops, glad you've got a pair to wear with so it's less orphaned.

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