Hits and Misses

Memorial Day sales, means a new round of hits and misses. I am shopping for warm weather for both work and play. I ordered a couple things online which I’m still waiting on, but I also spent some quality time in the dressing rooms this weekend. Here’s where I’m at so far:

Hits

So these shorts¬†from JCrew are a hit for sure, but here’s the hesitation. They are cute and super lightweight and comfy, but I can’t really tell if they’re flattering. And that probably means they aren’t flattering. But whatever. You can’t win them all. These would be great for traveling or “summer activities” that aren’t full on athletics.

My mom laughed at me because when I saw this in the store on the mannequin, I said- oh that skirt is a very good look for me. I confirmed my suspicion in the fitting room. I do very well with pencil skirts, and the ruffle just makes it better. I think I’m going to use this more for dress up social occasions with a white top and strappy sandals, but I think I could make it work for work as well.

This is a super comfy basic tank from Banana. I got this modal version in black and the linen version in white. I love the exaggerated rounded hem. Perfect to tuck into a skirt, or just wear with shorts (like the ones above!). I think this is mostly weekend wear, but I could probably wear it under a blazer at work. I love when I find a great new basic.

I am in constant need of basic undershirts, so this was an easy choice from Loft. This will be perfect under low cut blouses or dresses. The lace neckline adds a little more finish than the standard tank. I almost bought multiples, but I restrained myself.

Misses

I thought this sheath from JCrew would be perfect for work. I ordered it in black. Not cute. The waist was really high and the drapey detail made the top puff out in an awkward way. It just looked frumpy. There aren’t any online reviews for it, but it’s on super sale now so I’m wondering if they got the message. I wanted to like it but it was a return.

Another JCrew item that I wanted to like. The fit was off for me on these chambray joggers. The waist and ankles were loose but the rear end was more fitted. It made for another awkward look. It was probably good that I didn’t buy them, because between my shorts and white jeans, I’m not sure if I there is room for these in the summer wardrobe. Oh well, I was glad I tried them on in the store.

Let’s be honest. I tried this on for fun. I saw it in Banana and I was trying other stuff on, so I added it to the pile just to see what would happen. Surprise, surprise, not very cute. The inseam was a bad length for me, and I’m not sure if I’m on board with the ruffle at the hem of the shorts. Also, for the record- getting in and out of a long sleeve button up romper or jumpsuit takes some serious contortion skills.

The sight of this jumpsuit in Banana made me happy so I tried it on. Magenta has become somewhat of a signature color for me, so I thought this would be fun addition to my collection. The problematic section- as it is on many jumpsuits- is the section from the waist to the crotch. Not the best, so it unfortunately did not come home with me.

Did you have any shopping luck over the weekend?

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Memorial Day Sales Rundown

This is what I’ve seen so far:

  • Ann Taylor is 40% off with the code SOREADY. I might need this.
  • Gap is 50% off everything, plus an extra 20% off with the code: PARTY. I love Gap’s shorts!
  • Banana Republic is 40% off no exclusions with the code BRSUMMER. I’ve had my eye on this.
  • Loft is 40% off everything with the code LONGWKND. This is in my cart.
  • JCrew is 40% off everything with the code GETAWAY. I finally ordered these.
  • Anthropologie is an extra 40% off sale items and 20% off furniture and decor. All the earrings, please.
  • JCrew Factory is 50% off prices as marked. I need these.
  • Boden is 30% off everything with the code 6K2L. More pants please.
  • Athleta is 20% off swim with the code SWIM20. So many cute options.
  • Nordstrom is having a great sale. I need these sandals.
  • West Elm is buy more and save up to 30% with the code SAVEMORE. This is in my cart.
  • Pottery Barn has a similar buy more any save with the code SAVEMORE as well. I always get this.

What do you have your eye on this weekend?

Thoughts on the Royal Wedding

So I didn’t set a special alarm for the wedding this morning, but I will say, as soon as I got out of bed at 7:15 (that is sleeping in for me) I definitely turned it on. The thing I love about royal weddings is that there is so much pomp and circumstance with no visible drama. Everything seems to come with drama these days, and there was no shortage in the days leading up to the wedding, but the fact that the wedding was so picture perfect today made me happy. A woman became a princess today which is amazing and I’m jealous.

I also love that British weddings are so different than American weddings. There are very few occasions for really fancy daytime wear in America. The fancy pastel tea length dresses and the long mourning coats- so good.

The photos are from people.com.

Favorite Outfits

Obvi. First, the fact that he chose the all black (or dark navy, I’m not sure) uniform with ruffles. EVERYTHING. And I don’t have too much to say about her dress except it’s perfect. And frankly, that’s exactly what I expected from her. My only complaint is that both this dress and the second dress looked like she missed the second fitting after she lost the last five pounds before the wedding. She needed them taken in a little bit.

Serena was my favorite guest. I want this dress, but it’s Versace, so I don’t think I’m going to get it. I thought it was a great nod to the occasion while still being chic and flattering on her. I loved the whole look.

A lot of people thought Victoria Beckham was plain and should have smiled more. To those people I say- I’m sorry, have you ever seen Victoria Beckham before, that’s her resting face. And also, though she was wearing a dark navy, I think it was respectful for the occasion and didn’t distract from the main event- which is rule number one when attending a wedding.

I thought Kitty Spencer did a great job wearing a strong color but having the beautiful floral print to make it perfect for the occasion. In a sea of pastels, it was nice to see an alternative that was still so appropriate.

Favorite Hat

This hat was fantastic. I love the flowers that are layered under the brim. A great combination of simple but feminine.

Less Impressed

I like Oprah, I don’t think this is Oprah’s best look. It felt like Easter Sunday in America. I need more structure in the dress and a smaller hat.

I don’t like any of the outfits in the above photo. None of them are the right level formality or femininity for the event. I think they each missed the mark in a different way.

I don’t get this look. It’s Jackie O, but Jackie O would wear that to a luncheon not to a royal wedding. And the shoes are wrong. You can do better Princess Eugenie.

The Best

The second look. I mean, come on.

Oh, and pardon me while I just wear neon green to my grandson’s wedding because it’s really his day. Typical grandmother move.

Who was your best and worst dressed?