I Probably Need These, Right?

I’m not trying to spend money on things I don’t need right now. But these are needs, right?

You know I love a white shirt. This is such a cool spin on it from JCrew. Waist ties are so in right now, and I could see wearing this to work with a high waisted pencil skirt or our to dinner with high rise jeans. So chic!

I live for jean shorts in the summer. These from Joe’s Jeans are really fun with the appliqué. They’re trendy but not too trendy. I think you could get a few years out of these without them looking dated. The only problem is that they are north of $100, and I’m not spending that on jean shorts.

 

Yes! I love a loafer, and a pointy toe. The color makes the above from Nine West a great feminine twist on a masculine style. They would be so great with a basic navy or black outfit at work. They come in other great colors too, and they are less than $100, so they won’t break the bank.

How classic is the above bag from Mark and Graham? My go-to weekend purse style is a hobo, I live for brown leather accessories because they go with everything, and I love a subtle monogram. I still have life in my current grey hobo though, so this almost $300 beauty will have to wait.

This might be redundant on the pink shoes above, but these Vince Camuto’s from Nordstrom are bomb. I go through black flats about every 6-12 months so I’m always on the lookout for my next pair. The right pair can be hard to find. These come in a couple other great colors, and I think I’m going to keep an eye on them in case they go on sale soon. Now I just need a classic but distinctive black pump…

I am obsessed with the idea of camo. I don’t have that much came right now, but I wish I did. This jacket from the Gap is such a perfect option. I wear a lot of neutrals on the weekends, so this jacket is a great way to add a little style to my tee shirt and jeans. Guess what. This one is in the mail, I can’t wait to get it!

What are you optimistically putting in your carts right now?

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Spring Dress Trends: Pro/Con

There are certain patterns and fabrics that surface every spring. As usual, we’re seeing the typical lace, gingham, and nautical stripes but each with a 2017 twist. And get those shoulders ready, because they are front and center this year. I have seen the below trends all over every single store this season!

Spagetti Strap Triangle Top Lace Overlay

Pro: Even though it’s a standard lace overlay, it seems really fresh, and it’s a little sexier than the typical lace sheath (above from Anthro)

Con: Are there any? I guess it’s a little skimpy on top, so that might limit you if you’re looking for a more modest look

Verdict: I’m not sure if it will work for my body type but I love it a lot

Black and White Thin Stripe

Pro: Classic that is versatile, ageless, and timeless. It will be a workhorse (above from Banana)

Con: Definitely nothing new or interesting

Verdict: I’m thinking about it, there are some really cute off the shoulder versions out there…

One Shoulder Ruffle

Pro: Cute, feminine cut that is different than what you have in your closet right now (above from JCrew)

Con: Definitely a distinctive look that might look dated in a couple years, you might need parties with different friend groups to get the most out a dress like this

Verdict: A solid maybe if I find an occasion

Oversized Gingham

Pro: New take on a classic spring pattern (above from Ann Taylor)

Con: A very specific preppy look that probably only works at a daytime event

Verdict: Not really my style

Chunky Eyelet Lace

Pro: A fun variation on lace that can be dressed up or down (above from JCrew)

Con: I think eyelet is very season specific, it can really only do spring and some summer, it won’t be your biggest workhorse

Verdict: I’m willing

Off the Shoulder

Pro: Everywhere this year, so you can find the version of this trend that works for you whether it’s a shift, sheath, maxi, or jumpsuit (above from Loft)

Con: You have to have a reliable and comfortable strapless bra

Verdict: I’m all in

Wide Leg Jumpsuit

Pro: Jumpsuits are everything, and how comfortable does this look (above from Anthro)

Con: It’s not a great all-day look because every trip to the restroom is a lengthy event

Verdict: I especially want the one above

What dress trends are you trying this year?

Spring Pants and Skirt Trends: Pro/Con

Forget the statement tops for a second, because it’s time to add some color and ruffles below the belt now! More is always more!

Colored Jeans

Pro: A comfy way dress up jeans a little, you could probably fool some people at work if jeans are usually considered too casual (above from Banana)

Con: I love standard denim because it goes with almost everything, but adding color narrows those options

Verdict: I’m thinking something in a mint

Embroidered Jeans

Pro: A fresh take on denim with a retro vibe (above from Nordstrom)

Con: Definitely a statement that might look dated in five minutes

Verdict: Hard pass

Tie Waist Pants or Shorts

Pro: Makes a shorts and a tee shirt look more of a thoughtful outfit since the shorts are more interesting (above from Loft)

Con: You have to be ok with drawing attention to your waist, and you might have to tuck in your shirt to make it work (or at least a half tuck)

Verdict: Not sold, but never say never

Accordion Pleat Midi Skirt

Pro: A breezy, feminine option that is comfortable and forgiving (above from Nordstrom)

Con: This is going to be the focal point of your outfit, so you have to plan everything else around it. It’s not like throwing on a pair of skinny jeans

Verdict: This skews a little too girly for me, but I won’t rule it out

Wrap/Ruffle Skirt

Pro: A nice flirty twist on the classic skirt silhouettes (above from Loft)

Con: Depending on the style, if you’re pear shaped this might throw proportions in the wrong direction for you

Verdict: I’ve seen some pencil skirt versions with a front diagonal ruffle that would be great with a very simple shirt for work

What trends are you trying this Spring?