Hits and Misses

I haven’t been doing too much shopping lately because it seems to be too late for winter clothing and the stores are just starting to release their shorts and tee shirts. I’m trying to hold out so I can see the full spring and summer collections before I make decisions. Also, all of my usual haunts are too boring right now. There are a lot of basics, not a lot of statement pieces out there. I’m hoping my luck will improve as the weather gets warmer.

PS- Please note the tropical color scheme below. Can you handle it? Note to self- think about colors other than blue, white, and grey.

Hits

I needed a new white tee, and this one caught my eye in the Loft. It’s actually by Lou & Grey, and it’s a linen blend which gives it a great texture. It’s not the most opaque tee, but I can work with it. I like the fit and the shirttail hem- it’s perfect for the spring and summer.

I’ve been thinking about light wash jeans for a while. These from the Gap caught my eye because I love a high rise, and I like how Gap jeans fit me. They are pretty stretchy but thick enough to give structure rather than being just glorified leggings. I often by jeans from J.Crew, but when I want to take a chance on a different wash, Gap is my go-to for something a little more economical. I have worn them the last three weekends straight.

I’ve also been looking at mules for a while now. I almost got a pair from Chinese Laundry last year, but I never pulled the trigger. I got these by Vince Camuto from QVC. The price was right, and I was being indecisive about whether I wanted a high or low heel, so these were a great middle ground. I will also be wearing these every weekend this spring.

Misses

I’m obsessed with idea of getting a maxi dress but this one from Banana did not fit at all. I made the mistake of reading the reviews after I purchased it, and they all said that it ran several sizes too small. I sized up just in case, because it’s a button up, but that was not enough. I hate when sizing is inconsistent across a brand. The hunt continues…

I’m so ready for warm weather- hence the shorts. These shorts from Athleta looked really cute and comfortable, but the proportions were off for me. The waistband fit perfectly, but apparently my rear end was just too much for them to handle. Oh well. Return.

Have you had any good or bad shopping luck recently?

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All of our dreams have come true. Animal prints have reached peak saturation, and we need to take advantage before the trend passes. Why dress like a normal person when you could dress like Fran Drescher?

I’m a traditionalist in the sense that I love a leopard print the most, but there is something to be said for a snakeskin too. I have a pair of snakeskin pumps and they are my solution to every outfit. Below are some of the items I’ve been eyeing.

I think this sheath dress from J.Crew is such a no brainer for work. All you need is a black blazer or cardigan and some black shoes and you’re all set. A print like this just makes you look put together.

The only thing better than a leopard print dress is a leopard print maxi dress. Leopard takes on weekend brunch.

When I feel like wearing all black, these shoes are my solution. They instantly make the outfit look intentional rather than lazy.

Again, and outfit is made by one piece. Just throw on these pull on pants with a black tee, sweater, blouse, bodysuit, what have you, and you’re all set. It’s statement and neutral all at the same time. The best!

I love this for a weekend look. It’s so easy with some jeans or leggings whether you’re out and about running errands or hanging on the couch. So cute and comfy!

I’ve learned very quickly that a snakeskin pump is a classic and a staple. If you want compliments all day long, these are your shoes.

If you’re not from New Jersey and you can’t quite handle the all over print, this is your answer. It’s leopard lite to add a little interest to your basic black sweater.

When in doubt- accessorize.

What animal has caught your eye this season?

Back in Action- Fall Trends

I haven’t been very chatty lately, but it’s time to change that because fall is the best! Since August is my birthday month, I take a month or two to recover from my YOLO spending in August. I have not been shopping much lately. I am, however, keeping my eyes open to see what’s new, and figure out what I’m missing in my closet.

Let’s start at the top with blouses. Ever since the explosion of crazy sleeves and ruffles a couple years ago, I think the options have increased and some how have become a little more manageable. There are so many options these days, that unique is the new normal when it comes to blouses.

Wrap Tops

AT Wrap Top

This is a hold over trend from previous seasons that has really blown up. Several retailers such as JCrew and Ann Taylor have a wrap top silhouette that they sell in multiple fabrics and colors. Depending on where the tie hits on my torso, it’s not always a great option for my body type, but I think it’s a great no-tuck look when you have pants that require that. It would also be great to pair with a pencil skirt at work.

Mock Neck with a Front Yoke

Gap Pintuck Mock Neck

I love a turtleneck, but mock necks are all the rage right now. I’ve seen this style consistently where there’s a front yoke or placard that has some pin-tucking or lace designs. It’s a little bit- Little House on the Prairie, but I like the feminine detail. It brings the eyes up to the collar bone rather than the waist with the wrap top.

Tie Necks

JCrew Tie Neck

This is one of my favorite trends. I think it’s a really sophisticated look for work, that looks great with anything. It works with blazers, cardigans, pants, skirts, and even dresses. I love layering a tie neck top under a sleeveless dress. It’s automatic sleeves so I don’t have to wear a cardigan or blazer. It just adds more options to the whole wardrobe.

Boat Neck with Cuffs

BR Boat Neck Top

Ok, this seems vague, but if you go to any retailer, they have this exact silhouette in many colors and patterns. It’s an easy, polished look for work that you can tuck into trousers or a skirt. It’s basically the opposite of all the other frillier trends going on right now, but it’s a great balance when you want to wear your fancy pants!

Tie Cuffs

JCrew Tie Cuffs

I’ve started seeing both sweaters and blouses with ties at the cuffs. ¬†Disclaimer- if you’re at all clumsy at the dinner table, I would avoid this look on first dates. The ties might end up getting dragged into your soup. Proceed at your own risk. Other than that, go for it.

What blouses are you trying out this fall?