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?

Hits and Misses

I took a much needed spending break in January so here are a few hits and misses from some February sales and new Spring lines. As usual, online shopping has been a blessing and curse. I knew I would like a few things, but some things arrived to look differently than I imagined them. From the looks of it, I got some good basics this month.

Hits

I got basically the same dress from Ann Taylor last year in grey. I loved it, so when I saw it in navy (and 40% off), I snapped it up. It’s really comfortable and easy to wear to work. I could make this my everyday uniform.

We know that I live for a white blouse. When I saw this from Banana, I ordered it almost immediately. It has a great feel, but it’s also machine washable! It’s got a good drape to it so I love to wear it by itself or layer it underneath a fine knit sweater. It’s great with slim leg pants or tucked into a pencil skirt. Love!

I bought these for $39 from JCrew. How amazing is that? They are sold out at JCrew now, but Nordstrom still has them. I wear them with basically everything.

Misses

I thought this from Ann Taylor would be perfect to wear with slim pants because it’s not meant to be tucked in. The problem was the fabric. I thought it would be a light blousy fabric, but it was a heavier polyester jersey. It seemed like the type of fabric that would snag if it got caught on something. Plus it would be too heavy for warmer weather. Return.

This dress from Ann Taylor was the same fabric as the blouse above. The heavier polyester jersey was even more annoying as a dress. Plus, the silhouette was not flattering AT ALL. Very disappointing because I thought it would be such an easy dress to throw on and look put together for work. Return.

I was singing the praises of these slim leg pants from Banana, but we had a major wardrobe malfunction. I had worn then maybe 3-5 times, no problems. I wore them to work one day with a white tunic blouse and at about 2pm the zipper just split. It split in a way that it could not be repaired on the spot. How embarrassing to basically split my pants on my hip at work. Thank goodness my shirt was a tunic length. At first I thought maybe they were too small, but they really didn’t seem like it. I realized that the zipper was just really cheap. I looked at the comments online and there were several other customers who had the same exact issue. I returned them for a full refund.

What has worked well for you recently?