Spring Trend Alert: Doubled Breasted Blazers

This trend is carrying over from the last couple seasons. When I started seeing more double breasted blazers in the stores, my first reaction was: no thank you. But like many trends, if it sticks around long enough, I start considering it. The nice thing is that a double breasted blazer is a good statement piece to add to a really simple outfit for a professional but stylish result. In fact, it can take a casual Friday outfit of slim leg pants and a simple blouse to client meetings on a Tuesday.

I think the key to making it work is finding one that fits well and manage proportions with a slim leg pant or pencil skirt. They’re great if you want to make your shoulders look a little broader.

Here are some of the versions I’ve seen out there:

From JCrew– it also comes in a couple other colors

From Loft

From Banana Republic

From White House Black Market

Another from JCrew

Are you trying Double Breasted Blazers?

Spring Trend Alert: Pink Pants

I’m going to to a few quick takes on the spring trends because even though the groundhog saw his shadow, the stores are slowly starting to release their spring lines.

Up first: pink pants! I love this idea, and as I’ve mentioned in the past, I have a few pairs of pink pants. Even though it’s very trendy right now (you know- Millennial pink), I love pink pants in general as a statement piece. I basically love anything that I can throw on with a white blouse and have a complete outfit. Every time I wear pink pants, I get tons of compliments. Here are some of my favorites that I’ve seen:

From The Loft (which now has Plus sizes!!)

From JCrew FactoryFrom JCrew

From Banana Republic

From Boden

Are you sold on pink pants?

Where I Got That

I’ve noticed that I tend to go to the same stores for the same items. Do you do that too? There are always exceptions, but often when I need a blouse I go here, when I want a new jacket I go there. You know what I mean?

Gap: I think I’m a little old for the Gap but I love it for tees, tanks, shorts, and sometimes jeans. Basically weekend wear. They usually have some cute but comfortable casual shirts, and they’re always on sale.

Ann Taylor: I buy a lot of blouses for work from Ann Taylor. I like them because they’re work appropriate but usually machine washable. It doesn’t hurt that they often have sales. I also buy an assortment of pencil skirts and the occasional sheath dress or dress pant.

Loft: I’ll buy inexpensive, washable sweaters and tops from Loft. Sometimes I’ll get a pair of pants, but their shorts don’t fit me. The sweaters aren’t the best quality but if I get them on sale I’m ok if they only last a season or two. They have solid good looking long cardigans this season! I also like their Lou and Grey line for comfy attire.

Banana Republic: Banana is my spot for dress pants. I also get a bunch of dresses and the occasional blazer or blouse there as well. It’s mainly work attire for me. I’m not really into their jeans, and their sweaters are often too pricey or too fussy.

JCrew: I have four pairs of the same jeans in different washes from JCrew. I also love a JCrew suit and the occasional work dress. I try to wait for the 30% off sales.

JCrew Factory: This is my go to for shorts and washable summer sweaters and cardigans. I’m buying less and less from Factory these days because I don’t think the quality is that great, but sometimes you don’t need the fanciest version.

Anthropologie: I’ll get the occasional statement piece from Anthro, but I often only get earrings and scarves there. I think it’s more my style to wear a really classic neutral outfit with interesting accessories.

Nordstrom: Coats are my favorite thing. I usually buy them from Nordstrom along with shoes and a special occasion dress from time to time.

Lands End: Lands End is great option for sweaters and sporty outerwear. As chic as the new athleisure brands are, Lands End athletic outerwear options are a lot more affordable and functional. An oldie, but a goodie.

So those are the heavy hitters, but you know I’m always keeping my eyes open on all the department stores, some newer places like South Moon Under, shoes spots like DSW and Nine West, and all of the athletic apparel spots!

What are your standby brands/ stores?