Fall Shopping: Tops!

Now that we’ve got our coats ready for the cooler weather, it’s time to replenish our sweaters and long sleeves! As always, I’ve seen some consistent trends in all the normal shopping mall haunts. Some trends might be worth trying, some, maybe not. Plus, there’s so much camel, burgundy, rich blue, and burnt orange out there, it’s fall vibes all over the place! The first hyperlink under each picture is the link to the item in the picture and the rest are more examples.

Little House on the Prairie Blouses

Sadie Dishes: Fall Shopping: Tops!

We saw a lot high neck lace tops this Summer, and it seems to be morphing into a high neck lace/ruffle blouse for the fall. I’m not sure how sustainable this trend is, but it would be so easy to pair with a pencil skirt or pair of trousers for work. If there’s a good sale, it might be an item to sprinkle in with your fall staples make everything look more au courant. Also, I find a high neck easy and sophisticated for work. It will make you feel like you’re on the prairie or in Little Women all day long!

Woodland Printed Blouses

Sadie Dishes: Fall Shopping: Tops!

These rich colorful prints are everywhere on blouses, dresses, and sometimes even pants. I think it would be fun to pick up a blouse with one of these fun patterns, but a dress or pants might not stand the test of fashion time for years to come. If you’re familiar with the Unicorn Tapestries a the Cloister’s museum in New York, (an who isn’t) these patterns give me a real ‘Unicorn Tapestries’ vibe. I believe JCrew even calls that out as an inspiration. I’ve seen some fun patterns at all the regular haunts: JCrew, Banana, Loft, Ann Taylor…

Ribbed Sweaters

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This feels like a 90’s throwback to me (90’s- so hot right now), and there are definitely pros and cons to this look. The ribbed sweater can hide a multitude of sins, but if there’s a bump or roll (you know we all have them), we might have a princess in the pea situation. Sometimes a ribbed sweater can accentuate a roll, so they aren’t the best option to pair with those pants that are a little tight at the waist. That said, it’s a great basic to stay cozy on the weekends, and they are often done in a sturdy, washable fabric which makes life so much easier!

Plaid/ Flannel Shirts

Sadie Dishes: Fall Shopping: Tops!

Obviously, this is a perennial trend for Fall, and this year is no exception. This is another nod to the 90’s as well. Since I have a broad shoulders, I try to be careful with a plaid button down, because it looks rather lumberjack on me. Not always my ideal look… I try to pick a fabric that has some drape to it, that isn’t thick and stiff, and I love a “pop-over” style to pair with skinny jeans or leggings. If I’m doing blousy or boxy on top, I need to do slim on the bottom. If a bold plaid is work appropriate for your office, how great would a it be tucked into a pencil skirt?!

Heathered Knits and Sweaters

Sadie Dishes: Fall Shopping: Tops!

This might be a more subtle trend but I’ve noticed a lot of plain sweaters and long sleeve tee shirts and tunics that are grey heather out there. This is my favorite thing in the world. I love a grey heathered sweatshirt, so if we can extend that to shirts and sweaters– count me in! This is weekend errands with jeans in a nut shell.

Stripes

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We have two kinds of stripes going on right now. There seems to be a lingering of the nautical stripes from Summer, and some throw back 70’s style stripes as well. Striped tees are an easy layering piece for weekends, and the placement stripe shirts are a great statement piece without being flashy.

Ruffled or Tie Neck Blouses

Sadie Dishes: Fall Shopping: Tops!

So many blouses this season have some structural details around the neck line either in the shape of ruffles or a tie. I think it’s a great way to spruce up a plain blouse and it’s so work appropriate. Sometimes ruffles add more volume than I need, so I’m more likely to wear a tie neck, but I think they’re both great options.

Bell/Flare Sleeves

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Now we’re bringing in back to the 70’s again with the bell and flare sleeves. I’ll be honest, I’m probably not going to try this one. It’s not quite my style, and I’m not sure how much longevity this trend will have. But if you’re into it- more power to ya!

Peasant Tops

Sadie Dishes: Fall Shopping: Tops!

The peasant silhouette is everywhere right now. These seem to fit several of the trends into one package. It’s definitely a really easy look for a skinny jean or a high rise flare and booties. A fabric with good drape can flatter and hide a multitude of sins as long as it’s not too oversized. A bright and busy peasant blouse is an instant outfit maker!

I’m exhausted! Next time I’ll do pants and skirts!

Which trends are you thinking about trying this Fall?

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Hits and Misses

I haven’t done too much clothes shopping in the last couple months because I’ve been distracted with other activities, but right around my birthday my shopping habits picked up some steam again… Let’s face it, Fall requires new clothes.

Hits

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FYI- this dress by Leith reads a little lighter in color in the photo than it is in real life. It’s more of an rich olive green in real life. I think it’s the ultimate early Fall dress for weekend activities. It’s a casual tee shirt material which makes it really comfy and the cut is quite flattering. I was worried that the low price of $59 at Nordstrom meant that it was a cheaper juniors dress, but I was pleasantly surprised by the quality. PS- I’m not sure why they paired it with white heels in this picture. It needs booties!

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I’ve been overdue for some new work shoes. I typically have a few basic neutrals that I wear to death and then replace with something comparable. I love these because they are neutral but statement at the same time, and they’re a good height for me (I’ve decided my optimal heel height is 3.5 inches). They’re by Marc Fisher on sale for $71 at Nordstrom!

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I mean, come on. How cute are these shoes from Anthro? I needed a fall bootie that would be a little different from my two basics: brown and black. Mission accomplished! I’m so excited to wear these this fall!

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These make me very happy. They’re high wasted Spanx faux leather leggings. Those are all of my favorite things in one product- high waisted, faux leather, leggings. I love it. I’m actively looking for occasions to wear them now.

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I love a white cable sweater, but sometimes they can be too bulky and make me look like a marshmallow. This one has the perfect drape and structure for me! It doesn’t hurt that it’s from the Gap so it’s affordable at $49 and machine washable. I’m wearing it with the high waisted faux leather leggings fo-sho!

Misses

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I took advantage of a 40% off sale at Ann Taylor and ordered the above blouse. I think the last couple times I’ve gotten a blouse from Ann Taylor they’ve fit a little loose so I decided to size down. Wrong move. I put on this top and felt like a fat guy in a little coat. Too small. I’m not sure if I’m just between sizes or Ann Taylor’s sizing is inconsistent. Either way, it’s a return. It could be a great basic so maybe I’ll try sizing up.

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I was really excited about this dress from Banana. It’s perfect for work, and I love a dress with sleeves because I could get away with no cardigan or blazer if I don’t feel like it. Again, this was a fit issue. I got my normal size and the dress was baggy in the wrong places. I would try sizing down, but I’m sure the smaller size would be too small in the wrong places. Oh well.

Ok, Mr. Wallet gets put away for a few months now.

Hits and Misses

I’ve done a little summer shopping recently. Some good, some not so good…

Hits

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This is a great breezy basic top from the Gap. It’s really cute and really comfortable. Bonus- unlike what seems to be the convention these days, it’s not completely see through!

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I was looking for a blouse for work that isn’t supposed to be tucked in. I have a few slim pairs of pants that look great with more of peplum look rather than a tucked in shirt. This one from Ann Taylor is really pretty and perfect for work. It’s great with a cardigan, slim pants, and pumps.

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This shirt is THE BEST. I actually got it in white with the iridescent Adidas logo, but the picture doesn’t do justice to how fly it is in person. I love it to pieces, and I feel super cool at the gym now!

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I love these slubby, lightweight summer sweaters. I buy one or two every summer, so I’m starting to have a collection. It’s perfect with a pair of white jeans for a breezy summer dinner. This one is from Ann Taylor, but there are also comparable options from the other regular haunts that I’ve collected over the years.

Misses

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Oh Banana. I ordered this long sleeve tee because I love a white shirt and I thought it had a lot more character than the standard tee. Turns out- not awesome. It’s very see through, and I’m not trying to wear an undershirt during the summer. I thought the bottom would be cool, but it drapes kind of awkwardly and I can see myself having to adjust it all day long. Back to the store.

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I thought this sheath would be a home run from Ann Taylor. I recently bought a dress from Ann Taylor so I was confident in my size selection. This one, however, was huge on me. My waist was non-existent, it just hung. I hate inconsistent sizing. It was a return.

What pieces have worked for you recently?