Hits and Misses

Usually I focus on shopping for two occasions: going to work, and working out. I recently realized that I don’t have much that fits in those rare in between times, when I’m not at work or the gym… My default has always been jeans and a tee shirt, and sometimes you need something a little cuter for brunch or a party. Here are some of the recent hits and misses I’ve had at the stores.

Hits

Well if you can’t beat ’em, join ’em. I was on the fence about the whole off-the-shoulder trend, but guess what? It turns out my collar bone is fantastic! I ordered this top from the Gap and I think it’s fabulous. The sleeves are kind of full and the fabric is kind of stiff but I think that will soften up with a wash or two. I think this will be perfect for weekend events with shorts or white jeans. I’m definitely on the lookout for more cute casual tops.

I ordered this dress from Banana Republic because I thought it would work for work and weekend if needed. It is super comfortable to wear to work, so it was definitely a win.

I am obsessed with JCrew’s lookout high rise jeans. A bunch of my jeans are a little too big at the moment, but I know what size works for me in this style, so I thought I should expand my collection. I bought a couple lighter wash jeans last summer and a pair of rinse wash lookout high rise in the fall. But I realized that I needed something between rinse and light wash. Enter the Meyer wash. I now have four of this cut of jeans, and I think my denim wardrobe is complete.

Misses

I thought this top from the Gap looked really cute, and it would be a really versatile summer top. When I got in the mail, however, it was basically 100% see through. Not a good look. Plus it was pretty stiff and boxy. Side note- since off the shoulder is so big right now, they need to work on the strapless layering cami to put underneath. I’ve shopped around and haven’t seen much besides some really intense shape wear. Return.

Colored denim is kind of trendy right now, and I though pink jeans would be fun. I got these on sale at Ann Taylor, but I don’t love them. They fit poorly and the pink color had a brown undertone which made almost look like a terra cotta in person. Not the shade I was looking for. Return.

I thought this dress from the Gap would be perfect to throw on for a weekend lunch or party. The top was really cute and flattering, but the skirt stuck out in a weird way. It was a weird A-line silhouette instead of hanging straight down. Also, it was a teeny bit shorter than I wanted it to be.

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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?

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

Sadie Dishes- Hits and Misses

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

Sadie Dishes: Hits and Misses

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.

Sadie Dishes: Hits and Misses

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.