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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?

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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?

Stuff in My Shopping Cart

When you’re shopping around online, do you leave things in your “shopping cart” just in case? Or am I the only one that does that? Sometimes I use it as a mechanism to earmark it for later if I have something else to buy from that store, or if I can finally justify the purchase.

I’m honestly not too impressed with the early fall clothes that the stores have started releasing so far, but this is a roundup of what is currently in my shopping carts:

Ann Taylor

This dress is so cute, but it’s online only so I’m suspicious about the fabric (I don’t love all of AT’s fabric choices). Also, at this point, it’s a little on the summery side, so it wouldn’t be great in the fall and winter. They have some good new flats and pumps too.

Loft

Crisp royal blue and white stripes seems to be trendy right now. I think this shirt would be fun with navy pants or pink pants, or even underneath a sleeveless dress. It also has some interesting back detail (It doesn’t have to be tied like in the picture). Just hanging on for a sale.

Banana Republic

 

They had me at faux leather pants. And also at faux leather skirt. I had a faux leather skirt a couple years ago and I loved it, but it’s too big on me so I donated it. I have faux leather Spanx leggings, but why have one pair of faux leather pants…

Nordstrom

My friend at work was wearing these shoes the other day, and I’ve had my eye on them for a while. I think they’re so cool, but also pricey at about $200. I’m taking a beat on them to see if I really need them. But also, I want these Vince Camuto shoes.

Boden

How pretty is this color? It’s the perfect silhouette for work, but the color makes it a little special. We’ll see if I can justify it.

JCrew

I tried this style on in the store a few months ago and I thought it was cute. I just wasn’t sure how I would wear it. I’m still thinking about it, especially because it’s on sale now.

What’s in your Shopping Cart?