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?

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Fall Trends: You Need Some Velvet

Velvet is so hot right now. I think it’s a winter dress up staple, but this year it’s in every store with clothes and accessories for every occasion. Here are some of my favorites.

Dresses

I loooooove this dress by Leith. It’s the right color, the right cut, and it’s $75. It’s perfect for dress up events this fall and winter. This would be good for all those holiday parties in December!

This is a perfect combination of trends for the season. It’s got the velvet, floral print, and shift dress silhouette. Once again, perfect for all the evening events this fall and winter. It’s great if you want to show off your legs.

I love this unique color combination! It’s definitely head and shoulders above all of the basic solid velvet tee shirt and shift dresses I’m seeing out there this season.

Tops

I think this top is really pretty from Loft. I think it’s a great “day to night” look. You can wear it to work, at night, or the weekend.

There are a lot of basic velvet tees and mock necks out there right now, but this one has a little more flare and interest to it.

On the more casual side, what about a velvet sweatshirt. You definitely don’t need a holiday party to break this one out. You know I love a sweatshirt.

Pants and Skirts

Do these not look like the comfiest leggings ever? They would be great with a chunky sweater for a weekend look or a casual party.

I think midi pencil skirts are so chic, and this is a perfect party look to pair with a tee shirt or sequin tank top for a holiday party.

Here is your velvet weekend wear. Adidas is doing velvet justice this season and you need to check it out!

I think this is how you make velvet a work horse for 9 to 5 outfits.  It will look really smart with a white, black, or blush blouse.

Accessories

I love these fancy flats. I think they’re a good daytime or night time option, and a great neutral color that goes with almost anything. Plus $79 is the right price for a trendy shoe.

These are the perfect height for me and I think the extra straps will actually add stability for those who don’t love heels. Again at $89 and often on sale at Nine West, a good price for a trend.

I love this color and this look is very in right now and very wearable. You could wear these all day at work or out on the weekend.

Finally,  I think a burnout velvet kimono over your LBD or jumpsuit this year is probably the best way to wear velvet this year. Love this one!

How are you wearing velvet this year?

Fall Staples: My Sweater Wardrobe Standbys

So I’m just going to pretend that the high today isn’t 89 degrees, because I’m ready for sweater weather. Here are the basics that I need in my sweater wardrobe every year.

  1. Chunky White Sweater– I would wear one everyday if I could. The cable look is so classic and it goes with everything. By everything, I mean all of my jeans.

2. Fine Knit Black Turtleneck– My go-to when I’m out of ideas. I throw this on with pretty much any skirt or dress pants for work. Not everyone likes wearing a traditional turtleneck but I think it’s so flattering.

3. Jewel Tone Long Cardigan– A basic for work. I love a long cardigan with basic black dress or a white blouse and dress pants. It’s good for days when a blazer just seems like too much. I like to have a couple lightweight, washable cardigans on hand in jewel tones that go well with black and navy.

4. Cowl Neck Tunic– this is every winter weekend with jeans or leggings. I love a cowl neck because it’s warm, comfy, and still put together if you’re heading out of the house.

5. Camel Fine Knit V-Neck/Crew Neck– I love a camel sweater with navy dress pants. It’s old school preppy which is not usually my style but it’s so easy, I’ll take it.

6. Something trendy– I need at least one or two trendier sweaters that I can throw on for brunch with friends when I’m trying to look a little more “with it.” There are so many sweater trends this year, you can take your pick: chenille, off the shoulder, eyelash, bell sleeves, rufflesrib knit

What are your go-to sweaters every year?