Spring Shopping!

So I’m not sure about where you live, but winter didn’t really happen in DC this year. I’m glad I didn’t go overboard on the sweater shopping…

I’m itching to start shopping for spring and first on my list a transitional shoe for the weekends that can go from spring through fall. I have my eye on a tan shoe with a decent chunky heel in the bootie/slide/wedge realm. I want something that can work with jeans but not too out of place with shorts.

Which ones should I get?

Sadie Dishes- Spring Shopping

This is by 1.State and goes for $138. I like the perforated texture, the heel is perfect at 3 inches. I’m not sure if the color is too blush rather than tan. Would that limit it’s versatility?

Sadie Dishes- Spring Shopping

This one by Steve Madden is another solid option at $109. The heel is 3.5 inches which is good but borderline high for a casual weekend heel. I’m also not sure how the peep toe and the open back will work for early spring and late fall. That said, I think it will work really will for summer styles.

Sadie Dishes- Spring Shopping

I really like this shoe by Vince Camuto at $149. I think the style is really cool, and it’s a great color. The cons are that the heel is on the higher side at 4 inches, which, again, is do-able but high for a casual shoe. Also the price tag is one the higher end in comparison to the other options.

Sadie Dishes- Spring Shopping

These Sam Edelman’s are really cute on sale at $77. I think they’re really cool, but I wonder if the mule style will be as transitional as some of the other styles, and I don’t know if the color is perfect.

Sadie Dishes- Spring Shopping

This Dolce Vita slide goes for $129. I really like the style, but, again, I’m not sure if it’s three seasons. I like the color and the perforated texture though.

So the question is- which will be my Goldilocks option? What do you think?

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Hits and Misses

Tis the season to refresh the wardrobe! As usual, some items have worked out better than others. I’m getting really good at this returning thing because I refuse to keep anything that doesn’t fit and flatter. This is the boring work edition, but I’m sure there will be a few Hits and Misses posts in our future with workout and weekend clothes as well.

Hits

Sadie Dishes: Hits and Misses

I looooove white blouses. I’m always looking for a new style to add to the repertoire. This one from Ann Taylor definitely fit the bill. It looks great buttoned to the top or with one or two buttons undone. It’s great with my slacks and pencil skirts for work.

Sadie Dishes: Hits and Misses

I’ve been a little hot and cold with Banana lately, but I’ve learned that their tailored sheath dresses usually work for me. The seaming detail add a little interest to a standard sheath, and the color is neutral but not black or navy. It is rather fitted, but it works and it looks good with a cardigan or blazer.

Sadie Dishes: Hits and Misses

Another sheath success story. This one is from Ann Taylor. I don’t have a lot of olive so I was excited to broaden the color spectrum in my closet. It’s a great layering piece for fall and winter. I layered an ivory bow tie blouse under it last week and I got several compliments. I think the split neckline will also look great with a turtleneck, collared shirt, or by itself with a cardigan.

Misses

Sadie Dishes: Hits and Misses

While the tailored sheaths work well for me at Banana, I always seem to be between sizes in the knit dresses. I got my usually size and there was too much fabric. It definitely added bulk. Return.

Sadie Dishes: Hits and Misses

This skirt is very trendy and it was on sale so I was excited to try it on. Unfortunately the stiffness of the faux leather combined with the midi length (it was a little longer on me than it was on the model), it just looked awkward and stiff. Oh well, next time.

Sadie Dishes: Hits and Misses

I tried this blouse on in the store because I decided I need a variety of blouses that can tuck in to pants and skirts, and ones that are built not to tuck in. I thought it would be a little blousey, hide a multitude of sins, but still be flattering. This one just made me look pregnant. Not the look I’m going for.

Fall Shopping: Pants and Skirts!

Every Fall we see very similar trends with pants and skirts when it comes to colors and fabrics. The jewel tones, tweeds, plaid, and herringbone always signify the season. I’m willing to embrace more trends for shirts (especially when there’s a good sale), but pants and skirts are all about fit for me, so I want to invest in something timeless. That said, there are some consistent looks this season that will flatter and won’t immediately date themselves.

Wide Leg Trousers

Sadie Dishes: Fall Shopping: Pants and Skirts!

This trend has been brewing for the last couple years. It almost doesn’t qualify as a trend, but wide leg trousers are just everywhere right now. A high rise wide leg trouser can be a very flattering and timeless look, which makes it a great option. I would rate this trend as very accessible. This is an easy choice for work with a tie neck blouse and cardigan or cropped blazer.

Pink Pants

Sadie Dishes: Fall Shopping: Pants and Skirts!

Along with all the standard fall colors: burgundy, navy, and grey, every store seems to have at least one or two pairs of pink pants this Fall. The plus here is that pink will easily work year ’round, as long as you’re willing to make the pink statement. I think the pale blush pink is a nice feminine spin on khaki. It doesn’t hurt that October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month!

Cropped Pants

Sadie Dishes: Fall Shopping: Pants and Skirts!

Ankle pants have been very popular for the last few years, but the hem seems to be getting higher. Cropped pants come in a variety of silhouettes this year from slim to wide leg. The cropped pant is not my best look because it often ends right at the widest part of my calf. It seems like they’re better for a lanky leg, unless you swing the other direction and go wide leg to almost mimic the look of a long skirt. It would definitely be a more fashion forward choice.

Pleated Skirts

Sadie Dishes: Fall Shopping: Pants and Tops!

Pleated skirts are showing up in every length this year from mini to midi to long. It’s also done in so many different fabrications, colors and patterns. I think this is a great look for work or a more civilized affair on the weekend. Definitely more weekend friendly than the pencil skirt, in my opinion. This is another one, if you get a good neutral, you’ll definitely get to wear it all year because it’s great with tights or bare legs!

Front Slit Pencil Skirts

Sadie Dishes: Fall Shopping: Pants and Skirts!

Every pencil skirt this year ends slightly below the knee and has a slit either in front of the left knee or right in the middle. I really like this look as long as the slit isn’t too crazy. I’ll probably add a couple of these to my repertoire this year because it seems perfect for work paired with a simple blouse and heels.

Wrap Skirts

Sadie Dishes: Fall Shopping: Pants and Skirts!

There are a lot of variations on the wrap and faux wrap skirt this year. This is always a staple in dresses, but it’s really strong in the skirt area right now. Some of the options out there are real wrap skirts, some are faux with ruffles down the front, and some basically skirt origami. There are definitely work  and weekend options out there. It’s a really versatile look that has a million interpretations.

Front button A-line Skirts

Sadie Dishes: Fall Shopping: Pants and Skirts!

This is a more casual look, perhaps for weekend wear. It screams fall because most of the examples I’ve seen are either corduroy, suede, or denim, and very retro. Because of the detail in the front, I think it would be perfect with a plain turtleneck, tights, and some boots. No sweat.

Next up we’ll do dresses or blazers or accessories! Stay tuned!