Hits and Misses

Memorial Day sales, means a new round of hits and misses. I am shopping for warm weather for both work and play. I ordered a couple things online which I’m still waiting on, but I also spent some quality time in the dressing rooms this weekend. Here’s where I’m at so far:

Hits

So these shorts¬†from JCrew are a hit for sure, but here’s the hesitation. They are cute and super lightweight and comfy, but I can’t really tell if they’re flattering. And that probably means they aren’t flattering. But whatever. You can’t win them all. These would be great for traveling or “summer activities” that aren’t full on athletics.

My mom laughed at me because when I saw this in the store on the mannequin, I said- oh that skirt is a very good look for me. I confirmed my suspicion in the fitting room. I do very well with pencil skirts, and the ruffle just makes it better. I think I’m going to use this more for dress up social occasions with a white top and strappy sandals, but I think I could make it work for work as well.

This is a super comfy basic tank from Banana. I got this modal version in black and the linen version in white. I love the exaggerated rounded hem. Perfect to tuck into a skirt, or just wear with shorts (like the ones above!). I think this is mostly weekend wear, but I could probably wear it under a blazer at work. I love when I find a great new basic.

I am in constant need of basic undershirts, so this was an easy choice from Loft. This will be perfect under low cut blouses or dresses. The lace neckline adds a little more finish than the standard tank. I almost bought multiples, but I restrained myself.

Misses

I thought this sheath from JCrew would be perfect for work. I ordered it in black. Not cute. The waist was really high and the drapey detail made the top puff out in an awkward way. It just looked frumpy. There aren’t any online reviews for it, but it’s on super sale now so I’m wondering if they got the message. I wanted to like it but it was a return.

Another JCrew item that I wanted to like. The fit was off for me on these chambray joggers. The waist and ankles were loose but the rear end was more fitted. It made for another awkward look. It was probably good that I didn’t buy them, because between my shorts and white jeans, I’m not sure if I there is room for these in the summer wardrobe. Oh well, I was glad I tried them on in the store.

Let’s be honest. I tried this on for fun. I saw it in Banana and I was trying other stuff on, so I added it to the pile just to see what would happen. Surprise, surprise, not very cute. The inseam was a bad length for me, and I’m not sure if I’m on board with the ruffle at the hem of the shorts. Also, for the record- getting in and out of a long sleeve button up romper or jumpsuit takes some serious contortion skills.

The sight of this jumpsuit in Banana made me happy so I tried it on. Magenta has become somewhat of a signature color for me, so I thought this would be fun addition to my collection. The problematic section- as it is on many jumpsuits- is the section from the waist to the crotch. Not the best, so it unfortunately did not come home with me.

Did you have any shopping luck over the weekend?

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Shopping for Summer: A Hunt for Sandals

It’s just about sandal time, and I realized that when I cleaned out my shoes this winter, I tossed most of my sandals because they were just plain worn out. Now I’m trying to figure out what kind of sandals I need this summer. I have my standard Rainbows and Havanans that I wear running around on the weekends, but I need a couple nicer options for social occasions. I should caveat that most of these options are very neutral because I tend to only get a couple options and just wear them into the ground with every outfit, so I prefer a versatile color.

Here are some of the styles I’m contemplating:

Flats

Slides are so trendy this year, so I think I need at least one slide option. I love Toms in general, and these seems like a really neutral and comfortable option. They also come in plenty of color options, and several brands are doing this style this year.

Everyone is doing a version of these Grecian inspired slides. These are Sam Edelman but Steve Madden does a good version too. Getting them in brown or a metallic would work with everything.

I think this option from Sam Edelman is the perfect marriage of fashion and function. They seem comfortable to walk in, but a little more feminine than some of the chunkier options out there.

I love a metallic, and I love the asymmetry of these slides from Nine West. These are a little more day to night than the other options above.

Another from Nine West. I love a stud accent, and the back strap would be helpful for a long day. I love these in black and they have a slightly more substantial footbed than some other options.

Heels

Starting with Toms again, I think these are great for dressing up or down on the weekend. And they look really comfortable which is a big bonus.

Ann Taylor has surprised me lately with their shoe options. I think these would be perfect for a summer dinner out because they are a little more polished but still not really formal. The heel looks kind of high but I think it’s only three inches.

I saw a friend wearing these the other day, and I loved them. They might not quite be sandals but I think they’re perfect for brunch with the girls when you’ll be in the air conditioning. They also would be great almost year ’round- perfect with jeans.

These from JCrew scream wedding guest to me. They are dressy but a little more interesting than the standard simple strappy heel. It’s also great that the heel is chunky because you’ll last long in these. I’m seeing ruffles on a lot of shoes these days. I guess that trend worked it’s way to the ground.

What’s on your wish list right now?

Hits and Misses

The moral of this story is that you need to try everything on before you buy it. I am between sizes right now, so depending on the store, the time of day, and the style of the clothing I could go up or down or just be realistic and skip it. Here are some the successes and failures I’ve had in the past month or so. If you can’t tell by the below, I am so ready for the warmer weather so I can wear shorts!!

Hits

I’ve been plotting to get a classic navy blazer for a long time. The Regent blazer from JCrew was finally on a decent sale (sometimes this style is excluded from sales) so I jumped. I’m planning to wear it all the time.

The only thing a navy blazer doesn’t go with is navy pants. Enter the fine gauge long cardigan. I love to wear a long cardigan with trousers or ankle pants and a white blouse. This one from Loft will go really well with all my black/navy/grey pants.

I love jean shorts. I remembered that my jean shorts from last summer were ready for permanent retirement so I started looking for new options. I got these from the Gap which is wear I get a lot of my shorts. I find, however, that jeans run a little small at the Gap at first, but then loosen up significantly when you wear them. That makes it hard to gauge when trying them on, but I decided to size down, and I think I made the right decision.

Misses

I’ve been looking for a cute pair of linen or chambray drawstring shorts as an alternative to my standard jean and khaki style shorts. I saw these at the Loft and I almost bought them online, but I decided to go to store and try them on. The larger size was falling off of me and the smaller size looked like tight booty shorts… Pass.

I tried these Ann Taylor pants on just to give this cropped wide leg trend a shot. I wasn’t optimistic but you never know until you try. It was a no go for me. I’m not sure if it was the pleating or the length but it wasn’t for me.

I wanted to love this shirtdress from Anthropologie. I thought it would be nice change from my plain jane work dresses. For this one I erred on the side of caution and sized up because it’s Anthro. I think the dress is supposed to be a little looser but it just looked too big on me. The shoulder seams were too far past my shoulders and the length was a little longer than I expected. A sad return.

Have you had any good shopping luck lately?