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?

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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?

Spring Trend Alert: Pink Pants

I’m going to to a few quick takes on the spring trends because even though the groundhog saw his shadow, the stores are slowly starting to release their spring lines.

Up first: pink pants! I love this idea, and as I’ve mentioned in the past, I have a few pairs of pink pants. Even though it’s very trendy right now (you know- Millennial pink), I love pink pants in general as a statement piece. I basically love anything that I can throw on with a white blouse and have a complete outfit. Every time I wear pink pants, I get tons of compliments. Here are some of my favorites that I’ve seen:

From The Loft (which now has Plus sizes!!)

From JCrew FactoryFrom JCrew

From Banana Republic

From Boden

Are you sold on pink pants?