Hits and Misses

President’s Day Weekend sales got me, but I’ve been pinching pennies lately so if I don’t love something then I return it. Here’s what made the cut and what didn’t.

Hits

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I’m a big fan of open weave sweaters, and I loved the silhouette of this one from Athleta. I went with green because the other options are blue and white, and I have those bases covered pretty well. I think it will be a great spring/summer/fall weekend option with jeans or shorts.

Sadie Dishes- Hits and Misses

I don’t think this needs that much explanation. They’re pretty.

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I’m so obsessed with these jeans from the Gap that I’ve been wearing them as my “house pants” everyday when I get home from work. Who wears jeans as their house pants? I think the above three items are going to be my weekend uniform this Spring.

Misses

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I thought this was a cute suit from VS, but apparently not for me. I think this style works better for a leaner, longer frame. No harm, no foul, I’ll try something else. The sizing was correct on the top though, so there’s hope for another style.

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I was excited to wear this blazer from Banana over my plain dresses and skirts to add some detail to work outfits. The main problem is that the blazer is really thick and bulky. It would be really hard to layer, and to wear in the warmer weather. I also got the “fat guy in a little coat” sensation when I moved my arms- zero give. My shoulders won’t quit.

Sadie Dishes- Hits and Misses

It seems like all the athletic apparel companies are trying their best to bring some new ideas to the sports bra game. I tried this newer model from Nike, but I found it really awkward. The fit was ok, but the shape was bizarre. I felt like I was wearing a Madonna cone bra. I would not show my face at the gym wearing it.

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Lulu or Not

I’m really trying to buckle down with my gym routine lately. The resolutionaries aren’t clogging up the gym anymore, and as the weather continues to improve (fingers crossed), I really have no excuse. One thing that always helps motivate me is to have fun workout wear. While a lot of people near me seem to be dripping in Lululemon, I kind of hate their founder, and don’t love their premium price point. So let’s think about some other options that are just as cute and easier on the wallet. I picked a few of their classic options.

High- Rise Leggings

Lulu

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These Luon high rise leggings are a good option, but at $98, they’re a little cost prohibitive. Everyone does a black legging, and we can definitely cut a little cost and maintain quality in this category.

Athleta

Sadie Dishes- Lulu or Not

I love Athleta’s high rise chaturanga leggings, and they’re about $25 cheaper than Lulu’s high rise leggings.

Tie Back Tank

Lulu

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I see this tank top on the ladies at my gym all the time. It’s cute but I wouldn’t pay $48 for less than a whole shirt.

Under Armour

Sadie Dishes- Lulu or Not

Under Armour offers a similar version in several different colors and prints at $38 or below because a lot of the options are on sale. Zella also has a very similar option, and the Gap does it at $27.

Mesh Accent Leggings

Lulu

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These are chic mesh accent leggings from Lulu at $98. Let’s see what other options we have.

Zella

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Zella is Nordstrom’s private label. The style is on point, like these mesh accent leggings, but these are a good $35 less than Lulu at $64. There are a lot of mesh options out there right now, but I like that this mesh changes it up a little with the chunkier gauge.

Strappy Support Tank

Lulu

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I think Lulu really popularized this style of the connected tank and strappy sports bra and there have been a lot of fast followers. At $64, it’s pricey, but to be fair it’s also a two-in-one so I’m not going to hate too much.

Gap

Sadie Dishes- Lulu or Not

There are a lot of strappy support tops and sports bras out there, but to be honest, most of them are priced at a comparable level to Lulu. Leave it to Gap to come up with a more affordable (but still cute) option at $39.

Other more recent options include Anthropologie who has been steadily adding more active wear (similar prices to Lulu, but some pretty and unique stuff), Lou and Grey over at the Loft who has started adding active leggings and tops, and New Balance who is putting more and more effort into their clothing game. I’m a little sad Nike didn’t show up in this post because I live in Nike and Under Armour, but I realized that they cater to two different athletes. Lulu’s athlete is studio centric and wears the clothes outside of the gym, and Nike/ Under Armour’s athlete is a little more cardio and weight lifting centric, demanding more function and sportier fashion. Athleta seems to be a combination of the two. I could talk about this all day…

Gift Guide 2015: Part 4

This one is for the men on your list!

Accessories

jcrew Astronaut

I realize I live in the preppiest part of the country, but statement dress socks seem to be very in with the men I work with. You can go two directions with this: holiday socks, or general statement socks. Both are good ideas, but I’m thinking go general so the recipient can wear them all year. The above astronaut socks are just one of many options from JCrew, and almost every men’s apparel store have comparable options. Other classic work wear accessories are cool cuff links, a power tie, or a funky tie bar.

Banana Scarf

A scarf might seem like a snooze, but in my experience, it’s something that a lot of men forget to buy for themselves. I love a good mid-weight plaid scarf that will look smart with a wool coat. The above is from Banana.

Home

MarkTravelBag

Time to upgrade the travel toiletries bag! I love these leather ones from Mark and Graham. Pottery Barn has something very comparable. If you want a sportier option, I would look to L.L.Bean.

DollarShave

I’ve heard a lot of raves about the Dollar Shave Club, and it’s a pretty universal gift for men because most of them shave, right? You can gift a membership, and the options are very affordable. We all know that razors are annoyingly pricey, so it’s a great break! It’s something a little out of the box, but makes the recipient’s life a whole lot easier.

Apparel

Banana Sweater

The guys I know seems to accumulate tee shirts and sweatshirts like it’s going out of style, and they have to buy clothes for work, so I usually go for a shirt or sweater that is somewhere in between. This sweater from Banana is work worthy for most people, but it’s also casual enough for weekend outings. I also love this subtle patterned crew neck sweater, and a machine wash JCrew Factory half zip is always a winner.

UA shorts

If you’re shopping for a guy that likes to hit the gym, shorts are a great option. Like I said above, tee-shirts appear out of no where, but shorts are another story. I think it’s a great idea to gift a good quality pair or shorts from Under Armour (like above), or Nike because they will last a long time.

Technology

USBCharger

There are all sorts of great techy accessories out there that can make life easier. One of my favorite places for these items is The Container Store (there’s one in walking distance from me), but you’ll also see a ton at places like Best Buy. Something like this four USB charging adapter will help maximize outlets and get everything charged on time. There’s another similar option for the cigarette lighter in the car. Other good tech accessories are containers for all the cords, or stands for smart phones.

BasisWatch

Since we now need everything available on our wrist, this smart watch version by Basis is somewhere between a Fitbit and an Apple watch both in functionality and price. It tracks all of your activity and sleep, and it communicates with your smart phone to give you text, email, and phone call notifications. I also think this looks a little cooler than most of the fitness trackers on the market. You can go with the leather band, or there are sportier band options as well.

What are you getting the guys on your list this year?