Thursday, August 31, 2017

Last of the Floral Culottes











striped shirt-Uniqlo(similarish here), button-down tunic-Mango(similar here), culottes-Target(similar here), loafers-G.H. Bass

Yesterday's striped shirt was the standout piece, for this OOTD it's an understated layer beneath floral cullottes and a split-hemmed button-down tunic, both standout pieces respectively.  My point being that stripes work both as a graphic print, and a neutral. But the real story here are these culottes, seen here, here and here. On this last day of August I'm saying "so long" to this cropped pant. They had a good run, starting in April, all the way through two seasons. Don't worry, they aren't headed to the donate pile (just yet) but soon they'll be packed away for the coming winter. Sleep well my lovelies. πŸ˜΄πŸ’“

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Orange Stripes










T-shirt-Style Mint(available here from Poshmark), vest/loafers-Zara(similar here and here), trousers-Uniqlo, necklace-Forever 21(similar here from Poshmark)

A straight-forward, menswear-inspired office OOTD for you here! Sometimes an outfit can be just some simple trousers, some stripes, and a vest to pull it all together. Happy Wednesday! 

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

A Casual Badass










vest-Gap(similarish here), T-shirt-ModCloth, leggings-Zara(similar here), sneakers-Vans

Black tee, leggings, vans, and a denim vest = a badass look for the weekend. My only regret in this OOTD is that vest doesn't have side pockets...😞

Monday, August 28, 2017

Black & Navy Basics















cardi-J.Crew(similar here), dress-DVF(similarish here via Poshmark), leggings-Girlfriend Collective, slides-Old Navy(similar here), necklace-Le Tote(similar here)

This OOTD started out with my navy n' black DVF shift dress. (Yes those are pockets!) Then some functional layering happened (what with the FREEZING AC at work ❄🏒), hence the oversized cardigan and leggings. Function aside, I'm kind of digging the minimalism that's happening here. Playing around with the cardi gives these pics some chic drama, and the athletic leggings plays into a mini-trend for me this summer, "office-leisure" as discussed in this post. Basic yes, but an outfit nonetheless! 


Thursday, August 24, 2017

A Dress Question

I recently ordered this shirtdress from ModCloth:

thinking it would be a perfect work dress for this coming fall and winter. It's professional without being stuffy, has some texture with the clip dotted material, provides the kind of coverage I prefer, AND pockets! Alas, when it arrive the bust was WAY too tight, I could get it buttoned, but it was bordering on absence. Yes, I could have gone up a size, but maybe it's my vanity, or the fact that from my perspective my body is still in transition from having my baby... but I just didn't want to go up. So I returned it.  Looking back over my past ModCloth orders I've returned more things than I've kept over the past two years... and I'm starting to realize I've aged-out of ModCloth. 

But all is not lost, I've started digging into eShakti and I think my work dress conundrum will soon have a solution, but I need your help! Which dress? 

A.

This knit number is right up my alley with it's silhouette and rich jewel tone, plus it looks really easy to wear and a great dress to pair with boots and blazers. 


B.
Five years ago, heck two years ago, I would have been all over this celestial print, BUT even with all the eclipse mania I don't think this particular novelty pattern suits me. However I REALLY dig this silhouette, waistline, sleeves, and collar of this frock. Sign me up for this exact dress in a different print. 

 C.
Speaking of prints, hello polka-dots my old friend! The only thing I'd change here is the neckline. I'm more a V-neck lady, which IS an option with eShakti, you can customize necklines, sleeves, & lengths!


 D.

Love the retro feel of this dress! But I'm not so sure about the waist embellishments...


E.

I would opt for a midi hem on this frock. The neckline, sleeves, and print are all working for me, or are they? Those poppies seem a bit too bright, no? 

F.

Like the maxi above, this shift also sports a layered floral and dot print. I like that the sash belt is removable since  I'd style this with a leather or stretch belt to better cinch the waist. 


G.

Another maxi that I'd customized with a shorter hem. And, while I wasn't too crazy about the constellation pattern in dress B. above, I think a star pattern is more doable, it's closer to a polka dot than a novelty print. 


H.

Florals with birds in this choice, with another removable fabric belt, but this time rendered as a shirtdress. 



I'm sure you can see the theme here, dark background dresses with standard prints in midi lengths and sleeves, and of course pockets* They are very similar and I need some opinions on this one. Which dress? A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H!!! So many good options! Leave your choice in the comments! 


I also couldn't help but put this whimsical piece on my wishlist.....

Yep, a starry-print jumpsuit. I know I was all uppty about the celestial print of the second dress and now I'm thinking of spending dough on a very impractical jumpsuit.  But, it IS super cute, right? 


Thanks for voting! 


*I've decide I will no longer shop for dresses without pockets, they are essential for a busy woman like myself. And, if pants don't have proper pockets you can for get about it! 

Winter White (& Black)

dress-eShakti(similar here ), cardigan-Anthropolige(similar here ), scarf-J.Crew Factory(similarish here ), boots-Li...