Friday, February 24, 2017

Spring Wardrobe: Fun Tops and Jackets

Last week I wrote about my spring staples for tops and linked to tons of outfits I've worn with them.  I also said that I like my closet to be a mix of staples and fun, current pieces because it keeps my wardrobe feeling fresh by only buying a few new pieces every season.  The staples stay in my closet year after year, and I just rotate in a few fun, current, or trendy pieces for that season.  (Catch the last post on spring staples for tops HERE.)

These are fun statement pieces or ones with special detail that, combined with your staples, make the outfit more interesting.  They can be on trend or not--it really doesn't matter.  You can have great personal style without being on trend!  That said, a lot of pieces I'm showing today *are* kinda trendy because 1) that's just what's in stores currently, and 2) even though I don't participate in a ton of trends or usually am slow to, I actually love a lot of what's popular these days.

Here are a few tops you can add this spring!  Imagine them paired with a denim jacket, utility vest and jacket, or moto jacket.

Blush Colored Anything
Like I said a couple days ago, blush colored anything is really popular, and I'm definitely not sad about it!  I'm seeing it even more than last year, like not just in tops but also in jackets, flats, sneakers, and pants.  I'll feature blush shoes and pants when we get to those categories in later weeks, but for now we'll stick to tops.

Links to Shop:
one  |  two  |  three
four  |  five  |  six
seven  |  eight  |  nine

Any of these pieces would freshen up your style, and I'd go through my favorites but I really like them all!  The bottom row of blush completer pieces are all SO cute!

Suede Moto Jackets
I've worn faux leather moto jackets for a while, but I'm loving the suede ones!  In the last post I talked about how items sometimes get more attention some years than others and are really "in" during the high-attention years, but it doesn't mean when there's less attention on them that they are "out" and shouldn't be worn.  I think a tan or grey suede moto jacket (in a neutral color, at least) may be one of those kinds of items.  Now, a blush one...I don't know about its longevity, but they sure are pretty!
Links to Shop:
one  |  two  |  three
four  |  five

I really like Option 4 (HERE), but I'd prefer a style more like the others.  I love Option 1 (HERE), and while it's not as cheap as some of the others listed here, I think it looks great and is not as expensive as others I didn't show that are far, far, FAR more expensive.

Twisted and Cross Front Tees
I love these two twists (har har) on a normal tee!  The twist front tees will still work with necklaces but kick up the normal tee a notch.  The cross front tees are harder to wear with necklaces, but because the cross front provides that detail, you don't even need a necklace.  That's great news for times you don't want to deal with one, like when you're running out the door or when you're going to be really active and would be annoyed with a necklace on.

All the tops below come in multiple colors.

Links to Shop:
one  |  two  |  three
four  |  five  |  six  |  seven

Feminine Details: Bell Sleeves, Lace Cutout, Ruffles
I love cutout tops, and Old Navy has a few different tops with cutouts in fun, bright colors!  As far as ruffles and bell sleeves, while I wouldn't consider my style very girly, I actually love some of the pieces below!

Most tops below come in other colors except for options 6, 7, and 8.
Links to Shop:
one  |  two  |  three
four  |  five  |  six
seven  |  eight  |  nine

Flowy Tops + Cold Shoulder Tops
Loose, flowy blouses will always be in my wardrobe because they're comfy, easy to move around in, and usually have enough detail in them to help you look pulled together without having to add many extras.

The cold shoulder and off-the-shoulder tops are everywhere this season.  While I think they look really cute, this is a trend I've been very, very slow to try.  Haven't even tried one of these on in the dressing room!  No matter how cute they look, I have some practical questions about them.  Like, do the shoulders always ride up when you move around?  I could find that out in the dressing room, but I have other questions about how much I'll *really* wear one of these and the purpose it'd serve in my wardrobe compared to other pieces I own.  Like, a lot of them seem too cute for my everyday activities, or too impractical if the sleeves do ride up with lots of movement, (not to mention having to wear a strapless bra for the off-shoulder ones) and I'd probably only wear them for dressier occasions.  But then, if it's only for dressy occasions, is it worth it?  Or would I rather pick other tops over these for dressier occasions?  Eh, we'll see.  I need to give one a shot first, but like I said, I'm in no rush.  There are plenty of other springy pieces that I love to keep me occupied!

Links to Shop:
one  |  two  |  three
four  |  five  |  six
seven  |  eight  |  nine

Next up is spring staples for the bottom half + dresses!  Have a great weekend!


Thursday, February 23, 2017

Spring Mini Capsule: 8 Pieces to 8 Outfits + $250 Giveaway!

Spring Trip Packing Capsule Wardrobe
I know many of you are already shopping for spring, so today I'm excited to partner with thredUP to bring you a spring getaway capsule wardrobe!  (And to offer first-time users 40% off your order with code PMT40, AND offer you a $250 giveaway!  Info at bottom of post.)

If you're the kind of person who likes to have fun with a few new things but doesn't want to spend a lot, thredUP will be an awesome resource for you.  If you haven't heard of thredUP, it's a fantastic online shop that buys and sells like-new and new-with-tags items at a fraction of the retail price.  They carry brands like J.Crew, Banana Republic, Ann Taylor, Target, Old Navy, Lucky Brand, and Anthropologie, as well as higher end brands like Paige Denim and Coach--all for up to 90% retail.  I love that it's all online because sifting through a bunch of racks overwhelms me!  I'd much rather shop from the comfort of my couch.  :)  Also, if you're doing a closet clean out, look into thredUP as they could also buy your gently used items.

To show you the kinds of great pieces you can find at thredUP, I put together a mini spring capsule wardrobe with a few I found!
What to Pack for Vacation: Spring Getaway Trip

thredUP has an enormous inventory, so thankfully their filter system is awesome.  I typically only search "new with tags" and "like new" items and then filter by item type and sizing.  You can add other filters like color, price, brand type, and even more specific filters within the categories.  Above, 5 of the 8 clothing items are from thredUP (all but the white jeans, distressed jeans, and white camisole), and they are all excellent quality and feel brand new!

Here are the 8 pieces in 8 outfits!

I didn't intentionally choose a color scheme while shopping, but it all worked out so well together.  Blue, white, grey, and blush!  

Outfit #1: Flowy Printed Blouse + White Jeans
These types of blouses are really easy to wear and make for effortlessly put-together outfits in the spring.  The blue blouse above is NYDJ and originally $119, but I found it at thredUP for just $14.90!

Outfit #2: Colored Top + Jeans
I love that this top is shaped like a t-shirt but is a little more flowy than a typical cotton tee and looks a bit nicer.  It's a LOFT top that I got last year from thredUP and it's become one of my spring and summer go-to's.

Outfit #3: White Top + Skirt
The neutral top could be a solid cotton tee, a blousy camisole like this one, or some other solid neutral blouse, depending on how dressy or casual you want to be.

Outfit #4: Colored Top + Skirt
One of my favorite things to shop for at thredUP is skirts.  They have soooo many of them.  This time around I found 7 REALLY CUTE skirts.  One of them was this seersucker pencil skirt from Banana Republic that is adorable for spring!  It retails at $118, but it was $12 at thredUP!

Outfit #5: Flowy Printed Blouse + Jeans
For a second look with this blouse, I paired it with jeans and sandals for a dressed down look.

Outfit #6: Statement Jacket + White Cami + Jeans
I rely a lot on lightweight jackets in the spring, and thredUP has a ton of them.  A statement jacket like this stylishly pulls together two basics.  This jacket is also from thredUP and is Club Monaco.  I've never owned anything from Club Monaco because it's soooo expensive (this retails at $225), but with thredUP I have the joy of owning this high quality, adorably chic piece.  And it was only $28!!!!  CRAZY!

Outfit #7: Skirt + Flowy Printed Blouse
This outfit might not work depending on the patterns of your skirt and blouse.  Two things I've learned about pattern mixing are: 1) When the colors are the same among the pieces it helps it feel cohesive, and 2) It helps to have one pattern that's smaller or more subtle while the other is more dominant.  This combo does both of those things!

Outfit #8: Colored Top + White Jeans 
Lastly, I love this light color palette of white, greys, and blush.  I found this jacket on thredUP a couple of months ago when I was looking for a replacement tan faux leather jacket.  thredUP was actually the first place I searched for my replacement jacket.  None of the tan ones worked out, but this grey one did!  This is Mossimo and would have retailed at around $39.99, but I got it for $16.  As with all the other items I got, this looked brand new when it arrived!  

(All thredUP items featured above are c/o thredUP with the exception of the grey faux leather Mossimo jacket.)

Spring Trip Packing Capsule Wardrobe
$250 Giveaway!
thredUP is giving away $250 credit to one lucky person!  To enter, go check out thredUP HERE, then come back and leave a comment with a link to your favorite thredUP item.  Good luck!  

40% Off Code for New Customers: PMT40
Anyone who hasn't tried thredUP yet gets an additional perk!  They are offering the first 100 people 40% off your order with code PMT40!  It applies only to new customers and is valid up to a $50 discount.

Go browse all the goodies they have to offer HERE!

Huge thanks to thredUP for sponsoring this post!

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Blush + Olive

I'd never really been into pastels, softer colors, or softer neutrals, but over the last few years my love for softer pinks and blush has slowly grown.  It started about two years ago when I bought a pair of light pink heels (seen HERE).  A few short months later, during a Nordstrom Anniversary Sale I got the top in today's post and my affinity towards blush grew even more.  For the last year and a half since then I've added a couple more pale pink pieces, and my love for it is growing strong--stronger, even!  Thankfully, it's still "in" again this season because that means tons of blush and light pink pieces are available.  :D

Blush goes with quite a few colors, but one of my favorite combos is with olive.  I did it in today's outfit and shortly after in another outfit on Instagram HERE.  For today's outfit, I finished the look with leopard print flats to add more interest to a bunch of solids pieces.  This outfit and the one I linked to on Instagram were on repeat for most of last week!

I'd wanted a replacement pair of olive jeans ever since before I was pregnant.  (So, we're talking YEARS.)  Due to pausing the search because of getting pregnant, not wanting to spend a ton of money on them, and simply not being able to find the right pair, years have passed and I hadn't found a replacement.  Until now!  I discovered these jeans from Old Navy that are the same cut as the distressed jeans I've been wearing a ton, and I couldn't order them fast enough!  They actually sold out completely shortly after I bought them but have since been restocked.  (Whew!)

The color is slightly faded or muted, so they'd be better for casual outfits.  Sometimes when olive jeans are really dark and have a smooth texture they might be able to pass for business casual pants, but that would not be the case with these Old Navy jeans.

They have some stretch, but are not as stretchy as the distressed pair and don't bag out as much.  I sized down two sizes in these again, normally size 6/8 down to a 4.  I'm quite happy that I finally found them since they can be worn in the fall, winter, and spring!  Find them HERE.

Shop for the Look:
Top: Nordstrom (exact--in other colors, similar)
Jacket: Old Navy (similarsimilar)
Jeans: Old Navy (exact, similar)
Shoes: Nordstrom (similarsimilar, similar, similar)
Bag: Nordstrom (exact)
Necklace: c/o Sela Designs (similar)

Friday, February 17, 2017

Printed Blouse - 3 Outfits for Work

Last month I did a post with ModCloth on incorporating color into your workwear HERE.  In one of the looks I featured this adorable top, and I thought it'd be fun to do a remix with it!  (In case you're wondering, today's post is not sponsored by ModCloth.)

I find printed blouses easier to remix than solid ones for a couple of reasons.  First, prints make your outfit interesting without you having to do much or add many accessories.  Second, all of the colors in the print are fair game for your outfits (in addition to many neutrals or other complementary colors that may not even be in the print), and the print does the work for you of tying all of those colors together into a cohesive outfit.  

If you are specifically looking into this top, it is UK sizing which tends to run smaller than US sizing. I'm normally 6/8 or S/M and wearing this in UK 12, which it fits *perfectly*.  This shirt as zero stretch.  I followed the size chart on the product page HERE and since my measurements were on the higher end of "Size M" I went with the 12.  Also, ModCloth recently changed its interface and the link for the size chart will not show up unless you choose a size first.  (WHYYYY, ModCloth?!)

Onto the outfits!

Outfit #1
This combo involves color + a mix of neutrals.  I used one color from the top, maroon, plus navy and browns.  This is probably my favorite outfit of the bunch!

Shop for the Look:
Top: c/o ModCloth (exact--wearing UK 12)
Blazer: Target (super similar)
Jeans: Old Navy (similar)
Bag: Nordstrom (exact)
Shoes: H&M (similarsimilar, similar)
Watch: c/o Daniel Wellington (exact--15% off code AUDREYTOM)

Outfit #2
This outfit is full of color!  I pulled out three colors from the top--turquoise, orange, and maroon--and used them everywhere in the outfit.  That's a whole lot of color, and I wouldn't necessarily put turquoise, orange, and maroon together as all solid pieces.  But, see how the top does all the work of tying the colors together?  Printed tops are awesome!

Shop for the Look:
Top: c/o ModCloth (exact--wearing UK 12)
Cardigan: c/o ModCloth (exact--wearing M)
Pants: c/o ModCloth (exact--wearing M)
Bag: Nordstrom (exact)
Shoes: c/o Naturalizer (exact--on sale!)
Watch: c/o Daniel Wellington (exact--15% off code AUDREYTOM)

Outfit #3
Here's an example of one neutral piece and one (small) color accent.  This could be done with any neutral skirt or bottoms, and it it helps tone down a colorful top.

Shop for the Look:
Top: c/o ModCloth (exact--wearing UK 12)
Skirt: Nordstrom (similar, similar)
Shoes: c/o Naturalizer (exact--on sale!)
Watch: c/o Daniel Wellington (exact--15% off code AUDREYTOM)

There you go!  Don't be scared of prints!  They make getting dressed so much easier because they do so much of the work for you.  Embrace them!

Hope you all have a great weekend!

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