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Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Stripes and Blazers


I have blazers in 8 colors, which sounds crazy.  Nine if you count stripes.  But if I did it all again I would not have gotten some of them--including my black blazer.  Is that a sin to say?  I got a black blazer because every darn wardrobe "essentials" list out there says "every woman NEEDS a black blazer."  You know what lists I'm talking about?  Well, if you've read the Wardrobe From Scratch Series you might recall me saying that I don't like those lists, and every time I pass over my black blazer I'm reminded exactly why.  Argh!

I much prefer my navy, grey, and white blazers over black for neutrals, and it almost feels wrong that I don't feel the need for a black blazer when so many lists call it an essential, but I haven't touched it in a long, long, loooong time.  What item on those "essentials" lists have you been duped by?  (Meaning, you bought it because it was on the list but have barely worn it.)  

Links to Shop:
1.  H&M  |  2.  Forever 21  |  3.  H&M
4.  Forever 21  |  5.  BooHoo  |  6.  Forever 21




Shop for the Look:
Top: LOFT (exact, similar, similar)
Blazer: c/o SheInside (exact, similar, similar)
Jeans: Old Navy Maternity (exact; non-maternity: similar, similar, similar)
Shoes: Target (exact, similar, similar)
Bag: Target (exact)

53 comments:

  1. Love this look. My "momiform", I like to call it. I pretty much live in blazers and t-shirts. I have about 10 blazers and I would like to add an 11th one, a soft pink one. Is it wrong to have so many? I love them. They are made for any outfit and can totally dress it up.

    Love your look today.

    Agi:)

    vodkainfusedlemonade.com

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  2. Definitely my black blazer too. But, I think, for me, blazers in general. I have black, navy, black and white stripe, purple, and pink and I have to MAKE myself wear them. Maybe I just need some more practice or someone to affirm my choice. I love the look on you and others, just not on me for some reason. Oh well. :)

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  3. I agree about the black blazer! Thankfully, I got mine on poshmark so it doesn't bother me too much. Have never worn it though! A trench coat is almost always on "the list" and I feel like I wouldn't use it too often either, especially as a stay at home mommy :)

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  4. Beth @ Turn2theSimpleWednesday, March 26, 2014

    A white button down shirt...never wear it! Can't keep it clean with 3 young kids. However, I do have a white tunic-type shirt that I will wear. No blazers here...but cardigans, yeah have several!

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  5. For me it's a lot of things in my closet. I have wasted a lot of money over the years when I "settled" for items I was looking for and didn't wait for the right piece. I may have bought it for the color but it wasn't the right cut so now it sits in my closet hoping one day I will warm up to it.

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  6. I have a camel colored blazer that I never wear - and a houndstooth one (it can't decide if it's gray or black/white - make up your mind, blazer!) But I wear the heck out of my blue and black ones, so it's about even!

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  7. Black can be really harsh. You have such a sunny personality, no wonder you gravitate to lighter colors as neutrals. I live in Northern Kentucky/Cincinnati Ohio so there is a lot of black going on here. Since I'm under an all-black dress code at work I tend to stay away from black clothes (minus my leather jacket and various purses/shoes) in my downtime.
    -Ash
    www.stylizedwannabe.blogspot.com

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  8. For me it's a crop top I bought. I absolutely love that style and have seen it all over Pinterest, but when it comes down to comfort level and how it looks on me, it's one of the last tops I'll grab to wear.
    About the whole black thing: I definitely agree! Although I don't own any blazers, I always gravitate towards grey and navy neutrals, partly because I feel like black is "too easy" to match. Also, I always feel too "dark" whenever I wear too much black because I have darker features (really dark brown hair and eyes.) Whereas on some people, black can really make their lighter hair or colorful eyes pop, on me it just looks depressing...know what I mean?

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  9. I can't figure out how to wear my tan ankle booties. For some reason, mine aren't that flattering on my legs and they seem to stand out like a sore thumb when I pair them with outfits. I wish I would've gotten black or a darker color! But I was so desperate to find a pair, I went for it!

    I have tons of button downs but I never wear them. How do you style button-down shirts? They are always considered "staples" for work wear but they don't fit right and I only end up feeling cramped and blocky in them. Is there a way to style or buy that makes it easier?

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  10. Let me start by congratulating you on your pregnancy first of all. You are glowing more than usual. Gorgeous. When are you due?


    Secondly I loved this post. I own like 4 White Blazers and like 9 Black ones. I know that is so many Black but I have worn/wear them all and they are all quite different. I am currently needing/wanting to add a Striped one, a Floral one and some Bright Colored ones like I'd love a Cobalt, Mustard and Red. I think those are the 3 best colors to have. I already have Pink. Let me know what you think. =)

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  11. I have a light-tan tweedish blazer. Very classic piece, and very well made. I definitely do not need it. And it was, sadly, one of my more expensive jackets.



    I go for my pink, purple, even denim (hate calling it a 'jean jacket') WAY more than that one.

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  12. For me it is a white button down...I bought it for a steal and kept it for awhile even though I only wore it once or twice.

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  13. Blazers at all! I bought a navy blue one because it was on some "essentials" list, and also it looked so great on other bloggers with so many different ways to style it. But I haven't worn it once! I work at home or run errands, and it's not right for either of those activities. Occasionally I need to meet with clients, and for that I usually wear a heavier coat if it's cold, or one of two suede jackets I've had forever that I really love. A blazer always seems too structured and formal for my style. Oh well, maybe someday I'll figure out a reason to take off the tags and wear it.

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  14. I definitely feel that way about business suits, dress pants, pencil skirts, and heels. I just don't have a need for a business suit - I work in high school education, and a business suit, for my kind of position, looks kind of ridiculous. Dress pants and pencil skirts are just not flattering on me at all, and I find heels wildly uncomfortable. I'm kind of a practical dresser - can you tell? :)


    I have to agree with you about a black blazer, too. I wore mine a lot when I first got it because it was the first blazer I owned, but now that I have added others to my collection, I rarely reach for my black blazer now and would much rather wear my colorful or other neutral blazers. I have a light gray blazer right now, but would like to get a darker gray one as well to have a darker blazer (other than navy), so I'm looking for something that will be the right fit for me :)


    Also...I just can't tell you enough how much I love your sense of style, Audrey. It's so simple and classy, and you do a fantastic job of dressing in a way that makes you look beautiful all the time. I am hoping that one day, I'll be able to have a sense of style as solid and defined as yours! :)

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  15. Agreed. I have a pricey black blazer that i thought would be a wardrobe staple. Hardly wear it. My go-tos are maroon and navy =)

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  16. I agree that those lists are kind of ridiculous sometimes. I have a black blazer, but it's a more casual fit (and I got it at H&M for like $20). I can see how the navy or gray options would fit in better with a more casual wardrobe. I've been worried that a white blazer would feel kind of "doctor-y," but as always, you prove that it looks great!

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  17. Most of the items those lists don't interest me. I don't wear heels, pencil skirts, and rarely button-up shirts. I do love my black blazer, but it really want a white one!

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  18. You (as always) are looking gorgeous! Very chic, and definitely glowing :)


    www.fashionistastyle1.blogspot.com

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  19. Amen! I too was duped by the ubiquitous white button down suggestion. I gave it away last fall and haven't looked back.

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  20. I have a habit of collecting blazers too, and I am the same way--I hardly ever wear the black one! I much prefer the navy and coral ones :)
    Love that green bag!

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  21. Blanket statement style lists never work! Must haves are a case by case based on personal style, and yes to gorgeous blazers in various colors! Where is your bag from, I love the color!

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  22. Mackenzie MancusoWednesday, March 26, 2014

    That's a cute bag!

    x Kenzie
    http://easy-lucky-free.com

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  23. Black work pants/slacks are my regret-purchase! Every list calls them essential, but I don't like how stark black is (I even have a "little charcoal dress" instead of an LBD!). I actually own very little black, and I can imagine I would pass over a black blazer if it were in my closet, too.

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  24. I have a dark charcoal grey pair of dress pants instead of black. Black is not the best color for me. But the good thing about lists is that you can just use them as suggestions and ideas. :) I have a lot more color in my wardrobe basics. I live in Africa, so it has influenced me.

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  25. SO pretty. That white blazer is so fresh.

    Melanie @UnraveledThreads

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  26. Love this casual outfit! Fabulous blazer and top!

    http://www.MARTASFASHIONDIARY.com/
    http://www.BLOGLOVIN.com/blog/3286864

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  27. For me it's the business/dressier button downs. They're just wrong for my type of work and I can only imagine wearing them for job interviews.


    I wanted to ask you about something a bit related. I'm currently stuck in a place where I have nice clothes and I can mix them into nice outfits. But nothing feels quite right, or like "me". Have you ever felt like that? What do you do on those days when nothing feels "right"?

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  28. Brynn... I'm just popping in here to "second" your last paragraph. Audrey, thank you for being beautifully, simply real.

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  29. Totally feel ya on the "essentials" lists!! I even wrote a blog post about how I don't like those "essentials."

    http://fashionsbymandy.blogspot.com/2014/02/wardrobe-essentials-creating-capsule.html

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  30. I just bought this blazer! It looks great on you! I followed your link and I hope you get a commission!

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  31. Thank you, Ali! That's really encouraging to hear!

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  32. Aw, thank you so much, Anna! I hope the blazer works out for you!

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  33. Oh yeahhhh...the dressier button downs! It took me a looooong time to figure out how to incorporate a white button down into my wardrobe, and even after figuring it out I still don't use it a whole lot.


    As for your question, I've definitely felt like that. It's been a process of figuring out what IS "me" and what's difficult about that is it's constantly evolving. When I have a moment I'll step back and figure out which pieces really feel like me and why, just to gain a clearer perspective of what makes me me. I also look back at my Pinterest board and try to look at general themes. For me it's lots of stripes, blazers, jeans, and basic comfy casual pieces with a little pop of color.

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  34. That's another one for me--the black slacks! Those have been sitting in my closet and only used like once every couple of YEARS! I'd rather have grey or grey pinstripe.

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  35. The bag is from Target! (outfit info is on the bottom of the posts)

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  36. Ha! I could see why a white blazer would seem doctor-y! Especially if it's boxier, has somewhat pointy shoulders, and/or is less fitted.

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  37. Oooooh, maroon. That's one blazer color I don't have. Yet. ;)

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  38. BRYNN! You are always SO FREAKING KIND AND SWEET.


    Your style is great! You just keep "doing you"!

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  39. Thank you so much, Melissa! That's incredibly kind of you!

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  40. Oh man...garments in the closet with tags still on them is so frustrating! I haven't had those in my closet much lately, but I used to and I HATED it! Thankfully I'm learning more and have been doing that less, but I totally feel you!

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  41. Me too!! I got a couple for free, and while I think I've worn one of them twice it took a lot of intentional thought to wear it.

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  42. Purple!!! I need to consider one of those... :)

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  43. Thank you! I'm due in mid/late August.


    That's quite a lot of blazers! I love my striped blazers and bright colored ones! I'm open to floral but just haven't felt a huge need or desire for one. (I think I'm just obsessed with stripes!) I looooove my cobalt blazer. I have a red one but haven't used it much lately.

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  44. I've been searching for a pair of tan ankle booties! But, most of my shoes and accessories are tan so that's easy to incorporate for me. I think the cut of the ankle boot can be pretty significant in how flattering they are.


    I love button downs. Not really the nice work ones, since I usually don't need to dress that nicely, but yeah. They're great when they have seaming at the waist that makes them more curved so they're not as boxy. Also, depending on your body shape, the flowier button downs made of softer material are great for not feeling cramped and blocky.

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  45. I definitely know what you mean about feeling too dark in black because of having dark features!

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  46. Haha, don't be fooled by however my tone reads in written form or how you might imagine it being sunny. Most people who know me in real life wouldn't say my personality is sunny. I'm energetic, but I'm pretty direct, straight forward, bold, and OFTEN told I'm intimidating! :D

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  47. Ditto for me on the white button down shirt. Gah!

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  48. I always eye trench coats too! I'd probably use it about once a year, but on those rare days I actually need it, I'm like DANG I WISH I HAD A TRENCH COAT!

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  49. Wow, 10! They look great on you though :)

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  50. Thanks for the tips! I realize I'm suddenly into bright colors and patterns after years of grey and black, so I definitely need to take my time and start over. Love your blog, it's such a great inspiration and help!!

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  51. Nice casual outfit !
    Rose & Pose Highstreet Fashion

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  52. You know how to make a girl's day, Audrey!! :) I'm really working on refining my style, and I'm excited to start making some more drastic changes. I have a couple of bloggers whose styles I really love (yours is number one!!), and as I've been going through my closet, I ask myself, "Would Audrey wear this? Would Fran wear it?" :)

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