I had quite a lot of room in my clothes budget that was unused from the year so far, and then recently selling some clothes boosted that up too. So, even though I went shopping crazy the last month, I don't feel guilty about it. (I personally find shopping within a budget freeing, not confining! If you don't shop within a budget, I highly recommend it!) Also, the J.Crew Factory and Old Navy ones items were all 50-60% off retail in store!
For reference, I'm 5'6", usually 6 or S/M on top with a short torso, and 6/8 on bottom.
First up are a couple pieces from J.Crew Factory. I have admired items online here for years but was usually hesitant to order because I was unfamiliar with sizing. Also, the brick and mortar store is 20-25 minutes from my house, so returns wouldn't be easy. I was delighted to find out one opened up just 10 minutes away from Benson's and my mom's houses, so I took advantage of that while we visited them.
This one's not heavy or sturdy like some gingham button ups. It would be better for summer or spring in most areas, but San Diego is seldom cold, so this will be great for fall/winter here too. 100% cotton.
Comes in 8 colors. I would personally not recommend white, as they seemed see-through in store. There's a 4" Chino Short HERE in fun colors like coral and turquoise, though I'm not sure if the fit is the same.
These are the Spokane Wash. The Dark Wash is also on its way to my house because comfortable denim shorts are hard to come by for me. I lucked out and got them on crazy sale online!
Nordstrom Updates + New Pieces Reviewed
It's the LAST FEW DAYS of the Nordstrom Sale! Prices go up on Monday, August 3rd. If you wanted to place an order, you'd better get on it!
Also remember, Nordstrom has FREE shipping BOTH WAYS with no minimum purchase. Returns are realllyyyyyy easy because you don't have to go in-store!
Remember, if you are looking for a slightly more structured chambray top try Old Navy's version HERE. It's also a VERY great top and it did not shrink either. ON's comes in light wash and a medium wash.
That said, I've decided to return both of them, even though I actually LOVE both. For whatever reason, I have doubts that I'll actually wear the purple one that often, though it is possibly one of my favorite colors to wear and a color I have searched years for in tops (which is why I seldom wear that color). And since cleaning out my closet with my new rules I am trying hard to keep pieces that I just want to wear all the stinking time. This one is hard to let go of.
The white one was even harder to let go of, because I knew I could remix the crap out of it. I was concerned that the material would absorb stains easily, as I saw a small smudge on it already. It is sooooo white and white + stain absorbent isn't great for baby rearing. Even though the smudge came out easily, I don't want to worry about it. But here's one last hurrah before I package it up for good--I LOVE HOW IT LOOKS!
This is so super duper long that I never thought it'd look good on me, but I tried it anyway. It drapes SO WELL that it's okay that's long because the nice drape means it half-tucks nicely. Comes in 4 great colors!
It's soft and comfy, and not super tight so you can layer long sleeves under it. Important note, the sleeves have a wide knit, so it's not that warm for a sweater cardigan. But again, perfect for San Diego.
Please note, this is hand wash only. Might be a deal breaker for some of you!
Whew! That was a lot of stuff, but they are all pieces I'm extremely happy with. Hopefully you're finding pieces you absolutely love as well!