28 August 2015

Now, Later and After: Trench Dress

trench dress 3 ways

We're inching towards cooler temps here in the Southeast, so I thought it's time to another wearing now, later and after post, this time featuring the sleeveless trench dress.

Now granted when I started seeing sleeveless trenches take off last fall, I had a bit of a Why? moment. Like, if you wanted to wear a trench coat, don't you want your arms to be covered so you can actually stay warm/dry? What is up with some sort of long half jacket?  

But then retailers started making the look a little softer and calling it a trench dress and it was like some cartoon balloon went up over my head and a light bulb danced around in it. Because suddenly, hello layering possibilities
 
Wear Now    ♥     ♥    

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Dress: Banana Republic (similar long trench vests or similar long suiting vests)
Top: Old Navy (similar white tees)
Belt: H&M (similar brown belts)
Necklace: Loli & the Bean via Shoptiques (similar blue statement necklaces
Bracelets: J.Crew & c/o Style Lately (similar turquoise bracelets)
Shoes: Zara (similar gold sandals)
Bag: Zara (similar crossbody bags)

Wear Later    ♥     ♥    

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Top: J.Crew crinkle boy shirt (similar black gingham pieces)
Shoes: Jessica Simpson (similar animal print pumps)
Bracelet: J.Crew (similar gold cuffs)
Ring: c/o JewelMint (similar statement rings)
Bag: J.Crew (similar taupe-tan bags - these Cambridge Satchel push lock bags are fantastic)

Wear After That    ♥     ♥      

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Tee: H&M (similar B&W striped tees)
Top: J.Crew (similar red plaid shirts)
Jeans: Banana Republic (similar medium-wash jeans)
Shoes: Kate Spade (similar embellished slip-ons)
Bag: Furla (similar red mini totes - these Rebecca Minkoff mini MABs are gorge lookalikes)

trench dress 3 ways

trench dress 3 ways

trench dress 3 ways

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26 August 2015

Casual Midi

sleeveless midi

I saw this dress online and immediately thought, what a great-looking casual piece for comfortable wear ... and to hide food babies. I'm pretty much going to be living ... maybe napping ... in this dress for the rest of summer. But on its debut wear, I figured I may try to dress it up a bit for a dinner outing, so out came the heels and statement necklace.

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Dress: Old Navy sleeveless midi (now on sale - sim maxi)
Necklace: J.Crew fan fringe (now sold out, worn before - sim gold, neutral-hued)
Bracelet: J.Crew (sim, sim)
Shoes: c/o Farylrobin via Anthropologie fela heels (on sale, worn before - sim, platform)

sleeveless midi

sleeveless midi

24 August 2015

Style Lately

Aug1
These kicks, 'nough said (exact sneakers).

Aug2
Black, white, leopard (exact blouse on sale, skirt also on sale).

Aug3
Blast from the past - one of my all-time fave outfits (sim skirt in solid, top for less than $25).

Aug4
It's still technically summer - white's still in (exact sandals on clearance & sim bag for a steal).

Aug5
Gingham-plus (exact anchor top & sim yellow gingham on sale, green, red).

Aug6
Another throwback (sim dress on sale or here darker for $40, cardigan).

Aug7
Jewelry for my feet ... and ridiculously comfy (exact sandals now for less than $30).

21 August 2015

Shirtdress Dreams

plaid shirtdress

I found this dress on Ebay and it has made all my shirtdress dreams come true. It fits me with room to spare, hits a shortie like me right at the knee and it's a girlie plaid color combination. Plus it was a steal.

The dress makes me feel like I'm wearing summer and all I want to do in it is take long strolls through the garden, picnic by the water, read under a shade tree. All things I've not at all done while wearing this dress but that's OK - it's all about the feel.

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Dress: Lands' End (sim sleeveless darker or casual, sim silhouette in blue, pricey in floral)
Belt: Anthropologie floretta (now on sale - sim on sale, lighter, in grey)
Bracelets: J.Crew & INPINK barnacle (now for less than $10 including shipping!)
Ring: INPINK cross my heart (for $8, sim on sale)
Sunglasses: Sole Society (sim for less than $20, pricey)
Shoes: Sole Society angelin (or here on sale, sim multi-colored on sale, strappier for $25)
Bag: Zara (worn before - sim, studded for less than $25)

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19 August 2015

Can't Give Up the Polka Dots

polka dots + fatigues

This top is my closet version of a sibling - ultimately I love it and could never give it up (um, multi-colored polka dots? Yes, please), but I wish it would work with me a little more (like if it was tad bit longer, a leetle wider at the hip, if linen wasn't so darn wrinkly...). The print kind of outweighs everything else for me though, guess I'll continue to keep in my closet family.

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Top: Boden millie (worn before - sim in brown, sleeveless, if this top became a dress)
Pants: Loft (worn before - sim also by Loft, sim on sale)
Earrings: Kendra Scott danielle via Rocksbox (use code LISABFF56 for your first month's sub free)
Bracelets: J.Crew golden stripe (worn before - sim) & factory chainlink now on super-sale
Shoes: Zara (worn before - sim flats on sale, with kitten heel)
Bag: Coach peyton cora (worn before - sim, sim)

polka dots + fatigues

polka dots + fatigues

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And FYI ladies, Shopbop is having a rare promo - take 20% off their selection of classic handbags, in addition to their everyday free expedited shipping and free returns. Promo ends late tonight - use code INTHEBAG. There are a lot of goodies - Rebecca Minkoff (including the mini MAB tote and quilted love), Michael Kors (like the selmas and jet set tote), Madewell (the transport tote!), Marc by Marc Jacobs, some Clare V., See by Chloe ...
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