This top was a bit of a surprise for me. When I first saw it on S, I thought…oh, cute! But hmmm. I was skeptical. It is a well-known fact that if something looks good on her and fits well, I can almost be 100% sure that it will not work on me…or at least, that it will look completely different (no idea why. it’s like we’ve got a foot height difference or something…). Also, could I make this kind of top work for day and night?
Well, so I got the top. I’m always game to at least try something on…and it looked like a pretty unique and feminine update to the basic utility button-up. I held my breath, hoping not to see my entire midriff hanging out once I had it on and…okay! No belly button to be seen…and I liked it. A LOT. I had found a solid top for Fall. Yesss-ah.
Of course, I was excited to share this gem with all of you and show how I’ve been wearing it – day-to-day and even on those random nights out.
Day-to-Night Top: Daytime
top: J. Crew’s Boy-meets-Girl Utility Top (also available at Nordstrom here) AND IT’S ON SALE + J. Crew is offering 30% off your purchase w/ code GOSHOP – it’s a more structured, boxy style and is on the slightly shorter end, so you’ll want to keep that in mind. I found that I can wear this with any of my higher-waisted bottoms. It’s not a crop top, but definitely shorter than you’re average top.
jeans: STS blue hi waist Skinny Jeans, no longer available – J. Crew’s 9″ high-rise toothpick jean is similar and really cute. Also, they’re 30% off right now w/ code GOSHOP, so….
shoes: Louise et Cie Lace-Up Metallic Oxford – by far my favorite shoe of the year. OBSESSED. Fits TTS. I think you’ll be surprised with how much you love this funky shoe.
bag: Vera Bradley Backpack, no longer available – I’ve been noticing this Heshe Women’s Vintage Leather Backpack on Amazon (hello, 2 day shipping) and I really can appreciate the chic simplicity of it. It comes in a few different colors, too.
Day-to-Night Top: Night Out
top: J. Crew’s Boy-meets-Girl Utility Top (also available at Nordstrom here) – it’s a more structured, boxy style and is on the slightly shorter end, so you’ll want to keep that in mind. I found that I can wear this very successfully with any of my higher waisted bottoms. It’s not a crop top, but definitely shorter than you’re average top. *currently on sale AND 30% off w/ code GOSHOP.
jeans: FP Studded Black Jeans, no longer available – I am really intrigued by their Raegan Button Front Jean. They look short, but that model also looks tall…the reviews are good. At least, once you have found the right size. The majority says to size up one or two sizes. I like the price, though and they seem like they’d be comfortable.
shoes: Target Ankle Strap Heel, no longer available – the BP. Ankle Strap Block Heel is so similar…like it a lot.
bag: Topshop Remy Crossbody, mustard – great little bag for Fall & Winter. It’s a fun color pop in an outfit.
Gosh, yeh. I love this top. Now, if you’re personally put-off by the boxy look of it, don’t knock it ’til you try it. Just sayin’.
You, too, could be surprised.
ps. don’t forget! 30% off at J. Crew right now with code GOSHOP
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Photos by Ariana Clare.