While I’ve never attended prep school, as a New Englander I’m no stranger to the occasional popped collar or monogrammed accessory. Preppy style just goes so naturally with this coastal area, like dropping “r”from the end of words and complaining about the weather. Windswept beaches and Hunter boots? Madras plaid and Cape Cod? Nude flats and…everything? All the yes.
But it’s too easy to go overboard and start looking like a Stepford wife in head-to-toe classics. So I started with ten essential preppy pieces and found updated versions with a twist or maybe a teeny bit of edge. Traditional can be a good thing, but shaking things up is refreshing – let’s give it the old college try, shall we?
Even the sale section is included in J.Crew’s 40% off Black Friday sale! (Sale section discount is 50% on some pieces). Yes, they’ve got the elevated basics (that I love to stock up on) covered but this year there are so. many. bold. surprises. I’m in love with their luxe bright wool coats, amazing shoes & statement jewelry.
Hi ladies! So I got a little excited about back to school shopping this year…for myself. Shopping for my kindergarten girl can be tricky since we have very different um, aesthetics? Her love of rainbow and animal print rivals mine for black and stripes. Living with her creative fashion choices must be rubbing off on me though, especially in the shoe department. While I’m not going to be pairing tutus and rain boots anytime soon these leopard high tops and silver booties are going to be on replay all fall. Want to see how I’m mixing interesting shoes with classic cooler weather pieces?
You guys might remember Jess (aka Jessbobess) who has contributed some seriously cool art to TME. I featured her back in August, and long time readers may remember this epic post. But one thing you may not have realized is that Jess is funny – with a good eye and a keen wit. So this month, instead of my usual blathering on, I thought I’d let Jess do the talking. -S
Hey guys! Jess here, I’m not going to lie- I’ve been nervous about this post for The Mom Edit, following in the steps of Shana and her team of style experts is a bit daunting to say the least, but here goes nothing….
I’m a 31 year old aspiring artist and designer, certified elementary art teacher, crafter/DIYer, book nerd, sometimes barista, and lover of fashion since the day I was old enough to dress myself. My style icons include:
1) My tiny Texan grandma with a larger than life personality and walk-in closet filled with clothing items one can only expect from a fashion forward 60 year old Texas grandma: bold, colorful sequined, dresses, gaudy, faux gemstone jewelry and mounds of high heels…
my grandma, with my equally stylish brother and me (yes it’s a perm, and no I don’t want to talk about that phase of my life)
Despite the decidedly glam bent holiday trends are taking, I’m still a big (HUGE) fan of denim. And with all of the glitzy accoutrements available for the chic party-goer, denim is the perfect foil for those of us who like their style with a heavy dose of insouciance. (C’est moi.)
So I’ve been messing around, trying to figure out a fresh (and perhaps even exciting? Can we hope?) way to wear denim this holiday season.
I mean seriously: what could be easier? If you break it down, the formula is simply Cozy Sweater + Comfy Jeans + Statement Shoes + Chandelier Earrings
It’s the perfect combination of cozy and glam. (And I’m especially loving the chandelier earrings – they feel so unexpected and fresh, right?)
So given that inspiration, here’s the two different ways I’m interpreting this trend (hint: I’m warming it up – I have an idea for snow-covered streets, as well as some recommendations for big earrings that will still be safe from grabby little hands).
Glitter Pumps + Destroyed Denim + Lots of Cuff
This is my fav. The simple sweater is a perfect backdrop for stunning earrings, and the button-down shirt adds a polished element to the outfit and offsets the crazy distressing. (I love big cuffs peeking out from under a sweater – it almost feels like bracelets.)
Hey Gang! My sister Scotti is going to start contributing to The Mom Edit, and I couldn’t be more thrilled. She just had her first kiddo this past July (baby Greenlea if you follow me on Instagram), and I think you’re going to love her perspective.
When I was pregnant with my daughter, leggings became my best friend. Not only were they comfortable, but they expanded along with my butt, thighs and belly as the weeks went by. Regular leggings get old, though, so on a whim, I bought a pair of maternity leather leggings from H&M that I LOVED. They instantly made me feel more put-together and fashion-forward than the old leggings I was wearing on a (almost) daily basis. After having Greenlea, I found myself reaching for leggings again in my postpartum days and knew that I needed to purchase a pair of non-maternity leather leggings stat.
Faux leather leggings are as comfortable and as versatile as regular leggings, but add an extra bit of attitude and style to the same outfits. I love dressing mine up for date night by adding a blazer, fancy shoes and some stylish accessories or dressing them down for lounging or running errands by pairing them with comfy booties, fabulously soft t-shirts and cozy sweaters. They’ve been a saving grace with my postpartum body, hiding my pooch and replacing my pre-pregnancy jeans (um, made the mistake of trying them on too soon!) until I can fit in them again!
Gorg, right? The bra peeking out is a nursing bra; the dress is a maternity dress. It all works. And check out the back:
The power of a pretty bra. Let it show, let it show, let it show.
This is such a great example of effortless post-partum style. (I know Scott is snorting at my use of the word “effortless”. This was her first real outing after the baby and took her…well…the typical new-mom minimum of 2-3 hours to actually leave the house. But it all looks effortless, right?)
Mamas, do you remember Raines' very first nanny, Em? The one he'd refer to as "my Em" and who will forever be part of our family? She's been featured on ANMJ here for belting a cardigan in a really cool way and here because I was totally amazed by her ability to nanny all day in a skirt.
And? She wears necklaces. Multiple necklaces. Around the kids. So when a reader emailed asking about how to layer necklaces, I knew Em was the one for the job. (And it doesn't hurt that she recently started selling Stella & Dot…although, if I know Em, I'm guessing it's more to fuel her own fashion passion.)
Anyway, here are Em's thoughts on necklace layering (and a crazy-fab giveaway just because she's awesome).
I have always had an aversion to spending money on accessories. For the longest time, I thought my hard earned dollars should go toward pieces that would give me the most bang for my buck. For me, that meant dresses (a whole outfit in one!) and tops (who looks below the waist?).
Since then, I've found that a few new accessories will help any tired wardrobe. Necklaces are especially versatile, can be thrown on while running out the door, and hardly ever go out of style. [Note from S: This is a good point, Em – how long have statement necklaces been considered trendy? Uhhh…YEARS, now?]
To take out some of the guess work of layering pieces together, here are a few looks I’m loving, most of which have been tested for wearability (that’s a word, right?) around a toddler or two. Apologies in advance for the overload of mirror shots…my 22 month old assistant will only turn the camera on herself.
Two necklaces of Similar Length
This is my go-to look. I feel pulled together, yet still on trend. When wearing two similar necklaces (in this case they are both thin chains) it helps to vary the shape a little. The pendant on the shorter necklace, along with the slightly different length, helps to keep the two from tangling.
LOVE LOVE LOVE your blog – you have helped me a TON! Now, I have a big favor to ask. I'm headed to a wedding in Duluth, in April….which means there could be a blizzard or it could be balmy. I'm going to be chasing a three year old and carrying around (and nursing) a ginormous 9 month old. Thanks to your suggestions on other nursing/maternity items, I picked up this Isabella Oliver nursing dress in French Navy. It does a good job (with Spanx) of holding in my about 4 months pregnant looking pooch….I feel comfortable in it, but I need shoe and accessory suggestions.
Did I mention I am standing in this wedding, and there are NO suggestions in terms of color, etc.? The bride likes my dress…..where do I go from here!? All I have figured out is dangly earrings are out, cause I have a grabber, and maybe wedges would be better for toddler wrangling…Thank you thank you!
I've even attached a photo of myself in said dress, so you can see what we are working with 😉
Holly, you look seriously fabulous. 4 Months Post-partum? WOW.
So you need a few options to work with crazy Duluth weather, while toddler wrangling and standing up for the bride? Gotcha.
The most important one, I think, is the standing up for the bride part. While there may be no suggestions from the bride in terms of color, I think we should be careful. While your dress may look great with, say, a hot red pump for date night, I think that's the wrong choice for wedding photos – you don't want your bright pumps competing with the bride in pics. Know what I mean?
Holly, I came up with a couple of possible looks for you. They include some subtle accessories, and a way to stay warm(ish) if you find yourself in the middle of a blizzard (which seems likely….Marquette, MI just had a snowday last week). Warning: I said warm-ish, not warm. But you'll look amazing, and won't totally freeze. Which is the best you can hope for as a bridesmaid, I think. 🙂
Gang! I love getting emails from readers who successfully used one of our styling techniques. And Lisa was kind enough to include a pic!
Lisa had emailed me a few weeks ago, asking if I thought the Gap shift dress (originally mentioned here) was fancy enough for a work party. We both thought that with a bit of glitz and fabulous shoes…it would be.
I wore it [the gap shift] to a casual Christmas party last night and here's how it looked. I was happy with it and it was super comfortable! Most of the women at the party were in jeans and black or sparkly tops so I'd like to think I was one of the best dressed. :)
Lisa, you look gorgeous. Thank you so much for taking the time to send in a pic!! (And love the intense look on your little one's face!)