Fall! Fall has arrived with a gray, drizzly bang here in the Pacific Northwest. It literally arrived the day I tried most of these pieces on. And, although it was a really abrupt entrance, it’s gotten me super excited for cool weather, pumpkin everything and, of course…jackets.
I’m not the only one – several readers have been asking us to do a roundup of soft blazers. Many of you are looking for something like the one S wore in Europe (see her pics here), but with a lower price tag. Knit jackets are mom gold: comfy yet structured. I started searching only for knit blazers, but expanded my search to include of-the-moment bomber jackets as well. Come along and see both the wins and the bombs…(pun intended).
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?
Whites are trending big this season and neutrals have come so far from plain old tan. Soft, pastel hues like blush, dusty blue and mint have made their debut and become the new essentials to a well-rounded wardrobe. Neutrals have definitely garnered a bad rap over the years – deemed dull and boring, or overlooked in favor of more colorful trends. But when combined, neutrals can create an effortlessly chic and timeless look that’s surprisingly simple to pull off.
So if you’re looking for a refreshing spring style alternative….
….you consider yourself a rebel, someone who prefers to live life on the edge, push limits, break rules and wear white any.day.of.the.year you please…
Early spring is both exciting and disappointing, right? Flowers are blooming and the sun may be shining a bit, but many mornings are still quite chilly and you remember summer is still not all that close. #thanksPhil
The good thing is that it’s the perfect time to try out new layer combinations in your outfits…to combat those chilly mornings but to be prepared for the warmer afternoons. I’ve always been a fan of layering…you know it was polo shirts and socks in the ’80’s, plaid flannel in the 90’s, tanks over fitted tees in the 2000’s, and now button downs under sweatshirts, of course. Layering is the best trick to make outfits more interesting. I’ve gathered up a few of my favorite layered looks from Pinterest and am breaking them down so we can figure out how to emulate them together.
White jeans and trench coats are a classic combination. Love how she modernized this pairing with a sweatshirt and denim shirt. For spring, keep colors soft, as she did here. The shirt looks cool tied, but if you actually needed the extra layer, it would look just as good worn under the sweatshirt, tails peeking out.
Keep the look cohesive with neutral sandals, bag and sunglasses. Extra points for major earrings.
Hey hey… #myeverdayedit post is here in hopes to pull you out of a gray, mid-winter slump. That is what I’m trying to do over here anyway (see the workout outfit below…sheesh…I’m a goofball, for sure).
I love love looking at everyone’s #myeverydayedit pics on Instagram. It’s so fun to see what you’re wearing, especially in the gray days of winter. As for me, I’m still mostly wearing overalls. Big surprise, I know. Those of you who follow me at @elletrain are all too familiar with my overalls, but I did manage to include some other looks in the last week or so.
The 90’s Called
Blazers and boyfriend jeans and mules have been calling me lately …these mules I’m wearing: LOVE. And something besides the Kork Ease wedges that are on constant repeat! (More on those mules later with some outfit combination ideas.) This was for a casual date night with friends to celebrate my birthday. (38 and feeling great! And tired. But mostly great!)
A new contributor? Nope, it’s me, Amanda! (yay…?) Some of you have been asking for work wear ideas, so I braved the camera and tried on a bunch of new arrivals at Loft. Postpartum mamas headed back to work, this one’s for you, too! Most of the tops and jackets I’m wearing conceal mum tums with a flowy plus structured formula. Overall there were some really great pieces and a few misses – I’ll give you details on fit, cut, quality and my absolute favorite piece that makes you look taller and slimmer and instantly put together. Bonus – most of these are on sale for 40% off right now!
Note: It might not look like it, but I swear I was having fun! It was really ridiculously hard for me to figure out where to position the phone to capture the neckline area so I was concentrating on the shot, not mah face – if you can’t tell, I’m a virgin dressing room selfie snapper. Also, wee case of resting b face (b for business?)
Also – this post isn’t sponsored, it’s just me and my opinions of Loft’s work wear.
A blazer…with sneakers. It’s definitely a different kind of combo, but I’ve been wanting to try it out for myself since it started popping up all over the internetz (a whiiiile back. I am a bit late with the trends sometimes. Sorry. I’m a mom). There’s something about the two together that’s so polished and feminine, yet so…tomboy-ish and cool. All at the same time. Um, hello. Basically, my favorite kind of outfit.
Also, if Sincerely Jules wore it, chances are I’ll be up for wearing it…or at least giving it a go (she’s my girl crush…second to T. Swift, of course). I mean, the girl knows how to put things together that you would never think to put together. I LOVE IT.
I wasn’t about to go running out to find a linen blazer and cheetah print Nikes like Jule’s. Nope. I used what I have, which is a blazer (that’s a bit on the dressy side) and my pair of New Balance sneaks that I ran in all last Summer. When it comes to trends that come and go, I believe in working with what you’ve got.
My only concern with this whole outfit was that the blazer might be too much, because…a) I’m a mom – I don’t want to feel constricted as I am wrangling my babes b) blazers usually dress-up an outfit…and that’s not what I’m going for. I want easy, breezy. c) will I actually look cool or like someone that kind of gave up halfway through getting dressed?
These are real, important things to be concerned about, gals.
Does it Work?
There’s only one way to find out and that’s to test it out, so I did. I wore the combo out one morning while Mads was at school. Baby boy and I ran some errands around town…
Yeah. So I’m still in these jeans. And I’ve been meaning to talk about this jacket FOREVER. And yes – the sexy sweater + bustier combo, too. But I’m getting ahead of myself. Suffice to say that I gots some things to say regarding holiday style.
Holiday? I KNOW. Feel free to throw things, I do realize we haven’t hit Halloween yet. IN MY DEFENSE…..I missed out on ALL holiday fun last year, *cough*chemo*cough* so I’m beyond excited for holiday festivities this year. Like really, seriously, over-the-moon, excited in almost a manic, crazy-person kind of way. I will be bringing Jolly this year, with a capital “J”. BRINGING. THE. JOLLY.
And thank you guys – so much – for your kind words, welcoming my sister. I’m so thrilled to have Scotti here, and because of her, was able to take some (much needed) time off in New York last week. (And Instagrammers, your NYC suggestions were SPOT ON. Seriously, wow.)
Now back to sexy sweaters. Unlike my “sexy turtlenecks” which I keep (unsuccessfully) trying to make a thing [insert eyeroll from my husband], the sexy sweater is, actually, sexy.
When I was little, I remember giving my mom a hard time about dresses. While my sister was ever-so-carefully cutting out images from Bride magazine, I was a jeans-only kind of kid. Jeans only with my blue sneakers and my skinned knees and my freckles and my too big teeth.
I’m still that way. Not so much with the skinned knees anymore (I’m a terrible ‘fraidy cat on the skateboard) but the freckles and the denim and the sneakers and – yes – the really big teeth. That’s me, I guess.
I know layering is big thing in fashion-blogger land, but sometimes I just want to be all Pants. Shirt. Done. You know?
“I have eighteen layers of clothes on. I’m wearing a shirt and a tie and a sweater and a suede jacket that just seals in all the heat. Seals in all the juices. I’m just…it’s all sweat under here. This is just sweat from here down.” -Steve Carell in Crazy Stupid Love
We’ve talked before about interesting basics, and a pair of patterned heels is one of my go-to methods to make…well…any outfit better. Especially if you are firmly planted in the shirt-pants-done camp.
tee: old James Perse (here’s the new James Perse tee…I bought mine in both size 1 and 3 – I’m wearing the 3 in this pic.)
Patterned heels are often my answer for boring work outfits, too. And when those patterned heels also happen to be of that magic height where they’re walkable, yet sexy? And affordable, to boot? Well. The Shopping Enabler rests her case.
A graphic tee + skinny suit is a combo I will love forever…but I’m especially digging the contrast of the tomboyish outfit with the ladylike heels. This is right up my alley.
Someone asked about my tattoo. It is new. My sister has the exact same one. It’s in my mother’s handwriting, and reads, “I love you lots” in shorthand. It’s what my mom wrote on our lunchbags (brown paper ones, thankyouverymuch) until we graduated, and on my Dad’s lunchbag until he retired. I’ve been thinking about a tattoo for years (decades??), and I couldn’t be happier with the result. (Of course, the fact that Dan at Sacred Tattoo Studio in Marquette is some kind of miracle no-pain tattoo artist helped a whole bunch.)
Sole Society has some ah-mazing patterned shoes at the moment. Including (SWOON) plaid. Here are my favorites:
Lastly, here are a few seriously cool bags for the office, as well as some fun baubles for date night. (And a scarf. Just because I love it and it happens to be on sale for $12.)
You with me on the patterned heels/flats/shoes in general?
A HUGE thank you to Sole Society for sponsoring this post. As always, all thoughts, opinions and product choices are my own. (And I was seriously excited about this one…I know several of you have been asking for more workwear articles. And more to come!)
ps. It looks like Sole Society just kicked off their labor day sale…yessssss…..