Has a brand ever caught your eye that is totally not your usual style? That was me with CeCe at Nordstrom. I first noticed the brand during the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale and was immediately captivated by their attention to detail — the feminine touches that elevate a basic blouse to something special. A pearl here, peter pan collar there. I was in the early throws of new brand love.
“But what if they don’t like me back?” Always a fear. Despite knowing on an intellectual level that every body is different and mass-produced clothing isn’t designed to fit every body perfectly, it can be intimidating trying a new brand. I’ve actually worked on reframing my approach to trying on clothing. If something doesn’t fit, it doesn’t honor my body, not the other way around. My body is not the problem. Phew! Trying to shed decades of subliminal messaging of societal standards of beauty is work, y’all.
Let’s jump in to some of my favorites by CeCe…
What’s important to know about me is while I have an — erm — colorful personality, that is rarely reflected in my clothing. Give me a chunky knit, neutral-color sweater and black leggings. In fact, the closer I can look to dressing like a duvet cover, the better. I’ve been trying to give into things that scare me and whether it was that or the overconsumption of Real Housewives of Dallas episodes, I ended up buying this CeCe Puff Sleeve Crepe Top in hot pink. (Seriously, I blame Kameron Westcott.)
Apparently, give me a hot pink top and suddenly I’m sassing about my driveway in Vince Camuto booties (similar), a LOFT leopard midi skirt (currently on sale but sizes are going fast!) with pink lipstick to match, and absolutely feeling myself. I adore the neckline, and the shoulders give dimension without accentuating my already broad swimmer’s shoulders. Less linebacker, more pretty in pink.
I also paired my CeCe Crepe Top with my new obsession — my ’80s high-waisted mom jeans from Abercrombie (a phrase I never thought I’d utter unironically) — and my trusty Tory Burch flats for a casual, yet colorful look.
Continuing on the short-sleeved trend, I tried on this CeCe Pleat Sleeve Collared Crepe Blouse with my go-to MOTHER The Weekender Frayed Flare Jeans (more sizes in a different wash, here). The shirt was surprisingly lightweight, and the details are fun and feminine, although I did get a kick out of the description which included the phrase “delightful primness,” a description that has never been applied to yours truly. I was impressed by the cut of the shirt that didn’t leave me looking boxy or feeling too constricted (again, always an issue when you spent your formative years swimming butterfly).
Next up was this scandalous winter white sweater. What makes a sweater scandalous? I have an 8-month-old, so it’s downright mad to wear white, but I couldn’t say no to this Rhinestone Collar Bow Neck Cotton Blend Sweater. Rhinestones! Bows! My inner tween couldn’t resist this any more than a 2-for-1 sale at Claire’s Boutique. The sweater is lightweight, which is perfect for this transplant Texan, but thick enough so you can’t see your undergarments through it (a continual fear of mine).
Now, ya girl is something special…I tied the ribbon around the back of my neck, not in the front, under the collar as intended. (insert face palm emoji). Oddly enough it worked! Now I’ll have to try it the right way…
Last, but certainly not least, this CeCe Ruffle Detail Cotton Blend Sweater (currently unavailable in black, but here it is in grey). I was nervous this would look a little silly — the faux layered look — but I was blown away but how lovely it looked on. (Look at me using words like “lovely.” CeCe is going to turn me into a lady!). The swirled with a micro pleated collar and cuffs are so unique the pearly buttons give a little “something, something.” I added a pearl barrette to complement the buttons. It’s very “I’m about to attend a charity luncheon hosted by the Junior League, and I am going to be a little sassy.” 😉
2021 is the year of “yes.” It sounds cliché, but I think of all the times I have heard “no” before I have asked the question, assuming something wouldn’t work before even trying it. Sometimes it’s good to mix it up, take a break from your go-to brands, put on a bright top, wear heels just because, match your lipstick to your roses and do your thang.
Sweater (Large – TTS)
More CeCe Pieces on my Wish List