Spring Try-On Haul: Shorts Edition

I have a new try-on haul today, and it’s mostly shorts. After my Dos and Don’ts for Wearing Shorts was so popular last week, I realized you all are ready to ditch spring and move on to summer.

I’m right there with you. This spring has been pretty brutal, weather-wise and otherwise. I’m ready for summer — summer heat, summer fashion, and hopefully a summer reprieve from this ridiculous virus.

What better way to welcome summer than with a few new pairs of shorts! I also found a fun skort and a great pair of crop jeans, and I’m revisiting the Vuori joggers.

SIZING NOTES: I’m 5’5″ and 135 pounds-ish, with a slight hourglass shape. I wear a 28 in jeans, a 6 in pants and shorts, a small in tops, a 6 in dresses/jumpsuits, and a size 8 shoe.


Let’s start with shorts. When shopping for shorts, I look at several things:

  • length (anywhere from 3 to 5 inches is my sweet spot)
  • mid-rise (around 10 inches is most comfortable)
  • rear pocket placement (the pockets should be centered on both cheeks, and not too big or too small)
  • leg opening (not too wide — this is always my biggest challenge, as I have wide hips and comparatively slim legs)
  • they shouldn’t ride up in the back or sag in the inseam area

Does this unicorn exist? It does, but it’s not always easy to find. Let’s get started!

AG Hailey Denim Shorts in White (size 28)

These white denim shorts are made in the USA of a cotton/polyurethane blend. They have a 10″ rise and a 3.5″ inseam, with stitched-down frayed cuffs. They’re also currently 30% off at Bloomingdale’s.

I actually have these shorts in a size 29 from several years ago, and I wear them a ton in the summertime, but they have quite a bit of distressing, and they’re also big on me now. I liked the cleaner look of these, and I ordered the size 28 for a better fit.

The rear view checks out — the pockets are a nice medium size, centered perfectly vertically and horizontally, and the white denim is thick and soft and not see-through.

I like this length a lot. It’s long enough to cover the widest area of my hips, but short enough to keep my legs looking long and lean.

The 10″ rise is very comfortable, and the size 28 seems to fit well in all areas. I do wish the leg opening weren’t quite so wide, but it’s not a deal breaker.

VERDICT: Keeping! I know they’re spendy for shorts, but the cost per wear will work itself out over time. I’ll wear these several times a week all summer long.

By the way, my gold Millers are on sale for $118! I find them true to size, but some ladies size up half.

also wearing: Tomboy V-Neck Tank Top (size S) with Tory Burch Miller Sandals

WHBM 5-Inch Denim Shorts in white (size 6)

These shorts are made of a cotton/polyester/LYCRA spandex blend, and they have a 5″ inseam with sewn cuffs. They’re currently on sale for $49.

These shorts are softer and thinner than the AG pair, and they have quite a bit of stretch to them. While they have the traditional 5 pocket styling and grommets of a jean short, they definitely have a more refined look about them.

The rear view is pretty good — the pockets are centered, and while they’re a little long, that kind of works with the longer length of the shorts.

I like this longer length okay. 5″ is about as long as I can go without feeling frumpy, but sometimes I’m with a more conservative crowd and I like to have a longer option.

The leg opening is also pretty good for longer shorts, but it could be a little narrower. These are the size 6, and knowing that White House Black Market runs big, I also ordered the yellow pair in the size 4 to compare.

VERDICT: Undecided. I fear they will stretch out as I wear them, and I’ll wish I had the size 4. I might take advantage of the sale price today and re-order in a size 4. That said, maybe going with the bigger size is safer in white shorts, as they tend to show through more than darker colors.

also wearing: LOFT Henley Linen Tee (size S; on sale for $10!!!) with Tory Burch Miller Sandals

WHBM 5-Inch Denim Shorts in Solair (size 4)

These shorts are made of a cotton/polyester/LYCRA spandex blend, and they have a 5″ inseam with sewn cuffs. They’re currently on sale for $49.

This is the same pair of shorts as the white ones above, but in yellow. I LOVE this yellow color — so pretty.

I like how these fit narrower in the leg, and they do have a fair amount of stretch, so they’re comfortable even though the fit is snug.

The rear view looks good — they aren’t riding up or stretching across the widest part of my tush.

They do pull some across the front of the hips, but that may stretch out some with wear. In my experience, WHBM shorts and pants tend to grow a bit as you wear them. My instincts tell me these are the right size.

The WHBM website does not provide a rise measurement, but I’m guessing it’s around 10″. It’s very comfortable, and it looks about right as well.

VERDICT: Keeping. All of my shorts are white or blue denim, so these will be nice for a change.

also wearing: Banana Republic Slub Cotton-Modal Scoop-Neck T-Shirt (size M) with Nine West Gianna Sandals (similar)

WHBM 5-Inch Smooth Stretch Shorts in Antique Glass (size 6)

These polished shorts in a stretch cotton/poly/spandex blend have a 5″ inseam with front slash and back welt pockets. They’re currently on sale for $49.

I wanted to try a dressier style, and these are very nice looking. The inseam is a good length and they have a lot of stretch, so they’re very comfortable to sit and move around in.

The back welt pockets aren’t my favorite, although I appreciate the more tailored styling for dressier shorts. I just always feel like a patch pocket is more flattering on my rather flat derriere.

I like how they hang nice and straight. All in all, a nice looking pair of shorts for a dressier style, although I’d like them better styled with a pretty blouse and maybe a low wedge sandal.

VERDICT: Returning; I just don’t see myself wearing them much.

also wearing: Rag & Bone Vee Tee (size M; 25% off) with Nine West Gianna Sandals (similar)

Talbots Relaxed Chino Shorts in Gingham (size 4)

These gingham stretch cotton shorts are 97% cotton, 3% spandex with front slash and back welt pockets. They have a 7″ inseam and a comfortable mid-rise, and they’re currently 40% off.

These shorts are longer than I typically wear, but I wanted to share an option for those who like longer lengths. They have a nice, refined look about them, and they’re lightweight and stretchy and very comfortable.

The rear view actually isn’t bad, especially considering the welt pockets. Again, anticipating that Talbots runs big, I ordered the size 4, and I do think it’s the right size.

Depending on how I stand, the leg opening isn’t terribly wide, but I would like them better if they were 3 inches shorter with a narrower leg opening. Overall, though, a nice choice for ladies who like longer lengths.

VERDICT: Returning; they’re not really my style.

also wearing: Everlane The Pima Micro Rib Cap-Sleeve Tee (size M) with Eileen Fisher Lee Espadrille Flats (size up half)

WHBM Utility Shorts in Taupe Terrain

These taupe utility shorts have angled zip front pockets, back patch pockets with contrast twill trim, and sewn cuffs. They’re made of a cotton/rayon/spandex blend, and they have a 4 1/2” inseam. They’re also on sale for $49.

I ordered both the 4 and the 6 to try, and I think I like the fit of the 4 better. They have a fair amount of stretch to them, and I feel like the leg opening is more flattering in the 4. This is the size 6…

I love the styling on these — the pockets and the gold hardware. The color is really nice too. Khaki tends to be too warm for my liking, but this taupe color works well with the cool tones in my wadrobe.

The rear view on the size 6 isn’t the best — I don’t care for how they flare at the bottom, and they don’t do much for the shape of my tush.

I did think these were the right size, though, until I tried the 4. These are the size 4… This front-on view is still a little wide in the leg opening, but it’s better than the 6.

And the rear view looks a little better too.

I do wish the rise were an inch higher — you can see my “muffin top” because this shirt has body-con fit. If they came up a bit higher in the waist, it would look smoother.

VERDICT: Keeping the 4. While they’re snug in the waist, they have a lot of stretch, and I think they’ll give a bit over time. I love the color and the styling — they’re a nice alternative to the jean shorts I typically wear, but still have that casual vibe that I love.

also wearing: Everlane The Pima Micro Rib Cap-Sleeve Tee (size M) with Sam Edelman Bay Slides

DL1961 Cecilia Frayed Denim Shorts in Newton size 29

These frayed hem jean shorts have a medium blue wash with some fading and subtle whiskering. They’re 98% cotton, 2% spandex with a 10.5″ rise and a 3.25″ inseam. They were on sale when I ordered them, but right now they’re back to full price.

I really like this wash for casual looks, and the 3.25″ inseam is a nice length. I have some from years past that are 2″ and 2.5″, and I’m getting too old for that. These are still short, but they cover the widest part of my thighs.

The rear view is good, but they are snug, and I’m not sure how much they’ll stretch out. They’re snug in the waist as well.

I sized up to a 29 in these, recalling that DL1961 jeans run small, and they’re still a little right all over. In my experience, this brand doesn’t stretch much, so I’m not sure I’ll keep these. I’m afraid I’ll end up tugging at them the whole time I’m wearing them.

VERDICT: Probably returning. I have others I like better that cost a lot less.

also wearing: AllSaints Emelyn Tonic Tee (size S) with Birkenstock Madrid Big Buckle (size 39)

Try-Ons: Crop Jeans, Joggers & a Skort

KUT from the Kloth Lauren Crop Straight Leg with Wide Hem in Vibes Wash (size 4)

These straight crop jeans with hand sanding and whisker detailing are made of 80% cotton, 19% polyester, 1% spandex. They have a 9″ rise and a 24″ inseam in the size 4. (I measured mine because the stats on the website were self-contradictory.)

If you’ve followed along for a while, I had these last year in the size 8. They were big on me, even then, and I’ve lost 5-7 pounds since, so I ordered these in the 4. The fit is perfect, so they definitely run big.

I like the subtle texture to the denim — it’s really nice for summer and they’re fairly lightweight so you can wear them on all but the hottest days.

The rear view is pretty good — the pockets are maybe a half inch higher than ideal, but they will stretch out with wear and probably end up being about perfect.

I really like this inseam for summer — it’s almost a capri, but not quite. They still end below the widest part of my calf.

FIT TIP: You never want your pants to end at the widest part of your calf.

I also really like the wide hem. Overall, these are a great pair of crop  jeans for summer, and they’re on sale for $71.

VERDICT: Keeping!

also wearing: LOFT Henley Linen Tee (size S; on sale for $10!!!) with Sam Edelman Bay Slides (TTS)

Talbots Geo Print Woven Skort size S

This geo print skort has a skirt made of a polyester/spandex blend and undershorts that are cotton/spandex. It has on-side seam zipper pockets, and the inseam measurements are as follows — Misses: 17″; Petite: 16 1/2″; Plus: 19″; Plus Petite: 18″.

I had some requests for skorts when I shared my alternatives to shorts, so I found this one, and it’s really cute and sporty.

I like the side slits, the geo print, and the lightweight fabric. It’s very comfortable too!

It looks good from the back, and it’s a nice length. Sometimes skorts are really short, and while I don’t mind short shorts, I’m not a fan of the mini skirt, which is how a skort often looks.

It runs TTS; the small is a good fit for me. While it’s a little wide in the skirt, I don’t think I could take it any smaller in the waist, and I believe it’s supposed to have a subtle A-line shape.

VERDICT: Keeping! This is a fun alternative to shorts when I want a sporty look.

also wearing: Everlane The Cotton V-Neck (size S) and Veja Esplar Sneakers

Vuori Performance Joggers

Finally, I tried these joggers a while back in the medium, but I thought I needed a small, so I returned them. I keep seeing them and thinking about them, so when they were on sale a few weeks ago, I ordered the small and medium to compare.

Well, it’s a good thing I ordered both b/c I ended up needing the medium after all. The small are really snug, and the front pockets gape a bit.

Here’s the size small…

And the medium…

I don’t know how much you can tell in pictures, but in real life, the difference was pretty evident. They’re definitely supposed to have the baggier fit.

I love the fabric on these; it’s a polyester/elastane blend, so they’re really soft but still have a sort of shiny finish. There’s plenty of stretch, but nothing that will bag out, and they’re a nice lightweight fabric as we head into summer.

The contrasting striped tie waist is a fun detail, and they are an exact match for my Vuori hoodie that I wear a lot (size S), so I’ll definitely wear them together on cooler days.

VERDICT: Keeping the medium. LOVE these.

also wearing: Everlane The Cotton V-Neck (size S) and Adidas Running Edge Lux 3 (size 8.5)

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Victoria Emerson Spring Sale

Greetings and salutations on this fine Thursday! I’m excited to share a new Victoria Emerson sale that just launched today. You can save 40% on your order with code SPRING40 through Sunday, May 17th!

The newest addition to my collection is this Sorrento boho cuff, with a mixture of seed beads, curb chain, coins, crystal beads, and pavé crystal shamballa with a braided wax cord. It’s held together by a white gold plated magnetic clasp.

The mix of blue and rust is such a pretty and unexpected combination, and there are plenty of neutral tones to break up the bold colors.

I styled it with a casual look that’s perfect for spring, whether you’re starting to get out and about or still sheltering in place. I really like how the bracelet pops against the rosy beige wrap and medium wash blue jeans.

The rib stripe wrap is from LOFT, and I wore it over a simple white tank. The jeans and mules are wardrobe basics that are getting lots of airtime this spring.

Here’s another one of my Victoria Emerson favorites, which also complements this neutral outfit nicely.

The freshwater pearls on natural wrap is a classic that she keeps in her lineup each season. It’s delicate and feminine and goes with just about everything.

And this silver and cream crystals on ivory is another nice neutral option. Any of these can be mixed and matched and stacked to create even more bling.

I love how her bracelets add a little extra something to any outfit, casual or dressy.

This time of year, as sleeves are getting shorter, is the perfect time to add a few new bracelets to your wardrobe. It’s the easiest way to change up an outfit, and the nice thing about jewelry is, it fits no matter if you gain or lose a few pounds. #pandemicproblems

These bracelets also make nice gifts, so if you have a graduate or a birthday coming up, snag a few while they’re on sale. Each bracelet comes with a muslin bag for storage, and you can also add a gift box for $1.97.

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What I Wore Lately Vol. 12

Happy hump day, friends. It’s that time again! Every other week on Wednesdays, I share what I’ve been wearing, and today’s the day.

I’m still at home a lot, but I’ve had a few reasons to be out and about over the past couple of weeks, and I decided to dress up on Mother’s Day just because. So once again, it’s all pretty casual, but I have a mix of looks to share with you.

For size reference, I’m 5’5″ and 135 pounds, and I typically wear a small in tops, 28 in jeans, a 6 or 8 in dresses, and a size 8 shoe. I will give sizing notes, but if you have any questions, feel free to ask in the comments.


I wore this first look to see my doctor for a followup about my hip labral tear, and I stopped at the Starbucks drive-through on my way home.

These are hands-down, the softest, most comfortable sweatpants in the world. The material is like butter, and there is nowhere that they bind or ride up or bag or sag… absolute perfection!

I love how the P448 sneakers keep this basic outfit formula modern and fun. They’re also very comfortable, but spendy. This Steve Madden pair is a nice leather alternative, and this pair from Amazon is a similar style for less.

denim jacket // grey tee // sweatpants // similar sneakers (similar for less, and even less) // earrings // necklace

This next look was just a long day at home. This pranayama wrap is the cardigan counterpart to the Lou & Grey sweatpants… which I’m obviously wearing again. #noshame It’s the ultimate in softness, and it has such a nice drape.

pranayama wrap (sea salt) // stripe tank // sweatpants // Everlane sneakers (older style)

This was from the weekend before last when it warmed up a bit. I spent a lot of the day on the deck, trying to soak up some vitamin D.

Just pay no nevermind to that bruise on my leg… that’s the result of me tripping over the puppy’s crate one of the first nights we had him. #klutz

These Citizens jean shorts are a few years old. I just tried them on to see if they’d fit, and I was so happy to find that they are actually a bit roomy now! IF for the win! Unfortunately, they are suuuper low rise and very short, so I won’t wear them much. But it’s fun that they fit.

stripe tank (sold out) // similar cut-offs // similar sandals

Another nice day… I love this Everlane tee. So cute and flattering, and it feels nice on. It’s more of a stretchy, body-con fit, so I sized up to a medium.

I like the fit of these Gap shorts much better than the ones above; unfortunately they’re selling out and don’t seem to be restocking.

Also, these sandals are one of my favorites from this season, and they’re 30% off. They are VERY comfortable, and the studded detail is on trend right now.

black tee // jean shorts // sandals // earrings

And then it got cold again…

v-neck sweater // off-black jeans // similar black espadrilles

This was a chilly, rainy day, and I recall running out to pick up a script at CVS. This cardigan is cozy on chilly days, but the light colors keep it looking springy.

cardigan // tank // jeans // sneaks

I wore this to my PT consult last week. I wanted to be able to do any exercises or movements she needed me to do, so I put together a few of my favorite pieces of athlesiure/workout gear.

This Athleta tee is a TENCEL Modal blend, and it’s as soft and luxe as the pranayama wrap. I really like the cut of the neck and arms, and the hi-lo hem provides coverage without looking too voluminous. It comes in tons of colors, and it also comes in petite, tall, and plus sizes.

tee // jacket // joggers // sneaks

I fixed myself up to do some try-ons last Friday, and then I ended up wearing this old sweatshirt with my new Paige crops for the rest of the day.

I’m so frustrated because these were 25% off plus an extra 10% off at Bloomies yesterday, but they’re back up to full price today.

sweatshirt (black only) // jeans // similar sneaks

I guess I didn’t get a picture on Saturday; it was cold and rainy, and I just wore leggings and a sweatshirt all day.

Then on Sunday, I decided to dress for Mother’s Day in something I would wear if we were going out for brunch. These are those new Levi’s I discovered in last week’s try-on haul, as well as one of the tops I also shared that day.

And I finally decided to keep the Vince sandals in the black. I have a lot of shades of nude and beige, but not many black.

blouse // jeans // sandals // bracelet // necklace // earrings

I wore this Lou & Grey matching set on Monday. It was cold, but I was able to sit out in the sun for a little while in the middle of the day.

I really like these sneakers with the all black outfit.

sweatshirt // sweatpants // sneakers

And this was yesterday. Even though I had to change into joggers to go to PT later in the day, I wanted to dress in real clothes for a while.

Unfortunately, my ringer tee is sold out and I haven’t seen much like it to recommend.

I just love the hem on these jeans… 25% off plus 10% off that!

ringer tee (sold out) // jeans // similar sneaks

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May Q&A: Fashion, Beauty, Food & Life

Good morning! I hope you are doing well and hanging in there. I know I say it over and over, but these are some crazy times. I feel like I’m on a yo-yo and someone is pulling the string. Anyone else?

I thought I’d do my May Q&A today. This is a compilation of questions I’ve received across my various channels over the past few weeks.

Fashion & Beauty Questions

Q // I’m curious as to what, other thank ankle jeans, you would wear with the Eileen Fisher sandals.

A // These sandals are kind of a cross between a sneaker and a sandal, so I’d keep it casual.

I can see them with a t-shirt dress or casual knit skirt and t-shirt combo (add a denim jacket to either look!)

Q // Nail colors for spring?

A // CND Winterglow is a nice chalky pink that reads pretty neutral, and I like their Studio White as well.

nail color: CND Studio White

I’ve been alternating between these two colors since salons have been closed here in PA.

Q // I’m interested in more info on what looks good on a body type and why.

A // I highly recommend the Adore Your Wardrobe course for this.

I try to share helpful tips within my various posts, as I do try-ons and outfit posts, but this course goes far beyond anything I can share on the blog.

Q // What not to wear… things that are aging.

A // Nothing will age you faster than cheap clothing or ill-fitting garments. As we get older, the quality and fit of our clothing matters more and more. You may want to check out this post: What Makes a Garment Good Quality?

And I’ll add to that, wearing styles that were super trendy for a short period of time and are now passé will certainly age you. These items will change year to year, so it pays to keep an eye on the current styles.

But beyond that, if it fits well and flatters your individual body, you should feel free to wear it! I’m not one to make a list of certain styles and trends that should be off-limits based on age. It’s more important to consider your personal style, body type, lifestyle, and the culture of the area in which you live.

Q // Sports bras that come in cup sizes and aren’t hard go get on and off?

A // My all time favorite is this Chantelle high impact sport bra, but it’s getting hard to find. Saks has some as well. I always hook the straps together at the back when running or doing any high impact exercises.

I’ve also had good luck with Wacoal over the years. I have this one, and I like the fit a lot, but it’s not as supportive as the Chantelle — at least not with the normal configuration. I haven’t tried crossing it in the back because it looks like a pain to get on and off that way.

Q // I’d love some ideas for cute summer jumpsuits. 

A // Jumpsuits are really having a moment right now, and they can be a great alternative to a dress or even loungewear. I love this one from Gap for casual wear.

I’ve styled a few dressier versions in year’s past, but most are sold out or low inventory, so I rounded up a bunch more here.

Q // Fashionable masks?

A // I have this one that a friend made for me, but a lot of retailers are making them now.

I also just ordered a set from Sanctuary. They took about two weeks to arrive. Rag & Bone makes some that look really cool, but they’re pricey. Old Navy has some that are more affordable, and you can always check Etsy.

Q // White sandals? I need casual and dressy options.

A // I have this pair of Nine West slides from last summer that I love. I have searched high and low, and I can’t find them anywhere this season, although this pair looks similar. Unfortunately, it’s not available in white. I also think this pair is really cute.

There are always Tory Burch Miller sandals! They are so pretty in the white. I like these Vince Hazen sandals a lot, but the white is getting sold out. Zappo’s has some too.

These sporty Sam Edelman slides are fun for a casual look, and there are always Birks.

For a heel, I have and love this Dolce Vita espadrille from last year, and I love it. So comfortable and easy to walk in. And cute too. I rounded up some more below.

Q // I have lost 40lbs since August and am still working towards losing more weight. How do you shop for clothes online when you don’t know what size you are now and are continuing to lose weight? What clothes do you recommend buying when in weight loss transitions?

A // First of all, congrats! Shopping online requires a lot of trial and error, especially when going through a transition such as weight loss. My best advice is to order two sizes and return what doesn’t work.

As far as what to buy when in a weight loss transition, I wrote this post back in 2012… yes, I’m a dinosaur in the blogging world. (I’ve actually been blogging since 2006!) The key takeaways are to buy your current size, buy items that are easy to mix and match, and don’t spend a lot on any one piece since you may not wear it for very long.

Also, you may want to pick up a few pieces of fun jewelry and accessories to change up your looks. The good news here is, your size won’t affect how they fit, so feel free to splurge on these pieces.

Q // Casual clothes for men… What’s Paul wearing these days?

A // Even though he’s working from home, he showers and shaves and dresses for work most days, as he does a lot of teleconferencing.

He likes his dark wash jeans, and he usually wears a button down shirt or quarter zip pullover over a dark t-shirt. He loves Mizzen+Maine performance sport shirts for the warmer months.

Lifestyle Questions

Q // IF Update?

A // I’m never sure where to start when I get asked this question. Not much has changed — I’m still fasting between 18 — 21 hours a day. Usually 19 or 20.

I love the flexibility of it and how easy it is. On Mother’s Day, I wanted to have breakfast with the family, so I just moved my eating window a little earlier to accommodate that, and I guess I expanded it that day too so it was a little longer than normal. But that’s the beauty of IF. There’s no “cheating” — you just make a decision to eat earlier or to eat longer or to just not to fast that day.

My biggest struggle is learning to listen to my body and satiety signals so that I don’t overindulge during my eating window. I’m still enjoying the Intermittent Fasting Stories podcast when I walk, and I almost always learn something new or get a new perspective on some aspect of IF that helps me in my journey.

Q // What recipes are you making these days?

A // I tend to get into a rut and make the same things over and over again. I make chili or tacos at least once a week

Homemade Chili Recipe: this recipe has been in our family for years. Delicious and ready in an hour!

I’ve done this marinated flank steak a few times on nicer days, and shepherd’s pie is always good on a chilly day.

Recently I’ve been using this chicken recipe quite a bit because it can all be done on the stovetop, and I keep all of these ingredients in the house. This chicken stir fry is always popular, and kebobs are sure to be a hit.

I’ve also started making this poppyseed chicken again because the kids like it so much. I found a GF organic cream of chicken soup that makes me feel a little better about it.

My family always likes this sausage scramble, and again, all the ingredients are very common.

Q // I’m getting a new puppy. What pet products do you recommend?

A // Congratulations! You’re in for a lot of fun, and some sleepless nights at the beginning.

We placed a big order from with all kinds of toys, a crate, and puppy pads for accidents in the first few days. We got his bed at our local Pet Valu.

Oh, and if you have a fence or even banisters with wide posts, these puppy bumpers are great. We use this on Savannah outside in our backyard so she doesn’t escape through the fence, and we had to order one for Ozzy because now he can escape too.

Here’s a full roundup of what we ordered.

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How to “Front Tuck” Your Shirt

There’s not a week that goes by that I don’t get asked about how to front tuck your shirt, so I decided to update this old post… I originally wrote this five years ago!

Since then, the front tuck has become pretty common, but a lot of women tell me they can’t quite get it right. I hope this post is helpful!

A front tuck does two things: It helps define the waist, and it creates a more balanced outfit. (Read more about the Rule of Thirds for information on balance.)

Ideally, I prefer to wear a top that is the right length and shape without needing to tuck it in, like this floral top from Old Navy. (It’s from last year, so I can’t link it.)

That’s the cleanest look, and definitely the most classic, but with so many tops being long and boxy or just plain voluminous, the front tuck is sometimes necessary.

You may be wondering: Why not a full tuck?

That is certainly an option, but sometimes it doesn’t look right either.

Personally, I never do a full tuck because I’m short-waisted, and tucking my tops in at the back creates the dreaded “long butt” — never a good look. So, the front tuck it is!

How to Front Tuck Your Shirt

To achieve the front-tuck, you simply tuck the front portion of your top under the button of your pants or shorts, and let the sides fall over the waistband. Let it hang loose in the back. Adjust until you feel it looks right.

wearing: v-neck tee // similar Bermuda shorts

It really is that simple, but ladies struggle with this all the time.

I think part of the problem is, it’s a funny look from the side, and that’s just the way it is.

wearing: cap sleeve blouse

The other problem is some women try to make it look too perfect. The front tuck is intended to look a little undone, so don’t fuss with it too much. In fact, a lot of times I do the tuck a little off-center, just to make it look a little more carefree.

Drapey tops work best with the front tuck, but I front tuck everything from t-shirts to blouses and everything in between.

Here’s a drapey blouse, front tucked into my white jeans.

wearing: LOFT flutter sleeve blouse (old) // white jeans // wedge sandals

Here’s a t-shirt front tucked into a paper bag waist skirt.

wearing: crewneck tee // skirt (old)

And here’s a tee front tucked into jeans with a leather jacket on top.

jeans and a white t-shirt with a black leather jacket and fashion sneakers

jacket (old) // white tee // jeans // sneakers // necklace // belt

The one thing I struggle with is a sweater. Front tucking a sweater is tricky because of the extra bulk, but sometimes it’s the only way to get the proportions of the outfit right.

sweater // jeans // shoes // bag

The biggest question I get is what the front-tuck looks like from the back. You just let it hang in the back, and yes, it is a little weird from the side.

green top (old)

It feels a bit awkward at first, I won’t lie to you. But as with anything new, the more you do it, the more your eye adjusts to the new look.

The best thing about the front-tuck trend is, you don’t have to buy anything new. Just tuck your shirts in a new way, and you’ve updated your look!

What About Those With Extra Fluff?

When this topic comes up, I always have a few ladies ask for alternatives to the front tuck, and I get it. If you carry extra fluff in the middle, you may not want to draw attention to that area.

The alternative is to wear a top that is the right length and shape to work with your outfit without needing a tuck. In this case, I can tuck this top, but I don’t really have to.

It’s helpful to know the length of top that works best for you, so you can shop smart. Otherwise you’ll be doing a lot of ordering and returning. And of course, tailoring is always an option.

I hope that’s helpful!

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Happy Mother’s Day!

Greetings, and happy Mother’s Day! It’s a weird one, for sure, but the sun is shining and it’s supposed to be a mild afternoon here in PA. Thank heavens for small blessings.

I was supposed to be in Paris for Mother’s Day this year. We would be wrapping up our trip and preparing to fly back home tomorrow, if all had gone as planned. I actually purchased the Oui tee I’m wearing above in celebration of our trip. I doubt I’d have actually worn it in Paris, but I was hoping to enjoy wearing it as we planned and prepared for our trip.

But it was clearly not meant to be, and with my hip injury and some nagging vertigo, I’m kind of relieved the decision was made for me. Pandemic aside, I don’t know that it would have been the best time to go. At least now, I get to spend the day with my kids!

I know this can be a hard day for many on a good year, so I’m sure that is compounded by the current situation. If you are hurting today, please know you are not forgotten.

While Paul and I can’t be with either of our mothers today, at least I can be with my kids, and I’m so very grateful for that. We will talk to our moms at some point, and I’m comforted knowing they are both safe and healthy and in their respective homes.

I told my kids, all I want for Mother’s Day is a picture with the three of them. It’s been a few years since we got a good one. Plus, C has some homemade cinnamon rolls ready to bake for a late breakfast, and Paul is planning to grill burgers later this afternoon, so that will be nice.

I don’t plan to lift a finger! I was up at o dark thirty with the puppy, so I figure I’ve done my duty for the day.

Speaking of the puppy… Ozzy is doing as well as can be expected. He’s such a smart dog, and he’s already learning some basic commands. This picture is from last weekend, when it was so warm that we were able to swim in our pool! He’s already grown since then.

He’s also doing really well at night. R takes him to her room, where his crate is right beside her bed, and she can get him settled pretty easily if/when he wakes up. He can make it from 10 or 11PM to 5 or 6AM without going outside, which is a big relief, especially since it has gotten so cold here this week.

He and Savannah have learned to coexist for the most part. When he’s super playful, he comes at her, and she tries to put him in his place, so that can get a little dicey. Otherwise, they pretty much ignore each other, or sniff a bit and then go their separate ways.

In other news, our stay at home orders have been extended until June 4th. Le sigh… I knew we were going to be one of the later states to open up, but I was hoping we could take this a week or two at a time. Four is really a lot at this point, especially when our next phase is still extremely limiting compared to what other states are allowing in their first phase of reopening.

Once again, I’m grateful it doesn’t directly impact Paul’s and my ability to work, but I’m growing increasingly concerned for the small business owners and “non-essential” workers who really are feeling the impact of all this.

As far as work is concerned, I’m being interviewed for a feature in a local magazine, so that’s pretty cool! Their photographer is coming out this week to get a few shots, so of course I’m scrambling to figure out what to wear. I’m thinking one of my floral blouses and white jeans.

The article will be published in July or August, so they said to dress for summer. Maybe this?

It sure would be nice to have a fresh cut and color before then, but since that ain’t happening, I’ll use that hair dye I got from the Zoom consultation with Corissa at Concihairge. (Here’s a link to book their services. I’m not affiliated, just sharing in case you need it!)

We decided not to go with a permanent color, since the color I typically get at the salon is a semi-permanent. Instead, she recommended a gloss that does a pretty good job but washes out fairly quickly. It should at least freshen me up enough to get through this photo shoot.

So yeah, that’s pretty much the latest from my neck of the woods.

It occurred to me this morning that today is my 20th Mother’s Day! It seems unreal, but I’ve got the gray hair to prove it. In years past on this day, I’ve shared my Mother’s Day pictures through the years, so I thought I’d round up some of my favorites.

This was my very first Mother’s Day as a mom, back in May of 2000… Good grief, those bangs!

Someone at some point in my life told me that I should always wear bangs because I have a long forehead, so for most of my life, I thought I had to have bangs. I don’t remember when I ditched them for good, but I think that was the single best hair decision I ever made… except when I stopped perming it in college.

Mother's Day circa 2000

This was Mother’s Day 2002 — the very day I discovered I was pregnant with C. (Clearly I had ditched the bangs somewhere between 2000 and 2002.)

D had other things on his mind and was trying to get away from me, but I was determined to get my Mother’s Day photo. And I swear, I was wearing makeup. It doesn’t look like it, does it???


Enter C, Mother’s Day 2003… Oh, yes. I will get my Mother’s Day picture, smiling or not!


This is one of my all-time favorites, Mother’s Day 2004…


And then there were THREE! Mother’s Day 2007…

Now we jump to 2011…

And this was Mother’s Day 2013… funny how long and baggy those “skinny jeans” were.

Mother’s Day 2014… I guess that’s when I started using bigger pictures on the blog!

I also love this one from the same year, of the kids with Paul’s parents.

This one’s of my mom and me, Mother’s Day 2015…


And I got my kids in a picture too.

Finally, this was last year, Mother’s Day 2019. We celebrated with Paul’s parents and his brother’s family. Evidently I didn’t get the memo to dress in blue and white!

And that’s all I’ve got until later this afternoon, when I hope to corral my three and get my Mother’s Day 2020 photo.

I hope you’re able to spend some time today with the people who are most important to you, even if it’s just on FaceTime.

Happy Mother’s Day!


Spring Try-On Haul: White Jeans, Blue Jeans, Spring Tops & A Jumpsuit

Happy Saturday, friends! It’s bright and sunny here, but COLD. I know some of you are getting snow, so I’ll take my sunshine and and cold, thankyouverymuch.

A bunch of packages came in yesterday, so I was able to put together a new Try-On Haul for you.

I’ve had several requests for white crop straight jeans, and I have some of those! Plus a couple pairs of blue jeans, a few fun spring tops, and a great little jumpsuit.

Spring Try-On Haul: White Jeans, Blue Jeans, Spring Tops & a Jumpsuit

SIZING NOTES: I’m 5’5″ and 135 pounds-ish, with a slight hourglass shape. I wear a 28 in jeans, a small in tops, a 6 in dresses/jumpsuits, and a size 8 shoe.

Try-Ons: White Jeans

AG The Jodi Crop Jeans $112 $188

These jeans are a crop flare, and the fabric is thin and very stretchy (50% cotton/41% lyocell/7% polyester/2% polyurethane).

They have a 10″ rise with a 26.5″ inseam and a 15″ leg opening, and they fit true to size. I’m in the 28. These are 40% off at Zappo’s, and you can find a few sizes for 60% off at Nordstrom Rack.

The fabric on these is a little on the thin side, which I’ve found tends to be the case with AG white denim.

The fit is good, and they’re verrrrry comfortable, but I think I just don’t care for a crop flare. Or maybe I just need to chop an inch off… I’m not sure.

The rear view is pretty good too — at least in the derriere. The pockets are a nice size and centered perfectly.

Of course, these are AG, and I always love their rear pocket placement. They’re pretty much made for me. I just wish they didn’t flare quite so much.

If you’re looking for a comfortable white crop flare and don’t mind if they’re on the thin side, these are a solid option.

The raw hem makes them super easy to alter at home if you want them a little shorter. (See how I cut my jeans, if you’re wondering what I mean!)

VERDICT: Returning; I found some straighter styles I like better.

also wearing: LOFT Henley Linen Tee and Nine West Gianna Slides (last year)

L’Agence Nadia High Rise Crop Straight Jeans $255

These jeans are made in the USA of a heavyweight stretch denim (98% cotton/2% spandex). They have a 10″ rise with a 25″ inseam and a 15″ leg opening, and I’d say they run true to size. I’m wearing the 29, but I just re-ordered in the 28.

They’re currently full price and fully stocked at Shopbop, but you can find a few sizes on sale at Saks and Nordstrom.

This is a new brand to me, although I’ve seen other bloggers feature them. They’re definitely a higher end designer, but I thought this crop straight style looked like it had potential, and I was curious to try them.

They have a more polished appearance than the other pairs I’ve tried. The fabric is thick and not see-through, but with a comfortable amount of stretch, and they have a finished hem.

Size-wise, they’re a bit big on me, but otherwise, I like how they look from the front and sides.

Even though they have a 15″ leg opening like the AG Jodi above, they don’t seem to flare quite as much. I’m not sure if it’s because they’re pressed with a seam down the front, or because they’re not as fitted through the thighs.

Okay, I actually measured, and the Jodi has a 16″ leg opening, so that explains it! All that to say, I like the fit of these bit better.

They’re okay from the back, but I wish the rear pockets weren’t set quite so high. They also fit a little looser in the thighs than I typically like… I guess I just need to try them in a smaller size to know for sure if it’s the fit or the size that’s the issue.

The other thing I’m not sure about is the length… I know I don’t like this style when they’re ankle-length, but these are almost too short for a crop. I feel like I need maybe another half inch.

Overall, I’d say these are worth a try if you’re looking for a polished and sophisticated crop straight white jean, but I’m not 100% sold on them. The price point is way up there, so I recommend buying on sale.

VERDICT: Undecided; exchanging for 28. I’ll report back!

also wearing: Banana Republic Soft Satin Ruffle Top with Nine West Gianna sandals (last year)

Levi’s 724 High Rise Straight Crop Jeans $98

These cropped, straight-cut jeans are made of a thick stretch denim (97% cotton/3% elastane) with one destroyed knee and a subtle distressing at the hem. You can find them at Shopbop, Nordstrom, and Revolve.

They have a 9 1/2″ rise with a 25 1/4″ inseam and 12″ leg opening, and they run small. That’s typical for Levi’s, so I ordered the 29, and it’s a perfect fit.

The material on these is very thick and not see-through at all. They even have full front pockets, but you can’t see them.

The back view checks out too — the pockets are a nice size, a little far apart, but it’s not a deal breaker. They fit close to the body, and the length is perfect for a cropped fit.

I also really like that 12″ leg opening, as it gives them a true straight fit without any flare.

The subtle distressing keeps them ultra casual, making them the perfect jeans to throw on with t-shirts and flip flops all spring and summer!

VERDICT: Winner, winner, chicken dinner!!! Definitely keeping. I love these!

also wearing: J.Crew Linen Rolled-Cuff T-Shirt and Sam Edelman Bay Slides

AGOLDE Toni Mid-Rise Slim Straight Jeans in Radiate $111 $158

These slim, straight ankle jeans are made of a thick white stretch denim (98% cotton, 2% elastane) with a classic 5-pocket design and a finished hem

They have a 27″ inseam with a 9.5″ rise and a 12″ leg opening, and they’re currently 25% off at Revolve.

I tried these in my usual size 28 in a Try-On Haul a few weeks back, and I liked the fit but they were really snug in the waist, so I re-ordered in a size 29. As predicted, the 29 is too big everywhere else.

They have a 12″ leg opening with a slim straight fit, so “on paper” they should fit as well as the Levi’s, but they just don’t. It probably has to do with the longer length. These are a good inch and a half longer than the Levi’s.

I don’t care for the rear view at all — the pockets are huge and set too low. On the plus side, the denim is nice and thick and not see-through at all.

VERDICT: Returning; I can do better.

also wearing: LOFT Floral V-Neck Mixed Media Shell and Stuart Weitzman Cadence Wedge Sandals

7 For All Mankind Roxanne Raw Hem Ankle Jeans in White Fashion $169 + 25% off

These jeans have a straight crop fit with raw-edge hem, and they’re a stretchy cotton/polyester/spandex blend.

They have a 9″ rise with a 27″ inseam and a 12″ leg opening, and they’re currently 25% off at Bloomingdale’s.

I’d say this fabric is very close to the AG pair above — thin and stretchy and comfortable, but a tad see-through.

The pocket placement is pretty good, although the pockets are on the larger side and they don’t seem to quite match.

But the main issue I have with the rear view is how thin they are. Otherwise, they fit pretty well for a slim straight style.

Even though they’re more ankle-length than cropped, I sort of like the fit. (And of course, I could chop off an inch if I liked them that much.) Unfortunately, they’re just too thin.

LOFT Patch Pocket High Rise Crop Flares $79.50 + 40% off

These crop flare jeans are made of a soft and stretchy white denim (98% cotton, 2% elastane) with a 11 1/4″ rise with 26 1/2″ inseam and a 17″ leg opening.

They’re currently part of the LOFT weekend promo: 60% off 4+ full-price styles, 50% off 3 full-price styles, or 4% off 1 or 2 full-price styles.

They have a slim leg with a pretty dramatic flare at the bottom, and the front patch pockets are a fun detail if you don’t mind having attention drawn to that area.

The rear pocket placement is pretty good and I don’t mind the large pockets on these, but I’m just not a fan of that dramatic flare leg.

If you like a crop flare, these are worth a try. The price is certainly nice!

VERDICT: Returning.

also wearing: LOFT Chevron Stripe V-Neck Top with Sam Edelman Bay Slide Sandals

Try-Ons: Blue Jeans

PAIGE Hoxton High-Rise Crop Skinny Jeans in Atterberry  $157.50 $225

These light wash skinny jeans are made in the USA, and the fabric is 95% cotton, 4% polyester, 1% elastane. They have a 10″ rise with a 26″ inseam and a 10″ leg opening.

They’re fully stocked for 25% off at Bloomingdales, and there are a few sizes for 30% off at Nordstrom.

I think Nordstrom sums these up perfectly with their description: Luxuriously soft and svelte, these high-waist jeans with an ultra-skinny silhouette and cropped, destroyed hems make a great base for any laid-back look. #yesplease

These jeans are so comfortable right out of the box — they feel like I’ve had them for years, and you can see the craftsmanship in the fading and whiskering.

I think the destroyed hems are really fun too; I like that so much better than a destroyed knee.

Paige jeans tend to have small pockets, and these are perfectly placed.

I’ve always preferred smaller rear pockets, but ladies who carry more weight in their hips seem to like the larger ones. It’s all a matter of body type and personal preference.

They’re listed at both Nordstrom and Bloomies as having a 10″ rise, but they didn’t feel that way at all, so I measured, and mine are definitely 9.5″. Either is fine with me. Being short-waisted, a 9.5″ rise is actually a little more flattering.

The 26″ inseam is the perfect crop length for wearing with sandals or sneakers this summer.

I styled these two different ways because I took pictures for this post with the sandals and tee, and then I switched into the sweatshirt and sneakers and wore this outfit for the rest of the day.

VERDICT: Keeping! Already wore them, and I love them.

also wearing: LOFT Henley Linen Tee and Vince Hazen Sandals OR Wildfox Baggy Beach Crewneck Sweatshirt with P448 John Sneakers

I love Wildfox sweatshirts, by the way. This one is old, and there is only the large left, but I would recommend any Wildfox sweatshirt if you want a luxe, sporty top for pairing with your jeans while sheltering in place… or running errands if you’re lucky enough to be out and about!

rag & bone Cate Mid-Rise Ankle Skinny $168.75 $225

These mid-rise skinny jeans are made in the USA from premium Japanese stretch denim (42% cotton 29% lyocell 15% modal 12% polyester 2% elastane) with a dark indigo wash.

They have a 9″ rise with a 27″ inseam and a 10″ leg opening and a clean, finished hem.

I ordered these directly from the rag & bone website because they’re running a site-wide sale, and I’ve been wanting a shorter pair of darker wash skinnies.

Unfortunately, sizes have gotten quite depleted, but I found a similar pair at Nordstrom Rack. These are definitely a darker wash, but they should have the same great fit, and the price is great.

I really like the fit and feel of these and the dark wash with just a hint of whiskering and distressing.

The finished hems are nice for a change, as most of my jeans right now have a raw hem. The rise is in the lower side for today’s trends, but still considered a mid-rise style.

It’s hard to see the details in this shot, but the pocket placement is pretty much perfect.

I like these a lot. I have another pair of the Rag & Bone Cate, and I know they wash and wear well and feel great on. I just think these might be a little too big.

They look good, but they felt roomy, and with this fabric content, I have a feeling they will stretch out. Generally, you want your jeans to fit pretty snug out of box because they will stretch a bit, even if they don’t bag out.

VERDICT: Undecided; I’d like to try the 27, but they’re sold out. I will try them again and see what I think after wearing them around for a little while.

also wearing: Madewell Tomboy V-Neck Tank in Etruscan Clay

LOFT Henley Linen Tee $34.50 + 40% off

This 100% linen top is has a flattering V-neck and feminine cap sleeves with a front Henley placket, and it’s 25 1/2″ long.

It comes in 5 colors, and it’s part of the current LOFT weekend promo: 60% off 4+ full-price styles, 50% off 3 full-price styles, or 4% off 1 or 2 full-price styles.

In a nutshell, I love this tee. It’s soft flattering and comfortable and has a nice drape.

I’ve had good luck with LOFT linen tees over the years; they tend to wash and wear very well… and I can’t always say that for LOFT products.

I have a hard time with their sweaters and cotton tees, but their linen is usually really good.

I like the straight hem, and the length is pretty versatile.

I will probably front tuck it most of the time.

I’d say this top fits TTS, but you could size up if in between. I’m wearing the small, and I like the fit, but if it shrinks at all, it could get tight across the chest.

I will wash in cold water on the delicate cycle and lay flat to dry, as I do all my linen tops.

VERDICT: Keeping!

also wearing: PAIGE Hoxton High-Rise Crop Skinny Jeans in Atterberry and Vince Hazen Sandals

BR Soft Satin V-Neck Top in Black Floral $41 $69.50

This satiny floral top has a double layer of ruffles at the sleeve and a flattering v-neck, and it’s 24.5″ long.

It also comes in petite (23.5″) and tall (26.5″) sizes, and it’s currently 40% off at Banana Republic.

The straight hem makes it perfect for tucking, and this floral print pairs beautifully with white jeans for summer. It also comes in several solid colors, if you prefer.

I really like the double ruffle on the sleeve, and it fits well around the armholes. The v-neck is deep enough to be flattering without sacrificing modesty.

I will say, it doesn’t have the best drape, but I still like it a lot. It just needs a good ironing before wearing it anywhere.

VERDICT: Keeping!

also wearing: 7 For All Mankind Roxanne Raw Hem Ankle Jeans with Stuart Weitzman Cadence Wedge Sandals

BR Soft Satin Ruffle Top in Black Floral $32 $64.50

This satiny floral top is similar to the one above, but this one has flutter sleeves and a drawstring hem with ruffle, and it’s 23″ long.

It also comes in petite and tall sizes, and there are some other color options available.

I thought the drawstring hem was fun for a change, but it’s a little too long on me, I think. I don’t like the way it bubbles over my muffin top… like I need any extra volume there! If I tried a petite, it would be too short around the arms and in the neckline.

It definitely needs to be ironed, so maybe I should try that before returning it, although I like the one above better and don’t really need both.

VERDICT: Returning.

also wearing: L’Agence Nadia High Rise Crop Straight Jeans with Nine West Gianna Slides (last year)

Gap Softspun V-Neck Jumpsuit

This casual jumpsuit is made of a super soft jersey knit, and it has a straight silhouette with a relaxed fit. The fabric is 47% polyester, 47% rayon, 6% spandex.

It’s available in black and olive green, and it also comes in petite and tall sizes. It’s currently 40% off with code GAPFRIEND + extra 20% off with code ALLYOU.

I haven’t been a big jumpsuit fan, but this one I really like. For one thing, it is suuuuuper comfortable. It’s more loungewear than date night, but you could definitely wear this out and about.

It fits really well length-wise, without being too baggy or too short in the inseam area, and the back view checks out okay.

I don’t usually find elastic-waist jumpsuits to work well for me from behind, but this one is pretty good.

The short sleeves are almost a flutter sleeve, and the v-neck is flattering without being super wide or deep. It has a tie-belt at the waist and front slant pockets, and the elasticized cuffs just skim the ankle.

At first, I threw it on with black strappy flat sandals, which I like a lot, but I also like it styled with sneakers…

I wish I’d thought to throw a denim jacket on top, but I was short on time.

VERDICT: Keeping!

Marc Fisher Zala Pumps in Tan Suede $160 + 25% off

These 3″ block heel pointy toe pumps have a suede upper, leather and synthetic lining, and a leather sole. The clean lines and structural block heel keep them classic yet modern.

I already have these in black, and I ordered the tan suede when I saw them on sale. I love this pump because the pointy toe keeps it dressy, and the block heel keeps it walkable.

This is pretty much the perfect tan color, in my opinion. It has cool undertones, but it really should work for almost anyone.

There are a few left at Nordstrom for 40% off, or they’re 25% off at Bloomies. They run TTS; I have the 8.

VERDICT: Keeping!

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5 Ways to Wear a Cardigan for Spring

Happy hump day, friends! I was racking my brain to come up with an item I could show styled several ways, and I realized I had never done a cardigan! I wear cardigans in the springtime more than any other time of year, so this seems like a good time to share 5 ways to wear a cardigan.

5 Ways to Wear a Cardigan for Spring 2020

I like cardigans this time of year because the weather is so unpredictable, and this way, I can remove a layer if it warms up in the afternoon. If not, I can be cozy and comfy all day. I also love to wear a denim jacket this time of year, but they aren’t as comfortable to wear all day — especially if you’re at home.

In the fall when the weather is variable, I tend to gravitate more to the structured jackets, and I wear a lot of suede and leather, but for some reason I tend to go for cardigans more in the springtime.

5 Ways to Wear a Cardigan for Spring

#1. With Jeans and a Tee

Let’s start with the most obvious way to wear a cardigan for spring or anytime — throw on a cardigan over your favorite jeans and t-shirt, and you’ve instantly got a complete look. Just add shoes and accessories to suit the occasion.

I love the open sweatshirt cardigan shown above so much I also have it in a non-hooded version.

In this next look, this chevron top adds some pattern to this simple look. Unfortunately, this cardigan is old and only a few sizes are left.

In this next look, I wore a tank top instead of a tee. It’s a bit more fitted than most of my t-shirts, and it helps define my waist underneath the loose cardigan.

This cardigan is soft and stretchy and very cozy, and the hood is lightweight and doesn’t pull back on the sweater as some do. I also really like how the sleeves fit on this one — nice and slim, and plenty long, with on-shoulder seams for no added bulk.

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Here’s the same outfit with a different cardigan.

This pink cardigan is a bit shorter than the longer ones that I’m wearing in most of the other outfits in this post, and it has a relaxed fit with drop shoulders. I’m really loving this length right now!

#2. With Shorts and Sandals

This has long been my spring/summer road trip uniform.

How to wear the Splendid Draped Thermal Hoodie with jean shorts for summer.

It can get chilly in the car, so the cardigan keeps me comfortable while driving. Then we stop at a rest stop, I can shed my cardigan and get out and walk around and be comfortable in shorts and a tee or tank. Plus, I just like the juxtaposition of long sleeves with shorts.

The outfit above is super old, but these sandals are actually still available, and Splendid has updated this cardigan and kept it in this year’s lineup. I still wear both this one and my black one a lot.

Here’s a similar look I shared last summer with longer shorts.

Jo-Lynne Shane wearing CORE life Hooded Open-Front Cotton Cardigan with Joe's Jeans Bermuda Frayed Cuff Denim Shorts and Sorel Ella Crisscross Toe-Ring Sandals, plus Circus by Sam Edelman Zyan Straw Stripe Bucket Shoulder Bag

Ironically, the shorts in both of these looks are Joe’s. I’ve always had good luck with Joe’s jean shorts, but they don’t seem to have any new styles out this year.

#3. With Pants and a Blouse

For a work-appropriate look, you can’t go wrong with a lightweight cardigan over a blouse with ankle skinny pants.

Also, I love these block heeled pumps for work wear and for conservative occasions when I’ll be doing a lot of standing but want to be dressed up, and they’re 25% off at Bloomies.

For more of a fun night out look, I wore a long duster style cardigan over a leopard blouse (old), with red pants and strappy sandals.

Longer cardigans can be fun for adding drama to a look, but I recommend looking for one with a slim silhouette. If it’s too voluminous, it adds visual weight and just looks frumpy.

#4. Over a Dress

A long cardigan over a form-fitting dress is very on trend right now, and it can be very slimming if you choose pieces that fit well and complement each other.

Ruched Tank Dress Outfit: Jo-Lynne Shane wearing Leith Ruched Body-Con Tank Dress with Halogen Long Linen Blend Cardigan

This Leith ruched tank dress has been popular for years, and for good reason. It comes in tons of colors, and it’s so easy to dress up or down. There’s a plus sized version too, and Nic+Zoe has a black one that’s a little longer if you want that option.

And for another option, I’m super excited to see some shorter cardigans trending again this year.

Long cardigans can be overwhelming with a dress, but this linen dress cardigan from Ann Taylor frames the sheath dress nicely without taking over.

#5. Buttoned Up

I wish I had a better picture of this, but I love the idea behind this look. It’s a modern way to wear a shorter cardigan, and it basically creates a v-neck sweater, but with a little extra interest.

This floral cardigan is from LOFT, and it’s still fully stocked. I also just ordered this one to pair with blue jeans.

BONUS: With Joggers

I realize this is really #6, but “5 ways to wear” has a much better ring to it. Still, I couldn’t leave out the obligatory #WFH outfit while we are all isolating at home.

This relaxed cardigan from Athleta is supreme comfort, and while I could easily wear it with jeans and a tee, I usually find myself throwing it on with joggers or leggings on lazy days at home.

My P448 sneakers keep is stylish and fun, but running shoes or your favorite slippers are perfectly acceptable, depending on the venue.

I hope my 5 ways to wear a cardigan gave you some new ideas or helpful tips for styling outfits with cardigans this season!

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How to Wear Crop Flares for Spring 2020

Happy Cinco de Mayo, friends! Who’s celebrating with tacos and margaritas tonight? Crop flares are a huge trend this season, but they can be tricky to style, so today we’re talking about how to wear crop flares for spring.

If you’re a regular, you may have seen this outfit before, but these are the Mother Insider crop jeans in a deep black wash.

How to Wear Crop Flares: 3 Easy Steps

#1. Find Your Fit

As with any pair of jeans, finding a great fit for your individual body is key.

I like how these crop jeans fit snug in the hips and thighs and flare slightly from the knee, ending with a 14″ leg opening. Getting the right length is also crucial, and these have a 25.25″ inseam, according to the website.

How To Wear Crop Flares for Spring 2020

You want your crop jeans to be short enough to look intentional; otherwise they just look like your pants are too short. Ideally they will be a couple inches above the ankle bone for a true crop look. Otherwise, they’re ankle-length.

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#2. Select Your Footwear

A shoe with a heel is a good idea with crop flares because a heel helps compensate for the way a crop pant visually shortens the line of the leg. This helps create a longer, leaner silhouette.

How To Wear Crop Flares for Spring 2020

An open, strappy design also helps to visually elongate the legs, compensating for the crop pants.

These are the Steve Madden Honey sandals, and they’re quite comfortable and easy to walk in.

Steve Madden Honey Sandals

If you prefer flats, I often see cropped pants paired with slides, mules, loafers, and sneakers. It all depends on the look you’re going for.

Here’s how I wore white crop flares with a pair of flat slides last summer:

How to Wear Crop Flares for Summer

Just make sure your pants are short enough to show a few inches of skin between the top of the shoe and the bottom of the pants.

The exception to this is when wearing boots. See how I styled these jeans with sock booties last winter.

How to Wear Crop Pants in the Winter

#3. Choose A Top

The style of top isn’t early as important as the length.

When wearing crop pants, it helps to wear a shorter top or front tuck it to keep the balance of the outfit in check. If you missed it, I wrote a post last week about the rule of thirds and how it applies to fashion.

Fashion Tips: Understanding Rule of Thirds

A lot of tops are being made in shorter lengths right now to accommodate higher rises and shorter pants, and I’m also noticing a lot of women going for a full tuck when their tops are more form-fitting. Bodysuits are another option.

I’m short-waisted, so tucking in all the way around is hard to pull off. I usually opt for a shorter top that I can leave untucked, or longer top that I can front tuck.

How To Wear Crop Flares for Spring 2020

This top is rather boxy, so the front tuck helps define my waist and brings up the length to create that pleasing 1/3 to 2/3 ratio I’m always talking about.

Here’s a similar top in more sizes and colors. I also found these ponte kick flare pants, if you need an alternative to the black jeans.

Altogether, this is a great look for date night or coffee with friends. If you need a closed toe shoe for work, you could always swap out the sandals for pumps or mules. Then add a denim jacket or blazer for a completer piece, depending on the formality you’re going for.

I might just wear this to sit by the pool tonight with a margarita.

How To Wear Crop Flares for Spring 2020

Outfit Details:

Need an easy margarita recipe?

This one is just about fool-proof.

Easy Margarita Recipe

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My New Favorite Sneakers + How To Style

Happy Monday, friends! It’s a new week, and depending on where you live, some of you are able to get out and about a bit. I’m curious to hear if you do, what things are like and what kind of modifications are taking place to keep everyone safe.

Today I’ve got an outfit I put together to feature these Saturday sneakers with leopard calf hair detail from J.Crew.

jeans and a white t-shirt with a black leather jacket and fashion sneakers

I shared these in last week’s Try-On Haul, but in case you missed that, I love these because they have the look of a classic Stan Smith, but the leopard calf hair trim and contrasting black laces really take them up a notch.

Jo-Lynne Shane wearing J.Crew Saturday sneakers with leopard calf hair detail and AG Farrah skinny ankle jeans.

They do come with white laces too, if you prefer! Plus, they’re leather inside and out, so they look and feel far more luxe than Adidas.

Isn’t this leopard print tab at the heel so fun?

J.Crew Saturday sneakers with leopard calf hair detail

It looks like they’re backordered again at J.Crew, but I promise, they’re worth the wait! I ordered mine in February, and they came in April, and I was so glad I held out.

There are also a few sizes on sale at Nordstrom Rack, but they’ve been selling quickly.

I ordered the 8 and the 8.5, and the 8 fit perfectly, so they’re true to size, or size down if in between.

If you like the leopard and black laces on a white sneaker and don’t want to wait, Evereve has a pair of P448 sneakers that I’m seriously crushing on, but they’re on the spendier side.

jeans and a white t-shirt with a black leather jacket and fashion sneakers

I’m sure some of you will mention the J.Crew bankruptcy situation. It’s a shame, but no surprise that retailers are struggling right now.

According to The Times, J. Crew will continue its e-commerce operation throughout its bankruptcy case, and it plans to reopen its J. Crew and Madewell stores once lockdowns are lifted. All that to say, I wouldn’t worry about orders not being fulfilled or anything like that.

I’ve already worn these sneakers with joggers and a hoodie for an elevated athleisure look

jeans and a white t-shirt with a black leather jacket and fashion sneakers

jeans and a white t-shirt with a black leather jacket and fashion sneakers

For this post, I wanted to style them into the kind of casual but edgy outfit I like to wear when I’m out and about.

My denim jacket is older, so no longer linkable, but Everlane tee and AG Farrah jeans are current; and there may be a couple of this belt left in SM/MD, but I needed the large size.

jeans and a white t-shirt with a black leather jacket and fashion sneakers

I’m super excited to tell you that this necklace just came back in stock! A lot of you ask about it when I wear it.

I love how the hammered silver jazzes up a casual look without being fussy, and it’s adjustable so you can get just the right length.

Lucky Brand does a great job with jewelry for my more casual outfits; here’s another one that would also work great with this look.

jeans and a white t-shirt with a black leather jacket

You know how much I love these jeans, and they’re still 25% off at Shopbop. I cut a half-inch or so off the bottom to get the length I wanted. I like to show a bit of ankle when I’m wearing jeans with sneakers — it’s slimming, and it looks cleaner.

YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE: How To Cut Your Jeans For A DIY Raw Hem

This tee makes a great layering piece. It’s on the thinner side when worn alone, but I don’t feel the need to wear a cami under it. It has that laid-back vibe like you’re wearing your boyfriend’s t-shirt, and it’s made of a smooth, soft cotton and has a nice drape.

For now, since I don’t really have the need for a leather jacket, I may throw a cardigan on with this outfit, or just wear it without the jacket since it’s finally warming up here!

jeans and a white t-shirt with a black leather jacket and fashion sneakers

Outfit Details:

J.Crew Saturday sneakers (also at Nordstrom Rack) // AG Farrah skinnies // Everlane tee // leather jacket options // belt // necklace // earrings // sunnies

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Coffee Talk: It’s May! 🌸

Wow, friends. It’s May!

I don’t know about you, but I am MORE than happy to bid adieu to April. What a month it was! While some states are starting to open up this month, we are all still very much in the thick of it, but one day we WILL look back on this time and share our stories.

For some, it was just a few weeks hunkered down with our favorite people. For others, it was a month fraught with fear and anxiety.

Some have grieved the loss of a loved one, the loss of income, the loss of milestone events or travel experiences they were looking forward to. Others just see it as a mild inconvenience — a disease being suffered by those from afar.

Some appreciated the time to slow down and re-evaluate priorities, while others found it a time of extreme loneliness and isolation.

For most of us, it’s been a bit of a mix.

Our family has had it pretty good, all things considered, but we’ve definitely mourned the loss of experiences we were looking forward to.

My younger daughter is missing the end of her middle school career with the awards and promotion ceremonies, dances, and band concerts and events. Not to mention the Quebec trip with her French class.

My son has missed out on a portion of his college experience, while we pay for an apartment that lays vacant. He was about to start a job he was excited about, which is now on hold indefinitely, and we’re still waiting to hear if his last year of summer camp will be canceled.

Then there was a Sixers game (Paul’s birthday present), a Phillies game (D’s Christmas present), a family vacation on Easter weekend, and our 25th anniversary trip to Paris… #allcanceled

I think my older daughter is the only one who has escaped this thing relatively unscathed. She was already used to schooling at home, and she’s quite the introvert by nature. She’s one of those who says she’s been practicing her whole life for this.

And of course, there’s Ozzy to distract us all.

As for me, I’m actually shocked by how fast the last six weeks have passed. I just try not to think about all the things we’re missing out on, or what living in a coronavirus world will look like as things open up, but every time I scroll my Facebook feed, I’m struck by how good we’ve had it while sheltering in place.

Paul and I are both able to work from home, and both of our jobs are relatively secure, plus they keep us from being bored. Our kids are old enough to be self-sufficient with their schoolwork, but young enough to be home with us.

Plus we have reliable internet, enough space to spread out, plenty of yard, and a walkable neighborhood. I realize not everyone can say the same, and I don’t take my situation for granted.

I mean, we even managed to finish our kitchen reno just before everything shut down! Talk about good timing.

And while the weather has certainly left something to be desired, at least this didn’t happen in the dead of winter.

Of course, our biggest blessing so far is that no one we’re especially close to has been touched by the virus… yet. I know people who had it and are recovering, I know people who work in healthcare and have seen the horrors firsthand, and I know people who have lost parents or grandparents to it. But none of that has affected me personally, for which I am thankful. I hope that continues to be the case, but only time will tell.

The big question is, what’s next? What does the “new normal” look like?

As some states start opening up, I can’t help but wonder how this will all play out. While I’m anxious to see some progress, I’m kind of glad we’re not going first.

We did what we set out to do — we flattened the curve and slowed the spread of the virus so our hospitals didn’t get terribly overwhelmed, but that doesn’t mean we have escaped this virus unscathed. Antibody testing isn’t reliable or widely available, and there is no proven treatment or a vaccine, not that I care to be a guinea pig for a new vaccine that was rushed to market.

So yeah, we are still very much in the thick of it, and of course everyone has different opinions as to how we should proceed. I’m not here to debate that, but I think it’s important to record these moments for posterity. It will certainly be interesting to look back on this historical event and discuss it with the clarity of hindsight.

In other news, we’ve had some beautiful weather this weekend, and I am so happy about it! We’ve finally been able open our windows and spend time outside on the deck, enjoying the view and the warmth of the sun.

This is what I envisioned 6 weeks ago when we went on lockdown. I remember thinking, Eh. It won’t be so bad! We’re having an early spring, the weather is going to be nice, we have plenty space to spread out… Haha! Famous last words.

Not to suggest this isn’t a lovely spot to shelter in place no matter what the weather, but spring/summer is my favorite time of year in this house because of our backyard. That’s what made me fall in love with it — almost exactly two years ago.

It was mid-April when we went to the Open House and saw this house for the first time, and early May when we finalized our offer and decided to make it our home.

Anyway, suffice it to say, my mood is on a major upswing right now, despite the fact that we will be sheltering in place for quite a while longer here in my neck of the woods.

In Ozzy news…

Reality is setting in with a new puppy in the house — especially with my youngest. She’s the one who convinced us to get another dog, and she has taken on most of the responsibility, but she confessed a few days ago that she didn’t realize it was going to be this hard.

She’s done a great job with him, and she adores him, but he definitely monopolizes most of her free time.

I’m not surprised by how much work he is, but it’s definitely been an adjustment, and last night was a rough one. For some reason, he couldn’t seem to settle in his crate. Usually he goes in easily and sleeps well. A few nights, he’s even slept through the night!

But last night, he could not calm down. He was awake a lot yesterday and played hard, and I thought that meant he would sleep well, but it was just the opposite. When R put him in his crate in my room, he kept barking, and when we tried to settle him, he got more agitated and aggressive.

We took him outside one more time, tried the crate again, but it was a no-go, so we took him back downstairs for a while. I returned to bed, and later on D tried to bring him up and settle him in his crate, but he was having none of it.

I think there was too much stimulation with all of the kids down there late at night. He usually stays down here with them after I go up to bed, and then they bring him up to my room or R’s room after his last potty opportunity, around 10 or 11PM.

But he’s no longer the puppy we brought home two weeks ago that falls asleep on a dime and sleeps through anything. He’s far more alert now, and I’ve noticed he’s a lot more likely to be affected by what’s going on around him. I’m wondering if he needs more time to quiet down and unwind before bringing him up to his crate.

We finally brought the crate back down to the kitchen, attached it to his pen where he could play with toys, and my older daughter stayed with him until he fell asleep sometime after 2AM. (That’s when I went back upstairs.)

He’s still asleep now at 9 AM. I’ve gone in and made coffee twice, and he hasn’t budged. He hasn’t even been up to potty! (Yes, I checked, and he’s breathing!) This is very unusual, as he’s usually up at 5 or 6 AM, so he must have really worn himself out.

Whoever said this is like having a baby was only half right. At least with a baby, I can nurse in bed and put on a diaper!

I don’t know if it was just one bad night or the beginning of a new era, but I’m really hoping it was just a fluke. He’s been so good about going to sleep in his crate in one of our bedrooms, and I was really hoping that was going to stick.

Otherwise, he’s so much fun — into everything, but fun! He’s also getting big.

Alison came over earlier this week to get some pictures for us. (Outside, with proper social distancing, of course.) She took the picture of us on the front porch, and a few of Ozzy too. I just love this one.

He loves to be outside, digging in the yard, and he will eat anything, so we have to keep a close eye on him. He learned to get through the back fence yesterday, so we ordered him one of those puppy bumpers like Savannah has.

He’s growing my leaps and bounds too; he’s already as tall as she is. They’re still not overly fond of each other, but they are getting adjusted.

I guess we’re all getting adjusted in our own ways.

So one more change of subject…

I saw my doctor for my hip labral tear this week. This was the appointment we rescheduled when PA but the kibosh on non-essential medical visits a few weeks ago.

He referred me to PT (I had no idea they were even operating right now) and I start on Thursday. I’m excited to finally make some progress on my hip, but also to have a reason to go somewhere.

I know that sounds crazy, when so many are afraid to go out anywhere, but they explained their protocol and how they’ve altered the practice to accommodate all the new restrictions, and I feel like any risk involved is worth the potential benefit. I can’t keep going like this with my hip, and PT is a heck of a lot safer than surgery… which would be the next step.

So that’s the latest!

It’s kind of chilly and dreary here right now, but it’s supposed to burn off and be another pretty day. I plan to enjoy it while it lasts because it’s threatening to get cold again.

I hope you all enjoy the rest of your weekend!


Top Ten in April ☔️

Good morning, and happy Saturday! It’s time for my Top Ten in April. This is when I round up the most popular blog posts and retail products among JLS readers during the previous month.

I’m sure I’m not the only one happy to bid adieu to April. What a month it was!

While we are all experiencing this global pandemic differently, I’ve tried to keep things as normal as possible here on the blog. Most of you seem to appreciate the escape into lighter topics, while others have unsubscribed or taken a break, and that’s fine too. I totally get it.

There’s been a thing going around Facebook, one of those copy-and-paste deals that gets circulated from time to time. I won’t republish it, but I think it makes a very good point — basically, that we may be in this thing together, but we are NOT all in the same boat. The same ocean, maybe, but not the same boat.

Some of our boats are sinking, some are flailing, some are hurtling ahead at warp speed (raises hand!), and some are sailing along just fine. And so we each must handle our personal situation the best way we know how, and give grace to those who are experiencing it differently.

I know it may seem frivolous or even inconsiderate to continue to post fashion and sales while so many are suffering in various ways, but having this blog to focus on gives me the distraction and purpose I need to avoid the mild anxiety that tends to lurk in the dark places of my active imagination… Not to mention, the income to pay our bills and donate to organizations helping those in need, which I do regularly.

But really, it’s so much more than that. It’s providing community while so many of us are isolated, and a place to commiserate and encourage each other, and I am so grateful for that.

If you’re reading this, I assume you’ve decided to stick around, so thank you for tuning in. I appreciate your continued readership, comments, and interactions more than you know.

Okay, enough of the mushy stuff! For today, I’ve got my Top Ten in April.

This is a regular feature on the blog, and I always find it interesting to see what resonated most with you all. I hope you find it interesting as well.

TOP 10 Posts In April 2020

Based on Google Analytics, these were my top 10 posts from last month — but not necessarily the posts I published last month.

Usually I weed out the older posts that are still ranking high, but I decided to include them this month. It seems like they deserve a mention if they’re still getting ranked, yes?

#10. Trunk Club Unboxing + Try On Haul

All four of my weekly try-on hauls ranked this month, so it’s clear what you all like! This one had a Trunk Club unboxing with some fun designer pieces, some great spring styles from Madewell, and a few odds and ends from Nordstrom.

I’m sort of winding down on orders right now, and there’s not much in the pipeline for my future try-on hauls. I’d love to hear what you’re looking for, and what you’d like to see me try this month. Let me know in the comments!

#9. April Q&A: Fashion, Beauty, Food & Life

I’m trying to remember to do these every month.

If you have questions for May, feel free to email me with Q&A in the subject line.

#8. What To Wear With Each Denim Wash

I get questions about this from time to time, so I decided to write a post about it! I definitely choose my denim based on the colors I’m wearing in the rest of my outfit.

While yes, denim is a neutral, and you can pretty much wear any wash with anything, some combinations are more pleasing than others, or more appropriate for the occasion. I hope this post was helpful.

#7. Weekend Sales: What I’ve Worn + What I’m Ordering

So many good sales last month… it was really crazy. I’m curious to see where retailers go from here.

#6. What I Wore Lately 04.15.20

It’s a mix of athleisure and ultra casual denim looks these days. I’m trying to at least put on makeup every day… it doesn’t always happen, but it’s the goal.

Makeup is sort of like making the bed — once I do it, I feel so much more productive, but some days it seems to take more effort than I’ve got.

#5. Early Spring Try-On Haul: Trunk Club, LOFT, Nordstrom, Amazon & More

Yep, another try-on haul! This one had a Trunk Club unboxing with lots of upscale athleisure, some pajamas and loungewear, and a bunch of cute tops.

#4. How To Wear Cardigans Without Looking Frumpy

Fight the Frump: How to Wear Cardigans Without Looking Frumpy with real life examples and style tips geared for women over 40!

This is an oldie but goodie that I’ve republished a few times. I try to keep it updated since it consistently gets good Pinterest traffic. (There should be a SAVE button hovering over my images, if you ever care to save them to Pinterest for future reference.)

#3. Are Skinny Jeans Out of Style?

And this one is from March, but it stayed popular in April. Once again, it’s done well on Pinterest.

#2. Try-On Haul: Amazon, Athleta, Birkenstocks, Everlane, LOFT & More 

Spring 2020 Try-On Haul: Amazon, Athleta, Birkenstocks, Everlane, LOFT & More

This try-on haul was a mish-mosh of retailers. There were a few dresses, a lot of shoes and sandals, and a big Athleta order.

#1. Early Spring Try-On Haul: LOFT, Lululemon, Gibson Look, Madewell, J.Crew & More 

Trying on spring and summer styles from Try On Haul: Lululemon, LOFT, Gibson, Madewell, Amazon Fashion, Nordstrom, and J.Crew

And yet another try-on haul for the prize! There are a lot of cozies and athleisure styles in this one, and most are still well stocked.

Okay, moving on to popular products…

TOP 10 Products In April 2020

Based on my ShopStyle analytics, these were the 10 most popular products across my blog and social channels last month. They’re listed in typical Top Ten order, with the most popular one last.

#10. Acorn New Spa Thong

I wanted to find some spring slippers that don’t make my feet as hot as my UGG moccasin style slippers, so I got these, and evidently a lot of you love them too!

#9. Rag & Bone Cate Raw Hem Ankle Skinny Jeans 

(also wearing: Two Tone Star Lace up Fashion Sneakers sneakers)

I just found these jeans on a MAJOR sale at Nordstrom Rack!!! These are soft and stretchy and very comfortable, plus I like the light wash and the shredded hems. Also, the 27″ inseam is the perfect ankle length on me.

FYI, the Nordstrom Rack measurements are a little off. They have a 9″ rise and a 27″ inseam, and the 10″ leg opening is correct. They’re TTS; I have my usual 28.

#8. LOFT Shirttail Open Cardigan 

(also wearing Chelsea28 raw edge tank and AG Farrah skinnies)

So nice, I bought it twice… okay, that’s a tired saying. But this is a really good cardigan!

(also wearing Halogen cap sleeve blouse – up to 55% off, 1901 ankle skinny pants – 50% off, and Marc Fisher Zalay pumps – 50% off)

I love that you can dress it up or down, and the shirttail hem is really flattering. It keeps it from being too overwhelming, which can be an issue with cardigans. It’s TTS; I have the small in both.

#7. AG The Farrah High Waist Ankle Skinny Jeans 

These are basically my all-time favorite AG The Legging Ankle Jeans, updated with a higher rise.

If I could only have one pair of jeans, it would be this pair… although that Rag & Bone Cate is a verrrrry close runner up. They’re pretty casual, though, and these have a more versatile wash. Plus, I just think the Farrah is a little more flattering on me, for some reason.

Unfortunately this exact wash is almost sold out. I also have this pair, and I had this pair before I lost weight; both are great for more of a mid-wash. They’re TTS; I wear the 28.

#6. LOFT Chevron Stripe V-Neck Top 

(also wearing: AG Farrah skinnies)

Everyone I know who has ordered this top loves it, although some say it runs big. If in doubt, size down. I have my usual small. It also comes in red, and many have ordered both colors. I’m tempted…

It’s currently 40% off plus an additional 10%. Plus, free shipping over $49, and free returns.

#5. BlankNYC Faux Suede Drape Front Jacket

(also wearing: Chelsea28 raw edge tank and AG Farrah skinnies)

I have this in blush from last year, and I added this stone color this year. This is the perfect lightweight completer piece for all your spring looks! It has a slightly edgy vibe with the moto-inspired styling, but the draped look gives it a feminine touch.

We may not be dressing up much right now, but it’s an amazing price. If you do Zoom conference calls where you want to look stylish and professional, this could be a nice addition to your wardrobe.

It’s also very soft and comfortable. Size up in this one, though. I wear a medium.

#4. Sanctuary Tiffany Top 

(also wearing: Madewell skinny crop jeans)

This pretty floral top can be dressed up or down, and it’s 55% off; unfortunately, it’s almost sold out at Nordstrom. You can find it for 10% off at Zappo’s. It’s TTS; I have the small.

#3. Vince Camuto Jean Jacket 

This has long been my go-to denim jacket, and I’m afraid it’s being discontinued. I can’t imagine why else it’s been so deeply discounted for so long, and now sizes are getting depleted.

If you don’t have it, and you see your size, grab it. It’s SO good. Soft and thick and stretchy, with great structure, and such a nice lived-in wash. I take my usual size small in this.

If you’re in the market for a denim jacket, and your size is gone in that one, I also have and love the Kut from the Kloth Helena in white and dark blue.

It comes in a medium blue as well, and it’s 40% or 55% off, depending on the color. It runs small; size up. (I have it in the medium.)

#2. Treasure & Bond Long Sleeve Ringer Tee

This tee sold out quickly, which is a bummer, because it’s a good one. In fact, I’d recommend any of the Treasure & Bond tees. They’re generally super soft with a really nice drape.

And in first place! Drum roll please . . .  🥁

#1. Daily Ritual Supersoft Terry Open Sweatshirt 

This cardigan is such a good value for the price. It’s so soft and cozy, there’s plenty of length in the sleeves, it has a great drape, and it’s the perfect mid-length.

It can be worn with jeans and a tee on the weekends, or you can wear it with joggers and a tank or over your pajamas for loungewear.

There’s also a hooded version that was super popular last year.

Amazon Brand - Daily Ritual Women's Supersoft Terry Hooded Open Sweatshirt

They run TTS; I have the small in both.

And that’s a wrap! Which posts from April were your favorites, and did you score any of these Top 10 products? 

I love getting feedback from you all when you purchase from my site. It’s good to know what resonates, and I always want to be sure my recommendations are spot-on. It makes me so happy to hear when you’re pleased with a purchase; and of course if you aren’t, that’s helpful to know too.

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