Tie Front Floral Blouse + Waterfall Midi Cover-Up

Well, this is it — day 26 of 26 Days of Fall Fashion! And with that, our third fall fashion series is in the books! This is a variation on an outfit I wore to church a few weeks ago so it seemed appropriate to share on a Sunday.

Usually I try to end these style challenges with a slam dunk. You know, an outfit that I love and am super proud of, but I can’t say this is one of those.

I’ve actually tried this sweater and blouse a few ways and even had the blouse tailored to be more fitted, and I still feel like something isn’t quite meshing here. I think it’s the combination of the drapey sweater with the somewhat drapey blouse, and my figure gets lost somewhere in there.

That said, I like each piece individually and I’m loving these pink pumps with this blouse so at least there’s that.

I was first drawn to the floral tie front shell when I was shopping at White House Black Market a few weeks ago. The waterfall midi coverup was a last minute add-on when I noticed the sales associate wearing it as she was ringing me up. It has really pretty details, and the knit is soft and very high quality. I love the rivet and split cuff detail. I think it will look nice over more fitted tops with pants or jeans this fall and winter.

For size reference, I’m wearing a small  both pieces. They wanted me to try the XS in the coverup because they felt it would look better if it were more fitted in the back, but it didn’t lay right in the front and the sleeves felt too tight so I stuck with the small. I typically wear a small at WHBM so it is true to size. FYI, this sweater comes in regular and petite sizes, and it also comes in a pretty cabernet color. Both colors are 30% off.

SALE ALERT >> Get up to 50% off select full price styles at White House Black Market till 11:59PM PT tonight, 10/1/17. 

The bell sleeve dress I styled a few weeks ago is 30% off, and so is the cold shoulder striped sneaker dress I wore back in the summertime. This would work for fall with a black cardigan on top. The choker necklace and ruffle sleeve blouse I wore together a few weeks ago are both 30% off, plus this floral tie front shell is 50% off.

I also love this taupe waterfall midi coverup, and I’m tempted to order it. I have a couple of thermal cardigans in this style that I love, and I like how this is dressier but you could still easily wear it with a t-shirt and jeans. Anyway. I digress! But WHBM doesn’t run sales very often so this is a good time to snap up a few pieces. I love their quality.

Here’s the blouse and jeans without the coverup. They had all of these blouses knotted this way in the store, so I left it that way. On the website, they show it tied closer to the neck, but I’ve never liked these bow tops tied up at my neck. I prefer to leave it open so I either let the ties hang down or fold them over once. I never tried tying them in a knot like this, but I think it’s cute.

It’s a little longer than the blouses I typically wear, but I think it works okay on its own. With the sweater on top, I wish I’d tried the front tuck with the bootcut jeans. This blouse also comes in petites, and it’s 50% off!

I had it on yesterday with black skinny jeans and ballet flats because I was planning to wear it for an event I was hosting at my house, and I really like it with black on the bottom. I shared this picture on my Instagram.

It got chilly so I threw the coverup on again, and by then I had edited these pictures and was thinking I wasn’t loving this combo so I tried front-tucking the top. I think it looks better this way, and I’m really wishing I’d tried front-tucking with the bootcut jeans.

I also wore it a few weeks ago to church (before I had it tailored) with cropped skinny jeans (25% off) and peep toe booties (20% off) and the midi coverup, but I definitely prefer it with the longer skinnies. The cropped jeans throw the proportions all off, even though the booties are dark too and it should work in theory.

Again, a front-tuck would have probably helped the situation. It would shorten my torso and make the proportions work better with the cropped jeans. Oh, well. Live and learn!

At any rate, I think I need a more structured jacket with this blouse or I should just wear it without another layer.

But the post must go on! So, here are a few more looks at this outfit and a few words about the bootcut jeans and pumps.

I’m excited to tell you that my go-to bootcut jeans are on sale at Bloomingdale’s and Nordstrom! Use code FRIENDS at Bloomingdale’s. Nordstrom is price matching so there’s no code needed there. I’m a member of both loyalty programs, but Bloomingdale’s has Shoprunner so I can get my orders in two days so I usually order there if I have a choice.

SALE ALERT >> It’s the Friends & Family Sale at Bloomingdale’sTake 25% off a great selection of items with code FRIENDS, and Loyallists get a $25 Reward Card for every $100 you spend on select items. These offers are valid online September 29-October 9, 2017 and in store October 2-9, 2017. Plus free shipping for everyone during Friends & Family.

I’ve talked about these jeans a lot, but if you’re not a regular reader, this b(air) material is super soft and comfortable but it holds its shape really well. They also have a contoured waistband for a gap-free fit. Read through the reviews on the Nordstrom website; everyone loves these jeans.

With the 33″ inseam, they’re perfect for my 5’5″ frame without tailoring if I wear them with a 3.5″ or 4″ heel. Of course, every woman is built differently, so this is just a reference point.

If you’re looking for bootcut jeans that are under $100, I recommend trying the Wit & Wisdom bootcut jeans, but you’ll want to size down because they do stretch out some with wear. Or Loft has a modern bootcut that is 50% off right now.

SALE ALERT >> 50% off EVERYTHING at Loft plus FREE SHIPPING with code SURPRISE. It doesn’t get any better than this! See my favorite picks on my Facebook Page. 

Finally, I love how the pink pumps coordinate with this blouse. These Sam Edelman Hazel pumps are my favorites. I have them in a couple of colors because I have such a hard time finding pumps I can walk in without my heel slipping out of them. The Very Berry color I’m wearing is on a teeny tiny sale at Zappo’s. I say teeny tiny because they’re only 16% off, but hey, every bit helps!

I wore gold filigree earrings and a watch, and that’s it for accessories. The outfit has a lot going on so I kept it simple in that department.

blouse 50% off // sweater 30% off // jeans 25% off (option) // shoes // bag // earrings // watch

So that’s a wrap for 26 Days of Fall Fashion 2017! I’ll be doing a recap tomorrow because I know a lot of you like to see all of the looks in one place, and then we’ll be back to our regularly scheduled programming. I’m open to any post ideas or requests.

I’m planning to continue my Fight the Frump series because those posts seem to be well received, and I’ll do a September Favorites very soon. I’m also working on another Five Under $50 post, and I’ll have an Instagram Roundup sometime this week. I also have a couple of outfits we shot this weekend that I’ll be sharing soon.

Be sure to visit Cyndi and see the fall outfit she’s styling today, and I hope you have a blessed Sunday!

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