Hello and happy Tuesday! I’m feeling a bit more like myself this morning. Re-entry is tough, yo!
I have an early workout appointment, and then I’m excited to have the whole day to work and try to get ahead on posts for our 27 Days of Spring Fashion, which starts TOMORROW!
I feel like I should apologize for doing another Shop With Me post so soon, but you guys seem to like them, and this is the last chance I’ll have to do a post like this until after our spring fashion series. I took pictures when I was shopping in Nashville last weekend, and then I arrived home to a tower of boxes including another Trunk so I have a lot to share with you!
Cyndi and I started our shopping extravaganza in Nordstrom and spent quite a while there, and then we ventured out to wander the rest of the mall. We shopped at Banana Republic, Express, Talbots, Ann Taylor, Macy’s, and Athleta. I wasn’t feeling Talbots and Ann Taylor, and by the time we got to Macy’s, I was too tired to try anything else on, but they had a lot of great dresses. I want to look at the website from home and see what I might want to order.
I wanted to love this reversible sweater dress, but it’s too long in the torso (I am short-waisted and about an inch shorter than average) so I would need to get the straps taken up. This dress also isn’t very forgiving through the midsection. If you have any tummy at all, it shows. (I was sucking in for this picture, and I am too vain to post a side view, ha!) It’s cute, though, and I love that it’s reversible (it’s solid black on the other side.) For size reference, this is a small.
I wanted to expand my shopping horizons, so we wandered into Express. They carry a lot of work wear, and I felt like the prices were on the high side for the quality, but they do have some promotions, like BOGO 50% off on their portofino shirts. I thought this slim fit portofino shirt was really cute on. I’m wearing the medium.
I like the idea of this white bell sleeve top, but I didn’t love it. I wish it didn’t have that banded waist. Unfortunately, I can’t seem to find it online. If you do, feel free to share the link. I’m wearing the medium.
I did get a cute lightweight cardigan that I thought would be nice for spring, but I forgot to take a picture. I like how it’s got a slim cut to it, so it’s more flattering than some.
I wanted to love this ruffle hem dress, but it’s cut kind of weird around the arms, and it shows my bra (worse than you can see here, b/c I tried to tuck it in for the picture.) It was also a little snug in my usual size 8. It’s a really fun dress, though, and I recommend trying it if you like it. I expect it will work for a lot of women.
This is the ruffle sleeve top I mentioned in yesterdays post. This is the large. They didn’t have the medium in the store, so I ordered it. Well, now that I have the medium, I think I prefer the large. The medium is tight at the top of the arms and across the back where we ladies tend to get that back fat that is emphasized by our bra straps. So I hope I didn’t steer you all wrong yesterday with my sizing advice. It definitely runs small and I recommend sizing up.
This layered look tee is fun. I am wearing the small in this picture, but I ended up purchasing the medium. Again, the small was just a little snug in the chest, and I’m afraid it will shrink.
This off the shoulder top is also sold out on the Nordstrom website. George is getting upset! I did manage to find it at Lord & Taylor, so there’s that. This top will be perfect for a date night this summer. I’m wearing the small. It’s a tad snug, but I think a medium would be too voluminous through the midsection, so I’m going to stick with this size and hope it works when I try it with my strapless bra.
Okay, we’re moving on to Trunk Club and the online shopping that arrived while I was gone. I didn’t have any makeup on, so I’m covering my face with my phone. LOL!!! I was taking a “grace day” yesterday and I didn’t bother with hair and makeup. I also think it’s easier to try on a ton of clothes this way because I don’t have to worry about getting makeup on clothes I might return. On the other and, I usually recommend wearing makeup when trying on clothes so you get a better idea for how things will look on a normal day, but anyway, I didn’t feel like taking the time on it yesterday, so here we are!
This stripe shift dress is came in my Trunk. It’s adorable, and it’s great quality, but it’s too short for my comfort zone. For size reference, this is a small. (I think the Chucks are perfect with it.)
I have a black tie optional event coming up, and I wanted to love this Rebecca Taylor dress for it. It’s got such fun features, but I don’t think it flatters me enough to warrant the price. I also had the issue with the arm holes being cut in too far, showing my bra. This seems to be a trend this season, and I am not a fan. It’s an attractive cut, but it makes the bra situation awkward. I think this dress might flatter a pear-shape body type better.
Again, with my semi-formal event in mind, I was hoping to like this red cold shoulder shift, but it falls a little bit short. (No pun intended, haha!) I don’t usually like shift and A-line styles on my body type, and while this one isn’t bad, I just couldn’t get excited about it. I can’t remember which size I was wearing in this picture, but I liked the fit of the 8 better. The 6 was a tad snug. If you have a wedding to attend this spring, this dress would be perfect for that.
This tweed fit and flare dress is ADORABLE. I would wear this to church if our church was dressier. It has hints of pink in the weed, so I think blush or pink pumps would be so perfect with it. I don’t know if I’m keeping it because I really don’t need it, and I’m more comfortable in a sheath, but I think this is a great little number for spring events like graduations, weddings, etc. It also may be appropriate for some work situations, yes?
This casual hi-low tank dress is cute, but I’m not loving that hemline. I feel like it’s had its day. I do like how the straps are thick enough to wear a regular bra with it, and it fits well. It’s a size small, for size reference, and it also comes in cobalt and coral.
My Trunk Club stylist always gets me with these Joie tops. I’ve been looking for a white lace top, and this lace trim blouse is adorable, but it’s also quite spendy. I like that it’s a different silhouette for me, but I feel like it works. It would be fun to wear to the fashion blogging conference I have coming up in April. This is the medium, and I’m thinking I might want to try the small before I make my final decision. I’m pretty sure the other Joie blouse I have is a small.
These jeans also came in my trunk. They’re the Paige Verdugo — a style that is tried and true for me. I love this cropped length and the versatile dark wash with the faint whiskering detail at the hip. These have a 26″ inseam and a 8″ front rise, so they’re perfect for wearing with ankle boots and sandals like these with the ankle strap. I’m wearing the 29, my usual size for Paige denim, and they fit perfectly.
By the way, I love these wedges. They’re everywhere right now, and for good reason. They’re super cute and comfortable too. Mine are the Marc Fisher ones, and they’re a dupe for these popular designer ones. They’re getting sold out just about everywhere besides Zappo’s. If you want them, grab them now while you still can. Also, Steve Madden makes a nice version for less.
I am LOVING these 7 For All Mankind ‘b(air) Kimmie Bootcut Jeans. (They’re also at Bloomingdales in all sizes.) With a 33″ inseam, they’re the perfect length (for me) to wear with heels. Usually I have to get bootcut jeans hemmed, but these are perfect. Erin sent me the size 28, and they are quite snug. I like how they fit in the rear and thighs, but they do create a bit of a muffin top. I’m wondering if I should try the 29 before making my final decision. This b(air) denim isn’t supposed to stretch out.
Here they are with that Joie top. Do you like it better with bootcut jeans or skinnies?
Next, these next ones are the 7 For All Mankind Bootcut Jeans in Santiago Canyon. (They’re also at Zappo’s in more sizes.) They look similar to the ones above, but they’re a different fabric content, a darker wash, and they have a longer inseam at 35″. (These also come in a short version with a 31″ inseam, for you petite ladies out there.)
These are a size 29, and I feel like they’re too big. If they stretch at all, I fear they’ll start to slide down, and you don’t want bootcut jeans to get baggy in the thighs and hips, so if I were to keep these, I’d ask to try a 28. I haven’t worn enough of this brand to know which size tends to work best for me, but I seem to be in-between.
That’s it for my Trunk! There were actually a couple more things that I loved, but I’m saving them for a future post. I know, I’m mean. But I can’t share ALL my secrets! Haha! If you want to try out Trunk Club, I love my stylist, Erin. If you click through my referral link, that will get you to her. She likes to hop on the phone and get to know you and our style, and she’s great about searching high and low to find things you’re looking for that work for your style and budget. You get 5 days to try things on and you only pay for what you keep. There is a $25 styling fee, but that is applied to anything you purchase from your trunk.
As I said, I got home to quite a few boxes from various retailers because I’ve been shopping for my spring style series. I won’t show you all the items from my recent orders (that would take all day!) but I’ll share a few.
This is a cute cold shoulder ruffle top that came from Banana Republic that I think will be adorable with anything from skirts (if you are a tucker-inner) to jeans to dress pants. This is a size small.
I’ve had a few requests for jean shorts recommendations, so I ordered a few pairs to try. I personally like a shorter short. I think it’s more flattering on me, but everyone needs to find their sweet spot.
These Joe’s Jeans distressed cutoffs (pictured above) are about as short as I like to go. They have a 4″ inseam. They also have a 9″ rise, so they’re quite comfortable. I think they are flattering and cute, but they are similar to a pair I already have. They are also spendy at $98. I live in jean shorts in the summer, and I don’t mind spending on a pair that I feel good in because I know I’ll wear them to death, but I know not everyone shares my denim priorities (lol) so I ordered a few pairs at lower price points. For size reference, these are 28. They are snug, but in my experience, Joe’s Jeans stretch a lot, so I believe it’s the right size.
also shown: Tory Burch Miller Sandals in Sand Patent (I live in these during the summer!)
These Wit & Wisdom cuffed jean shorts are more modest, and also more modestly priced at $58. These have a 7″ inseam and also a 9″ rise. They have that Ab-solution technology that Wit & Wisdom is known for, so they “mold and hold” with interior control in the waistband and booty-lift construction. I’m wearing the 6, and they felt a bit snug in the waist, but I also hear this brand stretches out a bit so I would stick with that size. FYI, 6=28 in denim sizing.
I didn’t really like the wash on these, and I felt like they were too wide in the leg opening, so they’re going back. When shorts are too wide through the thighs, it can add visual weight and chop off the line of the leg, so I always look for shorts that fit pretty close to the leg. If you have thicker thighs, you might like these better. FYI, they also come in petite.
By the way, the strap front top that I’m wearing with the jean shorts is selling out already. Blergh. I’ve already photographed it in an outfit for my spring series. If you want one, grab it now. I have the medium.
I think these Mavi cuffed jean shorts are my favorites. These have a 5″ inseam and a 9″ rise. The inseam is a good length for me. I feel like I look balanced and modest without being frumpy. These are a size 28. Again, in my experience, this brand can stretch some, and my Mavi bootcut jeans that are 29 are too loose. These are definitely keepers for me. I would wait for them to go on sale, but I want to style a few shorts outfits for spring, so I’m going to keep them at this price.
I will still be trying other jean shorts at lower price points to recommend to you. Maybe I’ll head to the mall one day and do that.
Finally, this double layer sleeveless top from Banana Republic is a nice work wear piece. I can see it with skirts or dress pants. Of course, I’ll probably wear it with jeans. It would also be nice layered under a blazer. It’s on sale for $46.
So that’s a wrap! Phew! These posts always take longer than I think they will. If you have any questions on sizing and quality, feel free to ask. I’m sure I’ve forgotten something!
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