Loving these skirts by French Connection and Diane von Furstenberg for totally different reasons. On my pear shaped body type, the French Connection Story Skirt ($69.99, orig. $128) is a perfect fit for work. I'd pair this bright mini with a subdued grey silk tank or perhaps a flutter-sleeve, printed blouse with flats for the office (this skirt also comes in black, but I've GOT to stay away from more black skirts...I have three!)
Our DVF mini is well over 50% off at $90.04, originally priced at $225. Animal prints are always in style when done tastefully, and it doesn't get much more classy than DVF! Pair it with a ruffle collar blouse and simple cardigan for work; switch it up at night with a casual cook grey tank and chunky gold necklace and heels for drinks when you're off the clock.
Finally I have always loved peacock feathers and their colors, so I had to highlight this amazing feather bangle from Tory Burch, just $32. I would love to see this with several more gold bangles stacked up my arm!
Shopping is like a sport, and just as football, basketball, soccer and track & field stars have the "off-season", so do clothes. You see, even though the racks at Neimans and Nordstrom are preparing for pre-fall items, I can't even think about putting on a wooly sweater in this sweltering Atlanta heat...let alone BUYING the thing. I USUALLY buy clothing so that I can wear it PRONTO.
But I CAN wrap my head around a chic linen blazer that has probably been on the shelves since early March, marked way way down to something like $19.99. And even though I won't be needing said blazer until the chillier September nights to come, I can snag a steal and feel pretty damn good about it.
So many deals along these lines are popping their lil' price tags up online and in stores. As the waitress of what-to-wear for way less, I thought I'd serve a couple thangs up fer ya.
I'd love to see that Mirror/Dash French Nautical Blazer (sale $19.99, orig. $58) with preppy white, red or pale yellow shorts, anchored by chic flats (think Tory Burch) but tough jewels. As for the Splotch Washed Jacket from Forever21 (sale $14.99, orig. $29.80), this would be mega-sweet worn unbuttoned with some structured black shorts and a long grey tank with peep-toe ankle booties to amp up the bad-assness (think "Rihanna running errands" style). Our final steal comes from Free People with their Long Seamed Blazer (sale $89.95, orig. $128). I love how FP has it paired with a prairie-esque short skirt (would not wear anything too long...think proportions here). But I might roll up the sleeves a bit & even add another patterned top instead of the solid one featured as the jacket is such a strong base. Paired with some tough, loosely laced Doc Martens, you'd be channeling Empire Records like a pro.
Tip: If you're down with that hippie-chic style, check FreePeople.com for sale info often. Often times they have markdowns well over 50% off! Furthermore, look for reductions during these months on cocktail dresses, sandals & jeans!
J. Crew's seasonal collections can be hit or miss for me. I remember absolutely loving their fall collection last year, enjoying all their twists on cardigans and scoring a couple from my Christmas wish list. But since that time, I have not been drawn to shop there as much. Maybe it's because I've found other wonderful places to shop since moving to Atlanta or maybe it's because I feel like so many of J. Crew's pieces are meant to fit on tall, stringy girls with boyish figures. And this is so far from my shape that I don't even try on skirts, pants or shorts from there anymore.
But one thing J. Crew (and Victoria's Secret) does do quite well is the art of the sale. And if you're trying to spend $100 or less, you should probably worship at the Church of Jenna Lyons.
Using an oversize v-neck white or grey tee & gold sandals (you surely already own), try this combo of feminine and tough for a casual summer outing. Click to enlarge!
What is it with me & bows lately? I am usually an extremely hipped out kind of lady with more tunics than tied-up cuteness. Maybe I feel like it makes me look fun/young yet professional? Or, as I mentioned in an earlier post, I may just totally be on a Sonia Rykiel-inspired kick. Anyhoo, I found this top at fab'rik Buckhead and fell in love instantly. For $38, it will look great with my white Hudsons my sister gave me or my cotton high waisted H&M skirt of meetings and events!
P.S. Comments welcome on the iPhone pics. I know they're not of the greatest quality, but I think they help me get info out faster. I'll continue to try and take better quality photos with my "real" camera though...don't you worry!