Working the Trend: How to wear a Bouquet of Vintage Florals

Welcome to a new series, “Working the trend.” In this series, I will provide tips, tricks, and inspiration for working a current trends.

One of the current trends I adore is the floral trend. I’ve noticed many of them have a vintage feel—ranging from a new take on Victorian to florals that look picked from the 60s and 70s. These are so much fun and have so many ways they can be worked a stylish wardrobe.  Florals tend to give a more feminine and pretty feel, but can be integrated into a variety of different styles, can work for anyone, and, while they are often thought of as spring or summer prints, they can be worn year-round.

Off-the-shoulder Outfit

Off-the-shoulder Outfit

 

Tips and tricks to work florals

Mixing prints:

Flirt outfit

Flirt outfit

  • Do mix florals with other prints! If you are unsure of mixing prints, looks for perforated or embossed shoes or a handbags in a neutral color and wear with your florals for a way to try out mixing prints—and check out my previous post on mixing prints (check out the Matinee outfit or the Off-the-Shoulder outfit)
  • Or go with stripes or a plaid—both are always a nice contrast for florals.
    • For a put-together look, match the main color in the floral with a main stripe color, as show in the Striped trench outfit
    • Or go for a plaid shoe with a floral top for a fun print mix  made easier because it is separated by a solid, as shown in the cold-shoulder cami outfit

 

 

Accessorizing:

Do you think he is posing too? Dress outfit

Do you think he is posing too? Dress outfit

  • For floral tops, think of accessorizing with a statement cuff or bold shoes to draw attention first to the top (for examples, see the Parlor outfit, Crush outfit)
  • Or go for a striking necklace on a bold print for a statement outfit, such is in the Dress outfit
  • Put a hat on it or a jacket to polish off the outfit and weather-proof those flowers, as in the is in the Dress outfit and Flirt outfits
  • Complement your florals with some funky, fun, sparkly, or otherwise interesting shoes to make a statement from top to toes (as shown in all outfits)
 

Working the colors:

  • Look for soft muted colors, for a more subtle floral that can work as a neutral (also the Matinee outfit)
  • Or look for bright florals for a pretty pop of color (as in the Crush outfit)
  • Or go for bold florals on a neutral, such as navy, to pop the flowers and add a level of sophistication, as we see in the Off-the-Shoulder outfit
  • Pop the flowers by wearing a solid bottom in the same background color of your floral top (or solid top in the background color of you print bottom)—this will also add some length and look put-together (see the Cold shoulder outfit)

 

Florals to look out for:

  • Look for unexpected florals, such as the Crush Top (shown below) in vibrant red with delicate, Victorian-inspired roses in pinks, blues, purples, yellows, and oranges
  • Look for a top and a bottom in the same floral so you can wear them together for a dress or jumpsuit/romper look or separately with other pieces (following these tips) for versatility, as you can see in the Flirt outfit

 

Styling the flowers:

Matinee Outfit

Matinee Outfit

  • For an edgier look, wear the florals with destructed denim (check out the Matinee outfit or the Parlor outfits for examples)
  • Update the vintage florals with modern cuts and styles, such as these wide-leg crop pants from Ann Taylor (Marina) (check out the Off-the-Shoulder outfit for an example)
  • Combined striking floral top or bottom with a neutral bottom or top to focus on the floral (check out the Crush outfit or the Kimono Outfit for examples)
    • Feel free to match the color of the florals with your shoes or accessories, but consider keeping everything else subtle or natural though to not overwhelm (as shown in both the Crush top outfit and the Parlor Outfit)
  • Or pop some florals beneath a striped trench or long jacket for a touch of pretty, such as in the Flirt outfit
  • Mix the florals with practical and even more masculine pieces, such as utility or cargo pants,  safari style, and military style for a strong yet pretty look, which is shown in the Off-the-shoulder outfit
  • Dress down a flirty cold-shoulder top with skirted-leggings or other comfy, casual bottoms, as shown in the Kimono outfit
  • Go easy and comfortable, with soft knits in neutrals, leggings, and a drapery floral topper, such as a kimono, such as in the Kimono outfit

 

Winterize or fallize your florals:

  • Look for florals in colors of that season, such as the rich colors in the Off-the-shoulder outfit
  • Wear florals that may seem spring or summer with winter or fall layers and colors, like a long burgundy sweater, brown leather jacket, or dark olive pants (the latter shown in the Off-the-shoulder outfit)

Mix with other trends!

Parlor Outfit

Parlor Outfit

  • You can add a military/explorer feel by wearing your florals with the on-trend new neutral, olive. I love the toughness of the military vibe olive can provide mixed with the feminine feel of the florals, such as in the Off-the-shoulder outfit.
  • Go cold shoulder or off-the-shoulder with your florals to combine two trends in one blouse! Florals seem to work particularly well with the peek-a-boo trends. They add some sweetness to the sexy of the bare shoulders, such as the Dress outfit, Cold shoulder outfit, and Off-the-shoulder outfit
  • Or wear your florals with a split back, such as the Parlor Top, to add a chic and fun element that adds some interesting when you turn around—look great coming and going!
  • Rock the trends on your toes too—those funky, fun, sparkly, or otherwise interesting shoes can be trendy too. Consider a funky heeled sandal in the bootie style, lace-up heels, or jeweled sandals, as shown in all outfits.
  • Mix the soft, feminine florals with the edgy, tough destructed denim for a play on contrasts—see the Matinee outfit.
  • Wear your florals on a kimono—the very on-trend topper (see the Kimono outfit).

Some florals I am currently loving:

Matinee Outfit

Matinee Outfit

Matinee Top: This color and print of this top reminds me of something my grandmother would wear, in a very good way. She was an artist and the watercolor floral print is something she would have loved and the colors would have looked great on her.  The print feels a bit 70s or maybe 80s to me. The button-up style works well for work, but the flowy swing shape works well casually too. The three-quarter sleeves are perfect for summer and add to the uniqueness of the top. While a lovely chiffon, this fabric is sturdy enough to handle hanging with my nearly-four year old.

Full outfit: Matinee top and cami from cabi along with older Chelsea Charm earrings. Distressed rollup slim crop from JustFab. Franco Sarto Honolulu Perforated Ghilly Heel from Stitch Fix.

 
Crush Outfit

Crush Outfit

Crush Top: Another cabi piece, this is such a fun top that mixes bright red with delicate feminine roses in colors such as pink and purple. I’d expect these flowers to have a different color background, but the red makes to modern and not sticky sweet. The ruffle is a chic addition. This top works week casually, under a blazer or cardigan for work, or dressed up or down for a date. It’s a versatile, enjoyable top.

Full outfit: Crush top and the Hutton pants in sand dune from cabi clothing. Pink gold bow earrings from Kate Spade (similar). Ivy cuff, older, from Stella & Dot. Cole Hann Adair Bow Cap Toe Wedge from Stitch Fix.

 
Off-the-shoulder Outfit

Off-the-shoulder Outfit

Off-the-shoulder Top: This JustFab top is already sold out, but they have a few others that have a similar feel. I love the striking tropical-colored florals in the dark navy background. It really pops the florals without being too bold. The print works well in the off-the-shoulder style—it might be too much if it had the extra fabric covering the shoulder and upper chest! This top also have a lovely tie in back for added interest (and more of that looking good coming and going trend!).

Full outfit: JustFab Tropical off-the-shoulder top (no longer available, but check out the Smocked Top and the Island Top). The wide leg Marina pant from Ann Taylor in dark olive. Seahorse cuff, Anchor earrings, and Anchor necklace from cabi clothing. Franco Sarto Honolulu Perforated Ghilly Heel from Stitch Fix.

 
Parlor Outfit

Parlor Outfit

Parlor Top: This exotic and lovely top always gets compliments when I wear it. The print reminds me a bit of a postcard from the tropics in the 1950s or 1960—vintage and striking. I adore the colors: pinks, cream, warm brown, green, turquoise, and blue. It’s a soft flowing chiffon, with merrowed edges, a slit back, and cap sleeves. I love it with destructed jeans for a mix of soft and edgy. It’s also a great layering piece or summer top.

Full outfit: Parlor top, Seahorse cuff, and Sea knot necklace from cabi clothing. Distressed rollup slim crop and Kateryna pump from JustFab.

 
Flirt Outfit

Flirt Outfit

Flirt Cami: This was one of my first purchases from the cabi Sprint 2017 collection and is a favorite. The floral print on the navy background reminds me of a calico in vintage quilt, but more striking. The navy also make it highly versatile and easy to mix with other pieces and layer. It is comfortable with jersey lining and an easy, fit with some forgiveness, but is still flattering. It’s got a little keyhole or peek-a-boo element in the front that is still fairly demure. I’ve worn it as a top alone, or under a jacket or cardigan for work. You can also make it into a dress with the Flirt Skirt.

Flirt Skirt: Made of the same chiffon floral print of the Flirt Cami, this skirt is equal versatile. It’s a mini skirt, but not too short. The wide elastic smocking is both flattering and forgiving. It make a nice dress with Flirt Cami, a lovely skirt to dress up or down, or even can be worn as a sleeveless top!

Full outfit: Flirt cami, Flirt skirt, Maritime Trench, and Sea knot necklace from cabi clothing. Franco Sarto Honolulu Perforated Ghilly Heel from  Stitch Fix.

 
Dress outfit

Dress outfit

Off-the-shoulder Dress: The smocking on the top of the dress reminds me of this 1970s sundresses and dresses. Together with the floral print, this dress is reminiscent of a smocked calico dress I had in my dress-up box as a kid. This modern take on the 70s classic has the trendy of-the shoulder style, a bolder print, and a side slit. The midi length is playful, on-trend, and easy to wear. I tend to dress this dress down, but it is also fun as a date night style. Here I show it with some boho for a festival vibe.

Full outfit: Off-the-shoulder floral dress and Metal Mama Necklace from JustFab (the dress is not currently available, check out the Cold Shoulder Floral Dress instead), Riviera necklace  and Seahorse cuff from cabi, Sole Society Straw Panama Hat from the Zoe Report Summer 2017 Box of Style (save $10 off your first box by using my referral), and the sparkly Florecita gold sandals from fibi & clo (via Kathy Roush, our style challenge sponsor this month—so you can win a pair of fibi & clow footwear!).

 
Cold Shoulder Outfit

Cold Shoulder Outfit

Cold Shoulder Cami: Another navy background floral—these are so versatile. Navy is a color for every season, but with a fondness for summer as a softer dark summer natural. The bigger, bolder florals are striking, yet feminine. This is lined with a comfy knit and the easy fit makes it comfortable. I love dressing it down, as shown, with the m’leggings or destructed jeans.

Full outfit: Cold Shoulder cami, M’leggings, and Sea knot necklace from cabi clothing. Plaid tassel flats from J. Crew.

 

 

 

 

 

Gwenifer Kimono: This pretty, flowy Paradigma kimono has a lovely pink, blue, purple, teal, and green vintage floral print that is heavy on lilies.  The white back ground makes it easy to style. It’s become a go-to for me this summer. I love it with these m’leggings or the distressed rollup slim crop. The easy flow is fun and feminine. It can be worn as a cover-up too. I tend to just throw it on whenever I need layer.

Full outfit: Gwenifer Kimono by Paradigma from Stitch Fix. M’leggings, Iris TankSt. Tropez Earrings, and St. Tropez necklace from cabi. Older L.L. Bean flats.

 

 

 

 

Interested in any of the cabi, JustFab, or Stitch Fix?

JustFab: Use my referral code so you and I can save some money. Becoming a member is great, but I can give you some tips and tricks to make it work best for you. Feel free to contact me about this or with any questions.

Stitch Fix: Use my referral code here too—this will give me a credit and should give you a deal.

Cabi: Unfortunately, I am posting this after the cabi Sprinf 2017 season has technically closed, so you may not be able to purchase any of the cabi via the traditional means. However, if you must have any of the cabi, here are some ways you may be able to get it:

  • First, always try your stylist. She may have a sample available, know of another stylist with a sample available, or have other ways to get it. If you do not have one you may reach out to my stylist Joni Allen (via email or phone: 770 502-5243 [call or text]), Leigh Cheatwood-Harris (a friend’s stylist whom I have worked with also and can recommend: email and her site), or find a cabi stylist near you.
  • Second, check out resale, such as the Facebook groups or apps that allow people to sell their cabi or ebay.
  • Third, wait until January, when the outlets will get the Spring 2017 line and to go or call an outlet to see if they have this. Many outlets will allow you to order over the phone and then ship it to you.

Diving into a Stylish Summer! My Personal June Style Challenge

As I recently posted, I’ve been having some issues and did not keep up with this blog or my Instagram account.

But I am diving back in with the June Style Challenge!

For those of you who are unfamiliar, I host a monthly personal style challenge. Instead of giving you daily or weekly prompts, you choose your personal style challenge for the month. Maybe you want to wear more skirts or learn to mix prints? Maybe you dare yourself to bare your arms, like Kelly Gartner, our June style challenge partner, did last month. Maybe you wear too much black? Perhaps you want to try the cold shoulder trend? Whatever your issue or challenge, you choose it and Work It for the whole month. Post here, in the comments each day you work it or to Instagram with the tag #WorkingMyPersonalStylechallenge.

Each post enters you to win one of our fabulous June prizes:

  • Our grand prize is a $50 Stella & Dot gift certificate from stylist Kelly Gartner! I love Stella & Dot. They have some fabulous summer pieces and some on-trend collections like Summer Silver and Neutral Chic. We’ll post more about Stella & Dot here and on Instagram, so keep an eye out!
  • Our pink prize is a Seven Day Trail Pack of the New Plexus Slim (the link shows the older Slim). The pink drink is designed to help you lose weight and does so by balancing blood sugar and now (in the new version, which you could win) by promoting the growth of good gut microflora*. The ingredients are all natural--no artificial dyes or flavors.  I’ve found my mood is improved (no hanger here) and more balanced, I have less food cravings and less appetite, and I have so much more energy. I don’t even need coffee anymore! I’ll talk more about the Pink Drink below, should you be interested, with even some links to research. The older Slim Trail Packs cost $24.95. I’m not sure what the pricing will be on the new Slim, so I cannot give you an exact value, but it is likely more than $24.95. This is a brand new formula that I don’t even think you can buy yet. Luckily, the Ambassadors got a special early purchase opportunity, which I jumped on and am sharing with you!

So, choose your personal challenge(s), work them throughout the month, post here or on Instagram with the #WorkingMyPersonalStylechallenge, and be entered to win Stella & Dot or Plexus Slim!

 

My challenges:

Target scarf, Hamilton Tee shirt (from NYC show), cabi reversible skirt (older),  Nedala sandal  from JustFab.

Target scarf, Hamilton Tee shirt (from NYC show), cabi reversible skirt (older), Nedala sandal from JustFab.

For June I have two Personal Style Challenges:

  • Casual dresses and skirts: I wear skirts a lot to work and dresses not much. I’d like to work on wearing both more and doing so casually—not just for the office.
  • Shorts with longer sleeves: I wear sleeveless shirt or tee shirts with shorts. But I don’t tend to wear longer sleeved shirts with shorts. I do not know why not. I wear longer pants with tee shirts. So, I should do the reverse. And will work this for June!

Follow me on Instagram to see how I do!

 

 

 

Our Partner:

Kelly Gartner is a stylist with her own fabulous style blog Kelly Gartner Style. She is also a personal stylist with Stella & Dot. We are both cabi addicts and met through our love of cabi! She does amazing closet organization and personal styling too. Kelly is full of style! Check her out on Instagram to learn more about style, get tips on closest reorganizations, and see some amazing Stella & Dot jewelry!

 

More about Plexus Slim:

Plexus Slim and other Plexus products.

Plexus Slim and other Plexus products.

I was introduced to the “pink drink” by my cousin, Diana, and after trying it out, I was sold. So sold, in fact, that shortly afterwards I became a Plexus Ambassador. Diana likes to call Slim “Balance,” which I agree is a much better name for it, because it does more than help people lose weight. It adds balance by balancing my blood sugar and helping me balance my life. I am a better mother, worker, wife, friend, family member, and person because of this drink, and I am more balanced. My experience has been great, but don’t just take my word for it. Plexus Slim has clinically demonstrated it can help you lose weight (I’ll see I can find and add a link to this study). Plus, the new prebiotic (xylooligosaccharide) has been scientifically shown to drastically increase good gut microbes, leading to better health for you. The prebiotics (not probiotics--prebiotics) are a new trend in health research with some great research behind them. For example, one article I found says “Prebiotics exert a plethora of health-promoting effects…. Prebiotics are being implicated in starter culture formulation, gut health maintenance, colitis prevention, cancer inhibition, immunopotentiaton, cholesterol removal, reduction of cardiovascular disease, prevention of obesity and constipation...” and another says ‘prebiotics… can also have an impact, improving sleep and buffering the physiological impacts of stress.” Buffering stress impacts? Better sleep? Cancer inhibition? Cholesterol removal? Reduced cardiovasualr disease? And more? These little buggers work miracles! Do note: None of these statements have been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. It’s my experience, the Plexus literature, and some research I did (and linked to).

 

More casual? Maybe not yet... Renee C Addae Knit Dress and Cole Haan Adair Bow Cap Toe Wedge shoes, both from Stitch Fix    (use  my referral link for$25 of your first Fix )

More casual? Maybe not yet... Renee C Addae Knit Dress and Cole Haan Adair Bow Cap Toe Wedge shoes, both fromStitch Fix (use my referral link for$25 of your first Fix)

 

* None of these statements have been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration

Pencil Skirt POW: Classic with a Twist Manic Monday

Outfit Mission Statement: Add a cardigan with a twist and fun shoes to your classic pencil skirt for an on-trend and chic manic Monday look!

Manic Monday outfits are easy career clothes to throw on for manic Mondays. This Monday we look at ways to take classic pieces with on-trend aspects for an easy, stylish office look. The POW (Piece of the Week) is the pencil skirt in general, and the cabi Fall 2016 Sigourney skirt in particular. Since pencil skirts start as chic, professional pieces, they are work-ready. Cardigans are a perfect match, also being classic and work–ready also. They make a really easy outfit to thrown on Mondays when you are not ready to start the week, but want to look like you are. This is such a classic combination that you can play with it and still have a professional work look. Here are a few variations on this with different cardigans and fun prints.

Tips:

  • When going with a classic outfit of a pencil skirt and cardigan, took for ways to shake it up with fun prints and modern twists
  • Mix a bold print pencil skirt with the new neutral navy cardigan for a fun, yet professional look
  • Look for cardigans with modern touches, like longer lengths and chiffon layers
  • Add distinctive shoes for a fun finishing touch
  • Add some feminine flair with ruffles, which complement the straight lines of the pencil skirt
  • A pencil skirt is a great layer under a longer cardigan, as it has the slim lines you get with skinny jeans or leggings

 

Outfit Breakdowns:

Sigourney Skirt Outfit:

  • Skirt: Sigourney Skirt from cabi Fall 2016, which is no longer readily available. See my introductory POW post for ways to get this skirt, turquoise alternatives, or other pencil skirts
  • Blouse: Medallion Reign Blouse from cabi Fall 2016, which is no longer readily available (check out the introductory POW post for ways to get this)
  • Sweater: Sweetheart Sweater, also from cabi Fall 2016, and is no longer readily available (check out the introductory POW post for ways to get this)
  • Shoes: Blue Floral Issy Pump by Ruby Shoo via Zulily (contact me to get an invitation to join!)
  • Earrings: Dolce Charm Earrings from cabi Spring 2016, which is no longer readily available (check out the introductory POW post for ways to get this (they are available via the same ways as the skirt, except they should already be in outlets—go to my introductory POW post for more)

Navy and Yellow Outfit:

 

Related Posts:

  1. Beyond POW: Black, White, and Comfy Manic Monday:  Take knit pieces in white and black for a strong, chic, and comfortable Manic Monday look.
  2. Ponte and Knotted Manic Monday: For a comfortable, professional Monday outfit, dress up your denim shirt with a navy ponte pencil skirt.
  3. Manic Flannel Monday: Outfit Mission Statement: For a cozy yet professional look, take one casual flannel and add lots of professional pieces.

Pencil Skirt POW: Working It Black, White, and Printed Chic Wednesday

Outfit Mission Statement:  Mix your feminine, chic pencil skirt with neutral mixed prints and classy jewelry for a put-together, fun, boardroom-ready look

Working it Wednesday outfits are professional career clothes, often a step or two above Manic Monday outfits. The POW (Piece of the Week) is the pencil skirt in general, and the cabi Fall 2016 Sigourney skirt in particular. A pencil skirt is perfect for work, of course. The chic professionalism of the pencil skirt pairs perfectly with a cute jacket or blouse for work. But it also lets you get away with some more interesting choices, as it adds professionalism to anything.  So, you can mix prints, wear a more causal shirt, and other things, and still look ready to take on the boardroom. This outfit is a fun mix of two cabi seasons and a mix of prints.

Tips:

  • Play off the professionalism of the pencil skirt for unique and fun pieces
  • For a more put-together and professional print mixing, keep your prints to the same neutral colors, like black and white
  • For all-day comfort with the left of a heel, opt for wedges
  • Professional doesn’t have to be serious, feel free to mix prints in surprising ways in professional pieces
  • Add a pop of color in an otherwise black and white outfit for a pop of color and interest
  • A bun will also add some professionalism to more casual pieces, and compliments the chic, feminine pencil skirt

Outfit Breakdown:

 

Related Posts:

  1. Plume POW: Working It Classic & Modern Coco Wednesday: Create a career outfit with the same put-together professionalism as a suit with a few modern interpretations of classic pieces.
  2. Beyond POW: Working It Long, Lean, and Versatile Wednesday: For a long, lean professional look, wear dark neutral layers over a white shirt, a longer pencil skirt, and a cropped jacket.
  3. Go-To POW: Working It Classic Nautical Wednesday posted March 23, 2016: Combine the perfect black work trousers with a classic nautical jacket for chic, preppy, and professional look that implies success .

 

 

Pencil Skirt POW: Casual, Chic, and Coxy Tuesday

Outfit Mission Statement: Mix easy basics and comfortable pieces with your chic pencil skirt for a nice twist on casual

No place like Tuesday outfits are casual, comfy clothes for working from home, working at home, parenting (at home), and anything else where comfort is key and you are home. Although they will work for errands and anything else casual. The POW (Piece of the Week) is the pencil skirt in general, and the cabi Fall 2016 Sigourney skirt in particular. Pencil skirts may give off a certain va va voom, but with a cozy cardigan sweater or plain tee you can dress them down for a fun alternative to a tee shirt (or sweater) and jeans. You can opt for a plain pencil skirt or go fancy and have fun dressing down a lace one, as shown below. Focus on mixing the pencil skirt with comfortable pieces that are forgiving and even loose to balance the pencil skirt, and make sure your feet are comfortable.

I’m showing two outfits here, a cozy winter one for those of you in more northern climes (and may have just gotten snow), and a cooler spring version for those of us getting hotter temperatures. Both follow the same concept, and both can be a fun way of dressing down a pencil skirt.

 

Tips:

  • Choose comfortable tops with a forgiving and even loose cut to balance out the smooth, body hugging pencil skirt 
  • Opt for a fun, but more casual accessory, like an animal print belt or funky necklace 
  • If you have a solid pencil skirt (like the Sigourney skirt), you can mix print for a fun, more whimsical way to dress it down 
  • If you have a fancier pencil skirt, like the blue lace one, go for basics in solid colors to dress down
  • Go for comfortable, practical shoes, such as canvas sneaker or fuzzy boots
  • You can treat the long lean shape of a pencil skirt like leggings or skinny jeans and wear longer, even bulky layers over it, like with leggings and skinny jeans, you’ll end up with a longer, lean line
  • Don’t be afraid to dress the pencil skirt down and take her to the park or running errands—you’ll look great and feel just a bit more sophisticated

 

Outfits:

Sigourney Skirt outfit:

Lace skirt outfit:

 

 

 

 

Related Posts:

  1. Pleated Star POW: Pretty Terrific Geek Chic Thursday Posted September 29, 2016: Mix a pretty skirt with geek pieces for and edgy, feminine geek chic look!
  2. Run Around POW: Muted, Playful Contrasts at Home Tuesday Posted April 26, 2016: Dress down your black skirt in muted tones, with pops of fun and sunshine
  3. Margherita POW: Easy, Breezy Contrasts Tuesday Posted May 10, 2016: For coverage and/or added casualness, wear a contrasting tied tee shirt over your favorite sundres

Or browse the other casual “No Place like Tuesday” outfits and tips!

Pencil Skirt POW: Trendy, Elegant, and all Choked up Date Night

Outfit Mission Statement: Look good coming and going in a classic, feminine pencil skirt and a trendy, elegant lace back blouse

Friday Night Drinks POW outfits are for going out on a date, getting drinks, seeing a band play, going to dinner and a movie—something where you want to look good and may wear some sexier clothes and statement pieces. The POW (Piece of the Week) is the pencil skirt in general, and the cabi Fall 2016 Sigourney skirt in particular. The pencil skirt is a perfect date night option. It’s sexy, chic, classic, and feminine all in one. Given the power of the pencil skirt, you have a lot of options to finish the date night look, from a tee shirt to an elegant silk blouse. In fact, you can even wear flannel and look hot! Here I went with a trendy, yet elegant option—lace back blouses. I love this look because it is clean and simple in front, but has the surprise of lace and a bit of skin in back. You look good coming and going! Since it is the transitional time of year where some still have winter and some spring, I am showing a colder weather version and a warmer weather one. They both are a similar look—turquoise or green pencil skirt and a lace back blouse. I went with black, boots, and a choker for the colder weather look and white with green heels for the spring look. Of course, with the right shoes/boots either can work for any time of the year.

for cooler temps

for cooler temps

for warmer temps

for warmer temps

Tips:

  • For a trendy and sexy, yet elegant date night look pair the on-trend lace back tops with a pencil skirt
  • If you want to show some skin, but don’t want to be too revealing, the lace back top is a fabulous choice
  • If you wear a lace back top, think of other ways to draw attention to your back—such as a lovely updo and a statement hair pin
  • Consider a neutral top color when rocking a bold pencil skirt and a lace back to draw attention to the lace and the skirt
  • If you tuck your top into your pencil skirt and blouse it, you’ll draw attention to your waist and create more of an hourglass look
  • If you leave your top untucked, you'll create a longer torso  and hide tummy issues
  • Chokers add a dash of Victorian and a pinch of sex appeal—don’t be afraid of this trend, anyone can rock it:
    • If you have looser neck skin or a larger neck:
      • Go for a wider choker in a lace or something with varying edges, which will hide issues and be more forgiving
      • Wear it looser and lower, almost at collar level for the same look without the feeling of having something tight around your neck or creating bulges; this also works better if you have sagging skin
    • If you have a double chin or a little extra right there, go lower rather than higher to not add to this—I tend to go just under halfway or lower
    • Think about what you want to emphasize—lower will draw eyes to your collar bone, shoulders, and chest, whereas higher will emphasize your face more
    • Layer! Chokers work wonderfully with almost any length necklace, other chokers, or even a scarf
    • For a more cohesive and possibly monochromatic look match the color and material with something in your outfit (like black lace)
    • Not sure? Go for a thin one and wear it at your collar like a very short necklace, then work your way up and bigger as you feel comfortable
    • The more bare skin around the choker the more it will stand out and draw attention to that bare skin, so for greater sex appeal consider deeper cut neck lines, cold shoulder, and off-the-shoulder tops, and even put your hair up (if it is longer). To tone down the sex appeal, have your choker peak out of a button down or other shirt that does not show much skin.
    • A longer neck can rock any width of choker
    • A shorter neck may want to go with narrower chokers worn lower, which will add length—a thicker choker at mid neck will likely make your neck look shorter

Outfits:

Sigourney Skirt Outfit:

  • Skirt: Sigourney Skirt from cabi Fall 2016, which is no longer readily available. See my introductory POW post for ways to get this skirt, turquoise alternatives, or other pencil skirts
  • Blouse: Tempest Blouse from cabi Fall 2016, which is no longer readily available. Check out the same cabi options in my introductory POW post)
  • Boots: Unnati boots from JustFab (use my referral code to save money) 
  • Clutch: Old clutch, unsure of brand
  • Choker: Lace choker from JustFab, that is no longer available—consider the Laser Cut N Strut instead (use my referral code to save money)
  • Hair pin: Starburst hair pin from Lilla Rose, which is not available now, but there are many other options (I worked with Abby McElroy and she was very helpful)
  • Earrings: older gifts
 

White Blouse Outfit:

 

 

 

Related Posts:

  1. Plaid POW: Date Night Flannel Heat Posted February 26, 2016: Don’t rule out a flannel shirt for a sexy date outfit—just add other pieces with plenty of sex appeal
  2. Plume POW: Touch of 70s Date Night Posted April 08, 2016: Reference your favorite style decade to add fun, glamour, and sex appeal to your night out looks
  3. Love POW: Just add Sparkles, Fur, and Beads to make it Sunday Best Posted February 07, 2016: Take a pretty blouse and a neutral pencil skirt and turn it into a sophisticated special occasion outfit with fur, sparkles, beads, and mixing a single metal

Or check out the other date night POWs for more inspiration for a fabulous date (outfit).

POW 13: The Wardrobe Essential Pencil Skirt

Do you have a pencil skirt? Pencil skirts are a wardrobe essential, especially for office, dates, and special occasions, but can even work for casual and play. I wear them a lot myself, and have made them key parts of many POW outfits. 

Sigourney skirt, Zebra belt, and Bowie Tee from cabi clothing Fall 2016. Fuzzy boots from  JustFab .

Sigourney skirt, Zebra belt, and Bowie Tee from cabi clothing Fall 2016. Fuzzy boots from JustFab.

It is past time I featured a pencil skirt as a POW. So, let me introduce you to our next Piece of the Week—the pencil skirt! Pencil skirts are slim, body hugging skirts that tend to end around the knee.  The pencil skirt is a classic, feminine, elegant, polished, and sexy wardrobe workhorse. It is also a rarity in that anyone can rock a pencil skirt—young, old, slim, curvy, athletic, short and tall. These flatter everyone. Part of the reason is that they show off the calf part of the leg, which is one body part that tends to look great on all women regardless of size or age (the shoulders are another). The classic also enhances curves, slims, boost confidence, and gives any outfit the chic, cool elegance of a Parisian woman. Every woman should have at least one. I have… well… a lot. So, if you are new to pencil skirts or want to wear them more, check out all my posts and outfits that include them!

 

Fit and length:

You want a pencil skirt to follow your natural curves and fit at both the waist and hips, which can be harder to find if your waist to hip ratio doesn’t match the “standards” clothes are designed for. My hips are larger than these standards (or waist smaller), and I have a hard time finding something that is smooth across my hips and not too loose across my belly. I recommend if you have fit problems, going for a stretchy fabric such as a knit or ponte, or getting something that fits the bigger body part and getting it altered to fit the smaller part.

While pencil skirts tend to be knee length, you can find or alter them to be different lengths to flatter your height:

  • Shorter: If you are shorter or want your legs to look long, go for a pencil skirt that ends above the knee. Don’t go too far above the knee, maybe one to three inches, if you go too far, you lose the lengthening look of the skirt.
  • Average height: Look for skirts that hit right at knee length. You will get the lengthening of the pencil skirt and can show off lots of leg.
  • Taller: You can rock pencil skirts that go below the knee. They tend to make people look shorter, so keep this in mind (but you can get away with that). I suggest wearing heels if you go with the longer length. You can also wear shorter styles too.

A solid pencil skirt is universally flattering. If your bottom half is a “problem” area for you and you want to hide problems, go for darker solid colors. If you want to show off your bottom half or your curves, consider bright colors and prints.

You can make a pencil skirt work for anybody type. If you want to know how to rock it for your body shape, check out this great post “How to wear the pencil skirt” on How to dress like a Parisian, which goes over how to wear a pencil skirt for any body type.

 

The skirt:

For this POW, I am featuring the cabi Fall 2016 Sigourney skirt. Unfortunately, the cabi Fall 2016 season has closed, which means this fabulous skirt is no longer available via the traditional means. If you must have this piece, here are some ways you may be able to get it:

Sigourney skirt and Tempest Blouse from cabi clothing Fall 2016. Boots and choker from JustFab. Clutch older.

Sigourney skirt and Tempest Blouse from cabi clothing Fall 2016. Boots and choker from JustFab. Clutch older.

  • First, always try your stylist. She may have a sample available, know of another stylist with a sample available, or have other ways to get it. If you do not have one you may reach out to my stylist Joni Allen (via email or phone: 770 502-5243 [call or text]), Leigh Cheatwood-Harris (a friend’s stylist whom I have worked with also and can recommend: email and her site), or find a cabi stylist near you.
  • Second, check out resale, such as ebay or the Facebook groups or apps that allow people to sell their cabi.
  • Third, wait until August, when the outlets will get the Fall 2016 line and to go or call an outlet to see if they have this. Many outlets will allow you to order over the phone and then ship it to you.

 

 

But, pencil skirts are amazingly easy to find, and you have lots of option that are available. If you want a turquoise pencil skirt, check out:

There are so many options in different colors and prints, here are a few that I found:

Sigourney skirt from cabi Fall 2016.  Bistro Tee ,  Dot Jacket ,  Lock & Key Necklace , and  Lock & Key Bracelet  from cabi clothing Spring 2017. Shoes are from  Stitch Fix .

Sigourney skirt from cabi Fall 2016. Bistro Tee, Dot Jacket, Lock & Key Necklace, and Lock & Key Bracelet from cabi clothing Spring 2017. Shoes are from Stitch Fix.

Do join us for the thirteenth POW and discover seven ways, from the playground, office, home, or even a night on the town, and more to style this laid chic, flattering, and classic wardrobe staple, the pencil skirt!

 

New Year, Working the New You! My Personal Style Challenge for January

With the New Year, comes all of those New Year’s resolutions. We try to become better people with healthier habits and practices. But, we do not always work on our style. Here is an easy way to work on your style without the twelve month commitment of a New Year’s resolution!

Image is " Textura navideña 4: Bokeh brindis " by M & Pi  on Flickr, with modifcations by me.

Image is "Textura navideña 4: Bokeh brindis" by M & Pi  on Flickr, with modifcations by me.

Look at these shoes! And the cute dress! Sadly, I've only worn this outfit once, besides the photo shoot! I have only worn this dress for this photo shoot! Millie textured Knit Dress by Pixley with Hannley Mary Jane Strappy Pump by Nine West, both from  Stitch Fix .

Look at these shoes! And the cute dress! Sadly, I've only worn this outfit once, besides the photo shoot! I have only worn this dress for this photo shoot! Millie textured Knit Dress by Pixley with Hannley Mary Jane Strappy Pump by Nine West, both from Stitch Fix.

Take part in my Personal Style Challenge for January. Think about how you want to grow and evolve your style. Perhaps you default to a few key pieces. Perhaps you only wear black. Maybe you want to kick things up a notch for work. Maybe you never wear scarves. Maybe you want to try a new trend. Think about what you want to change and Work It! Choose to work on that one area for the month of January. They say it takes 21 days to make a habit. So, you can conquer one of your resolutions in just one month, and start the New Year with a success!

 

 

 

 

 

My challenge:

I have only worn this dress for this photo shoot! Jace Embroidered Lace Dress by 41Hawthorn and from  Stitch Fix .

I have only worn this dress for this photo shoot! Jace Embroidered Lace Dress by 41Hawthorn and from Stitch Fix.

Often I choose multiple things to work on. This month I’m going to focus on one, but one this one has parts. My closet is a mess, with a bunch of new purchases that I don’t have room for and old stuff that no longer fits my body, lifestyle, or style—much of it from before having a kid. I need to do a closest clean out. Related to the mess that is my closet, I have been wearing a few easy-to-reach items and not enjoying the extent of what I have. This tends to mean I grab the newer stuff, as it is the easiest to get to. So, old favorites are missed. But, I am also not wearing all of the new stuff either. Putting this together, my style challenge is to curate my wardrobe, focusing on these areas:

  • Finally get to the closet cleaned out, removing things that no longer fit fits my body, lifestyle, or style
  • Evaluate the garments that are not worn much by wearing them and seeing how they work for me now or, if I do not wear them or can’t make them work, remove them
  • Get rid of the stuff that is not working, selling my quality clothes (from cabi, Stitch Fix, and more) and donating the rest
  • Working on better methods of outfit management, such as trying the Stylebook app
  • Wearing the clothes that are not getting worn, either because they are new or because they are older and lost in the chaos that is my closet.

My plan:

This outfit is a good example of my new style. But, I have only worn the sweater once besides this photo shoot! Fierro Elbow Patch Crew Neck Sweater by Brixon Ivy from  Stitch Fix .  The Scout  pant from cabi. W ellie Rain Boots  from L.L. Bean.

This outfit is a good example of my new style. But, I have only worn the sweater once besides this photo shoot! Fierro Elbow Patch Crew Neck Sweater by Brixon Ivy from Stitch Fix. The Scout pant from cabi. Wellie Rain Boots from L.L. Bean.

  1. Take a day, possibly off from work (because it is hard to do anything with a toddler around), and pull everything from my closet and evaluate it
  2. Create a donate pile and a sell pile
  3. Take pictures of the items to sell and post them on the groups and possible do a closet clean-out group
  4. Somehow mark or note the items I am keeping but don’t wear much
  5. Put everything back that I am keeping, using my new closet organization items
  6. Mange my wardrobe and outfits through the Stylebook app
  7. War the unworn/little worn items and post the outfits online

 

 

 

So, what about you? Do you have any personal style challenges you want to conquer? If so, join me! Select a challenge for you to work on, develop a plan, and let’s kick those style challenges to the curb! Use the tag #WorkingMyPersonalStyleChallenge to show us how you are doing on Instagram. Or, leave a note for me in the comments here. I'll choose one winner, who will get a $25 JamBerry gift certifcate from my friend Jenny!

Beyond POW: Trendy Layers and a New Basic Tuesday

Outfit Mission Statement: Go beyond your tee and jeans with a unique tunic tee and trendy layers

No place like Tuesday outfits are casual, comfy clothes for working from home, working at home, parenting (at home), and anything else where comfort is key and you are home. Although they will work for errands and anything else casual. The POW (Piece of the Week) is the Beyond Tee from cabi Fall 2016. In this outfit we see the Beyond Tee in its most basic form—with no extra styling of the panels. This is what it looks like—tunic length tee with two longer panels. It works perfectly in a casual, comfortable, yet stylish outfit. If you are a tee-and-leggings type of person, here is your stylish and funky version of it. You can add a warm layer, like the amazing Sweetheart Sweater, shown in some of the pictures. I love the mix of lengths with long sweater, long tee panels, and the tunic length tee underneath. Such fun! This is perfect for working from home, running errands, parenting, or just being chic and comfortable.

As a working mom, I often need to head out the door in a hurry while juggling kid, stuff for the day, and more. Adding a jacket and keeping track of it can be hard, especially when temperatures are variable. I find that a longer sweater can do double duty as an inside layer and a light jacket to run out the door with. Yes, you can throw the sweater on when heading out, or just have it as part of your outfit for when you will be doing a lot of in and out activities. It’s so much easier than stopping each time in and out to put something on/take it off. I know I am often juggling to much to do so. I love the Sweetheart Sweater for this. There are some other great choices from cabi this fall, including the Lara Sweater and Napa Vest.

 

Beyond Tee Styling Technique: Basic Beyond Tee

To work the “Basic Beyond Tee” technique:

  1. Put it on the frontwards way with the tag in back for a lower neckline
  2. Make sure the tunic and panels are not tucked in
  3. Go!

 

Tips:

  • Think outside the normal leggings or jeans with a tee and look for unique pieces that are just as comfortable, like this Beyond Tee
  • Wear a longer sweater as both an inside layer and a coat for a quick and easy day of going in and out
  • Keep your sweater lighter to not add bulk or a few pounds
  • Go for a longer sweater with shape, such as a defined waist, to give the outfit shape—this may help shorter people rock the longer sweater too!
  • Add a gray leggings to break up an all-black look, but still keep the feel; or add some fun bright leggings to liven this up
  • Keep your shoes practical and fun with some patterned sneakers
  • Thrown on an easy over-the-head long necklace to go with the flow of this easy look

 

Outfit Breakdown:

 

 

 

 

Related Posts:

  1. Cozy Layers Four Ways and a Mom Bun Tuesday: Dress down your pretty skirt with casual, comfortable layers and a mom bun.
  2. Go-To POW: No Place Like Tuesday for Sky & Earth Explorers: Dress down those work-appropriate black pants with a boxy tee, explore vest, and handmade jewelry
  3. Destructed White POW: Take me out to the ballgame Tuesday: For a cool, casual, and stylish outfit for a ballgame (or any occasion where cool and comfortable is key), wear layers in the colors of your favorite team.

 

 

If you would like the Beyond Tee, contact your cabi stylist. If you do not have one, please contact me in the comments or via email, reach out to my stylist Joni Allen (via email or phone: 770 502-5243 [call or text]), Leigh Cheatwood-Harris (a friend’s stylist whom I have worked with also and can recommend: email and her site) or find a cabi stylist near you.

 

 

Beyond POW: Black, White, and Comfy Manic Monday

Outfit Mission Statement: Take knit pieces in white and black for a strong, chic, and comfortable Manic Monday look

Manic Monday outfits are easy career clothes to throw on for manic Mondays. This Monday we focus on creating a fun, high-contrast, but still comfortable work outfit. The POW (Piece of the Week) is the Beyond Tee from cabi Fall 2016. In this look, I take advantage of the long panels to create modern, open jacket look. The outfit is also very comfortable, with a knit pencil skirt and tee shirt—it may be more comfortable than your pjs! Together with the mixed prints, this is a chic, yet comfortable look to rock some manic Mondays. The high contrast of white and black gives it a dressier and more sophisticated air, meaning you could be both more comfortable and dressier than your coworkers—always a great combo. I am wearing the Beyond Tee backwards here, for a higher neckline that looks more professional with the sleeveless style. If you add a layer, you could wear it either way.

If your autumn has been as warm as mine, you are looking for new ways to style cool work outfits, so you do not overheat. But, if you are having crisp fall days, consider adding a cardigan, cropped jacket, long sleeved top, or turtleneck with this outfit to keep your arms warm.

 

Beyond Tee Styling Technique: Long Vest

To rock the “Long Vest” technique:

  1. Put it on backwards with the tag in front for a higher and more professional neckline 
  2. Tuck the bottom of the tunic part of the tee shirt (not the panels) into your skirt
  3. Wear the panels down each side as they naturally fall
  4. Add a thin print belt at your natural waist for curves

 

Tips:

  • When going sleeveless in the office, go with a higher neckline to add coverage and a more professional air
  • Don’t forget to follow the rules of mixing prints--in this case the prints works because the prints are different sizes and the same colors, plus animal prints can often be considered a neutral (when in their natural colors)
  • To add curves, wear a bold skinny belt at your natural waist
  • When wearing something that could be seen as casual, stick to black or black and white for a more professional feel
  • A low soft ponytail is an easy, yet professional, manic Monday hairstyle
  • Remember, when mixing white, they do not have to be the same shades of white
  • Play up the pattern mixing by wearing shoes with some type of a pattern, even straps

 

Outfit Breakdown:

If you would like the Beyond Tee, contact your cabi stylist. If you do not have one, please contact me in the comments or via email, reach out to my (Joni Allen via email or phone: 770 502-5243 [call or text]), or find a cabi stylist near you.

 

Related Posts:

  1. Bardot POW: Ponte and Knotted Manic Monday Posted June 06, 2016: For a comfortable, professional Monday outfit, dress up your denim shirt with a navy ponte pencil skirt
  2. Plaid POW: Manic Flannel Monday Posted February 22, 2016: For a cozy yet professional look, take one casual flannel and add lots of professional pieces
  3. Michelle POW: Manic Peasant in Ponte Monday Posted March 07, 2016: For a casual, yet professional, office look, consider ponte and a peasant blouse with your cardigan

POW 12: Beyond Tee

Are you looking for versatile pieces? Perhaps you want to save money and purchase garments that can work in a variety of outfits. Or maybe you travel a lot and want pieces that can be worn many different ways to save suitcase space. Maybe you live in a tiny house and have only a tiny closet? Or maybe you are a creative type who likes to play with styling her clothes.

Beyond Tee  and the  Fiery Skirt  from cabi Fall 2016. Older target shoes, vintage purse, older earrings, Midas Leaf Collar from  Baubleba r.

Beyond Tee and the Fiery Skirt from cabi Fall 2016. Older target shoes, vintage purse, older earrings, Midas Leaf Collar from Baublebar.

Beyond Tee ,  Scout Pants ,  Jasper Crescent Necklace ,  and the  Aspen Vest  from cabi Fall 2016. Mindy Cuff from  Cents of Style . Older  L.L. Bean Signature   Collection  booties.

Beyond Tee, Scout Pants, Jasper Crescent Necklace,  and the Aspen Vest from cabi Fall 2016. Mindy Cuff from Cents of Style. Older L.L. Bean Signature Collection booties.

For whatever reasons you may want a versatile piece, I have the perfect versatile piece for you. This may be one of the most versatile garments ever. This garment is a real transformer. I will show you more than seven different ways to wear it, and you might not even be able to tell it is the same piece. Can you in the pictures here? This amazing, versatile piece is the Beyond Tee from cabi fall 2016. It certainly goes beyond!

This fun, transforming workhouse, starts as a spilt tunic design in a soft black knit and can be worn so many different ways! I even put together a video to show you a few! As the POW progresses, you will see many of these in action, and some I did not show because I ran out of days of the week! Join me as I show you how to transform this tunic into a sexy date night look, a playful Saturday ensemble, a boardroom-ready office style, and a terrific Thursday cozy outfit. If you buy one garment this fall, let it be the seasonless, workhorse, transforming Beyond Tee!

Beyond Tee  and  Zebra Belt  from cabi Fall 2016. White Stone Sutton Necklace from  Stella & Dot .   Acme Bootie    by Crown Vintage sold at DSW.   Stitch Fix Leena Printed Skirt  by Renee C.

Beyond Tee and Zebra Belt from cabi Fall 2016. White Stone Sutton Necklace from Stella & DotAcme Bootie by Crown Vintage sold at DSW.  Stitch Fix Leena Printed Skirt by Renee C.

Join us for out 12th POW, as I rock some curves, tie some knots, and give you more than seven awesome ways to wear the Beyond Tee.

 

If you would like the Beyond Tee, contact your cabi stylist. If you do not have one, please contact me in the comments or via email, reach out to my (Joni Allen via email or phone: 770 502-5243 [call or text]), or find a cabi stylist near you.

Stitch Fix Review: Houndstooth & Elephants, Oh My Fix Four

41HAWTHORN Colibri Solid Tab Sleeve Blouse, SeaVees Monterey Houndstooth Lace-Up Sneakers, and    LIVERPOOL Elizabeth Super Skinny Jean .

41HAWTHORN Colibri Solid Tab Sleeve Blouse, SeaVees Monterey Houndstooth Lace-Up Sneakers, and LIVERPOOL Elizabeth Super Skinny Jean.

My wardrobe is pretty much cabi. As I have said before, I don’t really like shopping. I have a hard time finding stuff that fits and I like. Plus, it takes so much time! So, cabi was a perfect fit and literally often a perfect fit. And while I adore cabi, it means my wardrobe is limited by being mostly a single brand. Stitch Fix may be my perfect solution to that. I don’t have to shop. I don’t have to waste time driving to the mall or store or boutiques. I fill out a style profile, I tell my stylish what I want, and each month a box arrives with a variety of brands that my stylist thought worked for me and my requests. It’s wonderful. The clothes fit perfectly into my wardrobe and lifestyle. Now my wardrobe is a mix of cabi and Stitch Fix. I find myself reaching for some of my favorite Stitch Fix pieces time and again. They mix beautifully with cabi and add a depth to my wardrobe and style!  

But, sometimes the clothes are not me or don’t fit. Not all Fixes are perfect. But so far, I have loved at least two items from the Fix. Let’s see how this next Fix works!

About Stitch Fix

For those who are unfamiliar, Stitch Fix is a personal styling service. You fill out a profile, provide links to your social media and perhaps a Board on Pinterest of your style and things you like, and you get a box of five items shipped to you. You set the price point for the box and the frequency of the boxes. Stitch Fix hooks you up with a personal stylist, who sends a note and styling suggestions each time. You can leave the stylist a note before she prepares your box, letting her know your clothing needs, plans, and so on that may impact her choices. You can get clothing and shoes (and perhaps jewelry and other accessories, but I have only gotten shoes and clothes so far). There is a $20 styling fee, but this is taken off anything you purchase. Also, if you purchase all five items you get a 25% discount.

Feel free to check out my Pinterest board for my Stitch Fix stylist. I’m not so good about remembering to note why I am pinning the piece until I pin it. I think the interface just doesn’t match my flow (I say as someone who does research on the user experience with interfaces, so I may not be just making this up).

My Style Profile and Requests

My default pricing is $50-100 per item (it can be adjusted based on type, but I keep it the same), but I moved my price range down to “the cheaper the better” for several areas. I said I wanted more sneakers, since I loved the ones last time, or some nice fall boots. I expressed general interest in fall clothes.

Unboxing

Interested in my initial reactions? I made a video of the unboxing (disclaimer: I’ve only ever done two other videos and I used my laptop, so it is not high quality). It’s casual and you get to hear my voice and learn more about me.

All five items

All five items

 

The Five Items

I received three tops, one pair of shoes, and one pair of skinny jeans. I’m posting an initial review next to each items and my final decision in the Final Verdict section.

 

41HAWTHORN Colibri Solid Tab Sleeve Blouse, SeaVees Monterey Houndstooth Lace-Up Sneakers, and    LIVERPOOL Elizabeth Super Skinny Jean .

41HAWTHORN Colibri Solid Tab Sleeve Blouse, SeaVees Monterey Houndstooth Lace-Up Sneakers, and LIVERPOOL Elizabeth Super Skinny Jean.

1)      41HAWTHORN Colibri Solid Tab Sleeve Blouse:

I love navy and dark blue colors and have been trying to get more of them, because they go well with my eyes. This is a great color. It’s a ¾ length sleeve blouse in a semi sheer polyester. It buttons part of the way down, and has some nice gathering at the shoulders. The band color is nice, and the sleeves can roll up. This would be a good summer work blouse, light and cool, yet appropriately professional. The fit is somewhat loose/baggy but fairly flattering. It will work well casually, over skinny jeans or even leggings. It’s a nice blouse, with some nice features, but is not particularly special. I think I would wear it, but I’m not sure if I would wear it enough. I have a lot of nice blouses in my closet.

Cost: $48.00

Verdict: Undecided right now

 
MARKET & SPRUCE Dollie Tie Back Neck Knit Top, SeaVees Monterey Houndstooth Lace-Up Sneakers, and    LIVERPOOL Elizabeth Super Skinny Jean .

MARKET & SPRUCE Dollie Tie Back Neck Knit Top, SeaVees Monterey Houndstooth Lace-Up Sneakers, and LIVERPOOL Elizabeth Super Skinny Jean.

2)      SeaVees Monterey Houndstooth Lace-Up Sneakers: I love these! The houndstooth print is so much fun! But, they are $98! I don’t tend to spend that much on any footwear other than really nice boots. Also, I think I am an 8.75 in SeaVees, neither the 8.5 or the 9s fit as well as I would like. I find the shoes less comfortable than I would like for sneakers—possibly because of sizing. But, so cute! So fun! Perfect for chasing the toddler around the park or dressing down a fancy skirt.

Cost: $98.00

Verdict: Would be a yes, if not for cost—undecided

 

MARKET & SPRUCE Dollie Tie Back Neck Knit Top, SeaVees Monterey Houndstooth Lace-Up Sneakers, and    LIVERPOOL Elizabeth Super Skinny Jean .

MARKET & SPRUCE Dollie Tie Back Neck Knit Top, SeaVees Monterey Houndstooth Lace-Up Sneakers, and LIVERPOOL Elizabeth Super Skinny Jean.

3)      MARKET & SPRUCE Dollie Tie Back Neck Knit Top: This is very soft and cozy. I love the baggy drapes. I also adore the tie back neck. The grosgrain ribbon bow adds a touch of whimsy and pretty to a casual sweater/sweatshirt.  The keyhole in back adds a bra-friendly flash of skin and makes the top even more fun. This is great over leggings when you want to feel like you are wearing PJs. It would look great with the khaki, olive, and army green that are all the rage. This is also very on-trend with the cute loungewear trend. I hope this works with the Spacedye M’legging and the Trek Jogger for stylist comfort!

Cost: $54.00

Verdict: Keeping!

 
PIXLEY Ellie Printed 3/4 Sleeve Blouse, SeaVees Monterey Houndstooth Lace-Up Sneakers, and    LIVERPOOL Elizabeth Super Skinny Jean .

PIXLEY Ellie Printed 3/4 Sleeve Blouse, SeaVees Monterey Houndstooth Lace-Up Sneakers, and LIVERPOOL Elizabeth Super Skinny Jean.

4)      PIXLEY Ellie Printed 3/4 Sleeve Blouse: My initial reaction, shown in the video, is “meh” about an elephant print. I know my toddler would love it, but it’s a bit out there for me. I also have some cute print blouses in my comfort zone that don’t get worn enough. The print is beige and black, making it less crazy than it could be, which helps. It’s also a semi sheer polyester, so it breathes easily and work well for work. The ¾ length sleeves are fixed and cannot be rolled up or down.  I do like it on me. It can be dressed down or up easily. It would be cute under a blazer or over leggings. The name is cute.

Cost: $48.00

Verdict: undecided, but do like it more than I thought

 

41HAWTHORN Colibri Solid Tab Sleeve Blouse, SeaVees Monterey Houndstooth Lace-Up Sneakers, and    LIVERPOOL Elizabeth Super Skinny Jean .

41HAWTHORN Colibri Solid Tab Sleeve Blouse, SeaVees Monterey Houndstooth Lace-Up Sneakers, and LIVERPOOL Elizabeth Super Skinny Jean.

5)      LIVERPOOL Elizabeth Super Skinny Jean: I have a lot of great cabi jeans, and have requested to not get jeans. These are really more like leggings, with the band-style leggings waist, and sewn on front pockets and “zipper area” (real back pockets). They are very comfortable, and the band will probably work better with my belly (although it does show through some of the tops). It is oddly baggy at the bottom—maybe they are too long? A dark skinny jean/legging can easily be dressed up for a date and down with a sweater or tunic. Depending on your workplace, you could even wear them to work. Of course, they will look great with boots. This nice dark color makes them more versatile, allowing them to be dressed up more. I can see reaching for these when I want the comfort of leggings and the look of jeans. Or when I am bloated.

Cost: $78.00

Verdict: Undecided but leaning yes

 

Final Verdict

This Fix grew on me. I loved the sneakers and the tie back top at first. But, the other pieces went from “meh” to more and more me. I realized the jean leggings were very comfortable and versatile. The waist was perfect for weight gain (stupid medication), but would also work when I took some of the weight off. I really wanted the sneakers, but the price… However, if I bought the whole fix, I got the sneakers pretty much “free” as they were close to the same amount of my 25% discounts. And I liked the shirts. The more I tried Ellie the more the elephant print grew on me. The Colibri blue top was also very versatile and such a great color. Soon, I have convinced myself to keep all of it (exchanging the sneakers for a 9). I’m very happy I did! I’ve worn all of the pieces. The sneakers are great. I adore styling the Colibri blue top, and even had fun with Ellie. The jeans have become a staple. I wore them a lot recovering from my sinus survey and since then when I want comfort and style. I can’t wait to rock them with some over-the-knee boots this fall. So, while I was not convinced at first, this was a great Fix and a welcome addition to my wardrobe. It just goes to show, you should always try on, always evaluate the place of a piece in your wardrobe, and always try styling it. Then you will know if it really works for you or not.

 

Pleated Star POW: Pretty Terrific Geek Chic Thursday

Outfit Mission Statement: Mix a pretty skirt with geek pieces for and edgy, feminine geek chic look!

TTT Thursday outfits are Trendy, Transitional, and/or Terrific—in other words my choice. It can be whatever other outfit ideas the garment gave me. It may be something very trendy, transitional, terrific, or something else. The POW (Piece of the Week) is the Pleated Star Skirt from Canvas by Lands’ End. For this Thursday, we are going with Terrific, in the form of another Geek Chic outfit. Geek Chic is the perfect forum to dress down a pretty pleated skirt or other fancy skirt. Take the pretty skirt and add a fun geek tee or tank and geeky accessories. Then throw on some comfortable shoes. This look can be incredibly versatile—the skirt can be pleated, like this, or tulle, a fun pencil, or something else. I’ll illustrate this in a later post.

I especially love the mix of pretty skirts with geeky tops, when you take something with a bit of an edge, like this Holtzmann tank (Holtzmann is brilliant, strange, mad scientist engineer of the Ghostbusters in the Summer 2016 remake). The combination of edge, feminine, and geeky is interesting, unexpected, and so much fun! I think Holtzmann is the perfect choice for this outfit. While we do not see her in pleated skirts (or skirts) in the movie, she has a vintage, mad scientist style. I could see her rocking a vintage pleated skirt with work boots, a graphic tee, a leather jacket, funky socks, some cool glasses, and, of course, the Screw U necklace (which I am also wearing).

 

Tips:

  • Don’t be afraid to show your geek with a fun graphic tee or tank and some accessories
  • But think outside the normal jeans and a geek tee box—mix the geek with chic for an exciting twist on both
  • Mix pretty and soft with your edgy or geeky for a fun contrast and enjoyable way to wear both
  • When you have two louder accessories, like the Screw U necklace and Periodic Table cuff, keep other accessories simple
  • Rock a comfortable sneaker in a pretty color with your fancy skirts for comfort and some street style, plus this will allow you to wear the skirt in a wider variety of situations
  • A muted pastel shoe can work as a neutral, especially with a mix of printed pieces
  • Have fun—the pretty skirt doesn’t have to just be styled pretty and the geeky doesn’t have to only be geeky, but mixing works best if you have fun with it

Outfit Breakdown:

 

Holtzmann's take on a pleated skirt:

This is one way I imagine Holtzmann would style the Pleated Star Skirt from Canvas by Lands’ End.

Links to the pieces: Pleated Star Skirt from Canvas by Lands’ End, Sterling 23 Spectre glasses by O’Rigina; Trading Co., Argyle knee high socks from Sock Dreams, Four Seasons Square Scarf from The Met Store, Tweed-ing Lady Vest from Mod Cloth, Elma Deerskin Fingerless Half Finger Driving Gloves on Amazon, Do Not Read The Next Sentence tee from SnorgTees, Zipper Motorcycle Biker Faux Leather Jacket by LJYH on Amazon,  Double H 8" Opanka Packer boots on Shoe Buy.

 

Interested in purchasing? If my post inspired you to buy the lovely Pleated Star Skirt from Canvas by Lands’ End or other items from Lands’ End, please consider using my referral link. I’ll get 25% off my next order and be very grateful! Let me know you used my referral link, and give you a shout out including links to your social media.

 

Related Posts:

  1. Plaid POW: Flannel Geek Chic Posted March 05, 2016: Mix geek with trendy and a comfy flannel shirt, for a practical geek chic look.
  2. Run Around POW: The Chic Geek Superhero Thursday Posted: April 28, 2016:  Defeat boring outfits by mixing the chic with subtle geek and save the day!

Or check out any of the other TTT Thursday looks or Geek Chic styles!

Stitch Fix Review: Diamonds, Sailboats, and Sneakers Fix Three

As discussed in my last (and first) Stitch Fix review, I joined Stitch Fix recently, thanks to an Instagram friend and fellow cabi addict, Jenni. Stitch Fix is a subscription-based  personal styling service.  For more on how Stitch Fix works, do check out my first review. After two good Fixes, I decided to keep on going with my subscription. I continue to love Stitch Fix and look forward to the delivery of each box!

Keeping with “tradition,” I figured I would review for you my third Fix! My style profile and requests stayed nearly the same, although I did make two requests unique to the fix:

  1. I asked for comfortable shoes to run around in
  2. I asked for bra-friendly sleeveless tops

The first, because I did not have decent options and had been looking for a while. I want cute and comfy. The second because I have a lot of sleeveless tops that do not have bra-friendly straps and I can only wear a strapless bra so many days week before we all suffer (me and anyone around me). I need more I can wear a normal bra with!

Let’s see how my stylist did!

Unboxing

Interested in my initial reactions? I made a video of the unboxing (disclaimer: I’ve only ever done two other videos before—including one for my second Fix--and I used my laptop, so it is not high quality). It’s casual and you get to hear my voice and learn more about me.

 

The Five Items

I received two tops, one pair of shoes, one skirt, and a dress. Since I am posting this after I decided, you get my final decisions.

Kedavra Colorblock Cami Blouse, Leena Printed Skirt, Monterey Lace-up Sneakers all from my Stitch Fix, along with older  Stella & Dot  earrings.

Kedavra Colorblock Cami Blouse, Leena Printed Skirt, Monterey Lace-up Sneakers all from my Stitch Fix, along with older Stella & Dot earrings.

1. Kedavra Colorblock Cami Blouse by 41Hawthron: First, is this bra-friendly? No. I’d need to wear a strapless or have the strap show. I love the soft black (or navy?) mixed with lavender and light pink—it gives it a vintage feel. The waist and draping are flattering, covering my tummy and complimenting my chest. It’s a light cool fabric and would be good for work under a jacket or cardigan or for a date with a cute pair of jeans or pencil skirt. The problem is, I have a lot of tops that fill this niche in my closet. This is the type of top cabi specializes in. I like it, but don’t love it, and I don’t need it. Especially not for near sixty dollars. Now, if it had wider straps and I could have worn a bra with it, I would have probably gotten it. Honestly, asking for bra-friendly and getting this was enough of a disappointment that I was less inclined to purchase it.

Cost: $58.00

Verdict: Did not purchase

 
Tammi Print Dress from Stitch Fix along with  along with older  Stella & Dot  earrings and  Bow Ballet Flats  from Canvas by Land's End.

Tammi Print Dress from Stitch Fix along with along with older Stella & Dot earrings and Bow Ballet Flats from Canvas by Land's End.

2. Tammi Print Dress by 41Hawthron: Better, but still not bra-friendly (I might be able to wear a racer-back, but highly bra dependent). So, disappointment there. This dress was a bit of a surprise on. The print was not really me—nautical I love, but often less literally. And the orange made it seem… cutesy rather than cute. But I did like the dress on. The cut was fairly flattering, and the fabric soft. I loved the side waist tie—fun and different. But, I’m not sure where I would wear this. My sundresses don’t get worn enough. I have other dresses that work better for work. And, while I liked it, I didn’t love it. Even my husband thought it cute, but limited in use.

Cost: $68.00

Verdict: Did not purchase

 
Visperas Crochet Back Top,   Leena Printed Skirt, Monterey Lace-up Sneakers all from my Stitch Fix, along with older  Stella & Dot  earrings.

Visperas Crochet Back Top, Leena Printed Skirt, Monterey Lace-up Sneakers all from my Stitch Fix, along with older Stella & Dot earrings.

Visperas Crochet Back Top (back) and   Leena Printed Skirt from my Stitch Fix, along with older  Stella & Dot  earrings.

Visperas Crochet Back Top (back) and Leena Printed Skirt from my Stitch Fix, along with older Stella & Dot earrings.

3. Leena Printed Skirt by Renee C: This was an instant love! My concern unboxing it was fit. Pencil skirts and my hips do not always agree (but when they do! Bliss!). But it fit! The fabric is a very stretchy knit. I love the below-knee length—it looks a bit classier and sleeker this way. I love the diamond print. It looks 60s to me, without going overboard. This skirt easily dresses up or down (as you will see later). It’s perfect for work or a date. It’s also great with some sneakers and a fun tee. My wardrobe needed this skirt and I didn’t even know it! (I wore this in all pictures except the dress one)

Cost: $54.00

Verdict: Purchased!

4.  Visperas Crochet Back Top by Skies are Blue: The back of this top is fabulous! The crochet is so pretty and flattering. But look! It’s not bra-friendly! This is three for three. Such a disappointment. I loved the pretty crochet with the small triangle print—nice contract. But the fit of the top was not great. My chest was too big and pulling to top oddly. Plus it did not flow over the belly as much as I would like. And this has the same problem as Kedavra top. My closet is full of these types of top (not with the crochet back, of course). I will buy more, but they have to fit well and be special enough to kick some of the others out of my closet. (top in both pictures in this group)

Cost: $48.00

Verdict: Did not purchase

 
Leena Printed Skirt and Monterey Lace-up Sneakers all from my Stitch Fix, along with older  Stella & Dot  earrings, the  cabi Spring 2016  Sleeveless Swing Tee, and  Pendant Necklace with Teardrop Stone  from Target.

Leena Printed Skirt and Monterey Lace-up Sneakers all from my Stitch Fix, along with older Stella & Dot earrings, the cabi Spring 2016 Sleeveless Swing Tee, and Pendant Necklace with Teardrop Stone from Target.

5. Monterey Lace-up Sneakers by SeaVees: These are just what I asked for—practical comfy shoes I can run around in. And I love the “light purple” color (what they called it; I might go for “dusky lavender”). It’s a kick of fun, but in a near neutral that will go with so much. I adore them with the Leena skirt to dress it down. I actually had ordered some Converse in a similar, but less neutral, lavender, but they did not fit. It’s like the stylist knew just what I wanted here! Perfect for me and my wardrobe! You can see these also in some of the other pictures--I wore them with each outfit, except the dress.

Cost: $68.00

Verdict: Kept (although I exchanged them for a size up)

 

So what do you think? Did I choose wisely?

I loved the Leena skirt and sneakers so much, I modeled another fun look with a Spring 2016 cabi top. See how versatile the shoes and skirt are? How fun are they with the Sleeveless Swing Tee from cabi?

If you are interested in Stitch Fix and want to try it out, please consider using my Referral link: https://www.stitchfix.com/referral/3492600. I’ll get a $25 credit and you’ll get my gratitude here and elsewhere (which can include links to your social media, if you would like). I highly recommend Stitch Fix for an easy and fun way to get styled! Even when I get pieces that are not keepers, I get some I adore!

 

 

 

Check out my other Stitch Fix Reviews for more!

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Coming up and Working it

Wondering what is coming up and next for Working It? Wondering why the last POW took so long? Here are my great plans, some background, and a sneak peek or five.

First, what happened this summer?

Stitch Fix : Leena Printed Skirt by Renee C, Visperas Crochet Back Top by Skies are Blue, SeaVees sneakers.

Stitch Fix: Leena Printed Skirt by Renee C, Visperas Crochet Back Top by Skies are Blue, SeaVees sneakers.

Due to a combination of a busy summer and health issues, Working It took a back seat in my life. This blog is a labor of love for style, dressing well, building confidence, and helping people out—along with for my love of cabi and great clothes and outfits. I don’t get paid for it and take time away from other things to do it. In many ways, this is my “me time.” Sometimes we don’t have time or energy for “me time,” and I didn’t this summer. My focused moved to my family and my health. This may happen sometimes. Unless/until I get paid to do this full time, I may need to take breaks and focus elsewhere. Know I’m still here and probably thinking about things to do with the blog and my next post!

 

 

Second, what is next for Working It?

SeaVees sneakers via  Stitch Fix ,  Pleated Star Skirt  from Canvas by Land's End,  Kate McKinnon Simple Portrait Sleeveless Tank Top  by Kazarr from Amazon,  Holtzmann's ScrewU Necklace  by  inspiredbyfandom  on Etsy, and the ZAD Silvertone Periodic Table Cuff from  Zulily .

SeaVees sneakers via Stitch Fix, Pleated Star Skirt from Canvas by Land's End,
Kate McKinnon Simple Portrait Sleeveless Tank Top by Kazarr from Amazon, Holtzmann's ScrewU Necklace by inspiredbyfandom on Etsy, and the ZAD
Silvertone Periodic Table Cuff from Zulily.

I took the summer to also think about what I wanted to do with Working It. I enjoy the POW posts, but they take a lot of time. I’ve found less time to do the other sorts of posts I want to do, such as tips for various things like travel, thighs, and hot flashes; more style posts; and a bunch go Geek Chic posts. So, I will be working to post a variety of those stuff and fewer POW posts. I will continue to do POW. I think it is important to see how versatile pieces can be and how to work with your own wardrobe to expand your style possibilities. I will just be posting them less frequently than my planned two weeks per POW. I am thinking of moving it to three weeks. I’ll keep you posted when I figure out the plan. The next POW will be posted more in line with the two weeks per POW.

Here are some of the other things I am working on posting:

  • Tips for dressing with menopause or other situations where there could be other quick changes of temperature
  • Focused posts on some designers or products I love (or group of products)
  • More Stitch Fix reviews, along with review of other things, including cabi (but not just)
  • Wardrobe Essentials
  • Mini POW-type posts where I style a garment multiple ways (but not seven)
  • Suggestions and reviews for style problems (such as thighs rubbing together in skirts—I have solutions!)
  • Maybe a mini-series on political style—since we have a woman of a major party running for president, we all might be thinking of political style or what we want to wear to run for a local or state office (perhaps with interviews of female politicians)
  • Reflective pieces on “mom style,”  feminist style, and more
  • Posts on what I am wearing
  • A series on Geek Chic dressing and style
  • Personal style challenge posts and challenges
  • Maybe even some tips for making costumes from your closet for Halloween
  • And more!

See, I have lots of plans and ideas. I just need more time to do them

 

Finally, what is coming up?

Fall 2016 cabi:  Penny Blazer ,  Stevie Top , Dark Destructed Skinny  Curvy  (or  regular ),  Cameo Earrings ,  Pyramid Necklace ,  and the Bird Cage shoes by Aerosoles.

Fall 2016 cabi: Penny Blazer, Stevie Top, Dark Destructed Skinny Curvy (or regular), Cameo Earrings, Pyramid Necklace,  and the Bird Cage shoes by Aerosoles.

We have an awesome summer to fall POW next up, with some shots shot on location. I also have a Stitch Fix review waiting in the wings (and another one soon after), and a Geek Chic post (or two) in the works. Plus, I got my hands on the Fall 2016 cabi collection, and I have some suggestions on piece sot get now, while it is still hot (at least in Atlanta), but you want some fall style.

So, stay tuned. Watch the blog and Instagram for more. And keep on Working It!

Beyond Tee  and  Sleek Leggings  (in grey) from cabi. The  Athena Necklace  by Kelly Annie and earrings by S hine Chaser Jewlery ,  Chelsea Charm Necklace . SeaVees sneakers from  Stitch Fix .

Beyond Tee and Sleek Leggings (in grey) from cabi. The Athena Necklace by Kelly Annie and earrings by Shine Chaser Jewlery, Chelsea Charm Necklace. SeaVees sneakers from Stitch Fix.

Stitch Fix : Leena Printed Skirt by Renee C, Visperas Crochet Back Top by Skies are Blue, SeaVees sneakers.

Stitch Fix: Leena Printed Skirt by Renee C, Visperas Crochet Back Top by Skies are Blue, SeaVees sneakers.

Stitch Fix Review: Yellow and Wood Linen Fix Two

I recently joined Stich Fix on the advice of an Instagram friend and fellow cabi addict, Jenni. As anyone who has read this blog knows, I am a HUGE cabi addict. I wasn’t sure about branching out. But this blog has made me try new things. So, I decided to try it.

I loved Stich Fix! For those who are unfamiliar, Stitch Fix is a personal styling service. You fill out a profile, provide links to your social media and perhaps a Board on Pinterest of your style and things you like, and you get a box of five items shipped to you. You set the price point for the box and the frequency of the boxes. Stitch Fix hooks you up with a personal stylist, who sends a note and styling suggestions each time. You can leave the stylist a note before she prepares your box, letting her know your clothing needs, plans, and so on that may impact her choices. You can get clothing and shoes (and perhaps jewelry and other accessories, but I have only gotten shoes and clothes so far). There is a $20 styling fee, but this is taken off anything you purchase. Also, if you purchase all five items you get a 25% discount.

I received my first box in June and was impressed. I couldn’t wait to get my next box. I finally have, and I thought I would share it with you.

 

My Style Profile and Requests

My default pricing is $50-100 per item (it can be adjusted based on type, but I keep it the same), but I asked in my note for lower cost items (because of my recent cabi purchases), keeping it at or below $50. I let my stylist know about my upcoming Georgia beach trip. I also requested no jeans (I have so many great cabi jeans). In addition, I said I was currently between a medium and large and may need to size up if it buttons (due to the girls) or is clingy. My default shirt size is a medium.

 

Unboxing

Interested in my initial reactions? I made a video of the unboxing (disclaimer: I’ve only ever done one other video and I used my laptop, so it is not high quality). It’s casual and you get to hear my voice and learn more about me.

 

The Five Items

I received three tops, one pair of shoes, and one pair of shorts. I’m posting an initial review and will later post (or update this post) with my decisions.

Shown: 1, 2, & 3

Shown: 1, 2, & 3

  1. Cindie Printed Linen Short by Level 99: I love these shorts. The print is fun. The fabric is amazing. It is a made of Tencel a “new age fiber” made from wood! It’s an amazingly soft linen-like fabric. I don’t think it will wrinkle as much though. My stylist, Jaime, saw I pinned some yellow to my board, so she added these. I’m not a huge yellow person, but the amount in this is just fine. The short will go well with some of my cabi spring pieces, such as the Gemma Top and Sleeveless Swing Tee. The shorts are a bit lose around the waist, but stay up. This honestly may make them even more comfortable. They are a bit shorter than I like, as my legs are not what they use dot be, but I can work with this length. These are great shorts for play and casual wear. I see playground trips in their future! Cost: $78.00.
  2. Jorgenseon Crochet Top by Daniel Rainn: This is a pretty white lace top with a liner. I’m undecided on this piece. I already have the Needle Lace Shell from cabi Spring 2014 and I’m not sure if I need another white lace top. Plus, as I mentioned in the video, white does not go well with being a toddler mom. It has a cute tuck in the front of the neckline and drapes nicely voer my problem areas (for the most part). I love how the lining stops short, leaving a lace edge. I do love it with the short, which my stylist suggested (shown together). This would be a fun beach outfit. This top will easily dress up or down, and would work for work. Cost: $68.00. 
  3. Davina Metallic Thong Sandal by Dolce Vita: Thong! That is what it is called. I had no clue in the video. But now I think I just blanked and forget. I am to a fan of thongs. I don’t find them comfortable between my toes (more on this in the video), and these are not exception. I’m also not sure of yellow shoes, but I do love my orange Newport flats and wear them more than I would imagine. Also, I love the gold accents. The shorts, lace top, and these shoes are a great outfit. However, the shoes are slippery, both my foot on the foot bed, and the sole on the ground. As a toddler mom, I cannot be slipping and sliding everywhere (anyone know why some shoes have that fuzzy fabric on the bottom now? My kid’s shoes do this. The last thing toddler needs is slippery shoes!). I want these shoes to work for me. But I don’t think they do. Cost: $39.99.
 
Shown: 4 and older  cabi  capris and Target shoes.

Shown: 4 and older cabi capris and Target shoes.

4. Castillo Embroidered Trim Detail Top by Skies are Blue: I nicknamed this top in my pictures “That 70s Top” because it reminds me of what people wore in the 70s. Granted, it is updated. But the embroidered yoke just brings me back to my childhood. I liked this top better on that I thought. It’s a nice gauzy fabric and the trim is fun. However, it is clingy to the girls and a bit to the belly. The arms also look (but do not feel) a bit tight. I think I need to size up. Overall: cute, fun, summery, seventies style, but not me and not very flattering on me. This looks great with jeans and could be cute shorts. Cost: $54.00

 

 

 

 

 

5.       Lonni Crochet Back Knit Tank by Papermoon: Just recently I was thinking I wanted a bra-friendly flowy top that I could throw on. And look! This is just the thing. I love the turquoise color with the antique white (color) crocheted trip on the bottom hem and work on the back. This is fun, practical, and has a modern, pretty vibe. It will easily fit into my wardrobe (which tells you that I plan to keep it). This is a dressy casual shirt, perfect for play, fun, dates, and more. Cost: $38.00.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So what do you think? What should I keep? What should I send back?

If you are interested in Stitch Fix and want to try it out, please consider using my Referral link: https://www.stitchfix.com/referral/3492600. I’ll get a $25 credit and you’ll get my gratitude here and elsewhere (which can include links to your social media, if you would like). I highly recommend Stitch Fix for an easy and fun way to get styled!

Updated 9/13/16: I kept the Cindie Printed Linen Short by Level 99 and the Lonni Crochet Back Knit Tank by Papermoon. I have loved wearing them both! Checkout my Instagram @drJennB for some outfit of the day shots with me wearing them. I opted not to get the Jorgenseon Crochet Top by Daniel Rainn because it I did already have a white lace sleeveless top. I just could not keep from sliding out of the Davina Metallic Thong Sandal by Dolce Vita, and the Castillo Embroidered Trim Detail Top by Skies are Blue was just not flattering.

Cute back, right?

Cute back, right?