Archives for November 2012

Making Gingham & Gold Bibs Work Appropriate

J.Crew Shirt (wearing a M), Banana Republic Jeans (wearing a size 30), Kelsi Dagger Boots, Kendra Scott Bib via Gilt (similar)(splurge worthy version)

On days when I am in the office but not working directly with a client, I like to look professional but still have some fun with my outfits. I recently purchased this gingham shirt during J.Crew’s 25% off promo (full review here) and couldn’t be happier with the fit and quality. The shirt isn’t too tight in the bust, has a slimming long length and stretch fabric that makes it wearable for everyday.

I was originally inspired to look for a gold bib/collar by a fellow blogger who sported this lust-worthy Oscar De La Renta stunner. A little bit out of my price range, I went on a hunt for a similar yet affordable option. I stumbled upon this Kendra Scott beauty and am so happy with the way it jazzes up any outfit. My only qualm is the short length. I am thinking of using Jean’s necklace lengthening tip to add a few extra inches to make it wearable with collarless sweaters and shirts.

I think the combination of the more modest shirt makes this gold piece and trouser jean completely office appropriate. I could also see wearing this beautiful gold necklace under blazers and scarves during the colder months.

Review: J.Crew Café Full-Length Pant for Work & Play

Gap Jean Jacket (old, similar), J.Crew T-Shirt + Café Trouser + Bracelets, Scarf gifted from Mom, Converse Jack Purcell Shoes

Over the last few months I have chronicled my journey in finding the perfect work pant. After trying nearly 30 styles in numerous stores, I decided to transition into the online space and begin ordering for trial and error. My first purchase for a more casual office look were the J.Crew Cotton Chino’s which I discussed in my last sale review. I ordered my standard size 12 and they were so tight I couldn’t even get them up my hips. Undeterred, I ordered these Café pants which happen to be the full-length version of my favorite work crops: the J.Crew Café Capri, and I love them.

My biggest qualm with the Café Capri was the length and the tapering of the leg. Skinny legs and cropped pants are tricky on pearshaped bodies and I found myself wishing they came in a longer length. Lo and behold, they do! These pants fit exactly like the Café Capri but come complete with a longer, wider trouser-style leg and slightly thicker material (98% cotton 2% spandex), more appropriate for office wear.

I ordered my standard size 12 at J.Crew and they fit like a glove. The rear is not too tight, the hip fit beautifully and they sit slightly higher on the waist for a truly office-friendly look. The pant pockets are lined with a silk-like polyester material and the overall material of the pant is more substantial than the cotton of the Café Capri. I did end up quickly hemming these pants by 1″ to make them wearable with flats for every day. For reference I am about 5’6″ and if I order another pair and plan to wear them with heels, I will be ordering a “tall” size to accomodate. Finally, I opted to keep the pockets stitched shut for a more streamlined look and would consider having them professionally removed or sewn to keep them in place.

Overall, i’m in love. Worn here for a casual dinner with my boyfriend, these pants easily transition from office to every day.

Review: Items Purchased at the J.Crew 25% off Promo

Last week I shopped the J.Crew 25% off promo sale and purchased a few fun items I thought would work well for work. Of my order of 3 items I was disappointed with two and will only be keeping one. Along with my J.Crew items I ordered a sweater from Nordstrom which was also disappointing. My hunt for Fall work staples continues!

J.Crew Chiffon Top in HotHouse Floral, $138.00 + 25% off promo. Ordered a size 10

First up is this J.Crew top. Upon pulling it out of the packaging I was instantly dissapointed with this blouse. Online the top looks gorgeous and vibrant, and in person the colors are muted and drab. I was also saddened by the material content for a blouse this expensive. Retail priced at $138 the shell was 100% silk but the lining was 100% polyester. This is quite pricey for something that is itchy on the skin. Aside from the content problems, the fit was all wrong and not flattering at all on someone with a curvy bust. The top draped straight down over my bust creating a rectangular shape on my body. Furthermore, the pleating on the neckline was tacky and not flattering and the sleeves were too billowy for my taste, not at all like the picture online.

J.Crew Stretch Perfect Shirt in Medium Gingham, $75 + 25% off promo. Ordered a size M

This was the one piece from my order that I will be keeping. Surprisingly, I have never tried on J.Crew’s “perfect” shirts, assuming that they would fit narrow in the hips like their blythe blouses. On a whim I ordered this one for some fun layering in colder months and love the fit. The bust fits perfectly with no gaping in the chest, the arms are not too wide or narrow, and the waist does not pull at the last button (always an issue for me). The sleeves are about 1″ too long but I often roll up my sleeves so this doesn’t bother me too much. The material of this shirt is 97% cotton and 3% spandex which I happen to like. The bit of stretch makes it more comfortable and wearable, though I am concerned about how it will hold up in the washer. I plan on only line drying this top.

Trouvé Oversized Sweater via Nordstrom, $68, ordered down to a size S.

I ordered this sweater after seeing it on Anh from 9to5chic and how she incorporated it into her work wardrobe. I have always been a fan of dollman style sleeves but the sleeves on this sweater were simply too wide for my taste. While the material was gorgeous and the rich green color stunning (you can’t really tell in this lighting), the fit was too off to keep. The sweater was truly oversized in that I lost my shape completely. The way that it draped in the front almost made it feel like a maternity garment  and the oversized sleeves made me feel like my arms were larger then they were. Overall, it was simply too slouchy and casual for work-wear which is the direction I am trying to primarily go with my purchases.

Along with the pieces above, I also ordered the Waverly Chino pant from J.Crew and was also disappointed. I ordered up to my usual size 12 at J.Crew and couldn’t even get the pants above my thighs. The fact that my Cafe Capri’s fit beautiful at a 12 and these were too snug to even photograph, is a perfect example of J.Crew’s inconsistent sizing and often why I hesitate to order bottoms online.

A Sunday Brunch Outfit

J.Crew Blazer, LOFT Shirt (semi similar), Anthropologie Necklace (old, love this one), Ann Taylor Jeans, J.Crew Flats

I find it kind of funny that even on my days off, I still reach for my favorite blazer and flats and look like i’m going to the office. There is something about structured, tailored jeans and a put-together outfit that make me feel complete when I walk out the door. I instantly feel more polished and even on those days that are meant to lay around the house and eat copious amounts of food at brunch, I somehow feel more accomplished.

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