Welcome to outfit post #2! What did you think of last week? Right now, I think I’ll just stick to one outfit a post but eventually, I hope to show a few variations of the same outfit in each post. Baby steps, people!
For me, outfit inspiration strikes a variety of ways. I might be watching TV and see someone with an item similar to something I have and set out to recreate the outfit. Or more often, I fall in love with one particular piece and then try to create an entire outfit around the one item. Sometimes, this can get me into trouble because once I create the one “perfect” outfit, I have a hard time re-imagining using the piece in other ways, especially if it’s a really unique item.
For this outfit, inspiration was definitely the latter. My family all knows that I love Anthropologie (who doesn’t, really) but with how crazy expensive their clothes are, I rarely actually purchase items from there. For Christmas, however, my mom picked up this gorgeous Anthro belt for me–on sale, of course, where do you think I learned how to shop?
Now, I’d only brought home a very limited amount of clothes since I refuse to pay for checking baggage and half of my carry on had been filled with presents…but I really wanted to find a way to incorporate the belt into an outfit before I left. I ended up pairing it with my favorite skinny pink J.Crew Factory cords, a new Loft tee, and my pair of go-to metallic flats. I had done a similar color combo for Thanksgiving in D.C., so I knew it worked and when I added the belt just to experiment, to my surprise it actually worked! Now though, I keep going back to this same outfit for the belt and am totally stuck with other ways to style it. Any suggestions??
I totally forgot to take a picture of the back of this shirt, but it has hook and eye enclosures all the way up the back. I love all of the fun zippers/details they’re adding to the back of shirts these days, especially when they’re done right and don’t itch.
Also, I’m obsessed with these colorful skinny cords for J.Crew–I wish I could wear them everyday! They’re also now in the final sale section online for a great price.
Before I get into the outfit specifics, I wanted to list a few of my most frequently shopped at in-person and online stores that you’ll be seeing in these posts:
Banana Republic: One of my favorite shops for its classy, wearable pieces with fun twists. Plus, things go on sale there all of the time, so if you’re patient, you can wait to snatch things up at a great price.
Ann Taylor Loft: Although their quality has significantly decreased over the last several years, I still do find great deals on trendy items at this store. However, because of the quality, I only buy things here on super sale.
J.Crew Factory: I was so excited when J.Crew opened up an online factory store! J.Crew is the quintessential fashion source for me and to be actually able to afford a few items is thrilling.
Talbot’s: I used to think this store was a stuffy old person conservative store until I went in out of desperation to find a blazer and fell in love with the styles, quality, and prices of the garments. The store by me also has great customer service, definitely a bonus.
I also religiously check online discount retailers like RueLaLa for great deals as well.
Burgundy Top: Loft, gift
Skinny Cords: J.Crew Factory, $35
Metallic Flats: Lucky Brand, $30
Where do you find outfit inspiration?