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Favorites Under $100

Today I thought I would share with you some of my favorite wardrobe items, all under $100.

Oxydo Sunglasses

Oxydo sunglasses. I love sunglasses – all kinds, colors and shapes. I’ve been very happy to see the arrival of lots of stylish, less expensive options come on the market – think Le Specs, Quay Australia, and my current favorite, Oxydo. I’ve currently been wearing this pair (the 1078) and its a great lighter taupe color for summer. And, I also really like the little zip pouch the sunglasses come with – softer than those big bulky designer ones, easier to fit in a smaller bag, but still with some padding.

Gap Oxford

Gap Fitted Boyfriend Oxford shirts. These are my go to white shirts – I’ve tried a bunch from other brands, but haven’t found any that strike the same combination of fit and comfort. I wear them all year round, with shorts, underneath coats, even over a swimsuit (in a larger size I bought for that purpose). And hey, Carolina Herrera loves hers too! Continue Reading

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Spring Dresses – Madewell, Topshop and Gap

It’s already been warming up quite a bit here, and I’ve started packing away some of my jeans and leggings. I wear casual dresses almost everyday in the spring summer – they’re so easy to pop on, and I always feel more put together.

I usually add a few dresses each summer, but last year I opted out due to being super pregnant. So now I’ve been doing some shopping for some more dresses which are a) casual and easy to wear, and b) machine washable. That last part is oh so very important, by the way. Here are some of my favorites!

This checked shirtdress from Madewell is super soft and comfortable. I’d seen this dress in person at the Madewell store, by the styling made it seem really short, like it could only be worn with leggings. The length (36”) given by Nordstrom seemed doable however, so I ordered it and the length was great – very wearable, even belted.

The fabric is really comfortable, and the dress even has pockets. It’s a very versatile item which I think could be worn with tights in the winter, or with bare legs for summer.

I used an old rope belt I had on this day as I was feeling particularly lazy, however I think this dress would look great and more polished with this equestrian belt. Continue Reading

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Wardrobe Staple: Comfortable Dresses

I’m more than halfway through my pregnancy now,  and I feel like my stomach has become exponentially bigger in the past month. I keep getting stuck between chairs and other furniture. While getting ready for work a few weeks ago, I realized that all my “big” dresses that I’d been saving to wear were now gaping at the buttons. While this was depressing news, I decided for my sanity and comfort that I would give myself an extra metal pregnancy allowance for my 25 item wardrobe challenge. It allowed me to quickly stock up on some new comfortable pieces.

I’ve found that I personally like looser versus tighter items for “maternity” wear, and found some great dresses that I think I’ll be using even after this period. I don’t think there’s anything that beats the right dress for comfort out there. And, just as a reference for other preggos looking for clothes, I have a 21 week bump in these pictures, and it fits with plenty of room under all of these dresses!

1. First up is this long sleeved Free People dress, which incidentally appears to qualify for Friends and Family at Bloomingdales in three colors – white, black, and fuchsia !

I bought this dress because it looked like a super easy piece that I could continue wearing after pregnancy at the beach, for an evening stroll in the summer, etc. I also loved that it comes in a bunch of great colors (though of course I ended up with black).  As a plus, this dress also comes with a full lining, which I don’t always to be the case with Free People (see my other review below).

Also, I’ll note that I could have easily taken an XS in this dress, but ended up with a Small because I wanted the extra length. I believe that this style runs very short…and maybe my bump took away some material, too!

2. Next up is Anthropologie’s Paned Cocoon Dress. This dress is uber comfortable, and fully lined as well. It’s actually quite warm, so I wear it on days where the weather is closer to 70 degrees versus higher. Continue Reading

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On Cashmere

I am a cashmere addict. I love sweaters in general, and my favorite part of fall/winter is feeling cozy in a warm, super comfortable knit. And my warm fabric? Cashmere. Over the years I’ve amassed a slightly shameful collection of cashmere items…I buy at least a few per spring/fall season and can’t resist fingering the cashmere offerings from any clothing store I happen to be in.

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Some of my favorites…and disappointments

The last few years however, I’ve noticed an unfortunate decline in the quality of cashmere from some of my favorite former main stays. Happily though, I’ve also found some great, lasting items…and some from really affordable designers.

Here are some of my favorite cashmere resources, as well as my nominations for best value, best overall, and worst in cashmere.

Best value: Old Navy/Gap, 360 Sweater

Gap/Old Navy: I list these two brands even though it seems that both have discontinued stocking 100% cashmere items. I wonder if it’s because there wasn’t demand (this seems unlikely) or if they were no longer to meet their quality standards at a certain price? It’s a shame because one of my most durable cashmere items is actually from Old Navy – a gray hoodie that I’ve never treated very preciously, yet it’s survived very well over the years. The zipper is higher quality that a similar J.Crew hoodie I tried out this year for something like 4X the price.

Edited to add that a wonderful reader, Poupak notified me that Gap is still stocking cashmere! I still need to get to the stores to take look but my pick is this cashmere hoodie.

360 Sweater: One of my favorite workhorse cashmere sweaters is from 360 Sweater – a deep v-neck boyfriend style called the Luci. I bought it on a whim and probably wear it every week. It’s gotten softer with wear, and hasn’t suffered from excessive pilling at all. This was my first piece from 360 Sweater and I wouldn’t hesitate to get more. I was happy to find this brand as I always find trying out new contemporary brands a bit of a crapshoot in terms of quality. Continue Reading