Friday, October 31, 2014

Menswear Inspired: Oversized Cardigan and Loafers

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Cardigan: Gap (similar) | Shirt: Esprit (similar)
| Shorts: Forever 21 (similar) | Loafers: Joe Fresh (similar)
| Satchel: Zara (similar) |  Earrings: Old Navy (similar)

I borrowed hubby's cardigan to keep warm when wearing this outfit to a restaurant for dinner, and liked it so much that I had repeated this look many times after, sometimes swapping the cardigan out for a sweater and adding black tights for extra warmth. I also admit that these ever-so-slightly-masculine-looking loafers were the inspiration to add the men's cardigan, I thought the oversized and slouchy knit and the black and white shoes mixed well.

These loafers are one of my favourite purchases this year. It has the comfort of flats, but also the tailored and sophisticated look of formal shoes - how can anybody not love them? I foresee myself wearing these to death once going back to work, maybe I should be preemptive and look for a second pair. Just kidding. Or am I? 

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Men's Sweater and Gingham

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Sheer Ruffled Blouse and Pinstriped Shorts

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Top: RW&Co (similar) | Shorts: Zara (similar)
| Sneakers: Converse (similar) | Purse: Steve Madden (similar)

Pinstripes may have been used mostly for men's tailored business suits historically, but not anymore now. In this case, because of its relaxed silhouette, this pair of shorts gives off a casual vibe, but the pinstripes add just enough preppy-ness to keep it from being too plain. This classic and versatile pattern is definitely one I'm keeping an eye on in other forms.

It might seem like I'm often wearing something new on the blog, while there is some truth to it (I'm using 'they were on sale' as my excuse), the other part of the truth is that I have plenty of old clothes in my closet. Take this top as an example, I have had it for probably more than 5 years now, the sheer fabric, puffy shoulders, and cute little ruffles are all reasons to keep it for another 5, if not longer.

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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Polka Dot Chambray and A-Line Skirt

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Shirt: J.Crew (similar) | Skirt: Phillip Lim for Target (similar)
| Crossbody: MMS via Winners (similar) | Flats: Report via Winners (similar)

I took my own "when in doubt, wear blue" advice from last post, evidently. This polka dot chambray shirt has also been a go-to ever since I bought it from J.Crew. To add some visual interest (and also because the top is pretty long), I opted for a knot instead of tucking the shirt into the skirt.

This a-line skirt was a purchase I made and worn while being pregnant (see post here), and is something I would definitely recommend as a non-maternity item for those looking to fill a reusable baby bump wardrobe. A while ago I finally started to pack away my maternity clothes, and was glad to see that the pile consisted mostly of maternity pants and a couple of large tops.

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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Blues, Florals and Bows

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Top: Zara | Jeans: Kenneth Cole via Winners (similar)
| Pumps: Zara | Satchel: Zara | Sunglasses: Joe Fresh

I love everything about this blouse: the rich and cool blue hues, the wispy flowers, the casual boxy cut, and last but not least - those adorable little bows on the sleeves. I couldn't help but to wear it along other blue (and black) items, and the whole outfit came together without much effort at all. This outfit reminded me of other instances when I used mostly blue, like here and here. Considering how blue is such a classic and seasonless colour (and also the amount of blue things in my closet), the note-to-self is probably: when in doubt, wear blue.

Speaking of blues, I've been experiencing some emotionally lately - Olivia is now 9 months old, and my return to work date is fast approaching. It will be a challenge.

Here are some other floral tops that have caught my eyes:

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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

High-Waisted Floral Shorts

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Tee: J.Crew (here) | Shorts: Zara (similar)
| Espadrilles: Kohl's (similar) | Purse: Locale (similar) | Hat: Joe Fresh (similar)

Number 999 reason why I love floral prints: you know you can simply pick a colour (or two) off of the print to complete your outfit. For this particularly gorgeous day, I paired these shorts with my favourite J.Crew vintage tee in blue, and hoped that the navy in the shorts and shoes went well together. I also love how the high waist nipped in at the smallest part to create an elongating effect.

Now I just need to figure out how to wear it for fall. 

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