Last week, I did a post about my fabulous new rain boots. I’ve also made a few other purchases recently. I always have a love/hate for fashion. I try and get a few new pieces each season, but at the same time, I’m quite picky. When you wear a uniform 40+ hours a week, you don’t need as many clothes as the person who works in an office.
I’m not a big fan of the skinny jean trend right now. I have thick short legs, and the “skinny” look does not flatter me at all. I am starting buy the darker washes, which seem somewhat dressy to me at times, but they are quite slimming. I picked up two new pairs of Gap jeans when I was shopping with Stacey, the BFF, a few weeks ago. I have to buy petite or ankle length jeans, so I always have to try on a million pairs to get the length right. I’ve tried all the brands (expensive, mid-range, and even cheaper brands). But I’ve found that the length on Gap jeans is always the perfect length for me. I was lucky that it was Tuesday also, because Gap gives 10% off for their cardholders.
I think the perfect pant or jean can be a great foundation. I buy a ton of basics and mix and match my shirts and/or accessories with them. I do buy some bolder stuff from time to time, a girl has got to be a little wild and trendy.
When it comes to shoes, I’m a total tennis shoe girl. I am that person, who will wear my Converse, with just about anything. I think I have at least five pairs. But, I had to get some girly shoes. I love the ballet flat trend, but I try and avoid toe cleavage. Seriously, I’m just weird like that. But, I don’t like any part of my toe showing. I was super excited when I found these Born ‘Lovely’ Flats from Nordstrom.
So I wrote about buying basics, but I do wear some non-basic things. I do buy many things that are denim, black, navy blue, and other dark colors. But I try and mix in some color to make it pop. If you’ve read my blog for awhile, you will remember my awesome pink coat. I bought this in November at a local boutique. I am still in love with it. But I’ve also found some great patterned shirts that are on my mental wish list.
I do buy dresses and skirts from time to time. I just don’t wear them all the time. I bought this skirt from Anthropologie earlier in the Fall. I also have new newer dresses that I haven’t worn yet. But I have fallen in love with these dresses lately, and I think they are very classic.
I could do an entire post about earrings, necklaces, and hair accessories. But I mostly find these items at random places. I’ve found things at local boutiques, Target, and in clearance baskets at some of my favorite stores.
It may look like I only buy expensive clothing. I’m a budget too. I have tons of solid colored tees from the Gap and Target, that I wear daily. But sometimes, you need something nicer. I also try and figure out cost per wear. I may spend a little more on a pair of shoes or a dress, but if I know that it has a classic look, and I will get several wears out of it.
You are probably wondering, why is Julie talking about fashion today? Well next week I’m leaving for the Blissdom Conference in TN. I need to start thinking about what I am going to pack. I completely over packed for BlogHer. I actually had to pay a ton of money on my way back from Chicago. I do not want to let that happen again. So I’m trying to evaluate my closet, and make the most out of my outfit choices.
It may look like I have my act together on what to wear, but I don’t. I’m always so unsure. I see great outfits put together in the store, and I think to myself, “I could never do that”. I see the current trend of mix and matching different patterns and colors. I just can’t seem to do that. I may always be one of those preppy matchy-matchy people.