Dressing Julie 101

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.

Sexy Boot Jeans (saturated dark wash)

Sexy Boot Jeans from Gap

Curvy Jeans (saturated dark wash)

Curvy Jeans from Gap

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.

Born 'Lovely' Flat

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.

Field of Fancy Blouse

Anthropologie-Field of Fancy Blouse

Lush Rosette Top in Eggplant

Lush Rosette Top from Nordstrom

INC Embroidered Jersey Tunic

INC Jersey Tunic from Macy's

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.

Blooming Sapphire Wrap Dress

Blooming Sapphire Wrap Dress from Anthropologie

Longing-For-Yellow Dress

Longing-For-Yellow Dress at Anthropologie

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.

21 comments
Trenches of Mommyhood
Trenches of Mommyhood

But you didn't say what you're bringing to Blissdom - I was counting on that so I could pack accordingly!

Angry Julie
Angry Julie

I'm bringing the jeans. I went to TJ Maxx after I posted. I got a dress and some leggings. I will probably be rockin' the dress/skirt and leggings deal. I linked to a skirt from Anthropologie that I got in September. I'm probably bringing that. Otherwise, I'm shopping from my closet. I probably need to lay everything out. It's really hard for me, because we live in such a warm climate here in CA.

maria
maria

I just bought the yellow Anthropologie dress. It's lovely!!! Cute blog:)

Angry Julie
Angry Julie

Thank you. I love that dress too. I showed it to my mom today. She hearts yellow. I might have to go and try it on again soon.

Mikalisa
Mikalisa

LOVE those jeans and purple embroidered tunic top! So cute! U make me want 2 go shopping! 10% off for cardholders? Oh man!

Allyson
Allyson

You are going to my neck of the woods...Nashville!! My parents live there and we go a few times a year. You will love the Opryland Hotel. It is beautiful and massive. Be sure to bring you dancing boots. You must go out to downtown Nashville for some country music and dancing. Even if you hate country music...it is the it thing in Nashville. There are tons of great places to eat downtown as well.

Angry Julie
Angry Julie

Yes, it will be my first time there. I will have to check stuff out.

Mama Bub
Mama Bub

Those shoes! In pink! Or green! So not in the budget right now, but I WANT.

Juli
Juli

LOVE the yellow dress. So classic. That's my style right there. If I actually went anywhere other than Target, the grocery store, and the park that is.

Angry Julie
Angry Julie

No kidding. I really don't go anywhere either.

court
court

I want it all. I had the Born sandals last summer that had that big flower on it. Best money I have ever spent! I just ordered a few colorful spring summer tops from Boden. They have some too die stuff right now!!!

Angry Julie
Angry Julie

Ohh Boden. I didn't even touch them yet. I find it so hard to order Boden for myself sometimes. Their sizing is all over the place and sometimes, ok, most of the time, I'm an instant gratification girl.

Working Mommy
Working Mommy

Those flats are SUPER cute - and I like the tunic also!!! Unfortunately I'm just too short to pull that one off - but it looks great on the model ;) ~WM

Calif Lorna
Calif Lorna

I love the Born Lovely flats - I've paid them several visits in Macys - am very tempted by the green. May have to go and get them now!

Stephanie Stearns Dulli
Stephanie Stearns Dulli

I own so many Lush tops, I should buy stock! I am obsessing over those ballet flats now, my husband is 1.5 inches taller than me so I wear a LOT of flats! I have been working hard to get some more color (other than pink) into my wardrobe and I am visiting Nordstrom and Nordstrom rack on the regular now...I love their stuff!

Angry Julie
Angry Julie

I love those flats. I tried them on in December. My mom was going to buy them for me, but my dad was with us. He ruined my shopping plan. I went back after the Holidays and they were all sold out in black. I almost cried. But blessed Nordstrom, the sales guy said, let me do a check and get them mailed out to you. Luckily, I knew my size. I am usually a 9, but had to go down to an 8.5 . They arrived within three days. I kinda want the pink and silver ones too.

the BLAH BLAH BLAHger
the BLAH BLAH BLAHger

That Lush Rosette top is TO DIE FOR!

Angry Julie
Angry Julie

I think I NEED it. That top is soo me and YOU. I can totally see it on both of us in different ways.