July 17 OOTD: Business Casual Babe #1

The days of the women’s powersuit have passed, and there are more ways to stretch your creativity than a basic oxford and slacks.

I work in entertainment, which is fortunately pretty relaxed when it comes to attire. This is my first of two posts for a business casual environment – the dressier option. Here is the dressed-down post. Like a day I actually have to see people outside of my work spouses.

OOTD FOR A CASUAL OFFICE WHEN YOU HAVE TO BE SLIGHTLY FANCIER THAN USUAL:

TOPGap Softspun Tank Top – $16.99

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Honestly, any easy-to-tuck, drapey top will look great and is easy enough for a business caz outfit without getting fussy or losing comfort. Gap frequently has 40% off sales, so it’s usually worthwhile to wait for these.

BOTTOMS: 7 FOR ALL MANKIND SLIM ILLUSION LUXE SKINNY – $179

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These jeans are part of my Wardrobe Essentials list because they’re so damn versatile. Check out my Jetsettah post on how to cop them for cheaper and why they’re worth the splurge.

BLAZER: BCBGENERATION WOMEN’S TUXEDO BLAZER – $52 — $118

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This blazer has so many colors, go buck wild! I personally really like the garnet, gray frost, and dusty olive colors. You’re wearing black pants and a white top; you can afford a splash of color.

Downside: this is mostly polyester (boo) so you might sweat a little, but man, it’s cute.

SHOES: SPLENDID LARCHMONT SLOUCHY ANKLE BOOTS – $48.60

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Fold over the shaft to make this a true ankle bootie with a slouchy feature, and this will cause your shoes balance out the tapering of your skinny jeans. P.S. I’ve owned these for over a year and they’re unbelievably comfortable and well-crafted. Good for office-to-happy-hour.

OTHER (NONESSENTIAL) ODDS AND ENDS TO FINISH THE LOOK:

  1. If you want a more versatile blazer with better fabric, this Soft Joie women’s knit blazer ($178) is washable at home and should be super comfortable throughout the day… but Joie/Soft Joie is a costly brand. Think about Poshing.
  2. Daniel Wellington Classic Petite Bondi Watch- $96
  3. Vince Camuto Openwork Linear Drop Earrings – $16.97
  4. Sterling Forever Sterling Silver Roman Numeral Band – $24.97 (this is a Tiffany-reminiscent dupe)
  5. French Connection Hollis Leather Tote – $39.99

Work it, girl.

July 16 OOTD – Jetsettah

Want to fly business or first on a coach ticket? Flight attendants generally say to show up early, be polite, and dress well – you’re more likely to be bumped up the upgrade list if you look the part.

What does that mean? While you won’t get kicked off for your leggings or your favorite holey jeans, you probably aren’t gonna get that upgrade, either. So here’s an idea for how to be cute, comfy, and stylish enough for a bump.

Remember: you can always pack a lightweight lounge outfit and fuzzy socks in your carry-on bag to change into for that redeye once you’re on the plane.

OOTD FOR A JETSETTER

TOP #1: EDDIE BAUER WOMEN’S WRINKLE FREE 3/4-SLEEVE SHIRT – $39.99

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This is fitted yet not constricting, and more importantly it’s moisture wicking and wrinkle resistant. Leave the top unbuttoned, roll the sleeves, and loosely tuck into your trousers for a look of casual, strategic sprezzatura. I prefer this to the top below because of the cotton-blend fabric content, and I am pretty staunch in my love for more natural fibers, where possible… BUT…

TOP #2: BEDFORD FAIR FAUX WRAP TRAVEL TOP — $21.59

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While this is a polyester/spandex knit, I can’t help but love this wrinkle-free design. It is less businesslike and a little more flattering, to be frank… plus, you can’t beat the price!

BOTTOMS #1: 7 FOR ALL MANKIND SLIM ILLUSION LUXE SKINNY – $179

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Good bottoms are an investment piece. Seriously- there is something to be said for certain types of premium denim that makes them worth every penny, particularly when you have weirdly oblong hips and a healthy butt like mine – H&M jeans just don’t cut it. I’ve legitimately never owned a pair of jeans as flattering as 7FAMs. If you have a nice pair of inky-black jeans, they’re multi-purpose– I’ve worn mine to job interviews, to nighttime events paired with a gray or white blazer and heels, or casually to a ball game. I’ve owned them for over 2 years with very little color leaching and they’re just as soft as day 1. My friends who cop to $40 jeans from H&M complain about crotch holes after a year of very regular use. The way I look at it, they have since replaced their jeans twice now (at least $120, right?) while I’m still wearing the same pair. So while they think they’re saving money, I’ve come out ahead (I didn’t pay full price for mine*). Remember to AMORTIZE the cost to see if a purchase is sensible.

BONUS: THESE DON’T FEEL OR LOOK LIKE DENIM. Seriously, 7FAM’s slim illusion luxe line feels like sweatpants but have a tighter knit that puts them in trouser category. That said, they seem to be replacing this line with their b(air) line, which while comfy, doesn’t have that luxe satiny feel… so jump on these whenever you can.

*Note – I bought my black, straight leg version of these slim illusion luxe jeans on Amazon by setting a sale alert on camel camel camel, and paid $69 when it dropped to that rate for the day (Amazon pricing is not static, so if you want something from there, monitor the pricing using any number of tools). I ordered my heritage blue slim illusion luxe bootcut jeans from Bloomingdales during their Black Friday sale in 2016 for $99. The 7FAM website has sales regularly, and Nordstrom Rack/HauteLook sometimes brings these at a steal, too.

I know I’ve written an essay on how great these are, and I wish I had an endorsement deal for this– ha!

BOTTOMS #2: Betabrand Straight-Leg Dress Pant Yoga Pants – on sale for $52.20

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Disclaimer: I don’t own these myself, but I might have to cop for them. I have friends that sing their praises, and they’re supposed to be super cute/comfy! Plus – they have lots of colors and patterns to choose from. Also check out Betabrand’s travel-specific products (like these Gray Travel Jeans for $89.60 with lots of handy pockets)- they have cute items, but many of them can be costly (though you get 20% off your first order).

SHOES: ROTHY’S THE POINT — $145

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I referenced Rothy’s in my post about comfort shoes, and this is another versatile investment piece. I personally think the pointed toe is a bit dressier than the round toe, and I love this Port color, but there are tons of color choices here. These are your best bet for easy kickoff on a plane, dressy enough to pass muster, and great for walking from terminal to terminal if you’ve got a layover.

LAYERS: BB DAKOTA ROLL WITH THE PONCHOS REVERSIBLE PONCHO – $70*

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I’m always cold once a plane gets in the air, even if I’d been sweating my makeup off five minutes prior on a hot Angeleno tarmac. This guy is a super warm, easy-to-wear layer that you can flip depending on the color palette of your outfit. It’s acrylic and polyester (meh), but I use this as a blanket on the plane or at work and it’s fabbity fab and easy to pack and carry (I have the mulberry color, which is much more casual).

*Disclaimer: I have to be blunt, I don’t think this poncho is worth $70, and you’re paying for a name, but I DO think the poncho is worth having if you can get it at a discount. I received a free FabFitFun box from an entertainment industry event, and this was one of the items inside. Realistically, I’d probably pay up to $40 for this, maybe even a bit more. However, the BB Dakota site offers 15% off for first-time customers and will often have sales. Also, I have seen discount deals on GiltCity a couple of times in the past year for the brand (GiltCity will often give free discount codes for cosmetics brands, and clothing brands will often have $50 for $100 deals or similar, so it’s worth getting a login and signing up for alerts). BB Dakota has enough cute sale items and sweaters to take advantage of such a Gilt deal.

OTHER (NONESSENTIAL) ODDS AND ENDS TO FINISH THE LOOK:

Happy Travels!

July 15 OOTD (under $175) – Summer Daze

I don’t know about y’all but I’m melting. The dogs have essentially become a part of the tile floor and refuse to move, and our air conditioning is slowly limping along. I’m just waiting for the sun to go down, and mayyybe we’ll be able to get outdoors for a bit without feeling like death.

So what does one do besides binge watch Nikita and surf Reddit? Online shop. I think it’s important to invest money in good, versatile pieces (hopefully that have decent resale value if you need to refresh your closet!), and then keep them in rotation where possible. All pieces below are super translatable to other outfits.

OOTD FOR A SUMMER WEEKEND

TOP: Madewell Flutter Off-the-Shoulder Blouse, on sale for $34.97

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This is such a breezy, easy cotton top. One of the biggest issues we face when trying to be frugal with clothing finds is that the majority of items we have access to are synthetic. If you found the polyester version of this top at Forever 21, I guarantee you’d sweat through it. I advocate natural fibers and materials wherever possible, so finding them at a reduced rate is always a treat! I’ll do a post on pros/cons of fabric types in the near future.

BOTTOMS: Splendid Hunter Skinny Cargo Pant, for $49.99 (Gilt Login Required)

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Modal and cotton twill pants that keep legs covered. On days like today (that I’m being lazy and have minimal activity besides a casual dinner out), I actually advocate longer pants. If you’re like me, you sweat like a pig and burn if the sun so much as looks at you. I like breathable pants that don’t show sweat, and I can wear this whole outfit all day with no issues, even sitting outdoors. Plus, utility pants translate really well to fall (and for outdoorsy activities).

SHOES: Jessica Simpson Sirella Espadrille Wedges (“Fawny”), for $49.99

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Super cute leather mule espadrille heels. Dresses up or dresses down anything, depending on the mood! Wear these to brunch or a casual date night. Won’t sink into grass, won’t kill your feet.

BAG: Neiman Marcus Lena Box Flap Crossbody, on sale for $25.20

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At time of publication, this bag dropped from $105 to $70, and is currently on sale for $28 with an extra 10% off to land at a tidy 25 bucks. Plus, Ebates returns 6% if you open the shopping trip through them.

OTHER (NONESSENTIAL) ODDS AND ENDS TO FINISH THE LOOK:

 

Happy summering!