Today's Everyday Fashion: One Top, Two Ways

One top, two ways
Printed top, yellow pencil skirt
Printed top, turquoise shorts
Printed top, yellow pencil skirt, turquoise necklace

This top is one of my favorite finds at J.Crew Factory. The fabric is super soft and feels like a nicer quality than many other J.Crew Factory tops, and I love the shape of the tulip sleeves. I wasn't completely sure about the print, but I like the tropical vibe and the fact that it only has two colors. I shared two initial ways of wearing it today, although I have a feeling there are plenty more to be discovered! What colors would you wear with this top?  

Top: J.Crew Factory, $34
Skirt: J.Crew, $45 (similar, similar)
Shoes: Limited, $25 (similar, similar)
Purse: Calvin Klein/Saks Off Fifth, $130 (similar, similar)
Necklaces: My Stella & Dot, Windsor Store c/o (similar)
Approx. dates: Skirt is 4 years ago. Purse and shoes are 3 years ago. Top is new.

Top: J.Crew Factory, $34
Shorts: J.Crew, $30 (similar, similar)
Shoes: Jessica Simpson c/o, $59 (same)
Purse: Marc Jacobs/Saks Off Fifth, $51 (similar)
Necklaces: My Stella & Dot, Windsor Store c/o (similar)
Approx. dates: Shorts are two years ago. Shoes are 1 year ago. Purse is recent, top is new.

Colorful pencil skirts on a budget

Limited  /  Guess  /  ASOS  /  Banana
White House  /  J.Crew  /  Macy's  /  Calvin Klein
Talbots  /  JCPenney  /  J.Crew  /  JCPenney
Limited  /  J.Crew Factory  /  Macy's  /  ASOS

Today's Everyday Fashion: High Tea & Hats

Polka dot dress with Derby hat
With my fellow hat judges

With my fellow hat judges

Yesterday I was honored to be a hat judge at High Tea & Hats annual event, benefitting Seniors First! In the first photo I'm showing last year's outfit next to this year's outfit. I had the hardest time finding a Derby-style hat this year for around $30, so I snapped up this black one the minute I spotted it at Saks outlet. From there I tried a bunch of dresses in my closet and landed on this old polka dot dress (polka dots, again!). I just love this event and it's so fun getting dressed up and wearing a hat!

Dress: Express, $60 (similar below)
Hat: Saks Off Fifth, $31
Shoes: Charles David c/o DNA Footwear, $99
Purse: Michael Kors/Macy's, $270 (same)
Necklaces: My Stella & Dot 1, 2
Approx. dates: Dress and purse are 2 years ago. Shoes and hat are recent. 

Polka dot dresses under $100

JCPenney  /  JCPenney  /  Nordstrom  /  JCPenney
Bloomies  /  Shoptiques  /  JCPenney  /  C. Russe
JCPenney  /  Shoptiques  /  Amazon  /  ASOS

Today's Everyday Fashion: Second Thoughts

Floral top, lace skirt, yellow purse

Have you ever been excited to buy something, but when you get home you start having second thoughts? That's how I feel about this top. I loved it in the store, but when I tried it in the outfits I was envisioning, I was disappointed. If I don't feel confident that I'll eventually come up with a combo I love, I'll usually return the item. Especially in this case - J.Crew Factory just released new arrivals and I immediately spotted a couple things that I like so much more (below). My inspiration is knocking it out of the park with her floral print/lace skirt combo, but a dark top is hard to tuck into a light skirt like this. Her crop top works but I feel like mine is showing through. I also tried this top with a yellow pencil skirt, neon shorts and an orange skirt. Have you ever bought something and had second thoughts?

Top: J.Crew Factory, $32
Skirt: Conversation Pieces c/o, $36 (similar, similar, longer)
Shoes: Nine West/DSW, $17 (similar)
Purse: Marc Jacobs/Saks Off Fifth, $51 (similar)
Necklace: My Stella & Dot
Approx. dates: Shoes and skirt are 2 years ago. Purse is last season.

J.Crew Factory new arrivals

Top  /  Top  /  Top  /  Top
Tee  /  Sweater  /  Top  /  Top
Shorts  /  Top  /  Jacket  /  Dress
Sunglasses  /  Shorts  /  Hat  /  Cuff