Today's Everyday Fashion: Dress Pants Success (and One Fail)

 
Pastel Express dress pants
Pastel Express dress pants
Pastel Express dress pants, white ruffle top
Pastel Express dress pants, white ruffle top
Pastel Express dress pants
 

Last month I declared a strong dislike for dress pants and then got to work trying to find a pair I could get excited about wearing. I kissed a lot of frogs, but I'm happy to report that it paid off. I found a great fit and bought two colors - the pink/purple tone pictured above, and black. No more choosing between "wearing something fun that I love" or "looking professional" - these pants are both! 

Top: Saks Off Fifth, $30 (similarsimilarsimilarsimilar)
Pants: Express, $40 (also got them in black)
Shoes: Steve Madden c/o Nordstrom, old
Purse: Aldo/Amazon, $40 (similarsimilarsimilar)
Necklace: Stella & Dot (similar, similar, similar)
Earrings: My Stella & Dot
Approx. dates: Necklace is 3 year ago. Top and purse are 2 years ago. Shoes are 1 year ago. Pants are new.

 
Blue ruffle top, white high waist dress pants
 

And one fail...
The majority of dress pants I tried on didn't make the cut - including this pair, above. The rise is a little too high, the legs are a little too long (I have them cuffed here). These pants come in other colors here. ps. The orange is VERY vibrant in person! I tried (and passed) on those too. ;-)
 

Today's Everyday Fashion: The Trench Skirt

 
Trench skirt, cap toe mules
Trench skirt, cap toe mules
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Trench skirt
Trench skirt, cap toe mules
 

Whoever came up with the idea of a trench skirt is genius. We don't get a ton of trench coat weather in Florida, so here's a more breezy way of wearing one? Yes, please! I've already worn it as pictured once and have a feeling I'll be repeating often. I love the overall shape of this outfit, as well as all the fun details (buttons, belt, pockets) on the skirt. I had some success with additional items from the same online order, so I rounded them up below. It will be a couple weeks before they are included in an outfit post, so sharing now while they are still in stock! 

Top: H&M, $6 (similar, similar, similar)
Skirt: Forever 21, $30
Shoes: The Fix c/o Amazon, $85 (flatsheels)
Purse: Marc Jacobs/Saks Off 5th, $288 (similarsimilarsimilar)
Earrings: My Stella & Dot
Approx. dates: Purse is 3 years ago. Top is 2 years ago. Shoes are last year. Skirt is new.

Jumpsuit  /  Dress  /  Sandals  /  Top

Today's Everyday Fashion: Give Me All The Gingham

 
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Inspiration: American Eagle

Inspiration: American Eagle

 

Feels so good to be up around after being sick all week, and this gingham top I've been saving was just the ticket. It will look great with white jeans or shorts this summer, but in the meantime, the inspiration photo gave me an idea for wearing it now. I'm loving how black booties and a western belt give it a little edgy vibe. I also ordered the blue ruffle sleeve top from JCPenney, below - a great "work friendly" option! Gingham is definitely my jam; please give me all the gingham this spring/summer!!  

Top: Nordstrom, $30 (similar below)
Jeans: Levi's c/o Amazon, $37
Boots: Vince Camuto c/o HSN (similar, similar)
Belt: Forever 21, $9 (similar, similar, similar)
Purse: Mud Pie c/o, $25
Earrings: My Stella & Dot
Approx. dates: Boots are 3 years ago. Belt is 2 years ago. Jeans, purse are 1 year ago. Top is new.

Gingham tops on a budget

TJ Maxx  /  Revolve  /  Forever 21  /  Nordstrom
JCPenney  /  JCPenney  /  TJ Maxx  /  Asos
Asos  /  Asos  /  Target  /  Nordstrom

 
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6 Valentine's Dresses You'll Heart From Ever Pretty

Today’s post is brought to you by Ever Pretty. All clothing selections, opinions, and editorial decisions are solely my own.

Heart eye emoji times a million!! I am luh-ving the dresses in today’s post with Ever Pretty. Whether you’re celebrating Valentine’s, Galentine’s, or you have a wedding, baby shower, or fancy dinner coming up, I can’t recommend these 6 styles enough!

Ever Pretty is truly one of the best resources I’ve seen for finding the look for less. And it’s not one of those “too good to be true” type websites, either. The prices are amazing, the dresses are gorgeous in person, and the customer service is top-notch. Check out more posts I’ve done with them in the past here and here – many styles are still in stock and make great Valentine’s Day dresses, too!

(Note on sizing: Ever Pretty is similar to European sizing. Their smallest size 04 is comparable to a size 0, size 06 equals 2 and so on. Be sure to check out the size chart that accompanies each dress for more details, or feel free to ask me about any specific dress.)

Head on over to Ever Pretty for more dresses and use code jseverydayfash for an extra 35% off through 3/1/18. Also take 20% off gift cards through 2/14, no code required - makes a great Galentine's gift!

Help me decide: which dress is your favorite??