Sept 21st- Easy Does It

Easy changes make this a cute outfit!
Yes, I am standing weird- just wanted to give the full effect of how shapeless this was!

I’d been eyeing this striped dress from J Crew for a while now- (see picture at bottom
of page!) but it was too expensive for my budget (yes, I’m cheap!). I finally found a similar one on clearance at Sears (Lands End again!) and at first glance I passed it over. Here’s why: this is what it looked like when I tried it on (picture on the right!)

But, after careful thought- and a little trial and error- I decided to see if I could do some easy changes to make this more my style.

First off, I  added a cute brown leather braided belt. This cinches the dress- making the fit more flattering. Next I rolled the sleeves to the elbow- the original length was awkward. I also threw on my favorite orange scarf. I LOVE orange and blue together- they are such a great combo. Finally, I traded out my Birks for some cute wedge heels. My friend, Livi, said she hates wearing dresses because she never knows what shoes to wear. A cute wedge heel in a neutral color is almost always a good choice.

Since I’m participating in Work it Wednesday, (where we show 1 item 3 different ways- although in this case, example #1 is a definite Don’t!)) I’ll show another option!

If it’s too warm for a scarf- a cute necklace also works:

Even with just the necklace, it's still cute!
Have you noticed how much I love stripes!

Dress: Sears, Belt: American Eagle, Necklace: Kohls, Scarf: Thrifted, Shoes: Ann Taylor Loft

Dress below: J Crew

Maritime dress

Sept 20th- Ladies Who Lunch

A cute dress and cardigan is perfect for attending a charity luncheon.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again- I LOVE dresses! One reason I love them is because essentially they are the whole outfit. No need to worry about matching top and bottom- it’s already done for you. Throw on a little jacket- or in this case cardigan, add some cute shoes and you’re set.

This dress is a good choice- it’s sweet, it’s simple and it’s perfect for the fundraising luncheon I’m attending today. It’s for Starlight Children’s Foundation– which is an incredible organization that works to bring joy and happiness into critically ill children’s lives. Enough said.

Because of the high neckline and busy pattern I decided to skip a necklace.
I like the cardigan and closed toe shoe for the charity lunch- it's more demure...

Dress: Banana Republic, Cardigan: Banana Republic, Shoes: Nordstrom

Sept 19, Searisly?

Classic blue blazer from Sears! Yes, you heard me right!

I know, I know, I spelled seriously wrong. I did it on purpose because I am so excited about my new blazer from Sears. Yes, you heard me right, Sears! Who knew? I have been looking for a cute blue blazer to complete my wardrobe when I stumbled across this gem at Sears. It is Land’s End brand- so I know the quality it excellent- and the price was the best part. Originally $189, I snapped this baby up for $50. It was on super clearance. Now hurry- go to Sears and get your own! Keep in mind, it runs small.

I love the style book- The Lucky Guide to Mastering any Style. In this book they talk about different style inspirations and help you determine which one best suits you. I am American Classic. I love everything about that look- and this outfit is a perfect example of that. Crisp white pants, a chambray blue button down, blue blazer and a strand of pearls. Can’t get much more classic that that- can you?

What style are you? Check out the book to see!

Off white pants are appropriate all year round.

Blazer: Sears, Pants: Express, Shirt: Target, Shoes: DWS, Necklace, Standard Style Boutique, Belt: American Eagle

Sept 18th, Comfy and Cozy

Love this giant comfy sweater- the skinny jeans balance the look.

It’s a rainy Sunday- that means spending the day inside reading, watching movies, playing games and being comfy and cozy. Ideally, I’d like to stay in my pj’s all day, but I need to run to the grocery store, so I had to get dressed. I am wearing skinny jeans, a dark blue button-down cotton shirt and my one of my favorite weekend sweaters. I think it sort of looks like a bathrobe, (but in a good way?!) don’t you? It’s big, it’s warm and it’s so comfy. To add a tiny bit of style, I’m wearing my leopard ballet flats from Target and a charm necklace that my sister gave me. These simple additions show I put a little effort into my look.

The sweater is like a giant blanket- perfect for snugging up on the couch with a good book.

Jeans: Nordstrom Rack, Shirt: Marshalls, Sweater: Anthropologie, Shoes: Target

Sept 14th, Black and Blue

A silky top and comfy pants. A perfect outfit for lots of errands.
Untucked just doesn't seem to look as polished.

I never used to wear black and blue together- partly because they were my high school colors (go Lancers!), and partly because I was worried I’d look like a giant bruise! Thankfully, I’m over that- because these 2 colors actually really work well together.

I am going to be in and out of my car a bunch today, so I wanted something that was easy to wear, comfortable and I can maneuver easily in. I went with one of my favorite pants- these cute black ankle length ones. They are made of rayon, lycra and nylon- so the fabric literally bends with my body~ I love it! I also love that they are ankle length. In my mind there is something very Audrey Hepburn about these. Maybe not?!

I paired them with a bright blue silk top. Again- I went with comfort first. This top, being silk, feels like heaven! I have always worn it untucked- but today tried tucking it in (loosely) and actually like it so much better. To complete the look I threw on a skinny belt, a necklace and black flats. I then decided to change things up a bit and tried my new leopard flats. Which is cuter? You tell me!

I love having one unexpected item in an outfit. Today it's the leopard shoes!

Shirt: Nordstrom (Bellatrix), Pants: Express, Shoes (leopard): Target, Shoes (Black): Tory Burch, Necklace: Target, Belt: Ann Taylor

To see more outfits like this, go to: http://thepleatedpoppy.com/blog/

Sept 13th, Down on the Farm

Striped shirt and jeans- an easy and cute outfit.
I'm calling foul for this look!

Today is my farm day- each Tuesday I head over to a local farm to pick up my
produce for the week. It’s a great way to support local farmers, and eat fresh fruits and veggies. During the summer I’d take my kids and they would enjoy picking the berries.

Since I’ll be out there doing the picking myself today- I need an outfit that will work. I chose comfy jeans and a striped top. I’m showing 2 versions of a striped top- one that works (in my opinion) and one that doesn’t. On the right my black and white striped shirt looks a little too much like a referee. I also don’t care for the large black cuffs and the fit is tight- and horizontal stripes already make people look wide- in a tight fit this can be made worse.

On the left I am wearing a cuter striped shirt. This one has a better fit, a cute boatneck and the stripes are further apart. I’ve rolled my jeans again- I seem to really like that look, and for shoes I went with ultra comfortable- ballet flats.

I decided to not wear any jewelry- do you think I should add a necklace? What’s missing?

I looked for several months to find a cute striped t shirt- now they are everywhere! This one is from J Crew.

Jeans: Nordstrom Rack (It Brand- style Pepper), Shoes: Tod’s, Shirt: J Crew

Sept 12, Monday Again?!

Cropped khaki's keep this casual.

Can’t believe it’s already Monday again. I’m off to work today so I need to dress somewhat ‘professional’.  I am wearing cropped khaki pants, and a cute swingy blue top (which is great for those days when my belly is bigger than it should be- maybe a little too much wine over the weekend!), and a jacket to throw on for when I’m in air conditioning. To complete my look I have another one of my new necklaces from Forever 21 and snakeskin heels. I read yesterday that pointy toes are back in style- so although I think they are very uncomfortable- I will wear them today since I know most of my day will be sitting at my desk.

Now off to work…

I love the neckline of this top- the small details make such a difference.
Love this necklace from Forever 21
I love snakeskin- and these are great for work because of the low heel.

Khaki’s- Gap, Top: Marshalls, Shoes: DWS, Jacekt: JC Penny, Necklace: Forever 21