Spring/Summer Wardrobe Additions

Given that I’ve recently moved from academic medicine to private practice, I have new freedom to dress the way I want.

The dress code at my old job was all suits, all the time, and after 8+ years, I’d grown pretty sick of it.

Most people who worked there also dressed in really boring, predictable ways that were aggressively unfashionable.

Shedding my exoskeleton from that chapter feels wonderful, but to some degree I’m back to where I was when I graduated from high school.

I’d been stuck in navy-and-white uniforms for four years and when I left for college at a famously liberal campus, I owned exactly one pair of jeans. I didn’t know how I wanted to dress, because up to that point, I hadn’t been able to give it much thought.

Finding my style took some time, and there were painful missteps, like these off-white J. Crew shoes that I owned circa 1993:

These did not look good with almost anything, especially the forest green denim pants I would occasionally pair with them. Typing this makes me wince.

Lately, too, I’ve had a style crisis where I want to move in a more modern direction. A lot of my suits are already donated, but if given the chance, I’d get a completely fresh start with my wardrobe.

Getting the house prepped for selling also forced me to cull and organize my possessions in ways I hadn’t done for years, and seeing the embarrassing amount of clothes I own (many with tags still attached) brought the point home that if I am bringing in something new, it’d better be worth it.

With that in mind, here’s what made the cut for Spring/Summer 2017:

These Lucky Brand peep-toe booties are a cool taupe-y color (“Dark Driftwood”) that seemed like they would look good with skirts, dresses or pants, and they seemed like a way to force myself to keep up with regular pedicures. Another blog I follow described them as insanely comfortable, which was enough to tip me into buying. This was the first thing I bought for spring and had to wait over a month for the weather to cooperate enough to avoid snow on my toes.

These were impulse purchases from a boutique:

I can’t really justify them other than “impulse.”

After that, I was on a dry spell for a few weeks, and then got the shopping itch again.

With one of their many sales and a $25 reward card, I was able to get this coat from the Gap for less than $35:

The fit is a bit more oversized than I’d like, especially since I’ve been wearing it more like a blazer (i.e. all day) and less like outerwear. The pale pink color felt fresh for spring.

Speaking of pale pink, I added this tee during my biggest spend of the season, an order from J. Crew:

This was only $9.99, but it’s a final sale item.

The rest of my J. Crew order:

This was too cute to pass up. It’s even better in person. I love this shirt.

Also on sale, this bell sleeve sweater: 

With a pair of slim black pants, fun shoes and either a scarf or a necklace, this feels like what I want to wear this summer. 

I debated this move, but I ultimately added these berry print shoes to my cart when the price dropped to under $100:

What was much easier to justify was the berry print bandana (no longer available; I got the last one in store when I was on a scouting mission to see how the bell sleeve sweater was sized), which I got for less than $10 ($8.50, to be exact). And no, I do not plan to wear this with the shoes.

The final item on my J. Crew spree (and the last thing to make it into my closet): this necklace.

Argh, I know. I know. I know I said no more statement necklaces. And yet here we are.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Spring Style at Banana Republic

Despite having zero events to wear these dresses, I love their floaty, feminine style:

I can’t decide which color is prettier.

And while – let’s face it – I probably won’t buy one of these maxi dresses, this blouse and this scarf are more realistic contenders for spring wardrobe additions.

Have you shopped at Banana Republic lately?

J. Crew March Edit

I will not buy these things.

I will not buy these things.

I will not buy these things.

(I am hoping that saying it three times makes this intention true, but who are we kidding?)

 

Seriously, many of J. Crew’s latest offerings feel fresh and spring-like. Check these out:

This embellished bell sleeve blouse has buttons on the back, although since it’s part of J. Crew’s Collection line, the price is steep ($250).

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I’m not sure if the blouse would look good with this Soleil crystal necklace, but I’m willing to take the risk:

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I don’t wear a lot of heavy earrings, but this pair is making me reconsider:

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And how about the colors of this cashmere Pop Stripe sweater?

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If the price of the sweater ($278) is too high, this boatneck tee in a vintage stripe has a similar vibe for less ($39.50):

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I’m not usually good at switching my bags from season to season, AND a bag this light should reasonably make me nervous given my propensity to spill things everywhere, but this Marine salt hobo feels right for the warmer months:

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And finally, shoes, shoesshoes and more shoes:

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Tiny Zebras

Tiny zebras seem to be having a moment. 

Not zebra print. Zebras.

I saw this cute Splendid dress last weekend at the boutique of the resort where I was staying for a work trip.

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Here’s a close up of the print:

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Tiny, adorable zebras.

The store was showing this with a long black cardigan. I think it would also look great with a red belt and shoes.

Like these:

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Splendid also did zebras on a tee:

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If that’s just too zebra-y, then consider this scarf or this clutch.

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For the rest of the family, there’s a boys’ shirt or girls’ shirt and – although this is zebra print, not the animals – I had to include these cute shorts for girls.

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Stitch Fix #5

I was happy – and surprised – to find my fifth Stitch Fix waiting on my doorstep late last week.

And, wow! This was the best one yet.

I left brief notes in my profile that I was really digging blue lately, and my stylist Kelly hit it out of the park.

I could tell I was going to be reallllly happy as soon as I opened the box. Blue!

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First up was this Gilli swing skirt in a beautiful sky color. The fabric is thin, but I think it could be dressed up with a blazer for work. More likely it will be a fun, casual summer piece. Kelly recommended putting it with a gray moto jacket from one of my earlier Fixes, which is a great idea.

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(I’m back to having my kids help out with demo-ing these pieces. Not successful, see below).

The second item was this Collective Concepts sleeveless print blouse.

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Here’s a close up of the print:

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I already wore this to work! Totally me.

Another perfect work top was this Brixon Ivy lace blouse. 

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Amazing photography, huh?

What my horrible picture does not capture is the pretty lace details:

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I have some public speaking events related to work that are coming up, and this bright top will be perfect under a suit.

Next up: a Mavi chambray shirt with embroidered pockets.

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(MGM, 7, would NOT stand still. A millisecond after I snapped this, he twirled the shirt above his head and threw it down the stairs).

I actually wanted a new chambray shirt, so this was a welcome addition.

A still shot:

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Ok, I saved the best for last. The final piece was my favorite, a Tart French terry striped blazer. (Similar here).

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I already wore this to work, too, with lots of compliments.

I styled it with a light blue sweater, an indigo shibori scarf, slim gray pants and these gray suede ankle boots:

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Here is the part where I try to show the look and mostly fail.

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This was such a great Fix! These pieces will incorporate well with what I already have and also gave me a few fresh things for spring.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Platform Sandals

Ring, ring! The 90s called and they want their sandals back.

Platform sandals seem to be everywhere for spring/summer ’15.

Here’s the Nordstrom shoe department yesterday:

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The first pic of black platforms reminds me so much of my friend and ex-roommate S’s chunky Steve Maddens from 1994 that I can’t stand it.

(By “can’t stand it” I mean that I pre-ordered them for purchase during the Nordstrom Triple Point event happing March 18-22. They’re going to send them to me. Thank you, Nordstrom!)

The second pic is a pair of platform Tevas. Yes, Tevas. 

The others are Topshop for Nordstrom.

Here’s a J. Crew version:

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Would you try these? Obviously I’m biting.