Pretty sure I wear a variation of this outfit at least three times a week...
jeans + t-shirt + this exact cardigan, utility jacket or both layered up + flats
So while this look is pretty basic, it 1) is a really accurate representation of what I'm wearing any given weekday, and 2) a few of the pieces in this iteration are new and felt worth blogging about.
I'm a big fan of this high-waisted denim trend, but after picking up a couple pairs, I realized they called for a fitted top, and I didn't own virtually any truly fitted tops. So, I ordered a couple classic fitted crew neck tees, and this gray one ended up being my favorite. It's a really sturdy fabric with a lot of stretch, slightly longer sleeves (I hate the cap sleeves found on many crew neck tees), and tucks in very smoothly. I also ordered the white, and it's pleasantly opaque.
Speaking of high-waisted denim... I've been shopping for them a couple months now. I ordered this budget-friendly pair and wasn't crazy about the rear view, and this Madewell pair, and the bottom was wider than I hoped. Then I scooped up this pair by Alexander Wang in-store a couple weeks ago and adore them. I also stumbled on a medium wash, release hem pair at Nordstrom Rack for $16, but sadly they're not online.
Last, but certainly not least, these loafers are also new. *Sigh* These are the most expensive splurge I've ever bought myself. I saved my shoe shopping pennies for a few months, and then the husband got me a Nordstrom gift card for Valentine's Day, but even then ordering them took me little while. Once I hit 'Complete Purchase', I almost hoped they wouldn't fit, or live up to the Gucci hype, but alas, they are absolutely wonderful. The leather is so dreamily buttery, and they were comfortable from the get-go. I can already tell they will get plenty of wear. I plan to do a detailed review of them later- because I had a really hard time finding helpful sizing information online... There were plenty of forums siting what size ladies wear in Valentino, Prada, and other Gucci shoes, compared to this style, but uh how about Nikes? lol. However, I found they run true to size- I ordered a 38, and I wear an 8 in almost all shoes, and an 8.5 in Nikes.
Oh and these $12 sunnies are new too, woot!
H&M utility jacket [under $25 option, love this one too] wearing 8 // State of G cardigan [exact, similar under $30] wearing small // Crew neck tee [exact 40% off] wearing small regular // 001 Denim x Alexander Wang jeans [similar, similar all sizes stocked] wearing 28, runs small // $12 rose gold and tortoise sunnies [exact] // CauseGear canvas and leather tote via Green Heart Shop [exact] // Gucci 'Brixton' loafers [exact, budget faux leather option, under $100 leather option] wearing size 38, TTS
Sometimes I find that my go-to staples get overlooked when it comes to blog content, so today I wanted to share a few of my 'wardrobe workhorses' as I like to call them- the pieces I return to again and again. I certainly love my fair share of patterns and colors, but the core of my wardrobe definitely consists of gray, denim, and olive. I love a casual-athetlic vibe, and comfort is key.
After a serious diet detox November-January, I was due for some new denim. I've heard great things about ACNE Studios (despite the unfortunate name...) so when I stumbled upon a few pairs in my size at Nordstrom Rack, I couldn't wait to try them on. Well let me tell ya, they're amazing. The denim retains its shape wonderfully, they suck everything in without feeling restricting, and I love the simple design- clean lines, plain pockets, and minimal distressing. I snagged this exact dark wash pair, and this gray pair. I find they run about a half size generous.
Naturalizer Veronica loafers (sign up for emails and get 20% off with code 'SJM20')
Naturalizer sent me these loafers about a month ago, and I have been wearing them non-stop! They elevate any outfit- I love them with skinny jeans, shirt dresses, and I even rocked them with wide-leg crops the other day. They are also crazy comfortable. If I didn't just get these black loafers in the mail the other day (eeeeek serious splurge!) then I would definitely consider ordering the Veronica in black too. They run TTS.
Gap modal tee
I have this tee in four colors, and I wear one at least once (if not 2-3x) a week! They're super soft, have a very flattering drape, and I love the longer length sleeve. Not to mention they're super affordable- if you watch for a 40% off sale, they're under $15! I wash mine on cold and hang dry, and they've held up tremendously well!
State of G cardigan
I wear this cardigan probably twice a week, no joke. It's the perfect boyfriend cut, supremely soft, and goes with everything. I love layering it under my utility jacket or suede moto jacket, or tossing it on over a dress. The pockets are the perfect size, and actually securely hold what you put in them (anyone else's iPhone constantly falling out of jacket pockets?!).
Alternative camo sweatshirt
I snagged this a few months ago at the Rack (when I got my ACNE jeans) and it's become my weekend staple. It's super soft, and olive, so I love it, duh ;)
Gap color block leggings
These cotton, colorblock leggings are an absolute favorite. I have them in both blue and gray, and they're also a serious weekend staple. I love that they're cotton- it just feels a little more breathable than the usual polyester legging fabric. They're also super flattering. Gap also introduced a capri version as well, yay! Somehow these haven't made the blog, but you can see them on Instagram here and here.
Vince Preston slip-ons
Somehow I have never blogged these, yet I wear them all the time! They're just so easy, comfortable, and seem to go with everything. My favorite recent combo was wearing them with this skinny trouser, cashmere sweater, and a blazer for a very 'smart casual' look. I have them in pewter, which isn't available online anymore, but that navy is seriously tempting!
J.Crew sweater [similar] // Cashmere scarf [exact] // Destructed boyfriend jeans [similar] // Vince crossbody [similar, budget option] // Brocade booties [exact]
I have always loved brocade. In college, I made myself a few skirts out of upholstery fabric, specifically brocade, because I loved the sheen, how crisp it looked pleated, and all the wild patterns available. (I also made myself drapes that matched...) So when brocade made a comeback this year, I was thrilled.
That being said, brocade booties definitely don't sound like a timeless investment (and I don't actually wear booties that often) so I shopped around awhile to find a budget-friendly pair. This pair fit the bill perfectly- under $50 (20% off for signing up for emails!), matches enough in my wardrobe, and a reasonable height heel. They're also quite comfy. Overall, a very satisfactory purchase. I've actually had them since December, but just haven't shot them till now, but don't fear, they're still in stock ;) I found they run true to size, I wore my usual size 8.