So it's Fall. And our first couple of days were pretty darn warm. So it was a good chance to look back at a few summer dresses and get in 1 or 2 more wearings. I'm still working on the transition-summer-dress-into-fall thing. Then again...I just love Fall clothes, so I'm usually ready to dive headfirst into Fall, and just say sayonara to the summer togs.
First up, since it's actually still available, is the J Crew Ruffled Jersey Dress (#29816, curr on sale for $59.99). I did get a PS discount on this from FP, and I'm ok with that because I've already worn it twice in the three weeks since purchasing. I took an M. Plenty of room. Love the fit on this. It works great with a black bra - the straps blend right in. It's not as low cut as the shirred v-neck dress from the spring was (this one doesn't show off a tan line, like the other one did). I love the length - it works with the dress. One note is that there is no hem - it's a raw edge. But I haven't had any problems with that so far. The weight of the knit is great - not too heavy, not too light. And by the way - yes, my dress is black - they had lots in black in the store. I only see the heather carbon or shadow online but trust me, it's black. AppGal tried it on here. (if soemone else did and I left you out, please holler.)
In the second pic, I'm wearing it with the Old Navy Cinched Front-Zip Jacket that appears to no longer be on their website. I have to thank Gigi for guiding me to this as a great alternative to the JC downtown field jacket - she had a great pic when ON was doing their 30%, so I went ahead and ordered. What I LOVE about the jacket is that I was able to get it in a Large Tall. Large so that I have enough shoulder room...and can put heavier sweaters underneath (thank you, ON for the online reviews - always helpful), and Tall so that it's long enough in the sleeves. Note in the name "cinched" - it comes in at the waist, so it avoids the all-too-common utter lack of shape that many field-type jackets have. I will be wearing this jacket tons in the fall.
Funny story for this dress: I was wearing this outfit again Friday night when hubby said to me as we were heading out the door to dinner "You're so stylish it makes me sick...but I don't mean that in a bad way." Ah men...gotta love them. What do you do? I smiled serenely and sailed out the door. Clearly it wasn't a rehearsed comment. I've got to give him credit for noticing...and realizing it was stylish? Then again, I also had a friend holler out her window to me at how nice I looked picking up dog poop. I guess it was a winner all the way around. And yes, I do clean up after my pooch when I walk her - if you have one, I hope you do the same.
Next up...the AT Loft Medallion Shift. I loved this dress when I first saw it. It's interesting because it's a yellow/tan print dress, like the famed LoL sateen sheath in the Dunclare print (which Dina has on here) - which I tried and immediately returned because the colors were just horrid with my skin tone. As soon as I saw this at Loft I grabbed it...fortunately, I was shopping during a 40% off sale.
I got an 8, and it had plenty of room. It's definitely not fitted - very flowy and breezy, but it shows of a lot of arm and leg to counter-balance the lack of shape. I love the linen fabric. Not see through, not stiff. The only downside, if I could come up with one would be that it really requires a strapless bra. But for this dress, it's worth it.
And again, as I do with shorter skirts/dresses, flat sandals -these are from Target a few summers ago. I wore them a ton this summer, and again, will be so sad when I have to replace them. But they are insanely comfy and work with most of my summer wardrobe. I found its perfect partner in last summer's JC linen vneck short sleeve cardigan. They were made for each other.
Funny story on this dress: A few weeks after I had purchased it, my mom and I were at Loft (30% off or something, probably) and I had pulled a few dresses into the dressing room to try on. While I was doing that, my mom came back with this dress in hand and said: Did you see this one? It just looks like you." And I said: you're absolutely right, and that's why it's already hanging in my closet. So clearly my mom knows my taste...one of the many reasons I love shopping with her.
And the final dress I have to share, which was in HEAVY rotation this summer is the Loft Empire Tank Dress with Twist Detail. Can't remember the specs on this, I know I got it as a % off, just not sure whether that was 30, 40, or whatever. In any case, in terms of cost per wear, it may well be one of the cheapest items in my closet right now.
What's not to love on this one... Great shade of gray. Beautiful draping. Lovely empire waist. I took an M in the dress, and it fit perfectly. The fabric is mostly synthetic, if I recall, but it still breathes. This was a hot, steamy day staple in my wardrobe this summer. Wore it tons.
Funny story on this dress: When I tried it on, I was asking the SA about the feasability of wearing my usual summer sports bra/cami underneath so that I didn't have to wear a real bra with it. She, of course, was going on and on about how I could dress it up with heels, necklaces, etc. 9 a bit like at left here) and I was just like: um, I have plenty of that stuff, I really just want a cute knit dress I can throw on with a sports bra on a hot day and head out the door. And that's exactly what I did with it...over and over and over again.
I am a 39 yo SAH/WAHM. I have 2 wonderful, beautiful, loving children, and a fantastic husband who is a fabulous cook. I am also lucky enough to have a fantastic and flexible job that allows me to work mostly at home and still have enough time to...do everything else that I do - volunteer at school, (start trying to) exercise (more), and shop. And I do love to shop. (see note above about job) But I also love to share what I learn with my friends. So that's why I blog.