I noticed these affordable tall boots got restocked in sizes 4 - 12, so wanted to share these photos before sizes dwindled down again! The calves are not as narrow as I'd like (the top opening measures 13.75" around for reference, and they're also available in wide calf), however the shaft height was just right on my shorter legs. When I ordered, only the "chocolate" color was available and now I see classic black is as well. Black is probably the more flattering and versatile choice (especially for wearing with tights or leggings), but I have to say I love the earthy look of the dark taupe brown.
A few of you requested more pairings with this cardigan, so here's a casual one I wore for running errands. I stopped by Nordstrom recently and couldn't believe all the new variations it comes in! I tried on this black & white texture version which seemed versatile - please note that fabric felt thinner, more like a lightweight sweater knit than a fleece, and ran even narrower in the arms. For that pattern I would suggest sizing up, especially if you want to wear something under. Personally my favorite is still this original fleece material. I layered a chambray shirt here for texture at the sleeve cuffs, and added a plaid scarf for pattern and warmth.
Lou & Grey stripe popover in petite c/o, Gap jeans (old), Hermes belt, KennaT jacket (old)
Fellow LOFT fans might've noticed a new label this year - Lou & Grey is the latest addition to the Ann Inc. family, and can be found in select LOFT stores and online. The brand is all about casual, laid-back pieces and loungewear for a "comfortably confident" lifestyle. They opened their first standalone boutique in the Natick mall (a black hole of shopping btw, for any Bostonians who haven't yet been), and offers curated books and independent artisan goods in addition to clothes. Nick and I popped in yesterday, and I quickly lost him nose-deep in the bartending books...
Sizing runs similar to AT/LOFT and petites can be found online. I'm wearing the textured popover in my usual size there (xxs petite), and it's like a marled sweatshirt in a boxier cut, true to the 80's-inspired "popover" style. The texture is really interesting up close, with little hints of tweed and nautical-esque rope pattern. My favorite piece in the collection is unfortunately sold out in petites, but if you can wear regular sizing, check out this cute and versatile moto jacket. It's made of the same textured "specklestripe" material I'm wearing here but in a more shapely cut, has great reviews, and is a whopping 60% off today with code FLASH (ends 10/27 morning). Please read the reviews on the jacket sizing as some shoppers have indicated it runs big.
I also tried on this colorblock pocket dress in petites, which was super comfy. It's like a long tee shirt that you can doze off in, but can be dressed up a bit with booties and a scarf for running errands. Side note - I got this plaid scarf during the last LOFT sale as a free shipping filler, and ended up loving it. The fringe only runs along one length of the scarf, which adds the right amount of stringy detailing without looking like a mop.
This outfit is comprised of a lot of old pieces, but some of them must've been popular as the brands brought back very similar options! I'm so excited that Blank NYC restocked this little faux-leather jacket this year, and in 3 colors to boot including a versatile gray! I wear this so much throughout the year - the shrunken and cropped style makes it work for jeans, dresses and skirts alike. It's also fitted enough for me to layer under some of my looser cut winter coats, making it useful even on the coldest days. If you're interested in this jacket, please check out my older review since sizing does run small and narrow in the sleeves.
I'm also thrilled to have found my first pair of "keeper" heeled boots in ages! They are not perfect and are still roomy, but were more comfortable and better fitting than many heeled options I've tried. I was actually scoping out new color options for these "Trolly" ankle boots I'm wearing in this post, when I stumbled across a taller version called the BP "Transit" boots on sale. My biggest fit issues with boots are not only calf width but also the height - having short calves, so many beautiful boots hit awkwardly at or past my knees, making walking uncomfortable.
BP Transit boots in chocolate, sz 5.5
Saks' Friends & Family sale is wrapping up tomorrow (Sunday 10/19) - use code FRNFAM to take 25% off your order and FREESHIP to waive shipping. Unfortunately, the laundry list of designer sale exclusions seems to get longer each year. Some of the few designers eligible for this discount include Tory Burch, Theory, and DVF - I have to say I've been loving the nude DVF Zarita lace dress (see on me, altered) more with each wear! It's fitted but demure, and the lace gets numerous compliments everytime I break it out.
From the Tory Burch selection, I've been liking the Robinson collection for work-to-weekend styles similar to Prada but for "less." TB is not inexpensive by any means, but seems to be a fraction of Prada pricing these days. They make a saffiano as well but the pebbled leather is what really caught my eye. The material was softer to the touch, had plenty of texture and felt sturdy.