Spring office wear: petite chambray shirt + animal print skirt

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Halogen chambray shirt in light denim (10 colors), The Limited skirt (old, waist altered)
Mansur Gavriel tote c/o (old), Sole Society Anneke heels c/o (runs narrow, go up half size)

Lately my outfits have been the same staple pieces on rotation with just small tweaks in accessories. The heavy hitters have been my favorite distressed jeans, white jeans (next on my must-find list are white pants or trousers, to convert the same pairings into business casual outfits), striped and gingham shirts, chambray shirts, and neutral shoes in flat, sandal, and pump form. I noticed I get more compliments on the most basic pairings, probably because anyone can find a variation of those pieces to create their own spin on the look. Speaking of favorite jeans, there is a good sale on designer denim going on with up to 30% off popular current-season styles...see the bottom of my post for details!
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Ray-Ban 58mm aviator sunglasses in "brown gradient," nose pads DIY adjusted

This shirt is from Nordstrom's petites department and will be making many more appearances on here. I'm packing for upcoming trips to a few different destinations, but for each one a comfortable, versatile travel shirt is a must. This one is softer than most denim button-ups, and is medium in weight with a sturdy feel. I have not yet laundered it (tag says machine washable) but several online reviewers mentioned how well it wears and washes. For that easy casual look, I love double cuffing the sleeves...it's pretty self-explanatory but here are the steps:

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Ann Taylor + J.Crew sales & petite spring reviews

Two awesome sales going on right now, ending today (Monday): Ann Taylor take 50% off online only with free shipping at any price using CYBER50, and J.Crew factory is 40-50% off sitewide, prices as marked (please see end of this post for quick reviews from my last order) with free ship at any price using FREESHIP. I love these free ship with no minimum promos! First up from Ann Taylor, the polka dot and tipped button-up shirts from this post are still available and qualify for the discount. I also had the chance to try on a few online exclusive pieces thanks to their team:
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J.Crew factory belt (extra holes punched), Steve Madden heels, YSL bag ("light rose")

1. For those who missed this pearlized chain necklace last sale, it's back! If you aren't able to grab it on super sale, the 50% off the original price is still very good in my opinion. I gladly paid more than that for my second one after sadly losing the first one during travels. Mine is from a few years ago where there was only one color choice, but it looks like they have "gold" and "silver" now. Please note this is costume jewelry thus made of faux pearls.

2. This 100% linen breezy sweater (comes in 2 colors) in "pearl rose" was my favorite piece out of the items I tried on. I have a weakness for linen in warmer weather - usually a downside is the fabric's extreme wrinkle-proneness, but in this knit format that is not an issue. True to the item name, it is a "breezy" sweater in a looser knit and is somewhat sheer as you can see below. I was afraid it'd be too roomy per the stock photo, but the xxs petite was a nice casual fit after cuffing up the sleeves. I'll love it as a coverup after a day by the pool/beach, with shorts or jeans, or for work with a tank top underneath.

Eliza J. petites maxi dress + neutral strappy sandals review

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Eliza J petites chiffon maxi dress (sz 2P - belt included! Other prints here)
Steve Madden "Stecy" sandals in "blush patent," Essie "fiji" nail polish

I was shopping for a dressier occasion, and fell in love on Nordstrom's website with this floral option - perfect for wearing to a wedding, an engagement photoshoot, or just a dressy night out. Even in the stock photos, there was so much flowy movement (looks better in the regular sizing photo) and the reviews on the regular one were glowing. I had noticed the brand several times before because they have such pretty maxi dresses, but never gave it a try due to sizing limitations. Unfortunately only select dresses are made in petite sizing, and amongst those a 2P was the smallest available (although, just noticed this print comes in 0P).
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These photos show how the dress in 2P fits on me with no alterations. I think it fits fairly true to size (see measurements at the end of post), maybe a little smaller than AT/LOFT and J.Crew. The length though is on the longer side for petite sizing. For reference, I'm just under 5 feet tall wearing 4" heels here, and could still use an inch or two shortening of this dress. I will be taking in the torso slightly on each side, and am debating how to best approach shortening the length - whether to take it up via the shoulders, or hem it off the bottom (by the way, if length is just marginally too long for you, a little cheat I love instead of alterations is the "foldover" trick where you tuck excess material over a tightened belt). I thought the fully-lined quality was good for the price, so don't mind getting alterations on a more unique piece. Bonus is a gold-toned skinny belt which can be paired with other outfits!
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On to these sandals - I've gotten so many questions via Instagram about their comfort. Honestly, I don't think a 4+ inch high heel with ankle strap and tiny front strap can ever be "comfy," but I don't think these are bad given the style! I started my search for a minimalistic, classic nude high heel sandal back in February and figured I'd give a run down of my favorites tried on to date, from splurge to steal:

Ann Taylor dotted shirt + swingy striped skirt

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Steve Madden sandals, Saint Laurent wallet on chain (in light rose/pink), Hermes belt

I love my share of drapey blouses, but sometimes nothing feels more classic than a crisp white button-up. There's so many options on the market today in slim fits and with feminine details - a far cry from the masculine, boxy shirts that haunted me when I first started working.
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I went into Ann Taylor recently looking for this black & white tipped shirt (40% off retail) - my size was gone but I ended up finding this cute dotted one. You can't tell in the photos, but all of the dots are embroidered rather than printed, which is a nice touch of quality. The fabric is 97% cotton, 3% spandex which is also a pleasant surprise in today's world of synthetic materials.
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