I packed lightly for Charleston, so you guys will be seeing some of the same few pieces (esp. bags and shoes) remixed over the next few posts! This is a comfy look that I’ve been sporting either dressed up a bit with heels or down with flat espadrilles. I know some may be wary of mixing whites and creams that are a few shades off, but an imperfect match can look less stark. On another note, Shopbop’s big “buy more save more” sale just kicked off (use code GOBIG17 through March 4th), so I wanted to share some qualifying pieces that I already own and love! They are one of the few stores to offer free international shipping to several countries, and free return shipping in the US. I don’t like that they make the sale minimum so high for these promos ($200 for this one), but maybe combine orders with a friend to get the best deal.
If you don’t own the perfect pair of black jeans and white jeans yet, this is a good chance to pick up my two top favorites that I wear on weekly rotation: J Brand cropped white skinnies in “demented” (25″ inseam) and J Brand Alana jeans in “vanity” (26.5″ inseam, see my review). I’ve raved about both of these for years now, and have heard so much good feedback from some of you who own them too. Note the white pair has a lower/medium rise while the black pair is high rise (super flattering), and both did not need hemming on me!
If you’re looking for blue jeans, I also found this mid-rise 835 style cropped pair with a 25.5″ inseam and good reviews. I typically wouldn’t advise to size down on J Brand like some reviewers suggest… if your jeans ever start to stretch out a bit, machine washing and drying almost always shrinks it back down to the original size.
Other wardrobe staples included in this promo:
– Madewell mini transport tote – this just came out this season in a new dusty clay suede … so pretty!! The brown is one of my favorite travel bags as the convertible cross-body style is practical and functional, while the brown leather goes with almost everything. See it on me here, here and here.
– Bristols 6 nipple covers – this is a random one, but I picked these up during a Shopbop sale last year at the recommendation of a friend, and love them. I’ve tried several cheapie kinds of “breast petals” and these are completely different. They have good sticking power, so no fretting about a potential wardrobe malfunction. They’re thick enough for coverage without being bulky, and are also comfortable to wear. I’ve reused mine countless times and they can also be gently cleaned at home.
– Ferragamo shoes including the classic Varina flats (black, navy, red, nude) or Vara low pumps, both starting in size 34 for some colors. If you’re looking for a higher-end flat that’s conservative and professional for work, yet cute for dressing up or down on the weekends, these are a style that I’ve loved for years.
– The popular Rag & Bone Harrow booties (runs small!) in several leather or suede colors.
I’ve also been doing lots of sunnies research for anyone who shares the plight of a flat / low nose bridge. Ray-bans are surprisingly excluded this time around, but here’s a few other styles that work for me:
– Under $60 (except polarized lenses): Le Specs Half Moon Magic style – I’m wearing the stone mirrored pair here and have also seen the polarized “raw sugar” on a friend and really liked it. The black also looks like a good pair for everyday wear.
– Mini splurge: Illesteva Leonard sunglasses – this is a popular “scaled down” style from the brand that is good for small faces. I actually like my sunglasses more oversized and found these to be a little too small proportionally for my face size. The Leonard comes in tons of colors / lens combos – the tortoise / grey is probably the most classic in my opinion.
– Splurge: Thierry Lasry “lively” sunglasses. Might be the favorite in my whole collection and the ones I get the most compliments on. The lens and arms look sleek and expensive, and they sit nice and high on my nose bridge.
I finally found this Vince sweater online – it took me a while since the stock photo looks almost nothing like how it does in-person. The model must’ve gone up a few sizes, because an XS on me is cropped in length, hitting right around my lower waist, and the sleeves end perfectly right at my wrist. It’s a thicker woven knit (you do need to be cautious of snags and avoid wearing sharp jewelry with it) and I love the slouchier cut with slight dolman sleeves. It’s on sale for 40% off right now but still costs a pretty penny…for budget-friendlier alternatives, here’s two slouchy sweaters from H&M;: purl knit sweater or rib-knit sweater.