Living with limited closet space, I’ve gotten into the habit of rotating seasonal items in and out of under-bed storage. It’s always a small treat to unpack and re-discover old favorites, which this outfit is comprised entirely of. This blouse from last year is a party of all my favorite spring colors. It’s cut generously with very long sleeves, but still gets plenty of wear layered and under blazers. I was so excited to find this dupe that’s even topped off with a neck-tie:
If you’re new to this store, you can get $15 off your first order of $50+ by signing up for an account through here (referrers will receive the same credit). There’s free U.S. shipping on orders over $50 and also free returns. I won’t be trying this myself as I have the H&M; one, but reviews indicate that it may run on the smaller side for standard S/M/L sizing, and a “blousy fit” wouldn’t be bad for this style top. Another item I’ve been eying but already have something similar is the Eye for Ikebana floral skirt (longer 25″ length may require hemming) – pricier at $69.99, but reviews say the XS fits a 24″ waist perfectly.
The blazer in this outfit is an old, bargain purchase from Lefties (I was told this is like a Zara outlet) and underwent an alteration overhaul for a mere $5 (story here). I love the resulting slim fit, but the bargain aspect is evident through the material and crinkly sleeves. While at H&M; dropping off my donations for their garment recycling program, I tried on a similar-colored option (also in black, bright pink, and possibly more):
For anyone interested in the Spanx girl shorts, I got sz S in the nude for wearing under clingier dresses. It works somewhat for minimizing tummy / butt bulges and VPL but is intended to fit much more snugly on the wearer than this pair does on me. As such, the thigh openings are a little loose so the shorts hem line shows through sometimes, but I haven’t found a better option yet.