Sam Edelman

Jacquard Pants

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Coat:  J.Crew Lady Day Coat
Shirt:  Banana Republic
Pants:  Club Monaco Kelly Jacquard Pants {take an extra 30% off the sale/clearance price with code WEARNOW}
Necklace:  J.Crew Factory {similar}
Bracelet:  c/o INPNK
Purse;  Le Chateau
Shoes:  Sam Edelman Portney

Holiday Dressing – A Pop of Color!

french connection reign color block dress

coat draped over shoulders

bright neon yellow panel dress

Dress:  French Connection Reign dress
Coat:  Le Chateau { – bought in ~2005}
Bracelet:  Cassis {has since gone out of business}
Purse:  Le Chateau
Shoes:  Sam Edelman Portney

Today is the first day of a multi-part series featuring holiday dressing ideas.  Looking for ideas for that work party?  Or what to wear to a family luncheon?  Stay tuned for a variety of suggestions to navigate through the upcoming season.

Crisp mornings – jacquard pants and a wool coat

banana republic jacquard pants wool coat

fall outfit crop jacquard pants

Laura Wears

Laura Wears

Coat: so old!  {have been eyeing up this coat recently – too bad it’s waaaay outside my budget…}
Pants:  Banana Republic Jacquard Ankle Pants {sold out in the black/gold version I am wearing, but still available in the black-on-black jacquard – now 40% off!}
Purse:  Le Chateau {also 10+ years old}
Shoes:  Sam Edelman Portney

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Windowpane peplum

banana republic windowpane peplum shell

windowpane peplum

peplum grey crop ankle pants

Top:  Banana Republic windowpane peplum top {worn under a blazer to work}
Pants:  RW & Co  {old! – last seen here}
Bracelets:  Amrita Singh bangles
Purse:  Le Chateau {old}
Heels:  Sam Edelman Portney

White after labor day?  Yes please!

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Wedding Guest Attire 3

wedding guest attire lace neck dress

abs allen schwartz lace dress wedding guest

Dress:  ABS Allen Schwartz {with some fairly significant alterations by yours truly – more about that below)
Bracelets:  Amrita Singh bangles, J.Crew Factory
Sunglasses:  Armani Exchange
Purse:  Le Chateau
Shoes:  Sam Edelman ‘Portney’

I came across this dress on Hautelook & instantly fell in love with the lace neckline.  Unfortunately, the rest of the dress had some major fit problems – the seams didn’t sit flat, the chest was too bid, armholes too large, and length to short {but the shoulders and hips fit perfectly – weird}.  It took some serious seam ripping and re-sewing {plus the addition of a bottom segment} to get it into a wearable state.
I normally have a rule about how much time I will put into alterations.  I won’t alter cheap pieces {if they need altering, they get left at the store}, and I will only preform minor alterations on expensive items {because if I am forking out lots of $$$, it better be almost perfect!}.  Mid-range items are a grey area.  Had I been browsing in-store, this item would have been left on the rack due to the sheer number of fixes required, but since it was final sale from Hautelook {amazing deal, but no returns}, I fortunately had no choice but to spend the time on alterations…  And I am quite happy with the result!

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Pattern mixing workwear – windowpane and dots

Fall workwear pattern print mixing j.crew fan necklace

Banana Republic Camden ankle pants pattern print mixing workwear

Gap windowpane sweater patten print mixing workwear

Top: Gap Windowpane Sweater
Pants:  Banana Republic Camden Fit {very similar}
Necklace:  J.Crew Factory Fan Necklace
Bracelets:  Gorjana Leather Wrap, J.Crew Factory {similar}
Purse:  Le Chateau {old!}
Shoes:  Sam Edelman ‘Portney’

After salivating over Tibi windowpane dresses last season, I finally managed to add an affordable windowpane item to my closet {it helped that Gap/Banana Republic/Old Navy have been having amazing sales recently!}.

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