Friday, April 8, 2016

OUTFIT: New top (plus recent Old Navy items reviewed)

Top: Old Navy (exact)
Skirt: J. Crew (exact in current color options, similar color)
Sandals: Michael Kors via ebay (similar)
Bag: vintage Coach via ebay (similar)
Earrings: rose gold stud balls via Groupon (similar)
Sunglasses: Forever 21 (exact)
Watch: Timex via ebay (similar)

There are a few stores that have been really nailing it for me lately - Old Navy, Forever 21, and even Charlotte Russe.  I had some credit card rewards to redeem, so I made a foray to Old Navy - I found so much to try on, and so many things I liked!  This is completely not sponsored, but I just thought I'd share some of my finds, in case you're shopping for spring or summer right now (it's so rare I can link exact outfit items, so I'll take advantage of it!).  This top, for example, a really lightweight but quality-feeling linen and cotton blend fabric.  I was pleasantly surprised!  Today was the first day I got to wear it.  I can't wait to pair it with my white shorts next time.  And my ivory pencil skirt.  And my white denim crops.....  

Here are some other items I purchased or tried on (plus one item I didn't see but want to check out!), with a brief description/review of each:

1. Printed swing trapeze top. This fabric is really great, and perfect for summer.  Buy based on your shoulder size, as the swing bottom portion is quite generous.  I actually purchased this in XS (my usual Old Navy size is M), but it fits my shoulders, which are on the narrower side.  The print is navy with a soft white (neither bright white nor ivory), and a small touch of mustard-brown (not so visible in my photos), very versatile for summer.

2. Eyelet trim midi dress.  Mine is a beautiful orangey-red shade, and truly on the lower-calf midi length for me (the online photos show it as practically knee length in certain views).  I purchased it in L, a size bigger than I could probably fit, but I wanted it to fit loosely and not at all fitted, plus I wanted to leave room in case it shrinks with washing (can't report on that, since I haven't washed it yet).  The dress is fully lined in cotton, and I like how the inner lining goes to the knee, which is important to me (rather than a mid-thigh length).  This cotton fabric is also very nice, very lightweight yet "fine" feeling.

3. Linear gauze scarf.  I wore this here, and know I'll get lots of use this summer for this ivory/taupe lightweight cotton scarf.  I've been looking for some lighter colors in scarves, and some lighter weights, to make them more versatile.

4. Neon jacquard scarf.  This was on such a fabulous sale, plus I just adore the color and pattern.  I know many fashion sites are saying neon is dead, and perhaps it is, but I find this color quite reasonably soft, but yet bright enough to set off summer clothing (and a bit of a tan).  It feels much better made and looks more expensive than it was - always a good thing!

5. Faux leather tassel saddle purse in pale pink.  As I have been mentioning lately, I'm rather obsessed with pale colors, especially pale pink.  While I didn't end up purchasing this item (mostly because it didn't fit into my travel plans for the next few weeks), I did make sure to see it in person in the store to check out the quality.  I'm not a huge fan of faux leather in general, but this did have a decent look to it, and would look perfectly fine as a trendy bag for the season.  Especially since light bags don't stay clean forever, purchasing a lower price point may make some sense.

6. Cropped button-back tank (and matching shorts).  I've been seeing this outfit on (sponsored) blogs everywhere, and wanted to check it out while I was in the store.  I tried on a medium top and size 10 shorts.  They fit correctly, I don't think I'd wear a different size in either top (although I might try a small top to see if the v-neck was a little higher). But, it wasn't really a flattering look for me, with the swing top and flared shorts, so I didn't purchase it.  Very cute, though!!

7. Printed swing-tank.  I didn't personally try this on, but my friend just wore it today, and it looked very nice in person.  She's built very similarly to me, with a generous bust, and it was very flattering on her.  I think she wore a camisole underneath, due to the V-neck, but that's normal for those built like us.  I loved the summery orange color, too.  Very versatile for summer - with navy, white, denim, chambray.  

8. Embroidered peplum top.  I tried this on in medium, and didn't end up buying it, but I really liked it.  Had I not needed to buy a few things for Gavin, I probably would have bought this top also.  It is lightweight, but not completely sheer, I don't think a camisole is needed if you wear a smooth nude-colored bra.  Very cute!

9. Chambray peplum top.  I didn't see this top in store (probably a good thing!), but it's definitely on my wish list for the future.  I'm guessing it runs similarly in sizing to the embroidered peplum top, so I would plan on trying a medium.  Since I'm addicted to chambray tops, this sleeveless version would be perfect to swap in for summer looks.

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