one Off-the-shoulder ruffle sleeve top, five ways

I am pretty good and skipping trends when they don’t fall into the so-called “confines” of my personal style.  While I do not believe in staying away from all the trends of the moment, I do think it’s important to take a look at a trendy item and see how it fits into the rest of your wardrobe. All season I’ve tried to avoid this “fluffy sleeve” trend, but I came across this particular off the shoulder top by 1.State and thought that maybe I could make it fit into an edgy, minimalist wardrobe and still feel like myself. I haven’t done one of these five-ways posts in a long while, but here it is!

Typical outfit, with my favorite destroyed/distressed jeans:

Off the shoulder top + destroyed denimOff the shoulder top + destroyed denimAG Legging Ankle Jeans (4 year Fog) / Ann Taylor Mila Pumps (Camel) / 1.State Off the shoulder voluminous blouse (extra white) / Banana Republic Trip wrap leather bracelet / Forever21 wrap bracelet / forever21 rings / Chloe Faye Bag (black, but love it in carbon grey)

With a pair of culottes:

culottes + off the shoulder topJ.Crew Culottes (old) / Sam Edelman Amee Sandals Chloe Medium Faye Bag / Banana Republic Triple Wrap Leather bracelet / Forever21 Rings

Some petites may not like the cropped hem paired with some ankle strap heels, but I’ve never been one to worry about the ankle strap. But in case you are, here is the outfit paired with some nude heels:

culottes + off the shoulder topwith Ann Taylor Mila Pumps (Camel)

This look is a little 70’s inspired:

Off the shoulder top + wide leg jeansOff the shoulder top + wide leg jeansSam Edelman Rodney Pointy Toe Flats (Leopard) / Hudson Wide Leg Denim (very old) / Madewell Bucket Bag (newer version, love in dark cabernet) / Zara Choker (old) / Banana Republic triple wrap leather bracelet

I’ve always been obsessed with super wide-leg pants. I’m not sure what it is, but if I see a pair hanging on the rack, I’ll come running. Petites tend to shy away from a super wide-leg in fear of being shortened, but I don’t see a need to avoid them. I’m wearing them with flats, but a great way to lengthen the leg is to wear them with heels and keep the hem as long as possible.

Off the shoulder top + olive green pants + trench vestOff the shoulder top + olive green pants + trench vestOff the shoulder top + olive green pants + trench vestBabaton Trench Vest (sold out, similar) / Banana Republic Cut out wrap booties (last season) / J.Crew Martie Pant in Stretch Wool (see here in Stretch Cotton) / Apple Watch Series 2 /  3.1 Phillip Lim 31 Minute Medium Clutch / Forever21 Rings

I was trying to think of a cool way to add layers, while still making it obvious that it was actually an off-the-shoulder top. I thought it would be visually interesting to add a vest, and I’m pretty happy with the look. I’m also loving the mix of a feminine blouse with an edgy shoe.

Off the shoulder top + shortsOff the shoulder top + shortsOff the shoulder top + shortsAritzia Linen Shorts (old, similar here) / Zara lace up flats (old, similar) / Chloe Medium Faye Bag / Apple Watch with Casetify Grid Straps / Forever21 Rings / Earrings (no idea, really old)

An outfit that is a bit more care-free and easy, is to pair with shorts. I did a little mullet-tuck of the top so it actually looked like I was wearing bottoms. Because really, what’s worse than looking like you aren’t wearing any pants? =)

To summarize:

five ways to wear an off the shoulder top

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Review: Sam Edelman Rodney Pointy Toe d’orsay Flats

One more shoe review post before I get back into the EOTD posts. This one is another Sam Edelman shoe that I fell in love with. I usually cannot wear flats or pumps unless there is some sort of strap holding my feet in due to my  super narrow heels, but these are great, and I love the leopard pattern. Check out the Sam Edelman Rodney D’orsay Pointy Toe Flats:

 

Look: I really love these flats. I’ve been on the hunt for a great leopard flat for many years, but have been unable to find a pair that not only fits, but I’m happy with the leopard pattern as well. Usually I find the print to be too dark, or the spots are too large and it just seems unnatural-looking to me. The leopard version comes in calf hair, but the other colors vary and either come in leather, suede or canvas/fabric if you are looking at the floral or the gingham. I also love the d’orsay and pointy toe of the flats which make them kinda sexy. They come in at least eight different colors and patterns including black leather(!), olive suede and an oatmeal suede.

Quality: Similar quality to other Sam Edelman shoes. They have synthetic inner lining an sole. The quality of the calf hair in this case appears to be good and not too stiff. I don’t see any issues with materials coming apart of shedding on this particular pair. I also can’t be mad at the extra padding inside of the shoes.

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Comfort: A little extra cushioning in the sole of the shoe really helps with the comfort of the shoe. All too often, I feel like I’m almost walking on concrete with some flats. I didn’t feel any pinching except for the inner part of the left foot, which should probably fix itself with a little wear.

Sizing and fit: TTS, similar sizing to other SE flats. I do not find the toe box to be overly narrow resulting in an uncomfortable toe squeeze. And quite surprisingly, these flats actually stayed on my feet! Well at least my “normal”-sized foot. The other foot which is about half a size smaller than the other, I seem to still walk out of, which is not a good sign. I thought about adding a heel grip to see if that would help the matter, but I’m not too confident that in the long run this would be sufficient.

Price: Depending on the color, from $99.95 to 119.95 at Nordies.

Verdict: Return. As much as I love these, I’m too concerned about the fit on my smaller foot. Better be safe than sorry. Otherwise, I would definitely keep!

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Review: Sam Edelman Rowan Scalloped Pointy Toe Flats

Well, hello! Nice to see you again! It’s been a while! I know, my fault (obviously). I have been unable to organize and take control of what seems to be life in general, as of late. Well, maybe not just as of late, but for a long while now. And I’ve finally decided to do something about it. It’s been a struggle, for sure, as I’m trying to change habits I’ve had my whole life. But I’m committed to it. There is going to be some shuffling around, but I’ve decided that this blog is more than likely going to stick around, so bear with me! =)

Truth be told, I haven’t done a whole lot of purchasing this past season as the offerings have been somewhat a stretch from my typical edgy and minimalist style. But if you have a pretty well-established personal style and aren’t really, swayed by the hot trends of the moment, there are bound to be seasons where we can’t just find anything to buy. I did, however, manage to find a few things, including these Sam Edelman Rowan Pointy Toe Flats:

I have actually become a big Sam Edelman shoe fan over the years. They can be on the pricey for those on a budget, but the quality and comfort, compared to other brands in a similar price range is worth a little extra of my $, IMO. I was actually a bit on the fence about this one due to the scallops, I mean, I can appreciate scallops on a blouse or skirt, but who needs scallops on their shoes?? But I ended up being really happy I gave these ones a chance. Here’s the run down:

Look: With the scallops, these flats definitely have a feminine look to them, but the pointy toe also gives it a bit edge. Some petites do have a tendency to shy away from the ankle-straps, but if you get the proportions right in the rest of the outfit, this should not be much of a concern for us littles. Most versions of this shoe come in suede including the but “naked suede“, however, there is a metallic gold version that comes in leather. You also must see this leopard version. The sole is synthetic which is typical for non-high end designer footwear.  Here are some IRL photos (please ignore the horrific tan lines on my veiny feet):

Sam Edelman Flats

Sizing: TTS. The Nordstrom website says that these run short, but I do not find this at all. I do have a slightly narrower foot, but I do not find these long at all. I think the width is pretty true to Sam Edelman sizing, which can be a bit on the narrower side.  If you have a normal to wide foot, going up half a size may be advice worth heeding. I’m wearing the strap on the smallest hole, which is pretty comfortable. No DIY-ing required.

Comfort: As always, Sam Edelman has some pretty solid padding in the sole. Upon slipping them on and wearing them around the house, I didn’t feel any rubbing or pinching. I appreciate that SE uses a suede-like material in the inside of some of their shoes and I find it decreases rubbing. The vamp also comes around the baby toe nicely. In the past I’ve owned some shoes in the d’orsay style which didn’t hold in the baby toe, and it is the most annoying thing ever.

Quality: Quality looks and feels great. I’ve never had a problem with the quality of Sam Edelman shoes, and off the top of my head, I can count at least four pairs of SE shoes that I own.

Price: Regular price is $129.95, but are conveniently on 30% during the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale for $90.96. Or, for an even better price purchase at Zappos for $77.99 (or if you really want to purchase from Nordies, ask to price match).

Verdict: Keep! And I might grab myself a leopard pair as well!

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