Navy Blue Skirt + White Cape Blazer

I love this pairing of a cape blazer and a pencil skirt. And while some women hate the idea of black and navy blue together, I certainly see no problem with it.

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Zara Cape Jacket (white) / J.Crew 120s Wool Telegraph Skirt (similar here and here) / Ann Taylor Mila Pumps (Camel) / 3.1 Phillip Lim Pashli Satchel (Black, Large, here in Medium) / Forever21 rings / Banana Republic Triple Wrap Leather Bracelet / Bauble Bar Choker Necklace (gold, similar)

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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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