When I saw this J.Crew Tipped Boy Shirt online, I was immediately enamored by it. Somehow I managed to resist purchasing it…that is, until I saw it on Tam and she immediately pushed me over the edge. Unfortunately, when I decided I wanted to purchase it, it was sold out in my size. A week later, it popped back up online and I wasted no time, not even waiting for an extra 30% off discount code. And do I regret it? Not for a second. I am a huge fan of black/white blouses whether it be in the details or the print, due to their versatility. All black/white tops in my closet are workhorses and I use them for both work and play. I do wish I could spend my money on more “fun” work pieces,  items with more unstructured shapes or classic pieces with somewhat trendy details, but at this point, as I’m still trying to build my career wardrobe with good quality, classic, and tailored basics, I don’t have a whole lot of money left over for such fun things as much I’d love to add them to my closet. I’d love to get to a point (hopefully soon!) where I only have to add a few pieces each season to keep it fresh so as to not get bored and uninspired and be done with it.

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J.Crew Tipped Boy shirt J.Crew Telegraph Skirt in Super 120s  / LAUREN by Ralph Lauren Amaya Pumps (newer version here) / Olivia Harris (similar here or here) / Le Chateau Shield Ring / Veda Max Jacket(similar version here).

I know many women keep up with the trends buy adding inexpensive items from places that make their business in “fast fashion” (for example,  H&M, Forever21, and Asos), but I have a strange idiosyncrasy when it comes to buying clothing of poor quality even if it’s just a short-lived trend. I just don’t like to spend money on clothes that won’t hold up after only a few wears.

How do you balance building a classic work wardrobe with more trendy pieces to keep it fresh and fun each season?


  1. blah May 14, 2013

    It depends on when you bought that shirt, but you may or may not qualify for a price adjustment from J Crew that can give you the discounted price.

  2. Hello, Framboise! May 15, 2013

    This blouse looks so cute on you! I’m glad you were able to snag one. I’ve worn it a bunch of times for work and for play–definitely versatile!

  3. torontoShopoholic May 15, 2013

    I have this blouse as well – grabbed it instore when it was extra 30% off and marked down more than online. I love it but have yet to wear it mostly because I don’t want any little hands to destroy it.


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