Petite Fashion Challenge #9: “Heat Wave Appropriate”

I decided to take part in PFC#9! I figured, this challenge can’t be too difficult, I do this just about every single day in the summer (when I’m working)! But as it turns out, it was really difficult. It’s was a huge challenge for me to put something together PFC-worthy because when it gets as humid as it does in D.C. during the summer, I really just don’t care about being creative. LOL.

 

The Challenge: 

Create an outfit that accounts for the various environmental factors that plague us in the summer. I want to know how you dress when it’s 90 degrees outside and 65 degrees inside. Do you utilize peel-able layers? Are you particular about choosing fabric that is light but resistant? Or do you just tack on a blazer over summer clothes?

Here in D.C., it’s more like 100F (37C) outside and 65F (18C) inside, so it’s pretty darn hard to get fancy. And to be honest, I don’t. I also tend to get a little more casual the hotter it gets.  Not really on purpose, but I prefer not have to go through the laundering process (dry cleaning!) of all my nice blouses if I can avoid it. So I usually pick light, machine-washable fabrics because they are much easier (and cheaper) to clean. The best I do is try to add color and mix prints (which I’m not that good at), otherwise it’s usually a skirt and a short-sleeved or sleeveless top because I sweat like a fat kid. Long sleeves is just not a good idea unless I want massive sweat marks circling my underarms right down to the bottom of my shirt. Oh yes, it’s happened. Over top, it’s usually a cardi or a scarf depending on how cold it’s going to be in the office, sometimes even both. =P I actually would prefer to wear a blazer, but it’s not something I like to carry around on my commute to work and I don’t have a permanent office space to store it.

To start:

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Add a colorful layer:

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DRESSED ACCORDINGLY Banana Republic Lightweight Wool Pencil Skirt / GAP Striped Tank / LOFT Linen-blend Cardi / Forever21 Pendant /Michael Kors Runway Watch /LAUREN by Ralph Lauren Zabrina Pump 

 

Or a scarf:

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Scarf: Tolani 

Or, bright colored cardi and a scarf!

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Thanks for hosting, Elle! I can’t wait to see all the other PFC posts!

Bejeweled

DSC07589_2 LOFT Jewel-bib Tee / Theory Larryn Skirt / Ann Taylor Patent Skinny Belt / LAUREN by Ralph Lauren Zabrina Pumps 


Do you know what’s great about this little tee? That it accessorizes itself!

You may not notice at first glance, but there are actually few things happening in this outfit:

(1) As mentioned, self-accessorized.  Too lazy to think of jewelry? No problem!

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(2) The fact that this skirt sits right at the waist elongates the legs; and

(3) the high heeled pumps don’t hurt either. Leave out the strappy mary-janes and you give yourself a longer leg line.

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High-waisted skirt + non-strappy pumps = long legs!

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(4) While the skirt and the shoes elongate the legs, the little belt actually draws attention away from the fact that my torso is very short (and it would be really emphasized if I removed the belt); and last, but not least,

(5) This skirt flares out at the waist camouflaging my very narrow hips.

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This simple outfit is actually doing a lot of work for which I’m thankful, because it disguises my true laziness.

Review: J. Crew Minnie Pant in Stretch Twill

The J.Crew Minnie pant has intrigued me for a very long time. However, given J.Crew’s insane vanity sizing, I was convinced that they were never going to fit, so I never bothered to try them. However, a few weeks ago, J.Crew was having an extra 30% off their sale items. As luck would have it, the Minnie Pant in Stretch Twill (Coal, in 00P) was on sale for just under $50 not including sales tax. Sure, why not?

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When my shipment finally arrived (because you know, J.Crew’s processing and shipping is a little on the slow side), I pulled them out of the bag with a mixture of excitement and apprehension.

The color was a very, very dark charcoal, almost black. And yep, they are very stretchy. I think I would like them in a wool material better, nevertheless, this is what I had in my hands. The next thing I noticed, was the side zip.

I didn’t realize that it didn’t button up in the front. Not good. I despise pants with a side zipper. More often than not they are extremely unflattering and give the infamous pancake butt. These, however, could be salvaged because they have two welt-pockets in the rear, and yes, belt loops too (which is probably why I thought that these were front-zip bottoms).

When I finally pulled them on, I was absolutely shocked that they actually fit fairly well around the waist, hips, and thighs:

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The back? Not the most flattering pant I own, but they aren’t the most terrible either:

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There is a little bit of folding,  but not too much. Does certainly make it look like I need to do more lunges at the gym though. LOL. They are actually quite reminiscent of the GAP Slim Crop Pants from their Premium Pant Collection except with welt pockets. I was a little bit concerned that these will stretch out like crazy like GAP’s, but I wore these around for a while (OK, the whole day) and they have a sufficient amount of stretch in them that they don’t stretch out terribly. I do have a little bit of saggy butt syndrome, but nothing close to the GAP pants which results in me having to launder the pants after every wear.
The length, well…the inseam is about 24″. It’s little bit of an awkward length on me. Not bad. They are workable, but I think if I keep these pants I may let out the hem. It looks like I could get about one extra inch out of them.
Overall, I like these pants, but I’m a bit unsure. Right now, I’m really only looking to buy good investment pieces for work so I’m more interested in the bi-stretch Italian Wool which would be more appropriate for the office. But of course that also means the fit could be completely different (I’m almost positive they will be). What do you ladies think? Keepers? Should I let out the hem, or do they look OK the way they are?

I also got this 3/4 length sleeve stretch perfect button down in XSP, as well. I love green, but it seems rather odd in a dress shirt. My dad likes it. He keeps telling me I should match it with green shoes. Really?? How many people own green shoes?? But I’m leaning towards keeping it, even though right now I feel kind of awkward wearing it. It is different though, and could really give an otherwise conservative office outfit a little pop. I also ordered it in Smokey Graphite as another option which is more of a taupe-y color and very “safe” (I don’t think I can keep both!). What do you think of the green button-down? Too weird or does it have potential?

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