Three

Club Monaco Lindy Wrap Trench / J.Crew Grid Blouse / Theory Max C Tailor Trousers (similar) / 3.1 Phillip Lim Pashli Satchel / LAUREN by Ralph Lauren Adena Pumps / Aldo Praema Rings

It’s turning into a problem. This is my third Club Monaco trench in as many years. There’s not much to say except that they’re beautiful and are made beautifully, which is why I can’t help myself. I tried this long version here from Zara, though much cheaper, it was way too long–it hit me about mid-calf! (Also see this one and this one.) Despite being more costly, I’m much happier with the quality of the Club Monaco version. It is partially lined, and falls above my knee cap. The soft drape gifts the trench a bit of a feminine touch, which admittedly, can oftentimes be lacking in my outfits.

If you’re interested in this, they’re going fast! So buy now, think later! By the time I get this post up, I think it might already be sold out on the U.S. site and limited sizes on the Canadian site. It also comes in navy blue, which is a great transitional color for the cooler temps.

Cropped

Wilfred Free by Aritzia Georgia Cropped Top (Black, it’s not really sheer, the flash just makes it look like it) / Zara Skirt (similar) /3.1 Phillip Lim 31 Minute Medium Clutch (Black, textured)(similar) /  LAUREN by Ralph Lauren Amaya (similar) /  Forever21 Bracelet and Rings

 
Cropped tops was one of those trends that I swore that I would never do. For one, I’m not in my teens or my twenties anymore so showing tons of skin tends to make it look like I’m trying too hard. Two, as hard as I work in the gym, I don’t have abs like Marisa Miller. And third, my waist is short, so tops that are cropped emphasize my short torso.

But never say never.

I had an event to go to, and as any other time I have somewhere to go and I need to get a little dressed up, I pondered about what I would wear. I suddenly had this idea that if I could pair the cropped top with a high-waisted skirt so that only a teeny bit of skin showed through, it actually might result in an acceptable outfit that didn’t look like I wished I was 16 again. I could totally get on board with that.

So I did a quick online search. I really wanted to keep covered up as much as possible, so I opted for a long sleeved version, but I kept my mind open to sleeveless versions as well. I also didn’t want the top to be too short (although not that hard, since I’m short-waisted anyway) and I didn’t want to pay too much. I checked several online stores and settled on this top from Wilfred Free (by Aritzia). I lucked out when I went to the B&M store on my lunch break there was only one black one left, and it fit! It was meant to be!

I paired it with this white Zara pencil skirt that sits extremely high on my waist. So high, you can’t even see skin showing in the first photo. And for the most part, unless I was bending or reaching, you wouldn’t see skin at all, which I suppose defeated the purpose of purchasing a cropped top, but oh well.

The Clutch

 Ann Taylor Cashmere Sweater (similar) / Ebay (Leopard Scarf from Ebay / Club Monaco Rachel Pant Jean-Michel Cazabat Viena Bootie (Black suede)(similar) / 3.1 Phillip Lim 31 Minute Medium Clutch (Black)(smooth leather version here) /  Forever21 Street Chic Wrap Bracelet /  Forever21 Rings

 
My Pashli has a sibling! I have been obsessed with this 3.1 Phillip Lim Clutch for a while, almost as long as the Pashli. I love the minimalist shape. I finally snagged myself one at an awesome discount. The leather is actually textured, but I’m totally OK that with that as it gives it the bag a little more edge and character. And the clutch fits *a lot*.

Some women find using day clutches as a bit cumbersome, but I rather like using them. It does take a bit of time to get used to. The arm strap on this particular clutch helps tremendously. The one problem I encounter, however, is when I’m holding the clutch in one hand and a coffee in the other and I’m confronted with a closed door that doesn’t open automatically with a push of a button. Never fails to stop me in my tracks. #firstworldproblems #dilemma

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