Two of Three

I know some of you have been waiting for sweater reveal #2, so here it is styled with a suit:

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 Talula Babaton by Aritzia  / C by Bloomingdale’s Cable Knit Cashmere Sweater / J.Crew Skinny Leather Belt / Forever21 Ring /   LAUREN by Ralph Lauren Amaya Pump / Michael Kors Runway 

This C by Bloomingdale’s Cable Knit Cashmere Sweater is two of three of the season. I initially bought this during the Bloomingdales F&F sale (I later returned and re-purchased for a lower price). I wasn’t going to keep it, but when I pulled it out of the package it was so soft and cozy, I changed my mind. It’s a little bit big in XS, but not in a bad way. I can’t wait to wear it through the end winter.

And because we don’t all have to wear suits to work, here is the outfit without a jacket:

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Or you can change out the jacket for something a bit more casual (and bright!):

DSC01438_2 DSC01419_2 DSC01416_2J.Crew Hacking Jacket in Double-Serge Wool 

It’s been a while

You all haven’t seen me in a work dress in a while, huh? That’s because I haven’t put one on in a LOOONNGG time.

I had an idea for an outfit, but what resulted was something totally different than what I initially envisioned in my head (it’s still fairly warm here in DC if you’re wondering why there are no tights yet):

DSC09632_2 DSC09652_2 DSC09664_2Zara Blazer/ Banana Republic Sheath / Ann Taylor Signature Pumps / Adrienne Vittadini, inherited from my late grandmother / Forever21 Ring / Botkier Charlotte Clutch / ASOS Double-wrap Leather Belt 

This Zara blazer is one of my favorites in my closet right now. I bought it out of necessity a few months back when I went home to Toronto for a friend’s wedding and realized that I had forgotten to pack a blazer or a coat to wear over my dress. D’oh! I needed some sort of black cover-up around the $100 mark and this fit the bill. I love how just a bit of the lapel is blue so it can only be seen when it’s folded down, and how I can pop the collar and it suddenly looks like a different jacket. I do wish, however, that there was some sort of button closure to hold it closed. I think I may add a small hook-and-eye myself.

Any good finds this Black Friday? I bought a bunch of things, but I think they might all be going back. Lots to return this coming week! Maybe I’ll have better luck tomorrow (Cyber Monday).

Review: J.Crew Keeper Chambray Shirt

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One of my other purchases from the J.Crew 25% sale was the Keeper Chambray (regular price, $78). I eyed this in the store in Toronto a few months back before it was in the catalog or online and I knew I had to try it out. The color isn’t too light, the material not too thick or sheer and is actually very soft. It’s almost perfect.

Initially, I purchased it in a 00, but I eventually ended up with a 0. In 00, it was quite snug in the back which I didn’t find surprising given the fact that this shirt is 100% cotton. Generally it’s probably a good idea to go up a size when your jacket or shirt doesn’t contain any stretch (admittedly, I don’t always follow this rule and regret it later). At first, I was sure I was going to stick with the 00 given how big J.Crew runs, however, as I began layering it under sweaters and blazers, there wasn’t enough room for my arms to move around without feeling like I was going to rip the shirt.  Not sure what’s going on there. Lately, I’ve been finding the need to go up in size on top to accommodate what is  apparently an increasingly muscular back, despite the fact that my measurements haven’t changed at all and I’m not exercising as consistently as I usually do. I’m starting to develop a complex. Or maybe things are actually being made smaller?!

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The sleeve length and width is great, and fits well across the shoulders. In size 0, it is still a bit snug in the back. It would be a different story if the material contained stretch, but given what chambray is, it was never going to happen. So ladies who are a size smaller than I am on top and are struggling to find a chambray shirt, this Keeper is worth a try.

Two issues with this shirt. One, the overall length. Oh how I wish J.Crew would make a petite chambray shirt. The Keeper is not overly long, but the shirt tail does peek out under a long jacket. Tucked in, even just partially, it’s not noticeable at all. See here under my J.Crew Hacking Jacket, again (yes, indeed, I’ve done it: chambray on blue denim):

DSC09480_2DSC09486_2J.Crew Keeper Chambray Shirt / J.Crew Five-Layer Pearl Necklace / J Brand 910 Skinny Jeans / Sam Edelman Adena Studded Loafers  /Michael Kors Runway Watch / Olivia Harris  Bag

 Shirt pulled out completely under the jacket (whoops, popped collar gone wrong):

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As you can see, the shirt is longer than than the jacket. The shirt tail actually doesn’t show at all under my Aritzia Exeter Boyfriend Jacket, so its not that long (sorry, no photo). I was a bit put off by the length of it at first. But the more I played around with the shirt with the rest of my clothes, the less it bothered me. It’s a bit long, but workable.

The other issue I have is that it’s a bit too wide in the waist, however, I’m starting to think there isn’t really a way around this unless I add darts since it is a “boyfriend”-fit shirt. The boxiness also isn’t noticeable unless I wear a high-waisted skirt with it and I don’t foresee myself doing this too often anyway. Overall, I’m really liking this chambray shirt! Finally, “the one”! I’ve been wearing it non-stop since I got it.

BTW, what do you ladies think of the “denim on denim” look? It’s uh, interesting. I haven’t done denim on denim since the early 2000s, but the light/dark contrast here seems to make it work.

Keeper and some other great chambray alternatives below: