How to Style Joggers

How to Wear Black Joggers Three Ways

Let’s break down how to style joggers. 

Last month our series, “What to Buy at,” featured Banana Republic. I love BR for their classic modern style and commitment to offering an inclusive size range. They make my job so much easier. 

After that post, I received several questions about how to wear these joggers, specifically, how to style joggers in an outfit for work and weekends. So today, I’m breaking down a few options to wear for whatever work looks like for you and ideas to make them casual, since right now those worlds are merging together. 

If you are new to our site (welcome!), today is an excellent example of how many of our posts are designed to help you build a functional, practical, and chic wardrobe. I use items from popular, mainstream retailers, focusing on realistic price points and inclusive size options. 

My goal is to help you build a wardrobe much like I did when I worked with my private styling clients. I reuse popular items throughout each season, so what you purchase through this site becomes a piece you turn frequently. 

In the looks below, I used a combination of items you may already own, along with some new options, all well priced, all available in a range of sizes. 

How to Style Joggers for Work 

 

How to Style Joggers

 

Joggers, $56

Maybe the best thing to come out of 2020 is jogger pants. They are having a big moment. With work and home life being one and the same, it’s nice to have a few pieces you can grab that straddle both worlds.

The cut, tapered leg, and drape of a jogger make them a more polished alternative to leggings and sweatpants. At this point, we know how much better it feels to get dressed in some capacity for our day. Feeling pulled together makes all the difference in our mood and productivity. 

These BR joggers are best sellers, on sale for under $60 in a range of sizes and colors. Black (above) and olive (ideas below) are the easiest colors to wear. Sizes are inclusive up to a XXL in missy and petite. 

Like Black Pants

 

How to Wear Black Joggers Three Ways

Sweater, $41, Loafers, $140, Crossbody, $130

Don’t let the casual nature of these pants throw you. Wear them like you would any pair of black pants. Here, I used this black and white marled sweater from Gap. It’s easy-peasy, comes in regular, tall and petite up to an XXL and on sale for $41. This is suppose to be oversized, not giant, but not fitted. I like how the sweater complements the joggers; both feel cozy and casual.

Then, to add a level of polish, some better pieces, like a structured crossbody bag by Madewell and these insanely comfortable loafers by Birdie

With a Jacket

How to Wear Black Joggers Three Ways

 

Tank, $48, Jacket, $169, Heels, $105, Hoops, $60

The trick to wearing a casual jogger with a jacket is to make sure the fabric of the jacket works with the jogger’s material. Here,I’m using the Ann Taylor motto jacket we featured earlier this month. It’s done in a knit, which means it will complement the blend of the joggers.

As a layer,I used this popular sleeveless shell (also from BR, in white and black). For this look, tuck the shell into the pants and give it a little blouse by pulling it out a bit.

Then, I added block heels in a python print that combines the two neutrals.

Finally, because the motto’s zippers are silver, you want to wear silver-tone accessories, like these hoops. It will help the look feel purposeful.

Party Up Top

 

 

How to Wear Black Joggers Three Ways

 

Sweater, $47, Necklace, $48, Earrings, $195, Lipstick, $28, Slippers, $120

If you are working from home and Zooming all day long, keeping things polished up top and comfy below is sometimes the way to go. 

Here, I’m using another Reader Fave, this under $50 silk and cashmere-blend sweater (members of our Private Facebook Page RAVE about it). It comes in six seasonal colors; I’m featuring the “pine.” 

When video conferencing, think about wearing colors that bring light and warmth to your face. The sweater is a lovely base to add some simple accessories, like a chain link necklace and stud earrings. These small details will add layers to your look and help you look more professional. 

What’s not professional are these Ugg slippers 🙂 Who knew when I bought them in late 2019 just how much I would wear them, lol. 

Finally, consider your make-up if you are regularly on camera. You may need a darker or brighter lipstick, so you don’t look washed out. My favorite is this red lip by Kosas.

 


Below is our article from March (when all of this nonsense started).  I used a similar pair of olive joggers to create three casual outfits. Almost all of the items are still available. 

How to Style Joggers for the Weekend 

How to Style Joggers for the Weekend

 

Joggers in olive, similar here

Joggers are what you want to wear when you don’t want to wear sweats. They are slightly better, and make all the different in that space between feeling sloppy and like you still have your life together. 

I’m featuring them in a dark army green. It’s a fantastic, updated neutral. 

Let’s dive into the first outfit: 

White Tee and Denim Jacket

Three Ways to Wear JoggersJoggers,   |  Tee, $25  |  Jacket, $79  |  Sneakers, $50

You likely have these pieces already hanging in your closet. I want to call out the tee shirt because it’s what many of you are looking for.  It’s a lovely ballet neckline with a sleeve that goes to your elbow, making it ideal for layering or to wear alone.

It’s available in: white here,  from a 00 (XXS) – 18 (XXL) and plus size 1X – 4X here. 

Then I added our favorite denim jacket by KUT. I just love it, I wear it all the time. It’s available in petite and missy up to an XXL.

Finally, I included these sweet tie top sneakers by Vans. I almost stopped myself from featuring them here, since my girls are obsessed with their slip on version, but these, with their contrasting sole and warm “marshmallow” color feel right for grown ups

Cozy Sweater

Three Ways to Wear Joggers

Joggers,  |  Sweater, $25  |  Necklace, $40  |  Sneaker, $48 

Temperatures are all over the place right now, at least on the east coast. One day it’s warm, the next it’s dark and chilly. 

My love of H&M sweaters is well documented. So I paired the joggers with this white, slightly oversized turtleneck sweater. (It’s getting limited in sizes but is available in regular and petite.)

I added a long necklace by Kendra Scott (on sale for under $40 at Nordstrom Rack) – because why not? Jewelry makes me feel human. 

Finally, I am crazy about these shoes by Louise et Cie. They are a leather slip on sneaker in a leopard print available in lots of sizes for under $50, also a Nordstrom Rack. I was not allowing myself to buy another leopard print shoe, but will be breaking that rule with these. 

Better Than a Sweats

 

How to Wear JoggersJoggers, $69.50  |  Sweatshirt, $38  |  Flats, $145  |  Earrings, $36 

I took the joggers and added a simple grey sweatshirt by Everlane. I find they run slightly small, so size up, or pay close attention to the measurements. 

Then I added these chic and comfortable Rothy’s in camo. I’m wearing my Rothly’s in my office almost daily. There’s something about wearing a real shoe that helps me feel grounded.

Now, keep in mind, my office is a few steps away from my house. I have to go outside to get in, so wearing shoes is required. I get it might be less important if you are currently working at your dining room table – just something to consider. 

Finally, these earrings, by our new favorite Gorjana. I’m mentioning them because they come in gold AND silver tone, and so many readers have requested more silver options. They are incredibly affordable and a simple way to raise your spirit. 


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Three Cute Outfits with Black Jeans

How to Wear Black Jeans

We receive so many requests for posts featuring cute outfits with black jeans so today I’m sharing a few that are practical, chic, and can be created with pieces you may already have in your closet.

Black jeans are an obvious wardrobe staple that you can dress up or down.

Below, I list my top picks for black jeans at all price points, share tips on how to best care for them and offer inspiration on how to style them for a day of working from home, a casual weekend, and a date night. 

And please keep in mind, because our readership is far reaching, everyone is experiencing various forms of restrictions differently. My priority here is first to help give practical tips, and also keep things forward thinking and optimistic 🙂 

Let’s start with black jean options: 

Black Jeans: High, Mid, and Low Range

Black Jeans

High: Paige ($179) , Mid Range: KUT From The Kloth ($94), Low: Old Navy ($20). 

Premium denim is expensive for a reason. Long time readers know my focus is always on buying the best you can afford, with the understanding that just because something is the most expensive doesn’t mean it’s the best. 

Brands like Paige (above), AG, Citizens, etc., all focus on quality material and fit, and they last much longer. 

Unfortunately, they don’t offer much in inclusive sizing. 

In the just under $100, or “mid” range, I like KUT from the Kloth. The Diana (above) has a curvy cut and is available in missy, plus, and petite. Consider sizing down in these. When you try them on for the first time, they should feel tight. Tight like you are going to want to get the next size up. 

Don’t, because they stretch out immediately. 

Finally, we love Old Navy around here. They have a completely inclusive size scale (including tall) and are decent quality for the price. These are $20 jeans, so don’t expect them to last longer than a season or two. They will shrink and fade faster than the better brands. 

Related: The Best Jeans for Every Size at Every Price 

Care of Black Jeans

So you get the most out of your purchase, it’s important to care for them properly. Do everything you can to avoid washing them. Of course, if you stain or spill something on them, you have to wash them. But if you’ve only worn them for a few hours, fold or hand them back up neatly until your next wear. 

I know that sounds gross, but once you start to wash them, they will shrink, fade, and generally lose their shape. This goes for all jeans.

It’s helpful to have more than one pair so you can rotate wear. Spot clean when necessary, and when you are ready to wash them, turn them inside out and follow the instructions on the tag. 

Okay, let’s get into outfits … 

Today I created three cute outfits with black jeans, a laid back look, a casual chic outfit, and something simple for weekend date night. 

Three Cute Outfits with Black Jeans

Three Cute Outfits with Black Jeans

 Outfit One: Cardigan, $80  |  Sneaker, $110  |  Tee, $25  |  Bag, $75  |  Outfit Two: Top, $38   |  Vest, $180  |   Booties, on sale $50 |  Bag, $80  |  Outfit Three:  Wrap Top, $30  |  Pump, $118 black  |  Bag, $55 

 

Work from Home Outfit

 

Three Cute Outfits with Black Jeans

For our first look, I was thinking of days working from home, or travel, when you have to head to the airport or train station (eventually). I’m using a skinny black jean, you could also wear a slim straight leg.

Grab a basic white tee; I like these v necks at J.Crew. Then, add a long cozy layer. I’m a big fan of H&M.  This cardigan is a wool blend, and I love the color – it looks extra sophisticated. 

To keep things interesting, we used a leopard printed slip-on sneaker by Keds x Kate Spade. 

I included this Sole Society weekender to round out the look for travel. 

Chic Weekend Outfit

 

Three Cute Outfits with Black Jeans

I wanted to find a Breton top with a long sleeve in black and white. Happily, Boden makes the perfect one for around $40. 

Layers that add interest without bulk are essential to incorporate as the weather cools. So, I went as classic as it gets with a Barbour olive vest. (In my mind, I spend weekends in the English countryside.) 

Add a pair of ankle boots, like our go-to Sam Edelmans in putty, and a crossbody bag (above in champagne), and you’re set for the day. 

Date Night Outfit 

Three Cute Outfits with Black Jeans

Keeping things simple is the key to getting dressed and out of the house on the occasional date or girl’s night out. 

Last year, a friend was wearing a beautiful blouse at a friend’s 40th birthday dinner. When I asked her where she found it, I nearly fell off my seat when she said Express. I know! She said, but some of their things are great and affordable. 

And isn’t that just what we need a night out tops to be? Because I have no room in my budget for a $200 top.

This pleated detailed wrap blouse is gorgeous. It’s fun, a little sassy and about $50. Try on a few sizes as they run small. 

Add your black pumps, like these popular 12-hour heels from Banana Republic, or a heel with an open toe when the weather warms up a little more. Finally, this quilted black envelope clutch is $55 and adds just the right amount of texture and interest to such a simple look. 


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How to Wear a Tunic in the Summer

How to Wear a Tunic

If you need a summer top that provides a little extra coverage, but is it still lightweight enough to wear in the heat, a tunic may be just the thing.

Tunics have long been considered a wardrobe classic, but many women avoid them because they have a reputation for sometimes looking matronly. 

However, the right one, paired with modern basics, and updated accessories, can look incredibly sophisticated. 

Luckily, now that  Lilly Pulitzer and Tory Burch, brands famous for their love of tunics, are seeing a rise in their “younger” demographic, more mainstream stores are offering their own versions.

Which is great because I get requests all the time for recommendations on what to wear if you prefer to have your arms covered, or if you’re inside the air conditioning and want to keep the chill off.

Now that the category is trickling down into bigger brands and stores, there are more stylish and affordable options than ever. 

So let’s break down a simple formula for how to wear a tunic. 

How to Wear a Tunic in the Summer 

How to Wear a Tunic

Tunic, $25  |  Pants, $35  |  Sandals, $198  |  Hoops, $38  |  Sunglasses, $60  |  Clutch, $48 

Outfit Break Down

First, let’s talk about this cotton blend tunic, by Old Navy. It’s currently on sale for an additional 35% off, making it only $16. At the time of publishing all sizes are available in regular and petite up to size XXL. 

You want a tunic to have a slim fit to avoid it looking oversized. It shouldn’t cling, but rather hang just slightly off the body. Here, you can see the combination of the v neck line and subtle vertical tonal stripe is going to help create a long, slim line to the body. 

I love how the soft blue pairs with crisp white jeans. 

It’s important that you pair this with a straight or skinny bottom to balance the proportions. Here, I used a reader favorite by Wit & Wisdom (on sale for $30 in limited sizes). But you can wear any white bottom in your closet with a slim, tailored fit. 

Then, I think a tunic requires a dramatic earring, so you can really lean into the “lady-that-yachts” vibe it gives. These double hoop earrings from Baublebar are perfect, and under $40. 

Finally, finish the look with accessories we regularly feature, like these investment Tory sandals, simple tortoise sunglasses, and this leopard clutch from Tuckernuck that adds pattern and texture to any outfit, year-round.

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Striped Top Outfits: How to Wear a Striped Top Three Ways

Striped Top Outfits: How to Wear a Striped Top Three Ways

One of the most important staples in a classic wardrobe is the striped top. You can wear it all year long, but the summer is the season it really shines. 

You can wear it so many ways and it’s simple to pair with the items you already own.

Today, I’m showing three options that you can alter to fit your body type and budget. Every item featured, I’ve either showcased before (so you may already own it) or I recommend.

But remember, you can also use this as a guide and find something similar that fits your specific needs. 

These posts are designed to both inspire your own creativity and help provide product recommendations. 

How to Wear a Striped Top Three Ways

Striped Top Outfits: How to Wear a Striped Top Three Ways

For the striped top I am featuring the popular Boden striped boatneck top. This lady sells out all the time but is currently available so scoop it up. It’s under $40 and runs true to size. 

For other options be sure to check out our post from last month rounding up striped tops in all sizes

I created three looks including one with shorts, one with a white jean and then a fun skirt outfit that will help you understand how to mix pattern and shapes together. 

Let’s get started.

 

Shorts

Striped Top Outfits: How to Wear a Striped Top Three Ways

Striped Top, $38  |  Shorts, $49.50 (ON SALE FOR $20)  |  Sandals, $100  |   Crossbody, $22  |  Earrings, $56 

This look is something I live in all summer.

Whenever I wear shorts, I always pair them with a 3/4 sleeve top. It brings a sense of balance to the outfit.

These shorts by LOFT are available in missy and petite. They have a mid-rise cut, with a 4″ inseam and front pleats – which makes them feel a little bit dressier. If you want to try these, go for it, they are currently on sale for $20 and go up to an XXL which is about a size 18. 

Plus size? Inventory is limited, but these chambray shorts from Old Navy are fantastic. They’re a similar mid-rise, from a size 16 – 30 for only $16.

Then I added these simple Sam Edelman slides in white ( available in lots of other great colors).

This $22 crossbody bag I found at Target is a steal and these fantastic studs from QVC that look like the real deal for under $60.

White Jeans

Striped Top Outfits: How to Wear a Striped Top Three WaysStriped Top, $38  |  Jeans, $31  |  Clutch, $48  |  Sandals, $59  |  Earrings, $68

We’ve established that white jeans go with everything. Above, I used a pair by Wit & Wisdom, but I also highly recommend NYDJ (see my top picks here)

Generally, a white jean looks best in either a skinny or straight leg that hits at the ankle or is full length and slightly breaks on top of your foot. I used this comfortable wedge slide from Aerosoles in a go-with-everything tan for under $60. 

For earrings, these Soho “X” earrings by Julie Vos are under $70 and are a fresh interpretation of a classic stud. I ordered a pair for myself. 

Finally, a leopard print clutch because I love an animal print and a stripe together. This one from Turkernuck is under $50. It’s a beautiful piece to familiarize yourself with the brand. I ordered it too because I plan to be extra social the second half of 2020 to make up for lost time. 

Full Skirt 

Striped Top Outfits: How to Wear a Striped Top Three WaysStriped Top, $38  |  Skirt, $128  |  Sandal, $70  |  Clutch, $27  |  Earrings, $28

Finally,  a striped top, when styled correctly, can be used as a neutral. If you have ever wanted to learn how to mix and match patterns, the easiest place to start is to pair the stripe with a floral or floral-like pattern.

Because we completely skipped over the spring season, we missed the forecasted trend of fuller skirts. These were meant to balance out all the maxi lengths we’ve been seeing. It’s safe to say they aren’t going anywhere, so if this lady like style is for you there are tons of options out there. 

I found this cheerful yellow daisy print skirt, with deep pleats around the waist, at Nordstrom. It’s available in an XXS – XXL or about a size 18. There is also a plus size option here

To pull of the look you have to fully tuck the top in, so keep that in mind, it won’t work for every body type. 

I used a simple, white block heel sandal I found at DSW (all sizes still available). To play off the whimsy of the look, I used these oversized pearl drop earrings for under $30

But the real steal of the outfit is this straw circle clutch from Nordstrom marked down to under $30. 


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May 2020 Casual Outfit Capsule

May Capsule Wardrobe

One of the many things I’ve learned over the last few months is that I love getting dressed.

Don’t get me wrong, during this stay-at-home experience I’ve had more than my share of days where I look down at 3 pm and realize all I did was put a fleece over my pajamas.

But more often than not, getting up and getting dressed as made the difference between a miserable or great day.

Now that it’s Spring and orders are relaxing, let’s look to the future! While working from home is going to be the norm for some time, entertaining at home is going to surge too.

Many of us are excited to start to welcome friends and neighbors back into our homes and onto our patios for some much needed human interaction. 

So today’s collection offers some relaxed yet polished looks for the coming weeks and beyond.

How Our Capsules Work

At the beginning of the season, I publish a cornerstone collection filled with size inclusive wardrobe basics. Specifically for this year, I focused on versatile stay-at-home appropriate pieces that you can easily transition back into normal life. 

In the following months, I create smaller capsules meant to help expand those pieces and build out your options.  

Within the content of these posts, please pay attention to the links and notes about size. If a featured piece is not available in all sizes, I make every effort to offer an alternative, but please remember I am limited to retailers and their inventory. 

To help create a mix and match wardrobe, also reference pieces you picked up in April’s Collection so you can see how all of this builds. 

Related: Stay and Work From Home Capsule Collection: April

Let’s jump in … 

2020 May Casual Capsule Collection

 

May Capsule Wardrobe

Maybe it’s the color combinations, but this capsule feels so optimistic. I’m extra excited for the shoe options. Two of which are going to require an at home pedicure 😉 

You can use this post one of two ways. 

First, you can shop it. I recommend all of these pieces based off my experience as a stylist and personal shopper, AND my deep knowledge of our readership. 

Or, you can use this as inspiration. Maybe you have similar pieces already in your closet and this gives you a push to try a new combination, or you’re simply motivated to get up and get dressed in something you love. 

Either way, there is nothing but good intentions behind all of my posts. 

All Dressed Up 

May Capsule WardrobeDress, $75 (on sale $50)  |  Sneakers, $42  |  Earrings, $135 

I have this dress from Banana Republic in “Sandy Beige Dot.” (You can see it here.) The yellow is limited, but worth highlighting. Either print is beautiful. 

A dress is even more comfortable than sweats but looks and feels a 1000 x chicer. Give it a try this week and throw on any dress you may already have hanging in your closet. Banana is excellent for size range. This dress is available in missy, plus, and petite up to a size 20. 

I’m showing it with sneakers so you can run in and out of the house, play with the kids, go for a walk, etc. I’m loving the look of these by Sam Edelman, on sale here.

The trick to pairing sneakers with a lightweight dress is to make sure the sneaker has a slim profile. If the shoe is too bulky, it will look off-balance. Whatever you do, not wear your white “gym” shoes – they are an entirely different animal. 

Finally, adding a gorgeous earring can elevate your look and mood. I am becoming a big fan of Julie Vos Jewelry. Her pieces are the kind that you don’t see coming and going. They are also reasonably priced for the quality and craftsmanship. 

If you need it, grab the denim jacket we featured last month

Better Than Pajamas

May Capsule WardrobeShorts, $20  |  Sweatshirt, $35  |  Slippers, $40  |  Earrings, $45

A few days ago on Instagram I took a poll to see who loved shorts, and who loathed them. To my surprise, the results were straight down the line. So if shorts aren’t your thing, you can easily replace these with the linen ankle pants we featured earlier this week, see post here. 

For this outfit, I use an olive pair of pull on shorts from Old Navy. Olive is a fantastic neutral, but these come in six other colors. My second color choice would be the caramel, and for the preppy pop of color, the mango. They have a 4″ inseam and come in sizes XS – XXL.

Whenever I wear shorts, I always pair them with a 3/4 length or long sleeve top. That’s just me, it helps balance out my proportions. Otherwise, because I’m tall, I look like all arms and legs. 

This sweatshirt from LOFT doesn’t show well in the image above, a better image is here. It’s lightweight, and has a flattering curved hem in the front. Available in missy, petite and plus sizes, in three colors. 

It also pairs with these jegging jeans from our April Capsule, and these adorable leopard print sneakers

For this look, I kept it casual and realistic with these “spa” slippers, basically fuzzy flip flops, for under $40. 

Then a simple pair of studs by Kendra Scott so you can hop on a Zoom call and look kind of professional. 

At Home Nautical 

May Capsule WardrobeShirt, $25  |  Jeans, $99  |  Sandal, $89  |   Earring, $58

I could not love this outfit more. I live for a striped shirt and this one from Everlane is only $25. I paired it with crips white jeans with a relaxed frayed hem. Next week I have a round up a white jeans (that aren’t see through – so stay tuned!).

These are under $100 from 7 for all Mankind. They are a mid rise, with sizing up to a 33. They run true, and remember, they might feel snug when you first try them on, but they will stretch. 

For shoes, I went with another Sam Edelman, these are a neutral flat in the color saddle, for under $90. They go here, with the dress, with shorts – pretty much everything but leggings and sweats. 

Finally, earrings. These chic white enamel hoops are comfortable enough to wear all day, so why not! I like them here, or with the dress in either color. 

 


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A Lightweight Pant Alternative To Shorts

A Lightweight alternative to shorts

I am a planner. My husband might call me a control freak – that’s fine too, I answer to both. Planning and figuring things out is how I cope with stress.

If I have a plan, or two (or three) then I am prepared, and everything will be okay. 

As you can imagine, our current wait -and-see situation, is less than ideal for my personality. 

The summer is, by far, my favorite time of year, but this one is going to be a little weird.

Our big trip to Greece to celebrate my birthday was postponed, and our shore house rental is currently closed. It’s hard to be bummed about it, given the real challenges facing the world.

But, as a family, we could all use something to look forward to, especially with all the doom and gloom in the news. 

To lift our spirits, we came up with some alternative plans to enjoy the warmer weather, and get us out of this house the second virtual learning wraps up at the end of the month.

Yesterday, over in our Facebook Group, I asked our members their plans for the summer. I was so happy to hear that you are itching to get out again too (safely, of course), and there are many, many road trips planned for the summer. 

Which means, we are going to need a few things to wear, AND we have to order them now because everything is taking longer these days. (Depending on the retailer, shipping is taking twice as long.)

So today I’m starting with a pair of lightweight linen pants to wear as an alternative to shorts. 

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Lightweight Shorts Alternative 

 

Linen Pants from H&M

Linen Pants, $35

Here’s the deal. I love shorts. But after being stuck at home, with no gym access for three months, I’m probably NOT wearing them right away this summer. 

As an alternative, I picked up these linen ankle pants from H&M. There are running low on inventory, but as I write this they still have enough to make it worth a post. 

They are under $40 and come in sizes  0 – 18. Generally they run true to size, but be sure to look at and compare your measurements. I bought the navy and the blue and white stripe. I’m also on the waitlist for the khaki green (olive). 

I don’t always love linen, but in a dark color you can pull it off without looking like an unmade bed. Avoid the white and beige option -they will be see through, and messy. 

We’ll all likely be working from home this summer, so these are ideal for those days. But I’m wearing them instead of shorts for our first trip to the beach in June. 

How to Wear It

A Lightweight alternative to shortsLinen Pants, $35  |  Flip Flop, $198  |  Eyelet Top, $54.50 (on sale $33)  |  Hoops, $58.50 

For a casual dinner, outside, with a breeze – I am so ready for a normal summer night. 

Above, I used the dark navy option to create a classic combination. This lovely eyelet top is an immediate add-to-cart. It’s on sale for $33 in missy and plus up to a size 20. You can wear it with a these pants, with a little half tuck, or with a pretty skirt to add some texture. 

The sandals, by Tory Burch, are a splurge. I love them, they go with everything and help elevate a basic look. If you picked up her “Patos Disk” sandal last year (a 2019 Reader Favorite) they work perfectly here too. 

Finally, a sweet pair of hoops (under $60) with a white enamel accent, bring a fresh, modern vibe to the outfit. 

Fingers crossed that everyone gets a much needed break this summer – and for continued health and healing over the coming weeks! xxoo

 


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Feminine Target Finds to Wear Now and Later

What to Buy at Target Now

Target currently has some sweet and feminine pieces worth sharing. All of them have a bit of a romantic touch which is fun to try out right now as the weather warms. You can wear them now, and as restrictions begin to lift, out and about in normal life. 

Sweet and Feminine Finds at Target 

What to Buy at Target Now

 

Let’s talk about sizes. Target is all over the board. I tried all of these on so please read the descriptions below for specifics. Generally, I size up one. I usually wear a medium, but a large feels slightly more comfortable. The items below are available in XS -XXL and then a few have a plus size option linked. 

Petite Friendly Dress

Target Finds to Buy Now, Wear Now, and Wear Later

Tiered Ruffle Dress, $35

This dress is not specifically petite, but if you are petite, it will work beautifully. I LOVE the idea of it, but if you are tall, like me, it’s a no-go.

However, it’s great if you are under 5’7. Perfect for a work from home day when you want to get out of your leggings and look chic comfortable. Available in XS – XXL in white, blue and pink. Plus size version here. 

Target Finds to Buy Now, Wear Now, and Wear Later

Wrap Top, $35

This wrap is great if you are short waisted and straight up and down (what some would call a “boy” shape). It’s done in a pretty ivory with a subtle windowpane pattern and a soft full sleeve the gathers right above the elbow. You’ll see a white bra through it but not a neutral-to-you. Looks perfect with summer jeans or a bright colored ankle pant. Plus size version here. 

Target Finds to Buy Now, Wear Now, and Wear Later

Long Sleeve V-Neck, $25

This lightweight tunic top is a lovely alternative to a tee shirt. I bought it for myself and my teenager, in different sizes, obviously. It falls away from the body, but doesn’t feel oversized. It comes in the pretty blue and white print, and a bold red. Scoop it up now to wear with jeans, and then pair it with your favorite shorts this summer. 

Target Finds to Buy Now, Wear Now, and Wear Later

Eyelet T-shirt, $20

If you want to add some fashion drama to your stay at home wardrobe, this tee shirt is the way to go. The body is done in soft cotton with detailed eyelet sleeves with an exaggerated puff at the shoulder. It’s fun and affordable, available in white, red, and rust.

Target Finds to Buy Now, Wear Now, and Wear Later

Wrap Dress, $30

This wrap dress looks so much more expensive than its $30 price tag. I featured it above in what they are calling gold – I would call it marigold – because it looks extra sophisticated. Wear it now with a pair of slim white sneakers, and then break out your wedges for a summertime night out. 


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