The Under $50 Over-the-Knee-Boot I’m Surprised I Like

Over the knee boots

Over-the-knee boots have been popular for quite a while. But I like to take my time with trends, see how they evolve and then decide if and when to use them.

Because most of our lives in no way support needing more than one pair of these, I wanted to pick one that was versatile, affordable, and easy to incorporate into my uneventful suburban life.

So when I started to hear rumblings of (unsponsored) praise for these tan suede over the knee boots for under $50 from Amazon on social media, I decided to give them a try. 

Here’s Me Giving them a Try

Over the knee boots

Boots: $45, Jeans: $90

First of all, I will never be comfortable posting pictures of myself, but thank you to everyone for all the nice comments. I know the pictures are helpful, even though all I hear in my head when I see them, “who do you think you are?” 

For some context, I am 5’10, but I wouldn’t consider my legs extra long given my height. However, I found these on Pop of Pippi’s Instagram and she is teeny and looks fantastic in them. 

Are they the best quality? No. They do the trick though, which is to let you wear a trend while it’s popular without feeling committed to it and spending a small fortune. 

They are surprisingly comfortable. The block heel gives nice support and they are not too high making them super easy to walk in. 

I paired them with a new go-to jean, these Joe’s Curvy Skinny Ankle Jean I found at Off 5th. (Still available for $90 – they usually retail for $189). I LOVE these. They are high waisted, with nice stretch. 

And then a basic turtleneck sweater I scored at Target (similar here) and an old clutch I found at J.Crew years ago (similar here)

I am going to wear them a few different ways this weekend and share some ideas in my Instagram stories. Be sure to follow along on Instagram to see more real life photos and inspiration 🙂 

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Wear it Two Ways: Banana Republic Zebra Print Blouse

Zebra Print Blouse Two Ways for Work

Today’s post is FULL of easy to wear pieces for work. 

We’re using this updated blouse from Banana Republic, in a fresh zebra print as the anchor of our two way post.  It’s also available in solid black, a crisp white, olive green, chartreuse, and a leopard print (marked down to under $60). 

Why I love Banana Republic

One of the many challenges I have writing this blog is sourcing quality merchandise, with a size-inclusive scale, that is easily accessible to the majority of our readership.

BR checks all of those boxes, offering missy, petite, and tall sizes, and plus within those categories.

Their selection is well curated, with appropriate options for work, weekends, and everything in between. If only more retailers were like them.

Zebra Blouse Two Ways 

Zebra Print Blouse Two Ways for Work

Today’s blouse is the kind of piece that seamlessly works in your wardrobe. Make it a go-to for days when you wake up and all you have the strength to do is throw on your favorite black pants. Add a simple shoe and you’re dressed in minutes. 

But, if you want to zhush it up a bit, below are two other ways. 

Outfit One: After Work EventZebra Print Blouse Two Ways for Work

Outfit 1: Top, $85  |  Faux Leather Skirt, $47  |  Shoe, $118  |  Bracelet, $25  |  Clutch, $30 

An outfit composed of basics, made with elevated fabrics is one of my favorite ways to create a sophisticated look with little effort. 

In December we featured a faux leather skirt I found at Target. If you picked that up, you can use it here. At a similar price, check out this slim faux leather skirt by Halogen at Nordstrom for under $50

It’s cut like a pencil skirt so it works in certain office settings – you’ll know if it will work in yours. 

Because the blouse as an internal tie waist, you can leave this untucked, but still get the effects of a cinched waist. 

I paired it with this dramatic cuff for only $25. Don’t you love when you find something and it looks so much more than it is?!

For shoes, I used our Reader Favorite Banana Republic 12-hour pump in black suede. Pairing suede and faux leather is a great example of mixing lux fabrics together for an elevated look. 

Worried about your legs? You can wear black tights, a pair of hose or go bare legged – it’s entirely up to you. 

To make transitioning from the day to nighttime event easy, tuck a clutch into your work bag. This $30 option at DSW will take you lots of places without a big investment. 

Outfit Two: Casual Friday

 

Zebra Print Blouse Two Ways for WorkOutfit 2: Top, $85  |  Cardigan, $25  |   Jean, $199  |  Shoe, $100  |  Earring, $38  |  Bag, $358 

Perhaps a more realistic outfit idea, this jeans and sweater combo is ideal for casual or creative offices. 

First, this blouse looks best with an inky blue denim. I’m showing it here with the Paige Skinny Jean. They are expensive, but a big reader favorite. You can swap them for whichever brand you like most – just keep it dark. 

It is, however, important that your bottom is slim to your body so the blouse drapes properly. 

Next, assuming your office is freezing, it’s nice to add that third layer, to not only keep you warm but to add some interest. This one, from H&M is fantastic and only $25

Rounding out the look, this cute earrings from Gorjana are under $40 and play off the black and gold accents. A classic black bag from Kate Spade adds structure and practicality.

Finally, I love these backless mules with a pointed toe. The keeping the slim line of your leg moving and feel appropriate for a more casual day in the office. 

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Gorgeous Statement Coats for Under $200

Great Statement Coats for Under $200

A statement coat is transformative. If you want to feel strong, powerful, chic, or turn around a bad mood, reach for your favorite coat. 

Coats are one of my weaknesses. Back in my twenties, when I was starting my career as a retail buyer and spent money like I had it, I could not resist them and amassed quite the collection.

It’s comical to look back and realize I would be wearing some beautiful coat with darts, trim, and a fabulous collar, and Bri would be in a hoodie. 

I had so much fun with clothes back then. Every day was a reason to get dressed up. 

We focus so much on better basics and classic functional pieces, but what’s a wardrobe without some personality? One of my intentions for this year is to return to my roots and enjoy getting dressed, much like I use to. And statement coats are a great place to start. 

To this day, they still elevate my mood and my outfits, but I’m smart enough to know how to spend (and save) money. And you can spend a lot on them if you so choose, but since, for most of us, there is only so much to go around, I kept today’s options to under $200. 

So let’s take a look at some of the best statement coats, currently on sale, for prices that won’t blow your whole budget but will infuse some personality back in your outfits. 

 

Faux Fur Trim

Great Statement Coats for Under $200One, $199  |  Two, $120  |  Three, $190

I love a fur trim coat. L.O.V.E. I feel like a queen in them, which is nice because no one’s life looks less like royalty then mine currently.

First up: this coat from Zara. This is what I bought for myself (see below). It’s neutral and flattering, obviously goes with anything, and you can remove the collar … not that I would ever consider it. 

This glam burgundy coat is a little over the top, with its matching fur trim sleeves. The length is great for skirts and dresses. It’s available in X-Small – X-Large, also in black and grey. 

For something more every day appropriate I like this Lauren Ralph Lauren coat with simple fur trim around the neckline and a pretty princess cut. You could wear it to work or the weekends seamlessly. 

Plus size? Try this DKNY coat on sale for $180.

Teddy

Great Statement Coats for Under $200One, $200  |  Two, $80  |  Three, $129 

The trend-right teddy coat give a modern day Margot Tenenbaum-vibe.  They are great for dressing up for a night out, a true “fun fashion” piece. I like them with skinny jeans and heels, or our favorite faux leather leggings. They feel lux and a little whimsical at the same time. 

This ivory fur coat from Mango is so stunning, especially when paired with other neutrals. Another Mango option for under $100 is this leopard print coat. Keep what you wear underneath black, or go with jeans and white tee so the pattern can be the focus. 

In general Mango has a fantastic plus size department because they focus on real style and proper fit, because plus size women still very much have a shape that should be highlighted. 

This dusty pink coat looks like something you’d see in a style pic on Instagram, but brace yourself. It’s by MARTHA STEWART ON HSN. It’s a topsy-turvy world ladies, but I really like it. Also in black, up to a size 3X. 

 

PlaidGreat Statement Coats for Under $200

One, $143  |  Two, $227 |  Three, $114

There’s something about a plaid coat that just makes my heart soar. It doesn’t matter what you wear underneath – but my go-to of a simple sweater, jeans and boots is really all you need. The only problem is at some point, you might have to take your coat off. 

For under $150 on sale, you can mix fur and plaid with this Sam Edelman jacket on sale at Nordstorm. Like a menswear look? Opt for this Lauren Ralf Lauren 3/4 length coat. It’s a little over our $200 budget – but worth it. 

As I was researching options, I had to do a double take on this Jones New York belted long coat, it’s chic and sophisticated and looks like it should cost more than $114. It’s stunning piece for work, or a more formal occasion.  

A lovely plus size option is this grey and black long coat at Nordstrom Rack

Petite? For a little under $250 this Ann Taylor coat is beyond adorable. 

Bold Color Great Statement Coats for Under $200

One, $119  |  Two, $128  |  Three, $187 

If you have your basics covered, consider a bold coat. Like this pink double breasted topper from ASOS. For a classic combination, Boden did a red longline coat with a detachable leopard collar that has major staying power for years to come. Available in missy and petite. 

Finally, J.Crew’s Italian Wool top coat comes in five colors. I picked “split pea” because it’s so fresh and cheerfull. I love it over boyfriend jeans, or paired with navy dress pants. Don’t forget, J.Crew offers an incredible size range, including petite, plus and tall

 

Great Statement Coats for Under $200

 

Great Statement Coats for Under $200

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Wrap Style Going Out Top

Valentines Date Night Outfit Ideas

One of the biggest voids in many women’s wardrobes is the “going out top.” Spending so much time at work, raising kids, and generally running the world, a night out with your partner or friends, even for a little bit is a rare treat. 

So it’s no surprise that when the time comes to open your closet and throw on something cute – something that you didn’t just wear to work, you have nothing. 

In the coming weeks, we’ll focus on a variety of “going out” top styles. 

Today, we’re starting with a wrap top, because it works on so many shapes and sizes, and is a style available at almost every retailer. 

These are all reasonably priced, most are on sale, since this particular category doesn’t get much priority in our budgets. 

Wrap Style “Going Out” Top

Valentines Date Night Outfit Ideas

Top, $50  |  Pants, $285  |  Heels, $120

This blouse, by J.Crew is a faux wrap, which I like since you don’t have to fuss with keeping it closed. The shape is flattering bringing you in at the waist and elongating the line of your body with the v-neckline. 

The bow is dramatic, so keep that in mind. It acts like an accessory, but does add some bulk. 

I love the texture, which adds drama without being too in your face. And the sleeves are sheer (see below on me) fulling committing to a look you won’t likely wear to the office. 

It’s on a CRAZY sale right now for under $50 ( I paid retail!) and is available in all sizes up to a 3X. 

It dresses up easily with simple black pants and classic pumps – all must haves in your wardrobe. You can also pair it with your favorite pair of dark jeans

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Other Options

This Halogen wrap is a simple crepe that drapes beautifully, available in Missy and Plus

Banana Republic has a satin version in an updated cut, available in Missy, Tall and Petite up to size XXL.

If you don’t love the idea of a tie consider this wrap-inspired top by Karen Kane (on sale). You get the flattering cut with a little ruching in a cleaner application. 

Way at the other end of the spectrum is this sequin Michael Kors top (on sale). It is just the thing for a girls weekend. Maybe you have something planned in Vegas, or you’re being dragged to a bachelorette party.

Trust me, I’ve been the “old mom” out with the 20 somethings, you never want to look like you are trying to hard but don’t want to feel frumpy either. This is perfect if you want to look classy, but ready for a good time. (Also available in this stunning silver.)

Sheer Sleeve Detail 

Valentines Date Night Outfit Ideas

Keep it Simple

Valentines Date Night Outfit Ideas

Any time you wear a piece with a lot of drama, keep everything else as simple as possible. Here, I’m essentially keeping the bottom half of my outfit like a pedestal. It helps create a long and lean look, and balances the top. The only “accessory” I added is a bold-for-me red lip. 

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Leopard Print Fleece

A Cozy Fleece for a Busy Monday

I am not one for a big, bold pattern, but I made an exception when I saw this leopard print fleece on a mannequin in J.Crew. (Take 30% off online with code JANUARY.)

This year, I decided I was going to get back to my roots and have a little more fun with fashion. I found myself missing my pre-kids days when I LOVED clothes and getting dressed up more than anything.

Leopard Print Fleece from J.Crew

A Cozy Fleece for a Busy Monday

Fleece, $138  |  Leggings, $59  |  Sneakers, $85

This was just the piece to update my “mom uniform” of leggings and a sweatshirts, or workout gear even on days when I didn’t hit the gym.

It’s playful, yet practical (washes well), and gives a nod to the the girl I was before life became so heavy and serious. 

I keep it basic, with a simple tee or tank underneath and my favorite “Live-In” Leggings by Zella.  

I picked up these black Adidas sneakers earlier this year. They are light as air and perfect for daily wear. While I went with the black option, I’m still considering grabbing another pair in the white and gold for the spring. 

Leopard Print Fleece in Real Life

A Cozy Fleece for a Busy Monday

If leopard print is too much for you, this ivory colored half zip is fantastic. I bought it last year and wear it all the time. 

My house is freezing, so this was the perfect thing to throw on over jeans in the house or office. It’s a nice weight for a mild day outside, taking the baby for a walk, or running to the gym. 

A Cozy Fleece for a Busy Monday

 

I feature a lot of J.Crew on the site because they are one of the few mainstream retailers that offer a size-inclusive scale. One of the most challenging aspects of the content creating piece of my business is finding items I’m confident in recommending AND are accessible to all of my readers.

I can’t tell you how many times I scrap an idea because I can’t give options at scale.

Luckily, J.Crew is not only inclusive but readily available, and their quality has significantly improved over the years.

For today’s outfit, the J.Crew fleece comes in sizes XXS – 3X, and the Zella leggings are available in missy sizes xxs -xl and plus sizes 1X – 3X

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The Best Winter Boots for Women

Winter Boots

Whether you live in snowy weather or regularly hit the slopes on the weekends, a good pair of snow boots is a must. 

I don’t wear mine often, but much like my favorite pair of Hunter Boots, every time I reach for them, I’m so happy I have them. 

They don’t come cheap, but if you buy a quality pair you’ll have them for a long time. 

Today I’m breaking down the best ones, that keep your feet dry, warm and still somewhat chic – even in a blizzard. 

The Best Winter Boots for Women

The Best Winter Boots for Women

A few years back I bought the Sorel Joan of Arctic Lace Up Boots.  They are one of my best purchases, ever. These sell out all the time, but I found a fantastic selection on Shoes.com for $200. 

They are heavy, serious boots but they keep your feet incredibly dry and warm. I loved them so much I picked them up last Christmas for my girls who are starting to love to ski. 

Since the East Coast (where I live) still has two dreadful months of winter left, and (knock on wood) we haven’t had a nasty snow storm yet, I thought it would be helpful to roundup a few other favorites that are still available online. 

If you are looking for a high quality, investment level boots this post is for you. If you are one of our warm weather (lucky) friends you can skip this one 😉

7 Functional and Stylish Snow Boots for Women 

The Best Winter Boots for Women

Top to Bottom: One, $200  |  Two, $160  |  Three, $200  |  Four, $135  |  Five, $250  |  Six, $140  |  Seven, $80 

 

One, $200: Sorel Joan of Arctic – My Fav

Two, $160: Sorel Caribou – Close second favorite. I love the the fleece lining and shorter profile. Great if you have shorter legs and tall boots feel overwhelming. These are the ones I bought for my kids. 

Three, $200: Cole Haan Pinch – These remind me of the boots from my childhood, only sleeker and sophisticated. They are comfy, like Cole Haan is known for, and waterproof. 

Four, $135: Muck Boots Apres Lace Up – All my favorite style elements in one more affordable option. 

Five, $250: The Original L.L. Bean Boot – There’s just nothing better than the quality and craftsmanship. These are the most expensive option, but are virtually indestructible. 

Six, $140: Columbia Heavenly Boot – I’m always impressed with Columbia’s quality. These are a durable, under $150 pair that you can wear for years, with just a hint of fashion from the faux fur trim. 

Seven, $80: Lands End Duck Boots – This under $100 option is well made, functional, and adorable. I love the “Deep Twilight” and “Red” options. They are classic, will look pulled together with your everyday wardrobe, especially if you live in a consistently cold and wet climate.

My Go-To Snow Day Look:

The Best Winter Boots for Women

Joan of Arctic Boot, $200 | North Face Coat (Similar Here),  | Burberry Scarf 

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How to Wear Boyfriend Jeans

How to Wear Boyfriend Jeans - The Well Dressed Life
How to Wear Boyfriend Jeans - The Well Dressed Life

Today, we’re breaking down how to wear boyfriend jeans, specifically for the grown up crowd.

If you’re looking for a jean that is chic, casual and comfortable, look no further than a boyfriend jean.  Admittedly, we feature a lot of skinny jeans, especially in the winter because they pair so easily with boots.  But, maybe skinny jeans are not your favorite, or you are just ready for some variety.

 

Boyfriend JeansHow to Wear Boyfriend Jeans - The Well Dressed LifeModern Boyfriend Jeans, Everlane: $68

There are many options when it comes to boyfriend jeans. Generally, they will be loose fitting, and the hem will stop around your ankles.  The most flattering fits will have classic 5-pocket styling, and a relaxed yet slim leg. 

Some variations will have distressing around the knee and hem.  I happen to like that look, but I know many readers aren’t into it. 

For the purpose of today’s post, I picked these Modern Boyfriend Jeans by Everlane.  I like the quality, color of the denim and price. These are a more traditional denim, meaning there is not much stretch so keep that in mind. 

 This darker wash by Madewell are easy to wear and look great with everything. Plus size?  I like these by KUT.  Petite?  Take a look at these from NYDJ.

Shop these other options in all sizes:

 

You can make boyfriend jeans super casual or date night ready. They are a comfy alternative to leggings, especially if you work from home but want to feel a bit more pulled together. 

I created three different looks with a variety of items you may already have in your closet. 

Three Ways to Wear Boyfriend Jeans 

How to Wear Boyfriend Jeans - The Well Dressed Life

Let’s break down each outfit.

Outfit One

Top, $50  |  Sneaker, $65  |  Bag, $22

Boyfriend jeans are ideal for casual looks.  Here, we paired them with this updated striped top from J.Crew.  The tie at the waist puts a fun twist on an otherwise classic top. 

If you wear the tie, skip a necklace.  To keep the look modern, roll the hem of the jean and wear a pair of fresh white sneakers.  Superga is a popular and affordable option.  They have a low profile, so they complement where the hem will hit you on your calf and the width of the jean leg.

I found this red bag at Target.  It’s a sweet little pick me up for the warmer weather, also available in black and soft blush.

Outfit Two

Jacket, $98  |  Clutch, $149  |  Heel, $96

For nights out  a moto jacket is where it’s at and the boyfriend jean pairs perfectly.  There is a wonderful contrast between the sleekness of the jacket with the slouch of the jean, yet they “go” together because they are both still casual. 

I’m of the opinion that when you wear a moto jacket, the jacket is the outfit and you don’t take it off.  Keep the under piece simple, like your favorite white tee shirt, or a tank and leave the jacket unzipped to create longer line of the body.

Here’s where it gets fun. Pair your jeans with a ladylike pump. This helps elongate your leg, gives you some height and feels dressed up.  These beige Sam Edelman pumps are divine and under $100.  Because you’re going out, I added this small Clare V. pouch.

Outfit Three

 Sweater, $13  |  Heel, $70  |  Bag, $140

In our last outfit we kept the whole look cozy.  First of all, this sweater by H&M is $13, and as I write this, most of the sizes are still available. We featured the gray, but I was close to using the navy – hard choices. 

The heels are by Franco Sarto. From my experience, they are crazy comfortable. Once the weather warms up, even the tiniest bit, I would pull these out. The shoe is still substantial, even though it has an open toe and the block heel works well with the shape of the jean.

Finally, we found a wear-with-everything crossbody, in a remarkably similar color to the shoe. Not that it has to match, but when you’re going for easy and casual, it helps.

Tips on How to Wear Boyfriend Jeans

  •  You can wear any shoe from strapy stilettos to flip flops. Take your height into consideration. If you’re tall, a pointed toe flat will look lovely if you roll the hem of the jean. If you’re short, a wedge will help elongate your leg.
  • To dress up the jeans, think in terms of contrast. Add a fitted blazer, a blouse with lace detail or a pump with some embellishment. Pieces with some kind of luxe detailing elevates the look instantly.
  • Avoid capri style boyfriend jeans.  You want these to hit at or close to your ankle.  Mid calf is the least flattering place for a pant to hit on your leg. (See my unfiltered thoughts on capris here.)