Pinterest in Real Life: Vacation Ready

Today’s Pinterest in Real Life is personally indulgent. I leave for Greece (open to fully vaccinated Americans) in two weeks. It’s been long-planned, initially scheduled for this time last summer to celebrate my 40th birthday.

I started 2020 in excellent physical and mental shape, maybe the best I’ve ever been in my adult life. But after this last year (plus a few months), I’m back at square one and so incredibly frustrated and infinitely more tired and worn out than before Covid started.

I’m trying to give myself some grace and not beat myself up for not looking how I thought I would for this trip. Of course, that’s easier said than done. But I’m am hopeful that the time away will be the reset I need.

Instead of leaning into my negative feelings, I thought I’d try to have some fun and wear outfits I could never pull off in the suburbs of Philadelphia. So I did my own Pinterest search for breezy looks that will work against the blue and white backdrop of Santorini.

As I start to pack, I’m looking for forgiving, feminine, and affordable pieces.

Here’s a look I pinned and how I recreated it to stay in my budget and work for my body.

Pinterest in Real Life: Vacation Ready 

Pinterest Inspiration outfit of a white off teh shoulder dress, tan tote, tan studded sandals, white floppy hat, and gold bangles

 

Off The Shoulder Dress, $30 | Floppy Hat, $12 | Studded Sandals, $79 | Tote, $50 | Sunglasses, $70 | Set of Bangles, $58 

Our inspiration picture is chic yet casual and something I could never wear in my real life at home. It features an off-the-shoulder day dress with a fitted waist and short skirt.

To make this work for me, I searched for something less structured around my waist. Since I don’t want to spend on something I’m likely not going to wear again, I decided on this option from Amazon for about $30. It meets all the requirements: light, vacation-y, and easy to pack.

Because I’m not comfortable with my Covid weight gain, there are a few elements that will help me feel more confident. An off-the-shoulder top is a fun element that draws the eye up, and the high low hem creates the same effect a v-neck does by visually pulling in your waistline. 

I’ll bring along the Wacoal Red Carpet Bra,  my favorite strapless bra that stays in place all day and night. 

Then I needed a hat, so I bought this $12 packable white hat from Target. It won’t take up any room in my suitcase, and I can wear it with everything for the duration of the trip. 

The outfit maker here is these under $100 studded sandals that will work back to most outfits. The studs act like jewelry, so use them as a neutral and pair them to elevate simple looks. 

Our model is carrying a gorgeous, rich tan leather bag. I found this similar option at Nordstrom Rack for $50 that creates the same look and feel. In reality, I’ll probably carry a simple tan or straw clutch and not an oversized bag. 

I love a look that doesn’t rely on a lot of stuff, especially when you’re traveling. You never want to pack more than you need. Instead, some effortless accessories make a significant impact across all of your outfits.

These oversized Roberto Cavalli sunglasses are a major steal. They were original $400 and are currently on clearance for $70. Finally, a stack of bangles in gold-tone is all you need, like this set from Vince Camuto for under $60

 

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Pinterest in Real Life: A Fresh Workwear Look

As soon as I scrolled past this outfit on Pinterest, I knew I had to feature it.

First, it’s adorable. Second, after this last year and a half, it’s just what we want to wear. It’s not too formal or precious, but it’s fresh and NOT SWEAT PANTS.

Third, and best of all, you have many of these pieces in your closet. 

If you’re new to our community, Pinterest in Real Life is our popular, weekly series that takes an inspiration image from Pinterest and helps you recreate it with more affordable pieces while breaking it down so you understand how to translate it into your everyday life. 

As always, our posts are designed to provide guidance, tips, and specific product recommendations. 

Honestly, this might be my favorite look to date. You can easily wear this to the office, but there is no reason you couldn’t wear this to brunch or a day out with friends.

It’s effortless and chic and one point for the season. 

Pinterest in Real Life: A Fresh Workwear Look

 

Pinterest Inspiration Outfit with white jeans, chambray blazer, blue and white striped button down shirt, two gold bracelets, and black studded flats

 

Stretch Linen Blazer, $178 |Button Down Shirt, $41 |Ankle Skinny Jeans, $68 | Studded Flat, $25 | Animal Print Cuff Bracelet, $10 | Open Cuff, $30 

 

The key piece here is the Stretch Linen Blazer from J.Crew, available in all sizes up to a 24 with petite and tall options. In addition, you can take 30% off with the code SHOPNOW.  Buy a good quality blazer like this and you’ll have it for many seasons. This particular blazer gets rave reviews for fit, quality and style. 

I layered it over this casual button by Aqua on sale at Bloomingdales. They are calling it oversized, but I would say it’s more of a relaxed fit. You can also use this french blue stripe shirt we’ve frequently feature from Amazon

In real life are you walking around with your blazer draped over your shoulders? Probably not. So make sure the button down you use will fit comfortably under the jacket. 

Next up, the white jeans. I’m featuring this skinny ankle pair from Wit & Wisdom that are under $70. If you prefer a straight style, these under $100 Jen7  Jeans are available up to a size 18 at Saks

The shoe in the inspiration picture is an interesting style choice. Typically I would go with something neutral, but the strappy black flat gives an edge that I really like. So I used this inexpensive studded flat that offers the same feeling at Nordstrom Rack for only $25. 

Finally, a few simple bracelets round out the look. Use this as a chance to layer some of the pieces you already have and try a new combination. I’m showing a $10 leopard print bangle (from Chico’s!)  and this gorgeous All Saints bracelet on sale for $30. I picked it up as a layering piece for the summer. 

Style Tip! When creating your outfits look for an opportunity to build cohesiveness. We’re doing that above but repeating black three times in subtle ways: in the shoe, the button on the blazer, and the detail in the bracelet. It may not be obvious, but it makes everything in the outfit look purposeful.

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Pinterest in Real Life: How to Wear a Graphic Tee

For today’s Pinterest in Real Life post, we’re getting a little funky. Graphic tees are a big right now and are easier than you may think to incorporate into your classic leaning wardrobe. 

Don’t let the rocker-girl vide scare you, playing with trends and trying new things are part of what keeps us feeling young and modern. With a few adjustments and swaps you can easily make this look work for you. 

So keep reading, because today’s post is FULL of tips and recommendations. 

Pinterest in Real Life: How to Wear a Graphic Tee

 

Graphic tee with leopard skirt and white sneakers

Graphic Tee, $13 | Leopard Skirt, $55 | Sneakers, $70 | Clutch, $25 | Octagonal Sunglasses, $80 

 

Our inspiration picture is from Navy Grace, in a post dating back to 2019, so girlfriend was super early on this trend. She is adorable and looks fabulous. I have to admit, though, she made me chuckle when she mentions that this would be a great “new mom look.” 

This is about as far off from what I wore when I was a new mom as you can get, BUT it’s a perfect look for a daytime date or a long missed brunch with girlfriends, especially if you’re sick of lounge wear and ready to try something new. 

We non-style-influencers-with-budgets will face a few challenges with this outfit, and with many outfits on Pinterest, the first being the total cost. This look is north of $2500.

Now, you will never hear me judging anyone on what they spend. I say, thank goodness someone can pump that kind of money into the economy.

However, my money comes in and goes right out the door to tuition. So. Much. Tuition. 

Happily, I was able to easily recreate the look for under $250.

Let’s start with the tee. To make this work, it needs to have some edge. Don’t take my word for it; this comes from my 14-year-old daughter, who is cooler than all of us. I was given very specific guidance not to wear or promote shirts that say things like “Blessed” or “Wine O’Clock.” 

Instead, look for a band tee, preferably a band you like. There are so many options right now at affordable prices. I went with this Rolling Stone tee, available at Target in regular and plus size for $13.  Be sure to check out their selection in store, they have tons of variety. 

Nordstrom has a fun and affordable selection, too, like this Guns ‘n’ Roses one for under $30Blondie fans will love this option, and if you’re curious as to just how dorky I am, this Wham tee is currently sitting in my cart.

The point is to be authentic and wear what you love. 

The next challenge is the skirt. The inspiration picture features a gorgeous, flowy, pleated piece. It looks great in the photo, but in my experience, long pleated skirts look terrible on most people. Instead, look for something cut on the bias, like this leopard skirt at Banana Republic on sale for $55. I also found this under $30 option on Amazon, size up, always size up when shopping at Amazon. 

Remember, leopard print can act like a neutral, as long as the pattern is done in neutrals. So you can really pair the skirt with any tee. 

If mixing prints is not your thing and would rather keep your bottom half simple, pair this with a black version of the skirt, like this one by Karen Kane.  Or with your favorite black or light washed boyfriend jean that hits at your ankles while keeping all the other elements in place. 

Next, let’s talk accessories. The majority of the cost of the inspiration outfit is due to the bag (Chloe: $1700) and the sneakers (Golden Goose: $500+). I have very strong opinions about this. 

First, you’ve heard me talk about investing in your bags and shoes because they elevate other, less expensive pieces in your wardrobe. This is very true, so if you have the budget and need a better designer bag, I say go for it. Just be sure you’ll use it enough to get your price per wear low.

These days, there are many options to buy slightly used bags from reputable sites like The Real Real. Again, this is up to you. I have my share of designer bags, and I have just as many that are inexpensive. I wear whichever one works best for my outfit. 

For the sake of today’s post, I found this pretty clutch from Sole Society on sale at Nordstrom Rack for only $25. They are calling it “washed pink,” but it reads more like a taupe. I like how slim it is and the gold chain detail. 

The sneakers are where I get in a tizzy. Golden Goose is known for being outrageously expensive. They retail at over $500, and they come looking dirty on purpose. I openly spend too much on distressed jeans, but I can’t wrap my head around this. 

Instead, I found this sweet version with a similar design in crisp, bright, clean white for $70 at Off Fifth. If you want a simple, classic white sneaker, I can’t say enough good things about these Cole Haan Tennis shoes on sale for $80. I picked them up for the summer, and so did many of our INSIDERS. 

Finally, sunglasses. The inspiration picture features a chic pair of Ray-Bans. I happen to love them and think spending on sunnies makes sense, as long as you’re not prone to lose them. I found a similar pair of Ray-Bans on sale at Nordstrom Rack for $80. Also at Rack are these classic black Ray-Bans, also under $80

My favorite pair is their iconic Aviator. I’ve had them for many years, and wore them every day until they suddenly went missing and were only recently found in the cool 14-going-on-40 year old’s school bag. 😉 

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