When I started The Well Dressed Life, I wanted to replicate the services I provided for my 1:1 clients to a larger audience.
Most successful blogs at the time were all about the author, sharing their every thought, and expertise in all the things, and I had zero interest in that.
After a lot of trial and error and a big learning curve, I feel like we are finally hitting our stride.
The series that fill our content calendar were created to help you build out a wardrobe within the current season.
It’s why I repeat items and highlight best sellers weekly so that you can see the versatility of each piece.
And I write each post as if I’m emailing a client, sharing some recommendations and guidance for her wardrobe.
So we kick off each week with our Sunday Sales and Monday’s What to Buy at, highlighting one of our favorite retailers, and I wait to see the most popular items.
Then, I take that bestseller and feature it in How to Wear, creating three different outfits, based on one of my long time tips: before you buy something, be sure you can wear it three ways.
How to Wear it
Puff Sleeve Ruffle Top, $59 plus 20% OFF
It’s available in blue (above) red and a solid chambray (which is what I ended up ordering).
I like Factory for affordable (never pay full price) filler pieces. This top, for example is $59 with an extra 20% off and it’s just a simple, easy blouse that actually works in many outfit combinations.
Sizes are inclusive with their range starting at XXS – 3X.
How to Wear J.Crew Factory Print Blouse
There are a lot of great wardrobe pieces here, for any occasion. All recommendations are listed below.
With White Jeans
I can’t tell you how happy I am to start wearing white jeans again. The make everything you pair them with look crisp and fresh.
Here I’m using the Madewell High Rise Jeans, available in regular, petite and tall in sizes 23 – 33. I find, generally, that Madewell runs true to size, but always check the sizing guide.
For a neutral tone shoe, I LOVE these Block Heel Sandals by Vince Camuto. These are selling out everywhere.
They were available at Nordstrom yesterday afternoon, but they are sold out now. I was able to find them on Vince Camuto’s website, but sizes are getting limited.
Then, a fun fashion bag by House of Want. This guy is actually pretty big, so you could wear it all day.
Or grab a small clutch and make this date night ready.
Listen, I get the meanest emails when I feature shorts because the internet is a terrible place.
If you don’t like shorts, don’t wear them. If you like shorts, wear them. But there is no age limit on shorts.
Anyway, wear the length you feel most comfortable in. I’m featuring the best selling 7″ option in J.Crew’s stretch chino fabric, available in a ton of colors, in sizes 0 – 24.
As an alternative, a navy linen pant can easily replace the shorts.
Above I’m featuring them in taupe, but there are several other color options.
For accessories, I using my favorite new hoops from Amazon (I’ve worn these every day since they came in) and this fun straw bag for some added texture and interest.
With Black Pants
Finally, let’s make an outfit for work!
These straight leg black pants from Ann Taylor are a fantastic and well priced basic, available in regular and petite from a 00 – 18.
For shoes, I’m using slingback pumps, also from Ann Taylor. They are kind of perfect, with their small block heel and suede finish for texture.
Slingbacks are coming back in a big way. You’ll see them everywhere this spring and early next fall.
If you need a clean-lined tote, this one from Cuyana is lovely. It has a top zipper, sits comfortably on your shoulder and fits all your things.
Finally, if you need a layer, grab the navy sweater blazer from J.Crew, on sale today for under $100.
Worried about wearing navy and black together? Don’t, it’s actually consider a chic combination!
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