January was a month that would never end. By the time it was over I was expecting it to be March. But, alas, here we are in February. So let’s cross our fingers for a short winter and round up your favorites from the first month of 2020.
Reader Favorites of January 2020
Metallic Top, $50 | Fitted Dress, $35 | Sheath Dress, $20 | Cashmere Sweater, $98 | Sneakers, $85 | Slingbacks, $99 | Hoops, $55 | Puff Sleeve Top, $85 | Black Pants, $120 | Red Blazer, $52 | Moto Jacket, $98
There’s a lot of good things here, from a gorgeous date night top (at a fantastic sale price) to a rocker moto jacket – I was so happy to see some not so basics make this month’s list.
Let’s jump in:
Date Night Top
Metallic Top, $50: I scooped this gorgeous blouse up the second I saw it. It’s just the thing for a date or night out with the girls. Pair it with jeans for a more casual look, or dress it up with a slim fitting pair of black pants.
As always, a wonderful recommendation!! I never have anything to wear when I (rarely) go out in the evenings so I knew this top would fill a big void in my wardrobe. My local J.Crew happened to have this top in store so I was able to try it on. Wrap and even faux wrap tops are hard because I am much smaller on top than bottom. Beautiful and fits perfectly! I snagged it on sale for around $30 but love it so much would have probably paid more. I already have 2 or 3 occasions where I plan to wear it. Thank you!
Fitted Dress, $35: H&M is my not so secret resource for affordable pieces that look high end. You might need an alteration here and there, but it’s beyond worth it. This dress and the stunning blue/grey color looks incredibly hight end for under $40.
Sheath Dress, $20: This dress is always at the top of our list – it’s that good. The fact that it’s $20 (FOR A WHOLE DRESS!) doesn’t hurt either.
Cashmere Sweater, $98: If I could live in cashmere sweaters, I would and they have, over the years, become a big part of my everyday uniform. My go to is to pair this with dark jeans and pretty flats for a work from home outfit that is finished but not formal. This one comes in black and camel, with a 3/4 length sleeve so it’s ideal for transitioning into spring.
Slingbacks, $99: When you have a wardrobe based on better basics, you need a few things to infuse personality, like these slingback flats from J. Crew. They jazz up any outfit in a subtle way and are surprisingly comfortable.
Hoops, $55: I get countless requests for jewelry options that are affordable, yet well made, so I was thrilled to find Gorjana. Everything I’ve seen so far I love, and am happy to recommend. I own these hoops and wear the frequently. They are lightweight but don’t feel cheap, and the price point is right on the mark.
Puff Sleeve Top, $85: Banana Republic has done such a good job growing up with us. (I bought my first interview suit there in 2001.) They offer so many great pieces, like this puff sleeve wrap-inspired top. It comes in five colors for sizes missy, petite, and tall, from XXS – XXL.
Black Pants, $120: Back in my personal shopping days, Lafayette 148 was a client favorite. They are just a fabulous, professional wardrobe workhorse – with a price tag to match. So when one of their basics goes on sale, you have to grab them. Typically they are $300 +, but right now there is a nice selection on sale at Off 5th for half that. Size wise the run full, more in line with Talbots fit, so keep that in mind when ordering.
Red Blazer, $52: Speaking of Talbots, this red velvet blazer is adorable and on also on super sale. It’s available in missy, plus and plus petite up to a size 24. Don’t be scared to wear velvet to work. With a classic bottom or dark jean, it will bring some texture and interest into your look.
Moto Jacket, $98: Pretty much the opposite of the Talbots blazer is this rocker chic moto for under $100. Wear it with jeans, throw it over a dress, it adds just the right amount of edge to the pieces already hanging in your wardrobe.
Feather Weight Sneakers
Sneakers, $85: These sneakers are light as air on your feet while still giving support. I picked them up to be gym sneakers, but quickly started wearing them all the time. They come in black (above), white with gold detail, and a super fun black and grey combo with a hint of leopard.
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