(Leopard) Sweater Weather

I’ve got to be honest, I might not have even tried with sweater on were it not for my friend Meg. I was on my own in the store when I saw this and I immediately heard her voice in my head, telling me it was amazing and that I needed to have it. It is very likely that Continue reading

Maroon Pants and Evolving Your Style

I have been wishing for a pair of maroon pants for so long and they are finally here! These are the exact same style and brand as the olive jeggings I wore earlier this week (JCP’s a.n.a. zip pocket). I debated in the dressing room for a while because there was a pair of Stylus ankle crop skinnies in a similar, but slightly darker, color. In the end I went with these because Continue reading

Comfortable But Work Appropriate

Today I needed something that was both comfortable and nicely work-appropriate. I am moving a bunch of things around at work today, so I wanted something I could move in, and also to be layered up so that as I got too warm (inevitable), I would be able to shed a layer and still look nice.

My favorite pair of jeans and this white top with tiny black bird print are a great base. The plum colored cardigan is my layering piece. Every time I put this sweater on I am reminded of how much I love this color. Leopard flats are both practical and fun. And then my pocket watch necklace means my outfit still has some depth, even if I ditch the sweater for a bit.

I feel like I used to have a lot of misconceptions about what was “comfortable.” In college, that meant pjs–sweatpants and a hoodie. When I worked at State Farm, where the dress code was business-dress only, suddenly putting on jeans at the end of the day felt luxurious. Now I think it’s pretty easy to buy jeans that wear nicely and are comfy (thanks to all that stretch). I’ve also reevaluated what I need to be “comfortable.” I’m generally a lot happier when I know that something looks nice on me which, let’s be honest, is probably not yoga pants and a sweatshirt. I am probably most comfortable in some stretchy jeans and a fun, fitted t-shirt.

How about you? What are your go-to comfortable clothes?

Asymmetric Hemlines

You know how most of the time when you try on clothes, you look in the mirror, check yourself from a few angles, think, “yeah, okay, this looks good,” and add it to your “probably going to buy it” pile. But sometimes, every now and then, you put something on and as soon as you pull it into place you know that this is the perfect thing and wonder where it has been your whole life? That is exactly how I felt about this top when I tried it on this weekend.  Continue reading

Basic, But Not Boring

For the last week and a half, I have been extremely busy with work + home things, but it’s looking like this week will be settled enough that I can get some posting done! I love today’s outfit. The grey and yellow combination is one of my favorites (though InStyle tells me Continue reading

Comfy Sweaters and Elephant T’s

The sun has come out by now, but when I got up this morning it was overcast and grey. Beyond that it is definitively a bad hair day and possibly a fat day too (you know, the type of day where you feel like you somehow gained 10 pounds overnight, even if your clothes all fit the same). So what’s a girl to do with all of that awesome on a Monday morning? Typically I deal with it in one of two ways: Continue reading

Harry Potter Quotes and Online T-Shirt Shopping

You guys! I’m so excited that my Hermione tshirt from Out of Print Clothing arrived! I don’t order too many tshirts online because, unless you’re already familiar with the brand, quality and fit can be a big gamble. I took a chance on this one because the quote was irresistible, and I’m thrilled with this shirt! I have a hard time with tshirts as a whole, so finding one where I am happy with the fit is a big deal! Here I’m pairing it with jeans, a cardigan, and a statement necklace to dress it up just a bit. (Did I mention my workplace is pretty casual?) You could certainly dress up further with a blazer, or even pair it with a skirt instead of jeans.

Not every online tshirt shopping experience is so happy. Here are the biggest challenges I have encountered when shopping for tshirts online and some suggestions on how to deal with them:

1. Fit. Online merchants, particularly for something like tshirts, can vary broadly when it comes to sizing. For instance, I wear anywhere from a medium to an XL, depending on where I order from. If they have a measurements chart, definitely check that! (And know what your measurements are!) If they happen to have a style gallery where people can upload photos of themselves, that’s a great place to check to see if you can figure out how a particular size will fit someone with your body shape. 

Also, be aware that “women’s sizes” means very different things depending on where you shop. One of my favorite sources for tshirts is a company called Fuzzy Ink and their women’s tshirts are a fairly deep v-neck and a more tailored cut of shirt. I’ve also ordered a “women’s size” tshirt from Woot and really the biggest difference between my shirt and my husband’s (ordered in a men’s size), was that mine was a bit shorter.

2. Quality. This is another thing that can vary a lot. I know all the pictures look like you’re going to get a nice soft tshirt that feels like it’s been worn 100 times. In reality, you may end up with a stiff piece of cotton that you practically have to wash with rocks to soften up. 

One thing that helps is getting familiar with the manufacturer brands. This is mostly relevant if you’re designing your own tshirt (somewhere like Cafe Press), a lot of small shops don’t necessarily tell you what base tshirt they are using. You can, however, always message customer service to ask. Another indicator is price. It’s pretty straightforward–the pricier shirts tend to be better quality. It’s not a hard and fast rule, but it’s a pretty good guideline.

3. Return Policy. The best way to make sure you don’t get stuck with a tshirt you’re not happy with? Make sure the place you’re ordering from will allow you to return, and see what the return window is. Many of the more boutique shops will have a shorter return window.

Fuzzy Ink, which I mentioned earlier, has some very cute stuff and I’ve been very happy with the quality. I order in an XL here because that sizes feels like it fits comfortably, but doesn’t cling. I have these two and hope to add more!

What is your favorite source for fun, quirky tshirts (online or in store)?