Tuesday, February 1, 2011

A Week in Fix-It Fashion

I like to think my fashion sense is half-decent. I don't take any crazy risks, but I also have a clear aesthetic and find things that work pretty well for me. I absolutely love dressing other people, and although this will never be any sort of fashion blog perhaps I'll post about some of my thoughts from time to time.

Here is my one essential rule: dress rich. This doesn't mean spending gobs of money on clothes, in fact I get away with a lot of pieces from a variety of stores. I do splurge on my accessories - they're versatile, they always fit, and they'll stand the test of time if you choose well. I'll mix Tory Burch with Target pants, and Louis Vuitton with random tops I found on clearance at Nordstrom Rack. The way I see it, those pants and "seasonal" tops won't last forever, but a statement handbag and a fabulous pair of shoes will be worth the money if you treat them well.

But back to the "rich rule". When I see some fabulous lady walking down Michigan Ave and I immediately admire her style and sense an air of prosperity I look for cues that lead me to this conclusion. I find that it's a combination of simple pieces paired with obvious, quality ones.

So, day one. I combined my classic catch-all-go-with-anything black pants with a flowy pink top and a luxe ivory cardigan.

  • Cashmere Cardigan: Bloomingdales (splurge-ish)
  • Pink Blouse: Nordstrom Rack (cheap, like $10)
  • Pants: Nordstrom Rack (cheap)
  • Shoes: Tory Burch via Nordstrom (investment)
Looking back, it's helpful to see that the pink blouse is probably a little too big. It's nice to have the extra room after a big lunch, but reflected back it's obvious that it's rather shapeless.

Day Two: same black pants (I won't even pretend that doesn't happen often) paired with a fitted salmon top and beige cardigan. Gold accessories today.
  • Cardigan: Ann Taylor Loft (gift)
  • Blouse: Banana Republic (cheap, on sale)
  • Pants: Nordstrom Rack (cheap)
  • Shoes: Tory Burch via eBay (deal!)
This outfit I like a lot, professional and still comfortable. Very therapist-y. At the end of the day a guy at the grocery store said, "Gurrrrl! Lookatchu and your shiny gold shoes! You like Dorothy or some Wizard of Oz!" Um,ok.

Next, I dug this leopard print cardy out of my closet. Mr. Fix-It didn't see me put it on, but that evening he asked me if I was auditioning for the new season of Jersey Shore. Wow, thanks honey.
  • Cardigan: Gap Outlet (save, never spend on silly pieces)
  • Shirt: Banana Republic (regular price)
  • Pants: Target (save)
  • Shoes: Tory Burch via eBay (another deal!)
Amen for this photo. I swear these pants weren't so ill-fitting when I looked at the mirror myself. It's like I gained 50 pounds between Tuesday and Wednesday. Perhaps a good argument for Nordstrom brands over Target?

 Thursday's outfit is cute, but admittedly I don't normally fuss with tights on just any Thursday. This week, Mr. Fix-Its company had their holiday party so I opted to jazz up my usual rotation for something a little cuter. (Side note: who has a holiday party on a Thursday night in January?)

  • Sweater: Banana Republic Outlet (save)
  • Skirt: Fourth and Towne (regular price)
  • Boots: Nordstrom (sale, paid about $130)

I'm happy with the way this outfit came together. It's not my "usual" look, and I'm glad I took the risk.

In a full disclosure, I was hurting a little from the night before, so Friday's outfit wasn't any wardrobe masterpiece. Actually, I got up unacceptably late for work and it was even more ridiculous that I decided that taking a photo had to happen before I got out the door. That's how much I love you.

  • Sweater: Ann Taylor Loft (save, on sale)
  • Tank: Target (save)
  • Jeans: Banana Republic (save, on sale)
  • Shoes: Tory Burch via eBay (save-ish)

I've lost some weight (about 25lbs) since buying these jeans, and this picture tells me it's about time for us to part ways. They look fine enough, but my belt is on the tightest notch and I think the cuffed bottom makes me look a little squat.

Moral of this random little experiment? 1. My fashion sense is stellar, obviously. 2. You get totally different feedback from the camera than you do from a quick glance in the mirror in the morning.

Anyone care to join me in posting a week in their wardrobe? Should I do another post like this in the future?


  1. I always liked your style, so it's good to see some fashion posts. :) Also, I love your camera strap. Where is it from?

  2. Thanks! The camera strap is from etsy! vmjess.etsy.com

  3. I love your style! Maybe b/c it's pretty similar to mine - I LOVE cardigans!

  4. Just found your new blog- I was a follower on weddingbee. This post was awesome. I'm in the midst of the long slow process of retooling my closet and it's great to have tips and ideas. Also, amen on target pants not fitting all that well.

  5. I would love more posts like this! You have a great sense of style.

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