Today, I’m revisiting an old favorite that made an appearance in last month’s Washingtonian feature. With temps getting a little toastier in the district, it might be hard to pull off this blazer but I’m planning on wearing this faux leather pencil skirt well into the triple digits this season. Especially since this Ann Taylor favorite of mine now comes in a summer white color. I wear my black skirt once a week so when the white one went on sale I scooped it up!
Speaking of sales, Ann Taylor LOFT is basically giving away pieces from their sale section. Get over there now before it’s completely picked over. And don’t forget to save time by filtering: Petite | Regular | Tall
Of all the looks from last month’s Washingtonian article, this one was by far my favorite. Mostly because if ever there was an outfit that perfectly described my personality, this one would be it: a sleek black pantsuit, a textured blazer with leather details, studded pumps, and just the perfect amount of unique gold bling. Into it.
Speaking of the greatest blazer that has ever been created in the history of the earth… This is one of those investment pieces I drone on and on about. One of those pieces that when you find, you hold on to for dear life. A few women (who had been drinking unhealthy amounts of haterade)kept questioning how a woman (me) on a government salary could afford a Helmut Lang blazer. One even went so far to say I “must be in immense debt”. Alrighty then, OR I could just be a savvy as f*ck sale shopper. Ever heard of Gilt? I actually snagged this blazer on super sale at the Gilt Warehouse sale last year. The tag said somewhere around 700 or 800 big ones so I tried it on since it was the only 6 and evidently I was feeling a little sadistic. Well, it fit like a damn glove and I contemplated the purchase. Then an angel sent from fashion heaven told me the red dot meant it was marked down to what ended up being less than $80. EIGHTY DOLLARS FOR THIS BLAZER. After I died, then died again, I bought it (obv) and we’ve been in a monogamous relationship ever since. The point of my story? Well, there are many. Stop tearing other people down. It’s rude. And unbecoming. Secondly, ALWAYS TRY ON THE HELMUT LANG BLAZER. It might fit terribly. This way you’re able to move on and never think twice about it. Lastly and most importantly, know what you’re looking for and know how much you’re willing to pay for it. I legitimately thought about paying full price for this nugget. That’s what being in the moment of a find of a lifetime will do to you. I wear it at least once a week so it would have already ended up paying for itself but the point is to be as fiscally responsible as you can. Shop those sales. And maybe every once in awhile try a Gatorade instead of haterade. It’s more caloric but shit, it looks so much better on you.
Lately, I’ve been feeling the monochromatic look. Maybe because I’ve been feeling a little lazy and uninspired in the work wear department (yes, it even happens to fashion bloggers). Chic grey on grey action is my favorite palette to play with but for these warmer days, try pairing your favorite white and off-whites together. Switch up the textures so you don’t look like you’re swearing a white snuggie. For example, my skirt is a checkered linen, my blouse is silk, and my sweater may or may not be an open weaved cotton. That one’s still up for debate.