Category: style

Coming Up Daisies

Top, Aritzia; pants, Aritzia (thrifted); shoes, Jones NY; bag, MbMJ
Top, Aritzia; pants, Aritzia (thrifted); shoes, Jones NY; bag, MbMJ

This is the epitome of a simple outfit, but I loved it. It`s that Aritzia aesthetic, dammit. I can`t get enough of it at the moment. I felt kinda bad about how simple it all was — does it even count as an outfit? — so I tried to dress it up by adding a brooch; it did not spoil the whole effect but also, to be honest, probably didn`t add a ton to it either. Oh well. Sometimes, basic is as good as it gets. This was a hella comfortable outfit to wear.

brooch, vintage
brooch, vintage
camel + black
camel + black

Later in the day, I added a jacket because my husband told me it was going to rain. It didn`t; not until after we had already returned home, in any case. So the jacket proved unnecessary … but it did give me the chance to try this Basic Blogger Pose. I can confirm that while it may look cool and all, it is highly impractical for anything besides taking photos. Speaking of which, here are my best attempts at looking legit:

blogger pose 101
blogger pose 101
simple is as simple does
simple is as simple does
one more for the road
one more for the road

The Closet Diaries, Volume 2

I bet you’re wondering about what left my closet this month? It’s what I’m here to tell you about today so I hope the answer is a resounding YES. I’ll settle for an apathetic “alright”. too.

Here we go.

Sam Edelman Black Pumps

Sam Edelman pumps
Sam Edelman pumps

I wore these pumps a lot. Like, A LOT. Stylebook is telling me 15 times, but that doesn’t account for the dozens of times I wore them as “commuting” shoes to work. The CPW was in the pennies, considering I spent $8 on them in the first place. They were nice, serviceable shoes but 2 things counted against them. One, they were cheap suede and showed wear easily. Two, the d’Orsay style had my foot slip-sliding quite a bit; this was fine before, but once I changed jobs I started walking 5 blocks to and from my office as part of my daily commute, and the shoes could not keep pace with, well, my pace. I like to walk fast, and the shoes kept slipping from my feet, which irritated me. Once I realized that the heel tips had been worn down and needed replacing, those 2 things proved to be the nail in the proverbial coffin. I wasn’t prepared to pay $18 to repair shoes that I didn’t capital-L love.

I’ll keep an eye out for a replacement pair of low heeled black pumps at the thrift store, and in the meantime, I will rely on other shoes to fill the gap. I have more than a couple of black shoes, some flats, some higher heels, so I should be just fine.

Rich & Skinny Pink Jeans

Rich & Skinny jeans
Rich & Skinny jeans

Stylebook tells me I wore these jeans twice (CPW $4), which is handy because I honestly did not remember. They’re perfectly nice jeans but I don’t wear a lot of pink currently, and I don’t foresee that changing. I have a number of coloured casual pants — practically a rainbow — and a bit of culling was in order.

Meanwhile, I have 3 pairs of mustard pants and I am keeping ALL OF THEM. Ahem.

Judith & Charles Grey Blazer

Judith & Charles blazer
Judith & Charles blazer

I’ve been purging my blazer collection ruthlessly, and this one simply didn’t make the cut. No hard feelings. I let it go simply because I found that it wasn’t super versatile in my closet. I paid $10 and wore it once, which is not great, but I will see about trying to recoup some money by consigning it.

Speaking of Judith & Charles though, a reader had a not-so-great experience with the brand recently. Here’s her story:

I purchased a dress I had coveted online from Judith & Charles, on sale (mind you from $450 to $370).

Their policy states that I can return the dress within 7 days for a full refund, so when it dropped an additional $45 from the sale price not even 5 days after the first price cut, I asked for what is a justifiably acceptable price adjustment, like I do with all retailers.

Right? WRONG.

They refused and told me that their policy only allows price adjustments on “full-priced items”. Customer service said that I had to literally bring the physical item I purchased online to the store, return it, and then buy it again online or in-store — if they happen to have my size — to get the discount. All that, rather than just adjusting it for me online. With a family and full-time job, that is a hassle I would much rather avoid.

After intervention from an in-store manager (who contacted her district manager to plead my case), the online store eventually issued me a $45 credit; but, instead of doing it correctly and making it $45 plus the 15% tax I paid, they shorted me $6.75 on purpose, I believe (no one can be that deliberately obtuse to forget taxes here in Canada). I don’t even want to write back and complain because I’ve completely lost faith in the online store. They went to some trouble, it seemed, to alienate a customer who was willing and able to pay higher prices for clothing. You can bet that I will be voting with my wallet in the future.

My take? Always check return policies extra carefully, especially when a decent chunk of change is at stake. Policies like this is why I would much rather shop secondhand any day of the week.

Offbeat Friday

Blouse, Maeve; pants, J.Crew (thrifted); shoes, J. Crew; bag, MbMJ (via eBay)
Blouse, Maeve; pants, J.Crew (thrifted); shoes, J. Crew; bag, MbMJ (via eBay)

My new office does casual Fridays just like my old one, but since the dress code is more casual to begin with, I`ve been using Fridays as opportunities to experiment. Instead of the usual jeans+dressy top combo I would usual pull out, I`ve been trying pieces that are a bit more, um, adventurous. Like this Maeve cropped blouse. The print is whimsical, the sleeves are whimsical, the length is … well, if not whimsical then definitely not the same old, same old. To be honest, in my mind I call this my `circus shirt`; not sure why that association is there, but it is. It`s probably the colours and the volume.

To balance all that whimsicality (and level it up, style-wise), I paired the shirt with slim, wool pants that are fairly classic — perhaps borderline staid. The shoes were a compromise; a classic pump, but in bright, happy red. I liked how everything came together. I only had one last-minute switcheroo; I ended up choosing a black layering tank instead of the nude I had originally planned. The nude looked better under the shirt, but the cropped length meant that some of the tank `peeked` out above my pants waistband every now and then. The impression was one of `naked midriff` at first glance. No bueno. The black looked more intentional (and less scandalous) so I went with it. I`ll save the nude tank for a day when I`m wearing higher waisted pants. The day will come sooner rather than later, I`m sure.

whimsical for Friday
whimsical for Friday
cropped and flared
cropped and flared