Gettin’ down with the button down

I’ve loved the reinvention and evolution of the classic button-down trend over the last five or so years. (Ah yes, suspend disbelief with me and let’s pretend for a time that I’m truly an expert in the broad field of Fashion, dear reader. Am I fooling anyone? And now collectively, let’s L-O-L, because we all really know I’m just a girl who likes buying clothes and talking about them with you. Just a friendly reminder that the only credentials I have were self-endowed given years of retail styling and a slight bent toward shopaholicism.)

Truly, though, from basic button-up work blouses, to shirt dresses, to skirts, to rompers, classic button-up styles have really evolved, and this summer, are trending hard. (By June of 2018, I’m sure the news that front buttons are in is not surprising.)

What is surprising? Let’s be honest, probably nothing about this post. I just found a dang great, on-trend, comfy as all get out skirt that I’d love for all my friends to know about.

It caught my eye pretty immediately because the front snaps are the exact shade of some of my most commonly adorned, brushed-gold jewelry, and I felt it would make a great summer staple-with-a-twist. Given my height and build, as much as  I love them, full top to bottom seam front-buttons can be precariously PG-13 if the buttons aren’t placed strategically. I’ve had quite a few dressing room nopes due to wide gapping, and was elated that this was a resounding fitting room YEP.

Front buttons/snaps, midi-length, fully lined, tie waist, soft/non-cripsy fabric: an ultimate 3-trends-with-1-stone skirt. You know the kind. (Oh? You don’t? Maybe give this a shot if you fancy a midi.)

Happy Sunday, and happy styling, friends. (PSA, as of today June 24, it’s also 40% off!)

Office Outfitting: week one edition

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I unsubscribed from job alerts this week. It was the most freeing click of a button I’ve maybe ever experienced.

Being the Robin that I am, a small (large) part of me was particularly excited by this turn of employment events because it meant dusting off my pumps and slacks from their 4 month hiatus from circulation. Hello again, trusty Business Caj!

(I realize I’m a freak. A freak who feels safer in her skin while donning a blazer than a T, and being in an environment which requires it. To each their wardrobe-ing own. Starched Collars, I just can’t quit you.)

I gram’d earlier this week about my first day, so this development is likely old news, but that’s never stopped me before.

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Workaholic from birth, I’ve been on the BusCaj scene *roughly* seven years. Dressing for work isn’t quite as anxiety-inducing for me as I’ve come to realize it is for some friends and clients I serve at Loft.

I have a handful of trusty “formulas” or “when in doubts, reach for _____” –ifyouwill– when it comes to putting together work outfits. Through this series on workwear (a request that’s popped up a few times), I’ll probably unpackage them for you, although it’s more of a feeling than a science. Am I an expert? Not likely. Do I own more suit jackets than you? There’s a chance. A pretty solid chance.

Formula 1: When in doubt, reach for a shirtdress. Top with jewelry. Done.

The structure of a shirt. The comfort of a dress. Who loses? Not me, I’m wearing a shirtdress.

The first two days in the new digs I’ve worn black. Day 3, I decided I better prove to them I’m not in mourning for joining their company, as if anyone has even really noticed my ensemble, but let’s pretend today. I’ve been head-over-wedges for a rose gold/purple combo lately, so decided to bust that out for this.

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(Who has a purple dress and needs her ends trimmed? Haircut on the calendar, worry not.)

Dress: Loft, spring collection, aka old.
Shoes: Franco Sarto, last fall, aka old.
Earrings/Necklace: Kendra Scott
Bracelet: Fossil Outlet, aka, old.
Bag: Louis Vuitton.

Denim obsession: baring your ankles

In grade school, I was the awkward, lanky girl who preferred reading at recess and cared more about my report card than who was at my lunch table. At least a head taller than nearly every girl (or boy) in the class, the hemline of my little britches always just grazed the top of my white socks (I was rarely lucky enough for them to reach all the way down to my sneakers.) In daily growing pains, I could hardly blame my mother for this major fashion blunder and subsequent taunting–it was impossible to keep me in long enough jeans. They didn’t come sized “skinny & gangly” –at least we couldn’t find them. And if we did (by an act of God) find them, they were too short, too, by the end of the month. Top that off with brand new buck teeth and a perm-gone-wrong, I was a real looker. (Though I can and do blame my mother for the perm – alive in the 80’s, who lets their kid do that? How could she have not seen this going badly for her 9-year-old?)

Even after growing out of the awkward years, I learned that finding the denim sweet-spot as a woman never gets easier:  the butt looks huge, or flat, or long, or the legs are too short, the rise is too low, or the dark rinse turns your hands blue by lunchtime.)

What buck-tooth Robin would’ve given for what’s trending now:  ankle length.

To be honest, I’m thrilled and a little obsessed with this trend in slacks and denim. Tall ladies, it’s a 3rd-grade dream come true. Every time I’m out I see different textures and patterns both slouchy and skinny cuffed or cut ankle-length –and I love it.

I recently discovered the “Marisa “ or “Modern” fit at Loft, which feels like a good young-adult balance for me between being high enough on the waist, but not so high that AARP is calling (something I have a hard time finding). I’m usually too tall for the regular length Loft carries in-store, but now with the spring ankle-cut and zipper detail, I grabbed two pairs.

ImageImage(I’ve only owned them for three weeks, but they’ve cycled through my laundry four times –my new casual Friday go-to.)

Disclaimer #1:  If you buy anything at Loft full price, you’ve lost your mind. Wait for the sales and deep clearance markdowns. If it isn’t on sale right now-wait for it. It’s coming. Or save your receipt, they do price-adjustments within 7-days of purchase. They also always offer a teacher-discount for educators.

Disclaimer #2:  This trend isn’t exclusive to tall girls.

Turns out, there are a lot of opinions concerning second disclaimer. In most cases, if your legs are shorter for your frame but you want to try the trend, I would advise sticking to skinny-cuts versus slouchy, and consider a pump or wedge to offset the leg-shortening affect this cut tends to have. But personally, I think they’re the perfect opportunity to showcase an adorable ankle-strap sandal or flat.

(Note:  Loft doesn’t know who I am. Actually, yes they do. I just finished my last shift as a sales associate Saturday, but corporate doesn’t care if they’re on my blog or not. In other words, this was not a sponsored post, these jeans just rock.)

Where are your favorite jeans from? Have you even found them yet? Let’s talk about it, comment below!