Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Men's Style: Goodwill

Congratulations to Kelly who won the tickets to the Goodwill Good Style Fashion Show! 

I've been back to Goodwill a few more times since my first shopping trip for the show. My biggest challenge so far has been trying to find a “modern” pair of men's pants in both the right length and waist size.

My friend who is modeling in the show was very patient with me as I texted him pictures of men's pants from the Goodwill dressing room. Our conversations went like this:

Me: “Do you think this pant leg looks a little wide?”
My Friend: “Don’t you think with the recent trend in slim leg pants?”

Let's just say the pants I was asking him about were not very stylish.

Luckily, I found a pair of pants that I think have a modern look and are the right size. After sharing the pants saga with my boyfriend, he suggested enlisting the help of a tailor. Find a pair of pants that fit in the waist — a tailor can't make pants bigger — and have them taken in or hemmed. Lesson learned!

What tricks have you learned for shopping at Goodwill?

To see all of my looks, buy tickets for the Goodwill Good Style Show at Living Social. The show takes place at 6 p.m. on Thursday, May 7 at Windows on the River

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Pattern Mixing for Work

The Limited Blouse and Skirt / Target Tights / Kelly and Katie Shoes / J.Crew Factory Necklace / Michael Kors Watch and Cuff 

Dressing for work can be fun if you know how to pattern mix. It's a trend that unlike cutoff shorts and sheer blouses can actually appropriate for work. The basic rule of thumb is to mix patterns with similar color palettes. I. Love. This. Grid pattern blouse. It forces me out of comfort zone of only wearing nautical stripes. This classic a-line skirt is a great way to keep this outfit grounded.



Thursday, April 2, 2015

Gratuitously Preppy Easter

Banana Republic Necklace / Ralph Lauren Shirt / Ann Taylor Pants / Nine West Shoes / British Khaki Blazer via T.J. Maxx

There are a few times in life when dressing gratuitously preppy feels right. They include anytime you are below the Mason Dixon Line, Kentucky Derby Parties, and Easter. I used to have a unique hatred for the traditional pastels of the holiday, but I have come to embrace them as they have become a vestige of luke warm weather and much needed time with my family. This year's outfit was completely constructed during one of my shopping trips for the Goodwill Good Style Show. I found both this Ralph Lauren shirt and Ann Taylor pants for about $4 each. I couldn't have asked for better a better pairing. Knowing that I had this outfit just waiting to be worn and the fact that it will be a mild Easter as far as temperature, I made the game-time decision to wear pants as opposed to my usual dress. What do you plan to wear this Easter?




Cold Shoulder Top

Details: A&F Top / Gap Jeans / Calvin Klein Shoes via TJ Maxx / Loft Necklace We certainly haven't gotten to the point of the ...