Posts tagged with ‘fashion’

couth asked: I'm looking for the perfect white button-down...loose-fitting, not too sheer, nice quality. Any ideas?

I think Everlane is a good start. Their long-sleeve poplin blouse ($55) is a shorter, boxier fit. The Box Shirt ($55) has a more masculine cut (this is the one I’d choose). If you want something semi-sheer (but not TOO sheer, as you said), the Cotton Lawn top ($58) is a good option. Another idea? Buy the Slim Fit Oxford from the men’s section. Men’s oxfords are usually cut longer, which I like. Returns are $5 and exchanges are free, so you can get a couple and exchange them for other styles if they don’t suit you. 

If you’re looking for a button-down to wear primarily to work, it’s worth investing in a higher quality shirt. Brooks Brothers has many styles (french cuff, tailored fit, classic fit, etc.) with price points ranging from $98 to about $150. The Thomas Mason for J.Crew Boy Shirt ($148) is also getting good reviews. If that price isn’t happening, their Stretch Perfect Shirt ($72) might do the job. J.Crew Factory’s dupe is just $32.50. 

For more casual options, check out LOFT’s Boyfriend Softened Shirt ($54, 40% off at checkout) or Caslon’s cotton blend shirt ($58). This Caslon one is marked down to $34. Madewell has an oversized one for $75. 

ultreyamama asked: I am hunting for a vibrant yellow cardigan to match with brown riding boot casual outfits this fall. I like the modcloth charter school cardigan but I am 5'11 and don't think the 3/4 sleeves will work well on me. Any other ideas? Thanks!!

I love this chartreuse shawl collar cardigan ($89) from Jones New York. The toggles! 

Another good option (that’s on sale) is this peplum cardigan from Anthropologie. It’s marked down to $50 (from $88).

You could always go with the bright yellow Jackie cardigan from J.Crew ($65)—though it has “bracelet” length sleeves, so steer clear if you want something that has long sleeves. 

If you’re okay with a more mustard yellow, LOFT has a basic cardigan for $49.50. ASOS has a longer mustard cardigan for $47. 

I love the yellow/white colorblock on this Magaschoni cardigan on Gilt ($49). 

Elie Tahari for Kohl’s

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Honestly, I don’t shop at Kohl’s so I was hesitant about doing this post. It’s not that I don’t like it. I just don’t have an opinion because I actually forget about it. (I used to get Soffe shorts there—miss you Soffe shorts—in high school and college but that is about the extent of my Kohl’s shopping.) 

Anyway, Elie Tahari recently released a collection for Kohl’s. It’s hard to get a good feel for the products based on the photos on Kohl’s website and I was wary because designer collaborations for lower-end retailers have left a bad taste in mouth over the past few years. I think Target’s collaborations used to be higher quality—or at least the items were priced at a level that made sense given the quality. With all that in mind, I decided to visit Kohl’s to try on what I could from the Elie Tahari collection to give you an idea of whether it’s worth your time. 

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The first thing I tried on was this Ribbed Funnel Neck Sweater ($48 from $64, also available in cream and gray). I really loved this. The fabric was substantial and soft and the style is on-trend for fall. I wore this with the Scuba Mesh Leggings ($37.50 from $50). These were the only pants left in my size so I’m wearing them in all the photos. I really wanted to try these sweatpants ($37) too but oh well! The Scuba Mesh Leggings are available in longs on the website—you can see here that the regular length is a tad short for me, though I like when pants hit me right at or above the ankle. I think it’s flattering with flats. These were very comfortable. They are thick and opaque with a flattering midrise. 

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This NYC sweater ($45 from $60) got some attention when Kate Bosworth and Ashley Tisdale wore it. It’s cute—I like the slouchy fit—but it’s overpriced. 

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I was most curious about the faux suede Motorcycle Jacket ($75 from $100). It’s also available in cream. If Kohl’s is charging $100 for a faux suede jacket, it better be good. It’s pretty good. The faux suede is nice enough to fool someone. It wasn’t a great fit on me (the sleeves were too short) and I wish they’d had the cream one in-store. I would have loved to see that one on. 

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The Ombre Convertible Cardigan ($66 from $88) is interesting. I loved the fabric. Even though it’s acrylic, it felt like wool or a wool-blend. If you’re allergic to wool, this is a great sweater option for you. The detachable scarf is fun. 

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This is the Textured Cardigan Sweater ($66 from $88). This entire outfit would be perfect for a casual workplace (I’m also wearing the Draped Mixed Media Top, $36, below). Again, I found the quality of this sweater to be very good. 

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The Draped Mixed Media Top ($36 from $48) was my favorite piece. It’s available in black, blue/black, cream/white and gray/black. The soft jersey sleeves are cut very long which is always a happy surprise for me. The back has a slight drape to it. One annoyance: the chiffon/charmeuse combination is ripe for wrinkling (as you can see). Still, this would be great for a business casual wardrobe (ponte pants + jacket + pumps) or for the weekend (black ripped jeans + sneakers). 

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This Chenille Sheath Dress ($58 from $78) is pretty but the print is a bit too fussy for my taste. With the right accessories, though, this could be really chic. I think it would look good with a sleek ponytail, black tights, wedge boots and a trench for winter. I was a fan of the longer hemline. It didn’t quite reach my knees, but still—sweater dresses are usually mini dresses on me. 

To sum it up: I really liked it. I was surprised by the fabric quality and the versatility of the clothes. I didn’t buy anything, but I’m considering it—especially the draped mixed media top and the funnel neck sweater (I love turtlenecks). I think Kohl’s clothing really needs to be tried on—I would never have considered some of these items if I went by their website product photos. The photos appear blurry unless you enlarge them and they don’t show some of the crucial angles of the clothing (one sweater has a pleated back but the only photo is head on). Anyway, I’m going to be more mindful about thinking about Kohl’s as an affordable clothing source. If you need inexpensive business casual separates, you should definitely give it a look. 

To see the full collection, click here. Get an additional 15% off your purchase today with code SEPTYES15. I wore size S in each item shown. 

This post was sponsored by ShopStyle in collaboration with Kohl’s, but the items included are things that I independently chose based on my personal preferences. I did not receive any clothing, gift cards, etc., in exchange for this post. 

Very excellent sweater options from J.Crew Factory (especially bottom left).

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This turtleneck tunic from Gap ($65) looks perfect. Take 40% off with code SHOP

Last Call marked down this Line cardigan to about $83 (using promo code EXTRA40) from $199. 

I love this collarless faux leather sleeve blazer from LOFT. It’s available in regular and tall sizes. It’s $128. 

I love this collarless faux leather sleeve blazer from LOFT. It’s available in regular and tall sizes. It’s $128. 

keeliraye asked: Hi Jaclyn! While I really want to be online booking a trip to the islands for the upcoming winter, I really need to be looking for a pair of boots. The weather man says this is supposed to be the worst winter in history, and on top of hating winter--I have perpetually cold feet. Can you help me find something stylish? And versatile? I like the look of Sorel, but don't know if I really want to be stuck with the snow boot look all winter? Thanks in advance!

If you like Sorel, Sorel’s Slimboot ($180) is an EXCELLENT option for you. It’s much more sleek than their other styles and still features a waterproof shell, knit lining and a rubber tread. Sorel’s Toronto boot is nice too ($180). It has a small wedge heel. Also check out these two pairs: the Conquest ($220) and the Winter Fancy Tall II ($190). The Conquest almost looks like a moto boot. But, like you said, there’s really no mistaking these for anything but snow boots. 

For a more disguised (but still practical) style, there are several options at different price points. They trend pricier. Anyway, ECCO’s tall boot ($210) is nice. It has a warm lining with GORE-TEX construction to help keep your feet dry. I’m a huge fan of Remonte Dorndoff’s leather tall boots ($120). They have a wool lining and a thick treaded sole. Eric Michael’s boots ($210) have a shearling lining. 

SoftWalk’s moto-inspired tall boot ($225) has a high-tech, comfy inner sole, a thick tread and is designed to be pretty rugged weather-wise. If you are going to be walking a lot, these are a good choice. KEEN’s riding boot (about $180) is waterproof. If you want something with a more hardcore tread that’s also less expensive, Tundra’s Bryn boot ($80) is waterproof with a warm lining. Last, North Face’s lace-up Bridgeton boot is waterproof, lined with PrimaLoft insulation and has a rubber outsole designed for winter walking. They’re $175. North Face’s regular Bridgeton boot ($190) is more of a riding boot style with the same weather-proof credentials as the lace-up version. It’s also available in brown. If you can find your size, 6PM has a North Face style from last year marked down to $85 (from $185).  

GapFit’s full-zip jackets are GREAT. They are hardly ever marked down but the one above is now $46 (from $65). I wear mine all the time in the fall/winter. Oh, and get an extra 30% off with code HAPPY. 

GapFit’s full-zip jackets are GREAT. They are hardly ever marked down but the one above is now $46 (from $65). I wear mine all the time in the fall/winter. Oh, and get an extra 30% off with code HAPPY

Everlane’s new silk pocket top ($85) looks awesome. It’s also over $100 cheaper than Equipment’s silk pocket blouse. 

Everlane’s new silk pocket top ($85) looks awesome. It’s also over $100 cheaper than Equipment’s silk pocket blouse.