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Inspiring me lately:
I’ve had a pair of leopard loafers for a few years now and worn them on and off, but I love them paired with the oversized sweater and cuffed denim above. Get a pair of loafers from Forever 21 for just under $20 or on sale from Nine West for about $50. This sweater ($51) is perfect. These Gap boyfriend jeans (on sale for $28) look similar too. 
Sneakers in shades of gray are more fun than black or white but are less flashy/athletic than silver. These ($84) from New Balance are nice. I like these from Diadora too ($109). These Nikes are similar ($121). 
D’Orsay flats can be tricky to wear for long periods of walking (my feet are pretty narrow and they can sometimes start to slip). That’s why I’m on the lookout for a pair with an ankle strap. Forever 21 has a budget-friendly pair for just $23. The ones above, from Madewell, are $85. This nude pair from Saks is on sale for $60 (from $125). I love Dolce Vita’s version too and I’ve had great luck with their shoes in the past ($51 from $129).
I’ve loved wearing my white jeans so much this past month. The newer pairs I got from Old Navy (this pair for $25, this pair for about $32) are great. I think white jeans with a gray top is one of the best possible outfits. Rag & Bone’s boyfriend tee on sale for $56 (from $80) looks like it will work perfectly. I got a FANTASTIC slouchy gray tee from Target recently too. The scoop tee in gray ($12) is darker than the gray in the photo, but for $12? Good enough. 
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Inspiring me lately:

  • I’ve had a pair of leopard loafers for a few years now and worn them on and off, but I love them paired with the oversized sweater and cuffed denim above. Get a pair of loafers from Forever 21 for just under $20 or on sale from Nine West for about $50. This sweater ($51) is perfect. These Gap boyfriend jeans (on sale for $28) look similar too. 
  • Sneakers in shades of gray are more fun than black or white but are less flashy/athletic than silver. These ($84) from New Balance are nice. I like these from Diadora too ($109). These Nikes are similar ($121). 
  • D’Orsay flats can be tricky to wear for long periods of walking (my feet are pretty narrow and they can sometimes start to slip). That’s why I’m on the lookout for a pair with an ankle strap. Forever 21 has a budget-friendly pair for just $23. The ones above, from Madewell, are $85. This nude pair from Saks is on sale for $60 (from $125). I love Dolce Vita’s version too and I’ve had great luck with their shoes in the past ($51 from $129).
  • I’ve loved wearing my white jeans so much this past month. The newer pairs I got from Old Navy (this pair for $25, this pair for about $32) are great. I think white jeans with a gray top is one of the best possible outfits. Rag & Bone’s boyfriend tee on sale for $56 (from $80) looks like it will work perfectly. I got a FANTASTIC slouchy gray tee from Target recently too. The scoop tee in gray ($12) is darker than the gray in the photo, but for $12? Good enough. 

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Hi Jaclyn, I'm a long time follower and always appreciate your responses to your reader's questions. I'm wondering if you could do a post about bras. I've been loving all of the summer dress and tank options you've been posting lately, particularly those with delicate straps and/or low backs, but for many of these, regular bras, strapless bras, or even racer back bras just aren't going to work. It's rare that I see someone looking cute with visible bra straps. What are people wearing??

- Asked by thisallofthis

I got a few questions similar to this yesterday (probably sparked from posting this dress). This is such a tricky topic to make recommendations for because bras are so dependent on personal preferences and bust size. I did this post last year about the style of bra that might work with various tops/dresses and it might be a good place for you to start. 

Here are a few additional tips:

I hope this helps! I know it’s annoying. I usually end up wearing sports or bandeau bras with open back or low back jersey tops or dresses. I’ve used adhesive bras before and they worked well for me, but I have a small bust and don’t need a lot of support. I have a few of the newer longline/corset style bras and wore them with a low back tank recently and liked the look. Try and a few different things and see what works for you and what doesn’t. Most stores have good return policies for bras so take advantage of it! :) 

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J.Crew Factory has a 50% off everything sale going on today. There’s not a ton that caught my eye, but these double-serge cotton pencil skirts ($37.50 from $75) are perfect for summer work wardrobes. They’re also available in black and red.

P.S. This weekend tote with gold stripes is adorable too. It’s $34 from $68. 

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This sluggy maxi dress from ASOS ($47) is too short for me, so please buy it and let me know how wonderful it is. :(

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This is $10 from H&M, so if you’ve been wanting to try a romper, this is a good one to start with. They have it in a dark gray and the overall style is very similar to one I own and wear often during the summer. They’re great for poolside/beach cover-ups and look cute with a hat, light scarf, sandals. 

This is $10 from H&M, so if you’ve been wanting to try a romper, this is a good one to start with. They have it in a dark gray and the overall style is very similar to one I own and wear often during the summer. They’re great for poolside/beach cover-ups and look cute with a hat, light scarf, sandals. 

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This chambray shift dress from ZARA ($60) is so good (especially if you wear it with leather sandals like this). 

This chambray shift dress from ZARA ($60) is so good (especially if you wear it with leather sandals like this). 

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Hi Jaclyn! I loved your recent maxi dress post for tall women (I'm 5'10" and struggle with this and other hem issues a ton). I'm wondering if you have any recommendations for colorful maxi dresses or skirts. I'm going wine tasting in Napa for my birthday and am looking for something appropriate, fun, affordable (under $100) and most importantly long.

- Asked by jeanbean

Sure! 

Let’s start with maxi dresses:

Now for maxi skirts! Not as many great color/print options, but still some good stuff here:

Good luck and have fun in Napa! That sounds like a great birthday. :) 

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These adidas by Stella McCartney ballet flats ($110 for pink, navy) are the perfect post-gym shoes. They’re moisture wicking too, so might be a good choice for summer commuting. Take 25% off with code INTHEFAMILY14.

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Hi Jaclyn! I love your blog and have been following you for a while but have never asked you a question. Anyway, I was wondering if you had any advice for one-piece swimsuits that don't look frumpy and also don't have ridiculous cut outs. I have very fair skin so I'm looking for something that is practical, cute, and reasonably priced (under $100). Thanks!

- Asked by gitupgitdown

I’ve got great suggestions for you, but they’re definitely on the high end of your budget (and a little bit over in a few cases :/). 

J.Crew’s ruched underwire suit ($110) and striped underwire suit ($115) are amazing. They are so flattering, can be worn strapless or with straps and the underwire offers some extra support. The ruched one is slimming—the ruching helps define the waist. The stripes are great for distracting from trouble spots. I’m a big fan of the looks of this wrap tank suit too ($98). I like the deep v-neck. 

If the prices make you cringe, keep an eye on their website. They offer swim sales pretty regularly through the summer. I bought both last summer at steep discounts and they are my favorite swimsuits. I can’t wait to wear them this year! 

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Hey Jaclyn! I'm a such a big fan of your blog and I have a question for you! I'll be working at a PR firm over the summer, and I'm pretty much working from the ground up in starting a work wear wardrobe that is summer appropriate. The dress code is conservative with very casual fridays. I'm 20, so I'm always walking the thin line of dressing too young or looking like I'm going for something too mature. Do you have any ideas? Thanks so much! :)

- Asked by radmadical

Hey! I definitely get your dilemma. I think your best bet (especially considering you’ll be working over the summer) is to focus on basic, well-tailored shift dresses that are appropriate for a conservative office. You can wear a blazer/sweater over them at work (or just do what I used to do—keep a few neutral cardigans and a black jacket in an office closet) and a dress will be cool and comfortable for commuting or going out after work. 

  • Get a few shift dresses in neutral colors. This sleeveless black dress from H&M is just $35. Pair it with a black blazer and simple pumps. This crepe dress is $35—love the sleeves. I love this J.Crew Factory sleeveless ruched dress ($49.50). The bright colors are pretty, but go safe with the navy or black. This striped dress is $82, but strikes the perfect balance between fun and conservative. For days when you might have clients visiting the office, try this peplum dress ($69). 
  • LOFT is a great spot for you to pick up work separates or dresses since they run sales all the time. Look for things you might be able to integrate to your everyday wardrobe. This crepe open jacket ($98, 40% off with code 4PEEPS) is the perfect layer for dresses or blouses, but you can wear it on the weekend with a basic tee, jeans and flats too. I am in love with this ivory textured jacket too ($98, 40% off with code 4PEEPS).
  • For inexpensive work skirts, check at Target. This jacquard black skirt is great ($28). For a basic twill pencil skirt, you can’t do better than this one for $23
  • Use your accessories to keep your look younger and more modern. A lightweight scarf in the office looks nice (and can help keep you warm if the office has overactive A/C). Doublecheck the office policy on shoes. Some conservative offices frown upon open-toed shoes. If they do allow toe action, a pair of mid-height wedges is nice for summer ($90 from Nine West). Watch out for shoes with heels above 3” and make sure you take a pair of comfortable flats along with you. If you’re interning (I’m not sure if you are!), you may have to run a lot of errands and doing that in heels is zero fun. ZERO fun. Be prepared! Anyway, try ZARA for affordable heels that aren’t too high—like these slingback kitten heels ($60) or these medium heel court shoes ($60). Jewelry is another way to add a bit of individuality to your outfit, but don’t go too crazy. I’m not generally a big fan of statement necklaces or big earrings at work (they look too youthful), but be creative with bracelets. This cuff from Baublebar ($38) would look great with a white buttondown blouse and a pencil skirt. This one ($28) is pretty too. 

I hope this gives you a place to start looking! Have fun and good luck! You’ll do great. 

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