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Adventures in Jumpsuits

IMG_9585As you may have noticed (by my Instagram) I’ve gone a little jumpsuit crazy this summer. The thing is, I feel awesome in them. I feel like a Charlie’s Angels Super Woman combo in a good, grown up way — it’s so fun to head out for the evening feeling like a fashionable bad ass!

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Of course not everyone is on board with this latest fashion trend. My husband thinks they’re awful as do many of the men I’ve unofficially polled. I went to a museum opening last week — my friend Jennie’s (also in a jumpsuit!) amazing work was included in the Amy Winehouse exhibit — and I was feeling pretty chic and cool until this older man standing next to me asked if I had been in the army. And then he followed that up by telling me I looked like I could do some manual labor or work on a kibbutz!!! Thanks buddy… so yeah, the jumpsuit is apparently controversial. They’ve been out of style for so long and it’s easy to remember our mothers or tv sitcoms or exceptionally dorky people wearing them in the past. Where do you stand? Action hero wardrobe? Or Fashion Victim?

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I wasn’t planning to become a jumpsuit fanatic until I saw this spotted version at Hatch and I simply couldn’t resist. I mean it’s adorable right? Since I am not pregnant it fits loosely — a comfortable, beachy summer look. From there I noticed this green Topshop on Wearing It Today (it’s become one of my favorite blogs). I loved how Laura was wearing this sexy, laid back jumpsuit with heels — perfect for semi-casual evenings out to dinner or drinks with friends. It was one of those things that I was surprised to find fit as well as it did and I’ve gotten nothing but compliments on it… from women. Umm… girls just wanna have fun?

For those ready to “jump in,” the following seem like good starting points.

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This J.Crew option is simple and sophisticated, especially in black.

COS black silk jumpsuit — lovely with heels but great with flats too. I might have to add this classic to my collection.

Another cute print from Hatch thats begging to go on a tropical vacation (and it’s on sale).

If you still think I’m crazy (I’m not offended, you’re in good company), I urge you to consider the beach romper, gateway drug of jumpsuits. This is actually how it all started for me. A few years ago when I had a newborn baby and a post baby body, I tried a couple of rompers for an upcoming beach vacation figuring that while the swimsuit situation was a lost cause, at least my cover ups could be cute. And I fell in love. Not only are rompers comfortable and great for chasing kids, they’re easier to throw on than shorts and a t-shirt and they’re actually very flattering. They’re breezy and floaty, they don’t cling around the middle too much, those flow-y shorts make your legs look a little skinnier. Seriously, I think you should try it. Here are a few of my favorites for throwing on over your swimsuit:

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Joie cargo romper – the extra coverage means you could stroll into town for an ice cream cone. A sweeter version too.

This Splendid one piece has a pretty beachy print. This one too.

Three Dots black jersey couldn’t be easier.

(If you noticed that these are all from Shopbop, that’s because they had the broadest selection. Topshop, Nordstrom, and JCrew (this one!) are all worth a look too).

No way? My final word of advice – fake it. My cousin Katie was wearing black shorts and a black top last weekend and I thought for sure it was a one piece. It looked great together, fit her perfectly since she’d bought each piece separately, and she never has to worry about the investment since each can be worn independently. The easiest way to find a combo is to buy a top and bottom together — I love how Hatch paired a matching tank and short for a romper look (the dotty one!).

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High-waisted Heaven

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Despite sleeping through the night (thank you boys!) for the first time in days (weeks?) I’m exhausted today. I reached for my new(ish) high-waisted jeans. Heaven. They come up to my belly button and have a ton of stretch. Comfortable and pulled together — literally!

Yeah, yeah, you’re saying a high waist doesn’t look good on you. Fine, agreed, the look doesn’t work for everyone’s figure but there’s no mandate saying you have to tuck your shirt in if you get a pair. Wear ’em with a tunic if you want. The right pair is worth it for the tummy support in my opinion.

The remainder of my look is a my trusty jean jacket, my topsiders, a way cooler than me concert tee, and an old scarf. All that dark, rocker chick clothing was too much for me and I had to throw on some color. I love that women are wearing their scarves long and loose this season simply because it’s easy. No fussing with wraps and knots, never too stuffy on milder days.

jacket: Madewell (similar), Tee: Shovels and Rope, Jeans: J.Crew, Scarf: vintage De Clercq

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Sweat Style {Part 2: Like a Sweater}

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Got a new sweatshirt yet? Before I keep going with this whole sweats trend thing, let me go on record by saying it’s perfectly cool to just wear your sweatshirt with jeans or whatever. Some days it’s best to keep things simple right?

Part two here is pretty simple as well. Imagine your sweatshirt is a sweater. Get dressed accordingly. My favorite is the button down under the sweatshirt. It just looks fresh and elevates the sweatshirt a bit while still keeping things casual.

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I mean how cute is this Spanish blogger in her quilted sweatshirt?

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This image has been all over my Pinterest feed. A simple black gingham shirt is on my wish list but any printed shirt (stripe, floral, plaid, polka!) as long as the sweatshirt on top doesn’t get too busy.

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Along the lines of Part 1, a skirt is a great option and some combinations might even be office worthy. I think a plain sweatshirt would look super cute with a big necklace. Maybe some heels with that for a night out? This image is J.Crew.

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The print mix here makes this ensemble particularly adorable but any sweatshirt would look great under a blazer. A cozy fall look with boots and a scarf too.

As we really start to get into fall (at least according to the calendar — we’ve had a heat wave this weekend in San Francisco!), I’ve noticed lots of cute new arrivals in the sweatshirt department. Like this one. Also, apparently, Meryl Streep wore a sweatshirt to a red carpet event. So we’re really on to something here!

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Sweat Style {Part 1: Skirts}

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This is the season of the sweatshirt. And the sweatpants. Hooray! No, wait — stop — I need to clarify, this is not permission to pull out your sweatpants from college (no, of course you don’t still have those. neither do i…) and start strutting around. Like so many fashion trends, sweats are back but they’re a little different. The trend is very much about the simple crew neck sweatshirt in gray. Check out any store and you will see that Rocky staple for sale. It’s a great choice, despite the trendiness, as it’s classic and versatile. Sometimes it’s best to stick with the real deal. There are also great graphic choices – varsity letters, all over prints, florals, quilting, etc.

Mama Bear: maisonwares | Grey Side Zip: J.Crew | Quilted Sleeve: Joe Fresh

Floral: Boden | Cropped Quilted: Madewell | Hearts: J.Crew

Regardless it’s all about how you wear them which is nice as perhaps you can still wear your old standbys. The look is about balance. A little sweat mixed with something unexpected and more “formal.” Maybe you skip the sneakers and opt for oxfords or pointy toe flats. Maybe you wear a button down shirt instead of a tee. Maybe you even go for a skirt and heels.

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I love this look from Atlantic Pacific — she made that wonderfully ridiculous Poodle sweatshirt look so adorable! Last week, I spotted a woman in my neighborhood wearing a sweatshirt with a flirty floral skirt and it was such a cute combination — a great translation of Bee’s look that’s more practical for a busy mom. You could wear it to the playground with sneakers (hi-tops perhaps?), polish it up with tights and boots, or even wear it to a casual office with a pencil skirt and pumps.

Here’s my take on the look — dressed down and up:

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Sweatshirt: H&M, Skirt: Boden, Boots: Sam Edelman

Sweatshirt: Hanna Anderson, Skirt: Boden, Heels: J.Crew

A few more tips…

The sweatshirts at Everlane are really simple and clean – perfect for dressing up.

Modcloth had a lot of fun/funny sweatshirts (I love this one) and Etsy is full of unique, artsy options too.

Finally, I love this look from Hanna Andersen. Who doesn’t want to look like that?

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First Day Of Preschool

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First Day! Officially today was visit day so we got to go with Houlton to meet his teachers, classmates, and their parents. I’m so excited that he’s starting school and a bit nostalgic too. My little boy!

Houlton picked his outfit (so much for a cute preppy button down). I wasn’t sure what to wear. I mean, I’m a grown up now right? I tried to look a little polished while still being preschool appropriate.

Shirt: J.Crew, Jeans: old J.Crew (similar), Scarf: LemLem (similar), Shoes: Loeffler Randall* (here, here, here)

*The shoes are a big coup. These are the pair I lusted after this spring/summer. I love snakeskin – it’s such a fun neutral and this white version was a bit 80s (love) and would look good with all the denim and chambray I’ve been wearing. I just found them on Amazon at 70%. How random is that? Just one pair, just my size. My shopping tip: when you love a specific style, look for it by name on shopstyle.com or just google the name – in this case Loeffler Randall Milla.

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