On a business trip to Seattle, so I’m looking forward to four hours on a plane, followed by a long day of meetings and a dinner. This calls for an outfit that holds up to a nearly 20 hour day.
I paired an Ulla Popken black and white houndstooth tunic in size 20/22 ($59) with black leggings. I am happy to report I looked as crisp and pulled together at 10pm on the West Coast as I did at 5 am in Dallas. This is an excellent well-made piece, the venting on the side seams eases it thru the hips and makes it very comfortable.
I paired this with a Betsy Johnson quilted patent bag I picked up at TJMaxx for $39, which is also great for travel, as I was able to toss my iPad it in!
For accessories, I went with a long black glass and faux pearl necklace and a stack of blue/black/white bangles from Chico’s for a small pop of color. If I was wearing this at home, I may have opted for bolder accessories (like Red), but when travelling I try and keep to a single color scheme to reduce what I need to pack.
I wore a pair of Privo suede booties I have had for years. I have worn these relentlessly every winter for years, and they still look pretty good. This is an item I wish I had purchased every color and a backup pair for when they wore out!
I love the rich colors in this shirred scoopneck top from Multiples, (Dillards, 2X, $49) blue, brown, green and subtle peacock pattern. It’s sold out online, but I saw mine at Dillards the other day. Online they carry the same top in Cobalt, and you can really see the pintucked detail. This top is soft and comfy and would be excellent for travel.
I paired the top with chocolate Bandolino “Mandie”Jeans in Pumpernickle from Belks, in a 22, $39, but this would look excellent with a dark hunter green, dark blue jean or legging.
I wore them with a J-41 chocolate “Brooke” shoe from Sierra Trading Post. $60
Since the top was so vibrant, I chose to keep accessories to a minimum, but looking at the photo, perhaps a simple necklace was in order. I carried a Brahmin Vivian Colorblock tote in Moss $295. (Note from Rebecca: If that tote were green and purple instead of green and teal I would be on a plane to steal it from you!)
Cool, rainy day and lunch with the in-laws. I pulled together a navy, camel, grey and white cardi from Carole Little in 3X that I found this summer at TJMaxx, and a grey tank from Walmart. Added a pair of dark wash straight leg jeans from Cato ($24).
Having a large collection of tanks/tees in every color is an important part of my dressing strategy. If I see a color I might wear, I always grab it; tanks last a long time and colors/shades go in and out. I was actually shocked that I didn’t have a grey tank anywhere; I had to borrow one from my sister. In this case I picked up the cardi because it goes extremely well with a faux suede skirt I have in camel and I knew the cardi would extend the skirt’s wearing season. I never considered what I would wear UNDER it.
I also have a large collection of nice lace trimmed tanks you find everywhere, like Lane Bryant. They are perfect for travel, they take up little space in luggage and can double as a flirty lingerie top with cute undies if the need arises.
Just researching for this posting, I already “need” the dark purple python tank $25. LB tanks tend to go on sale often, so I always troll the store to pick up colors I don’t have when they are around $10. (R: “Need” might be a BIT strong when it comes to purple python 🙂 )
The shoes, believe it or not came from Payless at least 10 years ago. They are comfy, supportive, and a faux chocolate croc that is perfect for a casual rainy day.
Heading to a “Welcome to Texas” BBQ. Time to break out one of my favorites, a navy Reba poncho top (Dillards, $88) with some rhinestone fleur-de-lis bling on the front and sides.
I really like some of the pieces in Reba collection from Dillards. While the navy poncho appears to be sold out online, she does have it also in reddish orange… This top would be a contender except I’m so over the sublimation trend. (Note from Rebecca: Me too. In fact, I never really liked it in the first place. It needs to go now.)
I wore a black smoothing tank from Catherines. (Serenada Shaping Camisole, size 44) I have a couple of these in both black and nude… the base of the cami has a grippy surface that keeps it tucked in there.
I paired the top with medium wash bootcut jeans I got for Christmas and black cowboy boots (Ariat, Dixie, $179)
I added some fleur-de-lis earrings from Sam Moon, and a diamond and sapphire ring from a local jeweler.
Been working very long days/nights lately, and getting up is hard. Working from home, it’s so tempting to either show up in jammies or toss on yoga pants and a tee. On a normal day where I’m full of energy, I can do that. However, I have learned that if you are really dragging then you need to take a shower, do your hair, and put on something great. Honestly I’m still waiting for the effects of that effort to materialize, but on to the outfit.
I paired some dark wash Jessica Simpson skinny jeans from TJMaxx ($20) with a basic Chico’s tank ($19), a tiered flowy jacket in watermelon that I scored at Marshalls ($15) and a scarf from Chicos ($39) in taupe/white/cream and watermelon.
I know: I gasped at the price of the scarf when I bought it, but it’s a great example of how accessories make the outfit as well as provide some additional benefits. Being over-blessed in the boobage department and having a short neck coupled with white tank is just a magnet for spilling something onto the tank. I can just retie the scarf to cover up any damage and not feel like a slob the rest of the day.
(Note from Rebecca: I never wear scarves, but this is a really good case for them. I personally worry that they just add more weight where I don’t need it, but as a member of the “must always have a Tide Pen in her purse for when (not if) she spills something on her chest” club, this does present another possibility.)
The purse is a member of my Brahmin collection, A Tri-Color Lisa Dome Satchel in Prosecco, ($325) from Dillards; a color which appears to be sold out online, but available on eBay.
Shoes are taupe Delta Jellypop’s I found on clearance at DSW for $24.
Bracelet leather and silver in a soft chocolate brown from Lucky Brand from Belks.