common threads challenge: week 3

I’ve got another round of outfits from the Common Threads Challenge to share with you today! The further along we get in this challenge, the more I’m relying on Pinterest and other bloggers for styling ideas–my own creativity is just about tapped out at this point. But I’m actually enjoying looking to others for inspiration!

Monday: black knit blazer

Chilly fall temperatures arrived rather abruptly last week, so I struggled a bit with how to wear this blazer. It was a typical fall day in that it started out in the 40s, but was in the mid-70s by the afternoon, so I decided that a thick knit dress with knee-high boots was a good compromise between the two temperature extremes. It’s difficult to see, but I also added my elephant necklace for fun. (You can see a closer picture of the necklace in this post).

black knit blazer: Caslon, similar // striped sweatshirt dress: Merona, similar // cognac knee-high boots: Timberland, similar // gold elephant necklace: Ann Taylor, similar

Tuesday: cognac booties

I actually stole the outfit for this idea from Alex–I loved how the navy gingham, olive, and white denim looked together, so I pretty much copied the look exactly. I hope she doesn’t mind 😉 I liked the way this outfit turned out, and it makes me want to incorporate white jeans into more of my outfits this winter.

navy gingham shirt: J.Crew Factory, almost exact // olive utility jacket: Old Navy, exact // white skinny jeans: Loft, similar // cognac booties: Jessica Simpson, almost exact

Wednesday: olive tee

I’ll be real here and say this is my least favorite outfit of the week. I didn’t have a whole lot of time to devote to planning this outfit (or photographing it…) due to a sick toddler and a gynecologist appointment I really didn’t want to skip. The cardigan has more of a burgundy hue to it than these pictures suggest (this seems to be a recurring problem with my camera). The cardigan is also just not in good shape and shorter than I prefer…so it might be destined for the donate pile.

burgundy open front cardigan: Merona, similar // olive tee: Banana Republic Factory, exact // skinny jeans: BP, similar // taupe booties: Dolce Vita, exact

Thursday: burgundy skirt

For this outfit, I turned to Pinterest for a little guidance. I found this pin, and I liked the look of black heels with the blue shirt and burgundy pants. I tried out the color combination myself, and I think it works! I went full-on preppy with some pearl earrings and my Kate Spade watch.

blue button-up shirt: Lands’ End, exact // burgundy skirt: Loft, similar // black wedges: Jessica Simpson, exact // pearl stud earrings: gift, similar // black leather strap watch: Kate Spade, exact // gray tortoise sunglasses: Warby Parker Banks, similar

Friday: chambray shirt

I decided to get a bit more creative with how I wore my chambray shirt this week by layering it under another tee. It’s hard to go wrong with stripes, right?

striped boatneck tee: Merona, similar // chambray shirt: J.Crew, exact // black skinny jeans: Loft, similar // cognac suede wedge booties: White Mountain, almost exact // gold locket necklace: J.Crew, similar


So, I think I’ve reached the sweet spot of the challenge–the point when I’ve exhausted my “standard” combinations and start trying new things. It’s at this point that I start to realize the versatility of each item in my closet. Here’s hoping the trend continues for these last few days of the CTC!

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the shirt for all seasons

Although nothing can ever compare to my beloved stripes, gingham is a close second in my eyes when it comes to favorite patterns. I have owned several gingham shirts over the years, but this navy one probably gets the most love–check it out here, here, here, and here.

If you clicked through those posts, you’ll notice that I wear this thing year-round–it’s great for layering in the cooler months, and it’s lightweight enough for 95-degree days like this one. Maybe someday it will be cool enough to wear it with jeans again…is it fall yet?

navy gingham button-up: J.Crew Factory, very similar, similar // navy skirt: J.Crew Factory,  similar, similar // tan belt: Merona, similar, similar // tan leather flats: Dr. Scholl’s, exact, similar

on buying multiples

DSC_7977It seems as though it might be a bit taboo in blog-land to admit this, but here goes: I like to buy multiples. When I find an item of clothing that fits me well, I tend to buy a few of them (once the price is right, of course!). Loft’s modern skinny jeans, Banana Republic’s Luxe tees, and, most pertinent to this post, J.Crew’s schoolboy blazers are just a few examples.

DSC_7923I had some extra cash in my PayPal account from eBay sales this month, and I decided to spend it on a new camel blazer. My orangey-red blazer is J.Crew’s schoolboy cut, and it seems to fit me quite well. I scoured eBay until I found a camel version in my size and in excellent condition…and for a fraction of the $200 retail price! I really like its warmer camel color compared to my old one, and I feel like it will last for years to come.

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camel blazer: J.Crew, similar, similar // navy gingham button-up: J.Crew Factory, exact, similar // boyfriend jeans: Loft, similar, similar // navy pumps: Frye, similar, similar // gold watch: Fossil, exact, similar, similar, similar // pearl stud earrings: gift, similar, similar

it still fits…sorta

DSC_4274My navy gingham shirt is one of my favorite items in my closet, so I’m trying my hardest to make it work during pregnancy. Let the record show that I could still button it all the way down at 26 weeks pregnant…but not comfortably. I ended up layering a cami underneath and unbuttoning a few buttons to let the bump breathe a little 🙂

DSC_4268I also decided to bring my red crossbody bag out again for a trip to the grocery store. It’s much easier to carry than my usual stuffed-to-the-brim work bag!

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navy gingham button-up shirt: J.Crew Factory, exact, similar, similar // skinny jeans: A Pea in the Pod, similar, non-maternity // cognac wedges: Jessica Simpson via 6pm, exact, similar // red crossbody bag: Gap, exact, similar // gold watch: Fossil via Belk, exact, similar

^Taken at 26 weeks

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