What Jeanne Wore: Sleeveless Trench and Cropped Flares

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Ann Taylor trench (similar), Banana Republic jeans (similar), J. Crew shirt (similar), Tom’s booties, Vanessa Mooney earrings, Watch via SFMOMA (similar), vintage ring (similar)

It’s a good thing I’m re-retiring since I love being creative about Casual Friday more than any other day of the week!  And I am also loving my cropped flared jeans, so here you see them with my sleeveless trench (another favorite) and lots of red touches!  We’re still talking about many of my standby brands as you can see above, but in new combinations that I think look chic and fresh!

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See another way I styled this sleeveless trench:

Fancy Skirt and Sleeveless Trench | Two Take on Style

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What Jeanne Wore: Mixed-Pattern Shirt Dress

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H&M dress (similar), vintage belt (similar), Steve Madden shoes, vintage necklaces (similar)

Be still, my heart.  This dress is THE best!  Its pattern, as you can see in these pictures, is vibrant as are the colors.  There are slits on the sides plus an opening below the buttons in the front so, even though the dress is long, it is airy and even a little sexy.  PLUS I will also wear it as a long jacket/duster and maybe even over skinny jeans.

It is a perfect example of the beautiful and inexpensive interpretations of high end fashion that H&M can do so well.  I buy maybe 3-4 things a year at H&M and I’ve learned over the years not to “leap” at something ordinary and cheap.  I wait for beauties like this!

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What Do You Wear to Bed?

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Weird topic, right?  I’m not even sure this qualifies as a fashion or style topic.  I mean, after all, do we actually go out to purchase sleepwear in today’s world?  Back in the 20th century, I used to keep my eyes open for good-looking bathrobes or matching gowns and robes but then motherhood and life took over.  I even had a few long Lanz flannel nightgowns (anyone near my age will remember those) back in the day.

But today sleepwear style has changed a lot unless one is a member of the extremely glamorous maribou-slipper set.  It’s all about pajama pants, men’s boxers, tees, and warm-as-toast fleece robes or sweatshirts! From my perspective these days, silky gowns and matching robes look anything but comfortable and warm.  Kate rolls her eyes at my leopard print fleece robe, but some things are sacred!

So what do you wear to bed?  Do you wear leftover slogan tees with your favorite boxers or are you still wearing actual nightgowns and pajamas?  Here are some cute selections I’ve spotted in recent days!

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What Jeanne Wore: Long Layers

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Adam Lippes x Target tunic (similar), Alfani vest, J. Crew pants (similar), Zara shoes (similar), J. Crew earrings (similar), old ring (similar), old bracelet (similar)

I am not normally a fan of multiple layer loose tunic-y outfits like this.  I’ve always been so conscious of the need to create a visible waistline – usually worried that otherwise I’ll look bigger than I am.  But it felt pretty good to wear this tunic and vest over flowy trousers.

This dress/tunic was part of the Adam Lippes x Target line that came out last fall.   It is beautifully made with knotted fabric buttons – and the “hand” of the fabric is very high quality. I cannot wait to now wear it as a dress!

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What Jeanne Wore: Black and Gray

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Choies vest (similar), Forever 21 top (similar), Topshop pants (similar), Zara shoes (similar), Bauble Bar earrings (similar)

Ah, my tried and true black and gray combination again!  This is another great outfit for cooler spring days – light wool vest in the morning, just the blouse in the afternoon.  I have had this Forever 21 blouse for years and it has never gone out of style and brightens up anything I pair it with – a true clothes war horse!  It is the perfect example of “low” fashion working successfully with “high” fashion.  How many of those do you have in your closet?

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Spring Style Challenge: Finding Denim Culottes

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denim culottes | Two Take on Style

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I am pretty sure I had a pair of denim culottes or gauchos when I was in my 20s.  I wasn’t much of a hippie back then, but nothing could keep me from a culotte trend.  Here I am again lusting after denim culottes once again.  I actually think that denim culottes represent a fresher and cooler way to wear denim in warmer weather; skinny jeans and boyfriend jeans can get pretty hot even if they are cropped.  But culottes are looser and much cooler as I see it.

I’ve been scoping out denim culottes for a while now and I discern a couple of style options:

  • Light or dark denim – I think I prefer the darker denim since it is more slimming and looks more sophisticated.  Lighter denim just looks like “Coachella” style to me.
  • Wide or Narrow Leg – I vote for wide leg; otherwise the culottes just look like longer jeans that have been cut to the culotte length.  The wide leg also makes one’s waist and hips look smaller – always good in my book. And, by the way, virtually all the denim culottes I’ve seen are high-waisted!
  • Finished hem or distressed hem – Here I haven’t yet decided but I might lean towards the distressed because it’s a little more trendy and looks so chic with sandal heels!
  • Jumpsuit or Pants – I have seen some very cute denim culotte jumpsuits – sort of a grown up version of denim overalls.  Throw on a tee under the jumpsuit and one looks together but not like they are trying too hard.  However the right culotte denim jumpsuits are hard to find!
  • Long or Short – No discussion here.  Culottes that end just below the knee look dated no matter what they’re made off.

Anyway, want to join me on the denim culotte bandwagon?  Here are some of my favorites!

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What Jeanne Wore: Faux Wrap Skirt

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Anthropologie skirt (similar), Banana Republic top, Sam Edelman shoes (similar), vintage pin (similar), vintage bracelet (similar), earrings via Saks Fifth Avenue (similar)

As I look ahead to my RE-retirement, I know that my opportunities to wear outfits like this are numbered.  This is a true office outfit – any of these pieces could be combined with other things to look less office-y – but worn together there is no place to go except work, right?

By the way, I looked long and hard for these very simple navy suede pumps.  It is instinctive to have a pair of navy pumps, but very hard to find a good-looking pair with a reasonable heel for a reasonable price.  I’m proud that my search was successful, but will I really ever wear these after retirement?  Believe me, I am still having a hard time buying clothes without assessing their “office” potential.

Finally, I love this faux wrap skirt.  It is surprisingly flattering and even a little sexy!

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What Jeanne Wore: Check Tunic with Leggings

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Zara tunic (similar), Asos belt (similar), Ann Taylor leggings (similar), Nina Original’s booties (similar), Alexis Bittar bracelet (similar), Kenneth Jay Lane earrings (similar)

Have I said this before?  I truly love all the long tunics/shirts out and about this year.  They can be worn buttoned up over pants, jeans, long pencil skirts or leggings or worn open like a duster over all of the above.  They’d even look good with wide, flowy pants for day or evening. I’m not sure how long they’re going to be in style, but I’ll wear mine to death as long as they are!

Here I’m wearing mine with a wide belt to give my waist some definition and I felt quite confident in this look!  Perfect for transitioning between seasons – wear another top or shirt underneath or don’t, depending on the weather.

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Spring Trends as We See Them

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Kate and I both have very nuanced views of the spring fashion trends this year – me because I am about to re-retire and Kate because she is pregnant.  But we can both still spot a few of the trends for spring and summer 2016!

I’ll start:

Embroidered/boho dresses, tops, and details:  As you already know, I was trying out this trend a few weeks ago when I was searching for an age-appropriate boho dress.  Boho details are everywhere:  in fabrics that look like my college bedspreads and fanciful embroidery and beading.  The trick here, in my opinion, is to obviously find ways to incorporate the styling so it suits each of us.  I fully embrace the details:  fabulous chandelier earrings, embroidered casual dress, maybe a bit of beading.

Wide-Legged Pants:  I used to have a number of these voluminous trousers – the last few times this style was “in”!  They are gorgeous, floaty, and make our waists look smaller.  I bought one pair for this spring and it was almost a sentimental acquisition because this is not a look I’ll be wearing much after retirement!   Well maybe if I dress up in the evening… If YOU want a pair, just remember to watch your step.  I have taken a face plant several times when my heel caught in my voluminous wide-legged pants.  Oh, and consider jeans as a way to follow this trend – high waist, wide legged jean – very chic.

Hi, it’s Kate.  To tell you the truth, I am barely paying attention to fashion this spring – unless it comes in maternity sizes and is cheap! But I see a few trends I like (that are basically standbys at this point) that have made it through my pregnancy brain.

White Sneakers:  With everything!  And since I can still rely on shoes to fit, I’ve invested in a new pair for spring. Crisp white sneaks dress down a dress, and add a preppy touch to an edgy outfit. And I can’t complain about comfortable shoes being in. If you have a pregnant friend who hasn’t adopted this trend, clue them in pronto!

Striped t-shirts:  You, me, and Audrey Hepburn.  I have a black and white striped tee that I will be wearing until my due date.  Seriously, Breton striped shirts are hot this year (as every year) and you should get at least one, if you haven’t already.  Maybe they look a little (or a lot) preppy, but they also look fresh and go with almost everything – think pattern-mixing, white jeans, layered over a button up shirt.

What spring trends are YOU watching?

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What Jeanne Wore: Burgundy Separates

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Banana Republic top (similar), Loft pants (similar), Halogen shoes (similar), Zara necklace (similar)

Although I have matchy-matchy wardrobe tendencies, I rarely wear a single color ensemble. Well, I broke that rule with this outfit! I mean, the trousers have a heathered look that appears burgundy or brown depending on the light.

I think single color ensembles only work when the same colors appear in different shadings which is why I could never wear two different navy, black or white items together – the colors are NEVER the same.  It’s like fingernails on the chalkboard for me.  Black with gray, navy with a medium blue, white with anything but another white – that works for me!  How about you?

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Wine/Burgundy/Oxblood | Two Take on Style

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