We’re starting a new series called “What We Want Wednesday“, to share with you guys the items we’ve got our eye on and the thought process behind whether to press the “BUY” button!
Kate says: What I’ve been thinking about buying lately is a suede skirt. The first challenge will be finding one that looks decent but is affordable. Here are some options I’m looking at:
The other challenge? How to style it without looking straight out of the 70s. 70s style may be in this spring… but it’s really not for me. So I think I’d keep it simple with solid, modern tops like seen here:
So the verdict? I think I’ll wait. I haven’t quite found a skirt long enough for work (like the pencil version above) — and honestly, it just doesn’t make sense for me to invest in something I can’t wear to work. So I’ll keep my eye out for a longer A-line or pencil skirt.
Jeanne says: Ah, a little suede skirt; I had one in a peach color in college (sigh). What I want today is a white shirtdress. In fact, I bought one at Gap at the end of last summer and I couldn’t convince myself to keep it. So now my desire is even more intense. The trick is to find one that is chic AND long enough AND doesn’t cost too much. Here are a few that meet my criteria:
No doubt there will be more of these appearing as we get closer to summer, but my verdict is to buy now! I’m voting for the ASOS dress (in white!) which I can belt, dress up or down and even wear as a long duster. Here are some cute styling ideas for my future dress!
Jeanne says: Yes, we wear a lot of skinny black pants. But can you blame us? Skinny black pants are classics now and I hope they never go out of style! They are incredibly versatile. Both Kate and I are showing more casual looks; Kate pairs her pants with a simple lace blouse and sweater and looks darling.
Kate says: I wear my black skinny jeans like others would wear black trousers — in my more casual office, this works perfectly. I like to dress them up with a bit with a blouse or blazer. Here my lacy blouse is a perfect contrast to a chunky cardigan. Mom makes her black skinnies so chic with a simple color scheme and by playing with proportion.
Kate says: I’m showing the cooler weather variation on short sleeved sweaters here! This little short sleeved sweatshirt is a nice layer during cooler months — it’s very versatile over a turtleneck, collared shirt or even dress. Mom is showing the warmer weather version; I love pieces like this that can carry you through all seasons.
Jeanne says: Unfortunately my pictures don’t show the color of these maroon pants, but oh well. The subject today is short-sleeved sweaters — a particular favorite of mine when I can find them. They are great for this time of year — in between seasons — and they even look great as Kate is wearing hers, with a long-sleeved top underneath.
Kate says: I’m definitely thinking about spring during this shopping diet. Switching out my wardrobe in a few weeks will give me a good infusion of “new” clothes that I haven’t seen in a while. But there are other items in my closet that I’d like to update, including these black flats.
I’ve been wanting to add a great pointy-toe black flat to my shoe collection. These two d’orsay styles caught my eye recently. I may miss out on the Gap Factory pair before the month is out (only one size left!), but the J.Crew Factory pair is a good second choice.
Jeanne says: Kate is so calm and rational about this diet. I, on the other hand, am not. Since I cannot buy, I am trying to simply stay away from shopping sites — online and bricks and mortar.
I am like Kate in that I always think my shoes for the season before anything else. And shoes are the only items I’ll even consider buying at full retail. So, in the name of full disclosure, I have to admit that I bought one pair of warm weather shoes before the diet began.
Aren’t these gorgeous? I got them in the “champagne nickel” color which will go with everything. Love, love, love.
The other shoes I am tracking are sneakers. I crave these Loeffler Randall sneakers:
but I doubt that they’ll ever get to my $75 price point. So instead I’m actually holding out for this very bright Superga design from last year.
I’ve seen them online in the $40-$50 range so my fingers are crossed that I’ll get them.
Jeanne says: I love my black cropped sweater vest from Club Monaco and I especially love it with a fun blouse underneath. This sweater makes any skirt and blouse combo into an outfit. Kate’s look is geared more to spring; her red is brighter and her black and white top almost jumps off the screen — a great look for early spring.
Kate says: Black, white and red are such a classic combination. You can make it more fun by playing with texture (like eyelet) or prints. Mom uses a great red and white print to break up a mostly black outfit — and it looks great!
Kate says: These calf-hair leopard print flats have been great work horses for me — if you don’t already have a pair of leopard flats, go get some! They add a little sass to anything, like this fairly straightforward blouse and sweater work outfit.
Jeanne says: Leopard or animal print has become a basic staple in every woman’s wardrobe, right? I am especially fond of leopard in the details — a peek of a leopard print blouse, shoes, gloves or a scarf. Kate has styled her blouse and shoes with a hot pink belt and a great green sweater. Doesn’t she look great?
Sitting on the sidelines during our shopping diet doesn’t keep us from observing trends (or continually lusting over fresh new spring designs.) Case in point: the continuing craze for sneakers…with everything.
If you saw any pictures of street style during the past month, then you know exactly what we’re talking about. Sneakers are everywhere. When we discussed this trend a while back, neither of us were really fans.
But roll the months forward to spring ’15 and our perspective could be changing slightly. The kicks out now are amazing and, for sneakers, even beautiful. We’re still not sure we’d wear these with anything other than casual pants or jeans, but at least the trend is becoming a bit more tempting!
Here are some sneakers that we may be saving for dress up simply because they are so beautiful!
Kate says: Mom gave me this jacket last time I went to visit — I really do get the best hand-me-downs! I love the faux leather sleeves and back of this jacket, and it looks like a cardigan when you leave it unzipped. Perfect to pair with jeans and a tee on casual Friday. Mom shows can you can dress it up with a pencil skirt and heels. Talk about a versatile jacket!
Jeanne says: I was so enamored of this jacket in black that I went out and bought the ivory, which I then gave to Kate. The jacket is a great look — very Helmut Lang, I think! Kate is rocking the ivory color and I know she will get lots of wear out of this jacket especially as she moves into spring and summer — perfect for cool mornings.
Kate says: We do wear quite a bit of pink — but I’ll admit that I pull it out more later in winter, when I really just want it to be spring! I like the juxtaposition here of a summery striped top with a more wintery leather-trimmed skirt. This is the kind of outfit that will help me reach spring with my sanity intact!
Jeanne says: You must think by now that Kate and I wear a lot of pink; it is true that we are still waiting for fuchsia as the color of the year! Here I am wearing a top as a light sweater and mixing three different patterns. Kate is wearing her pink stripes with a great little leather trimmed skirt. I wish I could wear skirts that short!