Reader Sammy Mo asks: Hi, I'm looking for jewelry in silver with pinkish stones/beads to go with clothing in the pink-peach color family. This color suits me really well and I'd like some delicate jewelry that I could wear to work with it. Not too "out there" as I work in a somewhat professional field, though I don't do suits very often. I also don't like paying a lot for fake stuff, so prefer to have silver or gold in the jewelry, maybe with a pink agate or some such stone? Dark hair and medium tone skin (several shades lighter than my hair so high contrast). Bonus points for (1) durable (ok for frequent use, overnight wear sometimes if I forget to take it off), (2) optional matching earrings, (3) comfortable - hate those chains that catch on hair or dig into your neck. Budget in the $100 range but flexible for good stuff, and extra for earrings etc. Thanks!
So, a couple comments on jewelry before I dive in.
| |K. Amato Ombre Triple Beaded Necklace at Simply Soles
($88 - this may be a bit pricey for what is, essentially, three strands of glass beads in a few colors but I like the different color combinations - I think it would be fun and mix and match with a lot of different outfits. For a necklace with so many colors, I bet it would be surprisingly neutral.)
| |Pink agate necklace and earrings from LovebyLily on Etsy
($20.00 - this agate necklace is a beautiful shade of pink, so beautiful that I'm seriously considering ordering it. The chain is the silver you prefer and the earrings are lovely. The price is good [almost too good] but her reviews are excellent. She may be a newer store. Perhaps converse with her a bit before ordering.)
| |Michael Kors 'Seaside Luxe' Beaded Necklace at Nordstroms
($65.35 - again, possibly a bit expensive for what it is - this necklace looks very simple from a distance [other than the fun pink shade] but up close the beads are very pretty and the "pave crystal station" is a nice touch. There's no picture of it on a model so I'm not sure how long it is, so that's a shame.)
| || |Statement of the Art Necklace in Blush from ModCloth
($49.99 - I can't testify to quality from ModCloth - but I think this necklace is pretty fun [as are those earrings, but they aren't included.] This would look fabulous with peach or pink - but also with tan or black or navy or green or god almost anything. These are the sneaky pieces that you buy thinking "when will I wear it" and then end up wearing all the time.)
| |Blue opal with mixed rubies and pearls from Gewgaws on Etsy
($126 but with discount for Corporette readers - Kanye East from Corporette has several beautiful necklaces
in her store that include pink necklaces, but I love this blue opal necklace to death and think it would provide a great contrast to your pink/peach clothing [with the rubies and pearls providing the appropriate matching.] And I should note that I have bought or received as gifts several Kanye necklaces, including this one
which we designed together, and they have all been amazing quality and are central parts of my jewelry collection.)
| |Rebecca Minkoff Long Pave Moon Pendant Necklace on Rose Gold Chain at Shopbop
($98 - I know you like silver or gold but this rose gold paired with a pave pendant is a lovely long pendant - which is both a trendy now but classic in its own way. While I think this would be lovely with a pink or peach outfit, it would also be a lovely dramatic piece with a little black dress or a navy blue silk blouse - something darker.)
| |Peach sunstone and rose gold pyrite necklace
(top) and red jasper necklace
(bottom) So, the top necklace is my *actual* recommendation for you, I think its a lovely mix of peach and rose gold. Its different but lovely and relatively simple. It could be dressed up for a cocktail party or wedding or dressed down for work. The bottom is mostly just for fun, but I think it would look amazing with pink - I love mixing deep reds with pink as a way to mix things up. Give it a think!)
| |Hot pink agate pendant necklace set in silver at BellaDonna Jewelry Co. on Etsy
($20 - this one is just fun. There are a TON of versions of hot pink or fuchsia agate pendants on Etsy but I like that this one is (a) finished rather than rough, which I think makes it look more polished for work and (b) set in a teardrop setting, which makes it look unique. It also combines pink with silver, which is rarer than you would think. Its fun but still professional - a nice balance.)
So - I got a question over on my Tumblr
about fall/spring jackets. That question was fairly specific, i.e. fall/spring jackets with a hood that could be purchased in or shipped to Canada. But I found some great options and saw some other great options, so I thought I'd do a post here for all my American readers who might be in the market for a new fall/spring jacket of their very own.
| |Sam Edelman 'Kit' Asymmetrical Wool Blend Coat at Nordstroms
($178 - This jacket might be a nice alternative to the 'field' jackets that are everywhere right now for someone looking for a more professional look since it has the same olive shade with a more graceful, dramatic cut. Also a great coat if you happen to cos-play as an LOTR elf at all, or just happen to think you are one.)
| |Betsy Johnson Collarless Animal Print Coat at Nordstroms
($109.99 - This is one of those coats that I'm not 100% sold on when buttoned, but I think looks really cute when unbuttoned - which I guess isn't the BEST feature in a coat. But, overall, I think for someone looking for a more adventurous coat this might be a nice option - the print is tempered by the traditional colors and cut.)
| |Elie Tahari Marla wrap coat at Neiman Marcus
($195 - this wool blend wrap is an exclusive NM item. I think its a really beautiful and unique jacket, though it may definitely appeal more to my older readers. Its also a secret ninja jacket; the shawl collar converts to a hood.)
| |Guess Asymmetrical Textured Wool Blend and Faux Leather Coat at Nordstroms
($198 - Leather sleeves are EVERYWHERE right now but this is one of my favorite versions of it [though this navy blue Michael Kors one
is awesome too.] I think the burgundy pairs well with the black rather than clashing with it the way khaki can. Leather and wool also go great together. Biggest problem with this is that between the sleeves and the zipper, its going to be dated quickly, but hey - when it comes to trends - you might as well go big or go home, right? Also, this may be more of a late fall/winter coat, depending on the weight. If you like the idea of interesting sleeves, but aren't ready to commit to full on leather sleeves, you might like this Guess jacket with studded sleeves
also at Nordies.)
| |Club Monaco Emma Trench Coat at ShopBop
($298 - a classic trench coat is always a great way to go in the spring and fall, especially if you don't like switching between a ton of coats. This double breasted look with a belt is a classic menswear style with slight adaptations for women, but you wouldn't have to worry about it ever being dated. The little flair at the bottom does give it just a touch of personality. Note: for those who prefer a single breasted trench, I've always liked the look of this Ellen Tracy
. And for a double breasted option that's more affordable, this London Fog jacket
is nice - though a bit less refined looking.)
| |Fit and Flare Coat by ASOS Curve
($109.69 - ASOS Curve has a bunch of cute coats right now, but I like this trench. Its girly in a way that isn't *too* twee and for women with curves it would be ridiculously flattering. Basically, I think that if peplum works on you, than this is the trench coat for you.)
| || |Corduroy-Trimmed Quilted Coat from Ralph Laure
($219 - these fitted, quilted coats are great spring/fall jackets because they provide a bit of warmth but aren't too heavy and are still waterproof. This version is also in a nice, not too aggressive tartan, which is the pattern of the season. But, this particular tartan and jacket are both so classic that you could wear it for years to come and not look out of place.)
| |Calvin Klein Colorblock Houndstooth Coat at Nordstroms
($125.98, limited sizes only, so - I realize that this jacket is very similar to the Guess jacket above, but I am a *total* sucker for houndstooth so it had to have its own entry. Plus, I think the lack of leather sleeves will make it more timeless and I like the black side panels which create the illusion of curves without necessitating a belt. Overall, its a really cool jacket.)
| |Penfield Kasson Parka from Madewell
($185 - This is by far one of my favorite parka style fall coats I've seen around this season. First of all, its available in navy, burgundy, and mustard, a/k/a three of the best colors ever. And its just slouchy enough to look extremely comfortable but structured enough that you don't look like you're wearing your older brother's coat. Plus, the hood is lined in a tartan fabric. Basically, this jacket has hit all the right trend notes, but in five years no one will be able to look at and say "oh, you got your jacket it 2013?"
So I think that's it for now gang. What about you dear readers? Have you gotten any jackets recently that you love and want to tell us about? I recently bought an AWESOME leather jacket at Nordies Rack. (This is it
, but mine is oxblood and I got it for a significant discount - actually if you're on the hunt for a leather jacket made of real leather, I'd head to the Rack nearest you and check this jacket out if they still have it. Its awesome.)
Also - as I'm sure you have noticed, I have not been posting here with anything you would call regularity. Work has been hectic and life has been crazy and I've been dropping the ball. I do post quite regularly over at Tumblr, including fairly frequently posting random items I find during my internet shopping perusals. So if you need a TCFKAG fix, head over there
and just check it out (if you can cope with the Avengers and Tom Hiddleston that is.) But I will try to pick back up in my posting here. Sorry for my delinquency and I hope you enjoy this post! Have a splendid weekend. I know I will!
Reader Jenny Dictatrix (JD for short) is bedeviled by her search for interesting knit pencil skirts:
Hi TCFKAG, I have been trying to hunt down a knee-length jersey knit skirt for summer that goes a little bit beyond boring basics. I have one in from Target in black and white stripe that I wear all the time, and I'd love to have another option in that same style. My current skirt is slightly full with a fold-over waist, which I like but isn't necessary. Ideally I'd like to find something in cool geometric print - something that reads a little more city than beach, if that makes sense. I looked at Target B&M store, Splendid, American Apparel, and Alternative Apparel with no luck. Any ideas? <3, JennyDictatrix
So - I'm a bit unsure what shape you want - so I'll try to propose a variety of shapes including pencil skirts, a-line skirts, and things more on the drapey side. But I'll definitely go for things with cool geometric patterns or other things that make them look more trendy and not like a swimsuit cover up. So lets get going y'all.
| |Vila Belted Skirt in aquatic blue at ASOS ($15.27 - limited sizes - so I generally hate this "paper bag" belted waistline that this skirt has - but the color was cute enough that I thought I'd share it. Plus, the a-line is nice and it looks comfy. Maybe if you wore a blazer over it, it would hide the waistband?) | || |Milly Camille Pencil Skirt at ShopBop ($150 - normally I would never recommend a jersey, unlined pencil skirt that cost this much - but because of your mention of something graphic, I thought I'd post it. It has a really cool, futuristic graphic feel to it. Mixed with cobalt and black you would look like an astronaut lawyer but in the BEST way possible.)
Okay! Hope one of these works for you. I like some of them, love others of them, and some of them aren't for me. So I bet one of them will work for almost everyone! :-) Yay! I love jersey skirts for summer, there's something nice about a breathable fabric for summer (especially if its heavy enough that it doesn't show every bit of pudge.)
Happy shopping and may the odds be in your favor. Let me know what you buy! Post all about it on tumblr - ha!
So - blazers and fitted jackets are basically the essential workhorse of my wardrobe. I wear them to work most days and throw on some of my more casual ones on with my weekend clothes (it takes my outfit from "I grabbed this outfit at random from the drawers" to "I almost look put together if you don't squint too much.") So - since I did a big post about pants, which I don't even like, I thought I'd do a big post on blazers and jackets. Note - my favorite blazer is a beautiful, ribbed navy blue blazer from Brooks Brothers. It is a wardrobe essential and fits me beautifully. This post, on the other hand, is really about blazers with a little more pizazz (though some workhorses might sneak in.) SO LET'S DO THIS THING! Note: the price ranges on some of these items are a bit higher than my usual choices - but if you're going to splurge for something in your wardrobe, I always think that blazers or shoes are the way to go since you wear them the most.)
Bop Basics Fiance Blazer at ShopBop
($198 - I'm going to do a few basic black jackets too - this one has a nice cut for my longer waisted readers.)Gibson Knit Blazer at Nordstroms
($58.96 - perfect for my shorter waisted readers who prefer a more fitted blazer.)The Blazer in navy at Jones New York
($169 - comes in navy and black as well as some colors - I like that it doesn't have gold buttons on the navy jacket.)
Okay! This is just a spattering, a mere sample if you will, of all the blazers out there. But I like them ... and I'm sure I'll be posting more blazers in the future. So, what is your favorite blazer? Do you have a go-to blazer you can't live without?
Reader L needs help getting ready for wedding season:Hi TCFKAG, I am looking for two dresses - one for a rehearsal dinner and one for the wedding. I am not in the wedding, but my SO is the best man. The wedding is in July in an area where it can be quite hot and humid, though everything is thankfully inside. The rehearsal dinner is at a restaurant. The ceremony and reception are in the evening at a hotel. It is not black tie. The bride and groom are more fun than formal, but I do not want to be too casual since my SO will be in a tux. Typically, I wear black for evening weddings, but after a recent discussion on Corporette, it appears that may be bad form?! That was news to me. (Eek.) I feel like I am stuck in a wedding-guest-dress rut. I always end up buying similar things - black or navy, strapless A line or classic sheath, and recently lace. I would like something fresh, and young, and fun, and new! But I am not seeing anything online that inspires me. Could you help? I am fair skinned, so blues, pinks and greens look good on me, though I'm not opposed to other colors or prints. I think short would be better than long, but I would try either. Price range: Under $350 for the dress for the wedding, and under $150 for the rehearsal dinner dress. (Less expensive is always good!) Size: either a US 4 or 6. I am an X shape. Also, I am 32. So, I don't want to be running around in a dress that the groom's 16-year-old cousin might also wear, nor one that the bride's 60-year-old aunt might have on. Could you help inspire me? Sorry for such a long note. Love your blog, and always love your comments to the 'rettes! Thank you, LSo, first I will quickly address the whole "no black as a guest at a wedding" rule. I think that, traditionally, it was considered bad form to wear black to a wedding, since it was the color of mourning. But, at this point, I think it is really only the "rule" for very traditional wedding (hell, my bridesmaids wore black). *But* - on the other hand - you're going to weddings in a hot, sticky area in the middle of the summer - might as well mix it up and add some colorful dresses to your wardrobe right? As an initial matter, I'll direct you to this post (for red dresses - the Adrianna Papell might be lovely for the rehearsal dinner) and this post (the Kate Spade, the canary yellow Kay Unger, or the blue paisley Anne Klein would all be lovely options). Now - for some new options just for you!
One for inspiration post and then back to answering a couple of questions (so if you have submitted a question...stick around!) So the inspiration here is this Amber Sun 'Megan' Print Blazer at Nordstroms
($89). I love this one. I like the two buttons (can be really hard to find right now) and that its fitted without being completely shrunken. It also has full-length sleeves on a light weight summer blazer, which is hard to find. Finally, I love that a blazer in a bright color has a pattern, but that the pattern isn't too bold. Instead the pattern serves to temper the yellow slightly without making the blazer such an aggressive statement piece that it would be difficult to style. I think this would look lovely with gray, navy, tan or beige, white, eggplant, berry, or teal. Best part - I think it could be paired with a nice pencil skirt and blouse for work or jeans and a t-shirt or over a sundress for weekends. So its super versatile.
So now that I've spoken with such obvious rapturous glee about an item - lets look for a few other similar items shall we? I'll look for a variety of colors, cuts, styles, and sizes here to fit a variety of people and tastes. Hope you see something you like. I do think that a fun, colored blazer can add a metaphorical smile to your wardrobe this time of year.
Tonal Knit Blazer at Anthropologie
($49.95 - not entirely sold on this for work but its super cute and comes in blue.)Vince Camuto Rumpled Blazer in cherry at Nordstroms
($169 - I wouldn't normally recommend something called a "rumpled" blazer - especially not for $169 and made of polyester - but for my longer waisted readers I like this option. Has two buttons and actually looks like its made to work for taller, longer waisted people. I'd still wait for it to go on sale though.)Alice + Olivia Elyse Cambray Blazer at ShopBop
($290.40 - a more formal take on chambray than the shirt - expensive yes, but the close up pictures show some beautiful tailoring. The sleeves are full length.)
Cotton Tweed Cardigan Jacket at Ann Taylor
($148 - a great option for those who prefer sweaters to jackets).Fine Touch Boucle Jacket at Coldwater Creek
($99 - available in plus sizes)Elie Tahari Monroe Tweed Jacket at Bergdorf Goodman
($248 for the jacket - I surprisingly like the zipper front and notched neckline - adds interest without being *too* weird. I might even like the full suit - especially if pink looks really good on you, also I think there's a darker teal version if you're interested.)
Okay! I hope you like those options. So I'm sick this weekend (actually in hospital) - so that may mean that either there will be A LOT of new posts or not many new posts depending on how bored I am and how good I feel. Anyone else found some good summer blazers out there? Put them in the comments!
Reader HC queries:I am desperately seeking a pair of pale tan/cognac driving shoes/loafers for commuting to work and maybe wearing on non-heels days. The office is biz formal. Here is the pair I am currently obsessed with: Acne Kyra Loafer That is the PERFECT color. Complicating factors: 99% of stiff loafery shoes give me blisters at the back of the heel, so I generally need to wear shoes with flexible "driving" soles or which are otherwise from "comfortable shoe" brands. I'd like to spend under $200, preferably under $150. Oh, and they don't necessarily need to be as plain as the ones linked-- it's the color more than anything that calls to me. Thank youuu!So - as anyone who has ever shopped on-line knows, the hardest thing to do...ever is match colors. Depending on screen color, picture quality, whatever - colors can appear really different in pictures and in person (just look at any shirt that has been called "tomato" but looks coral in a picture or vice versa.) I love the color of the shoes you picked, a nice warm toasted almond color (if I had to describe it) and I'll endeavor to match it as closely as possible. For those shopping along at home, here are the shoes in question.
Keeping in mind that color is more important than shape and the requirements for a soft bottom and/or comfort brand, here are a few options I found for you.