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I love shopping in any season, but I get especially excited about clothing and such in Fall! Scarf/beanie combinations! Layering! Warm cardigans! Buffalo plaid! Tall boots! Leggings! The list goes on and on. Fall doesn’t even officially begin for another day yet I’ve already made some purchases and assembled a wishlist that would make any non-shopping lover’s jaw drop in its length.
Usually it happens that one item zooms to the top of the list, and this is the case for Self-Portrait’s Utility Miniskirt ($375) that you see above, which also comes in a fantastic beige. Much like our discussion yesterday of Olivia Palermo x Banana Republic, I love the Self-Portrait skirt’s mix of military utility with soft, feminine details.
Before I buy an item I usually hunt the Interwebs to see how other bloggers/people have bought it and worn it so I can get an idea how it fits. It’s no surprise to me that in my search I found Wendy of Wendy’s Lookbook in both the green and beige versions. I also found the lovely Jane of FitFabFunMom rocking the green version (for work no less, I’m totally jealous!!) and Claire of Clairelee Yours looking great in it too. I found some celebrity shots of it too, and I generally noticed that while very pretty this skirt is exceptionally short and appears to run small! All of these lovely ladies I’ve linked to are much shorter than me (something that I’m always reminded of every NYFW when I typically tower head and shoulders above everyone else waiting to get into shows).
So I ordered the largest size possible — a 10 — to see how it would fit, and to no one’s surprise it didn’t fit. I’d think a true size 8 could make the 10 work. Even though it ended up not working out for me I still adore it…and I’m thinking of commissioning a very talented friend of mine to see if he can make me this skirt, but in a longer length and my sizing. To be continued! Especially now that I’ve seen this lovely new version that isn’t available to buy quite yet.
Self-Portrait’s skirts may run small but their dresses generally run plentiful. I love the brand’s playful designs! Right now many of their options are lacy concoctions, like the beautiful red, blue, white and black Bellis Lace Trim Mini Dress ($545) and the lavender-based long sleeve version, the gorgeous pink Crosshatch Frill Mini Dress ($475) and the gorgeous craftwork in the Hexagon Lace Mini Dress ($510).
If those dresses strike you as too pricey, I’m also loving the fun embroidered print of the Hadiya Embroidered A-Line Dress ($180), the versatility of the body-skimming Ruched Body-Con Tank Dress ($56) and the many beautiful versions of ASTR’s floral print, which comes in everything from a ruffled overlay dress (similar in pink) to a tie-neck dress and an open-shoulder blouse, all beautiful and on my wishlist!
Elsewhere, not all of my purchases have been so frivolous. I’m also investing in pieces that I plan to wear often come cooler weather. It’s time for me to restock my leggings collection, and I could not resist picking up Spanx’s Faux Leather Leggings ($99, above)! They are pretty much the dream fit I expected them to be, comfy and slimming. I’ve seen a lot of people pair the leggings with a cami tank a la this one or this floral option and a warm oversized cardigan to top things off. For work, I’d wear the leggings with a button-down like the Dillon-Fit Clip Dot Tie-Neck Shirt ($88 + 40% off), the Dillon-Fit Plaid Ruffle Flannel Shirt ($78 + 40% off), the Parker-Fit White Boyfriend Tunic ($68 + 40% off) or the Collection Thomas Mason® tuxedo shirt in cotton voile ($178) or Thomas Mason® for J.Crew mandarin-collar tuxedo shirt ($138).
If moto leggings aren’t your thing, Spanx also has a pair of non-moto Faux Leather Leggings ($97) that I adore. My favorite color is the antique rose but they also come in black, copper and a few other shades. And speaking of pink, a favorite purchase of mine lately is Rebecca Minkoff’s Chevron Quilted Small Love Cross-Body Bag ($195), which I debated on colors endlessly before finally landing on the vintage pink. These leggings pair well with Free People’s Diamond Embroidered Top ($148 or on sale here), this long v-neck sweater or any of the top options in the paragraph above.
Finally, Madewell will get its own new arrivals post shortly, but in the meantime I need to mention three dresses they have right now that are exceptionally flattering on curves! (And flattering on all body types from what I’ve seen.) The Wrap-Front Mini Dress in Seattle Floral ($148, above) is my favorite of a pretty pack. It’s got a button to keep the chest from falling open like so many wrap dresses do and it fits oh so beautifully! Coming in a close second is the navy Silk Poppy Dress in Cactus Flower ($148) which has a chic vintage vibe but a thoroughly modern cut. Rounding out this trio of delights is the Silk Poppy Dress in Wild Botanic ($148), which is a beauty in black.
You can see more of my wishlist items on the blog’s homepage, by scrolling through the cravings bars between each post. Below, picks discussed in this post. What have you bought, tried and loved lately?