My VPS wasn’t in the store the day I visited so I was on my own styling outfits. I was pretty pleased with myself when I came up with this next set, varying the outwear.

~ Excursion Quilted Down Vest, Heather Tigerlily, Small ~
~ V-Neck Cardigan with Floral Patch, Navy, Medium ~
~ Perfect Shirt in Plaid, size 8 ~
~ Sammie Pant in Corduroy, Masala Chai, size 8 ~


~ Excursion Quilted Down Vest, Heather Tigerlily, Small ~

The color of this is really a darker orange, IRL. It’s certainly a good match to burnt orange for Texas Longhorn fans out there. I have three of these in neutral colors – Black, from the retail; Navy from the Factory, and Wool Gray from the Factory. I prefer the original retail version, which is what the Factory version is now, both without the top pocket and gold buttons. The colors I have are pretty neutral and I switch them out often. There’s no change in the sizing in the excursion vest. I’m wearing my normal, retail and factory, size Small. This year, it is also offered with a corduroy trim. I saw it IRL but wasn’t a huge fan of it.


~ Campbell Blazer in Houndstooth, size 8 ~
~ V-Neck Cardigan with Floral Patch, Navy, Medium ~
~ Perfect Shirt in Plaid, size 8 ~
~ Sammie Pant in Corduroy, Masala Chai, size 8 ~

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~ Campbell Blazer in Houndstooth, size 8 ~

The Houndstooth Blazer came out two releases ago and immediately went on my wishlist. My store finally got it in and I love it. I don’t have a Houndstooth blazer and I like that this one is navy and not black. And, this is offered in Petite sizing. The size 8 fits fine, though a little long in the arms so I would need the 10 Petite.


And just look at the polka dot lining!


~ V-Neck Cardigan with Floral Patch, Navy, Medium ~

J.Crew has done this tipped sweater for a couple of rollouts now. I haven’t bought any since I already have plenty of solid v-neck sweaters but I like that they added a little jeweled detail. Though you could accomplish the same thing with cute little Dragonfly Pin, that doesn’t really look like a dragonfly. This runs TTS, especially over a button-down.



~ Perfect Shirt in Plaid, size 8 ~

I have this Factory plaid shirt that I could use to make a similar outfit but I really like the tighter plaid pattern on this shirt. I’m fluctuating between 8 and 10 in button-downs right now. The 8 fit fine but I think I’d like the 10 or 10 Petite.


~ Sammie Pant in Corduroy, Masala Chai, size 8 ~

These pants are awesome! I think they are so flattering and they fit really well. My normal size 8 is a great fit and the length is full on me, which I don’t mind. I don’t know if I would try the 8 Petite to get the cropped look since these are such a great fit. I originally thought the pockets were sown shut but they actually have zippers. I didn’t really notice the rise being too high on these, compared to the Polka Dot. The Masala Chai color is what I’ll probably purchase, over the Navy.


The Sammie Pant in Corduroy is not included in the current WEEKOFSTYLE promo but the Polka Dot and Chino Pant are.

Have you tried the Sammie Pant in Corduroy yet?

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J.Crew seems to be bringing a leopard print out for Fall every year. This one is similar to last year’s Coco Leopard found on the Tippi Sweater. The brown is a little more amber/golden this year.

~ Shift Dress in Leopard Print, Black Amber, size 6 ~

If you’re looking for a fun alternative to your LBD this leopard shift is a great option. There is black piping at the neckline, though not the arms like the online description states, and a back zip. You can’t see it very well but there is a v-seam just above the chest which does create some puckering above it. This runs a size big as the size 6 fit pretty well on me, with the exception of the puckering above the chest. It makes me wonder if the 8 Petite might fit a little better in that area. I do love the where the length hits on me, about an inch above the knee. The skirt portion does flare just a little in an A-line style. Overall, though I really like it and would like to try the Petite option, I won’t buy it. I don’t have a need for it or would wear it often like I would the Cuffed Sleeve Top in Leopard Print or the Jackie Cardigan in Wool.

J.Crew also started a new promo today. You can take 25% off with code WEEKOFSTYLE. The is Shift Dress in Leopard Print included.


~ Cuffed Sleeve Top in Leopard Print, Black Amber, size 6 ~
~ Tie-Waist Skirt in Leopard Print, Black Amber, size 8 ~


~ Cuffed Sleeve Top in Leopard Print, Black Amber, size 6 ~

This fits just like all the other cuffed-sleeved tops J.Crew is offering. I wear a size 6 in this top, compared to my normal size 8. I like the print on the silk material. It’s on my list to buy next and will look good with the Masala Chai color of the Sammie Pant in Corduroy or Mini Skirt.


~ Tie-Waist Skirt in Leopard Print, Black Amber, size 8 ~

This is a lovely skirt though I am not fond of  the tie-waist, but it is removable. I might add a black sash instead. The fit of the 8 was perfect and then length wasn’t too bad either. I am a little confused, or at least the details writer of the online description is since they list this skirt length at 28 1/2 inches and the Tall version at 24 1/2 inches. If I were buying this I’d get the 8 Petite, which says is a 20 1/2 inch length.


Due to the different materials, with the skirt being polyester, I really wouldn’t wear the Leopard top and skirt together. The shift dress is a better option if you want all-over leopard, especially this week when it’s 25% off, with code WEEKOFSTYLE.

Have you seen or tried any of the Leopard Print yet? What are your thoughts on the shift dress?

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It feels a little too early to be shopping for Corduroy but these two pieces are really nice and I’ve added both to my wishlist.

~ Campbell Blazer in Corduroy, Masala Chai, size 8 ~
~ Margot Top in Silk Foulard, size 8 ~
~ Mini Skirt in Corduroy, Masala Chai, size 8 ~

Other corduroy blazers we’ve seen in the past have the elbow patch. This does not, which I prefer. The outfit itself reminds of the 70s, probably due to the brown color and the corduroy. I take a 10 Petite in Blazers whenever I can and can gauge from a size 8 how it will fit in my true size. I don’t own any of the Campbell Blazers but I can say that I am considering this color in the corduroy. It’s not a color I have and I think it will go with quite a few things in my closet.


The lining is striped with rep piping and pocket flap.


~ Margot Top in Silk Foulard, size 8 ~

This top was my absolute favorite when I saw it in the roll-out last week. I knew I would be buying this, with or without a promo. I tried the size 6 on originally and it was tight and restricted movement around the armholes so I sized to an 8, which felt a lot better. I love the ruffle detail at the armholes and the front. I’ve already worn this top and took a steamer to the ruffles, fluffing them up just a bit.


~ Mini Skirt in Corduroy, Masala Chai, size 8 ~

I really haven’t bought too many skirts this last year as I’ve been wearing shorts all Summer and stuck to jeans and leggings last Winter and Spring. This is a cute mini skirt and the back as an exposed zip but a cute little tab snap button with gold hardware. The shape is slightly A-line and the size 8 on me makes this TTS. I’d probably grab this in the Masala Chai and Navy colors. It would be a great little skirt in black and ivory too. I hope J.Crew adds more colors.


And here are three outfits I’ve styled with this top, taking it from Summer to late Fall. Everything shown are items I already have in my closet. I’ve linked to similar items. Click on the icon near each item for more details.

What do you think of the new Margot Top? I am looking at the solid in Navy and Fuchsia Blossom as well.

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Ann Taylor is hosting a site- and store-wide promo of 40% off with code FRIENDS40.

~ Double Stripe Shirtdress, size 8 ~

I liked the look of this striped black-and-white shirtdress on the hanger. But I think I look like I’m wearing a uniform in it. It’s a straight fit with a straight hem and even the belt looks a little sad. I think you could jazz it up a little with Tortoise heels and necklace.


~ Garden Blossom Dress, size 8 ~

This dress has a little mix of navy in the black and cloud white floral print. I like the fit-and-flare shape and the size 8 fits really well. I like the piping down the front and it seems to give the illusion of structure and additional shape. My only personal issue is the length. Since the 8 fits so well, I don’t think the 8 Petite would work. I would hem the dress to hit at the middle of the knee and add this little cropped cardigan.


~ Lacy Flare Dress, 8 Petite ~

The drape of the skirt on this dress is so lovely. It just flows so easily away from the waist to just above the knee. The 8 Petite fit just how I want it. I think the normal size 8 might have given me a little more room in the chest and just been slightly longer. Either size would work for me. I definitely need something to cover my arms in the dress so this little polka dot cardigan would work well.


~ Leafy Wrap Dress, size 8 ~

The wrap dress is the most flattering dress for any one. If you are concerned with showing too much cleavage you can add little cami. You also can’t go wrong with pink and navy and I like that the color of the belt contrasts against the more navy colored dress. The size 8 works and I wouldn’t go to a Petite.


The wrap dress comes in several different prints.

~ Modern Geo Tie-Waist Dress, size 8 ~

I loved how flattering this dress was when the tie was in the back. The length is a little long for me but I would hem it rather than size to a Petite. This tie-waist dress fits perfect in the size 8. The blush, navy and olive colors are peppered throughout the collection. The blush seems to make everything look so much more feminine.


~ Stripe Shirtdress, Petite 8 ~

I loved the blush tone of this dress mixed with the navy and olive stripes. I ended up grabbing the wrong size, originally thinking the Petite would shorten the length, which it did. But the arms are pretty snug, so would be better off in the regular size 8 in this dress. I would either change the belt, or not wear one at all, and add tall boots and rolled sleeves for Fall.


And here are a few other picks of mine.

Are you shopping the Friends of Ann Event? I think people are really liking this sale as the website has been having a few issues this morning.



~ Rome Destination Art Tee, J.Crew ~
~ Frayed Tweed Short, Banana Republic ~
~ Seville Espadrilles, Navy, J.Crew ~

I’m ripping the tags off and wearing some recently purchased items. These tweed shorts are not lined but were surprisingly not hot to wear, especially in August. I bought every design of the destination art tees from J.Crew. As long as the quality holds up, I should be able to wear them through the Fall and into next year. The Seville Espadrilles are some of my favorite shoes and I own several colors. Both the black and metallic are part of the 20% off LOTSTOSHOP promo this week.

And here are a few more outfit ideas with some tees and tweed.

Happy Shopping!